Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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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til next time

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

don’t wait — start today…..

  • Today:
  • Make the choice to believe God
  • to stand on His Word
  • to apply that Word to your life.

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Choose joy! Choose peace! When we decide that our joy and peace are not dependent on our circumstances but instead upon God and what He says — what a difference that makes.

Don’t wait until you ‘feel’ like being glad. Chances are you will keep looking at your circumstances and sometimes there isn’t anything glad about them.

But God!

But God is greater than your circumstances. But God is for you. But God is with you. But God will make a way where there seems to be no way.

You can choose to be glad because you know what God’s Word says. He is who He says He is.

Awhile back I was walking in the woods and the trees were swaying and the leaves were rustling. It was beautiful. The trees were doing exactly what they were created to do.

What about you? Are you doing what you were created to do?

 

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  • Today is a new day:
  • Choose to say Yes to God!
  • Choose Joy!
  • Choose Peace!
  • Choose Love!
  • Choose God!

til next time

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January 22, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God cares – really cares

In case you haven’t thought about it today, let me remind you that God cares about you, He thinks about you, He takes delight in you, He loves you, and He sings over you.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 (NASB)

“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT)

Selah.

With a heart of gratitude

til next time

January 17, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

real love

When I think about how much Jesus loves me – i am in awe. It is because of Him that i am able to love others.

The more my ability to express love and concern for others grows – the more fulfilled I find myself. The more love I give – the more I receive. That’s just how it works. We are able to express love because we are loved by the One who matters most.

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“…where they helped the believers to grow in love for God and each other.” Acts 14:22

love for God – Here are a couple choruses that I have found myself singing lately.

“I keep falling in love with Him over and over and over and over again… He gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by….”

“I fall in love with You all over again. You constantly amaze me. You reach out and embrace me…..”

I hope that you, too, are growing in your love for God. It is the foundation.

Growing in our love for each other is evident in so many ways. May it be said of us as it was said of the church in Thessalonian “Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully.” (2 Thessalonians 1)

Galatians 5:6 tells us – “…for all we need is faith working through love.”

Let’s do that!

til next time

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November 29, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

white out

A problem with spell check is when the word is spelled correctly but it is the wrong word. When you then copy and paste that section 3 more times and totally miss that it is the wrong word, you have a problem. In my case ‘were’ is not ‘will’. Also there is a difference between weighted and weighed. Spell check doesn’t care.

Along comes white out. What a great invention. Although when you have 30 books – that’s 150 words that need to be corrected. Oh, how much easier it would have been to have used the right word in the first place.

While taking care of this issue I thought about Jesus. Jesus, the ultimate white out. Psalm 103:12 tells us that our sins are removed as far as east is from the west.

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“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelations 1:5-6(ESV)

Then my thoughts turned to people. White out applies to people too.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Love covers a multitude of sins – I have given this much thought. There is much I could say but I challenge you to talk with God about how He wants this to play out in your own life.

Love in words, in tone, in actions, in body language — Let’s allow God’s love to transform our lives into a display of HIS LOVE! Oh, how He loves us!

Selah,

til next time

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November 18, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

put on love

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Col 3:14-15 (ESV)

Are you wearing love?

Things that can make a difference both for the person receiving and the person giving:
Be kind
Do more than the minimum
Compliment someone – sure maybe you don’t like that particular outfit but there are so many ways to compliment someone and thereby encourage them.
Go out of your way to help
Smile
See the good
Own up to your choices and don’t look to pass blame
Be intentional about allowing God to flow through you
Hug someone or give a firm handshake
Pray with someone
Don’t show favoritism

Sometimes the hardest people to love, need love the most.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

Selah

til next time

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November 16, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what moves you?

Some thoughts as the day winds down.

How is your compassion meter doing this week?

We see that Jesus was moved with compassion. (Mark 1:41 and 6:34)

What moves you to action?

Let’s be people who listen, help, encourage, and comfort those who come across our path. Let’s be intentional about letting others see Christ in us. Sometimes just acknowledging that you are sorry they are dealing with whatever it is can go farther than you think. You may not understand but you can still extend empathy.

 

What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5Living Bible (TLB)

Selah
til next time

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October 11, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

make them feel loved

I’ve heard it said “People may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.”

I dislike it when I hear someone say something that makes another person feel stupid. I know who I am in Christ so when that happens to me – I shake it off and actually feel bad for the person that was doing the talking.

Something to keep in mind is that insecurity is generally behind a know-it-all attitude. Tearing others down is the exact opposite of what we are called to do as Christians. A good rule of thumb is that unless it will cause harm, correcting people in a public setting may do more damage than good.

Today I read this quote:

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” ~Nouwen

1 Peter 3:8-9 tells us to:

Sympathize – have compassion
be tenderhearted – kind, loving
keep humble – not sarcastic or puffed up
Be a blessing – make a difference

1 John 3:17-18 (NLT) If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

Take a moment and think about how you treat others. Maybe there needs to be some changes. God is right there ready to help you to be a blessing to others. The more I give, the more I understand the profound truth that it is more blessed to give than receive. (Acts 20:35)

Selah,

til next time

 

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October 10, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Micah 6:8

Recently the question the question was asked,  “What does God require of us?”

A few of the answers were:

Love God

Love your neighbor

Do good, and

Be humble

Obedience

My mind went to Micah 6:8 “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”  (KJV)

Do justly.
Love Mercy.
Walk humbly with God.

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How do we live that out in our day to day happenings?

Selah  (Pause and think on this)

til next time

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October 8, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

remember

“Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” Psalm 105:5 NIV

Sometimes I just need to stop and remind myself of who God is. Sadly sometimes I get wrapped up in my own situation and my own limitations that, for a moment, my focus shifts from God of the possible to Gloria of the impossible. Really that is what worry and frustration is all about — forgetting, for that moment, that God is greater and nothing takes Him by surprise ever!

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I am a team player but not everyone is — I need to be reminded to love in those moments when someone is doing their own thing and what they are doing affects me in a challenging way. God will give wisdom to know how to handle it in a way that does not cause frustration.

God is all powerful. He is Creator of the heavens and earth. (Gen 1:1)

Did you see the eclipse? I put on a welders helmet and looked up into the sky. Why put on the welders helmet? I wanted to protect my eyes.

Proverbs 7:2-3  also talks about protecting our eyes.

“Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.”  Proverbs 7:2-3 (NLT)

Maybe that is the reminder you need today – to obey is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22) Do you have God’s instructions written deep within your heart? Take a moment right now and determine that you will meditate and work on memorizing scripture.   Proverbs 7:2-3 would be a great place to start.

Selah,

til next time

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October 7, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment