Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

choices

I’ve heard it said that sin will take you farther than you ever expected, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you thought possible.
 
2 Samuel 24 tells us the story of David’s sin, repentance, and the consequences. With David’s repentance, he was forgiven. However, there was a price tag. 70,000 men died. Others were affected because of David’s sin. What a horrible price to pay.
 
“There is a price for sin and we generally don’t see the price tag until it’s too late.” Pastor Curtis
 
From an eternal perspective, when we repent, we are forgiven. Sometimes, though, there are consequences we face here on earth that go on for a lifetime. How much better it is if we choose to not give in to the temptation and make right choices that will in turn reap benefits not consequences.
 
“Happy is the man who doesn’t give in and do wrong when he is tempted, for afterwards he will get as his reward the crown of life that God has promised those who love him.” James 1:12 (TLB)
 
Walking with Christ,
til next time
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June 27, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

finish strong

What happened to Asa?
We’ve spent two days discussing Asa from 2 Chronicles.
 
Thursday – “And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.” “… And the kingdom had rest under him.” (2 Chron 14:5)
 
Friday – the warning – “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you” (chapter 15)
 
Asa had ever reason to  trust God.   Yet in chapter 16 we find him seeking help from the Syrian King. What about us? When trouble is coming at us, who do we turn to? Where do we place our trust?
 
When a prophet of the Lord came to rebuke Asa, instead of recognizing his error, he became angry.
 
“Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison and put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began to oppress some of his people.” 1 Chron 16:10 NLT
 
Here we see the spiral of sin. First he didn’t rely on God. Then he refused to acknowledge his behavior and repent. Next his treatment of others took a turn for the worse. Oh, how far he has come from doing what is good and right in the sight of God.
 
At the end of his life we find that Asa developed a serious foot disease.
 
“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned only to his physicians.” 2 Chron 16:12 NLT
 
I am reminded of the scripture “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor 10:12 ESV
 
Let us seek the Lord!  Let us finish strong!
til next time
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June 1, 2019 Posted by | bible story, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

just as if

Part 2 continuing from yesterday (what I love about Christianity)

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1

Justified — just as if I’d never sinned. Justification takes away the guilt that comes with sin and makes a way for peace.

All of this happens by faith. That is how God set it up. We come to Him in faith – believing.

We have peace with God. We are reconciled with God. We are restored – all because of Jesus.

“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Eph 2:14 ESV

Jesus has broken down the walls of sin and shame.

The enemy will try to use condemnation and guilt to build up those walls again. Remember you have been set free by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit will bring conviction to our lives but He does not use condemnation or guilt to do this.

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:” John 16:8 ESV

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 ESV

 

til next time

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March 8, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

something to think on

Often I take notes when I am listening to someone preach. It keeps my mind from wandering. It helps me stay focused.  Also, I have it to look back on which always encourages me. I highly recommend it.

Today I am going to share a few thoughts/quotes from Pastor Curt.

“We are called to make a difference but first God has to make a difference in us. Let God’s light shine into our lives and then allow that light to shine through our lives.”

“Holiness begins in our mind.”

“When God shows us sin in our lives, we do not try to redefine it. We can change by the power of God that dwells within us.”

“As long as we focus on our problems, the more convinced we will be of our isolation, hopelessness and our inability to get out from under the problem.”

“Obedience leads to stability.”

And one from Ann Voscamp:
“Peace isn’t the absence of the dark. Peace is the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of the dark.”

In conclusion — a verse to go to sleep on.

“In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” Psalm 4:8 (NLT)

Selah,

til next time

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

but i intend…..

We judge ourselves by our intentions, yet judge others by their actions.

Today I want to look at just that first part. It can be so easy to fall into this trap. “Well, I intend to ….” And yet never do it. (Example – I intend to read my Bible. I intend to grow in my relationship with God.) However, because we intend to do it, we are numb to the conviction to actually do it.

How well does it go over with you when your child doesn’t do what he/she was told and their explanation is – I’m gonna do it?

Delayed obedience is still disobedience.

Disobedience has consequences. Sometimes our intentions end up making us soft on sin. Sin, if not dealt with, will take us farther than we ever thought we would go, keep us longer than we ever wanted to stay, and cost us more than we ever thought possible.

charles spurgeon

What is God speaking to you about today? What intention do you need to follow through on?

Selah.

til next time

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September 30, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

agenda – did he go to far?

It seems that no matter what situation I may find myself in, there are those who have an agenda.  Now a lot of times this isn’t a problem.      

For example, I go to work and my boss’ agenda is that I work.  (I did tell him today that I would rather operate in the comic relief department but since that wasn’t an option then I would continue doing my job.)  As a christian I should not only do my job but do it with excellence! 

It bothers me when people have hidden agendas.  It bothers me when I come away from something feeling like I have been manipulated or at least that was the idea.   

God does not have a hidden agenda.  His plan is that ALL would come to accept the free gift of salvation that His Son paid the price for.   His agenda is that we (christians) would be His vessel that He could use to reach out to those who are misguided, hurting, lost, angry and/or just messed up.   

So I am listening to the Christian radio station the other day and I hear this interview with a minister that gave the opening prayer at the Iowa House of Representatives.  The outcome of his prayer is that future ministers will now have to submit their prayer ahead of time for approval.  Censorship? or did he go to far?   Click here to check out “Censor public prayer

Sometimes we, in our zeal for Christ, can go to far.  Did he?  I don’t know.  The agenda was to open the meeting in prayer.  This is our government, they certainly don’t need to allow that to continue.  What was this pastor’s agenda?  I don’t know.  Can we pray a sincere prayer without bein”g offensive?  Do we even care if we are offensive?  Should we care? 

When I am talking with someone who is clearly living in sin and knows it, I don’t focus on that sin.  I focus on who my Jesus is and what He means to me.    You see if they can grasp even a tiny portion of what that is, then maybe, just maybe they will want to know more about who this Jesus is that makes my life so full and complete. 

til next time

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January 21, 2010 Posted by | spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

murder – what happened to love your enemies?

I am a christian (a follower of Jesus Christ), a licensed minister, a preacher’s wife  and I don’t preach hate.  The murder of  George Tiller has gotten a lot of press.  It is a sad day when anyone attempts to be God and takes the life of another person. 

What was the killer’s motives?  What was he thinking?  I doubt we will ever truly know  those answers.  The thing I do know is that he was not acting on behalf of God who created all things. 

I am a christian and I don’t preach the end justifies the means!!  As a kid growing up, my daddy always was reminding me that  we don’t ‘hate’ people.  We do what we can to show the love of God to people.   We speak the truth, but we do it in love not judgment.   We hate sin.  Sin destroys people.  God will one day judge all people. We are not God.   My daddy was a wise godly man.

What does the Bible say about it?   Jesus tells me in Luke 6 :27 to love my enemies.   He goes on to spell it out further by telling me to do good to those who hate me, to bless those who curse me, and pray for those who mistreat me.   This is directed to all who call Jesus, Lord of their life.   

So tell me does that sound like hate to you?  Does this justify going into a church and murdering anyone?  Yet there are already those who are trying to lump all christians into the category of this one man’s actions.   

I will continue to preach against sin.  As I said, sin destroys people.  It destroys relationships.  It has long lasting consequences.  When is the last time you heard a person rejoicing because their trusted mate just threw away their marriage on an affair? (I have a friend who still can’t stop the tears when speaking of her husband’s betrayal)   Or the mother who says, ‘Yippee, my son is addicted to meth?’  Sin hurts.   So yes, I will continue to preach against sin.  That is not hate.

 I will also continue to pray for those who see no wrong in taking the life of a baby.   My boys were born premature.  The thought that  a doctor  would consider aborted them at that stage of my pregnancy breaks my heart.  My prayers are also with all those women who felt life inside them and for reasons maybe known only to them, choose to end that life.  Yes I pray for God to bring healing and restoration.

til next time

June 1, 2009 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

food issues – gluttony??

Many people made resolutions concerning food.  By now many of those resolutions are broken.  How do I know this??  I used to be one of those people that made resolutions.  I was going to eat healthy, lose 20 pounds, get in shape etc.  Like one day is going to make this huge difference. 

It’s like a diet can’t start until Monday (or whatever day you have stuck in your head).  Therefore if it is Wednesday and I am even considering a diet, well it can’t start til Monday so that means I have a few days to really eat.  The logic behind that is that when I step on the scale it will  be a bit heavier from those extra days of eating and so I will see a nice drop that first week.  Sounds absolutely crazy when you put it on paper.  However, I have talked with lots of women and this is a common line of thought.

Is it any wonder that when I even think about dieting I gain 5 pounds. 

Curt is a weight issue guru.  In fact when his cholesterol was getting a bit too high and medications was advised – he told the doctor he wanted to try to handle it with diet.  He became known as the shrinking man.  He lost 40 pounds, which put him lower than when we got married.  *heavy sigh – what I wouldn’t give to be there – more on that later*

When Curt went back to the doctor, the nurse told him that the medicine was working.  He informed her he wasn’t taking medicine.  Surprised??  Yes, she was.   The doctor had him come back every three months because he didn’t believe it would last.  Why??  Maybe because we live in a yo-yo dieting  society.  (He now goes back every six months)

I’ve been thinking a lot about gluttony.   I’m getting a little  big for my fishbowl.  Buying a new tank (or the next higher size of pants) is just not an option I am going with.  

The Bible says that gluttony is a sin.   What is gluttony?   One thing it is not and that is – it is not talked about much in the christian community.    

I do think that the meaning of gluttony gets a bit confused.

 New Year’s eve and New Years day I was at two different parties.  There was a ton of food.   Did I eat more than I should – absolutely.  Was it wonderful – mmmm good.  I don’t think that is what the Bible is talking about when it talks about gluttony.  After all feasts were a part of  the traditions/religion.  Celebrations were a time of feasting.

Here’s my take on it – would love feedback.    

Glutton- one who eats to excess

The problem comes in when everyday becomes a feast day.   Curt has told me over and over that the way to lose weight is to consume less calories than you burn.  Gluttony then would be to regularly consume more calories than your body needs to operate efficiently.   For each person that amount will be different.

“What I wouldn’t give to be there” – getting back to that statement.   It is so easy to say that.  Starting a diet can be fun – for the first few days.  However, it takes discipline and ‘won’t power’.  I won’t eat just because I am bored.  I won’t eat just because I am sad.  I won’t eat just because I want to.  It isn’t called comfort food for no reason.

So it is 2009 and I am still battling this food issue.   I am putting this scripture around my house (click here for more on notes)  Psalm 119:133 “Establish my footsteps in Thy word and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.” 

Lord I believe

yet here I go

struggling and wrestling

to live what I know.

Waves crashing …

one on top of another.

At times I think,

‘why do I even bother?’

Then I remember…

all that You have done

and Ill continue

‘til the battle is won!

The key is to not give up.  

til next time

January 3, 2009 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, weight loss | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments