Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

enjoy today

 
I enjoy my life. It is very full – which is how I like it. I vaguely remember being bored back when I was a child. My dad took care of that quickly. By the time I was 7, I was the only child at home. Learning how to entertain myself was a wonderful gift that has carried into my adult life.
 
I enjoy life, yet, there are times that I find myself worn out – exhausted. (I’m not talking about the tiredness that comes with my current health issues but a mental exhaustion.)
 
Truth is that each time that occurs, I can trace it back to not spending enough time at the feet of Jesus. Unforced rhythms of grace is only possible as we walk with and work with Jesus. He teaches us how to rest and how to live life freely and lightly.
Mark 6 31 (3)
 
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt 11:28-30 MSG
 
Are you tired? Jesus is calling you to come away for awhile and sit at His feet. The most important thing you can do today is to spend time with Him.
 
“Cultivate an awareness of His presence.” (Curtis Girod)
 
He is with you always. He is able! He is greater! Allow Him to fill you to overflowing with renewed hope!! (Romans 15:13)
 
 
Loving the life Jesus has given you is one way for you to show your gratitude! “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!” Phil 4:4 MSG
til next time
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September 5, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

truth

Every obstacle is an invitation to trust. Living out our life, trusting God to fill us with courage and strength, standing on His Word, embracing the truth….
 
We are more than conquerors through Him. (Romans 8:37)
All our sufficiency, our power and success comes from God (2Cor 3:5)
Our Victory is through Jesus (2 Cor 15:57)
We have enough grace (2 Cor 12:9)
He is working all things out for our good (Romans 8:28)
He will never leave us alone (Heb 13:5)
weapons formed against us will not be more powerful (Isa 54:17)
We have God’s help in the present moment (Psalm 46:1
God is for us (Rom 8:31)
Jesus is consistent (Heb 13:8)
He will make a way (Isa 43:16)
He will provide streams in the dessert (Isa 43:19)
Our sorrow is turned into joy (Psalm 30:11)
Our broken heart He heals (Psalm 147:3)
Giants are defeated (1 Sam 14:47)
God is faithful and true (Heb 10:23)
He sustains us ( Psalm 55:22
Our ashes He turns into beauty (Is 1:3)
Our God is greater – period (1 John 4:4)
He lifts up our head (Psalm 3:3)
He is our anchor through the storms of life (Heb 6:19)
His name is Jehovah Jireh – our provider (Gen 22: 14)
He is the God of wonders (Psalm 77:14)
There is none like Him and He is crazy in love with you! (Jer 10:6, John 3:16)
 
Make up your mind – live in the truth. You are victorious through Christ.
 
til next time
(I would love for you to add to this list in the comments section.)
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September 5, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life abundant?

I enjoy my life. It is sometimes crazy, always full, and even in the hard times I know that God is with me. I decided a long time ago to live life fully — living the abundant life Jesus talked about. (John 10:10)
 
Unforced rhythms of grace is how I can enjoy all that I do. God’s grace is enough for whatever today holds. Walking with and working with the leading of the Holy Spirit is key to living the abundant life – to enjoying life.
 
Why would I choose to be miserable when I can enjoy today!!
I once said that I wanted to do it all. What I meant by that is — all that God has for me to do. I want to embrace each day as a gift from God – because it is.
 
I think it can be easy to fall short of what God has planned for us. “Not my will but Yours be done” is a powerful prayer. However, when we sense the leading to do something that requires discipline on our part or a greater sacrifice than we really want to make… — you see where I am going with this. Yet, the abundant life is tied into saying yes to God.
 

mark 6 31 (2)
“…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life…. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
 
Walk with and work with Jesus. Operate in the unforced rhythms of grace.
 
Tomorrow I will look at what to do when you feel worn out.
til next time
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September 4, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

sunshine or Sonshine

I woke up this morning with the old song “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day” going through my mind. It did make me wonder what is ahead for this day.
matt 5 16
Truth is – we can bring our own ‘sunshine’ with us wherever we go.
 
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV
 
Is Christ’s light shining through you? Decide right now that come what may, the light of Christ will shine through you today. Christ’s love shining through your words, actions and non-verbal communication to a world that so badly needs the hope that we have in Christ.
 
Singing…… I’ve got Sonshine on a cloudy day…. What can make me feel this way? My God! Talking about my God!
 
“For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.” Psalm 18:28
 
To God be the glory,
til next time
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September 3, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

casual christian?

I don’t want to be a casual christian — that is more than I line in a song we sing. It is truth! A casual christian is such a waste of what we are meant to be. We are a part of the army of God. We are a part of something so much bigger than us.
 
“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (MSG)
 
“these qualities active and growing in your lives”
 
“It takes discipline and character to be a person who responds in a Christ like manner.” Pastor Curt
 
How do you interact with others?
 
Would warm friendliness describe you? How about passionate patience? We all have room for growth.
 
People want to be heard and understood. People want to know you care.
 
 
Compassion, grace, and mercy are indeed quite attractive.
 
Let’s interact in such a way that they feel encouraged and loved after speaking with us. Let the love of Christ flow through you!
 
til next time
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August 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my tired is tired

Are you tired today? Maybe every day?  Maybe you are tired of being tired — what do can you do?
 
The obvious should be addressed: Your schedule, your sleep patterns, your diet and exercise, and how much water are you drinking? All of these impact our bodies ability to handle the day to day stresses. If one or more of these is out of whack – don’t be surprised that you are exhausted.
 
There is another aspect that often gets overlooked. Our relationship to God! We were never meant to do things in our own strength.
 
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (TLB)
 
“The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19 NASB)
My own strength is insufficient to deal with the many situations that I face. God never intended for you or me to operate out of our own strength. In fact, many times scripture reminds us that God is our refuge and our strength.
 
There are times when God pours into us strength in abundance and we seem to run the race before us. (Hebrews 12:1) There are other times when God give us strength bit by bit so that we can walk in His statutes (Lev 26:3) and walk in love (Eph 5:2) leaning on Him every step of the way.
 
One thing is for certain, He will give us the strength we need when we need it. He is in control and He is for us. (Psalm 118:6)
 
So as you face situations that seem daunting, trials that seem to never end, heartache, or health issues remember where your strength comes from. Spend time today talking with God and casting your cares. (1 Peter 5:7)
 
in my weakness, He is strong,
til next time
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August 22, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a new day

A new day dawns. What will it hold?
 
I choose. I choose whether I will look for the good or fixate on the not so good. I choose if I will spend time at the feet of Jesus. I choose how I will handle the things that come my way. Will I trust God? Will I allow frustration to reign? Oh, life goes so much better when I let God reign.
 
I remind myself at the start of this day that God is in control. Whatever comes my way, He is with me. (Matt 28:20) He is for me. (Psalm 118:6) He is working all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28) His grace is enough to see me through. (2 Cor 12:9) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He is an ever present help in whatever circumstance I find myself in. (Palms 46:1)
 
Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Spend some time with Him today. It is the best choice you will make.
 
 
til next time
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August 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

doing nothing is still a choice

Is there something you really don’t want to do but know that it needs to be done? Do you tend to put it off as long as possible? When we put off something that needs to be done, it can weigh on us like a ton of bricks.

Doing nothing is still a choice. Consequences can become worse the longer we wait.

Dread is a powerful emotion. It is a joy stealer.

Instead, reroute your approach.

God is your strength. Whatever it is that needs to be done – God knows all about it. Ask Him to help you. Ask Him to turn it into something greater than you can imagine. Ask Him to use you in the situation to bring Him glory.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph 3:20-21 ESV

I can’t count the number of doctor visits I have had this year. In the beginning, I was focused on the time and money that each one seemed to be wasting. Thankfully God got a hold of my thought process and now I see them as potential opportunities to give God glory.

Today was such a day. I had a nurse I rarely have and there we were talking about how good God is as she took my vitals. She shared something personal and again we gave God thanks. It all took maybe a minute but it was a power minute. It was a day changer minute.

I have become friends with the Phlebotomist. We played catch up on our lives as she drew blood. I could see joy bubbling up in her as we talked.

Why not make it a goal of yours to leave people a bit better after talking with you? Why not look for ways to encourage?

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25 ESV

 

til next time

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August 19, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hang in there

Let me remind you today of who is holding on to you.

“For I hold you by your right hand— I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NLT

Colossians 1:17 tells us this about Jesus “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” ESV

I love warm hugs from God – those things that happen that make you go ‘hmmm yep, there’s God using others to reveal a message to me.’

At the Daughter’s the of King luncheon I received the notebook and then yesterday I received the wall hanging. God’s way of reminding me to hang on. The road might get bumpy but He has me — all I need to do is hang on.hang in there

Don’t let worry drag you down. Don’t let stress raise your blood pressure. Hang on to Jesus. He’s holding you together.

 

til next time

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August 17, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

peace and joy

Life can be like rain. Sometimes it is a gentle rain. It waters the earth and freshens things up. Other times it can be a torrential down pour that can make driving dangerous.

Life can be like that at times. It can seem to come at us fast and furious. We barely catch our breath and here comes more.

I am reminded that my attitude plays a huge role in how I handle the rain storms and the storms of life.

The Message Bible reminds us in James 1:2-4

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

So, when you feel life coming at you full speed ahead — remember peace is available through Jesus.

Peace and joy go hand in hand.
Joy is peace dancing and Peace is joy resting!

 

til next time

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August 16, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment