Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

abundant life? for me?

How would you describe your life?  Are you in a rut?  Are you enjoying life.  On a scale of 1 – 10 where would you put abundant living?  Do you even know what abundant living looks like?

Jesus said in John 10:10  – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (KJV)

I want life more abundantly.  I believe there are many factors that are involved in living an abundant life.  First, and foremost, is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one gets to God unless they go through Him.  (John 14:6)

Our relationship needs to be growing.  1 Thess 5 tells us  what God’s will is for us, in Christ Jesus.  We are to rejoice, pray and give thanks.  How are you doing on those three things?

We  grow by reading the Word and  hearing the Word preached but that isn’t enough.  We must  apply the Word to our lives.  If it doesn’t change us, then we can’t expect to walk in the abundant life.

1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14   “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

5 keys to living an abundant life
1. Keep your eyes open – watch – don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore what is going on around you
2. hold tight to your convictions – stand firm in your faith – don’t be wishy washy and when doubt comes at you, lift up your shield of faith
3. give it all you’ve got – be all in – 100% – be brave
4. be resolute – determined – strong – Joshua 1:9 tells us “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
5. love without stopping – walk in love – let all you do be love based – do unto others and you would want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31)

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I am going to work on these five things this week.  What about you?

Living the abundant life that Jesus came to give me!

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May 22, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

with you

Moses speaking with the Lord in Exodus 33:13 says, “Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”

The Lord’s response to Moses is powerful.

“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (ESV)

I believe we can hold on to that promise also.

Over and over again God says that He is with us. Emmanuel (a name given to Christ) means God with us. We can take great comfort in this truth. We are not alone.  What a wonderful promise.

Not only are we not alone but it is the Lord who will give us rest. Peace that goes beyond our understanding is ours as we cast our cares upon Him and trust Him. (Phil 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7, Prov 3:5-6)

Jesus said in Matthew —teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20 NASB

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March 28, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

overflow with hope?

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

Do you want to be that someone that overflows with hope? Yes, you can be that person. We serve the Living God – who is the God of hope. He pours His joy and peace into us as we trust in Him.

Trust in Him – recognize that you will face situations where this will be tested. In those moments you can choose to depend on your own strength and abilities or you can depend on God.

When you feel life dragging you down, choose to love, trust and depend on God.  Choose to not give in to fear or worry.  God is greater!!

Say this with me: I trust You God! You are greater than whatever I am facing. (1 John 4:4) You are my shield. (Psalm 3:3) You will sustain me. (Psalm 55:22) My hope is in You! (1Peter 1:21) I trust You God!!

He is at work and will work all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28)

When we walk through our days trusting in God, we will indeed overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. His joy and peace will be ours.

 

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Phil 4:6-7 The Message

Trusting in Him I know I can make it,

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July 29, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how do you respond?

I interact with numerous people throughout any given week.  Sometimes I can go from talking with someone who has just lost a loved one or lost their job to someone who just got married or just got a promotion.  

Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.”  Be careful that you don’t get that backwards and rejoice when something bad happens to someone and be sad when they get a blessing.  Jealousy is behind that line of thinking.

“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (MSG)

“these qualities active and growing in your lives”

“It takes discipline and character to be a person who responds in a Christ like manner.” Pastor Curt

How do you interact with others?

Would warm friendliness describe you? How about passionate patience? We all have room for growth.

People want to be heard and understood. People want to know you care.  Do you let Jesus love shine through you to others?

Let’s interact in such a way that they feel encouraged and loved after speaking with us.

Compassion, grace, and mercy are indeed quite attractive.

We are in this together!

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June 28, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life is precious

I woke up this morning to the horrendous news from Orlando.

Why do things like this happen?

Short answer – evil is in the world. There are people who are deceived.

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

In the same way that God uses people to accomplish His plan, the enemy (devil) uses people to carry out his plan. A couple of things that they both have in common are people and willingness. We choose whom we will follow.

Where they differ is that God loves people so much that He gave His son – the ultimate price. God operates out of love, mercy and grace. God offers life both here on earth and for all eternity.  God is for us and for our good.

The devil (thief) seeks to destroy, to wreak havoc, weaken and discourage.  He is all about our destruction.   ( John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”)

Joshua 24:15 tells us to choose who we will serve. Deut 30:15 tells us to choose life. Life and prosperity or death and adversity – it is our choice. Sadly some choose to follow the thief and human life means nothing to them.

We choose how we are going to live, the choices we will make and the path we will follow. Sadly, there are those who get in agreement with the thief and choose evil and death and their choices affect others.

We have much to pray for –the family and friends of those killed, the responders that are on the scene, those who are even now fighting for their lives and let us not forget to pray for our nation.

And let us do our part in choosing to let God shine through us, choosing life, and choosing those things that are good.  We overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12:21)

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June 12, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

it is all in how you view life

Here it is Friday again!  I love Fridays.  Wait, what am I saying?  I love all days because each day is a gift that I get to unwrap.

Our day off happens to be on Friday and I do look forward to some down time.  Today there was more down time than usual as I have thrown my back out.  Painful?  Yes, very!

It happened Tuesday – not sure exactly what happened but my back started hurting.  (My Dr. told me that a lady came in this week who sneezed and threw her back out.  Crazy!)  On Wednesday I managed to get through my commitment to lead worship and Bible study (as a Chaplain) but then I went to the chiro.  Sadly there was not much relief, but I did manage to make it through worship and Bible study at church.

Finally this morning, when I could stand the pain no more, I went to my family Dr.  I am now on muscle relaxers (which make me sleepy) but no pain pills.  He would have given me some and he was quite sympathetic to the pain but pain meds would only make me constipated and that would not be good given my other issues going on.

Other issues going on makes me pause and remind myself that I know God is my healer (Psalm 103:3) and that He is very much aware of what is going on (Mark 8:16-18) and that He will turn all this around for my good. (Romans 8:28)

No matter what is going on in my life – God is F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.  So I pause today and remind myself that my God is greater than all my health issues.  It is all about how we view life.  I place my focus on God.  His Grace is enough!!  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

He is FANTASTIC!

F – Friend – He calls me friend (John 15:13-15)
A – Almighty God – All powerful (Isaiah 9:6, Revelations 1:8)
N – Nothing is too difficult for God (Jeremiah 32:17, Luke 1:37)
T – Trusting Him I know I can make it (Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 26:3-4)
A – Amazing Grace – Grace wins! (Psalm 84:11, 2 Timothy 2:1)
S – Savior (John 3:16, Isaiah 45:21)
T – Together forever (John 14:16, Psalm 125:2)
I – Incredible love – how deep – how wide (Ephesians 3:18-19, Romans 8:35-39)
C – Compassion fails not (Lamentations 3:22-24, Psalm 86:115)

“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
I sought the Lord, and He answered me,
And delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:1-4 (NASB)

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Our God is an awesome God!

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June 10, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

do lies have color?

Speak truth!

“What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.” (Ephesians 4:25 The Message)

In 1 John 2:21 it tells us that truth does not breed lies. In our society telling the truth seems to be a foreign concept. I think some people really no longer even know what truth is.

When my kids were growing up, I would often tell them to not bother to lie because the truth would come forward and then there would be consequences for telling a lie. (Mark 4:22 NASB)

How truthful are you? Have you fallen into the trap that lies have color?  “Oh, it’s just a little white lie?”

A lie is a lie.

I understand not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings, but there are other ways to avoid hurting someone than to take the easy way out and lie.  Remember you do not have to say every thought that comes into your mind, you can look for something positive to say, or you can change the subject.  If you don’t like the dress or the haircut — don’t lower your integrity by saying how fabulous it is and give insincere praise.

When you are a person of truth you never have to remember who you told what. How refreshing!

Being a person of integrity means being a person of truth.

Proverbs 3:3 reminds us to bind truth and kindness around our neck. I like to think of this as a filter. Any words that are about to come out of my mouth must pass through truth and kindness.

When you do find that you have spoken a lie, go to that person and acknowledge it.  I have found that this is a sure fire way to avoid telling a lie in the future.

 

Keeping it real!

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May 17, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

green pastures/quiet waters

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3a)
Green pastures, quiet waters and restoring my soul all speak of rest and peace to me.

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It is not God’s desire that we burn out or rust out. He wants us to finish strong. To say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;” (2 Timothy 4:7 NASB)
I believe rest and peace go together with trust. Resting in God, having peace in the midst of whatever we face is possible when wetrust God completely.

Trust that:

  • God is in control
  • it will work out for good
  • you don’t have to force things to happen
  • God’s timing is right
  • God controls the outcome
  • God is for you
  • God will make a way
  • God loves you!
If you are lacking in peace or rest I encourage you to spend time today in prayer asking God to restore your soul (will, mind and emotions.)
Then take some time to meditate on these verses from Psalm 23

 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.
 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Resting in Jesus!
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May 10, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

celebrating women

We made a change last year at our church.  On Mother’s Day  we recognize the value of our mothers.     Yet, we celebrate all women.  Each woman has an impact on those around her.   You don’t have to be someone’s mom to speak into their life.

Here is part of the presentation I did yesterday for Mother’s Day.

Whether your mom is living or has passed away, this day is set aside to recognize the role of our mothers. I cherish the memories I have of my own mother.

For some this holiday is hard. There are women who have buried children. Children who have buried their mother. There are women who are hurting because the relationship with her child or the relationship with her mother is strained. There are those whose mom hasn’t been a part of her life and those who long for a child of their own. Yes, for some this holiday is hard. We recognize this and offer our support and prayers.

So today, Cornerstone would like to honor all women. We celebrate you! Each of you has an impact on the world around you. Your love and compassion does not go unnoticed.

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Flowers and chocolate were available for each woman.

It was a pretty full ministry weekend for me.    I led worship at our Saturday satellite church.   Then  I led worship, did the women’s presentation and preached at both morning services.  I can truly say, again, that in my weakness Christ is strong and His strength shines through.

 

Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”

Celebrating life!

Today, I spent the whole day working from home.  It was glorious!!

I am always looking for ideas, if your church did something special, I would love to hear about it.

 

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May 9, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

saturday’s song

“Count your blessings – name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done…”

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;” (Psalm 103:1-2)

 

David started out with praise. Then in verse 2 he reminds his soul (will, mind, emotions) to not forget all of God’s benefits. God has done great things!

Take a look at verse 12. When we come to Him with a repentant heart, look what happens. “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

How far is that? Well, when you are heading east, you will never see west. Yet, how often we continue to beat ourselves up over mistakes in the past. Accept the forgiveness that God offers.

“Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

David ends the Psalm the same way he begins it with “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

“….For He has done great things, He has done great things, He has done great things bless His holy name.”

 

Let’s follow David’s example and take some time today to give God praise for all that He has done, is doing and will do.

Counting my blessings,

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April 30, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment