Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

laugh

Laughter
I laugh often, sometimes not often enough. I am learning to laugh more. Spilt milk – laughter is so much better than frustration. Stub my toe – laughter makes it not hurt as much.
 
Laughter is contagious.
 
Just this morning I was watching a video of this woman who could barely talk due to laughing so hard at herself. It was so contagious that it brought my husband into the dining room to see what could possibly be so funny.
 
Negativity, anger, irritation are all contagious but so is laughter. May we be people who spread laughter.
 
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25 ESV (Notice strength, dignity, laughter with worry/fear not mentioned anywhere.)
During covid19 it can be easy to slip into the trap of the enemy and see only bad reports.  The media will give you ample opportunities to focus on what is going wrong.  While we need to be people who are aware of what is happening, we should not become people filled with fear and worry.   Don’t fall for that trap. 
God is still God.  He is still greater.  He has a plan and He is working things out for your good.  Trust Him.  (Romans 8:28)  Raise your shield of faith high and quench those darts of the enemy.  (Eph 6:16)
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21 ESV (Psalm 126:2)
 
If, like me, you have responsibilities and deadlines that need your attention — determine to find things to laugh about. It is a great stress release. Watch a cat video if you can’t think of anything else.
til next time
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May 14, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

darkness needs your light

Darkness -absence of light – wickedness, evil, fear are all associated with darkness.
 
The world we find ourselves in certainly has an abundance of fear. Wickedness – the quality of being evil or morally wrong is also evident. You don’t have to look far to see ugliness and mean spirited people. Hatred breeds hatred.
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As Christians we are called to be salt and light. (Matt 5:13-16)
 
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (verse 16)
 
We are called to be people of love.
 
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Cor 16:13 ESV
 
If you are going to hate something. Hate what is wrong. Hate injustice. When it comes to people, remember what Jesus said. Love your enemy. (Matt 5:43-44) If he is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. (Romans12:20)
 
Yes, we are called out of darkness. (1 Peter 2:9) We are called to love.
 
“Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.” Romans 12:9 TLB
 
They will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:34-35)
 
til next time
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May 13, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

continually

Sometimes your view of God can start to diminish. Sadly, you might not even be aware of it.
 
Does fear dominate your thoughts? Where is your focus? Where do you see God in this pandemic? What motivates you? Do you share the hope you have or the fear you have?
 
Could this pandemic get worse before it gets better? Yes, it could. Does that give us permission to live in fear or cause people to be afraid? Over and over (I’m told 365 times) in the Word of God it says to not fear, do not be afraid. God wants us to get this concept of not living in fear or being motivated by fear. (Matt 6:25-34)
 
What we magnify will enlarge. Are you magnifying God? Or covid19? You might not even be aware that you are focusing on the problem instead of the problem solver.
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When fear tries to grip me, I remind myself that none of this has taken God by surprise. He does not change. He will see me through. He brings beauty out of ashes. The sooner I remind myself of these things, the better off I am.
 
There is a reason Psalm 34 starts this way:
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
 
Having trouble with fear or worry? Use your mouth to praise God – continually the Psalmist says!
til next time
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April 29, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hope

Knowing that God is with me always and He will make a way – gives me peace. In the midst of the uncertainty that we are living in right now — peace is what my hearts needs.
 
“The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.
I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!” Psalm 16:8-10 The Message
 
“I am happy from the inside out.” There is the key to true happiness/joy. What is going on inside us – what we are dwelling on, what we do when fear/worry/stress is trying to knock us down — Trust God.
 
Stability – Confidence – Patience – Hope!!
 
Growing in my understanding of how much God loves me – gives me stability when all else may be unstable.
 
Seeing example after example of ‘in my weakness He is strong’ – gives me confidence. (This ‘going live’ is such a real example of God’s present help in my life.)
 
Understanding that in some things I just won’t understand and the freedom that comes from realizing I don’t have to understand, I only need trust – gives me patience.
 
Resting in assurance that He is in control – gives me hope.
 
Yes, ‘day and night I’ll stick with God.’
 
Keep on keeping on — trust God, read your Bible, spend time talking with Him and listening to Him. Allow Him to refresh you.
 
til next time
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April 3, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

in the storm

I woke up to Isaiah 12:2 this morning.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 NASB
God is my salvation.” Salvation – deliverance from sin and also deliverance from harm. God is in the salvation business. (here are a few verses – Ex 15:2, 1 Sam 2:1, 19:5, 2 Sam 22:3, 1 Chron 16:23, Psalm 13:5, 38:22, Lk 2:30, Phil 1:19)
“I will trust” — make that your declaration today. God, I trust You. The media has tried to instill fear concerning covid19 from the very beginning.  I will “not be afraid.”  Remind yourself of this as often as you need to.  I certainly have had to remind myself.
God does give us wisdom and we should use that wisdom. (wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, sanitize, comply with our leaders- Romans 13:1-2) This does not mean that we give in to fear.
The Lord God is my strength and song” – remember where your strength comes from (2 Cor 12:10) and don’t lose your song. (Psalm 77:6)
God is and “has become my salvation” Look to God, your help comes from Him. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalm 121:2 NLT
Matt Redman’s ‘Song in the Night’ —- “And so when I am in the storm, Lord, the storm is not in me.”
til next time
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March 28, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, 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)

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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

chronic stress?

Stress can be a big deal.  Some of us are walking around in chronic stress.  What can we do to reduce stress?
 
The Bible tells us:
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 ESV
 
Where our mind is, where our thoughts go will impact the amount of stress we deal with.
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” Romans 8:5-7 ESV
 
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  There is the key to handling stress. Where is your mind set?
 
Meditation and memorization of the scripture are huge tools to setting your mind on the things of God. When is the last time you meditated? (Rehashing negative things is a form of mediation. It is not a good form and it will not lead you to peace.)
 
Here are a couple great scriptures to memorize and then meditate on when you feel stress knocking.
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11 NASB
 
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 ESV
 
 
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Setting my mind on the Spirit!
til next time
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November 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 3

I love my life. (loving life part 2)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

The key is submitting to Him.
Submitting involves obedience (touched on that yesterday)

***Submitting means letting go of fear and worry.

Fear can ruin a perfectly good day. Much of what we are fearful of never happens. But let’s say it does happen. What did being afraid get you? Stressed, sad, unhappy, lacking peace, lacking joy.

Whatever happens must first go through God, If He allows it – He also has a plan.

Fear or worry is an effective tool Satan uses to manipulate people.

Corrie ten Boon “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Feed your fear or feed your faith
I’m told there are 365 “Do not fears” in the bible. One for each day.

Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

 

Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”

When fears tries to take hold of you – let the Word of God rise up! Put your trust in God.

Don’t let fear stop you from loving the life Jesus died to give you.

til next time
Tomorrow we will look how submitting involves what we think and say

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September 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

my focus needs focus

When life gives you lemons – make lemonade.
Life is like a bowl of cherries — be aware of the pits.
A rose bush also has thorns.
 
You can focus on the problem or you can focus on the One who is greater than the problem.
 
“Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?” Job 36:22NLT
 
That call from the Dr.’s office, that unexpected repair, that letter of cancellation, that relationship that is strained, whatever it is that the enemy of our soul is attaching a flashing red light to — you don’t have to give in to the fear or frustration.
 
Instead, pick up your Bible and allow God’s Word to refresh and guide you. There are numerous scriptures on trusting God. Do a scripture search on trust. Read all of them, or at least read until you once again sense that assurance that God is greater and you do indeed trust Him.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” PHil 4:6-7 NKJV
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There are things we just won’t understand. We can waste so much time and energy and still not have an answer. Instead, trust God. Give it to God. Let His peace fill your heart even when you don’t understand.
til next time
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August 15, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

faith or fear – you decide

Fear cripples faith, but faith overcomes fear!

I needed to be reminded this morning that I have nothing to fear. I know some of what today holds, but more importantly I know who holds me today.

Isaiah 41:10
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Over and over the Bible says fear not, do not be dismayed, do not be anxious, trust God, be strong and courageous, God is with us, our hope is in Him!

Fear is controlling. It limits what a person does. Fear will also cause some people to try to control or manipulate a situation/person. This is not beneficial.

Bad decisions are often the result of fear. Being afraid will create distance, both in our relationship with God and with others.

Fear will try to keep me confined in my comfort zone. I have come to realize that a ‘comfort zone’ is a great way to avoid embracing life. Thankfully God is always nudging me to step out in faith. Oh what an adventure it is!!

For today I remind myself of what Psalm 112:7-8 says

“They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.” (NIV)

Whatever you are facing today – remember you are not alone. Truly God is an ever-present help in trouble, (Psalm 46:1) You are His and You are safe in His embrace. (Proverbs 18:10, 29:25) He is with you, for you, and loves you.

Today trust God, let your faith rise up, and hold fast to the knowledge that God is able to help you handle anything that comes your way.

til next time

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October 16, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment