Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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.
 
til next time
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April 18, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, 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.

isaiah 1 18

“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

how do you deal with people?

People – unless you are a hermit, you will deal with people. God’s Word has much to say about how we interact with people. Today we will look at two verses.

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NASB)

“tender-hearted” – what it isn’t- The opposite of tender-hearted is hard-hearted.

Hard-hearted is:
being unteachable and always right
using your words to tear down
comparing your wrongs against someone else and thinking “theirs is worse”
seeming to be on the defense often
needing to control
focusing on the faults of others while minimizing your own faults
waiting for the other person to apologize
thinking your needs are more important
refusing to forgive or refusing to ask for forgiveness
playing the blame game
holding a grudge
demanding others change…

“tender-hearted” what it is–

To have a tender heart is to:
love people – not just the loveable ones
invest in others
focus on how Jesus would handle it
be teachable
love
give
see the good in others
forgive
walk in love
be empathetic
be kind
love….

If your life looks more like the first list, please take time to talk with God and ask Him to forgive you and help you to develop a tender heart. He will.

Today I challenge you to let your tender heart shine through. I truly believe God’s love softens hard hearts and God uses us to reveal His love.

 

Til next time,

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November 13, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

who is Ornan?

ornan

 

Everywhere you go, people are watching you.  We are God’s ambassadors to a lost and dying world.  What do they see when they see you?

 

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (ESV)

Selah, (pause and think on this)

til next time

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October 12, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

is it important, really??

“Pick your battles.”  I’ve heard that since I was little.  Along with – “If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.”   It does bother me when people will ‘dish it out’  and then get all sulky when someone pulls a joke on them.

My daddy was a jokster (yup new word here).  He would see the bright/funny side of just about any situation.  Complete strangers were always pulled into conversations.   

As a child growing up I went from admiration to embarrassment then back to admiration again.  I am thankful that before he died I reached admiration again.  I finally realized that by finding humor in ordinary things, my dad was bringing sunshine into the lives of those around him.  He was doing his part to help them not take things so seriously.   

So ‘pick your battles’.  There are some things that just aren’t important like hair length, color, or even style.   A battle that is important in our house is – no dvd’s, videos, or games will be played that are rated R or M.  You won’t win that battle at our house.  Believe me the boys have tried. 

We’ll turn the sound down.”    “It’s only rated R for ….”   “It’s based on a true story.” 

Not happening.   I did cave on the whole ‘keep your room clean’.  The rest of the house, yes, they must pick up their stuff or risk losing it.  If they want to walk over or kick through their junk on the floor to get to their bed, it really isn’t important.  

How about which translation of the Bible is best?  You’ll get many answers for that one.  I prefer the NASB.  What is really important is that we read it.  If a different translation helps you understand it better, great.

My childhood friend’s funeral is today.  The thing I remember about when we first met was that a huge fight took place.  What it was about, who knows.  What I do remember is she broke my glasses, but I gave her some nasty looking souvenirs.  I also remember we were rolling around yanking (not pulling) on each others hair.  A small crowd of our peers gathered. It was brutal.  Girls can be absolutely vicious.  I should know.   You’ll be glad to know that I have been set free from all of that.  🙂

Then the strangest thing happened.  We became best friends.  From that point on we had each others back.   A good illustration of how wrong first impressions can be.

cartoon

I love this cartoon.  “It’s not worth it Roy. Let’s just give him our noses and let him go!”    Roy wants to fight.  The other snowman realizes it is not worth it.  The bunny knows he is small but has power behind him.   Pick your battles.   

I have watched people make mountains out of molehills.  Yes, I have even done it myself.  Only later to think what a waste of energy.    Now I try (notice the word try) to see situations in light of eternity.  Will it really matter?  Most of the time the answer is no.

til next time

December 16, 2008 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, relationships | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments