Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

have you read Psalm 27 lately?

Let’s look a few verses of Psalm 27.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?” (verse 1)

Salvation – I am grateful that God tells us today is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:1-3) I need Him today to save me – To save me from myself, from negative thoughts, from people who would do me harm, from the enemy of my soul who would try to destroy….

God is my strength.  I need Him.

He will give us wisdom to know what to do and strength to do it. We do not need to live in fear of tomorrow, of change, of things out of our control….

“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (verse 4, 8)

What is your desire? Do your actions adequately reflect this?

God I want You! I want to be more and more aware of Your presence in my life.

“Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (verse 11,13,14)

Seek Him. Take time to get to know Him. Read His Word. Apply His Word.

“We live in this world with all its problems, clutter and stuff… The demands of this world can be in your face. Seek God’s face. Let our hearts be sensitive to God being with us…. Are you building a history of encounters with God?” Pastor Curtis

Are you seeking God? For most of us, it could be more than it is.

Selah

til next time,

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December 7, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

rainbow

It seems that some people are set on rewriting history. The problem is we do not have a delete button or a edit button on history. It is what it is. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it.

I am grateful that God tells us today is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:1-3) I need Him today to save me – To save me from myself, from negative thoughts, from people who would do me harm, from the enemy of my soul who would try to destroy…. I need God.


I love that God gives us signs. When God set the rainbow in the sky, it was a sign of His promise to never flood the earth again. I have seen pictures of the Ark that was built according to God’s specifications. I am sure the rainbow meant more to those who witnessed the flood, but for me, the rainbow is always a sign of hope.

gen 9 13

We have hope!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

til next time

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December 5, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

let.it.go

Just. Let. It. Go!

No one likes to be forgotten or taken for granted and yet it happens. Some have said that an afterthought is better than to be completely forgotten. For me personally, having experienced both, completely forgotten is easier to process. Life is busy.

I was talking with a friend whose family completely missed her birthday – not a text, call, card – nothing. How do we handle it when we are forgotten or realize we were just an afterthought?

I am so very grateful that we are never an afterthought to God.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
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.”

When situations arise and you feel left out – don’t dwell on it – instead, extend grace. Easy? No, especially when your feelings are hurt. This is when it is so important to rule your emotions and not allow your emotions to rule you. Ask yourself if five years from now will it matter? What about one year? one month?

You have a couple choices – dwell on it and be miserable with resentment and bitterness on your heels or Just Let It Go. Extend grace (knowing they will possibly not even realize you are extending grace) and then peace and joy will be on your heels.

Remember God hasn’t forgotten you. God is on your side always. Don’t dwell on what could have been or what wasn’t but dwell on what is! God is for you! God is working all things for your good. God is with you!

psalm 139 17 18

 

Selah,

til next time

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December 3, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, 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

influence

We discussed yesterday about being an example. People see what we do. They also figure out rather quickly if our words match our actions.

2 Chronicles reveals a mother who could have been a wonderful influence to her son but that’s not what she chose.

“Ahaziah also followed the evil example of King Ahab’s family, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Ahab’s family had done. They even became his advisers after the death of his father, and they led him to ruin.” 2 Chron 22:3-4

“encouraged him in doing wrong” – what are some ways this could apply to the world we live in now?

*Calling in sick to work or school when we or our child isn’t sick
*Encouraging cheating
*Doing their homework for them
*Blaming the teacher instead of taking ownership
*Making the outcome the most important aspect – doesn’t matter how you get there or who you hurt
*Mistreating others
*Stealing with no consequences and possibly rewards for sneakiness
*Telling lies to get ahead
the list could go on and on

It matters what we do.

Ahaziah listened and it led to his ruin. Who are you listening to?  What are you telling people who are listening to you?

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14 (NIV)

til next time

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November 25, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what’s on your heart?

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut 6:6-7 (ESV)

What words? V4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

It seems that I can remember always jotting down thoughts or scriptures and taping them up around my bedroom first, then my apartment and finally now in my home. They are reminders of truths that apply to whatever it is that I am dealing with.

Deut 6: 4-7 is parental advice. As parents, we have the great privilege and responsibility to teach our children. Let’s not forget that one effective way we do that is by being an example. Our kids see way more than we realize.

Something that I strive for is to find a connection with God in whatever is going on and be ready to share that if the opportunity arises. That’s the way it should be, right? Deut 6:6-7 pretty much covers the entire day.

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut 6:6-7 (ESV)

Let’s make God’s presence known as we go through our day.

til next time

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November 24, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

gratitude

I have been doing a gratitude journal for quite awhile now. It has impacted my life in a powerful way. It should come as no surprise that intentionally being thankful for little and big things would greatly impact a person life, but yet, I find myself amazed and surprised often at the difference it makes.

“always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;”
Ephesians 5:20 (NASB)

“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thess 5:18 (NASB)

Things I would have rushed by or overlooked, now make me smile and even more important than that – it makes me think of how much my Jesus loves me and cares.

How about if you stop right now and think of three things you are thankful for?

Here are the last 3 entries in my journal:
1808   pinkish, purple, blue color in the sky around the moon and clouds with darkness surrounding
1809   “Just so happens” encounter and hug from a dear friend i haven’t seen in ages
1810   coupon for biscuits and gravy

On the cover of my journal I have written:
“Making a big deal out of every little thing God does for me.”
That is so much better than making a big deal out of nothing or worrying about something that will likely never happen.

I choose to see the good, to be thankful and to ‘cultivate an awareness of the presence of God.’ (Curt Girod)

What do you choose?

psalm 19 1 a

Selah,

til next time

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November 23, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Just.Do.It!

Recently I was asked how do we take the Gospel outside the walls of the church. To me this isn’t something that needs much discussion. Just do it!

As you leave our church building you walk under a sign that says  — “You Are Now Entering Your Mission Field”

Jesus tells us in Mark 16:15 “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.”

As you go about your day to day life, God wants to use you to reach those that come across your path. Pray for opportunities to share the good news and then share it. (Colossians 4:3) Let your light shine. (Matthew 5:16) Brighten up your corner of the world. Be intentional about sharing the hope that you have. Make the most of opportunities that come your way. (Colossians 4:5) Go! Wherever you are – talk about the hope that you have in God. Talk about the difference He makes in your life. (Hebrews 6:19)

Personally, I believe we can spend way too much time talking about how to reach out and end up with very little time actually doing it. Intentions do not get the job done. Talking about doing it isn’t doing it. Jesus didn’t tell the disciples to form a committee. He told each one to Go!

Be ready to share what God has/is doing in your life. Be aware that some difficult things happen so that you will have an opportunity to share. (Luke 21:13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.)

I encourage you today – Go into your world and share Jesus!

Selah

til next time

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November 20, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what kind of example are you?

Whether we like it or not, people see what we do.  People watch us to see if this Jesus thing is for real.  We are examples.

When it comes to Christianity, age is not an excuse to live sloppy.

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)

Be an example in your:
Word — “If Jesus were standing right there would you be embarrassed? By the way, Jesus is right there.” Pastor Curt

Love – They will know we are Jesus’ disciples by our love

Attitude – you can say all the right words but still have an attitude problem

Faith – our belief in God. Let your faith be visible!

Purity – The world does not set the standard. God does!

It is true that you may be the only Bible someone is reading. Let’s be examples that inspire others to want to know God.

1 TIM 4 12

til next time

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November 19, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , | Leave a comment

white out

A problem with spell check is when the word is spelled correctly but it is the wrong word. When you then copy and paste that section 3 more times and totally miss that it is the wrong word, you have a problem. In my case ‘were’ is not ‘will’. Also there is a difference between weighted and weighed. Spell check doesn’t care.

Along comes white out. What a great invention. Although when you have 30 books – that’s 150 words that need to be corrected. Oh, how much easier it would have been to have used the right word in the first place.

While taking care of this issue I thought about Jesus. Jesus, the ultimate white out. Psalm 103:12 tells us that our sins are removed as far as east is from the west.

isaiah 1 18

“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelations 1:5-6(ESV)

Then my thoughts turned to people. White out applies to people too.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Love covers a multitude of sins – I have given this much thought. There is much I could say but I challenge you to talk with God about how He wants this to play out in your own life.

Love in words, in tone, in actions, in body language — Let’s allow God’s love to transform our lives into a display of HIS LOVE! Oh, how He loves us!

Selah,

til next time

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November 18, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment