Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

today — you choose

THURSDAY!

“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

God gives us this day – we choose how we will handle it. I choose joy. Not all days are great but, there is good in every day! I chose to see the good, give God praise and to trust Him in all things – good and bad.

T – Truthful
H -Helpful
U – Upright
R – Respect
S – Sparkle
D – Dream
A – Adventurous
Y – Yes, Lord

Father, help me to be Truthful and Upright in my dealings with people. May I make the most of opportunities to be Helpful. May I show Respect for others and see people thru Your eyes. May You Sparkle thru me. Give me God-sized Dreams and an Adventurous heart as I say “Yes Lord” to whatever You ask. Amen

” Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;” Palm 15:1-3 (NKJV)

Selah

til next time

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October 5, 2017 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

abundant life? for me?

How would you describe your life?  Are you in a rut?  Are you enjoying life.  On a scale of 1 – 10 where would you put abundant living?  Do you even know what abundant living looks like?

Jesus said in John 10:10  – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (KJV)

I want life more abundantly.  I believe there are many factors that are involved in living an abundant life.  First, and foremost, is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one gets to God unless they go through Him.  (John 14:6)

Our relationship needs to be growing.  1 Thess 5 tells us  what God’s will is for us, in Christ Jesus.  We are to rejoice, pray and give thanks.  How are you doing on those three things?

We  grow by reading the Word and  hearing the Word preached but that isn’t enough.  We must  apply the Word to our lives.  If it doesn’t change us, then we can’t expect to walk in the abundant life.

1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14   “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

5 keys to living an abundant life
1. Keep your eyes open – watch – don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore what is going on around you
2. hold tight to your convictions – stand firm in your faith – don’t be wishy washy and when doubt comes at you, lift up your shield of faith
3. give it all you’ve got – be all in – 100% – be brave
4. be resolute – determined – strong – Joshua 1:9 tells us “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
5. love without stopping – walk in love – let all you do be love based – do unto others and you would want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31)

1 cor 16 13 14

I am going to work on these five things this week.  What about you?

Living the abundant life that Jesus came to give me!

til next time

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May 22, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s will?

What is God’s will for your life?  1 Thessalonians tells us three things that are God’s will for every believer.  I have room for growth.  How about you?

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)

Rejoice always – when things are going great it is easy to rejoice. Even when things seem to be falling apart we can rejoice in the knowledge that Jesus holds all things together. (Colossians 1:17) We are not alone. (Matthew 28:20) God loves us! (John 3:16)

Pray without ceasing –  Being aware of the presence of God in our day all day long – God is with us. His fingerprints are all around us. May we continue to cultivate an awareness of the presence of God.

Give thanks – Thanksgiving is approaching. A time set aside to remember and be thankful. While I enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, giving thanks should be a daily thing for us as believers in Christ. A heart of gratitude expressed through our words and actions is a powerful demonstration of what Christ is doing in our lives.

Let me say that again.

A heart of gratitude expressed through our words and actions is a powerful demonstration of what Christ is doing in our lives.  (gg)

God’s will for your life is to rejoice, pray, and give thanks.Whatever else He leads you to do, these three things will be part of it.

til next time

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November 23, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

making up my mind

Today I received a phone call from a dear friend who has went through a long ordeal that consisted of surgery, followed by emergency surgery, followed by ICU and those are just the highlights. Talking with her was indeed good news from a distant land. Hearing about all the many ways that God revealed Himself to her was wonderful.
“Like cold water to a weary soul,
So is good news from a distant land.” Proverbs 25:25
 
I started my morning by seeing Doctor number seven in the host of doctors that I have seen since I started having various health issues. I don’t even know how many different appointments I have had over the past two and a half years. What I do know is that I had made up my mind before hand that this was going to be a good day and I was going to look for the good.
I have not been disappointed.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

 

What about you? What determines your frame of mind?
 
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,” Romans 8:6 or another way to put it is “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
 
Where your mind goes determines whether or not you will dwell in peace, joy, and hope or stress, frustration and dismay.
 
God is in control and I trust Him! My mind is set on Him!
 
You know what?   I am making up my mind about tomorrow also.  I will rejoice and be glad! (Psalm 118:24)  No matter what I face,  God will be right there with me (Psalm 46:1) and He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16)
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June 29, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

one size fits all?

One size fits all – has now become One size fits most.   Times be a changing.

This blog is taken from the message I preached last Sunday.  It is indeed a One Size Fits All!  I pull quite a few scriptures from Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  I am sure at least one  of these verses will speak to your heart.  If you take time to meditate on them and apply them to your life, it will be life changing.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians was written around 60 AD.  It is known as Paul’s happiest letter.    However, let’s get some background on Paul.

Around 3 years earlier, Paul wrote 2 Cor.    In this letter (chapter 6)  he gives us a glimpse into his life.

When we read Paul saying to rejoice in the Lord always – it can be easy to forget that life wasn’t all peaches and cream for Paul.  He didn’t live a charmed life.  He did write 13 possible 14 books of the New Testament.  (Hebrews is ?)

Here is what his resume’ looks like compared to the false prophets of his day.

patiently endure suffering and hardship and trouble of every kind
far more imprisonments
beaten so many times – he has lost count
often in danger of death
5 times given the 39 lashes (40 was the most their law allowed)
3 times beaten with rods
once stoned
3 times ship wrecked
spent a night and day in the deep
in danger from rivers, robbers, countrymen, city, wilderness, sea,
betrayed
spent many sleepless nights
in hunger and thirst
often without food
cold and exposure
his deep concern for the church
and let’s not forget the thorn in his flesh

What is his response to all of this?   What would your response be?

Paul says — God’s grace is sufficient and in my weakness He is strong.  (2 Cor 12:9)

Malcom Muggeridge, brilliant British journalist said “Everything I have learned in my 75 years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced my existence has been through affliction and not through happiness.”

3 years later Paul writes Philippians. Let’s not forget where he is at the time. He is writing from his jail cell.   Yet, what does he say about his circumstances?   1:12  I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel…

God uses our circumstances for good – if we let him. Paul’s focus isn’t on his hardships, his struggles – I believe he listed his hardships (in Cor) for our benefit. Maybe he had one too many people telling him – “You just don’t understand how hard it is Paul.”  “You didn’t go through what I am going through.”   “It is sooooo hard.”

Paul shows us how to handle difficulties.

It is possible to rejoice in the Lord in the midst of our struggles. In fact, it is necessary if we want to walk in victory.

HOW TO WALK IN VICTORY WHEN TRIALS ABOUND?

1:6 He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it

2:14 Do all things without grumbling or complaining – key to happiness!!  Easy to say, harder to do.  Where do you fall on the scale of grumbling?  10 being second nature and 1 being hardly at all.

3:1 Rejoice in the Lord

3:13 forgetting what lies behind and reaching for what lies ahead (Our focus should not be on the glory days of yesterday or the pain of the past but on the here and now. What is God doing now? What does God want to do through you today?)

4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice – decide in advance

WALKING IN PEACE IS A HUGE PART OF WALKING IN VICTORY!

Unrest and turmoil do not lead to a victorious life.  Stress and drama will stir up craziness in your life.

Paul shows us how to have peace.
4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 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.

TO WALK IN VICTORY YOU CANNOT IGNORE YOUR THOUGHT LIFE!

Thoughts — what you think about matters. It will determine your attitude. If you focus your thoughts on negative, sad things – don’t be surprised when it seems your joy is diminished.

Sometimes I think we give our circumstances way too much power in our lives. Power to make us miserable, sad, meh, complacent, negative. This can lead to gloom and anything but victory.

Meh?  What exactly is that?  Does it make you think Victory?  Yes?  Does it inspire joy and gladness?  Not for me.    I told the church that if they caught me using Meh – to say something – hold me accountable.  The King of Glory lives inside of me and meh just doesn’t cut it.     (After church one of the girls, that I love dearly, came up to me and showed me her shirt.   Of course I had to take a picture and encourage her to not settle for meh.  Isn’t she a cutie?  She is, inside and out!!! IMG_20160110_122215_347

4:8Fix 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. (TLB)

What do you dwell on when it comes to others?  How they have let you down or angered you or ??  How about instead if you look for the good in people?  Look for the good in each day.  It is there.  Sometimes you just have to look closer.  Remember God is good!!

4:11 I have learned to be content – get rid of those discontent thoughts – if you entertain them you will not walk in victory

4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me – no where does it say I can do it on my own.  What the Word does say is that without Christ I am nothing.

4:19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory – before you start thinking about that new Harley you might think you “need” or that nifty “sailboat” remember Paul was writing this from a jail cell.  Our needs sometimes get a little mixed up with our wants that we just think we must have.  Paul says in 1 Tim 6:8 (NKJV)

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

There you have it – my one size fits all message.

til next time

by the way  –12 times in this short letter joy and rejoice are mentioned. (in the NASB)
(1:4, 18, 25 2:2, 17, 18, 28, 29 3:1 4:1, 4, 10)

So go ahead — choose to rejoice and look for the good.  It just might surprise you.

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January 14, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment