Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

God in the details

I love the story of Moses and the Red Sea. (Exodus 14) He is leading the Israelites out of captivity into the unknown – headed to the Promise Land, with Pharaoh’s army on their heels.

Army behind – sea in front. Now what?

  • God is in the details.
  • A staff.
  • The water parts.
  • Dry land.
  • They cross.
  • Incredible.
  • That’s not all. The waters return and drown their enemies.
  • What a sight that must have been.

“You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;

They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

“Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?

Who is like You, majestic in holiness,

Awesome in praises, working wonders?

“You stretched out Your right hand,

The earth swallowed them.” Exodus 15:10-12 NASB

God is still in the wonder working business. Covid19 can seem like a sea in front of us holding us back. Don’t lose sight of the fact that God is greater. There is no one like our God. He is majestic in holiness and the God of wonders.

Do you trust Him? It will show up in your actions. Oh, may our lives reflect the reality of the love and power of The Great and Mighty God we serve.

Father open our eyes to see Your fingerprints that are all over our lives.

til next time

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April 30, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

power of God

Today we gathered together online. I look forward to gathering together in person. Where ever we are, we can and should praise God. He is worthy of our praise.
 
Psalm 29 talks of the voice of the Lord. His voice echos from the clouds, thunders through the skies, splits giant trees, shakes mountains….
 
” So powerful is his voice; so full of majesty.” verse 4
 
There is a saying I heard a long time ago. “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”
 
“..But in his Temple all are praising, “Glory, glory to the Lord.” At the Flood the Lord showed his control of all creation. Now he continues to unveil his power. He will give his people strength. He will bless them with peace..” (verses 9-11)
 
I will be among those most excited to gather together again. However, let us not forget that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 6:19-20) Where we go — He goes with us. Are you praising Him?
 
Part of the power of God is His ability to give us strength. His power is unveiled as He blesses us with peace.
 
Truly we are as close to God as we choose.
til next time
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April 19, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace – rest in God’s grace

Sing with us! Go ahead, sing it loud! God’s Amazing Grace!! 
 
God’s amazing Grace — None of this has taken Him by surprise. He is with us, for us and making a way when a way seems so uncertain. He is the same today as He was last year when we gave little thought to covid19. (Hebrews 13:8)
 
Seeing this verse play out right before our eyes.
 
Isaiah 43:19
“For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
 
A great verse to memorize and meditate on is
Romans 15:13
 
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” NIV
This people person is adjusting and determined to thrive, not waste a day in despair (sure there are moments but I know where to go when they hit — the feet of the One who loves me most – Jesus)
 
 
til next time
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March 26, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

in my weakness

Yesterday we looked at Isaiah 40:28. Today we will look at verse 29

“He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.” Verse 29

In my weakness, He is strong. (2 Cor 12:9) I can’t do it on our own. God never intended for me  to do it on my own. He is an ever present help. (Psalm 46:1)

I have seen first hand God working through my weakness. The temptation to quit, to give in to the pain, or to allow the pain to dictate what I would or would not do seemed to always be lurking in the shadows. This is why it is so important that we take control over our feelings and not allow our feelings to control us.

“Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.” 1John 3:20 NLT

Don’t allow guilt to control you either. If there is something you need to confess to God, do it. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NASB

When I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:10)

in my weakness 2

til next time

tomorrow we will look at verses 30-31

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March 8, 2020 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

steps

It’s the start of a new day. Only God knows what awaits us. What we know is that He will be with us every step of the way. (For some of you fitbit people that will be close to, maybe even over 10,000 steps.)

“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” John Piper

God is not far off. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) God is powerful and active in our lives.

Remember what happened after the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea? Their enemies drown. Exodus 15:6 “Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power…”

  What about the three Hebrew children thrown into the fire?

furnace

God will take care of us.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And this living God dwells in our hearts by faith (Eph 3:16-18) and with Him we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)

Today is a gift! Unwrap it with the expectation that God is at work, because He is!

til next time

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March 5, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

don’t discount hope

Hope!
 
Hope is such a wonderful thing.
*First off, God is the God of hope.
 
 
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV
 
*Secondly, Christ in us is the hope of glory. Think about that for a moment. Christ in us.
 
Christ in us. Just repeating that makes my heart a little lighter.
 
“to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col 1:27 NIV
 
*Thirdly, we have hope in God. We can walk in the strength and courage He gives to us.
 
 
“O love the Lord, all you His godly ones!
The Lord preserves the faithful
And fully recompenses the proud doer.
Be strong and let your heart take courage,
All you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:23-24 NASB
 
Hope!
Hope is such a wonderful thing. Thank you God for the hope that you bring into my life. Things change but You, Oh Lord, are the one constant in my life! (Hebrews 13:8)
 
til next time
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February 17, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel and the lion

Daniel and the Lion’s Den – Daniel 6
Daniel was being considered to rule over all of King Darius’ empire. This didn’t sit well with the other presidents and governors. Jealousy rose up.

The trap is set. (v 6-9) Now they wait for Daniel to do what he does each day.

“But though Daniel knew about it, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs bedroom, with its windows open toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day, just as he always had, giving thanks to his God.” (v10)

The King wanted to save Daniel but it was too late. (v 14) Daniel was thrown in the den. The deed was done.

I can only imagine how the King felt that night. He knew then that he had been tricked into signing that decree. He lost his appetite. He refused entertainment and didn’t sleep all night. On the other hand, I imagine there was a party going on with those who had set Daniel up.

“Very early the next morning he hurried out to the lions’ den and called out in anguish, “O Daniel, servant of the Living God, was your God, whom you worship continually, able to deliver you from the lions?” (v19-20)

This is a picture of anguish mixed with hope. Did Daniel’s God come through?

Daniel answered him from the den. (v22) “My God has sent his angel,” he said, “to shut the lions’ mouths so that they can’t touch me, for I am innocent before God; nor, sir, have I wronged you.”

The King is overjoyed. Daniel is lifted out of the lion’s den without a scratch. If the story ended there, that would be enough, but it doesn’t end there.

“Then the king issued a command to bring the men who had accused Daniel and throw them into the den along with their children and wives, and the lions leaped upon them and tore them apart before they even hit the bottom of the den.” (v24)

Sometimes it seems that the wicked prosper. Notice that not only the men who accused Daniel but their children and wives were tossed in also. I am sure that it made a huge impact on the people of his kingdom as to the cost of jealousy and trickery.

The ending is the best part. “Afterward King Darius wrote this message addressed to everyone in his empire:
“Greetings! I decree that everyone shall tremble and fear before the God of Daniel in every part of my kingdom. For his God is the living, unchanging God whose kingdom shall never be destroyed and whose power shall never end. He delivers his people, preserving them from harm; he does great miracles in heaven and earth; it is he who delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” (v25-27)

To God be the glory!!

Sometimes things happen so that others will see our faith in action. Things happen so others will know that our faith in God is real. Things happen so that in the end God will get the glory! Whatever ‘lion’ we face, God is greater. He is with us and He will see us through.

Not facing lions alone,

til next time

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March 21, 2018 Posted by | bible story, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God – the giver of joy

My thoughts turn to joy yet again tonight.

I am grateful that joy is not dependent on things going as planned, things working out, or even whether or not I “feel” joy. Joy comes from a decision I make that I will choose joy. I will trust in God who is greater than whatever is going on. I will stay in hope. Hope that says God will turn this, whatever this is, around for my good – for my kid’s good. (Romans 8:28)

As another  day comes to a close, my thoughts go to those who have faced disappointment and/or pain recently.  Some days are just plain hard.  Still in the midst of every day,  God is still God and He is good. We can still choose joy.

In fact, choosing joy in the midst of difficulty is one of the most powerful things you can do. Choosing to hold on to God when life takes a turn that you didn’t see coming or when that mountain looms largely in front of you is in fact recognizing that God is indeed the giver of joy.

“Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Nehemiah 8:10

Remember that in choosing joy, you also choose to spend time with the Father.

“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 16:11

Lacking joy?  take a look at how much time you are spending in His presence — laying down the distractions and just being with Him.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

selah,

til next time

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February 13, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

run? walk? weak?

My own strength is insufficient to deal with the many situations that I face. God never intended for you or me to operate out of our own strength. In fact, many times scripture reminds us that God is our refuge and our strength.

“He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak… But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29, 31 TLB)

 

“The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19 NASB)

 

There are times when God pours into us strength in abundance and we seem to run the race before us. (Hebrews 12:1) There are other times when God give us strength bit by bit so that we can walk in His statutes (Lev 26:3) and walk in love (Eph 5:2) leaning on Him every step of the way.

One thing is for certain, He will give us the strength we need when we need it. He is in control and He is for us. (Psalm 118:6)

So as you face situations that seem daunting, trials that seem to never end, heartache, or health issues remember where your strength comes from. Spend time today talking with God and casting your cares. (1 Peter 5:7)

In my weakness, He is strong!

til next time

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June 21, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment