Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what do i pray?

Let’s look at one more prayer of Paul’s  (click here to read another post on Paul’s prayer)

Philippians 1:9-11(NASB)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Growing in love – this impacts our soul (will mind emotions) How is your soul? Will – mind – emotions??

Paul is praying that their love will flourish – is your love flourishing? The impact on our soul, (will mind emotions) when our love is thriving, is tremendous.

Part of our love flourishing/thriving is
*use your head –
*growing in knowledge and understanding – this is a common theme of Paul’s prayer – strong passion – misdirected zeal/intensity without knowledge can do more harm than good.
*learn to love appropriately
*love isn’t synonymous with yes
*be Sincere – people can spot a fake

Prayer: “Father, may people see You in us this day. May our love for You be evident in the choices we make. Help us to love those You put in our path. Give us understanding. Open our eyes that we may see the opportunities You have for us to be Your hand extended. Help us to grow in the knowledge of Your will that we would walk in obedience. Thank you for strengthening us and enabling us to walk in victory. We give you the glory, recognizing that without You we can do nothing but with You we are overcomers. Thank you!”

til next time

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February 8, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4 powerful words

“I’m praying for you.”  Four powerful words.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss for how to pray. The Bible is a great help here. Of course we have the Lord’s Prayer when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. (Matt 6:9-13)

Also, when Paul would write that he was praying, he would include the things he was praying for them. We can pray those things too.

(See Colossians 1:9-12 in the comment section)

Pray for each other / for your children / for yourself – asking God for:
*wise minds,
*live well,
*make the Father proud,
*that the fruit of the spirit would be evident in our lives (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control)
*that we would increase in our knowledge of God –

How do we do increase in our knowledge of God? Learn how God operates by reading His word, listening to sermons, discussing the Word and then applying it to our lives.

philemon 6

 

Oh that our faith would keep showing up and that people would recognize Christ in what we do, in who we are. That Christ would shine brightly through us! Let’s pray that for each other!

til next time

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February 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

thankful heart – even in difficult days

Today I found myself giving God thanks for so many things. I even found myself thanking Him for the challenges that I am facing as I have come to realize that those challenges are opportunities for God to do amazing things in my circumstances. (Romans 8:28)

Psalm 136 has a lot to say about giving God thanks.  Here are just a few of the things listed.

Give thanks:

  • He is good (1)
  • He alone does miracles (4)
  • He made the sun, moon, and stars (7-9)
  • He parted the Red Sea (13)
  • He led Israel safely through and drowned Pharaoh and his army He will do the same for us.  (14-15)
  • He led them through the wilderness – again He does the same for us (16)
  • He remembers that we our weak (23)  He is strong!
  • He provides for us (25)
  • His Love Endures Forever!!!

 

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How about taking some time right now to give God thanks!
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January 25, 2018 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my take on Psalm 23

My take on Psalm 23 as this day comes to a close. What a day it has been. To God be the glory!

God is indeed my shepherd. I have all that I need. I have the energy I need to do what He puts in front of me. I have His strength to tackle the difficult things. I have more than enough.

He leads me. His peace quiets my heart. When I start to wonder “how?” His calm assurance washes over me.

He is with me in the sunless valley. “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8 He is all that I need.

My enemies — they will see Your goodness and how You bless my life. Even when I can’t see it, I know that my cup does indeed run over. You are more than enough.

Your love goes with me everywhere. Gratitude wells up within me and Your praises are on my lips.

 

psalm 23

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January 24, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i am content

A prayer I pray often is:
“Lord make me more like You. Help me to love like You love. Help me to get me out of the way so nothing hinders You from flowing through me.”

Growing in godliness – becoming more and more like Jesus.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Sometimes the things of this world can obscure our vision, clutter our lives, or become a weight that drags us down. We are told to keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12) and yet things are constantly pulling at us.

Our focus may no longer be clear. The more out of focus we become, the more screwed up we become.

“A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (MSG)

It is said that the more things you ‘own’ – the more things that ‘own’ you. If I want to be totally devoted to Christ (and I do) then keeping ‘things’ in perspective is important. I don’t need more stuff. I need more of Jesus and less of me. (John 3:30)1 tim 6 6

Blessed beyond measure,

til next time

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January 21, 2018 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

something to think on

Often I take notes when I am listening to someone preach. It keeps my mind from wandering. It helps me stay focused.  Also, I have it to look back on which always encourages me. I highly recommend it.

Today I am going to share a few thoughts/quotes from Pastor Curt.

“We are called to make a difference but first God has to make a difference in us. Let God’s light shine into our lives and then allow that light to shine through our lives.”

“Holiness begins in our mind.”

“When God shows us sin in our lives, we do not try to redefine it. We can change by the power of God that dwells within us.”

“As long as we focus on our problems, the more convinced we will be of our isolation, hopelessness and our inability to get out from under the problem.”

“Obedience leads to stability.”

And one from Ann Voscamp:
“Peace isn’t the absence of the dark. Peace is the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of the dark.”

In conclusion — a verse to go to sleep on.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Psalm 4:8 (NLT)

Selah,

til next time

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January 19, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God cares – really cares

In case you haven’t thought about it today, let me remind you that God cares about you, He thinks about you, He takes delight in you, He loves you, and He sings over you.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 (NASB)

“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

Selah.

With a heart of gratitude

til next time

January 17, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cease striving? seriously?

Sometimes it is necessary to pause, take a deep breath, maybe even close your eyes, and say “God, I believe You are greater. You are with me right here, right now. I Trust You!”

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.” pain 46:10 (NLT)

Be still – cease striving – let go – relax

We all face challenges. Life can seem to get out of control. What we do then – matters. Do we let our flesh (our feelings) take over? Or do we crucify those feelings and allow the Spirit to lead us into truth? Do we pick up our Bible?

I do believe that God will either calm the storm or if the storm is going to continue to rage – He will calm His child. It is in times like these that our faith deepens and our trust grows as we rely on Him.

“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:38-40 (NASB)

I am going to stand right here in the middle of this moment and believe God!! Sometimes I can be in such a “fix it” mode that I just need to stand still and let God’s peace flood my heart. Let go and let God!

If you are worrying, stressing, afraid, weary…. Pause and remind yourself that God has you in the palm of His hand, He loves you, He is for you, He is working all things out, He holds you together, and you are His!

til next time

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January 12, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, pastor, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me…..

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.

In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.

We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.

But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield
But as for me – I choose joy
But as for me – You give me life
But as for me – I will praise You
But as for me – You are in control
But as for me – I want to be more like You
But as for me – use my brokenness for Your glory

What about you? What is your battle cry?

psalm 71 14

Selah,

til next time

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December 8, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

you are not alone

Sometimes the feeling that you are all alone or no one can possibly understand is so strong. If left unchecked, it will lead you to discouragement and despair.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down, He’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message Bible)

This scripture reminds us that others are facing things too – things that we may know nothing about. No one is immune from tests and trials.

What do we do with those feelings? Bring them to Jesus – nail them to the cross. In doing that, you fix your eyes on the love of your Savior. He died for you! Allow His love to saturate you. You are not alone.

Look up! Our help comes from God and He is an ever-present help in whatever we are facing. (Psalm 46:1) He will see you through this. You are not alone.

Let’s encourage one another!!

til next time

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December 2, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment