Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

9/11

This morning I am reminded of where I was when 9/11 changed our nation. Such evil was unleashed upon our country. Life as we knew it was forever changed.

What does God have to say about evil? There are 539 references to evil in the ESV translation. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,who put darkness for light and light for darkness,who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 ESV

God has given man free will. He is not pleased when man chooses evil.

“…cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression;…” Isaiah 1

When 9/11 happened, we opened the doors of our churches. People flocked in and joined together to pray. Our country came together in unity in support of one another.

Today, we remember. We pray for the families who lost loved ones. We also pray for our country.

Nineteen years later and we find ourselves a country divided. Some of those very people who came together now express hatred toward those whose opinion doesn’t match their own. Oh how we have forgotten that we can agree to disagree agreeably.

So what are we to do? What am I to do?

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

I can stand for righteousness, call sin sin and still treat you with respect. I can love you and not agree with you. We are called to love and not just those who agree with us. (Luke 6:27-36) We are called to make a difference.

As Christians we have the power of Christ dwelling within us. (Col 1:29) Let’s remember today that we represent Christ to a world that badly needs the forgiveness, love, grace, and peace Christ offers. Let’s let our actions, posts, and words build up the other person. (Eph 4:29)

“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt 5:16 ESV)

Who are you bringing glory to?

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September 11, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

talking with my Father

How’s your prayer life?


We are told to ‘pray without ceasing.’ (1 Thess 5:17)
I believe this is to have an attitude of prayer. The goal is to have prayer become our first response not our last resort.


What is prayer?

Communicating with God – the One who rules the universe and all the galaxies beyond, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere wants to hear from you. He wants you to cast your cares on Him. He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7)


God is aware of everything that is going on. When we talk to Him about it, it is a reminder to us that He is right there. He cares about us. He is for us! He wants a relationship with us. He loves us. (Psalm 119:18, Isaiah 40:29, Jude 2, Psalm 42:5, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 118:6, John 3:16)


The best thing prayer does?

Prayer changes things. Prayer makes a difference. The greatest change is in me. It draws me closer to God. Therefore, my corner of the world is better because of Jesus. I am as close to Jesus as I choose to be.


Don’t forget a part of prayer is listening. It is in listening that I find God pouring peace into my heart. We may never hear the audible voice of God but He still speaks to us: thru His word, thru music, preaching, thru others, thru a sense of assurance, God has even used a Dove Chocolate wrapper to speak to my heart.


Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Social distancing does not apply to God. You can get as close to Him as you want.


I encourage you to spend some time in prayer/communication with the One who loves you most and to do it often.

til next time

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September 8, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

love

Let God’s love guide you today. Ask Him to open your eyes and help you see people the way He sees them. Ask Him to use you today to make a difference.


L – loving

O- others

V- very

E – enthusiastically

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September 3, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

at peace with others??

There is this verse tucked away in Romans 12 that says:
 
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (verse 18 ESV)
 
Are you doing what you can to live peaceably? Sadly there are people who love to stir the pot, people who love to ruffle feathers, and people who enjoy making others look bad. How very sad.
 
As Christians, we are called to love.
 
Living peaceably with all does not mean that you lie because the truth would be hurtful. It doesn’t mean you shove things under the rug and not deal with issues. It also does not mean that you agree with whatever is being said so as not to cause waves.
 
Living peaceably will mean confrontation from time to time. Let love guide you. Speak the truth in love. Speak up when you see an injustice. Just do it in love.
 
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (verses 17-21)
 
These are some great verses to meditate on.
 
walking in peace,
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June 10, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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til next time
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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.
 
1 cor 16 13 14
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