Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

life

Life seems to be what happens while we are making all sorts of plans.  Good intentions don’t do us any good unless we follow through.

I want my life to make a difference.

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Turn from evil.

Do we turn from evil or do we let it entertain us? The movie industry does a fine job of filming corruption, violence, greed, affairs, murders, sex……. we choose what we watch.

Do good.

Do is an action verb. Be intentional about doing good.

Seek peace.

When we feel ourselves getting worked up over something — remember we are offered peace that goes beyond our understanding. (Phil 4:6-7)

John 14:27 Jesus is telling us:
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Pursue peace.

Going after peace is repeated. Personally I think that is because of the importance of having a peaceful state of mind. If we are upset, we are much more apt to worry, make bad choices, say things we regret, and/or focus inward taking our eyes off Jesus.

Turn from evil. Do good. Seek peace and pursue it. My prayer is that I will grow in my understanding and ability to apply these things to my life. What about you?

growing in faith!

til next time

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April 28, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hiking

We like to go hiking.

Some trails are clearly marked – some are not marked at all. Some trails are wide enough for 4 people to walk side my side. While other trails are barely wide enough for one person to carefully pass. Some trails are filled with stairs. What goes up must come down. While other trails are mostly level.

The trails that drop off on both sides are the ones that make my heart skip a beat and find me forgetting to breathe. Recently, my husband kept telling me to just look at the trail, one step at a time, don’t look down, follow his footsteps………..

Life can be like that sometimes. Only we have God leading us, reminding us to take it one step at a time, to follow Him, to stay focused, to not look at the problem….

Following God!

Psalm 18:32-34 (ESV)

“the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.”

hinds feet

Following God!
til next time

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April 28, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

what’s stopping you?

Sometimes all that is stopping me is me.
My thoughts
my feelings
my partial understanding of a situation
my ‘rights’
fear
laziness or overly busy
complacency
avoidance
These things can all stop me in my tracks.  They can also greatly affect my joy, peace and hope.
So what to do?
Get out of my own head — get into the Word. Purpose to live this day walking with Jesus — that means laziness, complacency, avoidance, and fear has to go. Overly busy needs to be re-evaluated. (To help with priorities, I highly recommend the book “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst)
For me, planning down time is a necessity – right along with scheduling exercise. Rarely do either of those two things happen by chance. Yet, both are valuable to living a healthy full life.
I don’t want to live my life in a small way.
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So for today I am entering the wide-open spaces. I choose to live this day openly and expansively.   I wonder what will God be up to as I unfold this day with Him?
What about you?
What will you choose to do with your day?
til next time
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March 22, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

i choose….

Today!

A new day is beginning. I have heard it said and believe it to be true that life is 10% what happens and 90% how you handle it. Before the day really gets started, I make a choice to trust God with whatever comes my way. He holds all things together and that includes me.

“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 NASB

Today is a gift.  There will be no do overs.

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (KJV)

Notice ‘we will’ — it is a choice made ahead of time. I choose joy!  I choose trust!

“From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!” Psalm 113:3 (ESV)

Sometimes life is messy. Sometimes life is down right hard. A key to maintaining my peace and joy as I go through hard times is praise. Praise changes me. It takes my eyes off of whatever is going on and puts them back on Jesus – the author and finisher of my faith. (Hebrews 12:2) When I turn my eyes upon Jesus, He speaks peace. Hope is renewed. What a difference it makes to praise God throughout my day.

“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17 (KJV)

Another key is prayer. Reminding myself to cast my cares (1 Peter 5:7) and talk with God as I go through my day helps me to stay centered. Prayer should be our first response not our last resort.

So a new day is beginning – how will you choose to handle it?

Me?  I choose Jesus!    My hope is built on Him!  On Christ the Solid Rock I stand!

til next time

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March 4, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

on the way

Life happens as we go on our way.  Yet, we can be so wrapped up in the destination that we miss what is happening all around us.

 

WWJD? What would Jesus do? Was a common phrase back in the 90’s.  Before we ask what would Jesus do, let’s find out what did Jesus do.

 

What Did Jesus Do? WDJD?
As we examine Jesus’ walk on this earth, we see that He would set out for somewhere but on the way – life happened.

It is On The Way:
. that He calls Peter and Andrew to follow Him (Matthew 4:18)
. that we have the story of the centurion’s great faith. (Luke 7:6)
. to Jerusalem when he encountered the 10 lepers. (Luke 17:11)
. to Nain that He raised the dead man. As He approached the gate He sees them carrying out a dead man – his mother was a widow and he was her only son. He had compassion! (Luke 7:10-12)
. from village to village that He was willing to be interrupted.

He was not preoccupied with the destination.

Jesus was on the way to Calvary. We are on our way to heaven. Those are both destinations. Life takes place on the way!

Sometimes I think we get to bound up with time.  For Jesus and for us, so much happens on the way to somewhere else.

*Ask God to open your eyes to see the opportunities.

Galatians 6:10 “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”

A new day is starting. What will you do On Your Way?

Colossians 4:5-6 “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

 

Flow through me Holy Spirit!

Till next time,

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March 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

labels -liberal – conservative

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today?

Lots of people are spouting their opinions and fueling the anger that seems to be boiling  across our country.  Free speech seems to gravitate into negative speech.  Things people would not say in person, they freely say hiding behind the internet.

Are you a liberal?  Are you a conservative?  I refuse to let that label define me or my friends.  I am a person. Respect, integrity, compassion, love — these are some of the things that define me.

I really want to tell some of my Facebook friends to “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post something that is not negative.  I get that you are not a fan of the current president.  I have friends in both camps.  Those for the president, please remember love is not puffed up.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)   Get into a solution.  Tell about something you are doing to make your world better.  Clearly posting argumentative junk is not healing the divide.  How about pictures of your dog or your food?  Is anything good in your life?

 

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) This applies when things are going great and when we encounter situations that are difficult.

Are you contagious? Do others look at you and want the joy, peace, hope, love…..that they see in you? Don’t let the hardships of life dim your light.

Recognizing that we can trust fully that God is in control, is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1) and is for us (Psalm 118:6) enables us to laugh without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25 NLT)

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today? How about if you make it a point to do one random act of kindness everyday? I may not be able to change a nation but I can change my corner of the world and make it a brighter place. I am blessed to be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)

What about you?

Let us demonstrate the overcoming power of God in our lives.

This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine!!
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til next time

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February 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. This means that He is my teacher and I want to be more like Him.
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)
 
I often do an inventory of my actions, words, and thoughts. Sometimes God shines a spotlight on a particular attitude or action. It is my desire that I not cause pain.  We, as Christians, are called to encourage one another – not tear down – certainly not cause pain.
 
Another scripture verse that challenges me to look at my life, behavior, and thoughts comes from Thessalonians.
 
“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NASB)
Examine, hold fast to good, abstain from every form of evil.
Sometimes I like to read from multiply translations.
 
“but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
Stay away from every kind of evil.” (NLT)
Test, hold on to good, stay away from evil!
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  
Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)
Prove, hold fast to good, abstain from all appearance of evil.
So my life changing question today is am I holding fast to that which is good and abstaining from the very appearance of evil? Or do I readily come up with justification or excuses?
What about you? What does it mean to you to hold on to the good and avoid the appearance of evil?    Remember God is right there to help you.
 
More like Jesus, is my desire!
til next time
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January 6, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

compromise

Compromise can be a great tool for conflict resolutions. However, when compromise seeps into a Christians life, pulling them away from God – then it is no longer a great tool but a stumbling block.
“You are as close to Me as you want to be.”
When God dropped that thought into my heart, it challenged me and caused me to look at my choices, my priorities, my passion, my life…..
Today I found myself singing an old Hosanna song. It is my heart’s cry.
“Lord, I want to be more like You.
I want to be a vessel You work through.
I want to be more like You.”
Instead of wondering how close I can be to the world and still be a follower of Jesus, I should be asking myself – how close can I be to Jesus and still be walking on this earth. (Enoch Gen 5:24)
Something to think about.
I want to be more like You, Jesus!
til next time
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November 26, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

standing in the gap

When I tell someone I am praying for them, what that really means is I am standing in the gap for them, their marriage, their children, their health, our friendship, (whatever is going on at that time in their life) and asking God to help them press on. (Phil 3:12)

“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3

Give thanks – having a heart of gratitude makes a difference in how we handle life. When we begin giving thanks to God for people, it affects how we treat those very people.

Giving thanks is a part of prayer. Are you a thankful person? When things are good, it is easy to be thankful. Even when things aren’t good, God is still with us. He is helping us and that right there is cause enough to be thankful.

Praying always – (1 Thess 5:17 “pray without ceasing,”) means to become aware of the presence of God. God is everywhere. “We should be cultivating an awareness of the presence of God.” Pastor Curtis

Prayer should not be our last resort. “Praying always” means getting to the place where prayer is our first response. Prayer becomes as natural as breathing. Have a problem? Pray. Have a ‘just so happens moment” – give thanks.

How’s your prayer life?

prayer

til next time

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November 25, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

be still?

Are you troubled?  Does life have you stressed out?  Would you describe your life as peaceful or chaotic?

 

 Check out yesterday’s post on peace.

Picking up where I left off.

Be still, and know that I am God;”

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What a wonderful truth. God is in control. When life seems uncertain, when problems attempt to overwhelm us or when we are in the middle of something huge, we can be still and know who is God.

 

still waters

Psalm 23:2 “He leads me beside the still waters”

Sometimes we can be so focused on what is going on around us that we go rushing past the still (quiet) waters. In rushing past, we miss the opportunity for God to refresh our hearts.

Be still and know that I am God.”

Did you know that this verse doesn’t end there?

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! 
Psalm 46:10(NJKV)

This takes my thoughts off me and puts them back on God. God is in control. He sees all.

He longs to use each one of us to reach a lost and dying world. There is so much darkness in our land.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NASB 

 Let God shine through you on purpose!!!

To God be the glory!

til next time

 

 

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November 11, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment