Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

loving life – part 12

I love my life!

What about when life’s situations seem overwhelming? What about when your heart is breaking? What about when the pain won’t stop? What about when the dark clouds come?

“From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.” Psalm 61:2-3 NLT

God’s Word has much to say about suffering, trials, pain, being overwhelmed, mourning – the problem is that often when we are in the middle of all that, we ignore the Bible. The one thing that can help us, sits unopened. We don’t ‘feel’ like reading or singing or going to church. We allow our feelings to dictate our path.

Learning to rule over your emotions instead of allowing your emotions to rule over you is vital to living the abundant life. Feelings can be based on a lie. The devil loves to lie to you. He wants you to feel bad and continue to feel bad. Allow God’s spotlight to expose those feelings that are choking the joy right out of you.

Ask God to help you see the lies and walk in truth. Immerse yourself in the Word. “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 NLT

Even in the darkest hour, God is with you. Even in the deepest pain, God’s peace is for you. Even in the hardest trial, God’s strength is yours. Even when the night is long, morning is coming.

If that is where you are today, I encourage you to open your Bible and let the Living Word wash over you.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.” Psalm 130:5-7 NIV

til next time

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October 1, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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
understand
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

in Your hand

My times are in Your hand, O Lord!

That is such an encouraging truth! God is in control. God knows! God is holding our hand. (Psalm 73:23)

Psalm 31: 14-15
“But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord,
I say, “You are my God.”
My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.”

Deliver me — as I sit here thinking about this, I am reminded that sometimes we are our worst enemy. When we allow our thoughts to take us down the road of negativity, when all we see is problems, problems problems, or give in to lies about who we are or who God is — well, we need to be delivered from that way of thinking.

How do you see God? Our God is greater. (1 Jn 4:4) Our God is able. (Psalm 138:8) God is with us (Matt 28:20) for us (Psalm 118:6) sustaining us (Psalm 55:22) and He is enough! (2 Cor 12:9)

May today find you believing what the Word says about who you are and who God is!!

But as for me — I trust You God!

Selah,

til next time

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October 4, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me…

But as for me”

I love that phrase. It reminds that no matter what is going on, no matter what others are doing, no matter how I feel — I get to choose what I do next. But as for me, I will trust God. But as for me, I will obey God. But as for me, I will nail my feelings to the cross and believe what Jesus says.

Psalm 59:16-17

But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.

Where are your thoughts this morning? If we focus on problems – problems will be all we see. If we see problems as opportunities to see the hand of God helping us – we will start seeing His hand more and more. When we put God first, He really does give us wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it. But as for me, I refuse to get jazzed up about ___________. But as for me, I depend on God.

Today is a new day. This morning I choose to sing with joy, to lift my voice in praise to the One who loves me most. God’s love never fails.

What are you choosing?

Selah,

til next time

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October 3, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cease striving

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (AMP)

Sadly too often our words/actions reveal that we have forgotten who God is. It seems that the temptation to give in to frustration, irritation, or stress takes no effort at all. When was the last time you really set out to have a bad day and you gave it all you had to be as stressed as you possible could? Like I said, it takes no effort to go along with irritation.

What does take effort is to refuse to give in to the negative pull. It takes effort to put your faith in action and trust God in the midst of difficulties. God reminded me again recently that when I am frustrated – I have taken my eyes off of Him.

When worry tries to take up residence in your heart – be still and know God
When your heart is breaking – be still and know God
When your car/appliance breaks down – be still and know God
When your paycheck is low – be still and know God
When your body is under attack – be still and know God
When someone is hurtful with their words – be still and know God
When you are starting to stress out – be still and know God
When you seem to be circling the same old mountain – be still and know God
Is there something you are dreading? Be still and know God
Are you tired and weary? Be still and know God
Are your feelings lying to you? Be still and know God
Are you lacking peace, joy, hope? Be still and know God

Not one thing that is going to happen today takes God by surprise. Whatever today holds, we know who holds us. Maybe it’s time to pull away from the activities for awhile and spend some time alone with God.

Getting still before God,

til next time

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March 19, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

there’s gonna be trouble

Here it is another day.   How’s your soul? (Will, mind, emotions) Are you off to a good start or do you find yourself weary? Jesus addresses this in Matthew 11 (28-30)

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)

I have a friend who insists that bad luck comes in threes. I don’t believe in bad luck. Bad things happen but that should come as no surprise when we are told over and over again things like ‘count it all joy when you face trials’ James 1:2 – ‘in the world you will have trouble….’ John 16:33 — ‘rejoice always, again I say rejoice’ Phil 4:4 –‘even though the going is rough’ 1 Peter 1:6 — ‘endure hardship’ 2 Tim 2:3 — what we suffer now’ Romans 8:18 ….

When life starts to press in on you and things seem to go from bad to worse, remember what Jesus says to you. “Come to me!” Make the time. Open your bible and read what He has to say to you. Sit quietly before Him and allow His gentleness to permeate you. Cast your cares on Him. (1 Peter 5:6-7) Let His peace wash over you. (Phil 4:4-7) Let Him give you rest.

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Rest in Jesus

til next time

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February 20, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

something to think on

Often I take notes when I am listening to someone preach. It keeps my mind from wandering. It helps me stay focused.  Also, I have it to look back on which always encourages me. I highly recommend it.

Today I am going to share a few thoughts/quotes from Pastor Curt.

“We are called to make a difference but first God has to make a difference in us. Let God’s light shine into our lives and then allow that light to shine through our lives.”

“Holiness begins in our mind.”

“When God shows us sin in our lives, we do not try to redefine it. We can change by the power of God that dwells within us.”

“As long as we focus on our problems, the more convinced we will be of our isolation, hopelessness and our inability to get out from under the problem.”

“Obedience leads to stability.”

And one from Ann Voscamp:
“Peace isn’t the absence of the dark. Peace is the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of the dark.”

In conclusion — a verse to go to sleep on.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Psalm 4:8 (NLT)

Selah,

til next time

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January 19, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

this battle isn’t mine

Whatever comes our way today – God is with us.

Nothing comes as a surprise to Him.
He calls us to trust Him – to let our faith arise.
“By faith—by believing God—we know that the world and the stars—in fact, all things—were made at God’s command; and that they were all made from things that can’t be seen. ” Hebrews 11:3 (TLB)
God created the heavens and the earth, He holds it all together, He has us engraved on the palm of His hand, AND that battle we are in, well, don’t forget that it is His battle and we are His! (Gen 1:1, Col 1:17, Isaiah 49:16, 2 Chron 20:15, Psalm 110:3)

Whatever it is that is coming at us – God is greater!

Say this with me:
–That person that is trying to make my life difficult — God says that Vengeance is His – He will repay.                            (Romans 12:19)

–The health issues that I face — God says to trust Him. He is my healer and His grace is sufficient.”                           (Proverbs 3:5-6, Exodus 15:26, 2 Cor 12:9)

–That job related issue that is bringing me stress – God says to cast my cares on Him.                                                        (1 Peter 5:7)

–That thing that is trying to bring anxiety – God says His comforts gives me renewed hope.                                     (Psalm 94:19)

–When my paycheck is reduced, I trust God  — God says He is my provider.  I will lack no good thing.                                  (Psalm 34:10)

I Trust God!
battle
“Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.”
Psalm 100:2-4 (NLT)
Selah,
til next time
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September 29, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

why?

Trials happen for any number of reasons.

Choices we make…
Choices others make that impact us…
Testing of our faith…
The Bible says so…
So God Will be glorified…
So that others will see our hope…
So that our compassion will deepen…
To learn humility…
And the list goes on

2 Corinthians 2:3-4 “All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”

We can try to run away from trials but I have yet to see that be successful. Instead, know God is right there with you, refining you, and strengthening you so that you can in turn help others.

Selah (pause and think on this)

til next time

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September 26, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment