Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

enjoy today

 
I enjoy my life. It is very full – which is how I like it. I vaguely remember being bored back when I was a child. My dad took care of that quickly. By the time I was 7, I was the only child at home. Learning how to entertain myself was a wonderful gift that has carried into my adult life.
 
I enjoy life, yet, there are times that I find myself worn out – exhausted. (I’m not talking about the tiredness that comes with my current health issues but a mental exhaustion.)
 
Truth is that each time that occurs, I can trace it back to not spending enough time at the feet of Jesus. Unforced rhythms of grace is only possible as we walk with and work with Jesus. He teaches us how to rest and how to live life freely and lightly.
Mark 6 31 (3)
 
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matt 11:28-30 MSG
 
Are you tired? Jesus is calling you to come away for awhile and sit at His feet. The most important thing you can do today is to spend time with Him.
 
“Cultivate an awareness of His presence.” (Curtis Girod)
 
He is with you always. He is able! He is greater! Allow Him to fill you to overflowing with renewed hope!! (Romans 15:13)
 
 
Loving the life Jesus has given you is one way for you to show your gratitude! “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him!” Phil 4:4 MSG
til next time
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September 5, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

truth

Every obstacle is an invitation to trust. Living out our life, trusting God to fill us with courage and strength, standing on His Word, embracing the truth….
 
We are more than conquerors through Him. (Romans 8:37)
All our sufficiency, our power and success comes from God (2Cor 3:5)
Our Victory is through Jesus (2 Cor 15:57)
We have enough grace (2 Cor 12:9)
He is working all things out for our good (Romans 8:28)
He will never leave us alone (Heb 13:5)
weapons formed against us will not be more powerful (Isa 54:17)
We have God’s help in the present moment (Psalm 46:1
God is for us (Rom 8:31)
Jesus is consistent (Heb 13:8)
He will make a way (Isa 43:16)
He will provide streams in the dessert (Isa 43:19)
Our sorrow is turned into joy (Psalm 30:11)
Our broken heart He heals (Psalm 147:3)
Giants are defeated (1 Sam 14:47)
God is faithful and true (Heb 10:23)
He sustains us ( Psalm 55:22
Our ashes He turns into beauty (Is 1:3)
Our God is greater – period (1 John 4:4)
He lifts up our head (Psalm 3:3)
He is our anchor through the storms of life (Heb 6:19)
His name is Jehovah Jireh – our provider (Gen 22: 14)
He is the God of wonders (Psalm 77:14)
There is none like Him and He is crazy in love with you! (Jer 10:6, John 3:16)
 
Make up your mind – live in the truth. You are victorious through Christ.
 
til next time
(I would love for you to add to this list in the comments section.)
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September 5, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life abundant?

I enjoy my life. It is sometimes crazy, always full, and even in the hard times I know that God is with me. I decided a long time ago to live life fully — living the abundant life Jesus talked about. (John 10:10)
 
Unforced rhythms of grace is how I can enjoy all that I do. God’s grace is enough for whatever today holds. Walking with and working with the leading of the Holy Spirit is key to living the abundant life – to enjoying life.
 
Why would I choose to be miserable when I can enjoy today!!
I once said that I wanted to do it all. What I meant by that is — all that God has for me to do. I want to embrace each day as a gift from God – because it is.
 
I think it can be easy to fall short of what God has planned for us. “Not my will but Yours be done” is a powerful prayer. However, when we sense the leading to do something that requires discipline on our part or a greater sacrifice than we really want to make… — you see where I am going with this. Yet, the abundant life is tied into saying yes to God.
 

mark 6 31 (2)
“…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life…. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
 
Walk with and work with Jesus. Operate in the unforced rhythms of grace.
 
Tomorrow I will look at what to do when you feel worn out.
til next time
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September 4, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

peace and joy

Life can be like rain. Sometimes it is a gentle rain. It waters the earth and freshens things up. Other times it can be a torrential down pour that can make driving dangerous.

Life can be like that at times. It can seem to come at us fast and furious. We barely catch our breath and here comes more.

I am reminded that my attitude plays a huge role in how I handle the rain storms and the storms of life.

The Message Bible reminds us in James 1:2-4

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

So, when you feel life coming at you full speed ahead — remember peace is available through Jesus.

Peace and joy go hand in hand.
Joy is peace dancing and Peace is joy resting!

 

til next time

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August 16, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

who I am is not who I was

Who we were is no longer who we are – 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
 
When I accept the new life in Christ, when Christ dwells in my heart through faith (Eph 3:17) my life is changed from the inside out.
 
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
 
“Allow the love of God to flow through you. Allow the Spirit of God to direct you.” Curtis Girod
 
Christ lives in us!
 
In Awe of the One who loves me most,
til next time
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June 25, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

choose

Do you believe in God? Who do you say Jesus is?
If you answer yes I believe in God and Jesus is the Son of God who died for my sins – isn’t that enough? Can I do what I want – when I want – how I want?
 
Jesus tells us in Luke (9:23-24 ESV)
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. 24 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”
 
The Bible has much to say about how we live. It matters. It isn’t just enough to believe there is a God. Even demons believe that. (James 2:19)
 
God wants so much more for us. He sent His Son to pay the price we couldn’t pay. God wants a relationship with us. He has made that possible through Jesus.
 
We are as close to God as we choose to be.
 
I encourage you to make time today to connect with God.
 
Spend time in His Word – asking Him to give you understanding as you read.
“I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.” Psalm 119:15-16 NKJV
 
Spend time in prayer —
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Phil 4:6 NLT
 
“Cultivate an awareness of the presence of God” Curtis Girod
 
starting my day with God makes a huge difference in how the rest of my day goes,
til next time,
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June 10, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace upon grace

God’s Grace
 
John 1:15-17 The Passion Translation (TPT)
“John taught the truth about him
when he announced to the people,
“He’s the One! Set your hearts on him!
I told you he would come after me,
even though he ranks far above me,
for he existed before I was even born.”
And now out of his fullness we are fulfilled!
And from him we receive grace heaped upon more grace!
Moses gave us the Law, but Jesus, the Anointed One,
unveils truth wrapped in tender mercy.”
 
“And now from him we receive grace heaped upon more grace!” — From my teenage years through the present – I am very much aware of my own shortcomings. Somewhere along the way, though, I began to realize God’s grace is deeper. This is not an excuse for my failings. Rather it is an understanding of truth.
 
I Need God!
 
It is through Christ that I change. (Psalm 51) In my weakness, He is my strength. (2 Cor 12:9) I am not a victim. I am victorious in Christ. (1 Cor 15:57)
 
Today I am meditating on God’s grace. What a powerful attitude changer.
 
Walking in God’s grace,
til next time
 
 
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June 6, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cross, nails, will

What does it mean to you when Jesus says to take up your cross? To follow Him?
 
“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23
 
How do we live out Galatians 5:24-25 (NLT)
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”
 
We live in a world that seems to center around “me, me, me” and how everything affects me. Christianity sets us apart from that line of thinking. Jesus sets the example when He prayed in the garden – “Not my will but yours be done.”
 
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…… Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?……. Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” portions of Matthew 6:25-33 ESV
 
God first!
til next time
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March 27, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

hope or hopeless

Hope is a powerful thing. Just look at someone who feels hopeless and then look at someone filled with hope – you will see a drastic difference.
 
Maybe today you are low on hope. Maybe you find yourself in that place of hopelessness. Maybe life has kicked you in the teeth one too many times. Maybe you have forgotten that God is greater.
 
If that is you then I encourage you to read Ezekiel 37 today.
 
Dry bones (representing the people of Israel) were scattered everywhere. All hope was gone. In verse three the Lord asks if the bones could become people again? The answer of course is yes. With God all things are possible.
 
A rattling noise begins to happen as the bones began to attach to each other. Then muscles, flesh and skin covered the bones. However, the bodies had no breath.
“The Lord God says: Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe upon these slain bodies, that they may live again.” Ezekiel 37:9 The bodies began breathing and there was a great army standing.
 
When we try to do things on our own strength, when we allow stress and deadlines to knock the wind out of us, when we take our eyes off of Jesus – we become like dry bones scattered across a valley.
 
Today breathe in the breath of God. Allow Him to fill you to overflowing with hope. (Romans 15:13) Renew your trust in Him. He is able!
 
dry bones brought to life!
til next time
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March 22, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus loves you period!

Reading in Romans today. (See comments for Romans 8:31-39.)

If God is for us (and He is) than who can be against us? (v 31) Our God is greater! God makes a way for us. He sees the whole picture.

Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? (v 33) Oh how grateful I am that God justifies! God is my defense. (Psalm 27:1) When we are walking with God, He has our back. (Isaiah 52:12)

Jesus is ever interceding for us. (v34) Think about that for a moment. Intercede – to intervene, to pray, to reconcile differences.

Jesus loves us – nothing can separate us from that love.
“Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture…” (v 35-36 The Message)

Life is messy. In a perfect world bad things wouldn’t happen. We don’t live in a perfect world. When life does not go in the direction we hoped, remember Jesus intercedes for you, He loves you.

We are more than conquerors through Jesus. Why? Because He loves us. (v 37) We can be a victim or a victor. God will make a way. God will turn ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3)

What defines us should be what God says about us. We belong to Him. We are victorious in Christ. (1Cor 15:56-57) It ain’t over until He says it is over.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Cor 15:58 NASB

Nothing’s gonna dull the sparkle that Jesus gives me!

 

til next time

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March 1, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment