Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

at peace with others??

There is this verse tucked away in Romans 12 that says:
 
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (verse 18 ESV)
 
Are you doing what you can to live peaceably? Sadly there are people who love to stir the pot, people who love to ruffle feathers, and people who enjoy making others look bad. How very sad.
 
As Christians, we are called to love.
 
Living peaceably with all does not mean that you lie because the truth would be hurtful. It doesn’t mean you shove things under the rug and not deal with issues. It also does not mean that you agree with whatever is being said so as not to cause waves.
 
Living peaceably will mean confrontation from time to time. Let love guide you. Speak the truth in love. Speak up when you see an injustice. Just do it in love.
 
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (verses 17-21)
 
These are some great verses to meditate on.
 
walking in peace,
til next time
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June 10, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

continually part 2

Continually – on going.
Continually – that word has gotten my attention quite a bit since the devotion on Wednesday from Psalm 34.
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verse 1 “I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
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Another definition of continually is without interruption. That got me to thinking about what those things are that interrupt my praise. What interrupts your praise?
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When covid19 is a memory, when I am able to return to my regularly scheduled life, when restrictions are lifted, there is one thing above all other things that I desire. What is that? I desire that people I know and strangers I meet will be able to recognize that I walk with God. That they will see Him!
There is the goal.
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You can’t do it for me and I can’t do it for you. However, God is right there waiting for you to spend time with Him.
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Psalm 105:2-4 (ESV)
“Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!”
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Lamentations 3:24-25 (ESV)
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.”
What are you seeking?
til next time
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May 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting and seeking

This is the fourth day on Lamentations 23:21-25 ESV
We’ve looked at hope, mercy, portion and finally today waiting on and seeking God.

“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.” ESV

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” We are told over and over again to wait on and seek the Lord.

Waiting and seeking seem to go together. Why is it that we can be so impatient? Waiting can bring out the worst in people. Covid19 has hit the pause button for a lot of people. Maybe you find yourself waiting for restrictions to lift and life to return. How we wait matters. God’s will not ours. Luke 22:42

I encourage you to take time to seek God. Grow in your knowledge of the Word. Study the scriptures. Look up what it has to say on seeking, on waiting, on growing. Let’s come out of covid19 a stronger army of God!

Here are a few to get you started on seeking:

  • Seek first the kingdom of God. Matt 6:33
  • Seek the Lord, his strength; his presence continually! 1 Chron 16:10-12 Psalm 105:4
  • Seek His face 2 Chron 7:14
  • Psalm 27:8 “You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” ESV
  • Seek with your whole heart. Psalm 119:2 & 10

while I am waiting – I am seeking,

til next time

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April 24, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

instead of asking why?

Picking up where I left off yesterday.

“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)

I know that God will use this event, circumstance, trial, test to make me more like Jesus. – to make you more like Jesus.

Nothing in my life, in your life, is wasted. No effort, no pain, no anxiety, no tears, no discouragement is ever lost in some garbage heap somewhere.

Out of ashes, God will bring beauty. (Isaiah 61:1)

Instead of asking Why? Ask What?

What do you want me to learn as a result of this?

What do you want me to do as a result of this?

What do you want me to become/change as a result of this?

Making me more like His Son will take a lifetime. I may not understand or appreciate all that the Master Potter does to transform my life – this lump of clay. (Isaiah 64:8) It may be painful or confusing at times but I know His intent. He’s already told me and that makes all the difference. (V 29 to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.)

We are the work of His hand!

He will work all things out for our good. He is for us!

God said it. I believe it.

til next time

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March 24, 2020 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cantankerous?

Are you the type of person to be argumentative for the sake of arguing or the type of person who looks to defuse an intense situation?  Do you give thought to what your words are producing?

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 ESV

We talked about rejoicing yesterday.   Click here to read part one

Today the rest of the verse:

Aim for restoration — use your words to bring unity not division, healing not pain, harmony not strife…

Comfort one another — look outside your situation, reach out, be God’s hand extended

Agree with one another — find things that you can agree on, don’t be that person who takes the opposite side just because you can, don’t let cantankerous describe you….

Live in peace — as much as possible live in peace with all people (Romans 12:18) Be that person who overlooks an offense, gives the person the benefit, and looks for the good. (Proverbs 19:11)

And the God of love and peace will be with you. Thankfully we do not have to do this on our own strength. We only need to let God take the lead and flow through us.

Something to think about and grow in,
til next time

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January 17, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 10

I love my life.

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

What I want others to see is the love and the strength that comes from being a Christ follower. The fruit of the spirit – love, joy and peace are the first three listed. Who doesn’t want that?

I love my job. Some days are really difficult but I love my job. Some days I would like to quit but God…. Some people are really hurtful but I still love people.

God is my strength. He rises up within me. He fills me again and again with the desire to live on purpose with purpose.

Loving your life is not synonymous with my life is great all the time. Loving your life means you are making a choice that you are going to enjoy today. You are going to lay the hard things at the feet of Jesus and say “Here it is, I’m trusting you with this mess.”

Loving your life is all about your focus. You take the good things and thank God. He makes the good things so much better. You take the not so good things and still thank God. He makes the difficult things bearable. His peace is greater.

I love my life. Yes, sometimes I have to remind myself that it is my choice.

til next time

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September 28, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

peace

Peace – you can’t put a price tag on it. Even if you could, you can’t buy it. Yet, it can be yours. God offers peace – peace that goes beyond our understanding, our reasoning. (Phil 4:4-7)
 
Let’s look at 2 Chronicles 14. Here we find Asa. Verse 2
“And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.” “… And the kingdom had rest under him.” (verse 5)
 
I believe there is a connection between doing what is good and right in God’s eyes and having rest/peace.
 
As we read on in the story of Asa we find that he had a mighty army of 580,000 men of valor. When along comes Zerah the Ethiopian. He has an army of a million. The battle line is drawn.
 
Verse 11 “And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.”
 
Not only was the Ethiopian army defeated – not one of them remained alive.
 
Who do you rely on?
til next time
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May 30, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

evil/good?

What does this verse mean to you?

psalm 34 14a

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

How will this play out in your life today?

When the opportunity to do good comes your way – will you do it? When you have the option of responding in a way that is peaceful or responding in a way that is harsh – which will you choose? Will you resort to sarcasm or will your words encourage? What is your tone like?

Turn from evil — are we people of integrity? Sadly sometimes our actions reveal us embracing evil. I have had people try to justify all sorts of things. If I have to make an excuse about my behavior – chances are something isn’t right. What I need to do is seek God’s forgiveness and help.

“Lord, help me today to do good. Help me to choose to let Your peace shine through my life. Show me how i can bring Your peace into stressful situations. May the words of my mouth and what I think on today be pleasing in Your sight. You, O Lord are my Rock and my Redeemer. May others see You working through me today.” (Psalm 19:14)”

walking in peace,

til next time

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March 24, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, 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

influence

We discussed yesterday about being an example. People see what we do. They also figure out rather quickly if our words match our actions.

2 Chronicles reveals a mother who could have been a wonderful influence to her son but that’s not what she chose.

“Ahaziah also followed the evil example of King Ahab’s family, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong. He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, just as Ahab’s family had done. They even became his advisers after the death of his father, and they led him to ruin.” 2 Chron 22:3-4

“encouraged him in doing wrong” – what are some ways this could apply to the world we live in now?

*Calling in sick to work or school when we or our child isn’t sick
*Encouraging cheating
*Doing their homework for them
*Blaming the teacher instead of taking ownership
*Making the outcome the most important aspect – doesn’t matter how you get there or who you hurt
*Mistreating others
*Stealing with no consequences and possibly rewards for sneakiness
*Telling lies to get ahead
the list could go on and on

It matters what we do.

Ahaziah listened and it led to his ruin. Who are you listening to?  What are you telling people who are listening to you?

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14 (NIV)

til next time

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November 25, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment