Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

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