Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

sparkle

When I opened my shades this morning, I was greeted to a dusting of snow on the ground. My first thought was — look how it sparkles!

Sparkle — hmmm.

Sparkle was a code word for me when I worked at the clinic. It reminded me to stay positive, to not complain, and to let God’s love shine through in all situations.

So there I was looking out my window thinking about sparkling.  Of course, then, I was not about to complain about snow on April 19th.  So my next thought was ‘white as snow’ from Isaiah 1:18.

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‘white as snow’ — the transformation that takes place when we grasp the forgiveness that is ours through the blood of Jesus. His love for mankind kept Him on the cross. Death could not keep Him. His resurrection displayed His power.

So today as the temperature rises and the snow melts, may we remember the price that was paid so we could be ‘white as snow.’

Let’s sparkle!

til next time

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

at the end of life

“Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation.” Hebrews 9:27-28 (MSG)

 
Thinking of and praying for the Bush family as they grieve the loss of their wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
 
Here are a couple quotes from Barbara Bush.
 
 
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” told to the graduating class at Wellesley College 1990.
 
Here is another quote of hers.
 
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people — your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way,”
 
What is it that you want to be known for?
First and foremost I want people to remember that I loved God and loved people.
 
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April 18, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i didn’t sow this!

God knows just what we need. God knows what will get our thoughts back on the right track. God knows how to encourage us. But, if we just let His Word sit unopened – we can miss it. When we take time to connect with God, He speaks into our hearts.

Each morning my husband and I try to take time to have devotions and pray together. I say try because it doesn’t always happen.

I told my husband that there are things I am reaping that I did not sow – that he did not sow. That can be rather hard to swallow.

We read from the devotional – Jesus Today.  It prints the scripture verses. Here is one of them.

“Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 (NKJV)

Here is an excerpt from Sarah Young
“…I want your character to reflect Me more and more. So endeavor to be loving and peaceful in your relationships with other people. When someone irritates or upsets you, try to see Me in that person. Remember that I created everyone in My own image. The most effective way to love people is to allow My Love to flow through you to them. My Spirit lives inside you, and you can ask Him to love others through you…..make every effort to live close to Me, the God of Love and Peace.”

I trust you can see how God spoke to my heart about the situation that is not right. We laid the wrong at Jesus feet in prayer and left it there. It’s His issue now and I refuse to dwell on it.

Drawing closer to God and loving the people who come across my path today! How about you?

til next time

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March 26, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

huh?

Sometimes people do or say things that make me go “huh?” I’ve come to realize that there are people who speak out of their own pain, life experience, low self-worth and/or fear. And there are those who speak words of hurt because wounded people tend to hurt others. What do we do with this? How do we handle it?

There are times when something needs to be addressed and correction is in order but much of the time what is needed is huge dose of grace and love.

Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. (Matthew 7:14)

I have heard it said that we judge others by their actions but judge ourselves by our intentions. Let’s be people of grace.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Eph 4:2 (NIV)

Humble – recognizing my need for Christ in all areas of my life. (John 15:5)

Gentle – kind. A little kindness goes a long ways.

Be patient – do you find yourself getting irritated easily? It just may be that God is wanting to get your attention about that area in your life so that you will have freedom from the chains of frustration and irritation. Patience and self-control are part of the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians.

Bearing with – hold up, support. … in love – there it is. What we all need, especially when we mess up, is people who truly love us to come along side us and hold us up. Let’s be that person today.

Loving Jesus, loving people,

til next time

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March 18, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

decorated with love

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;” Eph 3:17 (TLB)

Our home is decorated with the love of others. The room I am currently in has two pieces of furniture from Curt’s grandpa, two pieces of furniture from my grandma, a desk from my sister, a chair from a couple we mentored, a computer from a dear friend, and numerous knick knacks and wall hangings from people who love us. Yes, I am surrounded by the love of others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, He brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to decorate our lives. (Gal 5:22-23) Are we displaying them for all to see?

When He dwells within us, our lives are changed. “…what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.” Gal 6:14

Our house has siding on it and shingles on the roof. The Bible addresses what are ‘siding’ and ‘roof’ should look like. “…putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thess 5:8) Does your ‘siding’ or ‘roof’ need some attention?

Often my house is in need of cleaning. It is the same in our lives. David understood this. “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yes, our home is decorated with the love of others but more importantly my life, your life, is decorated with the love of Jesus. May He feel at home in our lives!

Jesus, You are welcome in each room of my heart!

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March 8, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

shine

Today, let them see You in me.

Today, let me walk in Your love.

Today, shine through me!

love

God’s Love Wins!

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February 26, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , | Leave a comment

got love?

Some people have clearly forgotten what Jesus says in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

David was familiar with the pain of a relationship that he thought was solid but wasn’t.

“Even my best friend, the one I always told everything
—he ate meals at my house all the time!—
has bitten my hand.” Psalm 41:9 (MSG)

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It is painful when someone you thought had your back – doesn’t. Oh how I wish the Golden Rule said that people WILL treat you the way you treat them. But it doesn’t. (Matthew 7:12) How we treat others is a reflection of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus says to love. I do believe that the deeper we fall in love with Jesus – the greater our love for mankind will be. “For God so loved…..”

But what about this person who has bitten my hand?

First I pray about it and ask God to guide me and to heal my broken heart. Then I ask Him to deal with that person. (Romans 12:19) There are times when I must step back and put some distance there. Healthy boundaries are a part of taking care of myself. God gives us wisdom to know what to do and strength to do it. The key is that in whatever we are doing – let’s remember to let God’s love guide us.

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

How’s your love walk?

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February 25, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace, peace, mercy – yes please!

Grace – getting what you don’t deserve.
Peace – -untroubled; tranquil; content – Peace with God, peace in your own heart and peace with others around you
Mercy – not getting the punishment you deserve

In all of the books Paul wrote, he started out asking for God to give the reader grace and peace. In four of his books he added mercy to the list.

2 John 3 tells us
“Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.” (NLT)

Living in truth and love is vital if you want to live a life of grace, mercy and peace.

2 Peter 1:2 tells us “May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

Who doesn’t want more grace and peace? It flourishes when we grow in our relationship with God. As we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. (James 4:8) We are truly as close to Him as we choose to be. Does it seem that you could use more grace and peace in your life? Then make the decision to spend time getting to know who God is. As you do, you will find your faith will grow and with that peace, grace and mercy will too.

My dad would end all his letters with this passage from Jude 2.
“Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.”

Selah,

til next time

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February 22, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

well done thou good and faithful

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.”  Psalm 116:15 NASB

You have probably heard the news by now.  Billy Graham has died.  But here is what Billy Graham had to say about that.

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” – Billy Graham

Billy Graham says this about legacy.

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What will we do with the time we have on earth?  Today is a gift.  How will you spend it?

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Worship!

Worship is so much more than just the songs we sing.  Worship is the life we live.  By our actions who is it that we worship?  For some, they worship the almighty dollar.  For others, it seems that self worship is top on their list.  What about me?  What about me?  For me, my desire is that my life reflect my love and devotion to Jesus.  May they see Him in me.  To God be the glory!

 

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Yes, God still speaks to us today!

Joy Behar  has made an ignorant statement concerning hearing from God recently on The View.   By her statement it is evident that she does not know what she is talking about. 

From the show — Sunny Hostin said it’s “interesting” that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman recently said that Pence talks to Jesus and believes Jesus tells him things. Hostin said she is a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.” Joy Behar then said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you… that’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. That’s hearing voices.”  

Oh Joy you are so deceived.   My prayer is that through this she will come to know who Jesus is and accept His great love for her.    Redemption is available to everyone.

Here is what Billy Graham had to say about this topic.

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God speaks to us today.  He hasn’t stopped speaking.  It is just that some people refuse to hear.  Open the Bible today and read what He has to say.  Meditate on it and apply it to your life.  God will bring back those scriptures to your mind – just when you need them.

 

This is what I want to hear when I die.

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’  Matthew 25:21 ESV

Until then I fall in love with Him over and over again.  He constantly amazes me.

 

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February 21, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my take on Psalm 23

My take on Psalm 23 as this day comes to a close. What a day it has been. To God be the glory!

God is indeed my shepherd. I have all that I need. I have the energy I need to do what He puts in front of me. I have His strength to tackle the difficult things. I have more than enough.

He leads me. His peace quiets my heart. When I start to wonder “how?” His calm assurance washes over me.

He is with me in the sunless valley. “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8 He is all that I need.

My enemies — they will see Your goodness and how You bless my life. Even when I can’t see it, I know that my cup does indeed run over. You are more than enough.

Your love goes with me everywhere. Gratitude wells up within me and Your praises are on my lips.

 

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January 24, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment