Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

as the day comes to a close

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

One of the deceptions of the enemy is the belief that all paths lead to heaven. Jesus says in John 10:10 ” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Ending the night with this chorus:

Thank you Jesus
Just as I am I come
Hallelujah
Oh what amazing love

Amen
I trust in You
Amen
Your Word is true

Selah

til next time

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November 13, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff | , , , , | Leave a comment

how do you deal with people?

People – unless you are a hermit, you will deal with people. God’s Word has much to say about how we interact with people. Today we will look at two verses.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NASB)

“tender-hearted” – what it isn’t- The opposite of tender-hearted is hard-hearted.

Hard-hearted is:
being unteachable and always right
using your words to tear down
comparing your wrongs against someone else and thinking “theirs is worse”
seeming to be on the defense often
needing to control
focusing on the faults of others while minimizing your own faults
waiting for the other person to apologize
thinking your needs are more important
refusing to forgive or refusing to ask for forgiveness
playing the blame game
holding a grudge
demanding others change…

“tender-hearted” what it is–

To have a tender heart is to:
love people – not just the loveable ones
invest in others
focus on how Jesus would handle it
be teachable
love
give
see the good in others
forgive
walk in love
be empathetic
be kind
love….

If your life looks more like the first list, please take time to talk with God and ask Him to forgive you and help you to develop a tender heart. He will.

Today I challenge you to let your tender heart shine through. I truly believe God’s love softens hard hearts and God uses us to reveal His love.

 

Til next time,

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November 13, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.
 
In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.
 
We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.
 
But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield
But as for me – I choose joy
But as for me – You give me life
But as for me – I will praise You
But as for me – You are in control
But as for me – I want to be more like You
But as for me – use my brokenness for Your glory
 
 
What about you?
psalm 71 14
 
“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14 (NASB)
til next time
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October 31, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GO!

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Mark 16:15 (NLT)

How do we do that?

We pray. Prayer is communication with the Father. Prayer changes things. Something to remember, though, is that Jesus said, “Go!” Prayer with action is powerful. God will direct your steps but you must take those steps.

One thing you can do is to be intentional about getting out there. Meet people where they are: those you work with, see at the grocery store, your neighbors, at the park…. be intentional.
Look for ways to bring Jesus into the conversation. Listen to what they are saying and look for ways to share hope in Christ. Using your own story, reveal ways Jesus has made a difference.

Don’t let fear stop you. The more you step out, the easier it will become. Just start.

Go and share.

til next time

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October 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

got peace?

How would you describe your level of peace? high, so-so, medium, low, non-existent?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NLV)

Peace is something that God gives to His children. There is something we must do though. We must trust Him and keep our mind steadfast on Him.

That is where the problem comes in. Frustration, irritation, annoyance, worry, fear, anger, offense — all impact our peace. The longer we hold on to these emotions, the less peace we will have.

When you find yourself getting worked up, step back for a moment, see it in the light of eternity. See it for what it isn’t. It isn’t greater than God. It isn’t a surprise to God.

Let your faith and trust in God arise!

Say with me — “God, You are good. You are greater. You are with me. I trust You.” Then pray about whatever it is that is going on and give God thanks for who He is. (Phil 4:6-7)

Selah,

til next time

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October 16, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

recipe for peace

isaiah 26 3

Selah,  (pause and think about this)

til next time

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October 15, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, recipes, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

sometimes I need a reminder

Today just seemed like a day to remember a few important truths so I am posting this list that I put together awhile back.

Take a moment and read each of these out loud.

My God is for me Psalm 118:6
God will make a way Isa. 43:16, 19
Nothing is impossible Luke 1:37
His grace is enough 2 Cor 12:9
He will do more than I ask or think Eph 3:20
He works wonders Psalm 77:14
He gives beauty for ashes Isa 61:3
He will never leave me Heb 13:5, Deut 31:8
He sustains me Psalm 55:22
He takes pleasure in me Psalm 149:4
He is the same yesterday, today and forever Heb 13:8
He holds me up Psalm 63:8
He is an ever-present help Psalm 46:1
He fights for me Ex 14:14
Nothing is too difficult Jer 32:17
Greater is He 1 John 4:4
He lifts my head Psalm 3:3
He works things out Romans 8:28
He rejoices over me Zeph 3:16-17
He is able Psalm 138:8
In my weakness, He is strong 2 Cor 12:9

I am strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic. (1 Chron 22:13)

I say Yes, Lord!!

Selah,

til next time

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October 14, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

does it describe you?

Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!

“For if you carefully obey the rules and regulations that he gave to Israel through Moses, you will prosper. Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!”

We know that Christ fulfilled the law and we are now under grace. What does the New Testament have to say about how we live? Here are a just a few verses to check out 1 John 5:2-4, Mark 12:29-31, Romans 13:14, Eph 4:23-25, Eph 6:10-12, Col 3:11-15.

Be strong and courageous, fearless and enthusiastic!

Does that describe you?

There are times when it would describe me but not as many times as I would like. Therefore, I am excited about what memorizing this verse will do for my day to day thinking. As a man thinks, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7)

There are many if/then scriptures. I do  want to prosper. (Don’t get tripped up on that word. Remember success looks a bit different under God’s measuring stick.)

What we do matters. Let’s be careful to give attention to what the Word says about how we are called to live and let’s be Strong and Courageous, Fearless and Enthusiastic!!!

Selah

til next time

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October 13, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

who is Ornan?

ornan

 

Everywhere you go, people are watching you.  We are God’s ambassadors to a lost and dying world.  What do they see when they see you?

 

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (ESV)

Selah, (pause and think on this)

til next time

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October 12, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what moves you?

Some thoughts as the day winds down.

How is your compassion meter doing this week?

We see that Jesus was moved with compassion. (Mark 1:41 and 6:34)

What moves you to action?

Let’s be people who listen, help, encourage, and comfort those who come across our path. Let’s be intentional about letting others see Christ in us. Sometimes just acknowledging that you are sorry they are dealing with whatever it is can go farther than you think. You may not understand but you can still extend empathy.

 

What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5Living Bible (TLB)

Selah
til next time

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment