Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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!

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“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

sand or rock?

 
Foundation – rock or shifting sand? It matters!
 
Here is a great verse to memorize!!
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 (NASB)
 
When we were looking at parsonages, Pete would go around and inspect the foundation – inside and outside. While I was more concerned about what the kitchen looked like, he was all about the foundation.
 
When we settled on a house, the foundation was solid. The rest of the house was …. well…. awful. However, Pete assured me that all it needed was a little TLC on the inside. He was right.
When  we invited our Realtor to come see the transformation, he was speechless.  Every once in awhile I pull out the pictures.  I am reminded all over again that God brings beauty.  Oh, if only we would see the possibilities instead of being overwhelmed.
Let us not forget But God…. is able, is working in and through us, is making a way, is for us, is with us, and the list goes on.
 
So it is with our lives. What does your foundation look like? I hope that you are founded on the Rock. When your foundation is solid, then all that is needed is TLC which God so graciously gives. God’s transformation in our lives is ongoing and amazing.
 
“For You are my rock and my fortress;
For Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.” Psalm 31:3 (NASB)
 
My Jesus, my Rock,
til next time

November 28, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

coming and going

 My house is filled with reminders.  I need them.

By my computer desk I have one that says — Live Life with PURPOSE.  There is another that talks about a Faithful Servant.  Yet another on grace and mercy.   I need reminders because sometimes life is way too full.

My coffee cup, this morning, reminded me of a central truth.  God is good.  All the time.

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God is good.

All the time.

He put a song of praise in this heart of mine…

Through the darkest night His light will shine…”

This cup has a powerful message on both sides. I wonder, what is the message people read when they see me coming and going?

Coming and going reminds me of Psalm 121:7-8 (NASB)

 

The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”   (I have a card with this written on it taped to my monitor.)

God is with me always. (Matthew 28:20) I have nothing to fear. (Psalm 56:4,11)) He will direct my  path. (Proverbs 4:10-12) Those three things alone  have a great impact on how I live my life.

God is good!

til next time

 

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October 8, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

saturday’s song

“Count your blessings – name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done…”

 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;” (Psalm 103:1-2)

 

David started out with praise. Then in verse 2 he reminds his soul (will, mind, emotions) to not forget all of God’s benefits. God has done great things!

Take a look at verse 12. When we come to Him with a repentant heart, look what happens. “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

How far is that? Well, when you are heading east, you will never see west. Yet, how often we continue to beat ourselves up over mistakes in the past. Accept the forgiveness that God offers.

“Depart from evil and do good.” Psalm 34:14

David ends the Psalm the same way he begins it with “Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

“….For He has done great things, He has done great things, He has done great things bless His holy name.”

 

Let’s follow David’s example and take some time today to give God praise for all that He has done, is doing and will do.

Counting my blessings,

til next time

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April 30, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a road best not traveled

Compare….it has been around since the beginning of time.  “Just look at that beautiful apple, Eve.  It isn’t like any other in the garden.”  (my paraphrase)

I know better than to compare.  It only gets you in trouble.  If you are comparing yourself with someone who has it better than you – envy or jealousy can settle into your heart.  If you are comparing yourself with someone who has it worse than you – pride or false humility can settle into your heart.

Like I said, I know this is a road best not traveled.  Yet sometimes there seems to be this neon light that reveals such vast differences that it is almost impossible to not compare.

What do you do then?  How do you stop the comparison from consuming you?  It can replace your joy with sadness if you let it.

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“Be still and know that I am God”

  

A still heart knows that God is in control.  A still heart remembers that God will use even this for good.  A still heart is a heart of hope.  In order to be still you need to first hand over all your hurts (disappointments, frustrations, whatever seems to be looming over you trying to keep you upset) to God.

Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.  (1 Peter 5:7 TLB)

God hears our prayers.  He is for us.  He loves us and will work all things out for good – trust Him.  (Romans 8:28)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.(Philippians 4:6-8 TLB)

til next time

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May 12, 2015 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

a smile on my face

I was looking for a verse on hope today.  The Bible is filled with them.  God is a God of hope.  No matter how difficult life may become, we have hope that God will turn it around.   It is a promise.  Romans 8:28

As God so very often does, He gave me so much more than just one scripture on hope.    For today’s blog I am going to just let the scripture do the talking and thank God again for His Word that breathes freshness into my life.

“Fixing my eyes on God — soon I’ll be praising again.  He puts a smile on my face.  He is my God!!”

A white-tailed deer drinks
    from the creek;
I want to drink God,
    deep draughts of God.
I’m thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, “Will I ever make it—
    arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
I’m on a diet of tears—
    tears for breakfast, tears for supper.
All day long
    people knock at my door,
Pestering,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

These are the things I go over and over,
    emptying out the pockets of my life.
I was always at the head of the worshiping crowd,
    right out in front,
Leading them all,
    eager to arrive and worship,
Shouting praises, singing thanksgiving—
    celebrating, all of us, God’s feast!

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
    soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
    He’s my God.

When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse
    everything I know of you,
From Jordan depths to Hermon heights,
    including Mount Mizar.
Chaos calls to chaos,
    to the tune of whitewater rapids.
Your breaking surf, your thundering breakers
    crash and crush me.
Then God promises to love me all day,
    sing songs all through the night!
    My life is God’s prayer.

 Sometimes I ask God, my rock-solid God,
    “Why did you let me down?
Why am I walking around in tears,
    harassed by enemies?”
They’re out for the kill, these
    tormentors with their obscenities,
Taunting day after day,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
    Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
    soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
    He’s my God.  Psalm 42  MSG

2015 begins tomorrow.  What will it bring?  Whatever comes your way, rest in the hope and promise that God is holding your hand!

new yearIf you have a moment, listen to this song by Steven Curtis Chapman.  It is how I am ending 2014 and starting 2015!!

til next time

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December 31, 2014 Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment