Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

question 3

3 of 4 questions God asked and asks today.

Do you love me?

John 21:15 “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

He brings us back to love every time.

Peter had denied Christ. There are times that our actions, our priorities, or even our words may in fact deny Christ. What are your actions saying about your love for Christ?

God calls us closer. He brings us back to love every time.

Oh how He loves us. He is crazy in love with us. He is for us.

Do you love Him?

tomorrow question 4

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

question 2

2 of 4 questions God asked and is still asking today.

Could you not keep watch for one hour? Could you not wait?

In Mark 14 Jesus is going to pray. He takes with Him Peter, James and John and tells them He is deeply grieved. He asks them to keep watch.

Yet, they fell asleep. A second and third time He asks. They can’t seem to stay awake.

38 “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The world we live in seems to be more and more focused on instant. Hurry, hurry, hurry, we want it right now.

How are you when God says wait? Do you trust Him? Do you trust His timing?

Do you wait with Him? In prayer, word, mediation?

How much of your attention does God get?

Keep watching – keep praying – keep connected

tomorrow question 3

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October 17, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

question 1

1 of 4 questions that God asked and is asking today.

1.) “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

In Matthew 6:25-33 it talks about life, eating, drinking, clothing, birds, lilies, Solomon, grass and faith. In the middle He asks “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Worry robs us of peace, joy, energy, – worry is exhausting. Yet it can be so easy to fall into the trap of worrying. When those thoughts try to dominate, turn your thoughts to the One who loves you and will work all things out for your good. (Romans 8:28)

Trust Him with the why? How long? When will it get better? What’s next?

Trust Him!

He also asks a couple rhetorical questions Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? and “Are you not worth more?” Jesus thought you were worth dying for. If you don’t know your worth – read the Word. Find out what it has to say about who you are. You are a child of the King!

tomorrow question 2

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October 16, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life – part 12

I love my life!

What about when life’s situations seem overwhelming? What about when your heart is breaking? What about when the pain won’t stop? What about when the dark clouds come?

“From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.” Psalm 61:2-3 NLT

God’s Word has much to say about suffering, trials, pain, being overwhelmed, mourning – the problem is that often when we are in the middle of all that, we ignore the Bible. The one thing that can help us, sits unopened. We don’t ‘feel’ like reading or singing or going to church. We allow our feelings to dictate our path.

Learning to rule over your emotions instead of allowing your emotions to rule over you is vital to living the abundant life. Feelings can be based on a lie. The devil loves to lie to you. He wants you to feel bad and continue to feel bad. Allow God’s spotlight to expose those feelings that are choking the joy right out of you.

Ask God to help you see the lies and walk in truth. Immerse yourself in the Word. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Even in the darkest hour, God is with you. Even in the deepest pain, God’s peace is for you. Even in the hardest trial, God’s strength is yours. Even when the night is long, morning is coming.

If that is where you are today, I encourage you to open your Bible and let the Living Word wash over you.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:5-7 NIV

til next time

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October 1, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, 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

loving life part 9

I love my life.

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

What will today hold? I know what is on the schedule for today but I do not know how it will play out. God does. Trusting God means just that trusting Him. I can enjoy today because God has me in the palm of His hand. He loves me. He loves you.

It doesn’t matter what happens today. I am still responsible for my actions, reactions, attitude, and words. My attitude plays a huge part in whether or not I will love my life.

It is so much easier to love your life when you meditate on scripture.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 ESV

Guess what? Love wins!

Love wins. When I love the life Jesus died for, when I see obstacles as opportunities for Christ to shine through, when I let love guide me – I can truly say I love my life.

til next time

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September 27, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 5

I love my life (loving life part 4)

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

We are assured that God will turn things around. The story isn’t over. He turns ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3)

Romans 8:28 “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.”

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there are times I deal with people who hate me because of what I represent. There are people who have been hurt by the church so therefore it becomes my fault even though I’ve done nothing to them. I deal with people who have a little bit of truth and a whole lot of lies, and again, somehow I represent the mis-truths to them.  They are deceived.

There are times that there are people who are jealous because I operate out of love, joy and peace. Even though that is offered to them, they don’t receive it but somehow that’s my fault.

What I know is love win. When they are ugly – love wins. When they are mean – love wins.

I have to remind myself that what they think about me will not stop me from loving my life or loving them.

Living a life of purpose on purpose = loving my life!

til next time

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September 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 4

I Love My Life. (loving life part 3)

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

***Submitting involves what we think and say.

——Stop wasting energy and time by giving in to negativity.

What does the Word say:
Fret and be mad?                                                                                                                            Grumble and be sad?                                                                                                                    Complain and be frustrated?                                                                                                           No, it says to “Rejoice and be glad.” (Matthew 5:12)

Sure there are negative situations, problems, issues but we don’t need to dwell there, live there, or give up our joy to reside there.

90/10 principle. Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with it. We have Christ living in us so we can deal with it victoriously.

Romans 8:37 “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.”

What things – preceding verses: tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Now that is some bad days Yet, we overwhelmingly conquer because of Jesus.

Make a decision right now – I’m gonna enjoy my life starting now! Don’t wait. Jesus didn’t die so you could live a miserable life. He didn’t suffer horrendous torture so you could just endure. Live fully!! Love the life Jesus came, died, rose again to give you.

til next time

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September 22, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

loving life part 2

I love my life (click here for part 1)

Jesus didn’t die so you could live a miserable life. He didn’t suffer horrendous torture so you could just endure. Live fully!! Love the life Jesus came, died, and rose again to give you.)

The key to loving your life is to submit to God.

Sometimes people think that God will ask them to do something they don’t want to do or give up something they don’t want to give up.

This is BACKWARDS thinking.

Psalm 37:3-5 3 Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.”

If our desire is to do God’s will, He will transform our wants. It will be better than you could even imagine.

Eph 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

Submitting involves obedience

Search the scriptures
Apply the Word to your life
Be doers not just hearers

Obeying God is the best way to live a joy filled, overcoming, victorious life. Disobedience is a sure way to be miserable.

til next time
Tomorrow a little deeper into submitting

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September 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

loving life

Do you love your life? (Today I am starting a series on Loving your life.)

Too many Christians are miserable and that is not how God intends us to live)

Are you waiting for something to happen before you can start loving your life?  Don’t waste another day.   Choose today to start loving your life.

Jesus came to give us life abundantly. John 10:10 Make a decision right now – I’m gonna enjoy my life starting now! Don’t wait. Jesus didn’t die so you could live a miserable life. He didn’t suffer horrendous torture so you could just endure.

Live fully!! Love the life Jesus came, died, rose again to give you.

There have been times when I have told Curtis this is not the abundant life. Something needed to change.

Yes, something did. My attitude, my perspective, my thoughts, my focus all needed to change.

“I love this life that God is giving me!” Yes, these crazy, full, long days. I want to do all God has for me to do! I am living a life of purpose on purpose. Yes, I love my life. You can too.

How can you love your life?

By submitting to God.
…Not my will but Thine be done (Matt 26:39)
…cooperating with the Holy Spirit – Yes, Lord

God takes us right where we are and then He does something powerful.

David went from shepherd to King
Joseph went from prison to palace – 2nd in command
Gideon went from hiding to leading a nation
Esther went from captive to queen
Peter went from a man who fishes to a fisher of men – pillar in the early church

Eph 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

Tomorrow we will look closer at what it means to submit.

til next time

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September 19, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment