Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

question 1

1 of 4 questions that God asked and is asking today.

1.) “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

In Matthew 6:25-33 it talks about life, eating, drinking, clothing, birds, lilies, Solomon, grass and faith. In the middle He asks “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Worry robs us of peace, joy, energy, – worry is exhausting. Yet it can be so easy to fall into the trap of worrying. When those thoughts try to dominate, turn your thoughts to the One who loves you and will work all things out for your good. (Romans 8:28)

Trust Him with the why? How long? When will it get better? What’s next?

Trust Him!

He also asks a couple rhetorical questions Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? and “Are you not worth more?” Jesus thought you were worth dying for. If you don’t know your worth – read the Word. Find out what it has to say about who you are. You are a child of the King!

tomorrow question 2

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October 16, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

why read the bible?

“Joy in the journey. The more you put into developing your spiritual character – the more you will get out of it.” Pastor Curtis

Why read the bible?

“Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.” Psalm 119:105 TLB

“The more you put into it – the more you are going to get out of it. God speaks to you through His Word. God will strengthen your inner man through exposure to His Word.” Pastor Curtis

“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11 ESV

 

“Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 NASB

 

 

Read it, listen to it, meditate on it, memorize it. You will be better because of it.

 

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October 15, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life – part 12

I love my life!

What about when life’s situations seem overwhelming? What about when your heart is breaking? What about when the pain won’t stop? What about when the dark clouds come?

“From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.” Psalm 61:2-3 NLT

God’s Word has much to say about suffering, trials, pain, being overwhelmed, mourning – the problem is that often when we are in the middle of all that, we ignore the Bible. The one thing that can help us, sits unopened. We don’t ‘feel’ like reading or singing or going to church. We allow our feelings to dictate our path.

Learning to rule over your emotions instead of allowing your emotions to rule over you is vital to living the abundant life. Feelings can be based on a lie. The devil loves to lie to you. He wants you to feel bad and continue to feel bad. Allow God’s spotlight to expose those feelings that are choking the joy right out of you.

Ask God to help you see the lies and walk in truth. Immerse yourself in the Word. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Even in the darkest hour, God is with you. Even in the deepest pain, God’s peace is for you. Even in the hardest trial, God’s strength is yours. Even when the night is long, morning is coming.

If that is where you are today, I encourage you to open your Bible and let the Living Word wash over you.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:5-7 NIV

til next time

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October 1, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life – part 11

I love my life!

Jesus didn’t die so we would be miserable. He came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10)

You know that feeling you get that this is going to be a rough start? Maybe you didn’t sleep well and you woke in pain. Maybe you know today you have some unpleasant things to deal with. Maybe you are just bone tired. Maybe your soul (will, mind, emotions) is weary. Maybe your heart is breaking.

Loving your life is not synonymous with life is pain free and smooth sailing.

Jesus said we would have tribulation (suffering) in this world. (John 16:33) He also said “be of good cheer” – Be – we choose. Jesus says we can choose cheer.

This morning I choose. I could do nothing – that is a choice. In which case I know from experience that doing nothing does not make my life better. I could sit and dwell on the various things that I wish I didn’t have to deal with. That is not going to help me love today. Or I could choose to praise. Praise tears down strongholds. Praise puts my attention back on to God.

 

worship is

“I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone” Mercy Me “Even”

Here’s another one.

“When I can’t see, You lead me
When I can’t hear, You show me
When I can’t stand, You carry me
When I’m lost, You will find me
When I’m weak, You are mighty
You are everything I need.” Lauren Daigle “Everything”

One more

“The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes.” Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons

What are you choosing today? I choose to rejoice! I choose to see the good! I choose to do things God’s way! I choose to love the life God has given me. He is my healer, my provider, my source of joy. Yes, in the midst of suffering, I can love my life.

til next time

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September 30, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 9

I love my life.

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

What will today hold? I know what is on the schedule for today but I do not know how it will play out. God does. Trusting God means just that trusting Him. I can enjoy today because God has me in the palm of His hand. He loves me. He loves you.

It doesn’t matter what happens today. I am still responsible for my actions, reactions, attitude, and words. My attitude plays a huge part in whether or not I will love my life.

It is so much easier to love your life when you meditate on scripture.

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

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 ESV

Guess what? Love wins!

Love wins. When I love the life Jesus died for, when I see obstacles as opportunities for Christ to shine through, when I let love guide me – I can truly say I love my life.

til next time

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September 27, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 8

I love my life.   (loving life part 7)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

I love my life. This is not synonymous with “My Life Is Easy.”

I love my job does not mean my job is a cake walk.

There are times that I have told my husband that I don’t know anyone who has pushed through something like this. I’m not sure I can or that I want to. (an example: my mother died on a Friday. We managed, by the grace of God, to get to her bed side before she died. It was the longest 6 hour drive. We met with the funeral home that next day and then headed home for services on Sunday. We got home very late. I played piano and led worship that next morning. Who does that?) Yet God’s grace is enough.

There are hard times but guess what? This is no surprise to God. In the world you will have tribulations. In the world it is going to really stink at times.

Jesus said – “be of good cheer” – be – we choose.

I love my life. I refuse to let the devil win. I refuse to wallow in “I don’t like this, this is too much, this hurts, I can’t do this…..” I am not going to go there.

I love my life. You can love your life too.

 

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September 26, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 7

I love my life (loving life part 6)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.
Love wins!

It isn’t always easy and it costs. It cost Jesus everything and He says to come and follow Him.  He said, “Not my will but Yours be done.” That is powerfully important to living a life you can love. Choose to not let your flesh respond but to allow the Spirit to respond. I will not resort to anger instead, I will love.

Life is hard, but I love my life. People can be cruel but I love people. Pain can be intense, but God is greater than the pain.

I love this life that Jesus came to give me. I hope that you will also love the life that He came to give you.

“This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

 

psalm 118 24b

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September 25, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

loving life part 5

I love my life (loving life part 4)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

We are assured that God will turn things around. The story isn’t over. He turns ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3)

Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are times I deal with people who hate me because of what I represent. There are people who have been hurt by the church so therefore it becomes my fault even though I’ve done nothing to them. I deal with people who have a little bit of truth and a whole lot of lies, and again, somehow I represent the mis-truths to them.  They are deceived.

There are times that there are people who are jealous because I operate out of love, joy and peace. Even though that is offered to them, they don’t receive it but somehow that’s my fault.

What I know is love win. When they are ugly – love wins. When they are mean – love wins.

I have to remind myself that what they think about me will not stop me from loving my life or loving them.

Living a life of purpose on purpose = loving my life!

til next time

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September 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 4

I Love My Life. (loving life part 3)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

***Submitting involves what we think and say.

——Stop wasting energy and time by giving in to negativity.

What does the Word say:
Fret and be mad?                                                                                                                            Grumble and be sad?                                                                                                                    Complain and be frustrated?                                                                                                           No, it says to “Rejoice and be glad.” (Matthew 5:12)

Sure there are negative situations, problems, issues but we don’t need to dwell there, live there, or give up our joy to reside there.

90/10 principle. Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with it. We have Christ living in us so we can deal with it victoriously.

Romans 8:37 “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

What things – preceding verses: tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Now that is some bad days Yet, we overwhelmingly conquer because of Jesus.

Make a decision right now – I’m gonna enjoy my life starting now! Don’t wait. Jesus didn’t die so you could live a miserable life. He didn’t suffer horrendous torture so you could just endure. Live fully!! Love the life Jesus came, died, rose again to give you.

til next time

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September 22, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

loving life part 3

I love my life. (loving life part 2)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

The key is submitting to Him.
Submitting involves obedience (touched on that yesterday)

***Submitting means letting go of fear and worry.

Fear can ruin a perfectly good day. Much of what we are fearful of never happens. But let’s say it does happen. What did being afraid get you? Stressed, sad, unhappy, lacking peace, lacking joy.

Whatever happens must first go through God, If He allows it – He also has a plan.

Fear or worry is an effective tool Satan uses to manipulate people.

Corrie ten Boon “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Feed your fear or feed your faith
I’m told there are 365 “Do not fears” in the bible. One for each day.

Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

 

Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”

When fears tries to take hold of you – let the Word of God rise up! Put your trust in God.

Don’t let fear stop you from loving the life Jesus died to give you.

til next time
Tomorrow we will look how submitting involves what we think and say

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September 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment