Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what is your anchor?

Hope

“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7 NLT

Our hope is in God.

“Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:4-6 (NLT)

All day long I put — it is a continuous choice we make.

Hebrews tells us that hope is the anchor for our souls. Anchor – holds us in place — provides strength and support

“…Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:18-20 (NLT)

Whatever we face, we have hope in God. He will see us through! Not only will He see us through – He will bring beauty out of ashes. (Isa 61:3)

heb 6 19 20

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May 20, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

opening the doors

We are opening Sunday and while I am excited about that, there is also a weight that comes with that decision. There are things that need to be done. Changes that will be implemented. It is one more unknown in this uncharted territory I find myself in.
 
Recently, I became aware that the weight was even heavier than I thought. Sometimes we carry around a heavy load that God does not intend for us to carry.
 
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb12:1-2 ESV
 
I want to focus on laying aside every weight. (Certainly if there is sin that you know is standing in between you and God – get rid of it. Acknowledge it to God and ask Him to help you change. He will.)
 
Laying aside every weight — what is weighing you down? What is that heavy burden that is pressing on you?
 
Jesus has the answer.
 
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ” Matt 11:28 NLT
 
Take your burden to Jesus – trusting Him to work it out, to give you wisdom, to provide strength, to shower you with renewed hope.
 
Read the rest of Hebrews 12. It will encourage you!
 
Thank you Jesus for the rest you give. Today I choose to walk in Your unforced rhythms of grace. (Matt 11:28-30 MSG)
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May 12, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pain

Watching someone you love dearly deal with great pain and knowing you can’t make the pain go away is one of the hardest things in life.
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What we can do is point them to Jesus. He knows about pain. He is their peace. (Eph 2:14) His grace is enough to see them through whatever is going on. (2 Cor 12:9)
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Sometimes pain can be so intense that the person loses hope. Doctors seem to not be listening. Medication isn’t working. Pain increases. This is where it is so important that we speak life into their lives. (Proverbs 18:21) Remind them that there is hope. (Psalm 42:5)
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“This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],” Heb 6:19 AMP)
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I am grateful that God is an ever present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He brings beauty out of ashes. (Isa 613) He is with us. (Matt 28:20) He gives us strength. (Isa 40:29) He holds us up and holds us together. (Psalm 63:8, Col 1:17)
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Thank You Father for this day. Thank You that whatever comes our way, You are with us. You love us with a love that is deeper than we can truly understand. Thank you for loving us. Today may Your love shine through us to others.
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May 7, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, 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?
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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,

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

my portion

continuing with Lamentations 3:21-25

We’ve looked at hope. We looked at mercy. Today let’s look at ‘the Lord is my portion.’

“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
(Again just reading that refreshes my soul.)

What does your soul say? (soul – will, mind, emotions)
What we tell ourselves is important. I believe in the 90% – 10% concept. The battles we face are merely 10% what is going on and 90% how we view what is going on – where our thoughts go, and what we dwell on.

Let our soul say with the prophet Jeremiah’s soul — The Lord is my portion. Whatever comes our way God’s sufficiency will more than balances out our troubles. 2 Cor 3:4-5) His grace is enough! (2Cor 12:9) He does bring beauty out of ashes. (Isa 61:3)

When we depend on Him, life improves. We have purpose. We also recognize that this world is not all there is. Eternity is in our hearts.

The Lord is my portion therefore I will hope in him!

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April 24, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

mercy

Continuing with yesterday’s devotion on Lamentations 3:21-25. Yesterday we looked at Hope. Oh how grateful I am that we have hope. Our hope is not in the government, in the doctors, in our paycheck, but our hope is in God.

Continuing with Lamentations 3

“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.”

God’s love, His compassion never fails. Oh, how He loves Us. His mercies are endless.

What is Mercy? Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Aren’t you grateful for God’s mercy?

 

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April 23, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

we have hope

One thing you will for sure get if you listen with any regularity to the news is conflicting information. Don’t wear a mask. Wear a mask. Disinfect your groceries. You don’t need to disinfect your groceries. We are doing good. We are not doing enough. We need to start reopening. It is too soon to reopen. And there is plenty of blame going around.
 
I find that I keep going back to Lamentations.
 
“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.” Lamentations 3:21-25 ESV
Just reading that again refreshes my heart. It is like a cool drink of water on a hot day.
 
We have hope. No matter what the media says, the experts say, or you read on facebook — We have hope!
 
One of the things I often talk to God about is – let me use this time wisely.
 
When we can freely go about our lives, when this is behind us, I don’t want to have any regrets as to how I used this time. May I point people to Christ. May I share the hope i have in God!
 
Today is a gift!
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April 21, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

disappointment

Yesterday our Governor made the decision to cancel school for the rest of this 19-20 school year. The seniors did not realize that March 13th would be the last day they would be in class with their friends. For moms and dads homeschooling is a real thing. For the teachers, summer can be hard enough to come back from but now add 2 1/2 months to it and what will it be like in the fall?
 
Disappointment.
 
One thing covid19 is good for is disappointment. It is sure to affect everyone in some way.
*seniors who will miss out on Prom, sports and scouts,
Graduation ceremony and parties
*loved ones in the hospital and you can’t be there with them
*weddings that have had to be changed or postponed
*funerals that are void of people contact
*layoffs
*no gathering with family/friends
 
How do we handle this? Possibly the last thing you would think of is to rejoice. Yet, when we choose to rejoice in the Lord, in the midst of difficulty, we are really winning the battle and shutting the enemy down.
 
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NASB
 
Covid can lead to disappointment. Hope will not lead to disappointment. Hold on to the hope you have in Christ.
 
Earlier in Romans 5 The Message bible puts it this way.
“… And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
 
Feeling disappointment? Shout your praise! His grace is enough. Sing with the angels — giving God glory!!
 
Gloria
 
esterday our Governor made the decision to cancel school for the rest of this 19-20 school year. The seniors did not realize that March 13th would be the last day they would be in class with their friends. For moms and dads homeschooling is a real thing. For the teachers, summer can be hard enough to come back from but now add 2 1/2 months to it and what will it be like in the fall?
 
Disappointment.
 
One thing covid19 is good for is disappointment. It is sure to affect everyone in some way.
*seniors who will miss out on Prom, sports and scouts,
Graduation ceremony and parties
*loved ones in the hospital and you can’t be there with them
*weddings that have had to be changed or postponed
*funerals that are void of people contact
*layoffs
*no gathering with family/friends
 
How do we handle this? Possibly the last thing you would think of is to rejoice. Yet, when we choose to rejoice in the Lord, in the midst of difficulty, we are really winning the battle and shutting the enemy down.
 
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NASB
 
Covid can lead to disappointment. Hope will not lead to disappointment. Hold on to the hope you have in Christ.
 
Earlier in Romans 5 The Message bible puts it this way.
“… And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
 
Feeling disappointment? Shout your praise! His grace is enough. Sing with the angels — giving God glory!!
 
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April 18, 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.
 
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April 3, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment