Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

intentional

We all know people who seem to not be burning as brightly for Christ as they once did. Maybe life, people or even the church has ‘bruised’ them. It can be a challenge to keep their eyes on Jesus and not allow the circumstances and situations they find themselves in to bring them down. Let’s come along side them and encourage them.

“A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.” (NASB)

 

We have the opportunity to speak life and uplift others. Let’s be intentional about pointing people to Christ.

Isaiah reminds us that God is not in the extinguishing business.  Romans 8:28 – God will use all things in our lives.   He is able to turn those things around for good.   Let us not forget that God is a just God.

Let us not lose hope.

Let us not forget that God is a just God.

God is faithful.

God is for us!

God reaches out to us in love!

til next time

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what can we do?

As I think about the turmoil, sadness, and fear in our land after the recent events the question that keeps surfacing is — What can we do?

There is evil in this world – clearly that is evident. People have free will – clearly that is evident.

Pray, and pray is what I have been doing and will continue to do. It is powerful. Prayer makes a difference. One of the biggest things prayer does is change the person who is praying.  Oh, that more people would pray.

God is still on the throne. He offers forgiveness, peace, comfort, joy, help….. an ever present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1 — trouble is real but so is God’s help) People doing horrendously evil acts does not change the fact that God loves us and He is with us.

Mother Teresa is known for saying that she saw Jesus in each face she touched. What a difference our world would be if that become the norm.

I do not live in Dallas, Baton Rouge or St. Paul but I can make a difference in my corner of the world. I can spread God’s love to those I meet. I can look for opportunities to do good. I can refuse to let fear rule my thoughts and actions. I can speak up for justice. I can and will let God work through me.

What about You?

 

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May my life reflect You, Jesus, my Savior, King, Lord, and Friend!

til next time,

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July 8, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life is precious

I woke up this morning to the horrendous news from Orlando.

Why do things like this happen?

Short answer – evil is in the world. There are people who are deceived.

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

In the same way that God uses people to accomplish His plan, the enemy (devil) uses people to carry out his plan. A couple of things that they both have in common are people and willingness. We choose whom we will follow.

Where they differ is that God loves people so much that He gave His son – the ultimate price. God operates out of love, mercy and grace. God offers life both here on earth and for all eternity.  God is for us and for our good.

The devil (thief) seeks to destroy, to wreak havoc, weaken and discourage.  He is all about our destruction.   ( John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”)

Joshua 24:15 tells us to choose who we will serve. Deut 30:15 tells us to choose life. Life and prosperity or death and adversity – it is our choice. Sadly some choose to follow the thief and human life means nothing to them.

We choose how we are going to live, the choices we will make and the path we will follow. Sadly, there are those who get in agreement with the thief and choose evil and death and their choices affect others.

We have much to pray for –the family and friends of those killed, the responders that are on the scene, those who are even now fighting for their lives and let us not forget to pray for our nation.

And let us do our part in choosing to let God shine through us, choosing life, and choosing those things that are good.  We overcome evil with good.  (Romans 12:21)

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June 12, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

justice, mercy, humility

Ever since I can remember I have had a soft spot in my heart for those who are mistreated.   In a perfect world all would be fair.  Ah, but I do not live in a perfect world.

Micah 6:8  “He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord requires of you.  But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.”

…to do justly —  to do the right thing.  It is more than that though.    It is to treat people fairly.   I have heard it said that respect has to be earned.  I understand what is meant by that.  Yet I think that some people use that as an excuse to treat people poorly.   

I think that everyone should be treated decently.   How I treat someone is not a reflection of what type of person they are, but it is a reflection of what type of person I am.  This is more challenging at times.  Yet it is possible to treat people (yes even people who rub you the wrong way) decently.   

….to love mercy —  not getting the punishment that I deserve.  I love mercy! 

 I try to demonstrate  mercy by not being critical,  judgmental, or harsh in my dealings with people.  What is it that I hand out to people?  mercy or judgement??  The tongue can be a powerful weapon used either to build up or to be hurtful.  It can be used to offer mercy or it can be a cruel weapon.    Oh that I would always pick mercy.

…to walk humbly with our God — recognizing that without God I am nothing.  With God I can do all things, but it is not by my ability.  It is by the grace of God.   The opposite of humble would be prideful.  When pride steps in, humility steps out. 

I remember as a kid befriending this girl who was being picked on.  Kids can be so cruel.  As I grew up I learned that adults can be cruel also.  Some people feel the need to make others look bad so that in some warped way they look good.  I could never understand this.  

It does matter how I treat people.  It does matter how I talk about people.  It does matter if I choose to do the right thing or choose to do nothing.  (Unless, of course, nothing should happen to be the right thing for that situation.)  It does matter.

do justly 

love mercy

walk humbly with God

til next time

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