Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

make a difference

Look out world cuz I am here to make a difference!  Generosity gets my mind off of me! I am blessed to be a blessing!

“The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered” Proverbs 11:25 (NASB)

When God shines the spotlight on your life, what does He see? Do you lean more toward generous or stingy?

There are many ways that we can display generosity. We can lend a helping hand, speak encouraging words, provide for a need, share a possession, give it forward, financially give to missionaries, be generous with your time in visiting those in nursing homes – the thing all of these have in common is that it is for someone else.

Generosity gets my mind off of me.

Looking to be a blessing today!

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April 6, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

calm

“Peace, be still” — that is what Jesus said to the sea (Mark 4:39) and there was a great calm.

“Be still and know I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Is the storm raging around you?

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John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

“Peace, be still.”

Pray with me — “Father God, speak peace, be still into my life today. It is You I trust. My life is in Your hands.”

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STILL By Hillsong
Hide me now
Under Your wings
Cover me
Within Your mighty hand

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still, know You are God

Find rest my soul
In Christ alone
Know His power
In quietness and trust

When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father You are king over the flood
I will be still, know You are God [x2]

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February 7, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

labels -liberal – conservative

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today?

Lots of people are spouting their opinions and fueling the anger that seems to be boiling  across our country.  Free speech seems to gravitate into negative speech.  Things people would not say in person, they freely say hiding behind the internet.

Are you a liberal?  Are you a conservative?  I refuse to let that label define me or my friends.  I am a person. Respect, integrity, compassion, love — these are some of the things that define me.

I really want to tell some of my Facebook friends to “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post something that is not negative.  I get that you are not a fan of the current president.  I have friends in both camps.  Those for the president, please remember love is not puffed up.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)   Get into a solution.  Tell about something you are doing to make your world better.  Clearly posting argumentative junk is not healing the divide.  How about pictures of your dog or your food?  Is anything good in your life?

 

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) This applies when things are going great and when we encounter situations that are difficult.

Are you contagious? Do others look at you and want the joy, peace, hope, love…..that they see in you? Don’t let the hardships of life dim your light.

Recognizing that we can trust fully that God is in control, is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1) and is for us (Psalm 118:6) enables us to laugh without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25 NLT)

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today? How about if you make it a point to do one random act of kindness everyday? I may not be able to change a nation but I can change my corner of the world and make it a brighter place. I am blessed to be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)

What about you?

Let us demonstrate the overcoming power of God in our lives.

This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine!!
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til next time

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February 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2017 and so it begins

“Things don’t get better as you drift away from God.” Curtis Girod

“Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.” Hosea 6:3 NKJV

Don’t drift. Go after the things of God. Dig into His Word. Start the year with determination to know God more. As you do this, your life will reflect Him more and more.

May our theme for 2017 be — Shine through me, Jesus!

This little light of mine is not just a children’s song.  It is a way of life.

“Lord, may Your light shine in me and through me.”

People may not read the Bible but they can’t avoid us, at least not all of the time.  What is it that they see when they come in contact with us?  What does our words and our actions reveal about our relationship with Christ?

Letting Christ shine through me — this is my heart’s cry!

new year

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January 1, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

standing in the gap

When I tell someone I am praying for them, what that really means is I am standing in the gap for them, their marriage, their children, their health, our friendship, (whatever is going on at that time in their life) and asking God to help them press on. (Phil 3:12)

“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3

Give thanks – having a heart of gratitude makes a difference in how we handle life. When we begin giving thanks to God for people, it affects how we treat those very people.

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.

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 should not be our last resort. “Praying always” means getting to the place where prayer is our first response. Prayer becomes as natural as breathing. Have a problem? Pray. Have a ‘just so happens moment” – give thanks.

How’s your prayer life?

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November 25, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

know and be known

I believe there is a thirst in us to be known – to be understood.

“I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15

To know and be known.

Today’s post is borrowed from a friend. Thank you Lisa!

{Sometimes it’s just nice to know that when too much is jumbling around in one’s head to say, God knows. He just knows. He knows what you mean. He knows what you can’t describe. He knows what you can’t find the words for.

He KNOWS and He cares and He’s there, like it or not, whether you can sense Him or not, He’s always there and I really don’t think ungraceful semantics are going to phase Him, (constantly having to remind myself of that) because He already knows and even though He already knows you can still go to Him with it, whatever “it” is.

He can handle it.}   (Lisa)

“Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Hebrews 4:14-16 (Msg)

Yes we can know and be known!

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November 2, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i need to eat today!

I enjoy a good meal. In fact, I enjoy a mediocre meal. Last night, after all of the activities of the previous 24 hours were fulfilled, I sat down with a 32 ounce fountain Mt. Dew. It was the best Mt. Dew.

Now was it really?

At the time, it certainly seemed like it was.

For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

However, what I ate and drank yesterday does not mean I do not want or need to eat and drink today. It is the same with God. Making right choices, walking in peace and joy with the Holy Spirit’s help is a daily thing.

You could sit down to the best meal ever but if there is conflict and strife, heartache and despair, or drama and criticism I do not think you would possible enjoy that meal. If,on the other hand, you cast all your cares on Jesus, (1 Peter 5:7) – trusting Him to make a way, (Isaiah 43:19) — and take up your shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16) in the midst of whatever you face, then you can eat that meal in peace and joy.

Have you talked with God today?

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September 13, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

jumping out of trees

When our boys were little, we were given the book “Really important stuff my kids have taught me” by Cynthia Lewis. I ran across it recently. It is filled with some funny stuff.

Then I saw this page. There is nothing funny about fear.brave

Are you thirsty for adventure? Serving God is an amazing adventure. Sometimes He asks us to step out in faith. He takes us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes we feel the stretch and a bit of fear tries to stop us.

God is for us. We do not need to fear. (Psalm 118:6) Yet, there are times when we must face down our fears. We know the truth and yet, sometimes we just have to move forward and do it afraid. Like the first time I climbed a tree – or recently when a precious boy was wanting to be like the big kids and go down a slide.

He was afraid. So, he reached for my hand and with eyes big, he started down. He did that a few more times, always grabbing my hand.

Remember, you are never alone (Deut 3:8) and God has your hand. (Psalm 73:23) God’s got this and you can do it!!

God is taking us on an adventure!

Jumping out of trees and not afraid of the dark,

til next time,

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September 10, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trade offs – not just for football

Super Bowl — No matter how big the screen may be, I am not a fan of watching football on t.v.   However, I do enjoy some of those slow motion replays.

This year (Super Bowl 50)  the Broncos went home with the win!  Whatever your thoughts are about Peyton Manning, he has proven himself to be a great quarterback.  Hmmmm, is there enough evidence to show that I am a follower of Christ?

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What a great verse!  What a great promise.  We are on God’s winning team.  There are no losers.   We each have a purpose.  Yet, it is our choice to follow God’s plan or not.   Joshua 24:15 tells us to choose this day who you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

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This Psalm expresses the importance of praising God.  Praise Him openly.  Magnify Him. Let us exalt His name together.   (That is a reason to find a Bible believing church and go.)

“I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Fear tries to cripple our faith.   Sometimes our faith gets in distress – I call that doubt. Another product of fear is worry.   The Bible is filled with scripture after scripture – “fear not” – “do not fear” again a choice we make. Do we trust God or do we let fear (doubt, worry) settle in.

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So take that fear, doubt, worry – God is with us!  God is helping us!  God is strengthening us!   It is God’s grace working in us, silencing our fears and quieting the unrest in our souls.

When we look to the world or put our eyes on the problem we can be easily discouraged or at a loss.

When we look to God, when we magnify Him, our faith arises and our hope is renewed.

Faith in God destroys fear!

Every time we go to God in prayer we are releasing our faith.

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”  (Psalm 46: 1-3, 10 NKJV)

Crisis
problems
trials
situations out of our control — come to all of us.

The difference lies in how we handle it.  Do we let it overtake us, discourage us, or do we have faith in God’s willingness and His ability to take care of us.   Remember, God is for us.  Over and over in His Word He reminds us that He is with us and for us.

In football, trade offs happen.  When a player’s contract is up, the owner can choose to trade one player for another.  He is looking for the best trade off.

We have the best trade off option.

As Christians we can trade our:
broken dreams
heartaches
frustrations
things that we just can’t understand
pain
We can give that to God and in exchange He will give us:
peace
joy
comfort
He will turn it around  (Romans 8:28)
He will make beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61:3)

WHAT A TRADE OFF

Trials/problems are not enemies of our faith but instead they are an opportunity to see God’s faithfulness up close.

That is if we hold on to Him,
trust Him, put our faith in Him,
refusing to let worry and fear control us….

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“God will give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it.”  Curtis Girod

God will see us through. He will give us the strength to stick it out – not the grit your teeth kind of strength but the strength that endures the unedurable and spills over into joy.

Don’t let fear settle in. Don’t give in to worry or doubt. Let your faith rise up and destroy fear.

God is for you! The game isn’t over. You are on the winning team.

til next time

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February 10, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

survival or thrive?

Disappointment – how do you handle it?

Expectations — realistic — unrealistic —  can lead to disappointment.

Then what?

Do you slip into survival mode?  ‘I just have to get through this.’

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Seven months ago I injured my left knee.  This was shortly after dealing with a bad case of tennis elbow and before that I fractured my foot.  Does make me think I should have a bubble wrap suit on at all times.

For months my knee was numb from about four inches above my knee cap to six inches below my knee cap.   The numbness was a blessing in disguise as it helped reduce the pain.  However, the numbness just didn’t seem to want to go away.

Shaving became an interesting experience.  While there wasn’t any sound, it still had the same effect as finger nails on a chalkboard every time the razor hit the numb area.

The doctor said that it would take months (even up to a year) to heal.  Months?  A year?  Oy!  Just a tad overwhelming.

Do I slip into survival mode – just hanging on until the day it is better?  What if that day never comes?

I didn’t realize how often I got on my knees or would squat down until I no longer could.  It has changed me.

This past week I had my last day of physical therapy for my knee.  PT has taken me as far as it can.  I must admit that when I first started I really thought it would help get me back to normal.

Disappointment — what if this is as good as it gets?

 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)

Truth is, I am much better.  Most of the numbness is gone.  I now can kind of, sort of, get down on my knee.  Crawling on my knees is not pleasant. Getting up  requires some pre-planning but at least I can get down on my knees.    Squatting is still out of the question.  I never thought I would see the day when I missed squatting.

Disappointment.  It would be so easy to focus on the disappointment.  If not dealt with, disappointment can lead to frustration and an overwhelming sense of gloom.

Add to my recent disappointment with my knee, my post-op visit on Monday resulted in the need for another visit in 4 months.  The surgery wasn’t as successful as my gyno doctor led me to believe.  In addition, my anal fissure is still not healed resulting in an angry sphincter muscle, inflammation has landed in a finger joint  and I have developed tendinitis in my achilles’ tendon on my right heel.  Next week I start PT on that.  (I say all of this not for sympathy but so that you will know that when I say I understand pain, disappointment and the pull to slip into survival mode – I know what I am talking about.)

Pain rides on the heels of disappointment.  (heel – pun intended — it is good to keep a sense a humor)  It might be physical pain or sadness pain – in my case it is both.

Disappointment and/or pain –  how do you handle it?

For me, I took some time again to get into the truth.   Life really is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.   I choose to allow God to use this to further the work that He is doing in me.  After all I do believe that nothing takes God by surprise.  Whatever comes my way God will help me.  (Psalm 46:1) I choose to thrive, to grow, to flourish and to let God use this for His glory!

I refuse to let disappointment or negativity rule me.  When it rears its ugly head I will not get into agreement with it.  When the pain intensifies,  I may cry a bit or a lot depending on the pain level but ultimately I know that God will and is turning this around for good.  (Rom 8:28) I trust Him!

Malcom Muggeridge, brilliant British journalist puts it best –  “Everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced my existence has been through affliction and not through happiness.”

I close with this scripture that is near to my heart.

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”  2 Cor 4:17-18 (The Message)

 

Don’t just survive.  Live each day with a purpose.  Thrive!  Grow!  Flourish!

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January 9, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment