Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

little flowers never worry

Flowers –

Life –

And the similarities ——

Some days I dream of what it would be like to have a gardener.  Usually it is on the day that I set out to tackle the weeds that have overtaken my gardens.   I love landscaping, but when it has been left unattended  — it just isn’t pretty!

I found a few surprises.

moss roseI have no idea how this moss rose ended up here.  Isn’t that just like life?  I find myself in uncharted territory  and wonder ‘Now what?”

This  rose decided to not just grow but flourish where it found itself.    You and I can also choose to flourish in an environment that is not ideal.    After all, God is still God and He will give us wisdom to know what to do and the strength to be able to do it.  He will also fill us with courage to overcome the fear of the unknown and step out in faith.  With God’s help,  we will  turn  that challenge into a testimony.

Joshua 1:9  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

playing peek a boo

Another flower  that sprouted up in an unusual place.   It easily could have been pulled up with the other weeds.  I may  have missed it if I hadn’t been paying attention.  I wonder what things in life  I miss because I am distracted, not paying attention or not living  truly in the moment?

on th fenceHere is another surprise flower.  It is growing up right inside the fence surrounding my vegetable garden.  Clearly it is not a vegetable, but I let it continue to grow.

Do we extend love to everyone or just those who are like us?  Do we encourage people to bloom where they are planted or do we uproot them by our words?

roserose

Then there is my rose-bush.  It has bloomed at least three times this year.  It just keeps growing and blooming and growing and blooming.   This is how I want to live my life.

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

Matthew 6:28-29  “And why are you worried about clothing?  Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these……..  (v.33) But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Flowers have little trouble doing what they were created to do — bloom.  Can the same be said about us?

til next time

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September 20, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

I was wrong

I was wrong.

I am sure you have noticed that it is hard for some people to say that.  Sometimes pride stands in the way of truth.  Sometimes in an effort to avoid  what comes next, some won’t admit they were wrong.   If they do admit it, then there is the blame game – it wasn’t my fault.

'egg' on my faceHere I am with ‘egg’ on my face.  I know it isn’t really an egg but you get my point.

My last post was written in error.  I have since revised it to be accurate.  However, for all of you who follow my blog you received the original.  (click here for the revision)  It is never my intention to mislead anyone.  Generally this blog is about my life so staying in the truth is easy.

Even though it wasn’t the main point of my blog I should have verified my information.

Yet this brings about a life lesson.  How do you handle it when you are wrong?

Some will:   ignore it, blame someone else, try to cover it up, or deny it.

It can be easy to get into a bad habit.  Make a mistake — blame someone else.  Make another mistake – blame someone else…… and on it goes.

I encourage you to own it and move on.  The truth sets us free.  (John 8:32)

 James 5:16 (AMP)Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].

You will not be so apt to repeat the mistake if you acknowledge it and make it right.  There is something about dealing with it openly that helps you choose differently next time.   It keeps you accountable.

til next time

September 4, 2013 Posted by | life lessons | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

beach run 2013

Recently we returned from our Beach Run 2013 trip.  With each trip my admiration grows for those who travel across the country by motorcycle.

Our trip  was amazing.  Our destination this time was Virginia Beach, Atlantic Beach and Myrtle Beach, but it isn’t just about the destination.  It is about the journey.

It rained going through the mountains heading to the coast.  Sunshine through the mountains on the way back.

taking a break - lots of rain in the mountains

taking a break – lots of rain in the mountains

on the return trip we even had a few tunnels - this one was also a huge curve

 return trip we  had sunshine and a few tunnels – this one had a surprise curve inside

Our older cycle with Iowa plates brought about  some interesting conversations.  One guy’s comment still makes me chuckle.  “You aren’t from Iowa are you?”    Or the comment, “How old is that bike?”

In my last blog I mentioned about ‘walking a mile in my shoes‘ and I guess that is why my admiration just keeps getting larger with each trip.  Before we took our first long trip up the North Shore in MN, my thoughts were about how cool it would be and just how much fun it was going to be.  It was all of that, but it was so much more.

With each trip I am getting an education.  I am finding out what I am made of.  Just when I think that I have a great endurance – the winds of OK and TX challenge that.  When I think that a little rain just makes it that much more of an adventure, I come through a torrential  downpour with my contact in my eye but not where it belonged.   I  now have a full face shield.

When we have topped over 450 miles in a day, I then talk with someone who puts in over 500 miles day after day.  Yes, my admiration grows.

My faith also grows.  Leaving the Grand Canyon last year, driving through barren land for miles with nothing – temperatures rising above 100 causing the heat to bounce off the black surface — yes my dependence on God and my trust in Him grew.  (To read about that trip – click here)    The bike just sailed through that barren land and purred through the mountains.

Miles and miles with nothing but the sound of the wind, the purr of the engine, the traffic sounds, an occasional conversation with Curt (we do not have mics) — gives me lots of time to think, pray and sing.

I have come to the conclusion that boredom must be a mind-set because not once have I been bored while  sitting very still on the back of the bike.  My son (Andrew) says that boredom is a symptom of the unmotivated.  Hmmm.

view outside our window at Virginia beach

view outside our window at Virginia beach

3 of the 5 nights at the beaches we had an ocean view -- 2 of those mornings I got up early enough for the sunrise - Gorgeous

3 of the 5 nights at the beaches we had an ocean view — 2 of those mornings I got up early enough for the sunrise – Gorgeous

 

got to enjoy the moon the first night at the ocean

the moon combined with the sound of the ocean – incredible

 

Myrtle beach -God blessed us with an empty lot right next door to our  ocean front view condo - the price was shockingly low - Thanks God!

Myrtle beach – God blessed us with an empty lot right next door to where we were staying.        Thanks God!

 

soaked it all in -- 3 oceans - each one a little bit different but the same ocean.

soaked it all in — 3 oceans – each one a little bit different but still the same ocean.

I have learned much about myself, about the man I married and about the God I serve (with all my heart) while riding on the back of our motorcycle.

To sum it up I have learned that I am a lot tougher than  I think and when it comes to ministry –  there are people, no matter how much they love me, who  still won’t understand the price that is paid.   In thinking about this I realize that God thinks outside the box 🙂 and brings along encouragement in surprising ways.

I have learned that the man I married is so much more than the guy I fell in love with all those years ago.  We are in this life together.  We are a priority to each other.

While riding the motorcycle I have used that time to cultivate  my awareness of the presence of God.  I see Him and His fingerprints all around me.  God’s goodness, His love for me, and His way of working all things out — I grow more and more in AWE of who He is.

til next time

June 8, 2013 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, motorcycle | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

faith or fear – which one is controlling you?

When I tell you that God will take care of His children, I know of what I speak.  Time and time again, God has proven Himself faithful to our family.  In big ways and in small ways  His fingerprints are evident.

A few examples:

a check from a stranger  covering the cost of both boys glasses

hitting a huge bump going 65 mph on our motorcycle -causing a chunk out of our back tire and the frame to partially rest on the tire – not realizing it, we continued at 65 mph to our exit.  And then God prepared a very nice place for us to wait for  the tow truck.

our garage door opener started to work properly after years of requiring help

if you have read any of my blogs you know that they are filled with little and big things God is doing

When you place your life in the hands of Almighty God and live your life trying to follow His Word then you have embarked on a journey like no other.   Knowing that God is with you, that nothing takes Him by surprise and that with each test, He is right there to help you, changes your perspective.  (An ever-present help in trouble  Psalm 46:1)

Lord, help me remember that nothing is going to happen today that You and I can’t handle.

Fear can be  a powerful  emotion if you are not careful.  I think that is why the Bible has so many scriptures that tell us not to fear.  I have heard it said that there are 365 “do not fear”  scriptures.  Hmmm, one a day.  I think God is trying to get the point across!

What do you do when fear looms over you?

All the what ifs ————now whats————-and what are we going do——- can certainly ruin a perfectly good day.    I have learned that faith and fear are not equal partners.  Faith silences fear.  Giving in to fear and letting it take over cripples faith.

Worship is  a powerful force against fear.  It is hard to sing praises to the King of Kings and remain fearful.  There is just something about singing “My Savior loves.  My Savior lives.  My Savior’s always there for me.   My God He was.  My God He is.  My God is always gonna be” that raises you up above any thing you are or will be facing.

Fear was trying to rear its ugly head this past Wednesday.  I was finishing up February, on paper it looked pretty sad, but God is so much bigger than that.  He is not limited to nor bound by numbers on paper.   Instead of letting fear take over I decided to look in anticipation as to how God is going to work this out.  He will – of that I am sure!

In choosing songs for worship that night “My Savior, My God” was one of the songs we sang.    What a proclamation!  Sing that a few times and see what happens to fear.

It is true – what you feed gets stronger.  Are you feeding your faith or your fear?

til next time

March 1, 2013 Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

timing

Back in the beginning of July my son and his wife started the process of purchasing their first home.  We are very excited as it is just a few blocks from us.  They closed on the house this past Wednesday.

They have their own ‘horror’ stories to share of yo-yo Dan the loan officer, but all things happen for a reason.  Timing is indeed God’s department.  This is a valuable lesson to learn.  Whatever we are facing, whatever the time frame, God is still the One we depend on.

This is the beginning of the end of a chapter in their life and the start of a new chapter.  You see for the last almost 10 months they have been living with us.  If you have read any of my other posts than you know that I love, love, love having my family home.

I was not a fan of empty nesting.  However, I know from experience that God has that all in control too.  Timing again is God’s department.

Change.

Seasons change — not just the weather but in our lives also.

Part of living a life to the fullest is learning how to handle change.  Part of successfully learning to handle change is understanding the truth that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8) He never changes. (Malachi 3:6 ” For I am the LORD, I change not;…”

He is the stability we have when the rest of the world is changing all around us.  He is our helper when we need to make changes in our behavior and our thinking.

Change.

It is a new day, a new opportunity to choose to really engage in life or to just go through the motions.  It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in all that needs to be done that I forget to fully enjoy this day that God has given to me.

Change.

Let there be change in me as I desire to be more and more like the One who gave His life for me.

til next time

October 26, 2012 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

what do your words say about you?

Truth

Lies

or

Somewhere in between.

Where do you stand?  Do you tell the truth most of the time?  Do you think lies have color?  You know, the little white lie?  or Are you known for telling the truth no matter what?

Most of the people in my life know that I won’t lie for them.  I say most of the people because lately I have had some people close to me assume that I will let their ‘story’ become my ‘story‘.   I don’t think they really thought about the fact that they were not telling the truth – that is until I was asked about it and then questioned them?  No matter how good the lie is, lies do not hold up to questioning.

People tell lies to make themselves look better or to pass blame onto someone else.  However truth does prevail and when the lie is exposed they look way worse than if they would have just come clean in the first place.

Sometimes I think people revert back to the kindergarten playground.  You know the place where lies ran rampant and the teacher did her best to instill in us that telling the truth was the right thing to do.  Of course if she couldn’t get through to us, then our parents sure could.  Ah, but that was back in the day when actions/words had consequences.

Now adults have jumped on the band wagon and their children hear them telling fibs.  (fib- We’ve even changed the name because lie is too strong of a word.  It is really only just a fib. Ugh!)

I used to be shocked when parents would call the school (that I worked at) and tell lies with the intent of getting their child off of detention.  Really??  That is the lesson you want to teach them?  Or how about the parents that call their  child in sick when he just doesn’t want to go to school?

One of my jobs now is dealing with collections.  It has certainly been an eye-opening experience for me.  I used to take people at their word but do you know how many people lie when it comes to money?

Another ‘reason’ people tell lies is that they don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.  The hope must be that they won’t get caught because lies hurt.

Then there is the exaggeration lie.  We all know people who are prone to exaggeration.  After awhile it is  hard to believe anything they say.

Why are we so afraid of the truth?

The key is, when telling the truth, you should wrap it in love, grace and mercy.   You don’t have to be mean, nor should you be mean.   There are times that one must be extremely gentle in telling the truth but still tell the truth!  Don’t sell your integrity short by resorting to a ‘white’ lie.

If I ask you what you think – I don’t want to hear what you think I want you to say.  I want to know what you think.  Those people who just want you to agree with them, well, they might stop asking you what you think if you start telling them the truth.  However, when they really want to know the truth, you will be the first one they come to.

Psalm 43:3 “Let Your light and Your truth lead me.”  (My paraphrase)  As we become more and more like Christ there is no room for lies.

Telling the truth means you never have to remember who you told what because you tell everyone the same thing – the truth.   A person of integrity knows that what she/he says matters.  Once you are caught in a lie your integrity in all other areas comes into question.  What a price to pay.

What do your words say about you?

I choose truth!

til next time

July 18, 2012 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Mutts cartoon

Everything’s

coming up

roses!

I enjoy the Mutts cartoon in the Sunday paper.  My favorite one is Mooch’s diary.    All it says is:   Life is good.  Yesh!  I have that cartoon posted on my printer at work.  What a great reminder.

Recently the Mutts cartoon had a bunch of red roses with Mooch saying Everything’s  coming up roses.  That cartoon now resides on my 2nd printer at work.  Another great reminder.

The Bible is filled with reminders.  (2 Peter 1:1-15, 2 Tim 2:1-14, 1 Corinthians 4:17, Romans 15:15 to name just a few that I have looked at recently)

Certainly there are all sorts of things that go on each day that attempt to rob me of my joy and peace.   Yet, I choose whether or not that happens.  You see no one or nothing can steal my joy or my peace.  It is not based on external circumstances but on an internal relationship with  God through His son Jesus Christ.

After all, I believe God is indeed in control of my life and very much aware of everything that is going on.  Therefore the situations that  come across my path happen for a reason.   I recognize that I may never know that reason this side of heaven.  Yet I trust in the One who holds my life – that He is working things out for my good.  (Romans 8:28)  What absolute peace there is in knowing that God is in control and I can leave every situation with Him and walk in peace.

I’d love to say that I always walk in peace.  I can say that I have grown and am growing in learning how to stay at peace.   I have learned that when I allow things to bother me, it isn’t long and peace is gone.   When I refuse to allow things to bother me, peace stays.  So you would think that would be a no brainer, right?

Yet sometimes I just get tired of the battle.  What battle?  The battle between staying positive or letting negativity creep in.  The battle between faith and worry.  The battle between God-pleasing or people pleasing.  The battle between giving someone what they deserve or extending grace and mercy to them.   Yes, sometimes I get tired.  Sometimes I even get an attitude.  Sometimes life is coming at me so fast and furious that I forget that I have crucified my flesh until there it is affecting my peace.

However, all the time God is with me and wooing me to come unto Him.  His Word is filled with reminders of what to do when we find ourselves overwhelmed.

So I need reminders.  I have found that at work I need more reminders.  My office is filled with scripture cards and uplifting pictures.  They are reminders that I have a choice.  Choose life!  Abundant life!

Everything’s coming up roses!

I choose to see the beauty even when my heart is breaking.

I choose to walk in love even when it is rejected by a long time friend.

I choose to speak kindness even when I am being verbally attacked.

I choose to offer grace to those who trample all over my feelings.

I choose to refuse to be offended and become a bitter old lady.  (Psalm 119:165)

In my weakness  Christ is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

What do you choose?

til next time

June 7, 2012 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

perimenopause

It is sometimes referred to as the change before the change.

A couple of years ago I found myself in uncharted territory.  My energy level barely registered.  Yet my responsibilities and commitments continued to increase.  Things other people had committed to do but were unable to do (for one reason or another) fell back into my lap.

Picking up the slack is just a part of who I was.  It was one of the hats I wore as a PW.  Adding things to my plate was the norm.  Seeing things that needed to be done or should be done just came  natural to me.  Multitasking was an art form that I had  mastered.

BUT

Things were changing.  I couldn’t seem to get it together.  The pressures of all the various things on my plate seemed to be suffocating me.

Looking back now I realize that I was entering perimenopause.

Perimenopause….

Some women state that they had no symptoms and sailed right thru.  How?  Only God knows.  Sadly it is not my experience.

Here are a few symptoms:  irregular bleeding, problem sleeping, weight gain, hot flashes, bladder control weakness, mood changes, sudden tears, night sweats, fatigue, hair loss, difficult concentration (brain fog), memory lapses, dizziness, bloating, allergies, brittle nails, changes in odor, irregular heartbeat, depression, anxiety, irritability, panic disorder, breast pain, headaches (migraines), joint pain, burning tongue, electric shocks, digestive problems, gum problems, muscle tension, itchy skin, tingling extremities……….

Brain fog is the hardest for me personally.  With all the various things I have going on, multitasking was a huge part of my life.  Brain fog and multitasking mix about as well as oil and water.

I have it on good authority that the brain fog will lift.

So I wait.

While I am waiting:

I will continue to fight the symptoms with prayer and praise.

I will look for ways to reduce multitasking in my life.  One way I have done this is to release myself from helping with the set up of all activities held at the church and the need to be the last one to leave said activities.  In the past 20 years there were but a handful of times that I left an event while clean up was still going on. (All but one of those times has been in the last two years.)

While I am waiting

I will remind myself to take a deep breath.  When pressure increases – breathing can tend to become shallow.  Three deep breaths helps me to focus.

I will extend grace and mercy to those around me who don’t understand.  I will guard my heart.  (Proverbs 4:23)  I will dig deeper into the Word.  When people say things that are hurtful and my hormones are all over the place, I will remember that “nothing shall offend me.”  (Psalm 119:165)

I will be mindful to not do or say something that later I will need to apologize for.  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable.” (Psalm 19:14)

This starts at home.  Perimenopause can certainly be a trial for my husband.  After all, I don’t understand what is going on – so how could he?

His wife, who used to be able to handle so many things all at once, now at times can’t seem to handle getting supper on the table.  His wife, who one minute is the confident women he married, the next minute is crying over something so very insignificant.

Perimenopause

I am trying to embrace this period of my life.  Yet I wonder at times ‘who is this woman?’

While I am waiting:

I will hold tightly to the King of Kings.  Jesus will bring me through this season of change.  I am confident that all of this will make me more sensitive to the needs of others and more like Jesus.  In my weakness, He is strong.

So to all you women who find that you have entered the peri -cycle – know that you are not alone. Know that this too shall pass.  Be kind to yourself.  Recognize that you may not be able to do everything you could before AND that is ok.

Extend grace and mercy to others for truly you will need some yourself.

And remember that God is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

til next time

May 29, 2012 Posted by | perimenopause, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

what are you dishing out?

Relationships are multifaceted. I guess that is what makes life so entertaining and at times stressful.

My daddy used to say “Don’t dish it out if you can’t handle it.”  He loved to play practical jokes on people.   He loved it when people gave it right back to him.

I  remember coming home to a whole lot of junk piled in front of our front door because his brother had stopped by and we weren’t home.  It was their family calling card.   I also remember being a partner in crime at his brother’s house  when they weren’t home.

Later there would be the expected phone call.  I can still hear my daddy laughing.  He loved to laugh.

But what about when people dish out words that hurt?

I have been thinking about relationships lately.  A scripture that always pops in my head when dealing with relationships is Psalm 19:14  “Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” 

I can’t possibly expect good words to come out of my mouth if I am mediating on junk.  If I am rehashing what so and so did to me or said about me or my kids or my husband then I am pretty sure that my mouth will reflect that.

What I think and how I feel about a relationship will be evident in what I say.  What I say will come from what I have allowed myself to meditate on.

“I believe their heart toward me is good.”   Try meditating on that.  Give the person the benefit of the doubt.  Look for the good.

Read how the Message Bible puts it in 1 Corinthians 13

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

Always looks for the best — Think about your relationships.  How would always looks for the best change that relationship?

What about puts up with anything?  Yes that does mean the clothes that are two inches from the laundry basket.  It can be so easy to nag.   Why not, instead, start commenting on the good things?    Build up instead of tear down.

It’s easy to love people who are loving me  back.  It takes God’s love flowing through me to love people who are being unkind.  It takes God’s love to not be ugly right back.   This is a on-going process.

For a Christian, there is no excuse for ugliness.  That said, there is forgiveness when we fall short.     My prayer has been and will be “Lord help me to not do or say something that I will need to apologize for later.”    You know what?  He does answer that prayer.

til next time

August 1, 2011 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

to complain or not to complain?

“God is not motivated or moved by our complaining.”  Joyce Meyers

Did you know that Joyce and I do dishes together?  She is a great help to me.

In all began a few years back.  See  I was in this funk.   I didn’t want to cook.  I certainly didn’t want to do dishes.   I was beginning to dread any time that I had to spend in the kitchen.  As a wife and mother that meant a big chunk of my day was filled with dissatisfaction.

That’s when Joyce came to my rescue.

I had been receiving her ‘teaching of the month’ cassette.   I was building up quite a pile of them.   When the thought hit me (thanks God) that I could put one in while I was working in the kitchen.

What a difference!    We’ve been doing dishes together ever since.  To say that I love my kitchen would be an understatement now!!

So, currently I am listening to “Contentment and Satisfaction — finding Joy in every situation”.    Every situation — yes I have room for growth.

It was during the 4th cd that Joyce made the above quote.  (“God is not motivated or moved by our complaining.” )

Complaining……..murmuring……..whining………muttering…………grumbling

About a month ago I mentioned to my husband that the next time I told him that I did not want to go to work – I had to pay him $1.00.  No big deal, you might think.  However, my husband is a financial guru and we budget everything.  Yes, even down to each getting  an allowance.   (This is money that I do not have to account for. )

How much you ask?  You might be surprised to hear that it is $10 a week.  Yes that is correct $10 a week.  Hey that is $40 a month I do not have to account for.

Why do I tell you this?  Because it is so easy to spend money and not even be aware of how much.   At the end of the month do you know where your money went?   If I did not have a set amount it would be so easy for me to spend three to four times as much during the week just on whatever I felt like at the time.

So when I said I would give him $1 that was huge.  Even greater is the fact that I have not had to pay him, not even once.

That was only the beginning.

My next challenge.

Complaining……..murmuring……..whining………muttering…………grumbling

STOP……CEASE…..ENOUGH……INSTEAD…..BE THANKFUL……BE POSITIVE

Now I am not one of those people who go around complaining and murmuring every chance I get.  I do try to see the good in each situation.  Yet I do find myself griping about the heat, or little things,  or situations out of my control, or the work load — that is a big one, or our crazy schedule …………… words that just don’t need to be spoken.  Period!

Now I’ve managed to sugar coat it so that I can kind of – sort of – justify it but, when Joyce made that statement my heart went ouch.

She also went on to say that we open a door for the enemy, in our lives, we invite destruction through grumbling, fault-finding and complaining.

When I am murmuring the devil is doing a happy dance and just loving it.  Why do you think it is so easy to complain?   Grumbling is contagious but so is thankfulness.  From now on I am going to be mindful to spread thankfulness!

For the next 30 days I am going to attempt to not complain about anything.  Now I know that some of it is habit (i.e.  Oh it is so stinkin’ hot.  or Is it 5:00 yet? whine – whine – whine )  and I will slip up.  But those of you that know me personally — feel free to remind me that I was giving up whining and maybe, just maybe,  you will get a quarter.  (Hey that’s 1/40th of my allowance for the week.)

What is God speaking to you about?

til next time

July 12, 2011 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments