Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

my take on Psalm 23

My take on Psalm 23 as this day comes to a close. What a day it has been. To God be the glory!

God is indeed my shepherd. I have all that I need. I have the energy I need to do what He puts in front of me. I have His strength to tackle the difficult things. I have more than enough.

He leads me. His peace quiets my heart. When I start to wonder “how?” His calm assurance washes over me.

He is with me in the sunless valley. “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8 He is all that I need.

My enemies — they will see Your goodness and how You bless my life. Even when I can’t see it, I know that my cup does indeed run over. You are more than enough.

Your love goes with me everywhere. Gratitude wells up within me and Your praises are on my lips.

 

psalm 23

til next time

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January 24, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

green pastures/quiet waters

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3a)
Green pastures, quiet waters and restoring my soul all speak of rest and peace to me.

still waters

It is not God’s desire that we burn out or rust out. He wants us to finish strong. To say with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;” (2 Timothy 4:7 NASB)
I believe rest and peace go together with trust. Resting in God, having peace in the midst of whatever we face is possible when wetrust God completely.

Trust that:

  • God is in control
  • it will work out for good
  • you don’t have to force things to happen
  • God’s timing is right
  • God controls the outcome
  • God is for you
  • God will make a way
  • God loves you!
If you are lacking in peace or rest I encourage you to spend time today in prayer asking God to restore your soul (will, mind and emotions.)
Then take some time to meditate on these verses from Psalm 23

 The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.
 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Resting in Jesus!
Til next time
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May 10, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

today……………….

Would you classify your life as busy?  Maybe too busy?

Do you find there is more to be done than time or energy to do it?

Are the primary emotions you are feeling frustration, anger, or dread?

Are you excited about a new project only to quit half way through it?  (I remember an afghan that I started in high school and finally finished it 10 years or so later – only to  get rid of it because the colors were horrible. Lesson learned.)

When it is time to fulfill a commitment you made, do you find that you dread the thought of it?  (It is fun to say yes and have others happy with you but at what cost?)

Do you feel your worth is wrapped up in what you do?

still waters

He leads me beside still waters —   who is doing the leading in your life?

When my ‘waters’ seem anything but still, I need to ask myself ‘who is doing the leading?’ Then I either need to say “Jesus take the wheel” or if He is at the wheel then ask Him to calm the storm – either the one raging outside or the one raging inside. It can be so easy to shift my focus to the raging waters instead of to the one who calms those waters.  Seeing all that needs to be done can cause me to take back the wheel.

Yes He leads me beside still waters and sometimes He even makes me to lie down in green pastures. Why does He ‘make me?’ Because I can tend to be task orientated.

I have a list of things that ‘must’ be done today.  My knee is not cooperating.    I was a bit frustrated because I made choices this week-end that should have helped.  We didn’t take in the parade or fireworks.  I did have my foot up and iced it, but this morning it is demanding rest.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures”

Last summer I spent the entire summer taking a 20 minute bath 4 times a day for a very painful issue.  Now that will put a halt on any to-do list.  This morning it hit me.   (Don’t you just love it when God has to bonk you on top of the head because you just wouldn’t get it any other way?) I need to take that time (20 minutes/4 x’s a day) to ice and prop up my leg.  Maybe then I will get the numbness to go away and the swelling to go down.  You think?  Sigh — but who has time for that.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures.”

I was also reminded this morning that part of what I feel compelled to do (and yet am not doing) is increase my reading.  Twenty minutes four times a day will help with that.

I am in need of calm waters and green pastures.  God has provided them for me.  Will I take advantage of them?

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He MAKES ME lie down in green pastures;
He LEADS ME beside quiet waters.
He RESTORES MY soul;
He GUIDES ME in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3

Today I purpose to slow down – which is a good thing as I don’t seem to have a choice.   I do choose to  notice the beauty around me, relax in the green pasture, and enjoy the gift of today!

What about you?

looking for the fingerprints of God – they are everywhere! Lord open my eyes!

til next time

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July 6, 2015 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

all i need

Psalm 23

It is often quoted at funerals.  Yet it has so much more to say to us than just about the ‘valley of the shadow of death.”  It has everything to do with the living.

It was the  first whole chapter I memorized as a kid.  Also something my mom could rattle off at high-speed even when she couldn’t remember what or if she ate anything that day.  Up til the end, she could recite scripture and sing some of the beloved hymns word for word.  Dementia did not take that from her.   This only reinforces what I know to be true – that God’s Word is powerful and when we hide it in our hearts, it goes deep into our being.   (Psalm 119:11)

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Psalm 23

You are all I need.  You are my Shepherd.

“Beside quiet waters” …. Help me to relax and enjoy each day.  In the mornings (early) I sense the quiet waters.

You restore my soul (will, mind and emotions.)

Take me by the hand, so I may indeed walk in the path You have for me.

My cup does overflow.  I see Your goodness all around me.

Help me to magnify You not the problems.

My life is in Your hands.  You have and are and will take care of me and my family.

You are faithful!

I have that sweet confidence and complete trust that You do know what is best and You are working all things out.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and loving-kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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(an excerpt from my journal)

til next time

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