Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

count it all joy – 6

Count it all joy – step 6
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (11/22/19)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
 
Step four – Cleanse your hands (11/23/19)
Step five – Purify your heart (yesterday’s post)
Step six – do not be double minded
 
I can’t talk about counting it all joy and not address double mindedness. This gets in the way of living the abundant life. (John 10:10) It gets in the way of walking in joy and peace. It creates an internal conflict. It destroys our witness.
 
Double minded – unstable – hypocrite – wavering – insincere – compromising beliefs – keeping all options open – one foot in the world’s camp and one foot in God’s camp — a chameleon – causing a constant internal conflict.
 
Ask God to help you recognize the first signs of a double-minded attitude trying to creep in. Guard against it.
 
Where is your mind set
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6 ESV
 
til next time
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November 25, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 5

Count it all joy – step 5
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we count it all joy?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (11/21/19 post)
Step three – Draw near to God (11/22/19)
Often people will stop here but there is more.
 
Step four – Cleanse your hands (yesterday’s post)
Step five – Purify your heart
 
Purify your heart – this has to do with your inner life. Be sincere. Seek to please God. 1 Peter (1:22) tells us we accomplish this by obedience to God’s truth.
 
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 NLT
 
 
counting it ALL joy,
til next time
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November 24, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 3

Count it all joy – step 3
 
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (11/20/19 post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (yesterday’s post)
Step three – Draw near to God
 
Draw near to God. Simple and yet so often neglected. When life’s problems heat up – kick up your time at His feet. The harder the trial- the hotter the fire – the more time is needed at the feet of Jesus.
 
Sadly too often we waste precious time fretting and fixating on the problem instead of looking to the one who is able to help. (Psalm 46:1) When we look to Jesus, (Hebrews 12:2) for His joy in our strength, (Neh 8:10) there is a shift in our attitude.
 
“You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.” Psalm 4:7 NLT
 
til next time
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November 22, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy – 2

Count it all joy – step 2
James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
Step one – Submit to God (yesterday’s post)
Step two – Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
 
Resist – withstand the action of
 
Jesus tells us in John 10:10 the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. That is the devil’s action. Don’t get in agreement with him by believing his lies. Don’t go there.
 
When we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee. When we are not entertaining the lies of the devil, we can ‘count it all joy’ because our joy is found in Christ. Jesus is the way, truth and the life. (John 14:6)
 
Tests are the things testimonies are made of.
 
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November 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

count it all joy -1

James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
 
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
 
Today let’s look at submit to God.
 
Don’t get trapped in the small picture. God sees the whole thing. We can trust Him and we display that trust when we submit to Him. Reaffirm your dependence on Him. Offer up a sacrifice of praise.
 
 
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Heb 13:15-16 ESV
 
Continually – this is important to counting it all joy. Before the problem arises we should be praising Him. During the trial we continue the sacrifice of praise and on the other side of the trial – praise.
 
(Tomorrow step 2.)
 
Offering up praise,
til next time
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November 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

chronic stress?

Stress can be a big deal.  Some of us are walking around in chronic stress.  What can we do to reduce stress?
 
The Bible tells us:
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 ESV
 
Where our mind is, where our thoughts go will impact the amount of stress we deal with.
 
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” Romans 8:5-7 ESV
 
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  There is the key to handling stress. Where is your mind set?
 
Meditation and memorization of the scripture are huge tools to setting your mind on the things of God. When is the last time you meditated? (Rehashing negative things is a form of mediation. It is not a good form and it will not lead you to peace.)
 
Here are a couple great scriptures to memorize and then meditate on when you feel stress knocking.
“In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 56:11 NASB
 
“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 ESV
 
 
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Setting my mind on the Spirit!
til next time
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November 12, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

yes, you have a choice

We (my husband and I) are four weeks into post-op.  To say it has been a challenge is an understatement.  Neither of us had any real idea of what to expect.  Oh, I had expectations alright.  Reality is nothing like my expectations.

Looking back over the past four weeks, there is one thing that keeps popping up. I would find myself overwhelmed and God would lovingly, ever so gently pick me up and calm my anxiety. (This was very evident when I was driving in the foothills of Tennessee – on back roads that were narrow and not marked.)

I had a choice. We always have a choice.

I could wallow in self-pity. I could embrace the anxiety and carry it with me like a blanket. I could give in, clinch my fists and shut down. OR I could cry out to God. I could choose to believe what I know to be true and not what I was currently ‘feeling.” I could, with open arms, receive God’s grace and strength for each moment.

Psalm 61:1-4 NLT
“O God, listen to my cry!
Hear my prayer!
From the ends of the earth,
I cry to you for help
when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
for you are my safe refuge,
a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
safe beneath the shelter of your wings!”

What are you facing today? What ‘enemies’ are trying to overtake you today? (Fear? Doubt? Frustration? Financial? Relationships? Work? School?…)

Will you choose to receive from God the strength and grace that He offers? Will you choose to trust Him today?

God is for you, with you, and making a way. (Psalm 118:6, Matt 28:20, Isaiah 43:19)

Til next time

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October 29, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

question 4

4 of 4 questions God asked and still asks today.

Whom shall I send?

Isa 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Are you available? Or are you so busy that the only time God can get your attention is in the middle of the night or in church?

Whom shall I send?

Are you willing to be His hand extended? to your neighbor, co-worker, family member, grandchild, friend….

God wants to flow through you to the world around you. What will you say?

til next time

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October 19, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , | Leave a comment

question 3

3 of 4 questions God asked and asks today.

Do you love me?

John 21:15 “So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”

He brings us back to love every time.

Peter had denied Christ. There are times that our actions, our priorities, or even our words may in fact deny Christ. What are your actions saying about your love for Christ?

God calls us closer. He brings us back to love every time.

Oh how He loves us. He is crazy in love with us. He is for us.

Do you love Him?

tomorrow question 4

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October 18, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

question 2

2 of 4 questions God asked and is still asking today.

Could you not keep watch for one hour? Could you not wait?

In Mark 14 Jesus is going to pray. He takes with Him Peter, James and John and tells them He is deeply grieved. He asks them to keep watch.

Yet, they fell asleep. A second and third time He asks. They can’t seem to stay awake.

38 “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

The world we live in seems to be more and more focused on instant. Hurry, hurry, hurry, we want it right now.

How are you when God says wait? Do you trust Him? Do you trust His timing?

Do you wait with Him? In prayer, word, mediation?

How much of your attention does God get?

Keep watching – keep praying – keep connected

tomorrow question 3

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October 17, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment