Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

Daniel and the lion

Daniel and the Lion’s Den – Daniel 6
Daniel was being considered to rule over all of King Darius’ empire. This didn’t sit well with the other presidents and governors. Jealousy rose up.

The trap is set. (v 6-9) Now they wait for Daniel to do what he does each day.

“But though Daniel knew about it, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs bedroom, with its windows open toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day, just as he always had, giving thanks to his God.” (v10)

The King wanted to save Daniel but it was too late. (v 14) Daniel was thrown in the den. The deed was done.

I can only imagine how the King felt that night. He knew then that he had been tricked into signing that decree. He lost his appetite. He refused entertainment and didn’t sleep all night. On the other hand, I imagine there was a party going on with those who had set Daniel up.

“Very early the next morning he hurried out to the lions’ den and called out in anguish, “O Daniel, servant of the Living God, was your God, whom you worship continually, able to deliver you from the lions?” (v19-20)

This is a picture of anguish mixed with hope. Did Daniel’s God come through?

Daniel answered him from the den. (v22) “My God has sent his angel,” he said, “to shut the lions’ mouths so that they can’t touch me, for I am innocent before God; nor, sir, have I wronged you.”

The King is overjoyed. Daniel is lifted out of the lion’s den without a scratch. If the story ended there, that would be enough, but it doesn’t end there.

“Then the king issued a command to bring the men who had accused Daniel and throw them into the den along with their children and wives, and the lions leaped upon them and tore them apart before they even hit the bottom of the den.” (v24)

Sometimes it seems that the wicked prosper. Notice that not only the men who accused Daniel but their children and wives were tossed in also. I am sure that it made a huge impact on the people of his kingdom as to the cost of jealousy and trickery.

The ending is the best part. “Afterward King Darius wrote this message addressed to everyone in his empire:
“Greetings! I decree that everyone shall tremble and fear before the God of Daniel in every part of my kingdom. For his God is the living, unchanging God whose kingdom shall never be destroyed and whose power shall never end. He delivers his people, preserving them from harm; he does great miracles in heaven and earth; it is he who delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” (v25-27)

To God be the glory!!

Sometimes things happen so that others will see our faith in action. Things happen so others will know that our faith in God is real. Things happen so that in the end God will get the glory! Whatever ‘lion’ we face, God is greater. He is with us and He will see us through.

Not facing lions alone,

til next time

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March 21, 2018 Posted by | bible story, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pain – hope

I was reminded today of a painful season in my life. No, it did not turn out how I had hoped, how I had prayed. Yes, it changed those involved in such a way as to never be the same again. I am grateful for God’s healing and His peace that has taken that memory and stripped it of power.

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“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14

Pain changes us. Yet, when we put that pain in God’s hands – trusting Him – He brings beauty out of ashes. (Isaiah 61:3) God Does This!

Sometimes the night seems long …
“weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Remember…
“when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” Micah 7:8

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Overflowing with hope,
til next time

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March 3, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

eating alone

There was a time in my life where I absolutely would not eat alone in a restaurant. Then  my job ended up with a  45 minute drive to my next location.  Lunch time was right in the middle. Sure I could pick up something and eat on the road but I really just wanted to sit somewhere for a bit and recharge.

It wasn’t long and I realized that I had been limiting my availability to God. While I thought lunch would be a recharging time, God chose something else. I have my own little Cheers thing going on – except that it isn’t a bar, but they know my name.

 

“Make the most of your chances to tell others the Good News. Be wise in all your contacts with them. Let your conversation be gracious as well as sensible, for then you will have the right answer for everyone.” Colossians 4:5-7 (TLB)

Recently a new woman came over to my table and before I knew it, she was spilling her life story. Oh, what a story it was.
I made the most of that opportunity and shared Jesus with her.

Have you made some decisions that limit how or when God can use you? It isn’t necessarily easy to step out and be available but it does get easier the more I do it.

Use wisdom and make the most of your opportunities to tell others about the hope that you have in Christ. Use your words to extend grace to those you talk with. Allow God to use you and He will.

Selah,

til next time

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February 23, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

don’t lose hope

We are like a ship at sea. Sometimes it is smooth sailing, other times we are tossed up and down seemingly in great danger. Our harbor (final destination) is Heaven. Temptations, persecutions, problems, trials, obstacles, are the wind and the waves that threaten to shipwreck us. On our journey, we will encounter all sorts of beauty and danger.

“…My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

One thing remains sure. We have an anchor that will keep us steady and on course. Our hope in Jesus is the anchor for our soul. Our hope in Him will see us through the storms.

As the old hymn states “We are anchored in Jesus the storms of life we’ll brave. We are anchored in Jesus, we fear no wind or wave… We are anchored to the Rock of Ages.”

The enemy of our soul (will, mind, emotions) likes nothing better than to see people in despair – hopeless. For he knows, maybe even more than we know, that hope is a most powerful weapon. Hope is indeed the anchor of our soul.

“…because my hope, Lord, is in you.” Psalm 25:21

All our hope is in Christ!

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til next time

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February 21, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

even if

I was listening to “Even If” by MercyMe and my thoughts went to the 3 Hebrew children in Daniel 3.

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

God is able and He will deliver but Even If He doesn’t….

Even if He doesn’t — He is worthy to be trusted. He is worthy to be praised. He is God! His ways/thoughts are so much higher than what we can comprehend. (Isaiah 55:9)

Notice what they said to the king before this. “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.” I have learned that lesson also. The Lord is my defense. (Psalm 118:14) I do not need to defend my actions when I am walking in obedience to His Word.  You do not need to defend your actions when you are walking in obedience to His Word.

 

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My hope is You, Lord.

It is well with my soul

til next time

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February 14, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God – the giver of joy

My thoughts turn to joy yet again tonight.

I am grateful that joy is not dependent on things going as planned, things working out, or even whether or not I “feel” joy. Joy comes from a decision I make that I will choose joy. I will trust in God who is greater than whatever is going on. I will stay in hope. Hope that says God will turn this, whatever this is, around for my good – for my kid’s good. (Romans 8:28)

As another  day comes to a close, my thoughts go to those who have faced disappointment and/or pain recently.  Some days are just plain hard.  Still in the midst of every day,  God is still God and He is good. We can still choose joy.

In fact, choosing joy in the midst of difficulty is one of the most powerful things you can do. Choosing to hold on to God when life takes a turn that you didn’t see coming or when that mountain looms largely in front of you is in fact recognizing that God is indeed the giver of joy.

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10

Remember that in choosing joy, you also choose to spend time with the Father.

“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11

Lacking joy?  take a look at how much time you are spending in His presence — laying down the distractions and just being with Him.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

selah,

til next time

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February 13, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

rainbow

It seems that some people are set on rewriting history. The problem is we do not have a delete button or a edit button on history. It is what it is. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it.

I am grateful that God tells us today is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:1-3) I need Him today to save me – To save me from myself, from negative thoughts, from people who would do me harm, from the enemy of my soul who would try to destroy…. I need God.


I love that God gives us signs. When God set the rainbow in the sky, it was a sign of His promise to never flood the earth again. I have seen pictures of the Ark that was built according to God’s specifications. I am sure the rainbow meant more to those who witnessed the flood, but for me, the rainbow is always a sign of hope.

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We have hope!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

til next time

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December 5, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

whatever

TODAY!!!
Whatever comes my way today – God is with me.

Nothing comes as a surprise to Him.

He calls me to trust Him – to let my faith arise.

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“By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen. ” Hebrews 11:3 (TLB)

After all, God created the heavens and the earth, He holds it all together, He has me engraved on the palm of His hand. AND that battle I am in, well, I won’t forget that it is His battle and I are His. (Gen 1:1, Col 1:17, Isaiah 49:16, 2 Chron 20:15, Psalm 110:3)

Whatever it is that is coming at us – God is greater!

Say this with me:

–That person that is trying to make my life difficult — God says that Vengeance is His – He will repay. (Romans 12:19)

–The health issues that I face — God says to trust Him. He is my healer and His grace is sufficient.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Exodus 15:26, 2 Cor 12:9)

–That job related issue that is bringing me stress – God says to cast my cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:7)

–That thing that is trying to bring anxiety – God says His comforts gives me renewed hope. (Psalm 94:19)

—-When my paycheck is reduced, I trust God — God says He is my provider. I will lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10)

“Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Psalm 100:2-4 (NLT)

til next time

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November 21, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trouble – peace?

I scrolled facebook this afternoon and once again noticed that there many who are facing some pretty big issues. Sadly there are those who leave God out of the solution.

When my peace is lacking, I can trace it back to a lack of rejoicing on my part, or my gentleness has been replaced with harshness, or I am entertaining worry, or I am ungrateful at that moment or I probably haven’t prayed about it, or I have allowed my thoughts to become negative. Sometimes all of the above are evident. All of these things do seem to go together.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:4-8 (NIV)

Want peace? God’s Word gives us instructions.

 

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Selah,

til next time

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October 3, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace, mercy, love – i need these!

Mercy, grace, and love.   I desperately need these in my life.  I am grateful that God gives them to me.

My husband often says, “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”

 

“God is sheer mercy and grace;

not easily angered, he’s rich in love…..

He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,

nor pay us back in full for our wrongs….

God’s love, though, is ever and always,

eternally present to all who fear him,…..” portions of  Psalm 103:8-14 The Message.

 

Go ahead and read the whole passage.  It is a great thing to meditate on.

 

Love – Trusting God’s love when my circumstances don’t make sense, when life seems to be out of control, when my heart is breaking, when the road ahead looks rough, when the urge to quit is strong, – trusting in His love calms my fears, increases my joy, renews my hope and strengthens my faith.

Trusting in His love helps me walk in obedience when my flesh wants its own way. Knowing He knows all about me, nothing is secret from Him (“He knows us inside and out,”) and still He loves me – that right there is enough for me to trust Him to work things out in ways that I may not even begin to comprehend.

God loves you! His mercy and grace are for you!

Mercy, grace, and love – thank you God!

til next time

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May 16, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment