Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

relationship

Are you comfortable praying to God? He is not concerned about elegance but heart. He desires a relationship with you.
 
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thess 5:18 NKJV
 
Giving thanks is a part of prayer. Are you a thankful person? When things are good, it is easy to be thankful. Even when things aren’t good, God is still with us. He is helping us and that right there is cause enough to be thankful.
 
How about taking a moment right now to give God thanks? Our conversation with God should include gratitude.
 
Having a heart of gratitude makes a difference in how we handle life.
 
“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3
 
Pray for others. When I tell someone I am praying for them, what that means is I am standing in the gap for them, their health, their children, their marriage, our friendship, whatever is going on at this time in their life and asking God to help them press on. (Phil 3:12)
 
Praying always – (1 Thess 5:17 “pray without ceasing,”) means to become aware of the presence of God. God is everywhere. “We should be cultivating an awareness of the presence of God.” Pastor Curtis
 
Prayer can become as natural as breathing. Have a problem? Pray. Have a ‘just so happens moment” – give thanks.
 
talking to God throughout my day
til next time
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May 25, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Way Maker

How’s your day going? How’s your week? Do you even know what day it is? Days have turned into weeks and weeks have turned into months. One thing stays true – God changes not. (Malachi 3:6, Numbers 23:19)
 
Today has consisted of going in for a blood draw – dropping Hurts donuts off at work (It’s been 11 weeks.💔) — writing this devotional and then I will be crunching numbers and paying bills.
 
I have also been listening to WayMaker over and over again.
 
God is here. God is there with you also. (Matt 28:20)
 
He is working in our midst. (Luke 17:21, 1 Cor 12:6)
 
Have you taken time to worship Him today?
 
He is the **Way Maker** (Isaiah 43:16 ESV)
“Thus says the Lord,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,”
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**Miracle Worker** (Psalm 77:13-14 NIV)
“Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.”
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**Promise Keeper** (2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT)
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.”
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**Light in the Darkness** (Psalm 18:28 NLT)
“You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”
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That is who He is!!!
 
He is making a way for me. He is making a way for you.
 
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May 19, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting and seeking

This is the fourth day on Lamentations 23:21-25 ESV
We’ve looked at hope, mercy, portion and finally today waiting on and seeking God.

“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.” ESV

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” We are told over and over again to wait on and seek the Lord.

Waiting and seeking seem to go together. Why is it that we can be so impatient? Waiting can bring out the worst in people. Covid19 has hit the pause button for a lot of people. Maybe you find yourself waiting for restrictions to lift and life to return. How we wait matters. God’s will not ours. Luke 22:42

I encourage you to take time to seek God. Grow in your knowledge of the Word. Study the scriptures. Look up what it has to say on seeking, on waiting, on growing. Let’s come out of covid19 a stronger army of God!

Here are a few to get you started on seeking:

  • Seek first the kingdom of God. Matt 6:33
  • Seek the Lord, his strength; his presence continually! 1 Chron 16:10-12 Psalm 105:4
  • Seek His face 2 Chron 7:14
  • Psalm 27:8 “You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” ESV
  • Seek with your whole heart. Psalm 119:2 & 10

while I am waiting – I am seeking,

til next time

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April 24, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

essential workers

Yesterday I shared a devotional geared toward those of you working or staying at home.  Today I want to shift gears.  Since I’m one of the ones working from home, I reached out to some friends who are still going to work – to get some insight.

Thank you for all the responses I received.  I am overwhelmed by some of the pain and rawness.  Truly this is uncharted territory.

“My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your Word.”  Psalm 119:28 NKJV

Here are some of what essential workers have shared with me.

What are some of the challenges you face?

  • rude people made the list way too many times
  • breathing with PPE on and the shields cause glasses to fog up
  • PPE gets in the way of my work
  • working extra hours is taking its toll on my body
  • shortened hours while increasing the load
  • breaks are shortened or non-existent
  • people are scared, mean, hateful and taking it out on us workers
  • bosses decision to not use PPE puts us in danger

What changes have taken place?

  • not being able to go to church but I can go to work 😦
  • drive thru only
  • stopped allowing customers in – all work done by phone, email, text
  • family is not allowed in
  • vacation plans gone
  • people who don’t want to come to work and so they really don’t work once there
  • nothing much has changed except some parts of the plant have restricted access – not good for morale

What is difficult/hard with working during covid19?

  • the reality that I could become infected or be a carrier and bring it home
  • struggling to empathize with people because my life is crazy busy and I’d love a week at home
  • so close to the edge
  • seeing people at their worst – fear changes people
  • not being able to do anything to truly protect people I care about
  • to see beyond self and all I am doing
  • lack of interaction with people that I am taking care of
  • exhaustion
  • finding it difficult to sleep because of anxiety
  • added demands = added physical pain
  • workers who took 2 weeks off claiming covid because they could
  • actually my job is easier without people coming in
  • seeing empty space were co-workers should be

To the essential worker –  where does your help come from?  Look up!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth. (verses 1&2)

The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.” (verse 8)

Psalm 121

 I also asked where do you see God in all of this?

  • when I pray with people
  • cheerful people even when their lives are turned upside down
  • when I talk with friends
  • in the people who thank us for being open
  • in knowing He has my back
  • in the direction He gives me to care for others and myself
  • in the peace I have that I am doing His will
  • people who cater meals
  • people who show love for one another
  • in my child – in how well he is handling all of this

TO ALL OF US!  — God’s grace is enough for whatever we face, be it loneliness or exhaustion.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”  Ephesians 1:2 NLT

Grace and peace go together.  Grace is God’s strength working through us to enable us to do what we can’t do on our own.  We struggle and can even put forth great effort and yet we fail.  All while God is saying to us – let me help!  My grace is enough.  (2 Cor 12:9)

If peace is lacking in our lives – the first thing to do is look at who you are depending on — yourself?  your job?  the government? money?   Often peace is lacking in our lives because we are holding on to our cares.  We are trying to make something happen in our own strength, instead of giving our cares to God and walking in His strength.  (1 Peter 5:6-7, 2 Cor 3:5, Phil 4:6-7)  Peace can also be lacking because we are stretched thin and need refreshing that comes from spending alone time with Jesus.  (Matt 6:6)

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2 NKJV
Rock — Jesus — 1 Cor 10:4, Psalm 18:2
Overwhelmed?  Make time for Jesus.  Don’t neglect your one true source of help.  (Psalm 46:1)  Turn those hard things, the changes, the challenges, the loneliness, the fear, the stress over to Him.  Ask Him for help. (Psalm 121:1-2)  And then remind yourself that you trust God.  Declare it when you first wake up.  Declare it on your way to work.  Declare it when you get your bills in the mail.  Declare it anytime doubt tries to creep in.
IN GOD I TRUST!
Say this with me:    Today, Lord, You go before me. (Deut 31:8)  Today You are with me. (Matt 28:20)   Today You hold my right hand.  (Psalm 73:23)  In God I trust!  (If trust is a weakness for you then I encourage you to read these verses out loud  – Prov 3:5-6, Psalm 4:5, 7:1, 16:1, 18:2, 20:7, 22:4-5, 40:3, 91:2, 1 Tim 4:10)

 

Again, I want to thank all of you that shared your heart.   You are in my prayers.   If you want to add to this list – please contact me or leave a comment.

til next time

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April 16, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

what scriptures do you have posted around your house?

I have two scriptures posted on my monitor. One has been there a long time – since May of 2015
just so happened
 
I preached a sermon from this verse. It still speaks to my heart today.  when I sit in darkness
 
 
If things are feeling a bit dark to you, I encourage you to click on the blog.
 
“God uses circumstances in our life to open our eyes to a deeper awareness of His presence.”
What scriptures do you have posted around your house?  I encourage you to put some up where you spend the most time.  For me that is my monitor, around the window at my kitchen sink, and my bathroom.
 
May our eyes be open to the fingerprints of God that are all around us. May our ears be tuned to His voice. Remember God is always speaking to us through His Word. (Romans 10:17)
 
“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Eph 1:2 NLT
til next time
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April 14, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Friday

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed three times. “Oh My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matt 26:39, 42, 44 (NKJV)

Today is Good Friday.

Jesus paid the price for us. Even at this lowest point of His life, He still poured out love to the thief on the cross. (Luke 22:42-43) He also made sure that His mother would be taken care of after He was gone. (John 19:25-27) What love!!

Jesus makes it very clear that He is the only way. If there were any other way then His torturous death would have been unnecessary.

His love for mankind kept him on the cross until “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

Today we remember the price He paid. We remember the cross, the crown of thorns, the nails, and the great love of our Savior.

Oh how He loves you! Oh how He loves me!

til next time

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April 10, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

maundy thursday

Maundy Thursday
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The Last Supper – Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22, John 13
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maundy thursday
Jesus washes his disciples feet. John 13:17 “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
What things? Serve one another. The thing that always stands out to me is that Jesus washed Judas’ feet – knowing that Judas was going to betray him.
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A new commandment is given. John 13:34-45 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
At the conclusion of the time around the table Mark reports that they sang a hymn. This speaks to my music heart.
Mark 14:26 “After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”
The Garden of Gethsemane Luke 22:42 ” saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” He set the example for us to follow. Father, not my will but yours be done.”
Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest – Here you have Judas betraying Jesus. The ear of the slave of the high priest is cut off. Luke 22:51 “But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.”
He healed him. Just like that. Yet, they still took him with them.
Finally, we see the scattering of the disciples.
Matt 26:56 “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled.”
The best is yet to come!
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April 9, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

guard your thoughts

A few thoughts:
Be Thankful – count your blessings
Recognize the need to call upon His name
Make known – share your story!
Sing – singing songs to and about God is one way to fill your peace tank
Talk – long ago I decided to be intentional about bringing God into conversations. After awhile it just becomes second nature.
Rejoice — choose joy! With your heart – seek God.
Seek the Lord – with intent – go after God.
Remember — “Remember that God has been faithful in the past so when difficulties arise you are not swayed by them.” Pastor Curtis
 
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
1 Chronicles 16:8-12(NKJV)
In Awe of the wonders of God,
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April 8, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

we know…..

Sometimes we forget what we know.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

We know – that is faith talking.

Those who love God – Our love is our response to what the Holy Spirit is doing in us.

According to His purpose – Let us not forget God has a purpose, a plan. He is in control. What is that purpose? Verse 29 goes on to tell us to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.

God is doing an enormous work in me and in you. We can’t afford to lose sight of this truth. Through all the events – ALL the events in my/your life, He is shaping us – molding us to be like Jesus.

If God takes His time answering a prayer, often it is because He wants to reveal something of Himself to us!

I say with John (3:30) – “He must increase, I must decrease.

trusting Jesus,

til next time

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March 23, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fear and the coronavirus

What does the bible have to say about fear?

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV

Over and over again in scripture we are told to “fear not” – “do not be afraid.”

There is a lot of media attention on the corona virus. It is hard to see through the hype and know what is truth. One thing is true. God does not want us to live in fear.

Yes take the safety steps — wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, drink plenty of fluids, stay home if you are sick.

But don’t let fear take hold of you. It won’t make things better. The only thing fear will change is your outlook and potentially the outlook of those around you. Fear can be contagious.

Whatever we face, God knows and He is with us. (Psalm 46:11) He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. (Heb 13:5) He will see us through the fiery trials we face. (Daniel 3:26)

Lamentations 3 2 24

Remember life is an open book test. God has lots to say to you through His Word. It’s up to you to open it and read.

Kicking fear to the curb and walking in truth,

til next time

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March 12, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment