Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

thankful heart – even in difficult days

Today I found myself giving God thanks for so many things. I even found myself thanking Him for the challenges that I am facing as I have come to realize that those challenges are opportunities for God to do amazing things in my circumstances. (Romans 8:28)

Psalm 136 has a lot to say about giving God thanks.  Here are just a few of the things listed.

Give thanks:

  • He is good (1)
  • He alone does miracles (4)
  • He made the sun, moon, and stars (7-9)
  • He parted the Red Sea (13)
  • He led Israel safely through and drowned Pharaoh and his army He will do the same for us.  (14-15)
  • He led them through the wilderness – again He does the same for us (16)
  • He remembers that we our weak (23)  He is strong!
  • He provides for us (25)
  • His Love Endures Forever!!!

 

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How about taking some time right now to give God thanks!
til next time
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January 25, 2018 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pause

One of my favorite verses (I have many) is Psalm 46:10.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!.” (NKJV)
 
The NASB puts it this way:
 
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
 
One more translation – GW
 
“Let go of your concerns!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations.
I rule the earth.”
psalm 46 10
Be still, cease striving, let go, stand silent — pretty direct message.
How is it that we can do that?
Because God is who He says He is – He is in control. He is the creator and sustainer of life. He holds all things together. He is the God of hope. He loves us. He is for us!
 
Don’t lose sight of what is truly important in life. Sometimes the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming. When that happens, take some time to be still – reminding yourself that He is God.
One of the things I enjoy is to sit with a cup of coffee, Christmas tree lights on and Christmas music playing. I can just breath in the calmness and the joy of the love of God in my life. The busier the days get the more often you can find me with my cup of coffee basking in God’s goodness. I hope that you take time each day to be still (pause) and know that He is God.
 
Selah!
til next time
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December 21, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

have you read Psalm 27 lately?

Let’s look a few verses of Psalm 27.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?” (verse 1)

Salvation – I am grateful that God tells us today is the day of salvation. (2 Cor 6:1-3) I need Him today to save me – To save me from myself, from negative thoughts, from people who would do me harm, from the enemy of my soul who would try to destroy….

God is my strength.  I need Him.

He will give us wisdom to know what to do and strength to do it. We do not need to live in fear of tomorrow, of change, of things out of our control….

“One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (verse 4, 8)

What is your desire? Do your actions adequately reflect this?

God I want You! I want to be more and more aware of Your presence in my life.

“Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (verse 11,13,14)

Seek Him. Take time to get to know Him. Read His Word. Apply His Word.

“We live in this world with all its problems, clutter and stuff… The demands of this world can be in your face. Seek God’s face. Let our hearts be sensitive to God being with us…. Are you building a history of encounters with God?” Pastor Curtis

Are you seeking God? For most of us, it could be more than it is.

Selah

til next time,

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December 7, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

white out

A problem with spell check is when the word is spelled correctly but it is the wrong word. When you then copy and paste that section 3 more times and totally miss that it is the wrong word, you have a problem. In my case ‘were’ is not ‘will’. Also there is a difference between weighted and weighed. Spell check doesn’t care.

Along comes white out. What a great invention. Although when you have 30 books – that’s 150 words that need to be corrected. Oh, how much easier it would have been to have used the right word in the first place.

While taking care of this issue I thought about Jesus. Jesus, the ultimate white out. Psalm 103:12 tells us that our sins are removed as far as east is from the west.

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“and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelations 1:5-6(ESV)

Then my thoughts turned to people. White out applies to people too.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)

Love covers a multitude of sins – I have given this much thought. There is much I could say but I challenge you to talk with God about how He wants this to play out in your own life.

Love in words, in tone, in actions, in body language — Let’s allow God’s love to transform our lives into a display of HIS LOVE! Oh, how He loves us!

Selah,

til next time

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November 18, 2017 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but as for me

“But as for me…”
This is a phrase that is repeated often in the Bible. It is my battle cry.
 
In a world where sin abounds – what we do matters. We are all broken – just in different ways. Being broken isn’t the end. What we do with our brokenness is the point.
 
We can allow our brokenness to turn into judgment, self-righteousness, bitterness… Or we can turn to God and allow Him to mend our brokenness with His peace, joy, love… We can choose to let God shine through our brokenness.
 
But as for me – I need You, God
But as for me – You are my provider
But as for me – I will not fear
But as for me – You are my strength
But as for me – I trust You
But as for me – You are my shield
But as for me – I choose joy
But as for me – You give me life
But as for me – I will praise You
But as for me – You are in control
But as for me – I want to be more like You
But as for me – use my brokenness for Your glory
 
 
What about you?
psalm 71 14
 
“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14 (NASB)
til next time
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October 31, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

music

Worship is so much more than the songs I sing in church.  It is the life I live each and everyday.  Music is one way my heart expresses the awe that I feel.
I often break out into song.  I almost always have a tune in my head.  Sometimes I am not aware that  my mouth is sharing that tune.

For me, music keeps my heart in the right place.

 

“This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NASB)

“May my life song sing to You!! I want to sign your name at the end of this day knowing that my heart was true. May my life song sing to YOU!”

That is my goal for today – when all is said and done – when I lay my head down to sleep – that my life will have reflected my love for Jesus. I don’t want to just get through this day.  I want to enjoy this day and make a difference.

The sun comes up it’s a new day dawning.

What are you going to do with your day? How will you spend the next few hours? What will consume your attention?

 

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If we don’t intentionally set out to enjoy today and be grateful, it can so easily escape us.

 

til next time

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July 14, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

busy, tired, calm, peace???

What is your answer to the question – How are you?  It seems the most common answer is busy or tired.

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?

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 later?)

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 – 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. It seems that on any given day there are always things that ‘must’ be done. Resisting the temptation to take back the wheel is crucial to still waters and green pastures.

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

til next time

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July 6, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trust God

Trust God!

When it doesn’t make sense, when your heart is breaking, when your health is stopping you from doing something you so badly want to do, when this is not what you expected, when it seems you are farther from your goal than ever before, when the dream you believe God gave you seems so far away, whatever it is — just trust Him!

 
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God says, “Just trust me.”

“Just trust me!” Can you hear Him saying that to you? I hear Him telling me.

 

He is working in the midst of it all.  He is making a way.  His way will amaze you.

 

“But when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.

I praise God for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 56:3-4 (NLT)

Trust — we never get to stop learning about trust. As you trust God, He writes the coolest stories.

Let God write your story!

Sometimes life gets messy but I trust You, God!

til next time

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June 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

another day

Another day begins.  What will bring?  How will I handle it?  When the day is done, will I look back on it and wish I had done things different?  I hope not.  That is why I purpose in my heart to see the good, do good, and trust God.

God is good!
All the time!
And all the time
God is good!

psalm 103 2
“This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 NASB)

“But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6 NLT)

“For God called you to do good,
even if it means suffering,
just as Christ suffered for you.
He is your example,
and you must follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NLT)

“My suffering was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.
Your instructions are more valuable to me
than millions in gold and silver. ( Psalm 119:71-72 NLT)

“I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done…” (Isaiah 63:7 NLT)

What are you going to do with your day? I am going to look for the good and give God thanks. I choose to rejoice and trust – knowing that He is in control. I need not worry for He is working in those difficult circumstances.  I choose to follow Jesus.

God is good!

 

til next time

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May 30, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace, mercy, love – i need these!

Mercy, grace, and love.   I desperately need these in my life.  I am grateful that God gives them to me.

My husband often says, “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”

 

“God is sheer mercy and grace;

not easily angered, he’s rich in love…..

He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,

nor pay us back in full for our wrongs….

God’s love, though, is ever and always,

eternally present to all who fear him,…..” portions of  Psalm 103:8-14 The Message.

 

Go ahead and read the whole passage.  It is a great thing to meditate on.

 

Love – Trusting God’s love when my circumstances don’t make sense, when life seems to be out of control, when my heart is breaking, when the road ahead looks rough, when the urge to quit is strong, – trusting in His love calms my fears, increases my joy, renews my hope and strengthens my faith.

Trusting in His love helps me walk in obedience when my flesh wants its own way. Knowing He knows all about me, nothing is secret from Him (“He knows us inside and out,”) and still He loves me – that right there is enough for me to trust Him to work things out in ways that I may not even begin to comprehend.

God loves you! His mercy and grace are for you!

Mercy, grace, and love – thank you God!

til next time

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May 16, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment