Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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PERSPECTIVE – GRATITUDE – WONDER
 
Some songs are as powerful the 99th time you hear it as it was the first time you heard it.
 
“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.”
 
PERSPECTIVE – GRATITUDE – WONDER
Psalm 136:3 (NKJV)
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:”
 
PERSPECTIVE – GRATITUDE – WONDER
 
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.”
 
Psalm 136:4 (NKJV)
“To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;”
 
Our God is so creative!
 
PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!
Psalm 136:5 (NKJV)
 “To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;”
 
When was the last time you looked up at the sky and thought about how vast it is?
 
PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER.
 
“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance…….. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance — I hope you dance.”
 
Don’t fear those mountains. Keeping things in perspective reduces stress. Does it really matter? Is it worth getting frustrated? In the scope of the next five years – will it even be remembered?
 
Have a heart of gratitude. Take time to pause.
 
I don’t want to miss out on living because I was too busy to notice. I don’t want to settle for good enough.  I want to dance!!
I challenge you to stop, look around you, and really take in the moment. Allow yourself to be right where you are, not looking ahead to the next thing on the agenda or playing the “I’ll be happy when” game.   Dance!
 
PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!
Selah!
til next time
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August 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

perspective – gratitude – wonder

live out loud

Some songs are as powerful the 100th time you hear it as it was the first time you heard it.    I hope you  still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.   PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!

the Badlands of SD

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.”

This year we took our ’83 Yamaha on a Parks Run.  There weren’t any oceans on this trip.  There were lots and lots of mountains, hills and prairies.  I still felt small.  PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!

climbing

thought I was going to have to slide down on my behind but my knight rescued me!

thought I was going to have to slide down on my behind but my knight rescued me!

I did some climbing and found that the Badlands are made up of lots of loose rock.  It was a snap to climb up, but it was getting down where the challenge came in.  PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!

Mt Rushmore

Depending on the angle that you are viewing  the presidents and whether or not you have binoculars – will determine how big they seem.  PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!

in comparison

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance.  Never settle for the path of least resistance…….. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance — I hope you dance.” 

I take lots of pictures because pictures are right up there with my most favorite things.  Pictures tell the story.  Keeping things in perspective reduces stress.  Does it really matter?  Is it worth getting frustrated?  In the scope of the next five years – will it even be remembered?    Don’t fear those mountains.

Every time we take a long motorcycle trip, God does a deep work in me.   It is one of the things I love most about our trips.  — 13 days of just me, my hubby and God!  It is the closest thing we seem to get to a sabbatical.

blue skies, green grass and gorgeous scenery

blue skies, green grass and gorgeous scenery

“Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along.  Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone………”

I don’t want to miss out on living because I was too busy to notice.  I have heard it said that “life is what happens while you are making other plans.”   I challenge you to stop, look around you, and really take in the moment.   Allow yourself to be right where you are, not looking ahead to the next thing on the agenda or playing the “I’ll be happy when” game.  This is a flower from my garden that was blooming whether or not I took the time to notice.

look what was hiding

PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!  The flower is now in a vase on my dining room table.

mighty close

 

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.”

We had a number of these close encounters with Bison.  He is just out for a stroll.  I have not lost my sense of wonder.  I am ever grateful that he kept strolling.  It certainly put things into perspective.

be careful where you stand

be careful where you stand

There were many signs warning you to stay on the path because the earth was unstable.  There were many places at Yellowstone where I felt small and would just stand quietly in awe and wonder.   What a vast area of land filled with beauty that words or pictures just don’t do it justice.  Our God is so very creative.  PERSPECTIVE, GRATITUDE, and WONDER!

postcard perfect

beautyOn one side you could view the top picture.  The next picture shows the view on the other side.  So many thoughts filled my head as we would walk the trails viewing the upper and lower falls.  I have not lost my sense of wonder.    Have you?

elkLast picture.  This one I had to climb over fallen trees to get to a spot where I could truly capture the beauty.  Sometimes in life there will be  obstacles that  stand in our way.

I received a bracelet from a friend that says “When God guides, God provides.”    He will enable us to conquer the mountains that come along our path.  2 Samuel 2:30 and Psalm 18:29 both say that — For by Thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.    Sounds like taking life by storm and making the most of all that God has for us!!

If you haven’t listened to this song in a while – here it is.  I hope you Dance!

Til next time

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August 3, 2014 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, motorcycle, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

there’s gonna be a little rain

 

joy in rain

What do you do when the storm rages?  What do you do when the pouring rain of difficulties seem to linger and the sun refuses to come out from behind those gloomy clouds?

Back in high school I had a t-shirt that said “Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you deal with it.”   Even back then, God was instilling in me the importance of my attitude and that whatever was happening was minor compared to how I chose to deal with it.

As a kid, I loved the rain.  Puddles were the best!  I remember riding my bike through the puddles and squealing with such joy as my legs would get splashed.   With carefree abandonment I would jump in the puddles and twirl in the rain.  It was glorious.

Somewhere along the way my attitude changed.   I hated it when it rained.  My hair would respond with ginormous frizz,  rain made me cold, and the thought of getting splatter by puddles  was atrocious.

The rain hadn’t changed.  The way I respond to the rain had changed.

So it is in life, the carefree days of adolescents turn into the responsible days of adulthood. Yet, sometimes we forget that life is meant to be enjoyed.  After all, God created and then said “It is good!”

While we do have responsibilities, there still needs to be a balance between work and play.  Most importantly, even in our work we have the choice to enjoy life.  My daddy always told me that if I had to do something anyway I might as well do it with a smile.   Try it.  It does make a difference.

So one day, I was walking home from work (in the rain) and  I made the decision that I was going to splash.  Maybe it was a mid-life crisis or maybe I was tired but whatever the reason, I splashed. Then  I laughed.  If anyone was watching I am sure they laughed too or shook their head and said that woman is losing it.

Later, I managed to get my husband to go walking/singing/dancing in the rain.  Of course it was dark of night and we stayed away from street lights.  Although our son did take our picture when we returned home covered in water and mud.   What a night!!!

dancing

Later I happened upon this saying and had to have it.  “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”    Rain took on a whole new – or maybe it would be more accurate to say old- meaning.  I added the Dove chocolate saying that a young  guy from work gave me  because it reminded him of me.  “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  

What reminds others of  you?

Since then we have ridden through many rain storms on the motorcycle.  We joke that it really isn’t an adventure unless there is a little rain.

that is wetThought we were going to miss this downpour and then the road curved.  Thank God for safely getting us off the highway and through the puddles deep enough to come up to the tail pipe.   This was on our Grand Canyon trip.  We had it all — extreme heat, torrential rain, a blast of wind that just wouldn’t stop and a trip of a lifetime!

torrential rain

virginiaOur Beach run trip.  Going back home through the mountains we had sunshine and blue skies!

beach run

So it is with our lives.  A little rain must fall.  Sometimes it is a torrential downpour.  You have two main choices.  You can grumble, complain and be in a poor mood or you can put a smile on your face, remind yourself that God is still God and very much in control, and He is the reason you can dance in the rain.  Don’t let a little (or a lot of) rain stop you from making the most of each day.  There are no do overs.

Once again, I love to walk in the rain.  Better yet,  I love to dance in the rain.

Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV)  “….for the joy of the Lord is your strength”

Philippians 4:4-5 (MSG)  “Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!”  (KJV – Rejoice in the Lord, always, again I say rejoice!)

Psalm 64:9 (MSG)” Everyone sees it. God’s work is the talk of the town.  Be glad, good people! Fly to God!  Good-hearted people, make praise your habit.”

As for the physical ‘rain’, it has been 14 weeks today.  I go back to the doctor Monday.  I am grateful that I have seen improvement over the last four weeks.  I am hopeful that surgery will be avoided.  In fact tomorrow I may be trying my first motorcycle ride this year.   I wonder if it will rain??

Psalm 30:5b (NASB)   “…Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

John 14:27  (NASB) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Philippians 4:6-7(MSG) Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

til next time

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June 27, 2014 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments