Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

faith under pressure

Is your faith under pressure?

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The Message)

How we behave when the pressure of life gets intense reveals the depth of our Christianity. Impatience tosses peace right out the window. Negativity tears down hope and trust. Fear cripples faith.

Pressure forces us to see areas that are in need of improvement. Hopefully, then we recognize our great need for God to help us become all that He intends.

When you are frustrated – see it for what it isn’t. It isn’t from God.

God loves us just as we are and that love changes us.

We can spend way too much time and energy trying to figure out why instead of letting our faith in God rise up (Psalm 68:1) and our trust in God quiet our fears.

God will make a way!

til next time,

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April 27, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | 2 Comments

most wonderful time of the year

Christmas is almost here.  I hope that you have taken some time to enjoy the Christmas season.  It is not too late.  Something as simple as sitting quietly with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or tea with Christmas music playing in the background can do it for me – even if it is but for a few minutes.

Expectations can run high at this time of year.  Expectations we put on ourselves and expectations from others can pressure us right into stress.

It is a great time of year to take a moment to examine why you do what you do.  If not wanting to disappoint is the primary motive, it may be time to change a few things.  I, like you, do not want to disappoint anyone but when that becomes my motive, no one wins.

From our house to yours — we wish you a Merry Christmas!  May the love of God shine brightly in your heart and through your life.

til next time

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December 22, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

crazy train or still waters?

The things all around me cry out hurry, hurry…….. faster, faster…………. pressure builds……..don’t forget to pay that bill today…… stress increases…….this needs to be done…..that needs to be taken care of……… it is easy to get sidetracked because everywhere you look something or someone is wanting your attention.  Gilligan’s Island can look pretty good sometimes.  Well, maybe minus a couple of people.

I think that is one of the reasons that setting aside time each day to connect with God is so vital.  Before getting out of bed I am talking with Him – not because I am so super spiritual but because I recognize my great need of Him.  Then I open His book and it speaks to my heart.

.. in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard….”  Colossians 1:22-23 (NASB)

Continue………….plod on………….press toward the mark…………eyes fixed on Jesus……..totally undivided heart……..not allowing emotions to move my focus……………firmly established………stayed upon Jehovah…………holding fast to the Blessed Hope………steadfast…..just keep swimming 🙂

I am reminded that God doesn’t lead me to jump on the crazy train but leads me beside still waters.

still watersGod is in control.  My roots grow deep into the love, grace and mercy of Jesus.  My attitude, my will, my day is once again presented on the altar.   Not my will, but God’s will be done knowing that this may require sacrifice on my part.

“Father God, may Your will be done in and through me today.”

Yes, bills need to be paid and there are  e-mails that need to be responded to.  Papers needing to be filed are piling up.   My family would like to be fed.  There is a book I want to start.  Some new music is waiting to be practiced.  Yes, there are things that need my attention.

It just all goes so much better when I remember that God’s peace and joy are mine today and every day.

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til next time

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June 8, 2015 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment