Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

opening the doors

We are opening Sunday and while I am excited about that, there is also a weight that comes with that decision. There are things that need to be done. Changes that will be implemented. It is one more unknown in this uncharted territory I find myself in.
 
Recently, I became aware that the weight was even heavier than I thought. Sometimes we carry around a heavy load that God does not intend for us to carry.
 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb12:1-2 ESV
 
I want to focus on laying aside every weight. (Certainly if there is sin that you know is standing in between you and God – get rid of it. Acknowledge it to God and ask Him to help you change. He will.)
 
Laying aside every weight — what is weighing you down? What is that heavy burden that is pressing on you?
 
Jesus has the answer.
 
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ” Matt 11:28 NLT
 
Take your burden to Jesus – trusting Him to work it out, to give you wisdom, to provide strength, to shower you with renewed hope.
 
Read the rest of Hebrews 12. It will encourage you!
 
Thank you Jesus for the rest you give. Today I choose to walk in Your unforced rhythms of grace. (Matt 11:28-30 MSG)
til next time
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May 12, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

we know…..

Sometimes we forget what we know.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

We know – that is faith talking.

Those who love God – Our love is our response to what the Holy Spirit is doing in us.

According to His purpose – Let us not forget God has a purpose, a plan. He is in control. What is that purpose? Verse 29 goes on to tell us to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.

God is doing an enormous work in me and in you. We can’t afford to lose sight of this truth. Through all the events – ALL the events in my/your life, He is shaping us – molding us to be like Jesus.

If God takes His time answering a prayer, often it is because He wants to reveal something of Himself to us!

I say with John (3:30) – “He must increase, I must decrease.

trusting Jesus,

til next time

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March 23, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fear and the coronavirus

What does the bible have to say about fear?

“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 ESV

Over and over again in scripture we are told to “fear not” – “do not be afraid.”

There is a lot of media attention on the corona virus. It is hard to see through the hype and know what is truth. One thing is true. God does not want us to live in fear.

Yes take the safety steps — wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, drink plenty of fluids, stay home if you are sick.

But don’t let fear take hold of you. It won’t make things better. The only thing fear will change is your outlook and potentially the outlook of those around you. Fear can be contagious.

Whatever we face, God knows and He is with us. (Psalm 46:11) He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. (Heb 13:5) He will see us through the fiery trials we face. (Daniel 3:26)

Lamentations 3 2 24

Remember life is an open book test. God has lots to say to you through His Word. It’s up to you to open it and read.

Kicking fear to the curb and walking in truth,

til next time

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March 12, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

in my weakness

Yesterday we looked at Isaiah 40:28. Today we will look at verse 29

“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.” Verse 29

In my weakness, He is strong. (2 Cor 12:9) I can’t do it on our own. God never intended for me  to do it on my own. He is an ever present help. (Psalm 46:1)

I have seen first hand God working through my weakness. The temptation to quit, to give in to the pain, or to allow the pain to dictate what I would or would not do seemed to always be lurking in the shadows. This is why it is so important that we take control over our feelings and not allow our feelings to control us.

“Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” 1John 3:20 NLT

Don’t allow guilt to control you either. If there is something you need to confess to God, do it. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NASB

When I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:10)

in my weakness 2

til next time

tomorrow we will look at verses 30-31

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March 8, 2020 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

steps

It’s the start of a new day. Only God knows what awaits us. What we know is that He will be with us every step of the way. (For some of you fitbit people that will be close to, maybe even over 10,000 steps.)

“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” John Piper

God is not far off. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) God is powerful and active in our lives.

Remember what happened after the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea? Their enemies drown. Exodus 15:6 “Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power…”

  What about the three Hebrew children thrown into the fire?

furnace

God will take care of us.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And this living God dwells in our hearts by faith (Eph 3:16-18) and with Him we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)

Today is a gift! Unwrap it with the expectation that God is at work, because He is!

til next time

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March 5, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

see the world as your valentine

It’s Valentines Day.  What a great day to examine your love walk.  As Christians, we are called to love others.  Let’s see the world as our Valentine.

“Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him.” Eph 5:2 TLB

Faith, hope and love are powerful things.  I am ever grateful for all three.  Let’s not forget that the greatest of these is love.  I believe that is because love is eternal.  Once we are in heaven in the presence of our Lord we will no longer need faith and hope.  Love, however, will be present.

“… the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

Love is so much more than a feeling.  Love is an action.   It is meeting a need.  It is listening with compassion.  It is lending a helping hand.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 NLT

Happy Valentines Day. What a great day to make it your aim to brighten up the lives of those you meet today. Let’s let God’s love shine through us.

john 3 16 a

Live by faith (Heb 10:28)
Grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18)
Walk in love (Eph 5:2)
til next time
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February 14, 2020 Posted by | holiday, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

truth

Here are some powerful truths to help you through this day. Repeat as often as needed.
 
Not today satan.
Sin doesn’t define me, Christ does.
I am a child of God.
Jesus loves me.
God’s got this.
God fights for me.
He is able.
He is for me.
His grace is enough.
I am not alone.
Fear has no hold on me.
God is good.
Be still and know.
My Redeemer lives.
God will make a way.
I am blessed to be a blessing.
Our God is greater.
In God I trust.
 
 
What would you add to this list?
 
til next time
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January 30, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 4

Count it all joy – step 4
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (yesterday’s post)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
Step four – Cleanse your hands
 
Cleanse your hands — this is an action we take. When Isaiah talks about washing yourself – ceasing to do evil is listed.  In 1 Tim 2:8 Paul tells us to lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting.
psalm 34 14
 
Make choices that please God.
Are you dabbling in sin? Quit it. Cleanse your hands from things/actions that will zap your joy.
 
counting it ALL joy,
til next time
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November 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 3

Count it all joy – step 3
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (yesterday’s post)
Step three – Draw near to God
 
Draw near to God. Simple and yet so often neglected. When life’s problems heat up – kick up your time at His feet. The harder the trial- the hotter the fire – the more time is needed at the feet of Jesus.
 
Sadly too often we waste precious time fretting and fixating on the problem instead of looking to the one who is able to help. (Psalm 46:1) When we look to Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2) for His joy in our strength, (Neh 8:10) there is a shift in our attitude.
 
“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.” Psalm 4:7 NLT
 
til next time
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November 22, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

truth

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32
 
The ultimate truth is found in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me.”
 
Jesus dwells in our heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17) and shines a spotlight on areas that need attention.
 
When we are in the truth about our hang ups, we are a position to be freed from them. Walking in the truth is a life long process. However, if we refuse to get in the truth or if we play the blame game – we stay stuck.
 
So much drama would be avoided if people took a long hard look at their own actions and acknowledged their role in the drama.
 
Years ago I prayed a simple, yet life changing prayer. (I pray it often, especially when I know I will be in a difficult situation.)
“Lord, help me to not say or do anything today that I will need to apologize for later.”
 
It makes me very aware of my behavior. Sure there are times I fail miserably. It is then that living in the truth causes me to own up to my actions/words. Owning up to it helps me next time to be more careful.
 
Let’s walk in truth!
til next time
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June 26, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment