Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

willing? obedient?

This winter I have done some shoveling – much to the surprise of my husband. It just seemed like the thing to do.  I am trying to get more exercise incorporated into my life.
As I was shoveling I think of the verses in Isaiah about our sins being as white as snow.

18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land; Isaiah 1:18-19 (ESV)

Through Christ we are offered forgiveness. Jesus paid the price for us. It was His great love for us that kept Him on the cross. In repentance, our sin is washed away. White as snow!

Let’s also include verse 17 as it includes some action on our part –
“-learn to do good;
seek justice,
correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.”

May we be people who are constantly learning to do good, people who seek justice (what is right) and take action to make things better.

V 19 – are you willing and obedient?
Selah,

til next time

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February 17, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, just thinking about stuff, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God smiles

God smiles. “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people;” (Psalm 149:4 ESV)

We don’t have to look far to see how gracious God is to us. His grace (getting what we don’t deserve) and His mercy (not getting what we deserve) are examples of His great love for us.

My prayer for you today comes from Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT)
24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’

May today find you noticing the blessings of God. Blessings are all around us. He is with us and He will make a way where there may seem to be no way. (Isaiah 43:19)

Favor and peace – Thank you God! He is working all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28) He is able to do more than we can even begin to imagine. (Eph 3:20) His grace is enough. (2 Cor 12:9)

May God bless you today and may we not forget that it is God. Throughout the day stop, look up and thank Him for the big and the small things. It is also good for us to remember that He blesses us to be a blessing to others. (Gen 12:2)

Let your light shine. Let them see Jesus in you.

til next time

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February 16, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i am content

A prayer I pray often is:
“Lord make me more like You. Help me to love like You love. Help me to get me out of the way so nothing hinders You from flowing through me.”

Growing in godliness – becoming more and more like Jesus.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Sometimes the things of this world can obscure our vision, clutter our lives, or become a weight that drags us down. We are told to keep our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12) and yet things are constantly pulling at us.

Our focus may no longer be clear. The more out of focus we become, the more screwed up we become.

“A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (MSG)

It is said that the more things you ‘own’ – the more things that ‘own’ you. If I want to be totally devoted to Christ (and I do) then keeping ‘things’ in perspective is important. I don’t need more stuff. I need more of Jesus and less of me. (John 3:30)1 tim 6 6

Blessed beyond measure,

til next time

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January 21, 2018 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cease striving? seriously?

Sometimes it is necessary to pause, take a deep breath, maybe even close your eyes, and say “God, I believe You are greater. You are with me right here, right now. I Trust You!”

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.” pain 46:10 (NLT)

Be still – cease striving – let go – relax

We all face challenges. Life can seem to get out of control. What we do then – matters. Do we let our flesh (our feelings) take over? Or do we crucify those feelings and allow the Spirit to lead us into truth? Do we pick up our Bible?

I do believe that God will either calm the storm or if the storm is going to continue to rage – He will calm His child. It is in times like these that our faith deepens and our trust grows as we rely on Him.

“Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:38-40 (NASB)

I am going to stand right here in the middle of this moment and believe God!! Sometimes I can be in such a “fix it” mode that I just need to stand still and let God’s peace flood my heart. Let go and let God!

If you are worrying, stressing, afraid, weary…. Pause and remind yourself that God has you in the palm of His hand, He loves you, He is for you, He is working all things out, He holds you together, and you are His!

til next time

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January 12, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, pastor, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

deep need

Two scriptures got me through today.

Jesus tells us – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NIV)

AND

“I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (NET)

My deep need for Jesus to help was so very evident to me. I didn’t want to just “get” through the day. I didn’t want to waste today by grumbling. I wanted to shine for Christ!

What about you? Do you realize your deep need for Him? Do you look for His help?
This song says it all for me today.

https://youtu.be/bEeSS-0bPHQ
Selah,

til next time

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January 1, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

intentional

Our life as a Christian is not about what we can or cannot handle. Truth is, we can do nothing without Christ. (John 15:5).

Ephesians 6:13 tells us to prepare ourselves for battle.

“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation – aren’t just words we say but words we live out in our day to day lives. Remember your sword is the Word of God!

Be intentional about growing in godliness!

Selah,

til next time

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December 31, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

flow

Let the river flow!

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 (NASB)

The river flows deepest in the middle. Stagnant water can be found off to the sides. The closer you get to the edge, the shallower it becomes.

Stay in the middle! Stay where the river is flowing. Stay close to Jesus!

On one side of the river you may find lifelessness or complacency. The other side could have a lot of emotions but no depth. Either side can find you focused on you – doing your own thing, martyrdom, feeling inadequate or just letting your feelings rule you.

Let the river flow.

Jesus is the living water. The work of the Spirit, in our lives, will flourish as we seek to follow Jesus.

til next time

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December 30, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

^thoughts ^

Are you feeling troubled tonight? Has your positive outlook taken a beating today?
Jesus tells us in John 14:1-3 (ESV)
 
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
 
My thoughts have turned to heaven tonight. Jesus has prepared a place for me, for you, but until we go there we’ve got heaven all around.
 
In the middle of the battle, Christ is my victory. In the middle of the struggle the important thing is that my feet, your feet, are firmly planted in Jesus.
 
All that would need to happen for me to be taken down is for me to give in to the unanswered questions, or to the doubt of ‘what now?’, or to give in to fear.
 
What is it for you? Health issues, finances, work, family, relationships, kids — oh, how hard it is to see your kids hurting and know that they have to work it out with God and you can’t fix it. Be careful, all of these things can aid in taking you down. In Christ we can rise above each situation that threatens to overtake us. Let not your heart be troubled. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Pray! Pray! and Pray some more! Communication with the Father changes us, encourages us, and keeps us close to Him.
 
I’ve got heaven all around me, nothings gonna take me down because I am keeping my eyes on Jesus!
 
Selah,
til next time
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December 29, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a baby changes everything

As I think about the birth of Jesus, I am reminded that His birth changed everything. Emmanuel – God with us.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:1 and 14

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Change – things change. Sometimes I am surprised at just how fast things can change. Yet there are things that never change.

If you are facing adjustments this Christmas season, maybe even situations that have taken you by surprise, remember that Jesus never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) He is for you! (Psalm 118:6) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He is an ever-present help. (Psalm 46;1) He is with you always. (Matt. 28:20) He holds you up. (Psalm 63:8) He is the God of wonders. (Psalm 77:14) Oh, how He loves you!!! (John 3:16)

Selah,

til next time

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December 26, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, 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.

Serving Jesus together

til next time

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December 4, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment