Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

chronic stress?

Stress can be a big deal.  Some of us are walking around in chronic stress.  What can we do to reduce stress?
 
The Bible tells us:
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 ESV
 
Where our mind is, where our thoughts go will impact the amount of stress we deal with.
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” Romans 8:5-7 ESV
 
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  There is the key to handling stress. Where is your mind set?
 
Meditation and memorization of the scripture are huge tools to setting your mind on the things of God. When is the last time you meditated? (Rehashing negative things is a form of mediation. It is not a good form and it will not lead you to peace.)
 
Here are a couple great scriptures to memorize and then meditate on when you feel stress knocking.
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11 NASB
 
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 ESV
 
 
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Setting my mind on the Spirit!
til next time
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November 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

this is only a test

This is only a test……
 
How many times have I heard that come over the radio or television?
 
This is only a test. Five words that would be most helpful if we would remember them when facing anything. Car problems? This is only a test. Health problems? This is only a test. Work issues? This is only a test.
 
What is the test? How you will handle whatever it is that you are facing. Will you trust God? Will you get frustrated? Will you get angry? Will you turn to God?
 
Truth is God is in control. If you believe that – then whatever happens – God is in control. God will help. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Recently I found myself stopped in the middle of a narrow,steep road in the back hills of TN. As I was griping the steering wheel and having trouble breathing, I told him that I just couldn’t go on. Certainly there was no backing up but going forward wasn’t ideal either. So there we sat. (What a time for Curtis to not be able to drive.)
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He said all the right things but it didn’t matter. Then he began to pray. Oh, yes, that’s right — God! Peace filled the car and I began to inch my way down.
 
What are you facing today? Remember, this is only a test. God will give you the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it if you rely on and depend on Him.
til next time
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October 31, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

yes, you have a choice

We (my husband and I) are four weeks into post-op.  To say it has been a challenge is an understatement.  Neither of us had any real idea of what to expect.  Oh, I had expectations alright.  Reality is nothing like my expectations.

Looking back over the past four weeks, there is one thing that keeps popping up. I would find myself overwhelmed and God would lovingly, ever so gently pick me up and calm my anxiety. (This was very evident when I was driving in the foothills of Tennessee – on back roads that were narrow and not marked.)

I had a choice. We always have a choice.

I could wallow in self-pity. I could embrace the anxiety and carry it with me like a blanket. I could give in, clinch my fists and shut down. OR I could cry out to God. I could choose to believe what I know to be true and not what I was currently ‘feeling.” I could, with open arms, receive God’s grace and strength for each moment.

Psalm 61:1-4 NLT
“O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”

What are you facing today? What ‘enemies’ are trying to overtake you today? (Fear? Doubt? Frustration? Financial? Relationships? Work? School?…)

Will you choose to receive from God the strength and grace that He offers? Will you choose to trust Him today?

God is for you, with you, and making a way. (Psalm 118:6, Matt 28:20, Isaiah 43:19)

Til next time

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October 29, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

question 4

4 of 4 questions God asked and still asks today.

Whom shall I send?

Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Are you available? Or are you so busy that the only time God can get your attention is in the middle of the night or in church?

Whom shall I send?

Are you willing to be His hand extended? to your neighbor, co-worker, family member, grandchild, friend….

God wants to flow through you to the world around you. What will you say?

til next time

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October 19, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

question 3

3 of 4 questions God asked and asks today.

Do you love me?

John 21:15 “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

He brings us back to love every time.

Peter had denied Christ. There are times that our actions, our priorities, or even our words may in fact deny Christ. What are your actions saying about your love for Christ?

God calls us closer. He brings us back to love every time.

Oh how He loves us. He is crazy in love with us. He is for us.

Do you love Him?

tomorrow question 4

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

question 2

2 of 4 questions God asked and is still asking today.

Could you not keep watch for one hour? Could you not wait?

In Mark 14 Jesus is going to pray. He takes with Him Peter, James and John and tells them He is deeply grieved. He asks them to keep watch.

Yet, they fell asleep. A second and third time He asks. They can’t seem to stay awake.

38 “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The world we live in seems to be more and more focused on instant. Hurry, hurry, hurry, we want it right now.

How are you when God says wait? Do you trust Him? Do you trust His timing?

Do you wait with Him? In prayer, word, mediation?

How much of your attention does God get?

Keep watching – keep praying – keep connected

tomorrow question 3

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

question 1

1 of 4 questions that God asked and is asking today.

1.) “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

In Matthew 6:25-33 it talks about life, eating, drinking, clothing, birds, lilies, Solomon, grass and faith. In the middle He asks “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Worry robs us of peace, joy, energy, – worry is exhausting. Yet it can be so easy to fall into the trap of worrying. When those thoughts try to dominate, turn your thoughts to the One who loves you and will work all things out for your good. (Romans 8:28)

Trust Him with the why? How long? When will it get better? What’s next?

Trust Him!

He also asks a couple rhetorical questions Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? and “Are you not worth more?” Jesus thought you were worth dying for. If you don’t know your worth – read the Word. Find out what it has to say about who you are. You are a child of the King!

tomorrow question 2

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October 16, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

why read the bible?

“Joy in the journey. The more you put into developing your spiritual character – the more you will get out of it.” Pastor Curtis

Why read the bible?

“Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” Psalm 119:105 TLB

“The more you put into it – the more you are going to get out of it. God speaks to you through His Word. God will strengthen your inner man through exposure to His Word.” Pastor Curtis

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 ESV

 

“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 NASB

 

 

Read it, listen to it, meditate on it, memorize it. You will be better because of it.

 

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til next time

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October 15, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

doubt

Doubt – to call into question truth
“When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 NLT
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The best way to come against doubt is with truth. The enemy of our soul seeks to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) He will whisper lies in hopes that we will take the bait and run with it.
Let truth rise up within you. In your weakness, He is strong. His grace is enough! (2 Cor 12:9) He is for you. (Psalm 118:6) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He will work all things (yes, even this current thing) out for your good. (Romans 8:28) He is with you, right now, in this moment. (Matthew 28:20) Nothing is impossible with Him. (Luke 1:37) He is fighting for you. (Exodus 14:14) He is all powerful. (Job 36:22) He will turn ashes into beauty (Isaiah 61:3) and your mourning into dancing. (Psalm 30:10-2)
 
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered,” Psalm 68:1
 
Choose today to walk in truth and not give way to doubt.
 
Our God is greater!! (1 John 4:4)
 
til next time
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October 8, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life – part 12

I love my life!

What about when life’s situations seem overwhelming? What about when your heart is breaking? What about when the pain won’t stop? What about when the dark clouds come?

“From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.” Psalm 61:2-3 NLT

God’s Word has much to say about suffering, trials, pain, being overwhelmed, mourning – the problem is that often when we are in the middle of all that, we ignore the Bible. The one thing that can help us, sits unopened. We don’t ‘feel’ like reading or singing or going to church. We allow our feelings to dictate our path.

Learning to rule over your emotions instead of allowing your emotions to rule over you is vital to living the abundant life. Feelings can be based on a lie. The devil loves to lie to you. He wants you to feel bad and continue to feel bad. Allow God’s spotlight to expose those feelings that are choking the joy right out of you.

Ask God to help you see the lies and walk in truth. Immerse yourself in the Word. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Even in the darkest hour, God is with you. Even in the deepest pain, God’s peace is for you. Even in the hardest trial, God’s strength is yours. Even when the night is long, morning is coming.

If that is where you are today, I encourage you to open your Bible and let the Living Word wash over you.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:5-7 NIV

til next time

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October 1, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment