Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

character counts

We may or may not have control over what happens to us. Sometimes we do make a bad choice and then deal with the consequences. Often, though, things happen that are out of our control.
How we handle those things is a reflection of who we are. If you are finding yourself frustrated and operating out of that frustration, it is time to STOP.
S – stop for a moment and take a deep breath
T – tell yourself something truthful and positive
O – offer up gratitude for something
P – pause for a moment of prayer
It is good to remind ourselves that God is for us, with us and at work in us. He sees the whole picture from beginning to end. We can trust His heart. He loves us.
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til next time
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March 9, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife | , , , , , | Leave a comment

what I love about christianity

Christian life – faith working through love (Galatians 5:6)

These five verses in Romans contain the things I love about being a Christian.  It is not an  all encompassing list, for there are so many things – too many to name.

Here are the things listed in Romans 5 that  I love:   God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, faith, peace, hope, tribulations, endurance, character and love.

Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

You might think tribulations shouldn’t be on that list of things I love. Yet, without tribulations/problems/suffering I would be self-centered and impossible to live with and so would you.

Trials bring me to my knees before God. Having gone through suffering, and seeing how God works in and through it, helps me to build up endurance.  Endurance is needed.  We are not in a sprint but a marathon.

Our character needs developing. This is a life long process resulting in a deeper hope in God and His promises

God doesn’t want us to be a wishy washy Christian. Our character is developed as we hold fast to Christ and go through tribulations. With each one we learn to trust God more. We grow.

Tomorrow I will look more closely at verse 1.

til next time

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March 7, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

well done thou good and faithful

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.”  Psalm 116:15 NASB

You have probably heard the news by now.  Billy Graham has died.  But here is what Billy Graham had to say about that.

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” – Billy Graham

Billy Graham says this about legacy.

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What will we do with the time we have on earth?  Today is a gift.  How will you spend it?

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Worship!

Worship is so much more than just the songs we sing.  Worship is the life we live.  By our actions who is it that we worship?  For some, they worship the almighty dollar.  For others, it seems that self worship is top on their list.  What about me?  What about me?  For me, my desire is that my life reflect my love and devotion to Jesus.  May they see Him in me.  To God be the glory!

 

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Yes, God still speaks to us today!

Joy Behar  has made an ignorant statement concerning hearing from God recently on The View.   By her statement it is evident that she does not know what she is talking about. 

From the show — Sunny Hostin said it’s “interesting” that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman recently said that Pence talks to Jesus and believes Jesus tells him things. Hostin said she is a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.” Joy Behar then said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you… that’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. That’s hearing voices.”  

Oh Joy you are so deceived.   My prayer is that through this she will come to know who Jesus is and accept His great love for her.    Redemption is available to everyone.

Here is what Billy Graham had to say about this topic.

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God speaks to us today.  He hasn’t stopped speaking.  It is just that some people refuse to hear.  Open the Bible today and read what He has to say.  Meditate on it and apply it to your life.  God will bring back those scriptures to your mind – just when you need them.

 

This is what I want to hear when I die.

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’  Matthew 25:21 ESV

Until then I fall in love with Him over and over again.  He constantly amazes me.

 

til next time

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February 21, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

all you need is love, love, love

Long ago and far away a group that called themselves the Beatles sang a catchy little tune.   “Love, love, love, love …..” (nine loves to be exact) is how the Beatles started it.  They were on to something. 

The way we treat people is a glimpse into our character.  What would the world look like if people walked in love instead of :   selfishness, hatred, bitterness, arrogance, indifference, criticism, greed, and the list could go on.

I’d love to say that the list mentioned isn’t descriptive of christians but the truth is that many christians fall into the trap of walking void of love.   Why?  I don’t think it is because they aren’t a christian, although that is the case sometimes.  Rather I think that  it has to do with a lack of making a conscious effort to walk in love. 

Love on purpose.  Each day finds me faced with many opportunities to love on purpose.  I have found that if I don’t make it a priority, if I don’t think about my actions, if I don’t purpose to walk in love, then it is so easy to be swayed by the attitudes and negativity that is swarming all around me. 

There is a prayer that I pray often and had my children’s church kids memorize it.  It is taken from Psalms and it goes like this.  “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight.  O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.”    (Psalm 19:14)

 How do I walk in love?  Out of the heart the mouth speaks.  If I have bitterness or anger towards someone, even if I am saying the right things it is evident  that something isn’t right.  So I must first deal with my heart issues.  People can spot insincerity quite easily. 

When someone has hurt me, how do I show them love?  

First, by not holding on to or nursing a grudge.  Second, by not allowing a spirit of offense to take root.  (Psalm 119:165)  Along that line,  I make a choice to forgive.  Unforgiveness really only hurts me.  (side note — choosing to forgive doesn’t mean I continue to place myself in a pathway to be hurt over and over.  Boundaries need to be established.  Distancing myself from the person is  not a bad thing.)  Finally, I ask God to give me His eyes so I can see the person as He sees them.  People matter to God.  God loves people period!!  As His representative (anyone who calls themselves a christian is just that) people better matter to me.  And they do!!!

So the way I treat someone reflects on what kind of person I am.  More importantly the way I treat  those who mistreat me really speaks loudly.    I am reminded that Jesus treated Judas just the same as the rest of the disciples.   Yes, He washed Judas’ feet  knowing Judas would soon betray Him. 

 How many problems would disappear if people would just walk in love?  When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment His response was that we  love the Lord thy God will ALL our heart, soul, and mind.  (Matt 22:37)   Jesus followed that with a second commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.  (Matt 22:39)  

All we need is love.  Love is all we need.

So the Beetles had it right – sort of.  All we need is love.  For God so LOVED the world that He gave……  The only way I can really love people is by letting the love of God flow through me.  All I need is God’s love!  I have that and so much more!

til next time

June 4, 2009 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment