Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

continually part 2

Continually – on going.
Continually – that word has gotten my attention quite a bit since the devotion on Wednesday from Psalm 34.
verse 1 “I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Another definition of continually is without interruption. That got me to thinking about what those things are that interrupt my praise. What interrupts your praise?
When covid19 is a memory, when I am able to return to my regularly scheduled life, when restrictions are lifted, there is one thing above all other things that I desire. What is that? I desire that people I know and strangers I meet will be able to recognize that I walk with God. That they will see Him!
There is the goal.
You can’t do it for me and I can’t do it for you. However, God is right there waiting for you to spend time with Him.
Psalm 105:2-4 (ESV)
“Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!”
Lamentations 3:24-25 (ESV)
“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.”
What are you seeking?
til next time
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May 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Sometimes your view of God can start to diminish. Sadly, you might not even be aware of it.
Does fear dominate your thoughts? Where is your focus? Where do you see God in this pandemic? What motivates you? Do you share the hope you have or the fear you have?
Could this pandemic get worse before it gets better? Yes, it could. Does that give us permission to live in fear or cause people to be afraid? Over and over (I’m told 365 times) in the Word of God it says to not fear, do not be afraid. God wants us to get this concept of not living in fear or being motivated by fear. (Matt 6:25-34)
What we magnify will enlarge. Are you magnifying God? Or covid19? You might not even be aware that you are focusing on the problem instead of the problem solver.
psalm 34
When fear tries to grip me, I remind myself that none of this has taken God by surprise. He does not change. He will see me through. He brings beauty out of ashes. The sooner I remind myself of these things, the better off I am.
There is a reason Psalm 34 starts this way:
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Having trouble with fear or worry? Use your mouth to praise God – continually the Psalmist says!
til next time
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April 29, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, 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

just so happens

I have had quite a few ‘just so happens moments’ lately. You know, those moments that make you stop and think no way did that just happen — God orchestrated the whole thing. It just so happened that God ________.

My son was expecting a very important, quite expensive package.  I was upstairs and had the thought to open the blinds in my bedroom.  I rarely ever do that.  As I did, I “just so happened” to see the FedEx truck had pulled up.  I ran downstairs, just caught them and signed for the package.  Had I not opened the blind, I would have not heard them or known they had even been here.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 10:21 (NASB)

God is in the business of “just so happens.” He knows just exactly what we need, where we need it, and when. May we cultivate an awareness of His presence in our lives. As we do, we will become more and more aware of just how amazing it is to walk with God.


I’d love for you to send me your “just so happens” moments.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus,

til next time

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March 11, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Continuing with Psalm 100   click here for verse one,two, three
verse 4
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!” ESV
God is worthy of our praise. Stop and think about some of the blessings that God has brought your way today.
For me, one was a great report from the eye doctor. I have to admit that I kept changing my appointment because I didn’t want to hear how badly the steroids had affected my eyes.
Not only did I get a good report but my prescription hasn’t changed in over 10 years. I can still wear the 4 pairs of glasses that I got while working for the eye doctor.  They are in great condition even.   Amazing! Thank you God.
Maybe nothing big happened to you today. I do believe as we give God thanks in the little things that our eyes are opened to more and more of God’s fingerprints. He is worthy to be praised.
Once again I encourage you to keep a gratitude journal – listing 3 different things that you are thankful for – it is one of the best disciplines I have done.
with a heart of gratitude,
til next time
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February 27, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


This week we are going to look at Psalm 100.

psalm 100

Today we will look at verse 1.

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!”

Want to change up your day? Make a joyful noise to the Lord. If you are a Marine like my husband – give an oorah to Jesus. If, like me, you are not a Marine – give a loud yes! or a You got this Jesus! or a joyful Hallelujah!

We are meant to praise the Lord. Scripture after scripture reminds us to give God praise. Give God thanks. Yet, sometimes we can allow the circumstances we are in to dim our view of God.

Our God is greater.

Notice it doesn’t say when things are going smoothly make a joyful noise. It just says make a joyful noise. I can attest to the fact that it makes a difference.

So today when I feel the urge to go “ugh!” I am going to instead lift up a joyful “thank you Jesus!” It doesn’t matter what is going on — Jesus is worthy to be praised. Let’s praise Him all day long.

til next time

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February 24, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy -1

James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Today let’s look at submit to God.
Don’t get trapped in the small picture. God sees the whole thing. We can trust Him and we display that trust when we submit to Him. Reaffirm your dependence on Him. Offer up a sacrifice of praise.
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Heb 13:15-16 ESV
Continually – this is important to counting it all joy. Before the problem arises we should be praising Him. During the trial we continue the sacrifice of praise and on the other side of the trial – praise.
(Tomorrow step 2.)
Offering up praise,
til next time
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November 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

loving life – part 11

I love my life!

Jesus didn’t die so we would be miserable. He came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10)

You know that feeling you get that this is going to be a rough start? Maybe you didn’t sleep well and you woke in pain. Maybe you know today you have some unpleasant things to deal with. Maybe you are just bone tired. Maybe your soul (will, mind, emotions) is weary. Maybe your heart is breaking.

Loving your life is not synonymous with life is pain free and smooth sailing.

Jesus said we would have tribulation (suffering) in this world. (John 16:33) He also said “be of good cheer” – Be – we choose. Jesus says we can choose cheer.

This morning I choose. I could do nothing – that is a choice. In which case I know from experience that doing nothing does not make my life better. I could sit and dwell on the various things that I wish I didn’t have to deal with. That is not going to help me love today. Or I could choose to praise. Praise tears down strongholds. Praise puts my attention back on to God.


worship is

“I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone” Mercy Me “Even”

Here’s another one.

“When I can’t see, You lead me
When I can’t hear, You show me
When I can’t stand, You carry me
When I’m lost, You will find me
When I’m weak, You are mighty
You are everything I need.” Lauren Daigle “Everything”

One more

“The sun comes up
It’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass
And whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
When the evening comes.” Matt Redman 10,000 Reasons

What are you choosing today? I choose to rejoice! I choose to see the good! I choose to do things God’s way! I choose to love the life God has given me. He is my healer, my provider, my source of joy. Yes, in the midst of suffering, I can love my life.

til next time

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September 30, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

catching up

I had lunch with a friend today. It’s been way too long. We had so much catching up to do that this one visit wasn’t going to accomplish it all.
I wonder, do we do that to God? Maybe you haven’t talked to Him in ages so you have a lot of catching up to do.
I hope that you talk with God often throughout your day. You don’t have to schedule an appointment. However, you might need to set aside some time in your schedule to have an uninterrupted talk with Him. (Remember a conversation involves talking and listening. If you think God is silent – open up His Word. It will communicate with you anytime/anywhere.)
“Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV
Pray without ceasing is something we get better and better at as our relationship with God grows. It is having a mindset that God is always listening. He is our first response not last resort. We can talk with Him anywhere. Our thoughts can become prayers and He reads our heart when words just aren’t there.
Why not take a moment right now and talk with God, give Him thanks for this moment, and don’t forget to offer up your praise to Him. Praise tears down walls.
til next time
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April 4, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

following my own advice

I am always telling people to turn on praise music when life heats up. Following my own advice, I cranked up Klove.

Praise makes a difference. What we fill our mind with matters. What are you listening to?

“Our God is greater! Our God is stronger! God You are higher than any other.”


“I will stand my ground where hope can be found….. You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right.”


“We’re not meant to live this life alone. No man is an island…”


“Who the Son sets – is free. I’m free. This is the sound of chains breaking….”


“Seems like all I could see was the struggle… I am redeemed. You set me free. So I’ll shake off these heavy chains…. I am redeemed.”


With each song I felt the weight lifting. Did the messiness of life go away?  No!  But the peace of God settled the messiness in my heart.   The assurance that He is in control and working all things out for my good fills me once again with peace.

We can sit and stew or we can sit and praise.

We can rehash the problem or we can lay the problem at the feet of Jesus.

We can stick our shoulder into it and force a solution (probably the wrong one) or we can operate in the strength God gives us that spills over into joy.

We can grumble or be grateful.

We can operate in a victim mentality or we can let God arise, be our defense and help us to operate as a child of the King.

I join the apostle Paul in praying for you the prayer he prayed – found in Colossians 1:9-12 (The Message)

“Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.” (Col 1:9-12 The Message)

God is not done!

til next time

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March 2, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment