Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

4 powerful words

“I’m praying for you.”  Four powerful words.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss for how to pray. The Bible is a great help here. Of course we have the Lord’s Prayer when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. (Matt 6:9-13)

Also, when Paul would write that he was praying, he would include the things he was praying for them. We can pray those things too.

(See Colossians 1:9-12 in the comment section)

Pray for each other / for your children / for yourself – asking God for:
*wise minds,
*live well,
*make the Father proud,
*that the fruit of the spirit would be evident in our lives (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control)
*that we would increase in our knowledge of God –

How do we do increase in our knowledge of God? Learn how God operates by reading His word, listening to sermons, discussing the Word and then applying it to our lives.

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Oh that our faith would keep showing up and that people would recognize Christ in what we do, in who we are. That Christ would shine brightly through us! Let’s pray that for each other!

til next time

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February 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

hopeless? or hopeful?

Do things seem hopeless?  Are you in the middle of a struggle that threatens to overtake you?   Does it seem you take one step forward and then fall three steps backwards?

I do whole heartedly believe that every day has some good in it.  If  I can see nothing else, just knowing that God is with me and has not abandoned me is good.  It seems that it is in our darkest hours where our faith has the potential to grow the most.

Say it with me
“Now may ‘You’ the God of Hope fill ‘me’ with all joy and peace as ‘I’ trust in ‘You’ so that ‘I’ will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13. (personalized)

God is the God of Hope! As we trust Him, our faith grows. If you seem to be lacking joy and peace, look at where you are putting your trust. Joy and peace are a by-product of trust.

Trusting God impacts our outlook. Overflowing with hope impacts others.

Hope, and joy and peace and hope again. Let that soak in.

Selah,

til next time

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January 20, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

want peace?

No matter what is going on in our world or in our personal life, God is still God and His promises are true. He is for us, with us and making all things work together for good.

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.    The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:10-11 (NLT)

God is with us through the ‘floodwaters’ of our lives. It is His strength that will see us through. As we trust Him, no matter what is going on, His peace is ours.

However, here are things we do that will negatively impact our peace.
…take our eyes off of Jesus
…dwell on the negative
…use our words to tear down
…believing lies – “nothing will ever change” “I can’t deal with this” “I am all alone” “no one cares” — all of these are lies that increase our stress level and shove peace out the door
…other things that affect our peace would be lack of sleep
…being too busy
…avoiding things
…choices we make…
Yes, we have responsibility when it comes to peace.

“Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!

Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:13-15 (NLT)

Here are things we can do to keep ourselves in peace.
…before you start your day talk to God
…remind yourself that you trust God
…be grateful
…pray every time you start to ‘feel’ stress coming on
…use your words to speak of your faith, hope and trust in God
…sing praises
…smile (Proverbs 31:25) my daddy always told me that I might as well smile if I had to do something cuz it would just make it better)
…dig deeper into the Word of God
…contact a friend who you know will lift you up
…get yourself to church — We need each other.

Jesus tells us in John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (NLT)

Make the choice today that you believe what the word says and you trust God even when things seem bad.

Faith goes beyond what we see.

God is not limited. Our God is greater!

til next time

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January 11, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, pastor, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2018 begins

Happy New Year!

Trust in the Lord and do good

Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness

Delight yourself also in the Lord and

He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:3-5

Notice that trust is mentioned twice in these verses. Trust is vital to walking in faith and victory. When we have settled in our mind that we trust God, then whatever happens – we know that God will work it out. (Romans 8:28) He is for us! He is with us! He is more than enough.

Are our actions good? Many times, in the Bible, we are told to ‘do good.’ Yes, our actions do matter.

What are you feeding on? Are you driven to have the latest, greatest, best _________(fill in the blank)? Are you feeding on what you don’t have? Is it gossip that you graze on? There is an old saying – ‘garbage in means garbage out.’ Let’s feed on the faithfulness of our God. Again this comes down to trust.

Delight in and commit yourself to God. This should be an ongoing process in our lives. As we start off 2018, let’s reaffirm our commitment to give God our all.

Selah

til next time

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January 1, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me…..

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.

In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.

We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.

But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield
But as for me – I choose joy
But as for me – You give me life
But as for me – I will praise You
But as for me – You are in control
But as for me – I want to be more like You
But as for me – use my brokenness for Your glory

What about you? What is your battle cry?

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Selah,

til next time

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December 8, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

have you read Psalm 27 lately?

Let’s look a few verses of Psalm 27.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?” (verse 1)

Salvation – 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….

God is my strength.  I need Him.

He will give us wisdom to know what to do and strength to do it. We do not need to live in fear of tomorrow, of change, of things out of our control….

“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (verse 4, 8)

What is your desire? Do your actions adequately reflect this?

God I want You! I want to be more and more aware of Your presence in my life.

“Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (verse 11,13,14)

Seek Him. Take time to get to know Him. Read His Word. Apply His Word.

“We live in this world with all its problems, clutter and stuff… The demands of this world can be in your face. Seek God’s face. Let our hearts be sensitive to God being with us…. Are you building a history of encounters with God?” Pastor Curtis

Are you seeking God? For most of us, it could be more than it is.

Selah

til next time,

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December 7, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, 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!

til next time

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

whatever

TODAY!!!
Whatever comes my way today – God is with me.

Nothing comes as a surprise to Him.

He calls me to trust Him – to let my faith arise.

battle

“By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen. ” Hebrews 11:3 (TLB)

After all, God created the heavens and the earth, He holds it all together, He has me engraved on the palm of His hand. AND that battle I am in, well, I won’t forget that it is His battle and I are His. (Gen 1:1, Col 1:17, Isaiah 49:16, 2 Chron 20:15, Psalm 110:3)

Whatever it is that is coming at us – God is greater!

Say this with me:

–That person that is trying to make my life difficult — God says that Vengeance is His – He will repay. (Romans 12:19)

–The health issues that I face — God says to trust Him. He is my healer and His grace is sufficient.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Exodus 15:26, 2 Cor 12:9)

–That job related issue that is bringing me stress – God says to cast my cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:7)

–That thing that is trying to bring anxiety – God says His comforts gives me renewed hope. (Psalm 94:19)

—-When my paycheck is reduced, I trust God — God says He is my provider. I will lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10)

“Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Psalm 100:2-4 (NLT)

til next time

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November 21, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

can’t sleep?

Sometimes sleep seems to elude me.  Situations can appear larger at night. This may be because the day is filled with activity and distractions.  I have found that if I give myself some processing time during the day, then my brain is not so insistent about processing at bed time.

As the day comes to a close, here are a few verses to think about as you drift off to sleep.

Psalm 63:5-7Amplified Bible (AMP)

“5. My soul [my life, my very self] is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises [to You] with joyful lips.

6. When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,

7. For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy.”

 

The best thing I have found, when sleep seems distant, is to focus on Jesus, to cast all my cares on Him, and to make the decision to not try to figure it out. Faith means there will be unanswered questions. Trust means that’s ok.

Read verse 6 again. Maybe tonight it would be good for you to meditate on who Jesus is.

I often drift off to sleep in the middle of talking with God. I’ve been known to do that to people also. The difference is God lets me sleep. My friends – not so much.

One final thought – we can sing for joy because we know God is right there with us.

Selah!

til next time

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November 17, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

got peace?

How would you describe your level of peace? high, so-so, medium, low, non-existent?

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NLV)

Peace is something that God gives to His children. There is something we must do though. We must trust Him and keep our mind steadfast on Him.

That is where the problem comes in. Frustration, irritation, annoyance, worry, fear, anger, offense — all impact our peace. The longer we hold on to these emotions, the less peace we will have.

When you find yourself getting worked up, step back for a moment, see it in the light of eternity. See it for what it isn’t. It isn’t greater than God. It isn’t a surprise to God.

Let your faith and trust in God arise!

Say with me — “God, You are good. You are greater. You are with me. I trust You.” Then pray about whatever it is that is going on and give God thanks for who He is. (Phil 4:6-7)

Selah,

til next time

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October 16, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments