Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

willing? obedient?

This winter I have done some shoveling – much to the surprise of my husband. It just seemed like the thing to do.  I am trying to get more exercise incorporated into my life.
As I was shoveling I think of the verses in Isaiah about our sins being as white as snow.

18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land; Isaiah 1:18-19 (ESV)

Through Christ we are offered forgiveness. Jesus paid the price for us. It was His great love for us that kept Him on the cross. In repentance, our sin is washed away. White as snow!

Let’s also include verse 17 as it includes some action on our part –
“-learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.”

May we be people who are constantly learning to do good, people who seek justice (what is right) and take action to make things better.

V 19 – are you willing and obedient?

til next time

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February 17, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what did Jesus do?

If we are not mindful, we can get sucked into the hurry, hurry, schedule packed, pulled in many directions, life going round and round in circles leaving no room for the unexpected. Yet, the unexpected happens.

Jesus is leaving Jericho heading to Jerusalem. It is 17 miles. Before leaving he told his disciples what would take place there. (Death and Resurrection)

As he left Jericho, a great crowd follows him. Two blind men are sitting by the road. When they heard who was passing by they began to cry out to Him. The multitude tried to quiet them. They got all the louder. “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David.”

What did Jesus do?
Matthew 20:32 -33 “So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”

V 32 He stood still, and called them – even though He was on His way to Jerusalem, knowing what was ahead – he stood still. He met them in that moment.

What Do We Do? Are we willing to stop, stand still and do good? Do we take time to help? Once you start to pay attention to the opportunities, you will find them everywhere.

finding the smooth rhythm of grace,
til next time,

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April 13, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

heavenly minded? earthly good?

There was a saying, back when I was a child, that I would hear spoken often.  Looking back now I think it was just an excuse they used so that they could ignore the need to grow spiritually.

Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.

I remember wondering what they were talking about.  As far as I could tell that just wasn’t a possibility.    After all what would ‘heavenly minded’ look like?

Wouldn’t it be that if you were truly heavenly minded that your love for Jesus would shine through in everything that you do?  Wouldn’t it mean that you would want to share that hope both in word and by your actions every where you went?  Wouldn’t it mean that your life would stand out; there would be a noticeable difference?  Wouldn’t it mean that you were indeed someone who would be full of earthly good?  After all you would be following in Jesus’ footprints.   You would be walking in love and growing in your ability to walk in love.

It is my belief that the quote should go like this.

Don’t be so earthly minded that you are no heavenly good.

Now this I understand.  Sadly I have witnessed this in the lives of some people who would rather stay in their sin than lay it at  Jesus’ feet and walk in obedience.  The things of this world seem to consume their thoughts.

It is also sad when   Ministers of the Gospel fall into this category.  They demonstrate it  by watering down the Gospel.   How that must grieve God.

Instead of seeing just how close they can get to Jesus,   for some the trend seems to be to get as close to the world and its ways as they can and still call themselves Christian.    Compromising their beliefs seems to be  a small price to pay to be ‘relevant’.

While I am all for being relevant, I look to Jesus as my example.  He did not compromise.  Yet He was able to share love and reach those who were hurting.  There was no blending in when it came to Jesus.  He stood out and yes,  some didn’t like that at all.  Oh but so many more were impacted for all eternity.  The truth of the Gospel is truly life changing.

Being heavenly minded will inspire us to be more earthly good.   This I truly believe.   Colossians 3 tells us to set our minds on heavenly things.   We are to place our focus on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2)  As we grow in Him our influence on those around us will grow.  We will make a difference.

Sometimes I get tired.  One more thing becomes one more thing and then one more thing and I think surely enough already.  Yet even when I am worn out I know that God has rest for me.  I will see Redemption win!!  It is worth it!  I won’t compromise!     I will continue to be so heavenly minded that I am full of earthly good!

What about you?

Sometimes the cost is high.  Sometimes life is hard, but hold on.  Don’t give up.  Look up!  Jesus will indeed help you to make a difference in your part of the world.   Even in the midst of the hard trials, we have hope and can offer hope.

As for me, I want to be more like Jesus today then I was yesterday.

I want to be so heavenly minded that I am very much full of earthly good!

til next time

February 12, 2013 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments