Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

joy

Joy in the Journey
 
Recognizing that if God allows it, He will help me through it. (Isa 43:2)
 
Trusting that God, who sees the big picture, will work all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28)
 
I choose joy! (Psalm 92:4)
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Living life to the fullest may mean that I will need a nap. Hey, even Jesus took a nap. (Mark 4:38)
 
When worry knocks on my heart, I will remember that God is greater. I will trust.
(Prov 3:5-6)
 
Some days are just hard, but even in those days God is faithful. God is good! God is able! (Eph 3:20)
 
Those things that I would rather not do, I will choose to adjust my attitude and be thankful that I am able to do them. (1 Thess 5:18)
 
In my weakness, Christ is strong. He makes up for whatever I may be lacking. (2 Cor 12:9) I won’t compare myself with those who seem to do it easier or better. I will put my heart into what I do because I am really working for Christ. (Col 3:23)
til next time
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June 12, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

at peace with others??

There is this verse tucked away in Romans 12 that says:
 
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (verse 18 ESV)
 
Are you doing what you can to live peaceably? Sadly there are people who love to stir the pot, people who love to ruffle feathers, and people who enjoy making others look bad. How very sad.
 
As Christians, we are called to love.
 
Living peaceably with all does not mean that you lie because the truth would be hurtful. It doesn’t mean you shove things under the rug and not deal with issues. It also does not mean that you agree with whatever is being said so as not to cause waves.
 
Living peaceably will mean confrontation from time to time. Let love guide you. Speak the truth in love. Speak up when you see an injustice. Just do it in love.
 
“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (verses 17-21)
 
These are some great verses to meditate on.
 
walking in peace,
til next time
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June 10, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

thirsty

Today was quite warm. I found myself thirsty, really thirsty.
 
“Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is THIRSTY, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of LIVING WATER’” (John 7:37-38 NASB)
 
This was the last day of the feast, people would be headed home maybe to never all join together again. We see that Jesus didn’t speak in a low voice or only to a few but He stood up and cried out. What He was about to say was important. He wanted to make sure everyone heard. This was His invitation to come.
 
 
“If anyone” shows that the invitation is to everyone. The invitation is still there today. Jesus is saying, “Come.”
 
When we come to Christ, we are changed from the inside out. From our inner most being will flow rivers of living water. Rivers of living water speaks of constancy, life, and abundance.
 
 
How are you becoming more like Christ? Lord, have Your way in me.   May others see Christ is us.
 
til next time
 

May 26, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pain

Watching someone you love dearly deal with great pain and knowing you can’t make the pain go away is one of the hardest things in life.
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What we can do is point them to Jesus. He knows about pain. He is their peace. (Eph 2:14) His grace is enough to see them through whatever is going on. (2 Cor 12:9)
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Sometimes pain can be so intense that the person loses hope. Doctors seem to not be listening. Medication isn’t working. Pain increases. This is where it is so important that we speak life into their lives. (Proverbs 18:21) Remind them that there is hope. (Psalm 42:5)
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“This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells],” Heb 6:19 AMP)
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I am grateful that God is an ever present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He brings beauty out of ashes. (Isa 613) He is with us. (Matt 28:20) He gives us strength. (Isa 40:29) He holds us up and holds us together. (Psalm 63:8, Col 1:17)
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Thank You Father for this day. Thank You that whatever comes our way, You are with us. You love us with a love that is deeper than we can truly understand. Thank you for loving us. Today may Your love shine through us to others.
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til next time
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May 7, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

continually part 2

Continually – on going.
Continually – that word has gotten my attention quite a bit since the devotion on Wednesday from Psalm 34.
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verse 1 “I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
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Another definition of continually is without interruption. That got me to thinking about what those things are that interrupt my praise. What interrupts your praise?
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When covid19 is a memory, when I am able to return to my regularly scheduled life, when restrictions are lifted, there is one thing above all other things that I desire. What is that? I desire that people I know and strangers I meet will be able to recognize that I walk with God. That they will see Him!
There is the goal.
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You can’t do it for me and I can’t do it for you. However, God is right there waiting for you to spend time with Him.
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Psalm 105:2-4 (ESV)
“Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually!”
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Lamentations 3:24-25 (ESV)
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.”
What are you seeking?
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May 1, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

disappointment

Yesterday our Governor made the decision to cancel school for the rest of this 19-20 school year. The seniors did not realize that March 13th would be the last day they would be in class with their friends. For moms and dads homeschooling is a real thing. For the teachers, summer can be hard enough to come back from but now add 2 1/2 months to it and what will it be like in the fall?
 
Disappointment.
 
One thing covid19 is good for is disappointment. It is sure to affect everyone in some way.
*seniors who will miss out on Prom, sports and scouts,
Graduation ceremony and parties
*loved ones in the hospital and you can’t be there with them
*weddings that have had to be changed or postponed
*funerals that are void of people contact
*layoffs
*no gathering with family/friends
 
How do we handle this? Possibly the last thing you would think of is to rejoice. Yet, when we choose to rejoice in the Lord, in the midst of difficulty, we are really winning the battle and shutting the enemy down.
 
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NASB
 
Covid can lead to disappointment. Hope will not lead to disappointment. Hold on to the hope you have in Christ.
 
Earlier in Romans 5 The Message bible puts it this way.
“… And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
 
Feeling disappointment? Shout your praise! His grace is enough. Sing with the angels — giving God glory!!
 
Gloria
 
esterday our Governor made the decision to cancel school for the rest of this 19-20 school year. The seniors did not realize that March 13th would be the last day they would be in class with their friends. For moms and dads homeschooling is a real thing. For the teachers, summer can be hard enough to come back from but now add 2 1/2 months to it and what will it be like in the fall?
 
Disappointment.
 
One thing covid19 is good for is disappointment. It is sure to affect everyone in some way.
*seniors who will miss out on Prom, sports and scouts,
Graduation ceremony and parties
*loved ones in the hospital and you can’t be there with them
*weddings that have had to be changed or postponed
*funerals that are void of people contact
*layoffs
*no gathering with family/friends
 
How do we handle this? Possibly the last thing you would think of is to rejoice. Yet, when we choose to rejoice in the Lord, in the midst of difficulty, we are really winning the battle and shutting the enemy down.
 
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 NASB
 
Covid can lead to disappointment. Hope will not lead to disappointment. Hold on to the hope you have in Christ.
 
Earlier in Romans 5 The Message bible puts it this way.
“… And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
 
Feeling disappointment? Shout your praise! His grace is enough. Sing with the angels — giving God glory!!
 
til next time
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April 18, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘be’

I was messaging with a friend this morning and the topic of ‘how can we be effective for Christ’ came up.
 
How do we ‘be’ His representative when we barely leave our homes? How does the church move forward during covid19? What can I do that will make any difference?
 
First off, for you that are going to work everyday — you have opportunities to speak into the lives of people you come in contact with. Your love for Christ shines in the darkness. The hope that you have speaks volumes. Use those opportunities to point people to Christ.
 
For those of us mostly in our homes — life seems to have hit the pause button but I assure you there is nothing pausing in the spiritual world. You have been given a gift of time. You now have time to prayer – to intercede on behalf of our world, country, family, neighbors and the list goes on.
 
 
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4 ESV
 
Other things that you can do:
  • hand write notes, praying over them and snail mail them
  • make that phone call to the person God has placed on your heart
  • share a scripture on facebook and what it means to you
  • hearts in windows are a big thing – post some with scriptures or words of encouragement that point the reader to Christ
  • when you do go out – be courteous and express gratitude to the workers – if possible pray with them.
“Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.” Luke 12:35 NASAB
 
I also think that this ‘pause’ in our life is being used by God to strip away excuses. Are we using that time to draw closer to God – to grow. Don’t neglect the things that will keep your lamp burning brightly.
 
  • read the Word and then read more of it
  • meditate and memorize scriptures
  • ask God to shine His light on areas in your life that need attention
  • spend time sitting quietly before God
  • pray

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I’d love some more ideas — please share them.
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April 17, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

essential workers

Yesterday I shared a devotional geared toward those of you working or staying at home.  Today I want to shift gears.  Since I’m one of the ones working from home, I reached out to some friends who are still going to work – to get some insight.

Thank you for all the responses I received.  I am overwhelmed by some of the pain and rawness.  Truly this is uncharted territory.

“My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your Word.”  Psalm 119:28 NKJV

Here are some of what essential workers have shared with me.

What are some of the challenges you face?

  • rude people made the list way too many times
  • breathing with PPE on and the shields cause glasses to fog up
  • PPE gets in the way of my work
  • working extra hours is taking its toll on my body
  • shortened hours while increasing the load
  • breaks are shortened or non-existent
  • people are scared, mean, hateful and taking it out on us workers
  • bosses decision to not use PPE puts us in danger

What changes have taken place?

  • not being able to go to church but I can go to work 😦
  • drive thru only
  • stopped allowing customers in – all work done by phone, email, text
  • family is not allowed in
  • vacation plans gone
  • people who don’t want to come to work and so they really don’t work once there
  • nothing much has changed except some parts of the plant have restricted access – not good for morale

What is difficult/hard with working during covid19?

  • the reality that I could become infected or be a carrier and bring it home
  • struggling to empathize with people because my life is crazy busy and I’d love a week at home
  • so close to the edge
  • seeing people at their worst – fear changes people
  • not being able to do anything to truly protect people I care about
  • to see beyond self and all I am doing
  • lack of interaction with people that I am taking care of
  • exhaustion
  • finding it difficult to sleep because of anxiety
  • added demands = added physical pain
  • workers who took 2 weeks off claiming covid because they could
  • actually my job is easier without people coming in
  • seeing empty space were co-workers should be

To the essential worker –  where does your help come from?  Look up!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth. (verses 1&2)

The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.” (verse 8)

Psalm 121

 I also asked where do you see God in all of this?

  • when I pray with people
  • cheerful people even when their lives are turned upside down
  • when I talk with friends
  • in the people who thank us for being open
  • in knowing He has my back
  • in the direction He gives me to care for others and myself
  • in the peace I have that I am doing His will
  • people who cater meals
  • people who show love for one another
  • in my child – in how well he is handling all of this

TO ALL OF US!  — God’s grace is enough for whatever we face, be it loneliness or exhaustion.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.”  Ephesians 1:2 NLT

Grace and peace go together.  Grace is God’s strength working through us to enable us to do what we can’t do on our own.  We struggle and can even put forth great effort and yet we fail.  All while God is saying to us – let me help!  My grace is enough.  (2 Cor 12:9)

If peace is lacking in our lives – the first thing to do is look at who you are depending on — yourself?  your job?  the government? money?   Often peace is lacking in our lives because we are holding on to our cares.  We are trying to make something happen in our own strength, instead of giving our cares to God and walking in His strength.  (1 Peter 5:6-7, 2 Cor 3:5, Phil 4:6-7)  Peace can also be lacking because we are stretched thin and need refreshing that comes from spending alone time with Jesus.  (Matt 6:6)

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2 NKJV
Rock — Jesus — 1 Cor 10:4, Psalm 18:2
Overwhelmed?  Make time for Jesus.  Don’t neglect your one true source of help.  (Psalm 46:1)  Turn those hard things, the changes, the challenges, the loneliness, the fear, the stress over to Him.  Ask Him for help. (Psalm 121:1-2)  And then remind yourself that you trust God.  Declare it when you first wake up.  Declare it on your way to work.  Declare it when you get your bills in the mail.  Declare it anytime doubt tries to creep in.
IN GOD I TRUST!
Say this with me:    Today, Lord, You go before me. (Deut 31:8)  Today You are with me. (Matt 28:20)   Today You hold my right hand.  (Psalm 73:23)  In God I trust!  (If trust is a weakness for you then I encourage you to read these verses out loud  – Prov 3:5-6, Psalm 4:5, 7:1, 16:1, 18:2, 20:7, 22:4-5, 40:3, 91:2, 1 Tim 4:10)

 

Again, I want to thank all of you that shared your heart.   You are in my prayers.   If you want to add to this list – please contact me or leave a comment.

til next time

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April 16, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

what scriptures do you have posted around your house?

I have two scriptures posted on my monitor. One has been there a long time – since May of 2015
just so happened
 
I preached a sermon from this verse. It still speaks to my heart today.  when I sit in darkness
 
 
If things are feeling a bit dark to you, I encourage you to click on the blog.
 
“God uses circumstances in our life to open our eyes to a deeper awareness of His presence.”
What scriptures do you have posted around your house?  I encourage you to put some up where you spend the most time.  For me that is my monitor, around the window at my kitchen sink, and my bathroom.
 
May our eyes be open to the fingerprints of God that are all around us. May our ears be tuned to His voice. Remember God is always speaking to us through His Word. (Romans 10:17)
 
“May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.” Eph 1:2 NLT
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April 14, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

guard your thoughts

A few thoughts:
Be Thankful – count your blessings
Recognize the need to call upon His name
Make known – share your story!
Sing – singing songs to and about God is one way to fill your peace tank
Talk – long ago I decided to be intentional about bringing God into conversations. After awhile it just becomes second nature.
Rejoice — choose joy! With your heart – seek God.
Seek the Lord – with intent – go after God.
Remember — “Remember that God has been faithful in the past so when difficulties arise you are not swayed by them.” Pastor Curtis
 
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
1 Chronicles 16:8-12(NKJV)
In Awe of the wonders of God,
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April 8, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment