Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

in the beginning….God

In the beginning……God!
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“Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.” Isaiah 40:28 NLT
 
Sometimes we tend to act as if God is made in our image instead of recognizing that we are made in His image. Be careful that you are not guilty of putting God in a box. God is not limited by those things that limit us.
 
“How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.” AW Tozer
 
Our God is able. (Psalm 138:8) He is all-powerful. (Job 36:22) Nothing is too difficult for Him. (Jer 32:17) Nothing is impossible with Him. (Luke 1:37)
 
Maybe it is time you get a fresh perspective of who God is. He is the God who works wonders. (Psalm 77:14) And He wants to work through you. (…so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Cor 12:9 NLT)
 
Our God is greater! (Job26:36)
 
til next time
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March 7, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

thanks

Continuing with Psalm 100   click here for verse one,two, three
verse 4
 
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!” ESV
 
God is worthy of our praise. Stop and think about some of the blessings that God has brought your way today.
 
For me, one was a great report from the eye doctor. I have to admit that I kept changing my appointment because I didn’t want to hear how badly the steroids had affected my eyes.
Not only did I get a good report but my prescription hasn’t changed in over 10 years. I can still wear the 4 pairs of glasses that I got while working for the eye doctor.  They are in great condition even.   Amazing! Thank you God.
 
Maybe nothing big happened to you today. I do believe as we give God thanks in the little things that our eyes are opened to more and more of God’s fingerprints. He is worthy to be praised.
 
Once again I encourage you to keep a gratitude journal – listing 3 different things that you are thankful for – it is one of the best disciplines I have done.
 
with a heart of gratitude,
til next time
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February 27, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

know

Continuing with Psalm 100. For verse 1 click here, for verse 2 click here

Today Psalms 100:3

“Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his:
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” ESV

Know – to be aware of truth – convinced that the Lord is God! Know – to be aware of truth – convinced that He made us and we are His!

We are His!!

He is our Father. (Matthew 6:9) We are His people. We are His sheep. He is our shepherd. (Psalm 23)

Today when things aren’t going right remember who you belong to – you belong to God. He doesn’t promise us beauty alone but beauty out of ashes. (Isaiah 61:3) He doesn’t promise us smooth sailing. In fact Jesus says we will face trouble.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV

He has overcome and we are His!

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 ESV

Today make sure your knower (yes I created a new word) works. Know – to be aware of truth – convinced that the Lord is God and we are His!

til next time

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February 27, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

psalm 23:3

No matter which translation you use Psalms 23:3 is powerful!

psalm 23 3

Thank you, Father, that You refresh my life! On difficult days, You give me new strength. When my world seems to be upside down, You restore order. When I am struggling to breathe, You let me catch my breath while You renew my strength. With a heart filled with gratitude, I worship You!

 

til next time

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February 22, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

yes, you have a choice

We (my husband and I) are four weeks into post-op.  To say it has been a challenge is an understatement.  Neither of us had any real idea of what to expect.  Oh, I had expectations alright.  Reality is nothing like my expectations.

Looking back over the past four weeks, there is one thing that keeps popping up. I would find myself overwhelmed and God would lovingly, ever so gently pick me up and calm my anxiety. (This was very evident when I was driving in the foothills of Tennessee – on back roads that were narrow and not marked.)

I had a choice. We always have a choice.

I could wallow in self-pity. I could embrace the anxiety and carry it with me like a blanket. I could give in, clinch my fists and shut down. OR I could cry out to God. I could choose to believe what I know to be true and not what I was currently ‘feeling.” I could, with open arms, receive God’s grace and strength for each moment.

Psalm 61:1-4 NLT
“O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
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.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”

What are you facing today? What ‘enemies’ are trying to overtake you today? (Fear? Doubt? Frustration? Financial? Relationships? Work? School?…)

Will you choose to receive from God the strength and grace that He offers? Will you choose to trust Him today?

God is for you, with you, and making a way. (Psalm 118:6, Matt 28:20, Isaiah 43:19)

Til next time

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October 29, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what replays in your mind?

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him” Psalm 62:5 NLT
 
Yesterday this verse landed in my lap, so to speak. God’s Word has a way of doing that.
 
“For whatever God says to us is full of living power: it is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires with all their parts, exposing us for what we really are.” Hebrews 4:12 TLB
 
Psalm 62:5 was just what I needed. So many situations in my life were coming to a head at the same time. The only way I know to fight off stress, frustration, discouragement, deadlines, pressure… is to turn to God’s Word, to lift my eyes to the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 123:1, Gen 1:1)
 
Meditating on this verse brought: renewed joy, peace, hope, strength, resolve, perseverance… Nothing we face is bigger than our God. Our God is greater!
 
What about you? Do you turn to God’s Word to find help for today? What are you meditating on? What is it that you dwell on, meditate, rehash, go over and over again in your mind? When we choose to dwell on the things of God, our lives are richer for it.
What replays in your mind?
 
My hope is in God,
Gloriapsalm 62 5
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February 7, 2019 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

give me Jesus

Wrong side of the bed?

Are you crabby this morning? Maybe a little owlie or grouchy? Some could even say you got up on the wrong side of the bed.

I have found a sure fire way to start my day off right. Before I get out of bed, I start my conversation with God. Yes, it is just that simple.

“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.” Psalm 59:16 (NLT)

Sometimes I’m awake long before I have to get up. As I am talking with God, I may fall back asleep. That is not a bad thing.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8 (NLT)

It’s not too late. Take a few moments right now to connect with God. It will change your day..

psalm 92

Starting with Jesus,

til next time

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March 22, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting 3 of 7

“Save me, O God,
for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
the floods engulf me.” Psalm 69:1-2

Sometimes life can seem like I am treading water – in over my head – emotions shot – I am a mess and God is asking me to wait a bit longer. He asking me to keep trusting Him.

Maybe you can relate to David in verse 29 of Psalm 69
“But I am afflicted and in pain;
May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.” (NASB)

While we wait there are things we can and should do. Let’s look at the next verse. (30)

“I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.”

Singing praises to God from a heart of thanksgiving is something we can do right now in this moment. It is not dependent on our circumstances. Giving God thanks is one way that we magnify Him. What you magnify will be the thing that dominates your thoughts.

Whatever it is that has you in a time of waiting, don’t waste that time. Dig deeper into God’s Word and lift your voice in praise. Casting Crowns has it right. “I will praise You in the storm.”

While I am waiting for the answer, for the solution, for direction, I will praise Him. What will you do?

til next time

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March 13, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

don’t lose hope

We are like a ship at sea. Sometimes it is smooth sailing, other times we are tossed up and down seemingly in great danger. Our harbor (final destination) is Heaven. Temptations, persecutions, problems, trials, obstacles, are the wind and the waves that threaten to shipwreck us. On our journey, we will encounter all sorts of beauty and danger.

“…My hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

One thing remains sure. We have an anchor that will keep us steady and on course. Our hope in Jesus is the anchor for our soul. Our hope in Him will see us through the storms.

As the old hymn states “We are anchored in Jesus the storms of life we’ll brave. We are anchored in Jesus, we fear no wind or wave… We are anchored to the Rock of Ages.”

The enemy of our soul (will, mind, emotions) likes nothing better than to see people in despair – hopeless. For he knows, maybe even more than we know, that hope is a most powerful weapon. Hope is indeed the anchor of our soul.

“…because my hope, Lord, is in you.” Psalm 25:21

All our hope is in Christ!

hope

til next time

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February 21, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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