Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

put on love

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Col 3:14-15 (ESV)

Are you wearing love?

Things that can make a difference both for the person receiving and the person giving:
Be kind
Do more than the minimum
Compliment someone – sure maybe you don’t like that particular outfit but there are so many ways to compliment someone and thereby encourage them.
Go out of your way to help
Smile
See the good
Own up to your choices and don’t look to pass blame
Be intentional about allowing God to flow through you
Hug someone or give a firm handshake
Pray with someone
Don’t show favoritism

Sometimes the hardest people to love, need love the most.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

Selah

til next time

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November 16, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

which road?

Do you find yourself at a cross roads? Maybe it is job related. It could be options concerning health issues. As in this picture, maybe you have multiple choices. Which one?

 

 

crossroads

 

Proverbs reminds us to trust in God. Sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. Let your trust in God arise!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

God is able to do more than we can imagine. (Eph 3:20) A life that is committed to Him is able to recognize that even when things look bleak, God is up to something good. God is not limited by those obstacles that we tend to think limit us.

Obstacles are in fact opportunities for God to be glorified, to shine through us, and to help us grow in our faith.

Seek Him in all — there is that word again – all – all you do. It isn’t just the ‘big’ things that we are to seek His will in.

Maybe that is where the problem lies. Do we try to do the day to day things without His guidance? I am a firm believer that we have an enemy who is seeking to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10) BUT we have a good Shepherd who has come to give us life and life abundantly!

God’s greater! He will show you which path to take.

Seek Him!

til next time

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November 14, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 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

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

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