Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

debate?

There are a couple things that seem to be surfacing in my thoughts this morning. One is a song. “Lord, have mercy.” The other thing is a couple scriptures in James 1.


“Lord, have mercy.” Mercy – compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we deserve.


Our nation is hurting. Our nation is messed up. Hatred, violence, racism, and lies abound. There is also plenty of blame being passed around. What should we as God’s people do?


James 1:19-20 ESV”Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”


quick to hear‘ — that seems to almost be a lost art these days. Many people listen only to wait for an opportunity to interject or they just simply talk over each other.


I first saw this on the media when I was channel surfing and landed on The View for a brief moment. There they were sitting around a table all talking at once. What?? Then that same trait found itself at the Today Show. Media personnel interrupting and talking over one another. We again saw that last night in the Debate.


I’ve been guilty of interrupting and talking over someone. I think we all have. Let’s strive to do better. Let’s be quick to listen and listen to actually hear what is being said.


“slow to speak” – this tags right along with listening. Once you have spoken, you can’t take it back. Sometimes the damage is great. If it is a heated discussion I encourage you to practice the pause. Pause and breathe before responding. Respond instead of react.


slow to anger” – Years ago the realization that ‘he who angers you controls you’ hit home with me. As a Christian, the only One that I want to give control to is Christ. His Word tells me to be slow to anger.


Righteousness of God‘ has to do with our ethical conduct – moral principles. God tells us to holy because He is holy. (1 Peter 1:15-17) There are things God has for me to do each day and my anger will likely get in the way of me accomplishing any of it that day.

til next time

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September 30, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

view Monday differently

Monday
M – Mercy
O – Opportunities
N – Nourishment
D – Delight in the Lord
A – Above board
Y – Yield
 
Mercy: “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.” Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV
 
Opportunities: “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” Eph 5:16 NLT
 
Nourishment: “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,” 1 Peter 2:2 NASB
 
Delight in the Lord: “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NASB
 
Above board: “People with integrity walk safely,
but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.” Proverbs 10:9 NLT
 
Yield: “saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42 ESV
 
Enjoy today – it is a gift!
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July 27, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

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.
 
matt 7 12
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June 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my portion

continuing with Lamentations 3:21-25

We’ve looked at hope. We looked at mercy. Today let’s look at ‘the Lord is my portion.’

“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.” ESV
(Again just reading that refreshes my soul.)

What does your soul say? (soul – will, mind, emotions)
What we tell ourselves is important. I believe in the 90% – 10% concept. The battles we face are merely 10% what is going on and 90% how we view what is going on – where our thoughts go, and what we dwell on.

Let our soul say with the prophet Jeremiah’s soul — The Lord is my portion. Whatever comes our way God’s sufficiency will more than balances out our troubles. 2 Cor 3:4-5) His grace is enough! (2Cor 12:9) He does bring beauty out of ashes. (Isa 61:3)

When we depend on Him, life improves. We have purpose. We also recognize that this world is not all there is. Eternity is in our hearts.

The Lord is my portion therefore I will hope in him!

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April 24, 2020 Posted by | 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

casual christian?

I don’t want to be a casual christian — that is more than I line in a song we sing. It is truth! A casual christian is such a waste of what we are meant to be. We are a part of the army of God. We are a part of something so much bigger than us.
 
“So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.” 2 Peter 1:5-8 (MSG)
 
“these qualities active and growing in your lives”
 
“It takes discipline and character to be a person who responds in a Christ like manner.” Pastor Curt
 
How do you interact with others?
 
Would warm friendliness describe you? How about passionate patience? We all have room for growth.
 
People want to be heard and understood. People want to know you care.
 
 
Compassion, grace, and mercy are indeed quite attractive.
 
Let’s interact in such a way that they feel encouraged and loved after speaking with us. Let the love of Christ flow through you!
 
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August 23, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

eyes wide open

Numbers 6:24-26 (NLT) is often used as a blessing at the end of a church service. I will use it as a prayer for someone that I know is going through a difficult time. it is my prayer for you today.

‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’

May today find you noticing the blessings of God. Blessings are all around us. He is with us and He will make a way where there may seem to be no way. (Isaiah 43:19)

We don’t have to look far to see how gracious God is to us. His grace (getting what we don’t deserve) and His mercy (not getting what we deserve) are examples of His great love for us.

Favor and peace – Thank you God! He is working all things out for our good. (Romans 8:28) He is able to do more than we can even begin to imagine. (Eph 3:20) His grace is enough. (2 Cor 12:9)

Throughout the day stop, look up and thank Him for the big and the small things. It is also good for us to remember that He blesses us to be a blessing to others. (Gen 12:2) Let your light shine. Let them see Jesus in you. How about looking for ways to be generous.

May God bless you today and may we not forget that it is God.

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April 25, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

criteria of wisdom

What does it look like to be a person who is wise? While there are many correct answers, today I want to look at what James has to say.
 
James 5:13 “If you are wise, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth…..17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure and full of quiet gentleness. Then it is peace-loving and courteous. It allows discussion and is willing to yield to others; it is full of mercy and good deeds. It is wholehearted and straightforward and sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.” TLB (Tomorrow I will talk about the verses in the middle.)
 
What pours out of you will reveal your true level of wisdom.
God’s wisdom is demonstrated by a life that gets along with others. He/she recognizes that there may be something to learn from a discussion. It is someone who is straightforward – doesn’t beat around the bush. Yet, in the process is someone who is full of mercy. A wise person is someone who is sincere. No matter who they are with, they act the same.
Yes, we all have room to grow in wisdom.
 
 
Need more wisdom? James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
 
Live well, Live humbly. Walk your talk.
 
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April 13, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace, peace, mercy

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.

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

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) 2 John 3

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,

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October 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, 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.

micah 6 8

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

Selah  (Pause and think on this)

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