Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

go out!

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Autumn is here in the Midwest.  Trees are changing color.  A trip the the apple orchard has happened.  My fridge is stocked with apples and I just pulled apple cake out of the oven.   My mums are beautiful.  (My weeds are also thriving.)  My husband did a chimney sweep yesterday.  I have pulled out my sweatshirts and found my Mickey Mouse slippers.  Yes, Autumn is here in the Midwest.

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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. Go out…..be led out…..joy….peace. Take a moment to think on that.

Autumn is here and the mountains and the trees are breaking forth into colorful song. Nature is alive with beauty. If you haven’t taken time to notice it, I hope that you set aside some time to do just that.

Going out with joy,

til next time

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October 7, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

in search of color

It can be easy to let schedules and demands of day-to-day living cause you to miss the beauty of Autumn.

You do not have to look far to see the creativity of our God.  It shows up in all the various changing colors not to mention the different shapes leaves come in.

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.”

The weather is changing.

Each year we try to squeeze in a trip for the sole purpose of seeing the beautiful changing colors of Autumn.  Sometimes, if we wait too long, we miss our opportunity to see the changing colors.   A strong wind or a heavy rain can  quickly cause a tree to lose all its leaves.

Picture perfect weather along with warm temperatures made for a fantastic day to enjoy the beauty of nature.  One of the things I love most about the motorcycle is that it is an opportunity to disengage from the hectic schedules and spend one on one time with my best friend.  This year there has just not been enough of that.  Funny how we can let the demands of life crowd out doing things just for the  joy of doing them.

Nothing  quite compares to going over a grated bridge – the tires sort of vibrate and the water is rushing below you.  It is quite the experience.  This bridge crosses over into Illinois.

Since that day the temperature has dropped and at least for now there will be no cycle riding for me.

I do hope for at least one more warm up before snow.

Meanwhile Autumn is right in my backyard and inside my house!  I love decorating with fall colors.

Nature is alive with beauty.  If you haven’t taken time to notice it , I hope that you set aside some time to do just that.

til next time

October 7, 2012 Posted by | motorcycle | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

uncovered

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                                                 Autumn is here.    

Every fall as the leaves begin to turn and the air temperature drops I am reminded of this scripture.

Hebrew 4:13 (NIV) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

When the trees lose their leaves – the trunk and the branches are exposed. 

It is possible to cover up or gloss over areas in our lives that need attention.  We can become very good at making excuses.    Some are very good at acting – pretending to be something that they aren’t or pretending that all is grand. 

Before God there is no pretense.  Before God there is no such thing as great acting.  Before God there is no cover up.  

V12 of that same chapter reminds us

12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Thoughts and attitudes — that is way deeper than just the actions.  Oh our actions matter, but we can be outwardly doing the right thing and have a huge inward problem.  

Autumn — I love the colors, beauty, and creativity that is all around me.  It is also a reminder to me that my life is laid open before God. 

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

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On a side note, we had a God moment while we were out looking at leaves.  We stopped at an apple orchard and to our surprise ran into friends.     You might recognize Julie (on the left) from the moving day.

 

 

til next time

October 24, 2009 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

is it spring yet?

new-cam-0051I know that the calendar says it is spring.  It has been for awhile now. 

My garden says it is spring.  These are popping up everywhere.  A sure sign that the ground thinks spring is here.

Solomon 2:11-12 “Look around you: Winter is over;    the winter rains are over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
   The whole world’s a choir—and singing”

One of the things I like about Iowa is that we do experience the four seasons.  I think fall is my favorite.  I love all the colors and the smell of the crisp air.  The air is crisp right now, but it doesn’t have that great smell that comes with fall.  Although, there is anticipation in the air!

I think that in my life there are also four seasons.  Spring time finds me ‘birthing’ new ideas.  Just like melting snow gets a bit messy so can spring time in my life.  However, the days seemed to be filled with expectation of what is coming and there is a breath of freshness that flows through me.

Summer is what I call the season of my life where things are coming together.  Life is going pretty smoothly.  I am aware of the beauty of God’s goodness in very tangible ways.  (Warm sunny days to ride the motorcycle)

Autumn time is the season of harvest.  It is in this season that I see some results to what I have put my time, heart, and energy into.  As I said Autumn is probably my favorite time of year.  The physical world around me is changing and in my life the season of autumn means that I am changing.  It is usually in this season that I realize again what is truly important.  

Winter is my least favorite both in the physical sense and in my personal life.  It is cold.  It can ‘feel’ like it is going to be this way forever.  Ah, but spring is coming.

easter-09-0252So here it is supposed to be spring.  Yet I find a small snow pile holding out.  We happened to park right next to it.  I was very surprised when I saw what it was.  It was a reminder to me that some things take time.

Sometimes in my life circumstances seem to linger on and on.  I am reminded that nothing takes God by surprise.  He is aware and allows things for reasons I usually haven’t gotten a clue about.

My personal seasons do not necessarily follow the calendar.  Although I do think there is something to the lack of sunshine in the winter that can affect people’s outlook.  No matter what season I find myself in God is right there with me. 

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

til next time

April 14, 2009 Posted by | spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

autumn beauty

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

These two pictures just shout peace and rest.  He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.  (Psalms 23)  God will lead, we have to choose to follow.

October is almost over and before we know it the new year will be here.  Before that will come Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Two very busy holidays in the life of a ministry family.   

I am one of those people who go all out decorating for Christmas.  This includes taking pictures down and replacing them with holiday decorations.  We started out with just a few decorations, but after 22 years we have accumulated a lot. 

The nativity set is a real common gift for a pastor’s family.  I think I counted 23 sets last year.  I love them – all of them.  I can even tell you where I got each set. 

However, Christmas is still over 50 days away. 

So for now I will bask in the wonder of the autumn season.  I love the beauty of the changing leaves.  The smell of the air is crisp and refreshing.

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

Taking time each day to reflect on who God is.  Nature sings its praises to Him.  Let’s make sure we sing our praises to Him also.

til next time

October 30, 2008 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , , | 2 Comments

Apple orchard

warm days — not hot

cool nights

the smell of the air is changing (could be all the ragweed)

Friday night football

homemade jams

caramel apples

fresh honey comb (the apple orchard has this, you can’t hardly find it in stores anymore)

going to the apple orchard

Yes, fall is here!!!  I love fall.  I am grateful that I live in a part of this wonderful country where we have all four seasons.  Winter is by far my least favorite season, but I take great delight in the fact that our winters here in Iowa are nothing like the winters we had in Minnesota!! 

We like going to the apple orchard each fall.  Last fall (on the way home from Bellevue) we drove right by one.  Of course we stopped.  It happened to be their first year of business.  Mmmm, the apples were fab.  We went back again at the end of the season.  I love Braeburn apples!

Yesterday was a beautiful day for a cycle ride.  we decided to go up to the apple orchard.  Walking among apple trees looking for that ‘perfect’ apple is like something out of a Norman Rockwell masterpiece.   How nostalgic it all was.

We then continued  on up to Bellevue.  There is this little cafe’ that has a great view of the river.  It has good food too 😉 We did have to put on our jackets before heading home.  Yup, fall is in the air. 

til next time

September 6, 2008 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, motorcycle | , | 2 Comments