Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.


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!)


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


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)


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.


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

grace – more than a short prayer before a meal


What do you think of when you hear the word grace?

My first thought is unmerited favor from God – getting something I don’t deserve but it can also mean:
elegance or ease of movement
favor or goodwill – mercy
pardon: an allowance of time after a debt or bill has become payable
and of course a short prayer before a meal

It is my desire that when people walk away from a conversation with me that they are encouraged.  It is my hope that they will see Jesus living in me.   Extending grace to others because I know of my own need for grace.   It is an area that I will forever be growing in.

Colossians 4:5-7 (NASB)

“5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

Walk in wisdom

Live  in a manner that rightly reflects God.   We have heard it said that actions speak louder than words.  Just what are our actions saying today?   This is a new day – redeem the time – make the most of today.    Make each day count.  There are no do-overs but there is today – this moment.

Speak with grace

Let’s  deal with people not according to what they might deserve but with grace, with wisdom – expressing love.   Nothing is quite so refreshing as a person whose speech is gracious.  One goal we can have is to try to bring out the best in others.  Help them see the good.  Our words can bring life or death.  (Prov 18:21)  May our words point others to Christ and His unfailing love.  May our words be pleasing in God’s hearing.  (Psalm 19:14)

Seasoned with salt

We are the salt of the earth. (Matt 5:13)  Let our words be salt.  Salt brings healing,  adds flavor, breaks through the hardness, and preserves relationships.

Knowing how to answer takes us back to wisdom.

For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”  Luke 12:12 (NIV)

This song is indeed my prayer.

til next time


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