Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

instead of asking why?

Picking up where I left off yesterday.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

I know that God will use this event, circumstance, trial, test to make me more like Jesus. – to make you more like Jesus.

Nothing in my life, in your life, is wasted. No effort, no pain, no anxiety, no tears, no discouragement is ever lost in some garbage heap somewhere.

Out of ashes, God will bring beauty. (Isaiah 61:1)

Instead of asking Why? Ask What?

What do you want me to learn as a result of this?

What do you want me to do as a result of this?

What do you want me to become/change as a result of this?

Making me more like His Son will take a lifetime. I may not understand or appreciate all that the Master Potter does to transform my life – this lump of clay. (Isaiah 64:8) It may be painful or confusing at times but I know His intent. He’s already told me and that makes all the difference. (V 29 to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.)

We are the work of His hand!

He will work all things out for our good. He is for us!

God said it. I believe it.

til next time

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March 24, 2020 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

words

If you haven’t memorized Psalm 19:14 I would highly recommend that you do that today.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

Words…

What did you do with your words today?

Sometimes I speak without thinking. Sometimes that causes laughter, other times not so much. I enjoy the laughter of others. Sometimes, I need to think first.

Using my words to encourage, to be helpful, to bless, and to speak life can change the atmosphere i find myself in. (Death and life are in the power of the tongue.) Most of all, it is my desire that my words are pleasing to God.

Father God, May the words I say and the things I do – make my life song sing – bring a smile to You! May my life song sing to You…..

Gloria

March 21, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

psalm 23:3

No matter which translation you use Psalms 23:3 is powerful!

psalm 23 3

Thank you, Father, that You refresh my life! On difficult days, You give me new strength. When my world seems to be upside down, You restore order. When I am struggling to breathe, You let me catch my breath while You renew my strength. With a heart filled with gratitude, I worship You!

 

til next time

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February 22, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

do you stir the pot?

Are you the type of person to stir the pot or to reduce the pressure? Do you give thought to what your words are producing?

Truly there is power in what we say and how we say it.

Things can go from bad to worse or from bad to better. We can ignite a situation (just go ahead and tell someone something that you know will get their dander up) or we can calm a situation. I prefer to bring peace, as much as is possible, into the turmoil.

As Paul closes out his second letter to the Corinthians he says this:

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 ESV

Paul mentions rejoicing often in his letters. Here we see it again. Rejoice (period)

Don’t be stingy with your rejoicing. I challenge you to look for new things to rejoice about. Today I was overjoyed as a toilet tank filled up with water. (We’ve had some issues with it.) I rejoiced in a vacuum that quit working so I could go to lunch. (Hopefully it just overheated but whatever – God will help me figure it out.) Be a person who rejoices. I know my life is way better because of it.

Tomorrow we will look at the rest of the verse. For today, let’s work on rejoicing and using our words for good.

til next time

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January 16, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

chronic stress?

Stress can be a big deal.  Some of us are walking around in chronic stress.  What can we do to reduce stress?
 
The Bible tells us:
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 ESV
 
Where our mind is, where our thoughts go will impact the amount of stress we deal with.
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” Romans 8:5-7 ESV
 
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  There is the key to handling stress. Where is your mind set?
 
Meditation and memorization of the scripture are huge tools to setting your mind on the things of God. When is the last time you meditated? (Rehashing negative things is a form of mediation. It is not a good form and it will not lead you to peace.)
 
Here are a couple great scriptures to memorize and then meditate on when you feel stress knocking.
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11 NASB
 
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 ESV
 
 
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Setting my mind on the Spirit!
til next time
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November 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life – part 12

I love my life!

What about when life’s situations seem overwhelming? What about when your heart is breaking? What about when the pain won’t stop? What about when the dark clouds come?

“From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.” Psalm 61:2-3 NLT

God’s Word has much to say about suffering, trials, pain, being overwhelmed, mourning – the problem is that often when we are in the middle of all that, we ignore the Bible. The one thing that can help us, sits unopened. We don’t ‘feel’ like reading or singing or going to church. We allow our feelings to dictate our path.

Learning to rule over your emotions instead of allowing your emotions to rule over you is vital to living the abundant life. Feelings can be based on a lie. The devil loves to lie to you. He wants you to feel bad and continue to feel bad. Allow God’s spotlight to expose those feelings that are choking the joy right out of you.

Ask God to help you see the lies and walk in truth. Immerse yourself in the Word. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Even in the darkest hour, God is with you. Even in the deepest pain, God’s peace is for you. Even in the hardest trial, God’s strength is yours. Even when the night is long, morning is coming.

If that is where you are today, I encourage you to open your Bible and let the Living Word wash over you.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:5-7 NIV

til next time

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October 1, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life – part 11

I love my life!

Jesus didn’t die so we would be miserable. He came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10)

You know that feeling you get that this is going to be a rough start? Maybe you didn’t sleep well and you woke in pain. Maybe you know today you have some unpleasant things to deal with. Maybe you are just bone tired. Maybe your soul (will, mind, emotions) is weary. Maybe your heart is breaking.

Loving your life is not synonymous with life is pain free and smooth sailing.

Jesus said we would have tribulation (suffering) in this world. (John 16:33) He also said “be of good cheer” – Be – we choose. Jesus says we can choose cheer.

This morning I choose. I could do nothing – that is a choice. In which case I know from experience that doing nothing does not make my life better. I could sit and dwell on the various things that I wish I didn’t have to deal with. That is not going to help me love today. Or I could choose to praise. Praise tears down strongholds. Praise puts my attention back on to God.

 

worship is

“I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone” Mercy Me “Even”

Here’s another one.

“When I can’t see, You lead me
When I can’t hear, You show me
When I can’t stand, You carry me
When I’m lost, You will find me
When I’m weak, You are mighty
You are everything I need.” Lauren Daigle “Everything”

One more

“The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes.” Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons

What are you choosing today? I choose to rejoice! I choose to see the good! I choose to do things God’s way! I choose to love the life God has given me. He is my healer, my provider, my source of joy. Yes, in the midst of suffering, I can love my life.

til next time

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September 30, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 10

I love my life.

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

What I want others to see is the love and the strength that comes from being a Christ follower. The fruit of the spirit – love, joy and peace are the first three listed. Who doesn’t want that?

I love my job. Some days are really difficult but I love my job. Some days I would like to quit but God…. Some people are really hurtful but I still love people.

God is my strength. He rises up within me. He fills me again and again with the desire to live on purpose with purpose.

Loving your life is not synonymous with my life is great all the time. Loving your life means you are making a choice that you are going to enjoy today. You are going to lay the hard things at the feet of Jesus and say “Here it is, I’m trusting you with this mess.”

Loving your life is all about your focus. You take the good things and thank God. He makes the good things so much better. You take the not so good things and still thank God. He makes the difficult things bearable. His peace is greater.

I love my life. Yes, sometimes I have to remind myself that it is my choice.

til next time

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September 28, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 9

I love my life.

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

What will today hold? I know what is on the schedule for today but I do not know how it will play out. God does. Trusting God means just that trusting Him. I can enjoy today because God has me in the palm of His hand. He loves me. He loves you.

It doesn’t matter what happens today. I am still responsible for my actions, reactions, attitude, and words. My attitude plays a huge part in whether or not I will love my life.

It is so much easier to love your life when you meditate on scripture.

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

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 ESV

Guess what? Love wins!

Love wins. When I love the life Jesus died for, when I see obstacles as opportunities for Christ to shine through, when I let love guide me – I can truly say I love my life.

til next time

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September 27, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 8

I love my life.   (loving life part 7)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

I love my life. This is not synonymous with “My Life Is Easy.”

I love my job does not mean my job is a cake walk.

There are times that I have told my husband that I don’t know anyone who has pushed through something like this. I’m not sure I can or that I want to. (an example: my mother died on a Friday. We managed, by the grace of God, to get to her bed side before she died. It was the longest 6 hour drive. We met with the funeral home that next day and then headed home for services on Sunday. We got home very late. I played piano and led worship that next morning. Who does that?) Yet God’s grace is enough.

There are hard times but guess what? This is no surprise to God. In the world you will have tribulations. In the world it is going to really stink at times.

Jesus said – “be of good cheer” – be – we choose.

I love my life. I refuse to let the devil win. I refuse to wallow in “I don’t like this, this is too much, this hurts, I can’t do this…..” I am not going to go there.

I love my life. You can love your life too.

 

psalm 143 8

til next time

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September 26, 2019 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment