Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

trust God

Trust God!

When it doesn’t make sense, when your heart is breaking, when your health is stopping you from doing something you so badly want to do, when this is not what you expected, when it seems you are farther from your goal than ever before, when the dream you believe God gave you seems so far away, whatever it is — just trust Him!

 
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God says, “Just trust me.”

“Just trust me!” Can you hear Him saying that to you? I hear Him telling me.

 

He is working in the midst of it all.  He is making a way.  His way will amaze you.

 

“But when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.

I praise God for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT)

Trust — we never get to stop learning about trust. As you trust God, He writes the coolest stories.

Let God write your story!

Sometimes life gets messy but I trust You, God!

til next time

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June 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

abundant life? for me?

How would you describe your life?  Are you in a rut?  Are you enjoying life.  On a scale of 1 – 10 where would you put abundant living?  Do you even know what abundant living looks like?

Jesus said in John 10:10  – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (KJV)

I want life more abundantly.  I believe there are many factors that are involved in living an abundant life.  First, and foremost, is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one gets to God unless they go through Him.  (John 14:6)

Our relationship needs to be growing.  1 Thess 5 tells us  what God’s will is for us, in Christ Jesus.  We are to rejoice, pray and give thanks.  How are you doing on those three things?

We  grow by reading the Word and  hearing the Word preached but that isn’t enough.  We must  apply the Word to our lives.  If it doesn’t change us, then we can’t expect to walk in the abundant life.

1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14   “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

5 keys to living an abundant life
1. Keep your eyes open – watch – don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore what is going on around you
2. hold tight to your convictions – stand firm in your faith – don’t be wishy washy and when doubt comes at you, lift up your shield of faith
3. give it all you’ve got – be all in – 100% – be brave
4. be resolute – determined – strong – Joshua 1:9 tells us “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
5. love without stopping – walk in love – let all you do be love based – do unto others and you would want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31)

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I am going to work on these five things this week.  What about you?

Living the abundant life that Jesus came to give me!

til next time

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May 22, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace, mercy, love – i need these!

Mercy, grace, and love.   I desperately need these in my life.  I am grateful that God gives them to me.

My husband often says, “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”

 

“God is sheer mercy and grace;

not easily angered, he’s rich in love…..

He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,

nor pay us back in full for our wrongs….

God’s love, though, is ever and always,

eternally present to all who fear him,…..” portions of  Psalm 103:8-14 The Message.

 

Go ahead and read the whole passage.  It is a great thing to meditate on.

 

Love – Trusting God’s love when my circumstances don’t make sense, when life seems to be out of control, when my heart is breaking, when the road ahead looks rough, when the urge to quit is strong, – trusting in His love calms my fears, increases my joy, renews my hope and strengthens my faith.

Trusting in His love helps me walk in obedience when my flesh wants its own way. Knowing He knows all about me, nothing is secret from Him (“He knows us inside and out,”) and still He loves me – that right there is enough for me to trust Him to work things out in ways that I may not even begin to comprehend.

God loves you! His mercy and grace are for you!

Mercy, grace, and love – thank you God!

til next time

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May 16, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

reflection

“You may be the only Bible some will ever read.”
“People are drawn to you and then to Christ.”
Some days all I can say is, “Oy!”
I make mistakes. You do too. Life isn’t about the mistake as much as it is about what you do with the mistake.
Do you run from the mistake or do you own up to it? Do you learn from the mistake or do you keep repeating it? Do you seek truth or choose denial? Do you ask God to help you to make choices that are pleasing to Him?
People watch us. People see how we handle life. People see through phony. What are we showing them?
Do I demonstrate the overcoming power of God in my life? Does His love shine through? Do I point others to Christ by the choices and actions I take?
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Be ready!
I want to be a reflection of Christ.  Just as the moon reflects the suns rays, I want to reflect the love, joy, peace and hope I have in Christ.
Let them see You in me!
til next time
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April 6, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

most wonderful time of the year

Christmas is almost here.  I hope that you have taken some time to enjoy the Christmas season.  It is not too late.  Something as simple as sitting quietly with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or tea with Christmas music playing in the background can do it for me – even if it is but for a few minutes.

Expectations can run high at this time of year.  Expectations we put on ourselves and expectations from others can pressure us right into stress.

It is a great time of year to take a moment to examine why you do what you do.  If not wanting to disappoint is the primary motive, it may be time to change a few things.  I, like you, do not want to disappoint anyone but when that becomes my motive, no one wins.

From our house to yours — we wish you a Merry Christmas!  May the love of God shine brightly in your heart and through your life.

til next time

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December 22, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

squinting

The windshield wipers on my car need to be replaced. I find myself squinting as I try to see through the raindrops. This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13.

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” (MSG)

Only God sees all that is going on. For now we see only pieces.   Oh what a day that will be when we see Jesus. Just the thought of it makes me break out into song.

“It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus; Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ; One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase, So bravely run the race til we see Christ.”

But for now: let us trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, and love extravagantly.

(The Message Bible uses trust, many other translations use faith. Trust is our faith in action.)

With your whole heart trust God (Proverbs 3:5)

Be a prisoner of hope (Zech 9:12)

How does your love walk compare with 1 Cor 13?

We all have room for growth.

til next time

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

intentional

We all know people who seem to not be burning as brightly for Christ as they once did. Maybe life, people or even the church has ‘bruised’ them. It can be a challenge to keep their eyes on Jesus and not allow the circumstances and situations they find themselves in to bring them down. Let’s come along side them and encourage them.

“A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.” (NASB)

 

We have the opportunity to speak life and uplift others. Let’s be intentional about pointing people to Christ.

Isaiah reminds us that God is not in the extinguishing business.  Romans 8:28 – God will use all things in our lives.   He is able to turn those things around for good.   Let us not forget that God is a just God.

Let us not lose hope.

Let us not forget that God is a just God.

God is faithful.

God is for us!

God reaches out to us in love!

til next time

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

celebrate

Recently  I had the privilege and fun of celebrating a seven year old’s birthday.

Celebrate today! Some days are more challenging but each day has good in it. How do I know this? Because God is with us every moment (Matthew 28:20) and He is for us (Psalm 118:6) and He is working in and through us.  Therefore, there is good in every day.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 (NASB)

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Celebrating the love of my Savior!

til next time

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October 17, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

what a great big world

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Five years from now — will whatever it is matter?  We can get worked up about many trivial things.  Those things that do matter, well, getting worked up and worrying about them will not help bring about peace or even a solution.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. ” 1 John 4:4

What a wonderful promise!

“We need to have an understanding of the Word of God and a healthy dose of the love of God…. You do not have to face life’s trials on your own. There is a reason Jesus said, ‘Lo, I am with you always.’ And ‘I won’t leave you as orphans.” Pastor Curtis (Matthew 28:20 and John 14:18)

I enjoy having a good discussion about the Bible.  Just today I was in a discussion about Revelations.  It was good!  I don’t have all the answers – only God does but we can discuss and dig into the scriptures.
Christ dwells in our hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16-18) Christ is greater than anything we will face.
Greater is He!
Say it with me – Greater is He!
Whatever we face — Greater is He!!
In the good times and the bad – Greater is He!
Keeping things in perspective,
til next time
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October 4, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what do you think?

Thoughts…..
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Here are a couple things to think about:
“The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 (NASB)
The Almighty God, creator, sustainer of life is for me, for you! It just doesn’t get better than that.
“My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies.” Song of Solomon 2:16 (NASB) (“He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.” Song of Solomon 2:4)
 
 
When I read these verses, it takes me back to my childhood and I break out into song. “The Lord is mine and I am His. His banner over me is love.The Lord is mine and I am His. His banner over me is love. The Lord is mine and I am His. His banner over me is love. His banner over me is love.” Did you sing it with me?
 
His banner over me is love. God loves me! Right now, this moment, as I type I pause to take a moment to let that sink in again. God loves us!
 
Thoughts…… may my thoughts reflect the truth of God’s Word!
til next time
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September 29, 2016 Posted by | spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment