Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

Just.Do.It!

Recently I was asked how do we take the Gospel outside the walls of the church. To me this isn’t something that needs much discussion. Just do it!

As you leave our church building you walk under a sign that says  — “You Are Now Entering Your Mission Field”

Jesus tells us in Mark 16:15 “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.”

As you go about your day to day life, God wants to use you to reach those that come across your path. Pray for opportunities to share the good news and then share it. (Colossians 4:3) Let your light shine. (Matthew 5:16) Brighten up your corner of the world. Be intentional about sharing the hope that you have. Make the most of opportunities that come your way. (Colossians 4:5) Go! Wherever you are – talk about the hope that you have in God. Talk about the difference He makes in your life. (Hebrews 6:19)

Personally, I believe we can spend way too much time talking about how to reach out and end up with very little time actually doing it. Intentions do not get the job done. Talking about doing it isn’t doing it. Jesus didn’t tell the disciples to form a committee. He told each one to Go!

Be ready to share what God has/is doing in your life. Be aware that some difficult things happen so that you will have an opportunity to share. (Luke 21:13 It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.)

I encourage you today – Go into your world and share Jesus!

Selah

til next time

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November 20, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

white out

A problem with spell check is when the word is spelled correctly but it is the wrong word. When you then copy and paste that section 3 more times and totally miss that it is the wrong word, you have a problem. In my case ‘were’ is not ‘will’. Also there is a difference between weighted and weighed. Spell check doesn’t care.

Along comes white out. What a great invention. Although when you have 30 books – that’s 150 words that need to be corrected. Oh, how much easier it would have been to have used the right word in the first place.

While taking care of this issue I thought about Jesus. Jesus, the ultimate white out. Psalm 103:12 tells us that our sins are removed as far as east is from the west.

isaiah 1 18

“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelations 1:5-6(ESV)

Then my thoughts turned to people. White out applies to people too.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Love covers a multitude of sins – I have given this much thought. There is much I could say but I challenge you to talk with God about how He wants this to play out in your own life.

Love in words, in tone, in actions, in body language — Let’s allow God’s love to transform our lives into a display of HIS LOVE! Oh, how He loves us!

Selah,

til next time

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November 18, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

can’t sleep?

Sometimes sleep seems to elude me.  Situations can appear larger at night. This may be because the day is filled with activity and distractions.  I have found that if I give myself some processing time during the day, then my brain is not so insistent about processing at bed time.

As the day comes to a close, here are a few verses to think about as you drift off to sleep.

Psalm 63:5-7Amplified Bible (AMP)

“5. My soul [my life, my very self] is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises [to You] with joyful lips.

6. When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate and thoughtfully focus on You in the night watches,

7. For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings [where I am always protected] I sing for joy.”

 

The best thing I have found, when sleep seems distant, is to focus on Jesus, to cast all my cares on Him, and to make the decision to not try to figure it out. Faith means there will be unanswered questions. Trust means that’s ok.

Read verse 6 again. Maybe tonight it would be good for you to meditate on who Jesus is.

I often drift off to sleep in the middle of talking with God. I’ve been known to do that to people also. The difference is God lets me sleep. My friends – not so much.

One final thought – we can sing for joy because we know God is right there with us.

Selah!

til next time

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November 17, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

put on love

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Col 3:14-15 (ESV)

Are you wearing love?

Things that can make a difference both for the person receiving and the person giving:
Be kind
Do more than the minimum
Compliment someone – sure maybe you don’t like that particular outfit but there are so many ways to compliment someone and thereby encourage them.
Go out of your way to help
Smile
See the good
Own up to your choices and don’t look to pass blame
Be intentional about allowing God to flow through you
Hug someone or give a firm handshake
Pray with someone
Don’t show favoritism

Sometimes the hardest people to love, need love the most.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

Selah

til next time

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November 16, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

as the day comes to a close

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

One of the deceptions of the enemy is the belief that all paths lead to heaven. Jesus says in John 10:10 ” The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Ending the night with this chorus:

Thank you Jesus
Just as I am I come
Hallelujah
Oh what amazing love

Amen
I trust in You
Amen
Your Word is true

Selah

til next time

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November 13, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff | , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.
 
In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.
 
We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.
 
But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield
But as for me – I choose joy
But as for me – You give me life
But as for me – I will praise You
But as for me – You are in control
But as for me – I want to be more like You
But as for me – use my brokenness for Your glory
 
 
What about you?
psalm 71 14
 
“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14 (NASB)
til next time
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October 31, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GO!

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Mark 16:15 (NLT)

How do we do that?

We pray. Prayer is communication with the Father. Prayer changes things. Something to remember, though, is that Jesus said, “Go!” Prayer with action is powerful. God will direct your steps but you must take those steps.

One thing you can do is to be intentional about getting out there. Meet people where they are: those you work with, see at the grocery store, your neighbors, at the park…. be intentional.
Look for ways to bring Jesus into the conversation. Listen to what they are saying and look for ways to share hope in Christ. Using your own story, reveal ways Jesus has made a difference.

Don’t let fear stop you. The more you step out, the easier it will become. Just start.

Go and share.

til next time

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October 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life

Because I have seen God:
bring beauty out of ashes
fill my heart with peace in the midst of intense situations
pour His grace into my life enabling me to move forward
fill the broken pieces of my heart with His unending love
and turn the bleakest situations around for good
I will praise Him!
I will serve Him!
I trust Him!
He amazes me!
Life is an adventure and because of God, I am clothed in strength and dignity.  I can smile at the future! (Proverbs 31:25)
When you look at your life, what do you find?
Comment  if you want to chat about how you too can experience the peace, joy, love and hope that Jesus offers.   Best decision I ever made!
Jesus tells us,  “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  John 10:10
psalm 103 2
 “Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
 She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:25-27
til next time
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October 6, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

who is Jesus?

Who do you say Jesus is?

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”  Colossians 1:19-20 (ESV)

Jesus was both fully God and fully man. How can this be? This is one of those things that falls under the heading The Infinite God.

There are things that go beyond my finite ability to understand. If you or I could understand all the aspects of God, then just how small would He have to be?

Instead there are things we just have to go on by faith. Our God is greater!  God is all-knowing and all-powerful!

There is one way to be reconciled to God. Contrary to some popular beliefs – all paths do not lead to God and heaven. If that were the case then Jesus death was not needed.

 

“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6(NLT)

Jesus brought peace to us. Ephesians 2:13-15

Grateful for the cross!

cross

Selah,

til next time

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October 6, 2017 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

why?

Trials happen for any number of reasons.

Choices we make…
Choices others make that impact us…
Testing of our faith…
The Bible says so…
So God Will be glorified…
So that others will see our hope…
So that our compassion will deepen…
To learn humility…
And the list goes on

2 Corinthians 2:3-4 “All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”

We can try to run away from trials but I have yet to see that be successful. Instead, know God is right there with you, refining you, and strengthening you so that you can in turn help others.

Selah (pause and think on this)

til next time

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September 26, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment