Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

civil unrest

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 NLT
 
What an appropriate verse. Sadly our country is at civil unrest. So much anger – so much disregard for people and property – so much violence that is overshadowing the real issue.
 
I woke this morning to hear that Davenport has issued a stay at home order. Why? because there are those who are taking advantage of a horrible situation to promote hatred.
 
There will be people that, no matter how you try, they will hang on to their anger and nurse their bitterness. Do what you can to bring about peace. Do what you can to defuse the situation. And pray! Pray for them.
 
With someone who is bitter, guard your heart from either embracing that bitterness or taking it personally.My daddy told me often — “Like water off a ducks back Gloria — let their words slide like water off a ducks back.”
 
Instead, look for the good.  Be the good. The golden rule does not say to treat people how they treat you. (Matt 7:12) Let’s be people who see the good in others. Let’s be people who reach out with love when others reach out in hate. Let’s be people who see others as God sees them. Let’s be people who do what we can to live in peace with everyone.
 
“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” Col 4:5-6 MSG
 
Lord, have mercy on our country. Heal our land. Heal the pain. Help us to not cause pain. You have shown us how to live. Help us to follow your lead. May our reactions, our responses be pleasing to You. You have called us to love.
 
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June 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

darkness needs your light

Darkness -absence of light – wickedness, evil, fear are all associated with darkness.
 
The world we find ourselves in certainly has an abundance of fear. Wickedness – the quality of being evil or morally wrong is also evident. You don’t have to look far to see ugliness and mean spirited people. Hatred breeds hatred.
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As Christians we are called to be salt and light. (Matt 5:13-16)
 
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (verse 16)
 
We are called to be people of love.
 
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Cor 16:13 ESV
 
If you are going to hate something. Hate what is wrong. Hate injustice. When it comes to people, remember what Jesus said. Love your enemy. (Matt 5:43-44) If he is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink. (Romans12:20)
 
Yes, we are called out of darkness. (1 Peter 2:9) We are called to love.
 
“Don’t just pretend that you love others: really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good.” Romans 12:9 TLB
 
They will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:34-35)
 
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May 13, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

morning came

Good Monday to you all!
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“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT
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His mercies begin afresh each morning — oh how grateful I am for this truth.
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“and morning came” (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31)
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Here we are with a new day. Morning has come. What are you going to do with this day?
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I, for one, am very grateful for Monday morning.  This weekend has been ever so long.  In the midst of all of it, God’s grace was enough.  I didn’t handle it all perfectly.   There are things I would do differently, but I saw the hand of God over and over again.  He doesn’t love me  because I do everything right.  He loves me because He made me.  I am His.
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He loves you too!
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“If there is one thing I know, I know You are with me….. I can’t do this on my own. My help is found in You…. Your love will light the way….. You’re my provider.”
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May 4, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

stretching kind of hurts.

My husband and I spent three hours at the church setting up, recording, checking sound, changing things, checking sound again, deciding what instruments, changing things again ….
God is stretching me again.  This pandemic is all uncharted territory.  Stretching comes with a price and it kind of hurts.    I will come out of it a different person.  What about you?
“Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 The Message
The best part about being at the church was coming together to sing praises to God.  I even got him to pull out the trash can.  If you know me, you know I am about that trash can.
Repurposing something for the glory of God!
There was a time in my life when I felt pretty much like a trash can. How could God ever use me? When would I stop putting garbage in and start making right choices?
Then in the stillness of a car ride, God got my attention.
Oh how great is His love. I said yes, and He took it from there. He changed me from the inside out. He is still changing me from the inside out. He gave and continues to give me strength to live out my convictions from His Holy Word.
 
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What a great verse to give us clear direction on how to approach each day.
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April 25, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

mercy

Continuing with yesterday’s devotion on Lamentations 3:21-25. Yesterday we looked at Hope. Oh how grateful I am that we have hope. Our hope is not in the government, in the doctors, in our paycheck, but our hope is in God.

Continuing with Lamentations 3

“but this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.”

God’s love, His compassion never fails. Oh, how He loves Us. His mercies are endless.

What is Mercy? Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Aren’t you grateful for God’s mercy?

 

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April 23, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Friday

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed three times. “Oh My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matt 26:39, 42, 44 (NKJV)

Today is Good Friday.

Jesus paid the price for us. Even at this lowest point of His life, He still poured out love to the thief on the cross. (Luke 22:42-43) He also made sure that His mother would be taken care of after He was gone. (John 19:25-27) What love!!

Jesus makes it very clear that He is the only way. If there were any other way then His torturous death would have been unnecessary.

His love for mankind kept him on the cross until “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

Today we remember the price He paid. We remember the cross, the crown of thorns, the nails, and the great love of our Savior.

Oh how He loves you! Oh how He loves me!

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April 10, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

we know…..

Sometimes we forget what we know.

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)

We know – that is faith talking.

Those who love God – Our love is our response to what the Holy Spirit is doing in us.

According to His purpose – Let us not forget God has a purpose, a plan. He is in control. What is that purpose? Verse 29 goes on to tell us to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.

God is doing an enormous work in me and in you. We can’t afford to lose sight of this truth. Through all the events – ALL the events in my/your life, He is shaping us – molding us to be like Jesus.

If God takes His time answering a prayer, often it is because He wants to reveal something of Himself to us!

I say with John (3:30) – “He must increase, I must decrease.

trusting Jesus,

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March 23, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

faithful

Continuing with Psalm 100 — the last verse today. verse one, two, three, four
 
“For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.” ESV verse 5
 
God is good!
All the time!
And all the time!
God is good!
 
What a wonderful promise. God is good. His love endures forever. Oh how He loves us!
 
He is faithful. Society seems to place less and less importance on faithfulness. Yet, we yearn for faithfulness in our relationships.   God is faithful!
 
Even when things seem to go in a direction you just didn’t see happening – God is still faithful. He sees the whole picture from beginning to end. We have, at most, just a piece of the picture in front of us. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. God does.
 
His faithfulness extends to all generations.
 
As I sit here watching the snow come down blanketing everything in white, I am reminded that God is in control. I don’t have to and generally can’t fix it (whatever it is) but I can and will trust God. He will show me what I can do.
 
God is good!
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February 28, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

see the world as your valentine

It’s Valentines Day.  What a great day to examine your love walk.  As Christians, we are called to love others.  Let’s see the world as our Valentine.

“Be full of love for others, following the example of Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins. And God was pleased, for Christ’s love for you was like sweet perfume to him.” Eph 5:2 TLB

Faith, hope and love are powerful things.  I am ever grateful for all three.  Let’s not forget that the greatest of these is love.  I believe that is because love is eternal.  Once we are in heaven in the presence of our Lord we will no longer need faith and hope.  Love, however, will be present.

“… the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

Love is so much more than a feeling.  Love is an action.   It is meeting a need.  It is listening with compassion.  It is lending a helping hand.

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:35 NLT

Happy Valentines Day. What a great day to make it your aim to brighten up the lives of those you meet today. Let’s let God’s love shine through us.

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Live by faith (Heb 10:28)
Grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18)
Walk in love (Eph 5:2)
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February 14, 2020 Posted by | holiday, just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me

But as for me”  There are at least 13 scriptures in Psalms that utilizes that phrase in the NASB.

“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;…” Psalm 31:14-15

“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 “But 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.”

What about you?  Where are your thoughts?

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. 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.

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?

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January 29, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment