Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

joy

Joy in the Journey
 
Recognizing that if God allows it, He will help me through it. (Isa 43:2)
 
Trusting that God, who sees the big picture, will work all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28)
 
I choose joy! (Psalm 92:4)
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Living life to the fullest may mean that I will need a nap. Hey, even Jesus took a nap. (Mark 4:38)
 
When worry knocks on my heart, I will remember that God is greater. I will trust.
(Prov 3:5-6)
 
Some days are just hard, but even in those days God is faithful. God is good! God is able! (Eph 3:20)
 
Those things that I would rather not do, I will choose to adjust my attitude and be thankful that I am able to do them. (1 Thess 5:18)
 
In my weakness, Christ is strong. He makes up for whatever I may be lacking. (2 Cor 12:9) I won’t compare myself with those who seem to do it easier or better. I will put my heart into what I do because I am really working for Christ. (Col 3:23)
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June 12, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

don’t quit

Today has been a challenging day. Some days are just a bit more involved than other days.
 
I was reminded again of my limitations. I’d love to say that I aced the test but what I can say it that I didn’t fail the test. It did take me longer than it should have to remind myself that God is not limited by those things that seem to limit or hinder me. None of this has taken Him by surprise. Covid19 is not greater than He is. And God knows the how and when of moving forward.
 
Trust — so much of the time it comes back to trust. Do you trust God? When the situation looks bleak, do you trust God? When God doesn’t seem to do it the way you think would be best, do you trust that He knows better?
 
When you think it can’t possibly be any more challenging and then it is, do you keep trusting God to make a way?
 
Quitting might seem easier but it isn’t. God says to trust Him and He will see you through. He is with you in the trial. (1 Peter 4:12-13)
 
Don’t quit!
 
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but not crushed and broken. We are perplexed because we don’t know why things happen as they do, but we don’t give up and quit.” 2 Corinthians 4:8 TLB
 
 
All that I am will worship all that He is!
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April 28, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hitting close to home

In the last week, I have heard from 4 people I love dearly that – either an employee they work with, a neighbor in their apartment building, someone on the crew (that they didn’t necessarily work directly with,) or someone they take care of has tested positive for covid19. What do we do with that news?
 
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7 TLB
 
You’ve heard the saying “All I can do is pray” – as if that isn’t enough. I want you to look at  the way scripture sees it. Pray is what you are suppose to do – always.
 
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
prayer
 
Pray. Don’t feel peace? Pray some more – turning your cares into prayers. Thank God for the good that you see. Thank Him for the answers. Testimonies is one of the things I miss about not getting together. I’d love to hear some!
 
Here is one of mine — The issue we had with the VA has been resolved. This time I got Loreen on the phone. He was a wealth of information. He was kind. It is done! Thank you God!
Please share some testimonies!  I’d love to rejoice with you.
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April 6, 2020 Posted by | covid 19, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

hope

Knowing that God is with me always and He will make a way – gives me peace. In the midst of the uncertainty that we are living in right now — peace is what my hearts needs.
 
“The wise counsel God gives when I’m awake
is confirmed by my sleeping heart.
Day and night I’ll stick with God;
I’ve got a good thing going and I’m not letting go.
I’m happy from the inside out,
and from the outside in, I’m firmly formed.
You canceled my ticket to hell—
that’s not my destination!” Psalm 16:8-10 The Message
 
“I am happy from the inside out.” There is the key to true happiness/joy. What is going on inside us – what we are dwelling on, what we do when fear/worry/stress is trying to knock us down — Trust God.
 
Stability – Confidence – Patience – Hope!!
 
Growing in my understanding of how much God loves me – gives me stability when all else may be unstable.
 
Seeing example after example of ‘in my weakness He is strong’ – gives me confidence. (This ‘going live’ is such a real example of God’s present help in my life.)
 
Understanding that in some things I just won’t understand and the freedom that comes from realizing I don’t have to understand, I only need trust – gives me patience.
 
Resting in assurance that He is in control – gives me hope.
 
Yes, ‘day and night I’ll stick with God.’
 
Keep on keeping on — trust God, read your Bible, spend time talking with Him and listening to Him. Allow Him to refresh you.
 
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April 3, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

covid 19

How was your day? How is your new normal? Some days are just plain harder than others.

As I sit here tonight I am reminded of a couple verses.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7

If you have a steady diet of the media coverage of Covid-19 chances are your hope may be taking a beating. It is good to be informed. It is better to remember that our hope is in God. Go ahead, be informed but then take it to God in prayer. Cast your cares. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

So much of our new normal brings sadness to me. I could let that sadness dominate my days or I can choose to focus on the good. I can choose to not lean on my own understanding. (Prov 3:5-6) I can choose to trust God.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

All your ways – does God have all of you? I believe that God is at work in and through us as we let Him direct our paths.

If you are working – let your trust in God be evident to those around you. Share your hope – yes you can do that and still practice social distancing. Let your light shine. (Matt 5:16)

If you don’t have to leave the house, you can still be used by God. You can still reach out to people through phone, email, texts, messenger…. You can also use this time to dig deep into God’s Word. And don’t forget about prayer. I do believe that this virus has gotten our attention and hopefully it has gotten us to increase our conversations with God. (James 4:8)

My prayer: “Father, It is You that I trust with all that I am. May Your Spirit bring healing to those who so badly need it. Strengthen your people. (Isaiah 35:3) Draw others to You so that they can experience Your peace. (John 16:33) Please bring an end to this virus. May Your goodness be seen throughout our land.(Psalm 27:13) My life is Yours. In all I do may You be glorified. When I fall short, help me to learn and grow so that next time I will stand victorious in You. You are my strength. Forgive me for those times that I have tried to do it on my own. I recognize how very much I need You! I trust You to direct my steps. Here is my life; use it for Your glory. ”

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March 30, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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.”
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March 28, 2020 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

my mind tends to wander

I trust God. Yet my mind tends to wander. My mind tends to give in to stress easier than it should. I find that I have to be intentional about where my thoughts go. I think we all do.
Holding tightly to this verse.
Isaiah 26:3 English Standard Version (ESV)
“You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.”
I finally watched our Fireside Chat live video just a few minutes ago. (If you watch it, start at 4:12) I couldn’t watch it earlier. I read the comments but that was it. My mind had me convinced that it was nothing short of a failure. Who needs to watch that?
From there my mind went to – we don’t have the proper equipment, lighting, knowledge, what are we thinking? Curtis told me that it wasn’t as bad as I thought.
As… I… thought — Thoughts — oh how they can deceive us.
Our thoughts can cripple us. Our thoughts can hold us hostage. I have said for years that the battles that we face are really lost or won in our mind. How we think about what is going on. What we dwell on — what lies we give credibility to and the damage that it does.
Or do we keep our mind on Jesus?  Looking to Him, trusting Him, believing and living out His promises found in the Word.  He will never leave us.  He is an ever-present help in trouble.  He will see us through.  He is greater than whatever we face.
Do we see problems as opportunities for God to shine in our lives?  Do we see trials as a way that our faith is displayed for all to see?  Do we see tribulation as nothing more than something Christ said we would have but we can be of good cheer because He has overcome the world and we are overcomers because of Him?
“perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you.” Maybe like me, you need to be reminded of the great importance of keeping your mind on God. It really is of utmost importance to walking in peace.
And guard against letting the enemy pull your thoughts away to a dark place that will not do anyone any good.
fixing my eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:1-2)
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March 27, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

instead of asking why?

Picking up where I left off yesterday.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

I know that God will use this event, circumstance, trial, test to make me more like Jesus. – to make you more like Jesus.

Nothing in my life, in your life, is wasted. No effort, no pain, no anxiety, no tears, no discouragement is ever lost in some garbage heap somewhere.

Out of ashes, God will bring beauty. (Isaiah 61:1)

Instead of asking Why? Ask What?

What do you want me to learn as a result of this?

What do you want me to do as a result of this?

What do you want me to become/change as a result of this?

Making me more like His Son will take a lifetime. I may not understand or appreciate all that the Master Potter does to transform my life – this lump of clay. (Isaiah 64:8) It may be painful or confusing at times but I know His intent. He’s already told me and that makes all the difference. (V 29 to be conformed to the likeness of His Son.)

We are the work of His hand!

He will work all things out for our good. He is for us!

God said it. I believe it.

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March 24, 2020 Posted by | life lessons, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

smile

“If you have to do something, you might as well do it with a smile.” I don’t even know how many times my daddy told me that. It would sure be nice to hear his voice again – reminding me.

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However my heavenly Father does reminds me in Proverbs 31:25 “Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.” NASB

Strength? Where does my help come from?

“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.” Psalm 121:1-2 ESV

Don’t give in to fear. Don’t give in to worry. Don’t give in to all the ‘what ifs?’ (yes, I have had to remind myself of this.)

Do hold on to God – He is holding on to you. Do continue to trust in the maker of heaven and earth. He knows you. He will make a way. And go ahead and smile at the future. God’s got this!

“Even though I am in the storm, the storm is not in me….I will fear no more” The Afters

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March 21, 2020 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, 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,
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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