Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

betrayal

Holy Week
The Lord’s Supper

It wasn’t just any ordinary meal.

It is here that Jesus speaks of the upcoming betrayal.

“And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” Mark 14:18 ESV

Jesus understands betrayal.

Jesus knew who it was and yet did not treat him in such a way so that others knew. (Mark 14:19 “They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?”)

Truly this wasn’t an ordinary meal. This one would be remembered through the ages.

“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” Luke 22:19-20 ESV
(For additional reading – 1 Corinthians 11:23-30)

With a heart filled with gratitude!
til next time

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April 18, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

weeping – cleansing

Holy Week

Weeping and Cleansing

We’ve talked about the  triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Today we will look at weeping and cleansing.

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it” Luke 19:41 ESV

It is here that Jesus speaks of the coming destruction of Jerusalem. They refused to recognize God’s offer of salvation. (41-44)

I wonder how much impact it would make on our lives if we spent more time weeping over those who don’t know Jesus and are living in darkness? When was the last time you prayed for someone to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord? I am reminded of a line from a song that I love — “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.”

We then find Jesus entering the temple.

“And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” Luke 19:45-46 ESV

“A den of robbers” indicates that unfair dealings were taking place. Even though animals were needed for the sacrifices, selling them inside the temple was not acceptable. I believe it was also a prophetic action that sacrifices were no longer going to be needed. Jesus would become the sacrifice once and for all.

Weeping and cleansing — let’s take some time today and pray for those who are living with out hope. Let’s take some time to ask Jesus if there is a cleansing that needs to take place in us. Maybe it’s a negative attitude, a destructive habit, a stingy mindset, a laziness of sorts, complacency, pride, envy, a lying tongue…. is there something that is standing in the way of us being all that God intends us to be?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Psalm 19:23-24 NLT

til next time

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April 18, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

not just any parade

Holy Week
Triumphal Entry (click here for part 1)

Parades bring excitement – This was an unusual parade.

Returning from war, Roman emperors would not choose a colt but a fine prancing horse for their parade. There would be warriors, prisoners in chains, and a great display of the spoils of war. Instead Jesus came riding on a colt, no warriors, no prisoners and no spoils of war.

John 12:12-15 “The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

The crowd took action and rolled out the red carpet. Here comes this man riding on a colt (fulfilling Zech 9:9) They laid down branches which was a sign of victory and success. (Rev 7:9)

(The other 3 gospels mention laying down clothing – custom of that day – when God would appoint a King. see 2 Kings 9:13)

THE CROWD WAS LOUD
They were looking to Him for deliverance.

“Hosanna Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:26 – 29)

EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING.
The word is out. He raised a dead man, he healed the sick, the lame walk, the blind see – surely He can free us from Rome. Finally Rome will be overthrown.

EXPECTATIONS WERE HIGH
They thought they knew what should be done – what was best.

If we aren’t careful we can fall into that trap easily – thinking we know what is truly best instead of trusting God.

How much frustration would be eliminated if we placed our expectations in the hands of Jesus and trusted Him with outcome?

Not my will but Yours be done!

til next time

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April 17, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Triumphal entry

Holy Week
The triumphal entry (part 1)

Jesus is leaving Jericho heading to Jerusalem – 17 miles Three times He tells his disciples what will happen there – death and resurrection. They don’t get it.

As he left Jericho a great crowd follows him. Two blind men sitting by the road cried out to Him. The multitude tried to quiet them. They got all the louder. “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David.”

What did Jesus do?

“So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” Matthew 20:32-33

V 32 He stood still, and called them, He was on His way to Jerusalem, He knew what was ahead and yet he stood still. He met them in that moment.

What Do We Do? Are we in such a hurry that we don’t hear or see what is going on around us? We should be willing to stop, stand still and do good.

Lord, help me to not be so focused on my agenda, in such a hurry to get to the next thing that I don’t see the need right in front of me. Help me to be Your hand extended today.

Let them see You in me,

til next time

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April 17, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

wisdom is not

Yesterday we looked at what James 3 says wisdom is.
Today we will look at the verses in between.
What wisdom is not
“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” James 3:14-16 ESV
 
We’ve all met mean-spirited people. They will climb over anyone that gets in their way. Yes, they have ambition but it is full of conniving and using people. They are looking out for themselves and unconcerned about the cost others will pay.
 
Wisdom is not:
.twisting the truth so that you look wise
.trying to appear better than others
.making others look bad.
 
No one wants to work with a selfish person. Even if they have knowledge about the project, their selfishness will cause problems.
 
When it comes to jealousy the wise thing to do is recognize it and get rid of it. It truly is a green monster.
 
 
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17 NLT
Let’s be wise,
til next time
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April 14, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

criteria of wisdom

What does it look like to be a person who is wise? While there are many correct answers, today I want to look at what James has to say.
 
James 5:13 “If you are wise, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth…..17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and good deeds. It is wholehearted and straightforward and sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.” TLB (Tomorrow I will talk about the verses in the middle.)
 
What pours out of you will reveal your true level of wisdom.
God’s wisdom is demonstrated by a life that gets along with others. He/she recognizes that there may be something to learn from a discussion. It is someone who is straightforward – doesn’t beat around the bush. Yet, in the process is someone who is full of mercy. A wise person is someone who is sincere. No matter who they are with, they act the same.
Yes, we all have room to grow in wisdom.
 
 
Need more wisdom? James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
 
Live well, Live humbly. Walk your talk.
 
til next time
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April 13, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

catching up

I had lunch with a friend today. It’s been way too long. We had so much catching up to do that this one visit wasn’t going to accomplish it all.
 
I wonder, do we do that to God? Maybe you haven’t talked to Him in ages so you have a lot of catching up to do.
 
I hope that you talk with God often throughout your day. You don’t have to schedule an appointment. However, you might need to set aside some time in your schedule to have an uninterrupted talk with Him. (Remember a conversation involves talking and listening. If you think God is silent – open up His Word. It will communicate with you anytime/anywhere.)
 
“Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
 
Pray without ceasing is something we get better and better at as our relationship with God grows. It is having a mindset that God is always listening. He is our first response not last resort. We can talk with Him anywhere. Our thoughts can become prayers and He reads our heart when words just aren’t there.
 
Why not take a moment right now and talk with God, give Him thanks for this moment, and don’t forget to offer up your praise to Him. Praise tears down walls.
 
grateful!
til next time
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April 4, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

organization

I found this ‘new gadget’ that looked like it would help me organize my spices. Now if only there was a basement gadget and a garage gadget. I remind my husband that there is a tool gadget called a tool box. 🙂

spices

right picture is the new and improved rack

Galatians 5:1 tells us “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
 
The main point of this chapter is about practical godliness, striving against sin and not each other, and the struggle between flesh and Spirit.
 
Freedom! Freedom to stand firm. Freedom in Christ.

As I was organizing my spices (getting rid of ones I have never used – finding duplicates – finding spices I had forgotten about) I was reminded how easily my stuff can start to choke me.
 
Sometimes it is as if my ‘stuff’ has become a chain that traps me. Instead of owning it, it owns me. It is then that I find that God is calling me to a deeper level of generosity.
 
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NLT
 
I recently took a pair of earrings out of my ears and gave them to someone. It has been way too long since I have done something like that. “Father, help me to hold loosely to what you have blessed me with knowing that I may be the conduit You are using to bless someone else. I am ever thankful for Your many blessings – most of all for Your presence in my life. Help me to be a reflection of You.”
 
What is God calling you to do? Where are you on the generous meter? How tightly do you hold on to your things? Freedom – trusting God with it all!
 
I’m Yours Lord,
til next time
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April 3, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

not only this?

We’ve been looking at Romans 5:1-5 (3/7 Christian life, 3/8 just as if, 3/11 fields of grace) Today we will start with verse 3.
 
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us”
 
“And not only this…. this what?  (if you have time take a moment and read 3/7, 3/8, 3/11)  In a nutshell here is what “this is” referring to – justified by faith, peace with God thru Jesus, grace to stand and hope in God – what a list!! Yet he goes on to say — not only this but there’s more!!!
 
“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,”
 
Say what? rejoice in tribulations? (tribulations or sufferings, physical hardships, trials, tests….)
 
2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NASB) “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,”
 
Don’t give up. Light afflictions – remember Paul’s resume’ (2 Cor 11:22-28) The light afflictions he is referring to consist of many imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecked, stoned and he faced many dangers…..
 
Don’t give up! When the storm heats up — remember whose you are. We sing the song “You’re a good good Father” and He is. God will see you through. He is an ever present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Tomorrow we will look more closely as why rejoice in sufferings?
til next time
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March 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fields of grace

(Continued from 3/7 – what I love about christianity  & 3/8 – just as if )
Romans 5:2 “through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand;”
 
We have access (approach God) by faith into grace/favor in which we stand firm.
The Message bible puts v 2 this way – “We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
 
“Standing in grace” – sometimes it ‘feels’ like we are knee deep in mud. When it feels like that remember truth – Grace in where we stand. You may need to remind yourself of this when your emotions/feelings try to tell you something different.
 
It is the power of God that enables us to stand. Don’t forget where you are standing! Field of God’s grace!!
 
The second part of v 2 says “and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
 
Hope is our anchor (Heb 6:19-20)
 
We have an anchor that keeps us sure and steady. It doesn’t fasten to the sand but enters within the veil and fastens onto Christ. Jesus paid the price for us. Our hope is fastened on Him.
 
“But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14
 
standing in grace – filled with hope,
 til next time
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March 11, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment