Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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It seems that some people are set on rewriting history. The problem is we do not have a delete button or a edit button on history. It is what it is. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it.

I am grateful that God tells us today is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:1-3) I need Him today to save me – To save me from myself, from negative thoughts, from people who would do me harm, from the enemy of my soul who would try to destroy…. I need God.


I love that God gives us signs. When God set the rainbow in the sky, it was a sign of His promise to never flood the earth again. I have seen pictures of the Ark that was built according to God’s specifications. I am sure the rainbow meant more to those who witnessed the flood, but for me, the rainbow is always a sign of hope.

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We have 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

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December 5, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

go

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Mark 16:15 (NLT)

How do we do that?

We pray. Prayer is communication with the Father. Prayer changes things. Something to remember, though, is that Jesus said, “Go!” Prayer with action is powerful. God will direct your steps but you must take those steps.

One thing you can do is to be intentional about getting out there. Meet people where they are: those you work with, see at the grocery store, your neighbors, at the park…. be intentional.
Look for ways to bring Jesus into the conversation. Listen to what they are saying and look for ways to share hope in Christ. Using your own story, reveal ways Jesus has made a difference.

Don’t let fear stop you. The more you step out, the easier it will become. Just start.

Go and share.

Serving Jesus together

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December 4, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

let.it.go

Just. Let. It. Go!

No one likes to be forgotten or taken for granted and yet it happens. Some have said that an afterthought is better than to be completely forgotten. For me personally, having experienced both, completely forgotten is easier to process. Life is busy.

I was talking with a friend whose family completely missed her birthday – not a text, call, card – nothing. How do we handle it when we are forgotten or realize we were just an afterthought?

I am so very grateful that we are never an afterthought to God.

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

When situations arise and you feel left out – don’t dwell on it – instead, extend grace. Easy? No, especially when your feelings are hurt. This is when it is so important to rule your emotions and not allow your emotions to rule you. Ask yourself if five years from now will it matter? What about one year? one month?

You have a couple choices – dwell on it and be miserable with resentment and bitterness on your heels or Just Let It Go. Extend grace (knowing they will possibly not even realize you are extending grace) and then peace and joy will be on your heels.

Remember God hasn’t forgotten you. God is on your side always. Don’t dwell on what could have been or what wasn’t but dwell on what is! God is for you! God is working all things for your good. God is with you!

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Selah,

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December 3, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

you are not alone

Sometimes the feeling that you are all alone or no one can possibly understand is so strong. If left unchecked, it will lead you to discouragement and despair.

“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down, He’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 (The Message Bible)

This scripture reminds us that others are facing things too – things that we may know nothing about. No one is immune from tests and trials.

What do we do with those feelings? Bring them to Jesus – nail them to the cross. In doing that, you fix your eyes on the love of your Savior. He died for you! Allow His love to saturate you. You are not alone.

Look up! Our help comes from God and He is an ever-present help in whatever we are facing. (Psalm 46:1) He will see you through this. You are not alone.

Let’s encourage one another!!

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i need help

Where does our help come from?

I have often quoted Psalm 46:1 — Our God is an ever present help in trouble. The first part of that verse is equally as important. God is our refuge and strength.

When frustration, fear, anger, worry, or stress tries to over take us, let’s not forget where our help comes from and in whose strength we can count on.

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

There is nothing that compares to God. Truly there is none like Him. (Deut 33:26, 1 Chron 17:20, Jer 10:6, Psalm 86:7-9)

“Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying,

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.” Revelation 19:6

God, I look to You…..

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November 30, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

real love

When I think about how much Jesus loves me – i am in awe. It is because of Him that i am able to love others.

The more my ability to express love and concern for others grows – the more fulfilled I find myself. The more love I give – the more I receive. That’s just how it works. We are able to express love because we are loved by the One who matters most.

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“…where they helped the believers to grow in love for God and each other.” Acts 14:22

love for God – Here are a couple choruses that I have found myself singing lately.

“I keep falling in love with Him over and over and over and over again… He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by….”

“I fall in love with You all over again. You constantly amaze me. You reach out and embrace me…..”

I hope that you, too, are growing in your love for God. It is the foundation.

Growing in our love for each other is evident in so many ways. May it be said of us as it was said of the church in Thessalonian “Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully.” (2 Thessalonians 1)

Galatians 5:6 tells us – “…for all we need is faith working through love.”

Let’s do that!

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November 29, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hi momma

Recently I have talked about being an example. I have also addressed mothers and fathers. Today I want to look at an aspect of our role as children.

“Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25 (ESV)

Awhile back my son had surgery to reattach his bicep. I was out of state but receiving play by play reports. Nothing compared to his picture popping up on my phone and hearing “Hi momma.” Hearing his voice was indeed like water to a thirsty soul.

What about you? When was the last time you picked up the phone and called your mom or dad just to tell them some good news?

Maybe like me your mom and dad are no longer living. Then let’s focus on the ‘good news.’ Do we share good news or are we more prone to grumble or complain?

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing;” Phil 2:14 (NASB)

For me, I have found that it helps when I determine at the start of the day that “today” I am going to look for the good. Today I am going to strive to not give in to negativity or complaining. Do you realize that it takes hardly any effort or thought to grumble?

What ‘news’ will you share today?

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November 28, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

fathers

Yesterday I talked about a mother’s influence. Today let’s turn our attention to fathers.

“Fathers,do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)

Exasperate – to provoke to a high degree

How many times have I heard someone say that they just wanted their dad to be proud of them. Some fathers need a wake up call. Anger can be so destructive. It can cause rifts that go on through a lifetime.

I recently told someone that as a parent, I am the adulter adult. In that, if there is a problem with my child, I am responsible to reach out, to keep reaching out, to love, to keep loving. I will always be the mom and with that comes great responsibility.

Here are a couple verses that apply to all of us.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1 :19-20

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influence

We discussed yesterday about being an example. People see what we do. They also figure out rather quickly if our words match our actions.

2 Chronicles reveals a mother who could have been a wonderful influence to her son but that’s not what she chose.

“Ahaziah also followed the evil example of King Ahab’s family, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Ahab’s family had done. They even became his advisers after the death of his father, and they led him to ruin.” 2 Chron 22:3-4

“encouraged him in doing wrong” – what are some ways this could apply to the world we live in now?

*Calling in sick to work or school when we or our child isn’t sick
*Encouraging cheating
*Doing their homework for them
*Blaming the teacher instead of taking ownership
*Making the outcome the most important aspect – doesn’t matter how you get there or who you hurt
*Mistreating others
*Stealing with no consequences and possibly rewards for sneakiness
*Telling lies to get ahead
the list could go on and on

It matters what we do.

Ahaziah listened and it led to his ruin. Who are you listening to?  What are you telling people who are listening to you?

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14 (NIV)

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what’s on your heart?

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut 6:6-7 (ESV)

What words? V4-5 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”

It seems that I can remember always jotting down thoughts or scriptures and taping them up around my bedroom first, then my apartment and finally now in my home. They are reminders of truths that apply to whatever it is that I am dealing with.

Deut 6: 4-7 is parental advice. As parents, we have the great privilege and responsibility to teach our children. Let’s not forget that one effective way we do that is by being an example. Our kids see way more than we realize.

Something that I strive for is to find a connection with God in whatever is going on and be ready to share that if the opportunity arises. That’s the way it should be, right? Deut 6:6-7 pretty much covers the entire day.

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deut 6:6-7 (ESV)

Let’s make God’s presence known as we go through our day.

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November 24, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment