Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

surgeon’s scalpel

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Hebrews 4:12-13 (MSG)

Recently I went under a surgeon’s scalpel. A piece was removed that had been causing me trouble. Getting to it was more of a challenge than even the doctor had anticipated. At one point I reminded him that I had people praying.

God’s Word cuts through everything. It cuts through hatred, going through the motions, blame game, complacency, and lukewarmness. The Word will slice open excuses, doubts and false justification. Maybe this is why some Christians don’t pick up the Word and read it. They have missed the point though. God wants us to be free from things that would hinder us.

I could have refused the surgery. I could have ignored it. It still would have been there causing me trouble. When God’s Word reveals something to me, I can refuse to do anything about it. I can ignore it. I can come up with some excuse but none of that will change the fact that it needs to be dealt with. Instead, I say – Yes, God.

We come to God just as we are and then He steps in and helps us be all we were intended to be.

Let’s be people who listen and obey.

til next time

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March 20, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how’s your soul?

How’s your soul? (will, mind, emotions)
My morning started out a little rough. I have a pinched nerve in my neck that I thought was gone. Sadly the medicine was only masking the pain – not fixing it.

Did you know that you can change your day by changing your attitude?

My attitude was heading south. There are a ‘million’ things I could focus on concerning my health and the way I am feeling BUT I want to enjoy this day. There are no do overs. So as with anything in my life – I took it to God.

Maybe you need to pray this prayer with me.

“Good morning God. This is the day You have made and I am wanting to choose to rejoice in it. In order to do that I need Your help. Help me to not fixate on the pain, the ‘now what’, or the ‘how’, but to keep my eyes on You. You are good! You love me and You are working all things out for my good. Yes, even this pain. Help me to see beyond myself, to see the opportunities You have for me today. I can do what you set before me this day because You are with me. I choose hope! I choose You, Jesus! (Psalm 118:24, 46:1, 2 Cor 10:5, Heb 12:2, Rom 8:28, Col 4:5, Phil 4:13)

I also looked to God’s word to speak to my heart. If you haven’t read Ephesian 3 lately, I encourage you to read it.

My take on a few of the verses:
V6. God’s plan is that we belong to Him
V7. it is a privilege to serve God
V14 because of Jesus and our faith in Him, we can come to God boldly and confidently. We don’t have to have it all together or say the right things but we come just as we are.
V14-15 there is something special about kneeling before God – surrendering to the Creator of everything
V16 is my verse to hold on to today!
V17 trusting Christ (in the good and the bad, health and pain) sinks our roots deep in God’s love and that keeps us strong – I want that!
V18 God’s love – nothing greater (wide, long, high, deep) Makes me want to break out into song “Oh, how He loves us so. Oh how He loves us.”
V19 we don’t just know of His love, we experience His love
V20 God gets the glory! He is able to do more than we can even imagine

Yes, I am now ready to face the day as a mighty child of God.
What about you?

til next time

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March 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Correction

Recently I asked the question  “Do you have a teachable heart?” Today’s question “How do you handle correction?”

“To learn, you must want to be taught. To refuse reproof is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:11 TLB)

When someone addresses an area of concern, do you become defensive? We ought to be able to talk with someone about something they have done and the impact it has on us without fearing anger in return. It isn’t easy to be on either end of this type of conversation but how we handle it does reveal much about our character.

There are two types of people that Proverbs 9 addresses.

“If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different—they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.” MSG

“Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” (verse 8)

When I am faced with a situation that requires correction I pray, seek advice, write it out, sleep on it, pray again, reread what I wrote, use the delete button, seek advice again. Then I hit send. I now have a record of what I said. There is no he said, she said because it is there in writing.

Sometimes writing it is not an option. Just remember you can’t take back the spoken word. Pray that you will operate in the spirit and not in your flesh.

When I am on the receiving end – when someone brings a correction to me – how I respond is a reflection of who I am. I want to be a wise person. I make the choice to own my behavior – apologize if that is what my behavior calls for. I want to learn, to grow in compassion, and to receive correction with a teachable heart. All that said, it isn’t easy but God is right there to help me (you) respond in a godly way.

Let’s show what it means to have Jesus living inside of us – loving through us.

Teach me Your ways, O Lord (Psalm 25:4)

til next time

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March 6, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what do i pray?

Let’s look at one more prayer of Paul’s  (click here to read another post on Paul’s prayer)

Philippians 1:9-11(NASB)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Growing in love – this impacts our soul (will mind emotions) How is your soul? Will – mind – emotions??

Paul is praying that their love will flourish – is your love flourishing? The impact on our soul, (will mind emotions) when our love is thriving, is tremendous.

Part of our love flourishing/thriving is
*use your head –
*growing in knowledge and understanding – this is a common theme of Paul’s prayer – strong passion – misdirected zeal/intensity without knowledge can do more harm than good.
*learn to love appropriately
*love isn’t synonymous with yes
*be Sincere – people can spot a fake

Prayer: “Father, may people see You in us this day. May our love for You be evident in the choices we make. Help us to love those You put in our path. Give us understanding. Open our eyes that we may see the opportunities You have for us to be Your hand extended. Help us to grow in the knowledge of Your will that we would walk in obedience. Thank you for strengthening us and enabling us to walk in victory. We give you the glory, recognizing that without You we can do nothing but with You we are overcomers. Thank you!”

til next time

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February 8, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

abundant life? for me?

How would you describe your life?  Are you in a rut?  Are you enjoying life.  On a scale of 1 – 10 where would you put abundant living?  Do you even know what abundant living looks like?

Jesus said in John 10:10  – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (KJV)

I want life more abundantly.  I believe there are many factors that are involved in living an abundant life.  First, and foremost, is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one gets to God unless they go through Him.  (John 14:6)

Our relationship needs to be growing.  1 Thess 5 tells us  what God’s will is for us, in Christ Jesus.  We are to rejoice, pray and give thanks.  How are you doing on those three things?

We  grow by reading the Word and  hearing the Word preached but that isn’t enough.  We must  apply the Word to our lives.  If it doesn’t change us, then we can’t expect to walk in the abundant life.

1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14   “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

5 keys to living an abundant life
1. Keep your eyes open – watch – don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore what is going on around you
2. hold tight to your convictions – stand firm in your faith – don’t be wishy washy and when doubt comes at you, lift up your shield of faith
3. give it all you’ve got – be all in – 100% – be brave
4. be resolute – determined – strong – Joshua 1:9 tells us “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
5. love without stopping – walk in love – let all you do be love based – do unto others and you would want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31)

1 cor 16 13 14

I am going to work on these five things this week.  What about you?

Living the abundant life that Jesus came to give me!

til next time

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May 22, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s will?

What is God’s will for your life?  1 Thessalonians tells us three things that are God’s will for every believer.  I have room for growth.  How about you?

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)

Rejoice always – when things are going great it is easy to rejoice. Even when things seem to be falling apart we can rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus holds all things together. (Colossians 1:17) We are not alone. (Matthew 28:20) God loves us! (John 3:16)

Pray without ceasing –  Being aware of the presence of God in our day all day long – God is with us. His fingerprints are all around us. May we continue to cultivate an awareness of the presence of God.

Give thanks – Thanksgiving is approaching. A time set aside to remember and be thankful. While I enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, giving thanks should be a daily thing for us as believers in Christ. A heart of gratitude expressed through our words and actions is a powerful demonstration of what Christ is doing in our lives.

Let me say that again.

A heart of gratitude expressed through our words and actions is a powerful demonstration of what Christ is doing in our lives.  (gg)

God’s will for your life is to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.Whatever else He leads you to do, these three things will be part of it.

til next time

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November 23, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

facing a crisis?

Are you facing a crisis?  Do the trials of life seem to be mounting?  The struggle is real.  We are in a battle but our God is greater than our enemy.  There is no comparison.

What do you do when facing a crisis – trial – struggle?

Pray — which involves casting your cares on Jesus (1 Peter 4:6-7) and being still so you can listen (Psalm 46:10)

Read the Word – what does it have to say about your situation? If your decision goes against God’s word then rethink your decision. Disobedience will not get you the peace and joy you seek.

Seek godly counsel – when this step is intentionally ignored it often means the decision you are about to make may not be the right one. Godly counsel points you to Christ and can help remove the blinders that may be hindering you from seeing truth. (Proverbs 11:14)

Then having done these steps, submit to God – don’t be ruled by your emotions – recognize that while your feelings may be strong, they also need to be nailed to the cross. (Gal 5:24)

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

Hope – joy – peace = fantastic!   And just what I need today!

Trusting God – He will see me through and you can count on Him too!

 

til next time

 

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August 12, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment