Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what scriptures do you have posted around your house?

I have two scriptures posted on my monitor. One has been there a long time – since May of 2015
just so happened
 
I preached a sermon from this verse. It still speaks to my heart today.  when I sit in darkness
 
 
If things are feeling a bit dark to you, I encourage you to click on the blog.
 
“God uses circumstances in our life to open our eyes to a deeper awareness of His presence.”
What scriptures do you have posted around your house?  I encourage you to put some up where you spend the most time.  For me that is my monitor, around the window at my kitchen sink, and my bathroom.
 
May our eyes be open to the fingerprints of God that are all around us. May our ears be tuned to His voice. Remember God is always speaking to us through His Word. (Romans 10:17)
 
“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Eph 1:2 NLT
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April 14, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cry, laugh, grieve, dance

I love life. I love: to laugh, to jump in puddles, to find the good, to pray with people, to go to church, to hug, oh yes, I am a hugger – and this list goes on and on.
 
I am a people person who also enjoys alone time. I enjoy time in my house. Before covid19 that didn’t happen often enough. That said, I’ve really had enough time in my home. Oh, I am far from bored. There is plenty to keep me occupied. I miss what was as I continue  to come to grips with what is.
 
This morning my heart is heavy.    I am reminded of Ecc 3:4
“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 NLT
 
If your heart is heavy, it’s ok to cry. It’s ok to grieve. I remember when I grieved popcorn. I love popcorn. This is so much bigger than popcorn.
 
The pictures of parents in nursing homes pressing their hand up to the window as their grown child does the same from the outside, families separated because of this pandemic, glimpses of nurses and doctors exhausted, people dying and I can’t be there, people that i love being exposed to the virus – not knowing if they will come down with it..
 
Yes, my heart is heavy. So what do I do? I cry for awhile. I let God know my heart is hurting. I cast my cares. I pray for our world. And then I sit quietly in His presence.
 
“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” Psalm 3:3 NASB
 
Don’t forget to sit quietly (cease striving) in His presence, (Psalm 46)
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April 7, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

plans change – God knows why

How was your day? Did it go as planned? How about your week?
 
Thursday is the end of our week. Friday is our Sabbath and then our week starts all over again on Saturday.
 
Usually on Thursdays I schedule low key things, work mostly from home and it is the one day I generally don’t have much interaction with people. This is intentional. I want lots of coffee and lots of Jesus time.
 
It is also usually the day that we will hold our Hour of Power once a month prayer meeting. It is by far one of the most powerful hours of my month and having it on Thursday works. We had it today.
 
This week has been one change after another in my schedule. Today I ended up putting on my chaplain hat and spent the afternoon loving on and listening to person after person. It was once again proof that God is strong in our weakness. (2 Cor 12:10)
 
“What is closest to your heart is what you will talk about. And if God is close to your heart, you’ll talk about Him.” A.W. Tozer
 
As I recorded my information for work, it became real apparent to me why my schedule had changed. I needed to be right where I was, listening and sharing about my Jesus.
 
Looking back over your day, what was on your mind? What did you talk about and share with others?
 
Tonight – it’s pizza and tv – actually probably pizza and a nap. Sigh 🙂 but very much a contented sigh.
 
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February 20, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

sometimes there are words

Grateful! That’s what’s on my mind this morning.
“Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29 ESV
 
A kingdom that cannot be shaken — think about that for a minute. I am in awe of who God is – His fingerprints are everywhere.
 
He holds all things together. (Col 1:17) What a wonderful promise. Change can tend to rattle us but God! God holds us together.
 
I am grateful. He is my Provider. One of the many blessings is my childhood piano. It sits there waiting for me to sit down and pour out my praise to the One who loves me most. Sometimes there are words and sometimes He just hears my heart.
 
Today my heart sings “I believe You are able. I believe You are good. I believe You are with me even now….”
 
til next time
 
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February 15, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 5

Count it all joy – step 5
 
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 (11/22/19)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
 
Step four – Cleanse your hands (yesterday’s post)
Step five – Purify your heart
 
Purify your heart – this has to do with your inner life. Be sincere. Seek to please God. 1 Peter (1:22) tells us we accomplish this by obedience to God’s truth.
 
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT
 
 
counting it ALL joy,
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November 24, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

weeping – cleansing

Holy Week

Weeping and Cleansing

We’ve talked about the  triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Today we will look at weeping and cleansing.

“And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it” Luke 19:41 ESV

It is here that Jesus speaks of the coming destruction of Jerusalem. They refused to recognize God’s offer of salvation. (41-44)

I wonder how much impact it would make on our lives if we spent more time weeping over those who don’t know Jesus and are living in darkness? When was the last time you prayed for someone to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord? I am reminded of a line from a song that I love — “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.”

We then find Jesus entering the temple.

“And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” Luke 19:45-46 ESV

“A den of robbers” indicates that unfair dealings were taking place. Even though animals were needed for the sacrifices, selling them inside the temple was not acceptable. I believe it was also a prophetic action that sacrifices were no longer going to be needed. Jesus would become the sacrifice once and for all.

Weeping and cleansing — let’s take some time today and pray for those who are living with out hope. Let’s take some time to ask Jesus if there is a cleansing that needs to take place in us. Maybe it’s a negative attitude, a destructive habit, a stingy mindset, a laziness of sorts, complacency, pride, envy, a lying tongue…. is there something that is standing in the way of us being all that God intends us to be?

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Psalm 19:23-24 NLT

til next time

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April 18, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

each room of my heart

When I invited Jesus into my life, I thought He was going to put up some wallpaper and hang a few pictures. But He started knocking out walls and adding rooms. I said I was expecting a nice cottage but He said I’m making a palace in which to live.” C.S. Lewis

And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;” Eph 3:17 (TLB)

Our home is decorated with the love of others. The room I am currently in has two pieces of furniture from Curt’s grandparents, two pieces of furniture from my grandmother, a piece of furniture from my sister, a chair from a couple we mentored, a computer from a dear friend, and numerous knick knacks and wall hangings from people who love us. Yes, I am surrounded by the love of others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, He brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to decorate our lives.  (Gal 5:22-23)  Are we displaying them for all to see?

When He dwells within us, our lives are changed.  “…What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.”  Gal 6:14

Our house has siding on it and shingles on the roof. The Bible addresses what are ‘siding’ and ‘roof’ should look like. “…putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thess 5:8) Does your ‘siding’ or ‘roof’ need some attention?

Often my house is in need of cleaning. It is the same in our lives. David understood this. “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yes, our home is decorated with the love of others but more importantly my life, your life, is decorated with the love of Jesus. May He feel at home in our lives!

Jesus, You are welcome in each room of my heart!

til next time

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October 14, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

attitude

How’s your soul? (will, mind, emotions)

My morning started out a little rough.  Did you know that you can change your day by changing your attitude?

My attitude was heading south. There are a ‘million’ things I could focus on concerning my health and the way I am feeling BUT I want to enjoy this day. There are no do overs. So as with anything in my life – I took it to God.

Maybe you need to pray this prayer with me.

Good morning God. This is the day You have made and I am wanting to choose to rejoice in it. In order to do that I need Your help. Help me to not fixate on the pain, the ‘now what’, or the ‘how’, but to keep my eyes on You. You are good! You love me and You are working all things out for my good. Yes, even this pain. Help me to see beyond myself, to see the opportunities You have for me today. I can do what you set before me this day because You are with me. I choose hope! I choose You, Jesus! (Psalm 118:24, 46:1, 2 Cor 10:5, Heb 12:2, Rom 8:28, Col 4:5, Phil 4:13)

I also looked to God’s word to speak to my heart. If you haven’t read Ephesian 3 lately, I encourage you to read it.

My take on a few of the verses:

V6. God’s plan is that we belong to Him

V7. it is a privilege to serve God

V14 because of Jesus and our faith in Him, we can come to God boldly and confidently. We don’t have to have it all together or say the right things but we come just as we are.

V14-15 there is something special about kneeling before God – surrendering to the Creator of everything

V16 is my verse to hold on to today!

V17 trusting Christ (in the good and the bad, health and pain) sinks our roots deep in God’s love and that keeps us strong – I want that!

V18 God’s love – nothing greater (wide, long, high, deep) Makes me want to break out into song “Oh, how He loves us so. Oh how He loves us.”

V19 we don’t just know of His love, we experience His love

V20 God gets the glory! He is able to do more than we can even imagine

Yes, I am now ready to face the day as a mighty child of God.

What about you?

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October 13, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

teachable?

Do you have a teachable heart?

To accept correction is wise, to reject it is stupid.” Proverbs 12:11

When faced with a major decision – do you seek out people who will tell you what you want to hear or people who will challenge you to seek God and give to you godly counsel? Making your decision and then seeking counsel is putting the cart before the horse – you have it backwards.

For sound advice is a beacon,
good teaching is a light,
moral discipline is a life path.” Proverbs 6:23 (MSG)

God uses people in our lives to speak to us. Sometimes it is a word of encouragement, sometimes it is a confirmation of what God has been trying to tell us and other times it is in the form of correction.

Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:8

 

Proverbs 1:5 “ A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

Let’s be teachable. Let’s be wise.

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October 11, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

decorated with love

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;” Eph 3:17 (TLB)

Our home is decorated with the love of others. The room I am currently in has two pieces of furniture from Curt’s grandpa, two pieces of furniture from my grandma, a desk from my sister, a chair from a couple we mentored, a computer from a dear friend, and numerous knick knacks and wall hangings from people who love us. Yes, I am surrounded by the love of others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, He brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to decorate our lives. (Gal 5:22-23) Are we displaying them for all to see?

When He dwells within us, our lives are changed. “…what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.” Gal 6:14

Our house has siding on it and shingles on the roof. The Bible addresses what are ‘siding’ and ‘roof’ should look like. “…putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thess 5:8) Does your ‘siding’ or ‘roof’ need some attention?

Often my house is in need of cleaning. It is the same in our lives. David understood this. “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yes, our home is decorated with the love of others but more importantly my life, your life, is decorated with the love of Jesus. May He feel at home in our lives!

Jesus, You are welcome in each room of my heart!

til next time

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March 8, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment