Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

put on love

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Col 3:14-15 (ESV)

Are you wearing love?

Things that can make a difference both for the person receiving and the person giving:
Be kind
Do more than the minimum
Compliment someone – sure maybe you don’t like that particular outfit but there are so many ways to compliment someone and thereby encourage them.
Go out of your way to help
Smile
See the good
Own up to your choices and don’t look to pass blame
Be intentional about allowing God to flow through you
Hug someone or give a firm handshake
Pray with someone
Don’t show favoritism

Sometimes the hardest people to love, need love the most.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-45 (ESV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Life is short. People will remember how you made them feel.

Selah

til next time

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November 16, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what’s important?

God promises that when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. (James 4:8)

I have often said that we are as close to Jesus as we want to be. After all, everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day. What do we do with that time?

For me, I have to be intentional or things seem to push aside the most important relationship I have.

 

“Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalms 27:7-8 NKJV

A number of years ago I was introduced to the song “I Miss My Time With You” by Larnell Harris. It has a rather strong message. Are we too busy? Are we too busy trying to serve Him that we neglect spending time with Him? I hope not.
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Seeking His face,
til next time

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April 26, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

what, why, outcome??

prayer
How’s your prayer life?

What is prayer?     Communicating with God – the One who rules the universe and all the galaxies beyond, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and present everywhere

Asking Him to intervene on a particular situation or person

Asking for His peace, joy, love, hope and strength to be poured out and for eyes to be opened to Him

Why pray? because He cares about us. He is for us! He wants a relationship with us. He loves us. (Psalm 119:18, Isaiah 40:29, Jude 2, Psalm 42:5, 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 118:6, John 3:16)

Outcome?  Prayer changes things. Prayer makes a difference. The greatest change is in me. It draws me closer to God. Therefore, my corner of the world is better because of Jesus.

Don’t forget a part of prayer is listening. It is in listening that I find God pouring peace into my heart. We may never hear the audible voice of God but He still speaks to us: thru His word, thru music, preaching, thru others, thru a sense of assurance, God even used a Dove Chocolate wrapper to speak to my heart.

I encourage you to spend some time in prayer/communication with the One who loves you most.

til next time

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November 26, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

G.I.R.A.F.F.E

I love giraffes.    It was only a matter of time before I would come up with an acronym that I like.  While at the Chi Alpha SALT conference I came up with this one.  (SALT is a Friday – Monday conference of college students who are going all out for God — fully engaged!)

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I can’t decide which picture I like better, so I will post both.  🙂

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Worshiping with hundreds of college students was fantastic.   There was also time spent in quiet reflection and study.  It has been ages since I have done any type of poetry or prose.  I am a bit rusty at it but, the creativity has been once again awakened.

what matters most?
is it those things that scream the loudest?
or is it that book on the shelf?
there it is –
just waiting to be picked up
that life changing book
pages and pages filled with hope
time spent with the living God
becoming more and more like His Son
what matters most?
who you are becoming –
that’s what matters most. (gg)

Jesus, to You I cling

to You I cling
at Your feet I bow down
kneeling before You
sensing your presence all around

not my will but Yours
to You be the glory
I am following You
as You unfold my story

not to the left or the right
but straight down the road
taking the path before me
knowing You carry my load

to You I cling
my heart sings Your song
kneeling before You
in my weakness You are strong

thank You Lord
for Your mercy and grace
thank You Lord
for helping me run this race (gg)

We had some amazing speakers who dealt with Marketplace ministry — letting God shine through you at your job.  I was reminded of that today in my devotions.  (1 Thess)

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Hmmm, what splashes out of you when you are bumped?  What is your response when things happen that you can’t control?

When God’s love fills us to overflowing – it is that love that will splash on others.  When God’s hope and love is evident in our lives – it becomes evident to those around us also.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

infused with strength and purity – filled with confidence — Yes!  Yes, I desire that.  Fill me up, Lord!

One more scripture from my devotions this morning.

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Get along, do your part, gently encourage, reach out, be patient, be careful, don’t snap, look for the best, bring out the best…

Do you look for the best in others?

Do you bring out the best in others?

I know for me, it doesn’t just happen – my eyes blinking – that just happens.

I am pretty sure that my daddy used that next verse as his reference when he told me that if I had to do something anyway – I might as well do it with a smile.  “Be cheerful no matter what…”

Lots of direction for day to day living in these verses.  I am grateful that it is God who flows through me, helping me to grow in all of this.  I am also grateful that the Lord is my portion – I hope in Him.  His compassion is new every morning.   (Lam 3:22-24)

Today is a new day filled with opportunities cleverly disguised as impossible situations.  God is the God of the impossible.  He will make a way.  I believe God!

til next time

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January 23, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

day-to-day living

Recently I was in a meeting involving four people I hadn’t met before.  We can learn a lot just be observing others.

I was reminded of a few things:

First impressions, whether we want to admit it or not, do make a difference.  It is much easier to move forward if you have made a good first impression.

Listen to what is being said.  Crazy thought, huh?  Too many times people seem to be focused on what they are saying and not really paying attention to what others are saying.  For example, if your boss says he will do something –  don’t argue with him about doing it yourself, especially when what you are doing is exactly what he has said he doesn’t want.

Don’t dominate the meeting with your accomplishments.   On the other hand, do participate.

I was impressed with the facilitator of this meeting.  He did a fine job of involving everyone.

What does the Bible have to say about how we should live?

If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.”  Romans 12:6-8  (The Message)

Pretty straight forward.  I know what jumps out at me but what jumps out at you?  Is there something in this list that could use some improvement in your life?

‘Keep a smile on your face‘ reminds me of my daddy always telling me that if I had to do something I might as well do it with a smile.  Truth is that does make a difference.

The Word goes on to say:

“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.  Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”  Romans 12:9-13 (The Message)

Love from the center of who you are.  The center of who we are is Jesus. He enables us to truly love and not be phony.

One of my husband’s most quoted verse is ‘Cease to do evil, learn to do good.’

Cheerfully expectant.  I needed that reminder at this time in my life. (submit? who me?)

Don’t burn out – don’t quit.  The enemy of our souls would like nothing better than for us to either quit or burn out.  Either way we would not be effective.  I am regularly evaluating my schedule and priorities, because too easily I can get distracted or spend way too much time on a project that is not beneficial in the long run.

Be inventive in hospitality.  Look for creative  ways to extend love and hospitality to others.  Think outside the box.  Remember hospitality is really just  treating guests and strangers in a friendly manner.

Our day-to-day living is what ultimately makes up our life’s story.  Today is a new day.  What are you going to do with it?

til next time,

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October 21, 2015 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what are we missing?

I received this in the mail yesterday.

cell phone

We have had our cell phones for 14 years – I barely remember what it was like before cell phones.

My husband did not want a cell phone.  An emergency situation was the final determining factor in seeing the need for a pastor to have a cell phone .

I enjoyed greatly the fact that our boys had cell phones when they got their first vehicles.  There was a sense of relief that they were only a phone call a way if they had problems.

Then came texting. How did we get along with it?  Yet, how has it impacted conversations?

Somewhere in there I became a blogger.  Next I jumped on the Facebook bandwagon.  I have not joined any other social media site, nor have I joined pintrest.  Yet social media has impacted my life.

I talked my husband into getting smart phones when we were taking our old motorcycle to the Grand Canyon.   A GPS and google came in very handy.

I love my phone.  As of this moment, I have 1,240 pictures on it.  I say this moment because before the day is over I will probably have at least one more.

That said, I also hate my phone.  I seemed to be chained to it.  Yes, I have checked Facebook before getting out of bed.  It has consumed more of my life than it should.

I saw an article about the simplicity of flip phones and mentioned it to one of my sons.  He has refused to get a smart phone and still uses his flip phone.  He then showed me this YouTube video.

The guy starts out with “I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely.  I speak to all of them everyday yet none of them really know me…....”

It has griped my heart and I am not a great abuser.  That said, I will be making some changes.

There is a line in this that jumped out at me.

We are a generation of idiots, smart phones and dumb people.  So look up from your phone, shut down the display, take in your surroundings, make the most of today……..”

Has social media replaced human contact?  Is it easier for you to ‘talk’ on Facebook than to carry on a conversation eye to eye? When with others, are you ‘with’ them or are you more concerned about what is going on in social media?  I do think we have become a society that is too accessible to a device that should connect us but just might be isolating us.

For me, I am making some changes.  I will let you know how it goes.

My phone is meant to be a tool not a noose around my neck.

What are we missing by looking down at our phone and not around at our surroundings?

till next time

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June 23, 2015 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, living in a fish bowl, ministry, motorcycle, relationships | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

relationships

Some people walk into my life and teach me so much about love, forgiveness, and grace.  Others walk into my life and are like a cool breeze on a hot summer day — truly refreshing,  bringing a smile to my face and encouraging me to press on.

 I wonder  what  I bring when I walk into someone’s life?  What do you bring?

 

word picture  My prayer!

Sometimes it is so easy.  Other times it is so challenging.  I am reminded of the Golden Rule.  Luke 6:31   (TLB) “ Treat others as you want them to treat you.”  Recently I read a twist to the Golden Rule.  “From this point on I plan to treat people exactly how they treat me.  Some will be glad.  Others should be scared.”  While the desire is sometimes there in a strong way — I will continue to treat those who mistreat me – the way I wish they would treat me.  God’s opinion of me is what matters and He is the one who will help me to do what His Word says to do.

 

word pic 5My desire!

“I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned in awe of the One Who gave it all. I’ll stand – my soul Lord, to You – surrounded. All I am is Yours!”

Yes, some people have taught me much about love, grace, forgiveness and mercy.   For I have found that the  way to grow in those areas is to be in situations that require more grace than I have had to extend or  forgiveness for a hurt that runs deeper than anything I have yet encountered.  God is faithful and He is right there when trouble comes knocking.   (Psalm 46:1 (NASB “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”)

I find that the greater the pain, the more I need to remember to  “Be still, and know that I am God” (KJV) or another translation says it this way   “ Cease striving and know that I am God;” (NASB)  Psalms 46:10

flower messageThe Words I hear often in the innermost part of my being  — “Be Still and Know I Am God!”

Whatever I am facing, no matter how ‘ugly’ it may be, even if the night seems long or the pain doesn’t lessen, I know that I know that My God is with me.  If He chooses to not quiet the storm, He will most certainly  quiet my heart.

My prayer is that how I handle each relationship will in fact reveal my absolute trust and devotion to Jesus .  He is my:  Savior, God,  healer, provider, peace, strength, hope, joy and He is more than enough!

 til next time

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September 16, 2014 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment