Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

i press on

Don’t sweat the small stuff. In the scope of eternity, most things are small stuff.
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If you watched our first outdoor live chat, you know it was a disaster. It was such a good idea. I don’t want to be locked into being home every Thursday night at 7:00 so let’s do it on location. Yes!
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When it was over, I was done. It’s funny what can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. I sat there, afterwards, defeated and done. Now what?
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You’ve no doubt been there. Maybe you are there right now. Things just don’t turn out how you hoped. Things are harder than you imagined. Failure mocks you. The cost seems too much.
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I say with Paul:
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Phil 3:13-14 NLT
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I press on….. when it’s hard…..when I want to quit…. when others are quitting….. when it doesn’t work out how I hoped…..when I fall flat on my face….. when I am tired, oh so tired…… when it hurts…..when the cost is great….  I Press On!
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Why? Because in light of eternity what matters is trusting God. He is greater than whatever we face. He will turn it around for good – somehow, some way. He is calling us to follow Him.
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So we drove to the next stop. Curtis caught 2 more fish and then we attempted another live on location chat. This one was so much better and  included much needed laughter. God used it to speak to my heart in such a powerful way.   He isn’t done and I press on.  Oh how different things would have been had I not pressed on.
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What about you? Don’t give up. Don’t focus on the past, even if it was only 1/2 hour ago. God is with you and will give you renewed strength if you but let Him.
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I press on!
til next time
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June 15, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

joy

Joy in the Journey
 
Recognizing that if God allows it, He will help me through it. (Isa 43:2)
 
Trusting that God, who sees the big picture, will work all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28)
 
I choose joy! (Psalm 92:4)
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Living life to the fullest may mean that I will need a nap. Hey, even Jesus took a nap. (Mark 4:38)
 
When worry knocks on my heart, I will remember that God is greater. I will trust.
(Prov 3:5-6)
 
Some days are just hard, but even in those days God is faithful. God is good! God is able! (Eph 3:20)
 
Those things that I would rather not do, I will choose to adjust my attitude and be thankful that I am able to do them. (1 Thess 5:18)
 
In my weakness, Christ is strong. He makes up for whatever I may be lacking. (2 Cor 12:9) I won’t compare myself with those who seem to do it easier or better. I will put my heart into what I do because I am really working for Christ. (Col 3:23)
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June 12, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

at peace with others??

There is this verse tucked away in Romans 12 that says:
 
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (verse 18 ESV)
 
Are you doing what you can to live peaceably? Sadly there are people who love to stir the pot, people who love to ruffle feathers, and people who enjoy making others look bad. How very sad.
 
As Christians, we are called to love.
 
Living peaceably with all does not mean that you lie because the truth would be hurtful. It doesn’t mean you shove things under the rug and not deal with issues. It also does not mean that you agree with whatever is being said so as not to cause waves.
 
Living peaceably will mean confrontation from time to time. Let love guide you. Speak the truth in love. Speak up when you see an injustice. Just do it in love.
 
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (verses 17-21)
 
These are some great verses to meditate on.
 
walking in peace,
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June 10, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my focus needs focus

It’s been a week and it is only Tuesday. I’m sure we have all had weeks like that. I have found myself distracted way too much. My focus needs focus.
So I find myself going back to the basics. What is it that is most important? Are those things that are distracting me – things that need to be dealt with or things that are just taking up precious time and energy?
 
Am I putting off dealing with issues? That is rarely my problem but it could be yours. Am I avoiding the necessary steps? I am more of a cards all out on the table kind of gal. I’ve taken every step I know to take.  Just because I take the necessary steps doesn’t mean others will. For me, at this point I found myself stuck in a holding pattern waiting for a more positive outcome? Here it is hard to focus on much but the issue at hand.

 

Whatever it might be that is pulling your focus from being all that God wants you to be and fulfilling the plans that He has for you today – you can get back on track. Refocus.
Press On!
“… I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Phil 3:13-14 NLT
Don’t let the enemy get you in a holding pattern. Keep pressing on. Don’t waste today worried about tomorrow. Live today. Don’t get stuck in the past. Forgive, give it to God, trust God to work it out for good and move forward.
I’m pressing on,

til next time

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June 9, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

justice

I have a lot of thoughts running around in my head this morning. I woke up praying for a dear friend who is struggling. That led to prayers for those that I know who are hurting, those who are facing difficulties that very few people know about, those who are physically dealing with pain, and those who don’t know my Jesus. The lost so desperately needs the peace, love, grace, and forgiveness that Christ offers.
 
Our world is hurting.
 
As Christians, we are called to love.
 
Micah 6:8 (NASB)
He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
 
Do justice – don’t just speak or shout about it — be just in your dealings with people. Treat others fairly. Don’t show partiality. Step in when you see someone being mistreated. When someone is using their words to tear down someone else – call them out but remember Jesus says do it in love. (I’ve seen hatred spewing from the mouths of those who are calling attention to hatred. That isn’t right. That is by definition a hypocrite.)
 
tomorrow – we look  at love kindness

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June 8, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i’m tired

I’m tired. I’m tired of covid. I’m tired of the guidelines that may or may not do any good and yet we follow them. I’m tired of the contradictions that are surrounding covid. I’m tired of the manipulation that I have felt as we move forward.

I’m tired of the injustice I see toward race. I’m tired of labels. I’m tired of the hatred towards cops. I’m tired that my friends don’t feel safe. I’m tired of discrimination.

I’m tired of the hatred toward Trump, Pelosi, and/or Obama and that list goes on and on. Hatred breeds hatred and there is nothing kind about it. Don’t think you can hate anyone and it not affect who you are as a person.

I’m tired of the looting. I’m tired of the media fueling the fires.

I’m tired. Maybe you are too.

So here’s what I am doing. Spending time with the One who loves all mankind and learning at His feet. I want to be more like Him – Jesus. I will look for the good in people and try to encourage that.

 

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” Colossians 4:5-6 (MSG)

 

Today is George Floyd’s funeral. Today I will be spending much time just ‘being still’ trusting that God will heal and mend the broken-hearted and show me how to reach the hurting.

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June 4, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

communication

My heart is breaking for our country. Right now I feel inadequate to speak more on it. Please continue to pray for our fractured country.   So today’s devotional will be on a topic near to my heart.
 
Working as a Chaplain I get to see the culmination of a lifetime of choices people make. Before we even talk about anything deep, I see signs of whether they are a person of thankfulness, a person who cares or one that has harbored bitterness and resentment. It is there for all to see. Bitterness displays itself in many ways, some of which are cantankerous, a know it all attitude, anger, blame, distortion, name calling and/or self loathing.
 
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:19-22 ESV
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How can we help those who are bitter? Be quick to listen. Sometimes people are more concerned about what they have to say and are waiting for an opportunity to speak instead of listening to what is being said. We can all grow in our ability to listen.
 
Be slow to speak. Think about what it is you are wanting to get across. Speak truth even if it is unpopular. However, this is not an invitation to be rude. (Eph 4:15)
 
Having a conversation with an angry resentful person is a challenge to say the least. Angry people seem to love to stir the pot. Be slow to get angry. This is something that most of us have room for growth. Replying in anger is bait the enemy uses to steal your peace. Don’t take the bait.
 
There’s so much more, but let’s work on being quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to get angry.
 
Father, I do not want to be a resentful person so I choose today to forgive and walk in love.
til next time
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June 3, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

civil unrest

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT
 
What an appropriate verse. Sadly our country is at civil unrest. So much anger – so much disregard for people and property – so much violence that is overshadowing the real issue.
 
I woke this morning to hear that Davenport has issued a stay at home order. Why? because there are those who are taking advantage of a horrible situation to promote hatred.
 
There will be people that, no matter how you try, they will hang on to their anger and nurse their bitterness. Do what you can to bring about peace. Do what you can to defuse the situation. And pray! Pray for them.
 
With someone who is bitter, guard your heart from either embracing that bitterness or taking it personally.My daddy told me often — “Like water off a ducks back Gloria — let their words slide like water off a ducks back.”
 
Instead, look for the good.  Be the good. The golden rule does not say to treat people how they treat you. (Matt 7:12) Let’s be people who see the good in others. Let’s be people who reach out with love when others reach out in hate. Let’s be people who see others as God sees them. Let’s be people who do what we can to live in peace with everyone.
 
“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” Col 4:5-6 MSG
 
Lord, have mercy on our country. Heal our land. Heal the pain. Help us to not cause pain. You have shown us how to live. Help us to follow your lead. May our reactions, our responses be pleasing to You. You have called us to love.
 
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June 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

violence

Minnesota is hurting. To all my friends and family in Minnesota – you are in my prayers. George Floyd should not have died. My heart hurts for his family, his friends – I can’t even begin to imagine the pain. What has followed is senseless destruction – my heart breaks for all those impacted by the violence.

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As is my custom, I turn to God’s Word for guidance. What do I do now?
 
Isaiah 55:12
“For you shall go out with joy, And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
How we approach our day makes a difference in how our day goes. Notice Isaiah says “Go out with joy – be led out with peace.
 
It’s the ‘led out with peace‘ that I want to focus on today. Do your words, your actions, your fb posts promote peace or strife? Are you adding to the hatred or letting love for mankind guide you? Will you go out with peace?
 
Father, lead me out in peace,
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May 29, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

crumbling?

How are you doing? We are 2 1/2 months into Covid19.
 
Is your ship sinking? Is your house crumbling? Have you had more than enough?
 
It seems that once we start to spiral downward – the spinning goes faster and faster.
 
I ask you to look at your foundation. Foundation – the lowest load bearing part of the building, typically below ground level.
 
For you, what is bearing the load of your life? What are you standing on? What is it that you are depending on to see you through? Where is your anchor? When life is turned upside down, who/what do you cling to?
 
We were never meant to do life on our own. God desires to walk with us. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
 
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:46-49 ESV
 
If your life is spiraling downward, look up and then build your foundation on the Solid Rock.
 
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May 27, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, life, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment