Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

sparkle

When I opened my shades this morning, I was greeted to a dusting of snow on the ground. My first thought was — look how it sparkles!

Sparkle — hmmm.

Sparkle was a code word for me when I worked at the clinic. It reminded me to stay positive, to not complain, and to let God’s love shine through in all situations.

So there I was looking out my window thinking about sparkling.  Of course, then, I was not about to complain about snow on April 19th.  So my next thought was ‘white as snow’ from Isaiah 1:18.

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‘white as snow’ — the transformation that takes place when we grasp the forgiveness that is ours through the blood of Jesus. His love for mankind kept Him on the cross. Death could not keep Him. His resurrection displayed His power.

So today as the temperature rises and the snow melts, may we remember the price that was paid so we could be ‘white as snow.’

Let’s sparkle!

til next time

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April 19, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

faith 2nd of 2

Faith (Part 2)

It is our faith in Jesus Christ that makes us right with God. (Romans 3:22) We live out our faith by the things we say and do. Our faith grows as we choose to trust God in the midst of difficulties. God will make a way. (Isa 43:16) He is for us! (Psalm 118:6)

Choices — when you encounter troubles, where will your words and actions take you?

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7)

Our faith grows as we do what we are called to do recognizing that the glory belongs to God. Our faith grows every time we do the right thing especially when the right thing is not easy.

Our faith grows as we walk in obedience.

1 Cor 16:13 tells us four important things to do.

Be on guard.
Stand firm in the faith.
Be courageous.
Be strong.

All of these are possible as we rely on and trust in Christ to see us through whatever comes our way.

Faith is not so much something we believe.
Faith is something we live.

Living by faith,

til next time

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March 28, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

faith 1st of 2

1/2 posts on Faith – part 2 tomorrow

It was by faith that we left MN 27 years ago and moved to Iowa. What an incredible journey of faith, hope and love it has been.
I expect year 28 to be filled with awe and wonder as God continues to work in and through Cornerstone family! To God be the glory!

Let your faith in God arise! (Psalm 68:1)

Faith!

Faith is not so much something we believe.
Faith is something we live.

Fear cripples faith BUT Faith overcomes fear!

A living faith in Christ overcomes the fear of:
the unknown,
financial worries,
not pleasing everyone,
health issues,
attacks of the enemy,
failure,

“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22 NLT)

psalm 33 20

Living by faith in God means not always understanding the why, the how, the when but understanding that God is in control. He will make a way. (Isa 43:19) Christ dwells within us. (Eph 3:16) He is all powerful. (Job 36:22) We do not need to fear because He will never leave us, and He goes before us. (Deut 31:8)

Living out my faith day by day,

til next time

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March 27, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

i didn’t sow this!

God knows just what we need. God knows what will get our thoughts back on the right track. God knows how to encourage us. But, if we just let His Word sit unopened – we can miss it. When we take time to connect with God, He speaks into our hearts.

Each morning my husband and I try to take time to have devotions and pray together. I say try because it doesn’t always happen.

I told my husband that there are things I am reaping that I did not sow – that he did not sow. That can be rather hard to swallow.

We read from the devotional – Jesus Today.  It prints the scripture verses. Here is one of them.

“Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor 13:11 (NKJV)

Here is an excerpt from Sarah Young
“…I want your character to reflect Me more and more. So endeavor to be loving and peaceful in your relationships with other people. When someone irritates or upsets you, try to see Me in that person. Remember that I created everyone in My own image. The most effective way to love people is to allow My Love to flow through you to them. My Spirit lives inside you, and you can ask Him to love others through you…..make every effort to live close to Me, the God of Love and Peace.”

I trust you can see how God spoke to my heart about the situation that is not right. We laid the wrong at Jesus feet in prayer and left it there. It’s His issue now and I refuse to dwell on it.

Drawing closer to God and loving the people who come across my path today! How about you?

til next time

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March 26, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

evil/good?

What does this verse mean to you?

psalm 34 14a

“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

How will this play out in your life today?

When the opportunity to do good comes your way – will you do it? When you have the option of responding in a way that is peaceful or responding in a way that is harsh – which will you choose? Will you resort to sarcasm or will your words encourage? What is your tone like?

Turn from evil — are we people of integrity? Sadly sometimes our actions reveal us embracing evil. I have had people try to justify all sorts of things. If I have to make an excuse about my behavior – chances are something isn’t right. What I need to do is seek God’s forgiveness and help.

“Lord, help me today to do good. Help me to choose to let Your peace shine through my life. Show me how i can bring Your peace into stressful situations. May the words of my mouth and what I think on today be pleasing in Your sight. You, O Lord are my Rock and my Redeemer. May others see You working through me today.” (Psalm 19:14)”

walking in peace,

til next time

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March 24, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

give me Jesus

Wrong side of the bed?

Are you crabby this morning? Maybe a little owlie or grouchy? Some could even say you got up on the wrong side of the bed.

I have found a sure fire way to start my day off right. Before I get out of bed, I start my conversation with God. Yes, it is just that simple.

“But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.” Psalm 59:16 (NLT)

Sometimes I’m awake long before I have to get up. As I am talking with God, I may fall back asleep. That is not a bad thing.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.” Psalm 143:8 (NLT)

It’s not too late. Take a few moments right now to connect with God. It will change your day..

psalm 92

Starting with Jesus,

til next time

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March 22, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daniel and the lion

Daniel and the Lion’s Den – Daniel 6
Daniel was being considered to rule over all of King Darius’ empire. This didn’t sit well with the other presidents and governors. Jealousy rose up.

The trap is set. (v 6-9) Now they wait for Daniel to do what he does each day.

“But though Daniel knew about it, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs bedroom, with its windows open toward Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day, just as he always had, giving thanks to his God.” (v10)

The King wanted to save Daniel but it was too late. (v 14) Daniel was thrown in the den. The deed was done.

I can only imagine how the King felt that night. He knew then that he had been tricked into signing that decree. He lost his appetite. He refused entertainment and didn’t sleep all night. On the other hand, I imagine there was a party going on with those who had set Daniel up.

“Very early the next morning he hurried out to the lions’ den and called out in anguish, “O Daniel, servant of the Living God, was your God, whom you worship continually, able to deliver you from the lions?” (v19-20)

This is a picture of anguish mixed with hope. Did Daniel’s God come through?

Daniel answered him from the den. (v22) “My God has sent his angel,” he said, “to shut the lions’ mouths so that they can’t touch me, for I am innocent before God; nor, sir, have I wronged you.”

The King is overjoyed. Daniel is lifted out of the lion’s den without a scratch. If the story ended there, that would be enough, but it doesn’t end there.

“Then the king issued a command to bring the men who had accused Daniel and throw them into the den along with their children and wives, and the lions leaped upon them and tore them apart before they even hit the bottom of the den.” (v24)

Sometimes it seems that the wicked prosper. Notice that not only the men who accused Daniel but their children and wives were tossed in also. I am sure that it made a huge impact on the people of his kingdom as to the cost of jealousy and trickery.

The ending is the best part. “Afterward King Darius wrote this message addressed to everyone in his empire:
“Greetings! I decree that everyone shall tremble and fear before the God of Daniel in every part of my kingdom. For his God is the living, unchanging God whose kingdom shall never be destroyed and whose power shall never end. He delivers his people, preserving them from harm; he does great miracles in heaven and earth; it is he who delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” (v25-27)

To God be the glory!!

Sometimes things happen so that others will see our faith in action. Things happen so others will know that our faith in God is real. Things happen so that in the end God will get the glory! Whatever ‘lion’ we face, God is greater. He is with us and He will see us through.

Not facing lions alone,

til next time

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March 21, 2018 Posted by | bible story, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

surgeon’s scalpel

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Hebrews 4:12-13 (MSG)

Recently I went under a surgeon’s scalpel. A piece was removed that had been causing me trouble. Getting to it was more of a challenge than even the doctor had anticipated. At one point I reminded him that I had people praying.

God’s Word cuts through everything. It cuts through hatred, going through the motions, blame game, complacency, and lukewarmness. The Word will slice open excuses, doubts and false justification. Maybe this is why some Christians don’t pick up the Word and read it. They have missed the point though. God wants us to be free from things that would hinder us.

I could have refused the surgery. I could have ignored it. It still would have been there causing me trouble. When God’s Word reveals something to me, I can refuse to do anything about it. I can ignore it. I can come up with some excuse but none of that will change the fact that it needs to be dealt with. Instead, I say – Yes, God.

We come to God just as we are and then He steps in and helps us be all we were intended to be.

Let’s be people who listen and obey.

til next time

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March 20, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

cease striving

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (AMP)

Sadly too often our words/actions reveal that we have forgotten who God is. It seems that the temptation to give in to frustration, irritation, or stress takes no effort at all. When was the last time you really set out to have a bad day and you gave it all you had to be as stressed as you possible could? Like I said, it takes no effort to go along with irritation.

What does take effort is to refuse to give in to the negative pull. It takes effort to put your faith in action and trust God in the midst of difficulties. God reminded me again recently that when I am frustrated – I have taken my eyes off of Him.

When worry tries to take up residence in your heart – be still and know God
When your heart is breaking – be still and know God
When your car/appliance breaks down – be still and know God
When your paycheck is low – be still and know God
When your body is under attack – be still and know God
When someone is hurtful with their words – be still and know God
When you are starting to stress out – be still and know God
When you seem to be circling the same old mountain – be still and know God
Is there something you are dreading? Be still and know God
Are you tired and weary? Be still and know God
Are your feelings lying to you? Be still and know God
Are you lacking peace, joy, hope? Be still and know God

Not one thing that is going to happen today takes God by surprise. Whatever today holds, we know who holds us. Maybe it’s time to pull away from the activities for awhile and spend some time alone with God.

Getting still before God,

til next time

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March 19, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

huh?

Sometimes people do or say things that make me go “huh?” I’ve come to realize that there are people who speak out of their own pain, life experience, low self-worth and/or fear. And there are those who speak words of hurt because wounded people tend to hurt others. What do we do with this? How do we handle it?

There are times when something needs to be addressed and correction is in order but much of the time what is needed is huge dose of grace and love.

Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. (Matthew 7:14)

I have heard it said that we judge others by their actions but judge ourselves by our intentions. Let’s be people of grace.

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Eph 4:2 (NIV)

Humble – recognizing my need for Christ in all areas of my life. (John 15:5)

Gentle – kind. A little kindness goes a long ways.

Be patient – do you find yourself getting irritated easily? It just may be that God is wanting to get your attention about that area in your life so that you will have freedom from the chains of frustration and irritation. Patience and self-control are part of the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians.

Bearing with – hold up, support. … in love – there it is. What we all need, especially when we mess up, is people who truly love us to come along side us and hold us up. Let’s be that person today.

Loving Jesus, loving people,

til next time

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March 18, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment