Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

relationship

Are you comfortable praying to God? He is not concerned about elegance but heart. He desires a relationship with you.
 
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thess 5:18 NKJV
 
Giving thanks is a part of prayer. Are you a thankful person? When things are good, it is easy to be thankful. Even when things aren’t good, God is still with us. He is helping us and that right there is cause enough to be thankful.
 
How about taking a moment right now to give God thanks? Our conversation with God should include gratitude.
 
Having a heart of gratitude makes a difference in how we handle life.
 
“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3
 
Pray for others. When I tell someone I am praying for them, what that means is I am standing in the gap for them, their health, their children, their marriage, our friendship, whatever is going on at this time in their life and asking God to help them press on. (Phil 3:12)
 
Praying always – (1 Thess 5:17 “pray without ceasing,”) means to become aware of the presence of God. God is everywhere. “We should be cultivating an awareness of the presence of God.” Pastor Curtis
 
Prayer can become as natural as breathing. Have a problem? Pray. Have a ‘just so happens moment” – give thanks.
 
talking to God throughout my day
til next time
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May 25, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cry, laugh, grieve, dance

I love life. I love: to laugh, to jump in puddles, to find the good, to pray with people, to go to church, to hug, oh yes, I am a hugger – and this list goes on and on.
 
I am a people person who also enjoys alone time. I enjoy time in my house. Before covid19 that didn’t happen often enough. That said, I’ve really had enough time in my home. Oh, I am far from bored. There is plenty to keep me occupied. I miss what was as I continue  to come to grips with what is.
 
This morning my heart is heavy.    I am reminded of Ecc 3:4
“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 NLT
 
If your heart is heavy, it’s ok to cry. It’s ok to grieve. I remember when I grieved popcorn. I love popcorn. This is so much bigger than popcorn.
 
The pictures of parents in nursing homes pressing their hand up to the window as their grown child does the same from the outside, families separated because of this pandemic, glimpses of nurses and doctors exhausted, people dying and I can’t be there, people that i love being exposed to the virus – not knowing if they will come down with it..
 
Yes, my heart is heavy. So what do I do? I cry for awhile. I let God know my heart is hurting. I cast my cares. I pray for our world. And then I sit quietly in His presence.
 
“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” Psalm 3:3 NASB
 
Don’t forget to sit quietly (cease striving) in His presence, (Psalm 46)
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April 7, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

peace

God’s peace – it is a wonderful gift that is ours through Christ Jesus.

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,” Ephesians 2:14 NIV

In John 14:27 Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…” Later in John (16:37) he says, “… in Me you may have peace…”

God offers to us peace. In the midst of whatever is going on we can turn to God, giving Him our hurts, confusion, stress, anxiety, struggle… and receive from Him peace that goes beyond our understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7)

If we could market peace, true inner peace, into a capsule form, we would make millions. I believe it would be the hottest selling item. There are just so many miserable, stressed out people in the world today. Sadly, Christians can fall into that trap as well.

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace,
Because he trusts in You. “Trust in the Lord forever,
For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 (NASB)

The key to living a life of peace is to be steadfast, trusting that in any situation that arises, God is in control and He is greater than whatever life throws at us. It is when we take our eyes off of Jesus and fixate on the problem that our peace can go right out the window.

Nothing takes God by surprise. (Psalm 139) He is not off on some vacation unaware of what you are facing. Instead, He is with you. (Matt 28:20) He will make a way. (Isa 43:16) He is for you. (Psalm 118:6) He is working all things out for good. (Romans 8:28) Nothing, absolutely nothing is too difficult for Him. (Jer 32:17, Luke 1:37)

Keep trusting – it isn’t over yet,

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March 3, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life abundant?

I enjoy my life. It is sometimes crazy, always full, and even in the hard times I know that God is with me. I decided a long time ago to live life fully — living the abundant life Jesus talked about. (John 10:10)
 
Unforced rhythms of grace is how I can enjoy all that I do. God’s grace is enough for whatever today holds. Walking with and working with the leading of the Holy Spirit is key to living the abundant life – to enjoying life.
 
Why would I choose to be miserable when I can enjoy today!!
I once said that I wanted to do it all. What I meant by that is — all that God has for me to do. I want to embrace each day as a gift from God – because it is.
 
I think it can be easy to fall short of what God has planned for us. “Not my will but Yours be done” is a powerful prayer. However, when we sense the leading to do something that requires discipline on our part or a greater sacrifice than we really want to make… — you see where I am going with this. Yet, the abundant life is tied into saying yes to God.
 

mark 6 31 (2)
“…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life…. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
 
Walk with and work with Jesus. Operate in the unforced rhythms of grace.
 
Tomorrow I will look at what to do when you feel worn out.
til next time
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September 4, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my tired is tired

Are you tired today? Maybe every day?  Maybe you are tired of being tired — what do can you do?
 
The obvious should be addressed: Your schedule, your sleep patterns, your diet and exercise, and how much water are you drinking? All of these impact our bodies ability to handle the day to day stresses. If one or more of these is out of whack – don’t be surprised that you are exhausted.
 
There is another aspect that often gets overlooked. Our relationship to God! We were never meant to do things in our own strength.
 
Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (TLB)
 
“The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19 NASB)
My own strength is insufficient to deal with the many situations that I face. God never intended for you or me to operate out of our own strength. In fact, many times scripture reminds us that God is our refuge and our strength.
 
There are times when God pours into us strength in abundance and we seem to run the race before us. (Hebrews 12:1) There are other times when God give us strength bit by bit so that we can walk in His statutes (Lev 26:3) and walk in love (Eph 5:2) leaning on Him every step of the way.
 
One thing is for certain, He will give us the strength we need when we need it. He is in control and He is for us. (Psalm 118:6)
 
So as you face situations that seem daunting, trials that seem to never end, heartache, or health issues remember where your strength comes from. Spend time today talking with God and casting your cares. (1 Peter 5:7)
 
in my weakness, He is strong,
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August 22, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a new day

A new day dawns. What will it hold?
 
I choose. I choose whether I will look for the good or fixate on the not so good. I choose if I will spend time at the feet of Jesus. I choose how I will handle the things that come my way. Will I trust God? Will I allow frustration to reign? Oh, life goes so much better when I let God reign.
 
I remind myself at the start of this day that God is in control. Whatever comes my way, He is with me. (Matt 28:20) He is for me. (Psalm 118:6) He is working all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28) His grace is enough to see me through. (2 Cor 12:9) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He is an ever present help in whatever circumstance I find myself in. (Palms 46:1)
 
Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Spend some time with Him today. It is the best choice you will make.
 
 
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August 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

today

It can be easy to get caught up in looking down the road on where God may be leading us that we forget today is where we are and where God wants to use us.
 
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)
 
When I am intentional about practicing these three things, my day is so much better.
 
Rejoice always – Negativity is something I battle with more than I would care to admit. It doesn’t win when I remember to rejoice throughout my day. Sure, some days are difficult but my joy is found in Christ and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
 
We do have a choice. I choose joy!
 
Pray without ceasing – to me this is the realization that at anytime and any place I can talk with God. He is with me always. He is my first response, not my last resort.
Giving thanks – here is another huge thing that will have an impact on our day. It is hard to be thankful and selfish at the same time.
 
God does care about how our day goes and He offers to us these three things that will enhance our days and therefore improve our lives.
 
Rejoicing, praying and thanking God as I go through this day.
 
How about you?
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June 29, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

sparkle

“Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9
Hospitality can often require personal sacrifice. When you do something for someone, don’t let your mouth spoil it by complaining.
 
“Do all things without complaining and disputing.” Philippians 2:14
 
That is what I call an attitude check verse. I don’t know about you but, I know I have not perfected this. All things???
 
It is next to impossible to maintain a good, positive attitude and complain.
 
The struggle is real. Remember, God Is ready and willing to help.
 
When I worked at the clinic, a couple of us women held each other accountable. If we heard one of us start to grumble, we would quietly just say “sparkle.” It was our code word.
 
Here is your reminder to sparkle today!
 
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June 28, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

generosity

“The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered” Proverbs 11:25 (NASB)

When God shines the spotlight on your life, what does He see? Do you lean more toward generous or stingy?

We are blessed to be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)

There are many ways that we can display generosity. We can lend a helping hand, speak encouraging words, provide for a need, share a possession, pay it forward, financially give to missionaries, be generous with your time in visiting those in nursing homes – there is one thing all of these have in common is that it is for someone else.

Generosity gets my mind off of me.

Looking to be a blessing today,
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June 24, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

meditation anyone?

Do you find yourself going over and over something?  Then you know how to meditate.  The importance is what you are going over and over.
We can rehash a bad experience and that takes us to a negative place.  We can dwell on something that made us angry.  That is a great way to stay angry.
As a christian we are told to meditate on God’s Word.
Let’s do that today.  Wherever you find yourself, take some time to meditate on God’s Word.
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Are you feeling stressed?
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7 ESV
Are you tired?
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30 ESV
Are you overwhelmed?
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2 NKJV
Do you need to be reminded that God loves you?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
Does life seem out of control?
“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promisesand faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who falland lifts up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:13-14 NIV
Here is what I am meditating on today?
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end;they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentation 3:22-23 ESV
What are you meditating on today?
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June 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment