Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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

disappointment

If you have been reading very many of my blogs, you know that I see God’s fingerprints in everything. I write about struggles and triumphs.
Today’s topic — disappointment.
 
How do you handle disappointment? Disappointment is a part of life. Plans change – of that we can be certain.
 
This morning I woke up at home. That was not the plan. We had planned a much needed night away — some shopping at my favorite store and a leisure (work free) Saturday.  That didn’t happen.
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Two hours into our motel stay I found these.  I saw five crawling around.  That was five too many.
 
Other than being grossed out, (thankfully we didn’t find the bugs in the morning) I handled the return home like a champ. However, I woke this morning feeling the full weight of disappointment.
 
So I am giving you a glimpse into what I do when disappointment seeks to settle in to my heart.
 
2 Cor 1:3 tells us that God is the God of all comfort.
 
First step – look to Him.
“My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2
 
I gave Him my disappointment. (1 Peter 1:5-6) When the change overwhelms me, I know that He hears my cry. (Psalm 61:1-2) As I wait on Him, His peace replaces the discouragement. (Phil 4:6-7)
 
I wait in His presence for however long that takes. I am determined to not let things dull my sparkle. When I try to rush this step, dullness sets in. (Good news — when this happens, God is greater and He will pick me up, dust me off and set my feet on higher ground. It’s just that the time wasted in dullness, is unnecessary.)
 
Second step – a look back at the week. Seeing God in my week always encourages me.
 
Here’s my glimpse back.
Meeting with ministers from Southeast section 🙂
Chaplain visits 😍
A friend’s father’s funeral 🙏
Witnessed the sentencing of Carter’s step-mom🤔
County is taking responsibility for the RR crossing, putting up a sign and will fix it in the future 🥰
Winter weather cancelled services 😞 but cooperated for the gathering of women ministry leaders 💃🤸❤️
Checked into motel 💕
Checked out of motel 🤢🐜
Woke up with both animals on the bed 😮❤️
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Third step – gratitude.
As I look back over this list, my heart is filled with gratitude. 1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (NIV) 1 Thes 5:18 “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) God will turn ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3) Make a way in the wilderness. (Deut 8:2) Take what is meant for evil and turn it into good. (Genesis 50:20) To God be the glory. (Psalm 57:11)
 
What a week! Plans change – that’s life. How you handle it – that’s you.
Choose today to allow God to help you handle it like a champ for we truly are victorious in Christ. (!Cor 15:57)
 
til next time
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February 9, 2019 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

peace – a precious commodity

Peace of mind is a wonderful blessing that God has for us. Phil. 4 tells us what we need to do to receive this blessing.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

I have yet to meet a person who can worry and be at peace at the same time. It just isn’t possible. Worry steals peace. Worry, left to run free, ties us up in knots.

The Bible tells us over and over to not worry, don’t be dismayed, fear not, be still, cast cares, trust, pray….

Here we are told again to pray. What about? Everything!

Prayer is communicating with God. Talk to Him about what concerns you. Spend time in quiet before Him. Take some time also to thank Him. Having a heart of thankfulness changes us in many ways. It is difficult to grumble if you are being thankful.

As we refuse to give in to worry, as we talk with God about life’s situations, as we thank Him, we will find that our hearts are at peace because we trust Him. He holds us together. (Col 1:17)

Selah,

til next time

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October 9, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trust

Trust in the Lord and do good

Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness

Delight yourself also in the Lord and

He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:3-5

Notice that trust is mentioned twice in these verses. Trust is vital to walking in faith and victory. When we have settled in our mind that we trust God, then whatever happens – we know that God will work it out. (Romans 8:28) He is for us! He is with us! He is more than enough.

Are our actions good? Many times, in the Bible, we are told to ‘do good.’ Yes, our actions do matter.

What are you feeding on? Are you driven to have the latest, greatest, best _________(fill in the blank)? Are you feeding on what you don’t have? Is it gossip that you graze on? There is an old saying – ‘garbage in means garbage out.’ Let’s feed on the faithfulness of our God. Again this comes down to trust.

Delight in and commit yourself to God. This should be an ongoing process in our lives. Let’s reaffirm our commitment to give God our all.

Selah,

til next time

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October 2, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my house is on the Rock

The wise man built his house upon the Rock. The wind is gonna blow, there will be rain – even torrential downpours, floods come in all sorts of ways, but the house founded on the Rock will stand.

Where is the foundation of your life planted? on the Rock – Jesus or in the sand? (Matthew 7:24-27)

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Selah,

til next time

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March 25, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting 3 of 7

“Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.” Psalm 69:1-2

Sometimes life can seem like I am treading water – in over my head – emotions shot – I am a mess and God is asking me to wait a bit longer. He asking me to keep trusting Him.

Maybe you can relate to David in verse 29 of Psalm 69
“But I am afflicted and in pain;
May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.” (NASB)

While we wait there are things we can and should do. Let’s look at the next verse. (30)

“I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.”

Singing praises to God from a heart of thanksgiving is something we can do right now in this moment. It is not dependent on our circumstances. Giving God thanks is one way that we magnify Him. What you magnify will be the thing that dominates your thoughts.

Whatever it is that has you in a time of waiting, don’t waste that time. Dig deeper into God’s Word and lift your voice in praise. Casting Crowns has it right. “I will praise You in the storm.”

While I am waiting for the answer, for the solution, for direction, I will praise Him. What will you do?

til next time

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March 13, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

receive peace

Peace of mind is a wonderful blessing that God has for us. Phil. 4 tells us what we need to do to receive this blessing.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

I have yet to meet a person who can worry and be at peace at the same time. It just isn’t possible. Worry steals peace. Worry, left to run free, ties us up in knots.

psalm 119 165 2

The Bible tells us over and over to not worry, don’t be dismayed, fear not, be still, cast cares, trust, pray….
Here we are told again to pray. What about? Everything!

Prayer is communicating with God. Talk to Him about what concerns you. Spend time in quiet before Him. Take some time also to thank Him. Having a heart of thankfulness changes us in many ways. It is difficult to grumble if you are being thankful.

As we refuse to give in to worry, as we talk with God about life’s situations, as we thank Him, we will find that our hearts are at peace because we trust Him. He holds us together. (Col 1:17)

til next time

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February 24, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me…

Where are your thoughts this morning? If we focus on problems – problems will be all we see. If we see problems as opportunities to see the hand of God helping us – we will start seeing His hand more and more.

 

but as for me

“But as for me” I love that phrase. It reminds that no matter what is going on, no matter what others are doing, no matter how I feel — I get to choose what I do next. But as for me, I will trust God. But as for me, I will obey God. But as for me, I will nail my feelings to the cross and believe what Jesus says.

Psalm 59:16-17But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.

 

When we put God first, He really does give us wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it. But as for me, I refuse to get jazzed up about ___________.

But as for me, I depend on God.

Today is a new day. This morning I choose to sing with joy, to lift my voice in praise to the One who loves me most. God’s love never fails.

What are you choosing?

til next time

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February 19, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment