Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

^thoughts ^

Are you feeling troubled tonight? Has your positive outlook taken a beating today?
Jesus tells us in John 14:1-3 (ESV)
 
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
 
My thoughts have turned to heaven tonight. Jesus has prepared a place for me, for you, but until we go there we’ve got heaven all around.
 
In the middle of the battle, Christ is my victory. In the middle of the struggle the important thing is that my feet, your feet, are firmly planted in Jesus.
 
All that would need to happen for me to be taken down is for me to give in to the unanswered questions, or to the doubt of ‘what now?’, or to give in to fear.
 
What is it for you? Health issues, finances, work, family, relationships, kids — oh, how hard it is to see your kids hurting and know that they have to work it out with God and you can’t fix it. Be careful, all of these things can aid in taking you down. In Christ we can rise above each situation that threatens to overtake us. Let not your heart be troubled. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Pray! Pray! and Pray some more! Communication with the Father changes us, encourages us, and keeps us close to Him.
 
I’ve got heaven all around me, nothings gonna take me down because I am keeping my eyes on Jesus!
 
Selah,
til next time
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December 29, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, 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

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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til next time

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November 30, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, 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.

til next time

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October 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fear not

Fear…  Overwhelm…  Consume
Water… Rivers…  Fire…  Flame

Sometimes life seems to comes at us hard and fast.

What does God say?

Created you… Formed you… Fear not…

Redeemed you… Knows your name… You are His…

With you… He is the Lord your God!!!

“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you; and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire
you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God…” Isaiah 43:1-3 ESV

God says “Fear not…you are mine!” That’s good enough for me.

Selah (pause and think on this)

til next time

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September 28, 2017 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

fear not

Over and over again it says in the Bible to not be afraid. Yet, it seems that fear is ready and willing to take up residence in our heart unless we choose to not let it. Making that choice is necessary.

When fear tries to overtake us, we can stop it by reminding ourselves of truth. God is for us and we have nothing to fear. (Romans 8:31, Psalm 56:11)

One of my favorite verses reminding me of why I need not fear is found in Isaiah 43:1

“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.” (ESV)

God knows my name. He knows all about me. He has redeemed me. I am His! (You are His!)

Say it with me — I am His! ——Think about that for a moment.

I remember as a small child feeling safe and secure in my daddy’s arms. As children of God we are safe and secure in our heavenly Father’s arms. He is telling us do not fear! He is with us!

SAYING NO TO FEAR!

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til next time

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March 27, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

coming and going

 My house is filled with reminders.  I need them.

By my computer desk I have one that says — Live Life with PURPOSE.  There is another that talks about a Faithful Servant.  Yet another on grace and mercy.   I need reminders because sometimes life is way too full.

My coffee cup, this morning, reminded me of a central truth.  God is good.  All the time.

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God is good.

All the time.

He put a song of praise in this heart of mine…

Through the darkest night His light will shine…”

This cup has a powerful message on both sides. I wonder, what is the message people read when they see me coming and going?

Coming and going reminds me of Psalm 121:7-8 (NASB)

 

The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”   (I have a card with this written on it taped to my monitor.)

God is with me always. (Matthew 28:20) I have nothing to fear. (Psalm 56:4,11)) He will direct my  path. (Proverbs 4:10-12) Those three things alone  have a great impact on how I live my life.

God is good!

til next time

 

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October 8, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

jumping out of trees

When our boys were little, we were given the book “Really important stuff my kids have taught me” by Cynthia Lewis. I ran across it recently. It is filled with some funny stuff.

Then I saw this page. There is nothing funny about fear.brave

Are you thirsty for adventure? Serving God is an amazing adventure. Sometimes He asks us to step out in faith. He takes us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes we feel the stretch and a bit of fear tries to stop us.

God is for us. We do not need to fear. (Psalm 118:6) Yet, there are times when we must face down our fears. We know the truth and yet, sometimes we just have to move forward and do it afraid. Like the first time I climbed a tree – or recently when a precious boy was wanting to be like the big kids and go down a slide.

He was afraid. So, he reached for my hand and with eyes big, he started down. He did that a few more times, always grabbing my hand.

Remember, you are never alone (Deut 3:8) and God has your hand. (Psalm 73:23) God’s got this and you can do it!!

God is taking us on an adventure!

Jumping out of trees and not afraid of the dark,

til next time,

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September 10, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

excuses won’t get you freedom

Sure I know that making an excuse can be the natural response for why you did or didn’t do something.    Excuses can seem to get us off the hook. But truthfully, excuses don’t help us walk in truth.  Excuses won’t help us grow.

Accountability and excuses don’t mesh. .

Don’t make excuses –  own your behavior and make amends.  Repent.

I had a meeting today 75 miles from home. I had never been there before. I did not want to go.  I told my husband, probably five times, that I did not want to go before I realized that I was grumbling.

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

So, I needed to repent of a grumbly bad attitude.   Which I did.  I then asked God to help me have a good attitude and to remind me to smile.  My daddy always told me that if I had to do something, I might as well do it with a smile.

Once on the road, I talked with God about what was really going on?  What was the truth here?  I used to love to drive alone.    It was God, the music (crank it up) and me.   What had changed?

God quietly dropped a word into my heart.

Fear.

Fear?   What?   I am not afraid.  I have worked through all that a long time ago.

No, the truth was that fear was what was driving my desire to not want to go. — fear of driving alone, getting lost, and/or being stranded on the highway.

Fear will stop us from doing things. Fear cripples us.

“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (TLB)

There are so many scriptures on fear not. Yet if we are not careful, fear can sneak in.  Like me, you may not even be aware it is there but it will affect your behavior.

I repented of letting fear dominate a portion of my life.   I continued on to my meeting — Fearless!

Sure, I missed my turn, but you know what? It was ok.

What’s holding you back?   Do you find yourself grumbling?   What does God want to deal with in your everyday life that might be hindering you?

“You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:17-18 (NASB)

Good-bye fear, hello freedom!

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til next time

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August 30, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

selah

 “Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:8 (NASB)

God is our refuge, hiding place, foundation, peace, shelter in the time of storm, so that we can remain strong, steady, fixed, stable, unfaltering during times of confusion, violence, uproar, and/or utter chaos.

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3

Selah – pause and think about that.

God is our peace. (Ephesians 2:14) If we allow the enemy (devil) to get us into fear, he can defeat us and keep us trapped in a vicious cycle of fear and anxiety.

Let your faith arise. As your faith rises, fear flees.  Pour out your heart to God.  He is there to help!  He sees the whole picture and He is for you. (Psalm 62:8, 46:1,  1 John 3:20, Psalm 118:6)

til next time

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June 14, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment