Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

let’s be like Jonathon

In 1 Samuel 23 we find Saul is after David to kill him.

Then an interesting thing happens.

“Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God.” 1 Samuel 23:16 (NLT)

I appreciate the people in my life who seek me out to encourage me. We need each other.

So tonight as another full day comes to a close, I want to encourage you to stay strong in your faith. Keep your feet firmly planted on Christ the Solid Rock. Take up your shield of faith.

Pay attention to where you thoughts take you. Walk in the truth. The truth is God loves you. God is for you. God is with you. God will help you! God brings beauty out of ashes and He will make a way for you.

Lastly, I also want to challenge you to find someone to encourage. If you are married, your mate could certainly benefit from some encouraging words.

The tongue can bring death or life;
    those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” Proverbs 18:21 NLT

 

In a world where negativity abounds and looking out for number one seems to be a priority — an encouraging word carries even more weight.

We can all be a Jonathon.

til next time

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February 7, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fire damage

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going….”

I woke up this morning thinking about fires.   Some friends of ours (who are also in the ministry) had a house fire a little over a week ago.  It started with some sort of spark in the kitchen.  The kitchen is a total loss and they can’t live in their house for possibly three months – maybe more. The fire has done great damage.

It is devastating.  It is painful. It has and will change them.  Please pray for my friends.  They know that God is still on the throne and He loves them.  Yet it is hard.  As with most things, this isn’t the only difficulty in their lives at this moment.  They are on the front lines of battle.  (It is also a great idea to  pray for your pastor and family — ministry is not for the faint of heart.)

There is another kind of fire that was also in my dreams.   James 3  tells us, “See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!”

“It only takes a spark to get a fire going……….”

The words that we speak can start a fire or can fan the flames of an existing fire.  It can cause great damage.

Proverbs 18:21  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Our words can bring comfort or destruction.   As Christians, our words are to build up, not tear down.   Our words should bring unity, not division.

Love is expressed by our words and our deeds.   If we show love but our words are used to tear down — we have not love.  If our words are loving but our actions are cruel – we have not love.

Yet as with any fire, it doesn’t start out a roaring flaming fire.  It is a little spark here or a little spark there.   Before you know it, friendships are severed, churches split, families are destroyed by the sparks of the words spoken.  How it must grieve God.

Two verses come to my aid when it comes to my tongue.  “Out of the heart the mouth speaks”  and “Above all else guard your heart, for out of it flow the wellspring of life”.  When my tongue gets me in trouble it is a heart issue.

Paul sums it up best with these words.

Ephesians 4: 1 -3   “Unity of the Spirit”

1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to  walk in a manner worthy of the  calling with which you have been called,2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

What are your words doing?

til next time

March 1, 2011 Posted by | ministry, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments