Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

continually part 2

Continually – on going.
Continually – that word has gotten my attention quite a bit since the devotion on Wednesday from Psalm 34.
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verse 1 “I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
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Another definition of continually is without interruption. That got me to thinking about what those things are that interrupt my praise. What interrupts your praise?
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When covid19 is a memory, when I am able to return to my regularly scheduled life, when restrictions are lifted, there is one thing above all other things that I desire. What is that? I desire that people I know and strangers I meet will be able to recognize that I walk with God. That they will see Him!
There is the goal.
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You can’t do it for me and I can’t do it for you. However, God is right there waiting for you to spend time with Him.
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Psalm 105:2-4 (ESV)
“Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!”
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Lamentations 3:24-25 (ESV)
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.”
What are you seeking?
til next time
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May 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

guard your thoughts

A few thoughts:
Be Thankful – count your blessings
Recognize the need to call upon His name
Make known – share your story!
Sing – singing songs to and about God is one way to fill your peace tank
Talk – long ago I decided to be intentional about bringing God into conversations. After awhile it just becomes second nature.
Rejoice — choose joy! With your heart – seek God.
Seek the Lord – with intent – go after God.
Remember — “Remember that God has been faithful in the past so when difficulties arise you are not swayed by them.” Pastor Curtis
 
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
1 Chronicles 16:8-12(NKJV)
In Awe of the wonders of God,
til next time
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April 8, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me

But as for me”  There are at least 13 scriptures in Psalms that utilizes that phrase in the NASB.

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;…” Psalm 31:14-15

“But as for me” I love that phrase. It reminds that no matter what is going on, no matter what others are doing, no matter how I feel — I get to choose what I do next.

But as for me, I will trust God.

But as for me, I will obey God.

But as for me, I will nail my feelings to the cross and believe what Jesus says.

Psalm 59:16 “But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge,a place of safety when I am in distress.”

What about you?  Where are your thoughts?

If we focus on problems – problems will be all we see. If we see problems as opportunities to see the hand of God helping us – we will start seeing His hand more and more. When we put God first, He really does give us wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it.

But as for me, I refuse to get jazzed up about ___________. But as for me, I depend on God.

I choose to sing with joy, to lift my voice in praise to the One who loves me most. God’s love never fails.

What are you choosing?

til next time

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January 29, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

white as snow

I look out my window and it is snowing – big, fluffy snow. Snow has covered the ground making everything white.
 
White.
 
There’s an old chorus that we sing
“White as snow, white as snow,
though my sins were as scarlet,
Lord I know, Lord I know,
that I’m clean and forgiven….”
 
Oh, how grateful I am that my sins no longer define me. My past no longer defines me. I’m forgiven. Today is a new day.
 
White as snow.
isa 1 18 (2)
Isaiah 1:18 ESV
 
Right before this verse are instructions for our daily life.
 
“cease to do evil
learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.”
 
May today find us growing in our understanding of God’s Word and find us applying that Word to our daily lives.
 
White as snow,
til next time
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January 25, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

what replays in your mind?

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him” Psalm 62:5 NLT
 
Yesterday this verse landed in my lap, so to speak. God’s Word has a way of doing that.
 
“For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.” Hebrews 4:12 TLB
 
Psalm 62:5 was just what I needed. So many situations in my life were coming to a head at the same time. The only way I know to fight off stress, frustration, discouragement, deadlines, pressure… is to turn to God’s Word, to lift my eyes to the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 123:1, Gen 1:1)
 
Meditating on this verse brought: renewed joy, peace, hope, strength, resolve, perseverance… Nothing we face is bigger than our God. Our God is greater!
 
What about you? Do you turn to God’s Word to find help for today? What are you meditating on? What is it that you dwell on, meditate, rehash, go over and over again in your mind? When we choose to dwell on the things of God, our lives are richer for it.
What replays in your mind?
 
My hope is in God,
Gloriapsalm 62 5
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February 7, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

faith 2nd of 2

Faith (Part 2)

It is our faith in Jesus Christ that makes us right with God. (Romans 3:22) We live out our faith by the things we say and do. Our faith grows as we choose to trust God in the midst of difficulties. God will make a way. (Isa 43:16) He is for us! (Psalm 118:6)

Choices — when you encounter troubles, where will your words and actions take you?

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7)

Our faith grows as we do what we are called to do recognizing that the glory belongs to God. Our faith grows every time we do the right thing especially when the right thing is not easy.

Our faith grows as we walk in obedience.

1 Cor 16:13 tells us four important things to do.

Be on guard.
Stand firm in the faith.
Be courageous.
Be strong.

All of these are possible as we rely on and trust in Christ to see us through whatever comes our way.

Faith is not so much something we believe.
Faith is something we live.

Living by faith,

til next time

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March 28, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

faith 1st of 2

1/2 posts on Faith – part 2 tomorrow

It was by faith that we left MN 27 years ago and moved to Iowa. What an incredible journey of faith, hope and love it has been.
I expect year 28 to be filled with awe and wonder as God continues to work in and through Cornerstone family! To God be the glory!

Let your faith in God arise! (Psalm 68:1)

Faith!

Faith is not so much something we believe.
Faith is something we live.

Fear cripples faith BUT Faith overcomes fear!

A living faith in Christ overcomes the fear of:
the unknown,
financial worries,
not pleasing everyone,
health issues,
attacks of the enemy,
failure,

“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22 NLT)

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Living by faith in God means not always understanding the why, the how, the when but understanding that God is in control. He will make a way. (Isa 43:19) Christ dwells within us. (Eph 3:16) He is all powerful. (Job 36:22) We do not need to fear because He will never leave us, and He goes before us. (Deut 31:8)

Living out my faith day by day,

til next time

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March 27, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i didn’t sow this!

God knows just what we need. God knows what will get our thoughts back on the right track. God knows how to encourage us. But, if we just let His Word sit unopened – we can miss it. When we take time to connect with God, He speaks into our hearts.

Each morning my husband and I try to take time to have devotions and pray together. I say try because it doesn’t always happen.

I told my husband that there are things I am reaping that I did not sow – that he did not sow. That can be rather hard to swallow.

We read from the devotional – Jesus Today.  It prints the scripture verses. Here is one of them.

“Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 (NKJV)

Here is an excerpt from Sarah Young
“…I want your character to reflect Me more and more. So endeavor to be loving and peaceful in your relationships with other people. When someone irritates or upsets you, try to see Me in that person. Remember that I created everyone in My own image. The most effective way to love people is to allow My Love to flow through you to them. My Spirit lives inside you, and you can ask Him to love others through you…..make every effort to live close to Me, the God of Love and Peace.”

I trust you can see how God spoke to my heart about the situation that is not right. We laid the wrong at Jesus feet in prayer and left it there. It’s His issue now and I refuse to dwell on it.

Drawing closer to God and loving the people who come across my path today! How about you?

til next time

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March 26, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s timing

I woke this morning reminding myself that I can and do trust God’s timing. Waiting can be so hard. Jealousy (as you see someone else enjoying the very promise you are waiting on) tries to plant itself in my heart. When that doesn’t work then sadness seeks to overtake me with thoughts like ‘it’s never gonna happen” or “how much longer can I hold on?” When that doesn’t work then thoughts of what I can do to speed up the process flash across my brain.

No! No! A thousand times no!

God told Abram that he would have a son. (“but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” Genesis 15:4) And then the waiting process began.

Waiting, waiting, and more waiting but nothing was happening. Then Sarah got this idea in her head. She took matters into her own hands and came up with a solution. The promised child would come through her hand-maiden. (Genesis 16)

However, Ishmael was not the child God had promised. What a mess Sarah had made of her impatience and lack of trust. Genesis 16:12 calls Ishmael a wild man. There was a price to pay for Sarah’s impatience. A good example of how our choices can impact others.

It can be easy to fall into the same trap as Sarah. When we do our own thing instead of waiting on God, we also get a mess. Consequences of that mess can follow us the rest of our lives.

Trust, hold on, stay firm, endure – knowing that God is not on vacation but very much active in what is going on in our lives. His timing is always right on.

Are you waiting for something? Don’t lose heart, resist jealousy and/or sadness, and make the choice to follow God.

While I am waiting, I will serve and trust God,

til next time

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March 23, 2018 Posted by | bible story, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment