Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

waiting 6 of 7

For the past 5 days I have looked at waiting. One thing I haven’t addressed is joy in the waiting process.

Col 1:11 Paul prays that they would endure (wait) with joy.

We are truly missing out if we think that joy is only available when we are problem free. After all, the Bible tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength. Neh 8:10 I believe it is a lack of joy that causes us to give up instead of endure.

Jesus came not so we could be miserable 70% of the time. He came that we would have life abundant. (John 10:10) In Him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)

Our joy is not dependent on our external circumstance. Our joy IS dependent on our relationship with Christ. We are building on the firm foundation of Christ. He helps us. Our heart can indeed leap for joy.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.” Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

The realization that I can rely on the Lord for my strength – that right there is cause for joy!

In my weakness, You, O Lord are my strength,
til next time

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March 16, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting 5 of 7

Waiting changes us. It is the only way I know to grow in patience and endurance. Don’t waste the waiting time tangled up in fear. Use this time to let your hope and faith rise up. God keeps His promises and one of them is that He is with us always.

What God does in us – in that long night of waiting – He wants to do through us.

Psalm 40 starts out with waiting on the Lord. God lifted him out of the pit. On the other side of waiting is a new song and blessing.

v.3-4 “He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.”

This new song in our heart isn’t just for us. While we are waiting, others are watching. They want to know that this Jesus thing is real. They are looking to see if we believe what we say. Others will see that new song in our heart and be drawn to Christ.

Psalm 37:3-7 (NIV)
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;

While I’m waiting, I will praise You, Lord!

til next time

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March 15, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

decorated with love

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;” Eph 3:17 (TLB)

Our home is decorated with the love of others. The room I am currently in has two pieces of furniture from Curt’s grandpa, two pieces of furniture from my grandma, a desk from my sister, a chair from a couple we mentored, a computer from a dear friend, and numerous knick knacks and wall hangings from people who love us. Yes, I am surrounded by the love of others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, He brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to decorate our lives. (Gal 5:22-23) Are we displaying them for all to see?

When He dwells within us, our lives are changed. “…what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.” Gal 6:14

Our house has siding on it and shingles on the roof. The Bible addresses what are ‘siding’ and ‘roof’ should look like. “…putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thess 5:8) Does your ‘siding’ or ‘roof’ need some attention?

Often my house is in need of cleaning. It is the same in our lives. David understood this. “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yes, our home is decorated with the love of others but more importantly my life, your life, is decorated with the love of Jesus. May He feel at home in our lives!

Jesus, You are welcome in each room of my heart!

til next time

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March 8, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how’s your soul?

How’s your soul? (will, mind, emotions)
My morning started out a little rough. I have a pinched nerve in my neck that I thought was gone. Sadly the medicine was only masking the pain – not fixing it.

Did you know that you can change your day by changing your attitude?

My attitude was heading south. There are a ‘million’ things I could focus on concerning my health and the way I am feeling BUT I want to enjoy this day. There are no do overs. So as with anything in my life – I took it to God.

Maybe you need to pray this prayer with me.

“Good morning God. This is the day You have made and I am wanting to choose to rejoice in it. In order to do that I need Your help. Help me to not fixate on the pain, the ‘now what’, or the ‘how’, but to keep my eyes on You. You are good! You love me and You are working all things out for my good. Yes, even this pain. Help me to see beyond myself, to see the opportunities You have for me today. I can do what you set before me this day because You are with me. I choose hope! I choose You, Jesus! (Psalm 118:24, 46:1, 2 Cor 10:5, Heb 12:2, Rom 8:28, Col 4:5, Phil 4:13)

I also looked to God’s word to speak to my heart. If you haven’t read Ephesian 3 lately, I encourage you to read it.

My take on a few of the verses:
V6. God’s plan is that we belong to Him
V7. it is a privilege to serve God
V14 because of Jesus and our faith in Him, we can come to God boldly and confidently. We don’t have to have it all together or say the right things but we come just as we are.
V14-15 there is something special about kneeling before God – surrendering to the Creator of everything
V16 is my verse to hold on to today!
V17 trusting Christ (in the good and the bad, health and pain) sinks our roots deep in God’s love and that keeps us strong – I want that!
V18 God’s love – nothing greater (wide, long, high, deep) Makes me want to break out into song “Oh, how He loves us so. Oh how He loves us.”
V19 we don’t just know of His love, we experience His love
V20 God gets the glory! He is able to do more than we can even imagine

Yes, I am now ready to face the day as a mighty child of God.
What about you?

til next time

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March 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pain – hope

I was reminded today of a painful season in my life. No, it did not turn out how I had hoped, how I had prayed. Yes, it changed those involved in such a way as to never be the same again. I am grateful for God’s healing and His peace that has taken that memory and stripped it of power.

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“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14

Pain changes us. Yet, when we put that pain in God’s hands – trusting Him – He brings beauty out of ashes. (Isaiah 61:3) God Does This!

Sometimes the night seems long …
“weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Remember…
“when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” Micah 7:8

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

Overflowing with hope,
til next time

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March 3, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

heaven all around

Heaven – Coming face to face with Jesus, the one who loves us unconditionally! When what has been unseen, is now seen. (1 Corinthians 13:12) When our faith/hope meets those nail scarred hands in person. Heaven where there will be no more sickness, no pain, no heartache, no deadlines to meet, no misunderstandings, no rudeness, no sarcasm… (Revelation 21:4)
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thess 4:16-17

 

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“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
Wednesday night in Bible study the question was asked –  What privilege do we enjoy on earth that we won’t have in heaven? If you are like me, this made my head tilt. Huh?
Answer:
To be used by God to show someone the way to Christ.
To see lives changed by the glory of God.
To let His light shine through us.
To reach the lost with the good news.
To make a difference in our family, church, work place, city, and our world.
Our faith in God speaks loudly in our words and actions.
YOLO! (You only live once!)
LOL – JK (Laugh out loud – Just kidding)
BRB (Be right back)
Jesus Christ
Who can you share your faith – your hope with today?
til next time
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March 2, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

teachable?

Do you have a teachable heart?

“To accept correction is wise, to reject it is stupid.” Proverbs 12:11

“For sound advice is a beacon,
good teaching is a light,
moral discipline is a life path.” Proverbs 6:23 (MSG)

When faced with a major decision – do you seek out people who will tell you what you want to hear or people who will challenge you to seek God and give to you godly counsel? Making your decision and then seeking counsel is putting the cart before the horse – you have it backwards.

God uses people in our lives to speak to us. Sometimes it is a word of encouragement, sometimes it is a confirmation of what God has been trying to tell us and other times it is in the form of correction.

“Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:8

Proverbs 1:5 “ A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.”

Let’s be teachable. Let’s be wise.

til next time

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February 28, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

got love?

Some people have clearly forgotten what Jesus says in John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

David was familiar with the pain of a relationship that he thought was solid but wasn’t.

“Even my best friend, the one I always told everything
—he ate meals at my house all the time!—
has bitten my hand.” Psalm 41:9 (MSG)

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It is painful when someone you thought had your back – doesn’t. Oh how I wish the Golden Rule said that people WILL treat you the way you treat them. But it doesn’t. (Matthew 7:12) How we treat others is a reflection of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus says to love. I do believe that the deeper we fall in love with Jesus – the greater our love for mankind will be. “For God so loved…..”

But what about this person who has bitten my hand?

First I pray about it and ask God to guide me and to heal my broken heart. Then I ask Him to deal with that person. (Romans 12:19) There are times when I must step back and put some distance there. Healthy boundaries are a part of taking care of myself. God gives us wisdom to know what to do and strength to do it. The key is that in whatever we are doing – let’s remember to let God’s love guide us.

“Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love—but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13:13

How’s your love walk?

til next time

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February 25, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

well done thou good and faithful

Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of His godly ones.”  Psalm 116:15 NASB

You have probably heard the news by now.  Billy Graham has died.  But here is what Billy Graham had to say about that.

“Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” – Billy Graham

Billy Graham says this about legacy.

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What will we do with the time we have on earth?  Today is a gift.  How will you spend it?

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Worship!

Worship is so much more than just the songs we sing.  Worship is the life we live.  By our actions who is it that we worship?  For some, they worship the almighty dollar.  For others, it seems that self worship is top on their list.  What about me?  What about me?  For me, my desire is that my life reflect my love and devotion to Jesus.  May they see Him in me.  To God be the glory!

 

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Yes, God still speaks to us today!

Joy Behar  has made an ignorant statement concerning hearing from God recently on The View.   By her statement it is evident that she does not know what she is talking about. 

From the show — Sunny Hostin said it’s “interesting” that former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman recently said that Pence talks to Jesus and believes Jesus tells him things. Hostin said she is a “faithful” Catholic but doesn’t want her vice president “speaking in tongues.” Joy Behar then said, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you… that’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. That’s hearing voices.”  

Oh Joy you are so deceived.   My prayer is that through this she will come to know who Jesus is and accept His great love for her.    Redemption is available to everyone.

Here is what Billy Graham had to say about this topic.

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God speaks to us today.  He hasn’t stopped speaking.  It is just that some people refuse to hear.  Open the Bible today and read what He has to say.  Meditate on it and apply it to your life.  God will bring back those scriptures to your mind – just when you need them.

 

This is what I want to hear when I die.

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’  Matthew 25:21 ESV

Until then I fall in love with Him over and over again.  He constantly amazes me.

 

til next time

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February 21, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

let go!

Don’t lose sight of what is truly important in life. Sometimes the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming. When/if that happens, take some time to be still reminding yourself that He is God.

One of my favorite verses (I have many) is Psalm 46:10.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!.” (NKJV)

The NASB puts it this way:

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

One more translation – GW

“Let go of your concerns!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations.
I rule the earth.”

Be still, cease striving, let go — pretty direct message. How is it that we can do that? Because God is who He says He is – He is in control. He is the creator and sustainer of life. He holds all things together. He is the God of hope. He loves us. He is for us!

 

One of the things I enjoy is to sit with a cup of coffee, dim lights and music playing.   I can just breath in the calmness and the joy of the love of God in my life. The busier the days get the more often you can find me with my cup of coffee basking in God’s goodness. I hope that you take time each day to be still and know that He is God.

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til next time

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February 11, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment