Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

count it all joy? what?

I had someone once say that my life was easy. (She is probably not the only one to think that.) If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you know that dying to self and living for Christ includes trials and suffering.


Life is filled with things that test our faith.


“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1: 2-4 NLT


“an opportunity for great joy” This used to puzzle me. Some things that we face in life are painful. Then I started to think about what joy is.


Joy in the Lord is constant. Circumstances don’t dictate joy. God’s great love for us does. He is with us and for us. He is an ever present help in trouble. His joy is our strength. He is making a way and He will turn ashes into beauty. So, trials that come our way are indeed an opportunity for great joy because God is working in us and through us. We can see His fingerprints if we are looking for them.

Are you in the middle of a test of your faith? Remember all tests are open book. The only thing stopping you from reading the Word is you.

My prayer for you comes from Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

God knows what awaits us today.
Walking with Jesus!

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October 7, 2020 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

you can memorize

We memorize movie lines, jokes, music lyrics, quotes of famous people, information for exams, but how much of God’s Word do we memorize?


How many times have you said or had someone say to you, “Somewhere in the bible it says something about …” I don’t know about you, but I have said it many times. I want to do better.


Why memorize scripture? “Your word I have hidden in my heart,That I might not sin against You. ” (NKJV) (simple and clear cut)


“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.” Psalm 1:2 (NLT)


Scripture that has been memorized can be meditated on anytime and anywhere. It is a great way to keep your hope renewed and fresh. “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope. ” Psalm 119:114


When talking with a friend who is struggling or facing a huge task, – having memorized the Word of God – it is in you to pull up whenever and wherever needed.

Memorizing one verse a week has had a dynamic effect on my life. Along with the obvious, it also has helped me to be a much more disciplined person. That has impacted all areas of my life.


This week’s verse at our church is from Heb 6:10 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” NIV


delighting in God’s Word, (Psalm 119:15-17)

til next time

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September 29, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

what’s your fruit?

People can’t see what’s going on inside us but they do see what we are producing on the outside. Luke 6:43-45 talks about fruit that develops in our lives.


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23 ESV


The Message bible puts it this way.


“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. “


Read over this list and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart about areas needing improvement. Then ask God to help you grow.

  • love – affection for others
  • joy – exuberance about life
  • peace – serenity
  • patience – develop a willingness to stick with things
  • kindness – compassion in the heart
  • goodness -basic holiness permeates things and people
  • faithfulness – loyal commitments
  • gentleness – not needing to force our way in life
  • self-control- marshal and direct our energies wisely.

pursuing godliness, (Proverbs 15:9)

til next time

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September 26, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

promise keeper

Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the Darkness, – that is Who You are!


Promise Keeper — God’s Word is filled with promises – filled with scriptures we can stand on. Here are just a few.

  • He is Jehovah Jireh – my Provider – Gen 22:14
  • He fights for us! Exodus 14:14
  • He hold us up! Psalm 63:8 and He holds us together – Col 1:17
  • When things around you seems to be changing – He does not change – Heb 13:8
  • He is all powerful – Job 36:22
  • He gives us strength – Isaiah 40:29
  • He dwells in our praises – Psalm 22:3
  • He does wonders – Psalm 77:14
  • He dwells in our hearts through faith – Eph 3:16-18
  • He is able! Able to do what? Whatever is needed. Psalm 138:8 & Eph 3:20
  • He turns ashes into beauty – Isaiah 61:3

If reading that list didn’t give you a pick me up then I encourage you to open your bible and read everyone of those scriptures. God’s Word is life changing.

in awe of who God is!

til next time

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September 24, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

taking my eyes off me – again!

It is so easy to dwell on something that troubles you. You find yourself going over and over the issue again. What should you have done different? How did you not see it? What you wish you had said or done. What do you do now? How do you stop it from hurting?


Recently, after sharing my thoughts for the umpteenth time on a situation that puzzled me, I told my husband that that was all I was going to say on the matter.


Fast forward 15 minutes and there I was bringing it up again. Why? Why is that so easy to do? God knows that what I dwell on is vital. His Word addresses it often. So once again I purposed in my heart to cast my cares and fix my thoughts on all the good things God is doing. (PhIl 4:4-8)


Today my personal devotions took me to Psalms.
“Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.” Psalm 104:34 NASB That reminded me of Psalm 19:14 “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”So once again I purpose in my heart that today I will focus on what is right in the world, what God is doing, and what God wants to do through me and through our church.
I encourage you to read and meditate on all of Psalm 104. Don’t forget to sing or at least listen to music that magnifies God.


” I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” Psalm 104:33-34 NIV


For me, it is so much easier to keep my mind on God’s truth when I am singing praises to Him. Listening to praise music does so much more for my mental outlook that any news station. Hmmm, I do believe there is an important connection there.


To God be the glory,

til next time

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September 23, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

take control of your feelings

A new day dawns. Some days you just know before getting out of bed that it is going to be a challenging day. Maybe you woke with pain or didn’t get good sleep. It could be noisy neighbors or your cell phone notifications that woke you before you were ready to get up. Whatever it might be, the result is the same. You feel: drained, exhausted, frustrated, tired, like going back to bed, the chronic pain is too much today, or like hiding under the covers.


What to do? Take control of your feelings. Bring God into the situation. Don’t allow feelings to ruin a perfectly enjoyable day. (Psalm 118:24)

I have scriptures posted all over our house – wonderful reminders to my sometimes tired brain.

Today this one jumped out at me as I got the water for my coffee.

“My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.” Psalm 71:8 NIV

Notice it doesn’t say my mouth is filled with your praise: when everything is going my way, when I feel like it, or when ….. No, my mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.

Continuing in Psalm 71 “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” verse 14


As for me, I have hope and I will praise God. What about you? What will your words today say about you?


Father, help me to use my life to bring You glory. Let my words and my thoughts be pleasing to You. (Psalm 19:14) Help my filter to be in good working order. (Psalm 141:3) To You be the glory! (1Cor 10:31) amen!


“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” Proverbs 15:13 (turn heartache over to God and allow His peace to replace it. – Phil 4:4-7)

til next time

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September 19, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

9/11

This morning I am reminded of where I was when 9/11 changed our nation. Such evil was unleashed upon our country. Life as we knew it was forever changed.

What does God have to say about evil? There are 539 references to evil in the ESV translation. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,who put darkness for light and light for darkness,who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 ESV

God has given man free will. He is not pleased when man chooses evil.

“…cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression;…” Isaiah 1

When 9/11 happened, we opened the doors of our churches. People flocked in and joined together to pray. Our country came together in unity in support of one another.

Today, we remember. We pray for the families who lost loved ones. We also pray for our country.

Nineteen years later and we find ourselves a country divided. Some of those very people who came together now express hatred toward those whose opinion doesn’t match their own. Oh how we have forgotten that we can agree to disagree agreeably.

So what are we to do? What am I to do?

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

I can stand for righteousness, call sin sin and still treat you with respect. I can love you and not agree with you. We are called to love and not just those who agree with us. (Luke 6:27-36) We are called to make a difference.

As Christians we have the power of Christ dwelling within us. (Col 1:29) Let’s remember today that we represent Christ to a world that badly needs the forgiveness, love, grace, and peace Christ offers. Let’s let our actions, posts, and words build up the other person. (Eph 4:29)

“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt 5:16 ESV)

Who are you bringing glory to?

til next time

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September 11, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

generous/stingy

The other day I had the opportunity to be generous on three separate occasions. I could have shaken off the idea. (I’ve done that in the past.) It would have been easy to make an excuse of why I couldn’t.

I want to be a generous giver and that generally comes with inconvenience or some sort of cost.


There are many ways to be generous. (doing something for someone, buying someone’s lunch, taking time to listen, volunteering, going above and beyond what your boss expects, even clicking likes on facebook – don’t be stingy with your likes, and of course being generous in our giving financially — for the work of the Kingdom to go forth)


“Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” Isaiah 58:10-11 (TLB)

God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) Jesus demonstrated compassion over and over again. One way that the light of Christ shines through us is when we feed the hungry and help those who are in trouble. Often this will come at an inconvenient time. Are we willing to be inconvenienced? Do we look for opportunities to be a blessing?

‘Thou shalt be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring’ – ever-flowing – doesn’t run dry, a steady supply of water – giving and receiving


After a good soaking rain, my gardens flourish. So it is with us, when we allow the Word of God to soak into us and let God guide us, we flourish and are fruitful.


From God – To me – Thru me– To others – a spring of living water flows!
til next time

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September 10, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

talking with my Father

How’s your prayer life?


We are told to ‘pray without ceasing.’ (1 Thess 5:17)
I believe this is to have an attitude of prayer. The goal is to have prayer become our first response not our last resort.


What is prayer?

Communicating with God – the One who rules the universe and all the galaxies beyond, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere wants to hear from you. He wants you to cast your cares on Him. He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)


God is aware of everything that is going on. When we talk to Him about it, it is a reminder to us that He is right there. He cares about us. He is for us! He wants a relationship with us. He loves us. (Psalm 119:18, Isaiah 40:29, Jude 2, Psalm 42:5, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 118:6, John 3:16)


The best thing prayer does?

Prayer changes things. Prayer makes a difference. The greatest change is in me. It draws me closer to God. Therefore, my corner of the world is better because of Jesus. I am as close to Jesus as I choose to be.


Don’t forget a part of prayer is listening. It is in listening that I find God pouring peace into my heart. We may never hear the audible voice of God but He still speaks to us: thru His word, thru music, preaching, thru others, thru a sense of assurance, God has even used a Dove Chocolate wrapper to speak to my heart.


Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Social distancing does not apply to God. You can get as close to Him as you want.


I encourage you to spend some time in prayer/communication with the One who loves you most and to do it often.

til next time

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September 8, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

high places

Every time I read Hab 3:19 I am encouraged.
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Hab 3:19NIV

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Whatever I am facing, whatever is ahead, the ‘rocky mountain’ before me will be one more way God reveals Himself to me. He will give me sure footing. He will enable me to climb victoriously. He will see me safely on the other side of the mountain. I need not fear.


Just how this will happen is not my call. Trusting Him each step of the way is what I am called to do.


In claiming Hab 3:19 for my life, I must also read the context.
verses 17-18 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”


What do you do when God doesn’t operate the way you thought He would or should?


“Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be joyful in God my Savior.” or as James puts it (James 1:2-4 NASB) “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”


Sadly, for some Christians, trials just keep them beaten down. They choose to stay stuck in negativity or discouragement. The enemy laughs at this. I believe Jesus weeps at this. He came to give us life! (John 10:10)


Choose God’s way!

til next time

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August 24, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment