Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

reflection

“You may be the only Bible some will ever read.”
“People are drawn to you and then to Christ.”
Some days all I can say is, “Oy!”
I make mistakes. You do too. Life isn’t about the mistake as much as it is about what you do with the mistake.
Do you run from the mistake or do you own up to it? Do you learn from the mistake or do you keep repeating it? Do you seek truth or choose denial? Do you ask God to help you to make choices that are pleasing to Him?
People watch us. People see how we handle life. People see through phony. What are we showing them?
Do I demonstrate the overcoming power of God in my life? Does His love shine through? Do I point others to Christ by the choices and actions I take?
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Be ready!
I want to be a reflection of Christ.  Just as the moon reflects the suns rays, I want to reflect the love, joy, peace and hope I have in Christ.
Let them see You in me!
til next time
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April 6, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

look out pride – the fall is coming

Arrogance is not a godly trait.  It is seeped in pride.   As a minister of the Gospel of Christ I have had numerous opportunities to extend grace and/or mercy to pride filled people.  It is not my job to change them.

It is my job to love them anyway.  It is my job to be an example.   However, it is also appropriate for me to set up boundaries. After all, God’s Word says to ‘guard my heart, above all else.’  (Proverbs 4:23)

This morning I was doing the dishes and just so happened to have K-Love on the radio.  Usually I listen to Joyce Meyer while doing dishes but not this morning.  I was thinking over a particular event that had recently occurred.  I really have an inward struggle with people who belittle other people or show superiority by making someone else look bad in public.    It breaks my heart when I see it happen to others and it hurts when it happens to me.

We are called to encourage, to come along side each other, to build up and not to tear down.  So when it happened to me I saw it for what it was — a little dig from the enemy.

So there I was doing dishes and thinking about what, if anything, I should have done or should do about this incident.  I do believe that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  (Proverbs 27:17)   Yet, what is it God would have me do?

Then it happened.

God spoke to my heart and said ” Look at what happened next.”

Huh?  What?

What happened next?

Then it hit me.

Look out pride, the fall is coming. (Proverbs 16:18)   I wasn’t the one falling so I hadn’t recognized it.  Look out pride, there it was- the fall.   Yes, God loves this individual and He is working in their life and He is dealing with the arrogance.   I will continue to love and extend mercy and grace.  Why? Because we are all in need of it, including me.

Then this song came on:

“No matter what I face
You’re by my side
When you don’t move the mountains
I’m needing You to move
When you don’t part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers
as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You.”

Lauren Daigle

til next time,

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February 29, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

tested

I would think after my great revelation the other night (click here to read about it) that I would be doing so much better.  My head is back on straight so  whether or not my head is ringing shouldn’t be a big deal.  Right?

Au contraire.

That is the thing about revelations — mine almost always get put through the fire.  Whether it is a brand new revelation or a refresher of one that I have known, it doesn’t matter.  It will be tested.  That, my friend, is a big deal.

What happened?

Wednesday night was a turning point for me.  I know – that I know – that I know that God’s grace will see me through this.  Whether it ever gets better or not – God is there to help me deal with it.  His grace is sufficient for me.

Thursday morning is my day to open the shop.  I get there ready for whatever will come my way.  I have my big girl boots on!  It is going to be a great day!  Attitude makes a difference.

At 7:10  I know that there is a problem.  I try to tell my brain that it is ok.  I am wondering if this new medication was a good idea.  I try to focus on something – anything but at 7:21 (I’ve been there all of 33 minutes) I know I must give in and take the pill.  The pill is an anti-anxiety pill.

The doctor tells me that my brain is confusing the signals from my inner ear.  While there is a real problem going on, my brain registers that there  is a greater risk than there really is.  It sets off an all points bulletin alert that I am in grave danger.

I had waited to long (stupid mistake #1) but I really just didn’t want to take the stupid thing.  After all there was no danger.

I called  Curt.  At first I just wanted him to call me in 10 minutes just to make sure I wasn’t passed out.  (I was the only one in the office until 8:00)  As I was talking to him though, I knew it was bad and asked him to come over.

He was there as fast as lightning.  My hero!    He stayed until others showed up.  I can’t explain what it was like but I know now the horrors of a full blown  anxiety attack.  (Again this is something I sure didn’t have to experience to realize that it is horrible – sigh)

I was feeling better by 8:00 so I stayed at work.  (This was stupid mistake #2 of the day.)  The new medicine the doctor put me on will cause some drowsiness.  The anti-anxiety pill will also cause drowsiness.  Combining them… well let’s just say that by 1:30 that afternoon I wasn’t sure about much.

The realization hit that I really should be in bed.  I sure didn’t want to take another pill for this new attack that was lurking in the shadows  and messing with my brain and heart.

I had to get home and get to bed.  For someone with a highly driven mentality,  this was most frustrating.   However, I wasn’t going to make yet one more mistake.  Knowing your limitations is a healthy thing.

I sure don’t understand why this is happening.  I don’t know when it will be better.   I do know that ‘It is what it is’.  I will continue to trust God, knowing He has a reason and a plan.   I will continue to pray for grace to see me through until the healing is complete.

I love this song.  If you have time, listen to it.

Give me Jesus

“When my head starts to ring, when my head starts to ring, when my head starts to ring give me Jesus.  Give me Jesus, give me Jesus, you can have all this world just give me Jesus.”

Whatever you are facing — God is so very much bigger.  He has a plan.  Trust Him!  Hold on to Him.  He will see you through.  You are not alone.

So this morning I go head back to work wearing my big girl boots.  It’s gonna be a great day.  Why?  Because God is still God!

til next time

January 24, 2011 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments