Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what, where, when,

Just.So.Happen…..

I have had quite a few ‘just so happens moments’ lately. You know, those moments that make you stop and think – no way did that just happen but God orchestrated the whole thing. It just so happened that God _________.

“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 10:21 (NASB)

God is in the business of “just so happens.” He knows just exactly what we need, where we need it, and when.

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May we cultivate an awareness of His presence in our lives. As we do, we will become more and more aware of just how amazing it is to walk with God.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus,
til next time

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September 24, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

to grow you must eat

I enjoy watching giraffes and I have a love for acronyms. Jesus is at the center of my life so it was only a matter of time before I put all three of them together.

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Grow In Righteousness And Faith, Fully Engaged”

Growing in Righteousness has to do with how we act. Are we making morally right choices? Do we do what is right in the eyes of God? Are we growing in our ability to take a stand for what is right when those around us don’t?

Growing in Faith — (2 Cor 10:15)
Having faith IN God in little things opens the way for having faith in Him for the bigger things. Growing in faith also has to do with being faithful TO God.

“The Lord will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; …” 1 Samuel 26:23

Fully Engaged — “Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:14

Living life on purpose  — Making the most of opportunities that come our way – (Eph 5:16, Col 4:5)

The more I learn – the more I realize there is just so very much more to learn.  If I am going to grow – then I must eat and not the bread of idleness.  (She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.”  Proverbs 31:27)

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September 18, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

bug zapper

Bugs are drawn to the light. If that light is a bug zapper, well, you know the end result.  bug-zapper

As Christians we are to let our light shine.   People are drawn to the Christ they see in us.  When they get close to us, do they find love in action or do we resemble more of a bug zapper?   Are we quick to express judgment,  disapproval, or irritation?

Oh, I hope that is not what they find.

“Don’t be a bug zapper Christian. We cannot shine a bright appealing light and offer nothing but pain. We must offer a real warm and inviting love that welcomes all and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work – not trying to do it for Him in our own way.” Susan  Briggs

 

It is the Holy Spirit that brings about change in a person’s life.  It is the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth.  (John 15:13)

We are to let our light shine so that others will see and glorify God.  Just like a light bulb lights up a dark room, may our lives brightly shine forth the light of Christ.

“I don’t want to be a casual Christian.  I don’t want to live a lukewarm life.  Cuz I want to light up the night with an ever lasting light — I don’t want to live a  casual Christian life.”  “Casual Christian” by DeGarmo and Key

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Something to think about – do you behave like a bug zapper or a light bulb?
 
Let’s encourage, lift up, and point people to Christ!
til next time,
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September 16, 2016 Posted by | spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

quiet place to rest

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Recently, I was talking with a friend about the importance of answering the call to “Come away” and how easy it can be to ignore that call or put it off until a more convenient time. Our lives are full and our schedules are packed.

Mark 6:31 (NASB) “And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)

If it weren’t for fast food restaurants and processed quick foods, many of us wouldn’t have time to eat. (The drawbacks with that type of food is a topic for another day.)

Awhile back,  I talked about making ordinary things extraordinary.  Yet while all of these things are helpful, the call to me to “come away to a secluded place” is greater than just the ordinary places. Maybe that will mean getting up a half hour earlier. It could mean turning off the tv and going to a quiet place instead. It could mean clearing a couple hours of your day to just ‘be still’ or journal your thoughts about the magnificence of our God.

I thought when I was no longer bi-vocational that time would just present itself. After all, I was not going to fill up my calendar. Right?? Dropping into bed at night dog tired would be a thing of the past.

My devotional life is active and vibrant but my schedule is void of much wiggle room. I need wiggle room. Recently, I found myself once again dropping into bed dog tired. In the stillness of the night I heard the call loud and clear. “Come away with me to a quiet place.”

And I did!

Now ‘quiet place’ is a part of my scheduling.

When was the last time you freed your schedule to find a ‘quiet place’?

til next time

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September 15, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

i need to eat today!

I enjoy a good meal. In fact, I enjoy a mediocre meal. Last night, after all of the activities of the previous 24 hours were fulfilled, I sat down with a 32 ounce fountain Mt. Dew. It was the best Mt. Dew.

Now was it really?

At the time, it certainly seemed like it was.

For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

However, what I ate and drank yesterday does not mean I do not want or need to eat and drink today. It is the same with God. Making right choices, walking in peace and joy with the Holy Spirit’s help is a daily thing.

You could sit down to the best meal ever but if there is conflict and strife, heartache and despair, or drama and criticism I do not think you would possible enjoy that meal. If,on the other hand, you cast all your cares on Jesus, (1 Peter 5:7) – trusting Him to make a way, (Isaiah 43:19) — and take up your shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16) in the midst of whatever you face, then you can eat that meal in peace and joy.

Have you talked with God today?

til next time

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September 13, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

9/11

It’s been 15 years. Each year on the anniversary of 9/11 I try to watch at least one video of the song “God Bless the USA.”

So many times when I don’t have words to say what is in my heart, it comes out in a song. This is my song for today.

“God I look to You, I won’t be overwhelmed. Give me vision to see things like You do. God I look to You. You are where my help comes from. Give me wisdom – You know just what to do….”

Father,
Thank You. Thank You for Your peace and comfort that quiets our hearts and calms our fears. Thank You that You wrap us in Your loving arms and hold us close to You. Thank You that when our world looks dark, cold and scary You shine Your light, You illumine our path and You are right with us each moment. Open our eyes that we may see You and cultivate an awareness of Your presence. Thank You.

 

til next time,

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September 11, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

jumping out of trees

When our boys were little, we were given the book “Really important stuff my kids have taught me” by Cynthia Lewis. I ran across it recently. It is filled with some funny stuff.

Then I saw this page. There is nothing funny about fear.brave

Are you thirsty for adventure? Serving God is an amazing adventure. Sometimes He asks us to step out in faith. He takes us out of our comfort zone. Sometimes we feel the stretch and a bit of fear tries to stop us.

God is for us. We do not need to fear. (Psalm 118:6) Yet, there are times when we must face down our fears. We know the truth and yet, sometimes we just have to move forward and do it afraid. Like the first time I climbed a tree – or recently when a precious boy was wanting to be like the big kids and go down a slide.

He was afraid. So, he reached for my hand and with eyes big, he started down. He did that a few more times, always grabbing my hand.

Remember, you are never alone (Deut 3:8) and God has your hand. (Psalm 73:23) God’s got this and you can do it!!

God is taking us on an adventure!

Jumping out of trees and not afraid of the dark,

til next time,

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September 10, 2016 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

today – how will you unwrap this gift?

It’s the start of a new day. Only God knows what awaits us. What we know is that He will be with us every step of the day. (For some of you fitbit people that will be close to, maybe even over 10,000 steps.)

“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.” John Piper

God is not far off. He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1) God is powerful and active in our lives.

Remember what happened after the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea? Exodus 15:6 “Your right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power…”

God will take care of us. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

And this living God dwells in our hearts by faith (Eph 3:16-18) and with Him we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8:37)

Today is a gift! Unwrap it with the expectation that God is at work, because He is!

Thank you Jesus!
til next time,

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September 10, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

learning to dance in the rain

I am not a fan of driving in rain. Lately I have had lots of practice. Last week there was such a downpour that I got off at the next exit just to get a break. The rain did let up only to start again after I got back on the highway.

I don’t mind if it is a gentle rain, but when it seems the heavens open and the floods are coming — well, I prefer not to be driving.

Life can be like that at times. It can seem to come at us fast and furious. We barely catch our breath and here comes more.

Once again, I am reminded that my attitude plays a huge role in how I handle the rain storms and the storms of life.

The Message Bible reminds us in James 1:2-4

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

Jesus tells us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

So, when you feel life coming at you full speed ahead — look at your attitude – it may need adjusting.  We can learn to dance in the rain.  We can choose to focus on the good.  God is good!   And we can remember peace is available through Jesus.

 

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Peace and joy go hand in hand.
Joy is peace dancing and Peace is joy resting!

til next time

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August 23, 2016 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

extraordinary

We can use ordinary everyday things for a greater purpose.

‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)

Whatever you do………….. most of that will involve ordinary things.

Driving to work is a wonderful opportunity to talk with God about the day, the issues you are facing, and about the people you will come in contact with that day.

An ordinary task that used to wear me out was working in my kitchen.  Then I discovered the difference popping in a teaching CD makes. (I listen to Joyce Meyer) The kitchen is no longer an issue. Taking an ordinary thing but making it extraordinary. Win win!!

Stopping for a red light becomes a moment of solitude for me now.   When I find myself stopped I am reminded that red means Stop. Yellow means Breathe (actually take a deep breath) Green means Believe (redirect my thoughts to a promise from God.) It is a wonderful way to remember that God is greater and He is already working on whatever it is I am facing.

Going for walks is another ordinary task that can easily become a prayer walk. It is amazing how your neighborhood changes when you begin to pray for your neighbors.

What ordinary things do you turn into extraordinary?

learning to cultivate an awareness of His presence as I go through my day,

til next time

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August 18, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment