Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

how would you describe you?

If someone would list four things that describe you – what would it be?

I have always been fascinated with how God describes Job.

“Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.” Job 1:8 ESV

1. blameless — honest

2. man of integrity — true to his word

3. fears God –totally devoted to God

4. stays away from evil — avoids evil

If you are familiar with the story of Job you know that he goes through a trial like no other.  He lost all oxen, donkey, sheep, camels, servants, sons and daughters and finally suffered boils from his head to his feet. His wife was of no help. Three friends showed up to sympathize and comfort him but their method was anything but comforting.

Yet we find Job declaring this profound truth.

“For I know that my Redeemer lives,

and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” Job 19:25 ESV

In the midst of suffering, Job holds on to his Redeemer.  He holds on to God.

What about us?

What four things would describe you? Me?

What do we do in the midst of suffering?

Let’s declare like Job does in 42:2 ““I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.” NLT

Our God is greater!

til next time

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February 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

talking — texting —- just a whole lot of words!

Words  – I use a lot of them.

Sometimes my mind can act like a rewind button.  I go over and over and over an issue until it has mostly consumed me.  I believe that is why what I think about is so very important.  (“For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 NKJV)

What we think about matters.  How we think about something will affect how we choose to respond.  Check out blame game or ownership? you decide

   “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    Be acceptable in Your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14 (NASB)

What do you find that consumes your thoughts?    (Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.  Phil 4:8 MSG)

It is out of our thoughts that the words flow.

One of the hats I wear at our church is what is now referred to as a worship pastor.  (I have to chuckle at the various names it has been called over the years.)  I find words are a very necessary part of heading up the worship department.

Preaching or teaching a class also lends itself to many words.

I love people and therefore find myself talking with people from all walks of life.   As a chaplain, I am even paid to visit with people.

Words………………..words…………………..and more words……….

    “Watch the way you talk.
     Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth.
     Say only what helps, each word is a gift.”  Eph 4:29 (MSG)

Watch the way you talk.” 

Talking is more than just a bunch of words strung together.  Tone, body language, and facial expressions all enter in to the way we talk.  What does your tone/ body language/ facial expressions say about the words that come from your mouth?  Are you irritated?  at peace? excited? bored? looking for an escape?  compassionate?  understanding?

“let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth”

I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one, except to ask – where do you think sarcasm fits?

“say only what helps, each word is a gift”

I would love to tell you that I have this mastered.  That would be a lie and since I am a huge fan of truth, let me just say that sadly, not all my words are helpful gifts.  I do think it is a goal to reach for and improve in. Please do not fall into the trap of making excuses.   If you have to make an excuse for what or how you say something — stop and change it!

I also believe that the helpful gift of words starts in the home.  How do your words reflect what you feel about your family?  Are you bringing life into your home by the words you speak or are you tearing apart the family structure?

     “Words kill, words give life;
    they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”  Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

You choose.  Choose wisely.  And remember that it isn’t only the words you speak.  The words you text, instant message, or post on facebook all are a reflection of you.

Give the gift of helpful words that brings life and causes others to flourish.  You will not have to be sorry for what you say if you are giving life with your words.

patsy

til next time

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June 14, 2015 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hiding in plain sight

I found a treasure the other day.  I had thought it was gone for good.  I had searched hi and low.  I had finally given up.  It was then that I found it hiding in plain sight.

What did I find?  My devotional journal.

Here is an excerpt from it.

  “that the proof of your faith…..may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ” 1 Peter 1:7

Our faith can be put to the test and it is.  However, that is the time of proving.  In the fire of trials is Jesus lifted high – given glory, honor and praise?

I believe – I believe!  All things work out for my ultimate good.  Acceptance with joy — faith is an action — believing in what the Word says.

You are in control.  My life is in Your hands.  My heart is in Your keeping.  Trusting in You, I know I can make it.  Let my words, thoughts, and actions – please and glorify You.  You are in control.  My Redeemer – my Firm Foundation.  I TRUST YOU!

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.  Psalm 84:11 NIV

{I started my devotional journal in 2001.  There are entries from 2001, 2002,2003, 2006, 2008, and the last date was 2010.   It is like a long-lost friend returning.   It is my plan to blog more often and now I have material for those weeks when time is in short supply.  Although I do look forward to writing in it again.}

til next time

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February 5, 2015 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment