Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

rules?

Some people think rules don’t apply to them. I am sure you have met some of those people. However, it will catch up with them sooner or later. Truth is God sees. God knows. You can’t get away with it when it comes to God.

Jesus tells us:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,” John 14:15-16

A Helper – the Holy Spirit — this is such a relief. We don’t have to do it on our own. The Holy Spirit is with us – helping us.

This also takes away our excuse that we just can’t help it, or that’s just the way we are. No, we are able to change because the Holy Spirit helps us to change and to grow. We are over-comers! We are victorious!

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” 1 John 5:2-4 (NASB)

What are these commandments?

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

All that God’s Word asks of us comes down to living out these two commandments.

 

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Selah,

til next time

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October 2, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

stop, look up, and give thanks

‘Take 2 aspirin and call me in the morning.’
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’
I grew up hearing sayings like these.

Here is a saying that is way more important and timeless.

‘It is good to stop, look up and say thank you! It is good to do this often.’

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (ESV)

Give thanks not just when things are going right. Even when things seem to be falling apart, we can be thankful that God is with us. He is at work in us and in the situations we face.

In those hard times, it is good to remember who God is and that we are His. It is good to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving.

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.” Psalm 9:1-2 (ESV)

Psalm 28:7
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28:7 (ESV)

‘It is good to stop, look up and say thank you! It is good to do this often.’

Selah,

til next time

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September 29, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

on the way

Life happens as we go on our way.  Yet, we can be so wrapped up in the destination that we miss what is happening all around us.

 

WWJD? What would Jesus do? Was a common phrase back in the 90’s.  Before we ask what would Jesus do, let’s find out what did Jesus do.

 

What Did Jesus Do? WDJD?
As we examine Jesus’ walk on this earth, we see that He would set out for somewhere but on the way – life happened.

It is On The Way:
. that He calls Peter and Andrew to follow Him (Matthew 4:18)
. that we have the story of the centurion’s great faith. (Luke 7:6)
. to Jerusalem when he encountered the 10 lepers. (Luke 17:11)
. to Nain that He raised the dead man. As He approached the gate He sees them carrying out a dead man – his mother was a widow and he was her only son. He had compassion! (Luke 7:10-12)
. from village to village that He was willing to be interrupted.

He was not preoccupied with the destination.

Jesus was on the way to Calvary. We are on our way to heaven. Those are both destinations. Life takes place on the way!

Sometimes I think we get to bound up with time.  For Jesus and for us, so much happens on the way to somewhere else.

*Ask God to open your eyes to see the opportunities.

Galatians 6:10 “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

A new day is starting. What will you do On Your Way?

Colossians 4:5-6 “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

 

Flow through me Holy Spirit!

Till next time,

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March 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

things you can do to change your day

“Remember that God has been faithful in the past so when difficulties arise you are not swayed by them.” Curtis Girod

“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,
O seed of Israel His servant,
You children of Jacob, His chosen ones! 1 Chronicles 16:8-13(NKJV)

Here 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.
Seek the Lord – with intent – go after God.

In Awe of the wonders of God!

til next time,

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November 30, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

praying for others

You wake up in the middle of the night and a person is on your mind.  What do you do?  I pray.  I have come to realize that God uses those moments to get my attention and pray for that person.

Sometimes I find myself not knowing what to pray or how to pray about a particular situation.

The Word has much to say about prayer and praying for others.  Today we will look at what Collosians 1: 9-12 says:

“For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.”

This is a good list to draw from to pray for my children, my friends, family members, my co-workers or even for myself.

Pray that they would:

v 9 understand God’s will and make wise choices

v10 live lives pleasing to and honoring God

know God better and better

v 11 be filled with God’s strength,

endure,

keep on keeping on

stay full of Christ’s joy

v 12 always be thankful – Looking for the good instead of focusing on the bad.

prayer

Why not take a few moments right now and pray for that person that comes to your mind?

til next time

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November 27, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s will?

What is God’s will for your life?  1 Thessalonians tells us three things that are God’s will for every believer.  I have room for growth.  How about you?

“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)

Rejoice always – when things are going great it is easy to rejoice. Even when things seem to be falling apart we can rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus holds all things together. (Colossians 1:17) We are not alone. (Matthew 28:20) God loves us! (John 3:16)

Pray without ceasing –  Being aware of the presence of God in our day all day long – God is with us. His fingerprints are all around us. May we continue to cultivate an awareness of the presence of God.

Give thanks – Thanksgiving is approaching. A time set aside to remember and be thankful. While I enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, giving thanks should be a daily thing for us as believers in Christ. A heart of gratitude expressed through our words and actions is a powerful demonstration of what Christ is doing in our lives.

Let me say that again.

A heart of gratitude expressed through our words and actions is a powerful demonstration of what Christ is doing in our lives.  (gg)

God’s will for your life is to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.Whatever else He leads you to do, these three things will be part of it.

til next time

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November 23, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

who’s hand are you holding?

Psalm 46:1 tells us, ” God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”

Refuge – shelter or protection from danger
Strength – we are strong in Him.
Very – high degree, extremely
Present — right here, right now
Help – provide what is necessary
Trouble – difficulty, mess, dilemma, commotion, struggle…

Isaiah 41:12 tells us, “For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

Just as a mother will take her small child’s hand when crossing a busy street, God takes us by the hand and helps us to cross our ‘busy streets.’ We need not fear. God is holding us.

Holding on to God’s hand cause He is holding on to mine!

fear not

til next time

November 2, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what, where, when,

Just.So.Happen…..

I have had quite a few ‘just so happens moments’ lately. You know, those moments that make you stop and think – no way did that just happen but God orchestrated the whole thing. It just so happened that God _________.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 10:21 (NASB)

God is in the business of “just so happens.” He knows just exactly what we need, where we need it, and when.

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May we cultivate an awareness of His presence in our lives. As we do, we will become more and more aware of just how amazing it is to walk with God.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus,
til next time

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September 24, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

bug zapper

Bugs are drawn to the light. If that light is a bug zapper, well, you know the end result.  bug-zapper

As Christians we are to let our light shine.   People are drawn to the Christ they see in us.  When they get close to us, do they find love in action or do we resemble more of a bug zapper?   Are we quick to express judgment,  disapproval, or irritation?

Oh, I hope that is not what they find.

“Don’t be a bug zapper Christian. We cannot shine a bright appealing light and offer nothing but pain. We must offer a real warm and inviting love that welcomes all and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work – not trying to do it for Him in our own way.” Susan  Briggs

 

It is the Holy Spirit that brings about change in a person’s life.  It is the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth.  (John 15:13)

We are to let our light shine so that others will see and glorify God.  Just like a light bulb lights up a dark room, may our lives brightly shine forth the light of Christ.

“I don’t want to be a casual Christian.  I don’t want to live a lukewarm life.  Cuz I want to light up the night with an ever lasting light — I don’t want to live a  casual Christian life.”  “Casual Christian” by DeGarmo and Key

light

 

Something to think about – do you behave like a bug zapper or a light bulb?
 
Let’s encourage, lift up, and point people to Christ!
til next time,
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September 16, 2016 Posted by | spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

quiet place to rest

rest

Recently, I was talking with a friend about the importance of answering the call to “Come away” and how easy it can be to ignore that call or put it off until a more convenient time. Our lives are full and our schedules are packed.

Mark 6:31 (NASB) “And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)

If it weren’t for fast food restaurants and processed quick foods, many of us wouldn’t have time to eat. (The drawbacks with that type of food is a topic for another day.)

Awhile back,  I talked about making ordinary things extraordinary.  Yet while all of these things are helpful, the call to me to “come away to a secluded place” is greater than just the ordinary places. Maybe that will mean getting up a half hour earlier. It could mean turning off the tv and going to a quiet place instead. It could mean clearing a couple hours of your day to just ‘be still’ or journal your thoughts about the magnificence of our God.

I thought when I was no longer bi-vocational that time would just present itself. After all, I was not going to fill up my calendar. Right?? Dropping into bed at night dog tired would be a thing of the past.

My devotional life is active and vibrant but my schedule is void of much wiggle room. I need wiggle room. Recently, I found myself once again dropping into bed dog tired. In the stillness of the night I heard the call loud and clear. “Come away with me to a quiet place.”

And I did!

Now ‘quiet place’ is a part of my scheduling.

When was the last time you freed your schedule to find a ‘quiet place’?

til next time

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September 15, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments