Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.


I love giraffes.    It was only a matter of time before I would come up with an acronym that I like.  While at the Chi Alpha SALT conference I came up with this one.  (SALT is a Friday – Monday conference of college students who are going all out for God — fully engaged!)


I can’t decide which picture I like better, so I will post both.  🙂


Worshiping with hundreds of college students was fantastic.   There was also time spent in quiet reflection and study.  It has been ages since I have done any type of poetry or prose.  I am a bit rusty at it but, the creativity has been once again awakened.

what matters most?
is it those things that scream the loudest?
or is it that book on the shelf?
there it is –
just waiting to be picked up
that life changing book
pages and pages filled with hope
time spent with the living God
becoming more and more like His Son
what matters most?
who you are becoming –
that’s what matters most. (gg)

Jesus, to You I cling

to You I cling
at Your feet I bow down
kneeling before You
sensing your presence all around

not my will but Yours
to You be the glory
I am following You
as You unfold my story

not to the left or the right
but straight down the road
taking the path before me
knowing You carry my load

to You I cling
my heart sings Your song
kneeling before You
in my weakness You are strong

thank You Lord
for Your mercy and grace
thank You Lord
for helping me run this race (gg)

We had some amazing speakers who dealt with Marketplace ministry — letting God shine through you at your job.  I was reminded of that today in my devotions.  (1 Thess)


Hmmm, what splashes out of you when you are bumped?  What is your response when things happen that you can’t control?

When God’s love fills us to overflowing – it is that love that will splash on others.  When God’s hope and love is evident in our lives – it becomes evident to those around us also.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

infused with strength and purity – filled with confidence — Yes!  Yes, I desire that.  Fill me up, Lord!

One more scripture from my devotions this morning.


Get along, do your part, gently encourage, reach out, be patient, be careful, don’t snap, look for the best, bring out the best…

Do you look for the best in others?

Do you bring out the best in others?

I know for me, it doesn’t just happen – my eyes blinking – that just happens.

I am pretty sure that my daddy used that next verse as his reference when he told me that if I had to do something anyway – I might as well do it with a smile.  “Be cheerful no matter what…”

Lots of direction for day to day living in these verses.  I am grateful that it is God who flows through me, helping me to grow in all of this.  I am also grateful that the Lord is my portion – I hope in Him.  His compassion is new every morning.   (Lam 3:22-24)

Today is a new day filled with opportunities cleverly disguised as impossible situations.  God is the God of the impossible.  He will make a way.  I believe God!

til next time


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January 23, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

rest – why does it take so much effort to do nothing?


my prayer

Almost 90 days ago I joined a book club on ‘Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be.’  It is a 90 day guide to living the Proverbs 31 life.  Donna Partow addresses most every issue from faith, to Godly habits, to healthy eating, to our body, to finances, to  dress,  to food, to household, to family, to ministry, to retirement, and to finishing strong.

In the beginning she writes — “He (God) has brought this book into your life at this particular time because there are certain things He wants to show you, lessons you need to learn………….you won’t be able to apply every lesson or implement every strategy .  That’s okay.  Let the Holy Spirit be your guide as He instructs you day by day.”

She was right.  There was no way I could do everything, nor did I feel the need to do everything.  It did cause me to think about areas in my life that I don’t generally give a lot of thought to.  So when our vacation time came around, my mindset was on rest.

Why does it take so much effort to do so little?  I have pretty much mastered the art of taking a Sabbath weekly.  Even so, there are weeks that I find myself once again needing discipline to not do that one little task or finish that one project.

Vacation – period of rest from routine

When was the last time you took a few days and did very little?

Some of our vacations are anything but rest.  However, this last one was all about rest – well mostly.

our song mmmmmore donutsgo babedonutsIt started  with a conference for Chi Alpha (which is a college ministry my husband leads) on Sunday – Tuesday.   We rubbed shoulders with a bunch of 20 somethings.

FYI –  I have heard a lot of chatter about the under 40 ministers.   Close to 90% of the people at this conference were under 40 – many of them in their 20’s.   From what I witnessed, they are alive and well and taking their mission field by storm!!

Sunday night was game night.  We broke up into six  teams. We were to create a Chi Alpha song to the tune of a Christmas carol. Here is our song to Away in a Manger.   We aced it.

The other pictures are of Curtis trying to eat 30 powdered donuts in like 2 minutes or was it 3?


We then spent two nights/ three days at a cabin – no charge.  What a blessing.

my view during my devotions

my view during my devotions


'a river runs through it"

‘a river runs through it”





around half of them were done on vacation

around half of them were done on vacation





From there we had no clear destination.   The agenda — rest!

The year is coming to a close.  Some of the busiest times of the year are up ahead.  For our family, there are a couple significant changes that will affect the upcoming holidays.  My mother passed away and our daughter-in-law chose to leave.   Life, however, marches on.

“Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5)

Yet even as the Proverbs 31 woman can laugh at the days to come,  I too can and will laugh because life is worth enjoying.  Celebrating the little things as well as the big things is on my agenda.   After all God has clothed me with strength and dignity.  (Proverbs 31:25)

I trust God!

til next time


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November 14, 2014 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment