Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

dread

Is there a task that you dread doing? Maybe something that just gets under your skin and yet it needs to be done?

When the boys were young, I hated washing dishes.

When we moved from the apartment to the house, it only got worse. I found myself also hating my house – especially my kitchen. Yet, God had given us this house. I knew that I knew that this house was a big blessing from God.

I needed to take control of my words and speak life not death. (Proverbs 18:21 – I stopped saying I hate this house and instead I began to thank God for our home. Wow! What a transformation took place in me.)

I still needed to find a solution to my dishes problem. So I prayed.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

Whatsoever! How is this possible?

verse 16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (here is a plug for church also — we need each other)

Later that week I had received in the mail my teaching from Joyce Meyer. WaLa! I popped it in and that began a beautiful journey of doing dishes with Joyce. To this day, I still do dishes with Joyce and I love it.

Whatever it might be that tempts you to complain or dread, ask God to show you how to get victory over it. Dig in His Word for insight. Pray, praise, read the Word and apply it to your situation. Use your words to speak life not death.

til next time

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January 14, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what r u w8ing 4?

What is it that is keeping you from enjoying the day?  What are you waiting for?  Make the decision to enjoy this day.   Don’t wait til you have more money.  Don’t wait til you are married.   Don’t wait til the kids are older.   Don’t wait til you get that promotion.  Enjoy life now!!!!!

So many times people are just wishing their life away.  It’s Monday and already they can’t wait til Friday.  So many people live in the realm of  “When I _________ (fill in the blank) then I’ll be happy.” 

Live in the moment.  Embrace life.

Don’t let life pass you by.  Don’t waste today wishing for tomorrow.   Each day is a gift, we don’t have a do over button.  There isn’t a delete button or a rewind button.  What we do have is today.  Life is good and time marches on.

The other trap is to fall face first into dread.  Maybe by choosing to live in the moment it would require acknowledging pain or sorrow or something equally as difficult.   Life can be hard, but God is there.

I have found pain to be an effective tool in my life.  Pain can bring about change.  Pain gets me on my knees in prayer.  Sometimes God will calm the storm, sometimes He calms me while the storm rages.

I don’t know how people live in the moment of heartache or pain without God.  Psalm 29:11b  “The Lord will bless His people with peace.” 

As a Christian, in the midst of  ‘awfulness’ I embrace God.  I know that  He is working it out. (Romans 8:28)    I can live in the moment by the reality that God is with me.  He will sustain me and give me peace.  He will help me take my eyes off the ‘problem’ and see reasons for gratefulness.

So what r u w8ing 4?  What is keeping you from enjoying this day?  Most of the time it is just a matter of readjusting one’s thinking.  The day is a gift.  What we do with it is our choice.

I choose to live this day to the fullest.  How about you?

til next time

December 16, 2008 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment