Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

need vs want

In the beginning years of our marriage, my husband had many talks with me about need vs want.  There is a huge difference.
I have always been good with money.  I had even managed to set up a savings account.  Yet, our income to expense ratio changed when we got married.  He was  finishing up college so I was the primary bread winner.  Working for one is not the same as working for two.
We had to tighten our belt.  I told him from the beginning that I could live with less when it came to money as long as love was abundant.  33 1/2 years later and that is still true.
One thing that makes all that possible is that we rely on and trust in God to take care of us.
 
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NASB)
 
All our needs are met in Christ Jesus. Think about that for a moment.
 
When we accept the forgiveness that is our because of Christ and become His disciple (following Him) – then truly all that we need is found in Him. He is our portion. (Lamentations 3:24) He is are all in all. (Col 3:11)
 
Our lives are in the palm of God’s hand. He is very much aware of all that is going on. He sees the whole picture. He is making a way where we can’t possible see a way. He is for us. He is with us. He gives us purpose for today and hope for tomorrow.
 
We are called to be content, yet this doesn’t give us an excuse to be complacent. We press on.
 
Thank you Lord for the blessings of the past. I am content with where You have me now (Phil 4:12) and I am pressing on (Phil 3:14) – moving forward as You lead me. (Psalm 37:23)
We are blessed to be a blessing. (2 Cor 9:11)
 
til next time
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February 13, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

generosity

“The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered” Proverbs 11:25 (NASB)

When God shines the spotlight on your life, what does He see? Do you lean more toward generous or stingy?

We are blessed to be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)

There are many ways that we can display generosity. We can lend a helping hand, speak encouraging words, provide for a need, share a possession, pay it forward, financially give to missionaries, be generous with your time in visiting those in nursing homes – there is one thing all of these have in common is that it is for someone else.

Generosity gets my mind off of me.

Looking to be a blessing today,
til next time

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June 24, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

peace – a precious commodity

Peace of mind is a wonderful blessing that God has for us. Phil. 4 tells us what we need to do to receive this blessing.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

I have yet to meet a person who can worry and be at peace at the same time. It just isn’t possible. Worry steals peace. Worry, left to run free, ties us up in knots.

The Bible tells us over and over to not worry, don’t be dismayed, fear not, be still, cast cares, trust, pray….

Here we are told again to pray. What about? Everything!

Prayer is communicating with God. Talk to Him about what concerns you. Spend time in quiet before Him. Take some time also to thank Him. Having a heart of thankfulness changes us in many ways. It is difficult to grumble if you are being thankful.

As we refuse to give in to worry, as we talk with God about life’s situations, as we thank Him, we will find that our hearts are at peace because we trust Him. He holds us together. (Col 1:17)

Selah,

til next time

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October 9, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God smiles

God smiles. “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;” (Psalm 149:4 ESV)

We don’t have to look far to see how gracious God is to us. His grace (getting what we don’t deserve) and His mercy (not getting what we deserve) are examples of His great love for us.

My prayer for you today comes from Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’

May today find you noticing the blessings of God. Blessings are all around us. He is with us and He will make a way where there may seem to be no way. (Isaiah 43:19)

Favor and peace – Thank you God! He is working all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28) He is able to do more than we can even begin to imagine. (Eph 3:20) His grace is enough. (2 Cor 12:9)

May God bless you today and may we not forget that it is God. Throughout the day stop, look up and thank Him for the big and the small things. It is also good for us to remember that He blesses us to be a blessing to others. (Gen 12:2)

Let your light shine. Let them see Jesus in you.

til next time

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February 16, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

make them feel loved

I’ve heard it said “People may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.”

I dislike it when I hear someone say something that makes another person feel stupid. I know who I am in Christ so when that happens to me – I shake it off and actually feel bad for the person that was doing the talking.

Something to keep in mind is that insecurity is generally behind a know-it-all attitude. Tearing others down is the exact opposite of what we are called to do as Christians. A good rule of thumb is that unless it will cause harm, correcting people in a public setting may do more damage than good.

Today I read this quote:

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” ~Nouwen

1 Peter 3:8-9 tells us to:

Sympathize – have compassion
be tenderhearted – kind, loving
keep humble – not sarcastic or puffed up
Be a blessing – make a difference

1 John 3:17-18 (NLT) If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Take a moment and think about how you treat others. Maybe there needs to be some changes. God is right there ready to help you to be a blessing to others. The more I give, the more I understand the profound truth that it is more blessed to give than receive. (Acts 20:35)

Selah,

til next time

 

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October 10, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

you are loved

Wednesday is coming to a close. Where did you see God in your day?

I saw Him in the twinkle in a sweet ladies eyes as she talked with me. I felt His love for me as I talked with Him about the needs of people that I care deeply for. Driving in the car, I marveled at the bright blue sky and the fluffy clouds and thought how marvelous the heavens are.

“The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples have seen His glory.” Psalm 97:6 (NASB)

I felt His compassion as person after person shared hurts and struggles. (Today I wore my chaplain hat.)

I sensed His love again during worship tonight. This has been a week of some wonderful things that have happened. Oh, how He loves me. It has also been a week of some deeply painful things that have happened. Oh, how He loves me. See whatever is happening doesn’t change how very much God loves us. (And to think it is only Wednesday)

Recently after a Bible Study was over, eight of us gathered around and prayed with a young lady who was struggling and doubting the love of God.  After a time of prayer, we began to sing ‘Yes, Jesus loves me’ and it was as if the place were filled with people singing with us. It made me want to sing louder. It made me want to shout it from the mountains!!

JESUS LOVES YOU!

yes Jesus loves me

Selah,

til next time

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September 27, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

labels -liberal – conservative

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today?

Lots of people are spouting their opinions and fueling the anger that seems to be boiling  across our country.  Free speech seems to gravitate into negative speech.  Things people would not say in person, they freely say hiding behind the internet.

Are you a liberal?  Are you a conservative?  I refuse to let that label define me or my friends.  I am a person. Respect, integrity, compassion, love — these are some of the things that define me.

I really want to tell some of my Facebook friends to “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post something that is not negative.  I get that you are not a fan of the current president.  I have friends in both camps.  Those for the president, please remember love is not puffed up.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)   Get into a solution.  Tell about something you are doing to make your world better.  Clearly posting argumentative junk is not healing the divide.  How about pictures of your dog or your food?  Is anything good in your life?

 

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) This applies when things are going great and when we encounter situations that are difficult.

Are you contagious? Do others look at you and want the joy, peace, hope, love…..that they see in you? Don’t let the hardships of life dim your light.

Recognizing that we can trust fully that God is in control, is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1) and is for us (Psalm 118:6) enables us to laugh without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25 NLT)

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today? How about if you make it a point to do one random act of kindness everyday? I may not be able to change a nation but I can change my corner of the world and make it a brighter place. I am blessed to be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)

What about you?

Let us demonstrate the overcoming power of God in our lives.

This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine!!
light

til next time

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February 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a monkey?

“Hey, isn’t holding a monkey on your bucket list?” my husband asked me.

Yes, yes it is!

Here was a chance, possibly of a lifetime.

However, the lady informed me that this monkey, Lucian, did not really like women or children.

She was more than surprised that he took to me right away.   In fact, I am sure that I was given more time with him because I was very good for business.

Lucian started jabbering and had eye contact with me from the beginning.   He took a moment to pose for a picture. (3rd picture)   Then He decided to groom me.  (4th picture)  After that there were snuggles and of course more jabbering.  Finally, she told him it was time to go.

He grabbed on to my neck and hugged me tight.  He was having none of that.  He didn’t want to let go.  He did have a pretty good grip on me.   She had to pull out the big treat to get him to go back to her.

In the most unexpected places, at unexpected times, God smiles a blessing on us.  Holding a monkey is a small thing.  Yet, it was something I have always wanted to do.  I may have been hugged by a monkey but the whole process was a warm hug from God.

Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”  Psalm 37:3-5 (NASB)

My first and foremost desire is for God’s will to be done in my life.  I think that is the primary application for these verses.  As we delight in the Lord our desires will be for His will to be done and for Him to be glorified in us and through us.  As we trust Him, commit our lives to Him, do good and strive to be faithful – God will do the rest.  God is good!  All the time!

Yet even as our earthly father wants to bless his kids in many ways.  God also looks for ways to bless us.  For me, this time it was holding a monkey.  What a blessing it was.

Now about that trip to Israel that’s also on my bucket list??  I’ll keep you posted.

til next time

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January 9, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment