Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

relationship

Are you comfortable praying to God? He is not concerned about elegance but heart. He desires a relationship with you.
 
“in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thess 5:18 NKJV
 
Giving thanks is a part of prayer. Are you a thankful person? When things are good, it is easy to be thankful. Even when things aren’t good, God is still with us. He is helping us and that right there is cause enough to be thankful.
 
How about taking a moment right now to give God thanks? Our conversation with God should include gratitude.
 
Having a heart of gratitude makes a difference in how we handle life.
 
“We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” Colossians 1:3
 
Pray for others. When I tell someone I am praying for them, what that means is I am standing in the gap for them, their health, their children, their marriage, our friendship, whatever is going on at this time in their life and asking God to help them press on. (Phil 3:12)
 
Praying always – (1 Thess 5:17 “pray without ceasing,”) means to become aware of the presence of God. God is everywhere. “We should be cultivating an awareness of the presence of God.” Pastor Curtis
 
Prayer can become as natural as breathing. Have a problem? Pray. Have a ‘just so happens moment” – give thanks.
 
talking to God throughout my day
til next time
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May 25, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

covid 19

How was your day? How is your new normal? Some days are just plain harder than others.

As I sit here tonight I am reminded of a couple verses.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7

If you have a steady diet of the media coverage of Covid-19 chances are your hope may be taking a beating. It is good to be informed. It is better to remember that our hope is in God. Go ahead, be informed but then take it to God in prayer. Cast your cares. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

So much of our new normal brings sadness to me. I could let that sadness dominate my days or I can choose to focus on the good. I can choose to not lean on my own understanding. (Prov 3:5-6) I can choose to trust God.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

All your ways – does God have all of you? I believe that God is at work in and through us as we let Him direct our paths.

If you are working – let your trust in God be evident to those around you. Share your hope – yes you can do that and still practice social distancing. Let your light shine. (Matt 5:16)

If you don’t have to leave the house, you can still be used by God. You can still reach out to people through phone, email, texts, messenger…. You can also use this time to dig deep into God’s Word. And don’t forget about prayer. I do believe that this virus has gotten our attention and hopefully it has gotten us to increase our conversations with God. (James 4:8)

My prayer: “Father, It is You that I trust with all that I am. May Your Spirit bring healing to those who so badly need it. Strengthen your people. (Isaiah 35:3) Draw others to You so that they can experience Your peace. (John 16:33) Please bring an end to this virus. May Your goodness be seen throughout our land.(Psalm 27:13) My life is Yours. In all I do may You be glorified. When I fall short, help me to learn and grow so that next time I will stand victorious in You. You are my strength. Forgive me for those times that I have tried to do it on my own. I recognize how very much I need You! I trust You to direct my steps. Here is my life; use it for Your glory. ”

til next time

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March 30, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

we know…..

Sometimes we forget what we know.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

We know – that is faith talking.

Those who love God – Our love is our response to what the Holy Spirit is doing in us.

According to His purpose – Let us not forget God has a purpose, a plan. He is in control. What is that purpose? Verse 29 goes on to tell us to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.

God is doing an enormous work in me and in you. We can’t afford to lose sight of this truth. Through all the events – ALL the events in my/your life, He is shaping us – molding us to be like Jesus.

If God takes His time answering a prayer, often it is because He wants to reveal something of Himself to us!

I say with John (3:30) – “He must increase, I must decrease.

trusting Jesus,

til next time

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March 23, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

psalm 23:3

No matter which translation you use Psalms 23:3 is powerful!

psalm 23 3

Thank you, Father, that You refresh my life! On difficult days, You give me new strength. When my world seems to be upside down, You restore order. When I am struggling to breathe, You let me catch my breath while You renew my strength. With a heart filled with gratitude, I worship You!

 

til next time

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February 22, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

this is only a test

This is only a test……
 
How many times have I heard that come over the radio or television?
 
This is only a test. Five words that would be most helpful if we would remember them when facing anything. Car problems? This is only a test. Health problems? This is only a test. Work issues? This is only a test.
 
What is the test? How you will handle whatever it is that you are facing. Will you trust God? Will you get frustrated? Will you get angry? Will you turn to God?
 
Truth is God is in control. If you believe that – then whatever happens – God is in control. God will help. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Recently I found myself stopped in the middle of a narrow,steep road in the back hills of TN. As I was griping the steering wheel and having trouble breathing, I told him that I just couldn’t go on. Certainly there was no backing up but going forward wasn’t ideal either. So there we sat. (What a time for Curtis to not be able to drive.)
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He said all the right things but it didn’t matter. Then he began to pray. Oh, yes, that’s right — God! Peace filled the car and I began to inch my way down.
 
What are you facing today? Remember, this is only a test. God will give you the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it if you rely on and depend on Him.
til next time
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October 31, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 6

I love my life (Part 6)

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

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV

Part of loving your life is living a life of love.

I’m going to love. I’m just going to love. The hatred is melting. The enemy is losing. I am going to love.

I’m not going to stop talking about my Jesus because He is my joy. He is what makes the difference in my life. He gives me peace. He is the answer as to how I can love a person who is ugly to me.

Recently, I had prayer with a woman who wanted nothing to do with God a couple years ago. Now, we hold hands and pray.

Love wins.

There is a person who has been horrible to me. Recently he told me that he was only kidding. It is a step in the right direction because there was a time when this person was not kidding.

Love wins!

When you love your life – it shows. Do people see in you – Jesus?

love

til next time

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September 24, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

my focus needs focus

When life gives you lemons – make lemonade.
Life is like a bowl of cherries — be aware of the pits.
A rose bush also has thorns.
 
You can focus on the problem or you can focus on the One who is greater than the problem.
 
“Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?” Job 36:22NLT
 
That call from the Dr.’s office, that unexpected repair, that letter of cancellation, that relationship that is strained, whatever it is that the enemy of our soul is attaching a flashing red light to — you don’t have to give in to the fear or frustration.
 
Instead, pick up your Bible and allow God’s Word to refresh and guide you. There are numerous scriptures on trusting God. Do a scripture search on trust. Read all of them, or at least read until you once again sense that assurance that God is greater and you do indeed trust Him.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” PHil 4:6-7 NKJV
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There are things we just won’t understand. We can waste so much time and energy and still not have an answer. Instead, trust God. Give it to God. Let His peace fill your heart even when you don’t understand.
til next time
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August 15, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, 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

evil/good?

What does this verse mean to you?

psalm 34 14a

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

How will this play out in your life today?

When the opportunity to do good comes your way – will you do it? When you have the option of responding in a way that is peaceful or responding in a way that is harsh – which will you choose? Will you resort to sarcasm or will your words encourage? What is your tone like?

Turn from evil — are we people of integrity? Sadly sometimes our actions reveal us embracing evil. I have had people try to justify all sorts of things. If I have to make an excuse about my behavior – chances are something isn’t right. What I need to do is seek God’s forgiveness and help.

“Lord, help me today to do good. Help me to choose to let Your peace shine through my life. Show me how i can bring Your peace into stressful situations. May the words of my mouth and what I think on today be pleasing in Your sight. You, O Lord are my Rock and my Redeemer. May others see You working through me today.” (Psalm 19:14)”

walking in peace,

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March 24, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

receive peace

Peace of mind is a wonderful blessing that God has for us. Phil. 4 tells us what we need to do to receive this blessing.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)

I have yet to meet a person who can worry and be at peace at the same time. It just isn’t possible. Worry steals peace. Worry, left to run free, ties us up in knots.

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The Bible tells us over and over to not worry, don’t be dismayed, fear not, be still, cast cares, trust, pray….
Here we are told again to pray. What about? Everything!

Prayer is communicating with God. Talk to Him about what concerns you. Spend time in quiet before Him. Take some time also to thank Him. Having a heart of thankfulness changes us in many ways. It is difficult to grumble if you are being thankful.

As we refuse to give in to worry, as we talk with God about life’s situations, as we thank Him, we will find that our hearts are at peace because we trust Him. He holds us together. (Col 1:17)

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February 24, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment