Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

what is your anchor?

Hope

“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7 NLT

Our hope is in God.

“Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:4-6 (NLT)

All day long I put — it is a continuous choice we make.

Hebrews tells us that hope is the anchor for our souls. Anchor – holds us in place — provides strength and support

“…Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:18-20 (NLT)

Whatever we face, we have hope in God. He will see us through! Not only will He see us through – He will bring beauty out of ashes. (Isa 61:3)

heb 6 19 20

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May 20, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

laugh

Laughter
I laugh often, sometimes not often enough. I am learning to laugh more. Spilt milk – laughter is so much better than frustration. Stub my toe – laughter makes it not hurt as much.
 
Laughter is contagious.
 
Just this morning I was watching a video of this woman who could barely talk due to laughing so hard at herself. It was so contagious that it brought my husband into the dining room to see what could possibly be so funny.
 
Negativity, anger, irritation are all contagious but so is laughter. May we be people who spread laughter.
 
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” Proverbs 31:25 ESV (Notice strength, dignity, laughter with worry/fear not mentioned anywhere.)
During covid19 it can be easy to slip into the trap of the enemy and see only bad reports.  The media will give you ample opportunities to focus on what is going wrong.  While we need to be people who are aware of what is happening, we should not become people filled with fear and worry.   Don’t fall for that trap. 
God is still God.  He is still greater.  He has a plan and He is working things out for your good.  Trust Him.  (Romans 8:28)  Raise your shield of faith high and quench those darts of the enemy.  (Eph 6:16)
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21 ESV (Psalm 126:2)
 
If, like me, you have responsibilities and deadlines that need your attention — determine to find things to laugh about. It is a great stress release. Watch a cat video if you can’t think of anything else.
til next time
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May 14, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

power of God

Today we gathered together online. I look forward to gathering together in person. Where ever we are, we can and should praise God. He is worthy of our praise.
 
Psalm 29 talks of the voice of the Lord. His voice echos from the clouds, thunders through the skies, splits giant trees, shakes mountains….
 
” So powerful is his voice; so full of majesty.” verse 4
 
There is a saying I heard a long time ago. “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”
 
“..But in his Temple all are praising, “Glory, glory to the Lord.” At the Flood the Lord showed his control of all creation. Now he continues to unveil his power. He will give his people strength. He will bless them with peace..” (verses 9-11)
 
I will be among those most excited to gather together again. However, let us not forget that we are the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 6:19-20) Where we go — He goes with us. Are you praising Him?
 
Part of the power of God is His ability to give us strength. His power is unveiled as He blesses us with peace.
 
Truly we are as close to God as we choose.
til next time
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April 19, 2020 Posted by | 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

in the storm

I woke up to Isaiah 12:2 this morning.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2 NASB
God is my salvation.” Salvation – deliverance from sin and also deliverance from harm. God is in the salvation business. (here are a few verses – Ex 15:2, 1 Sam 2:1, 19:5, 2 Sam 22:3, 1 Chron 16:23, Psalm 13:5, 38:22, Lk 2:30, Phil 1:19)
“I will trust” — make that your declaration today. God, I trust You. The media has tried to instill fear concerning covid19 from the very beginning.  I will “not be afraid.”  Remind yourself of this as often as you need to.  I certainly have had to remind myself.
God does give us wisdom and we should use that wisdom. (wash your hands, stay home when you are sick, sanitize, comply with our leaders- Romans 13:1-2) This does not mean that we give in to fear.
The Lord God is my strength and song” – remember where your strength comes from (2 Cor 12:10) and don’t lose your song. (Psalm 77:6)
God is and “has become my salvation” Look to God, your help comes from Him. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!” Psalm 121:2 NLT
Matt Redman’s ‘Song in the Night’ —- “And so when I am in the storm, Lord, the storm is not in me.”
til next time
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March 28, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

feeling weak?

We’ve been looking at Isaiah 40:28 & 29. Today let’s look at verses 30 & 31.

“Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.” Verses 30&31

Feeling week? Need new strength?

Put your trust in God and keep trusting. When the storm is raging, He is indeed the anchor for our souls. (Heb 6:19) His grace is enough to see us through anything. (2 Cor 12:9) He sustains us. (Psalm 55:22) And He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16)

Some translations use wait instead of trust. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength….” By faith waiting on God, relying on Him, trusting Him, committing yourself to His guidance — we will find that He will not fail us.

Soar high — Instead of the problems crushing us, God will take us above the problems. We will be able to run and walk because God gives us strength for each new day.

In His strength,
til next time

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March 9, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

psalm 23:3

No matter which translation you use Psalms 23:3 is powerful!

psalm 23 3

Thank you, Father, that You refresh my life! On difficult days, You give me new strength. When my world seems to be upside down, You restore order. When I am struggling to breathe, You let me catch my breath while You renew my strength. With a heart filled with gratitude, I worship You!

 

til next time

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February 22, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

attitude says it all

How’s your attitude today? It’s Friday!
For some, it’s the end of their work week. For some, it’s the beginning of a weekend of work. For some, today is no different than any other day. For me, today is my Sabbath. Ahhhh, yes!
 
Regardless of the day, our attitude is a determining factor in how our day will go. Crummy attitude pretty much equals a crummy day. Sadly, when we embrace a crummy attitude, we miss so many good things.
 
No matter what is going on around us and no matter what others do that impacts us – we are responsible for our attitude and behavior. Many people tend to forget this.
 
God’s Word has this to say —1 Peter 3:8-9 “Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.” (MSG)
 
Today, I choose joy. (Nehemiah 8:10) The joy of the Lord is my strength. I choose to “be” His hand extended.
 
1 peter 3 9
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February 7, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

how you act is on you

With the State of the Union address last night and the acquittal today, my facebook has blown up with both sides expressing opinions, “facts” and some quite nasty posts attacking the other side. I guess that means that I don’t just have friends who agree with me. I’m glad for that – except, of course when they get ugly.
We are capable of agreeing to disagree in a way in which we still extend respect for the other person’s opinion.
 
Here’s my go to verse for today:
Psalm 29:10-11 (ESV)
The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
 
I want to walk in peace. When the phone conversation leaves me frustrated, when my friend unleashes her anger at me because she can’t unleash it at the person who angers her, when my body is screaming, when my head is pounding, when things still need to be done ……….. I want to walk in peace. I choose to walk in peace.
 
My peace is not dependent on the right circumstances but the right perspective. And that perspective is that God is in control and He is greater.
 
 
In John 14:27 (NLT) Jesus tells me:
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
 
Yes, I am walking in peace despite what I am dealing with.
What about you?
 
gloria

February 5, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

this is only a test

This is only a test……
 
How many times have I heard that come over the radio or television?
 
This is only a test. Five words that would be most helpful if we would remember them when facing anything. Car problems? This is only a test. Health problems? This is only a test. Work issues? This is only a test.
 
What is the test? How you will handle whatever it is that you are facing. Will you trust God? Will you get frustrated? Will you get angry? Will you turn to God?
 
Truth is God is in control. If you believe that – then whatever happens – God is in control. God will help. (Psalm 46:1)
 
Recently I found myself stopped in the middle of a narrow,steep road in the back hills of TN. As I was griping the steering wheel and having trouble breathing, I told him that I just couldn’t go on. Certainly there was no backing up but going forward wasn’t ideal either. So there we sat. (What a time for Curtis to not be able to drive.)
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He said all the right things but it didn’t matter. Then he began to pray. Oh, yes, that’s right — God! Peace filled the car and I began to inch my way down.
 
What are you facing today? Remember, this is only a test. God will give you the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it if you rely on and depend on Him.
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October 31, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment