Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

count it all joy -1

James talks about counting it all joy when we face all sorts of trials. The testing of our faith produces faith muscles – patience and endurance. (James 1:2-4) How do we do that?
 
 
I believe that we find the answer in James 4:7-8
 
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
 
Today let’s look at submit to God.
 
Don’t get trapped in the small picture. God sees the whole thing. We can trust Him and we display that trust when we submit to Him. Reaffirm your dependence on Him. Offer up a sacrifice of praise.
 
 
“Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Heb 13:15-16 ESV
 
Continually – this is important to counting it all joy. Before the problem arises we should be praising Him. During the trial we continue the sacrifice of praise and on the other side of the trial – praise.
 
(Tomorrow step 2.)
 
Offering up praise,
til next time
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November 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 1 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.
til next time
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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

question 1

1 of 4 questions that God asked and is asking today.

1.) “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

In Matthew 6:25-33 it talks about life, eating, drinking, clothing, birds, lilies, Solomon, grass and faith. In the middle He asks “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Worry robs us of peace, joy, energy, – worry is exhausting. Yet it can be so easy to fall into the trap of worrying. When those thoughts try to dominate, turn your thoughts to the One who loves you and will work all things out for your good. (Romans 8:28)

Trust Him with the why? How long? When will it get better? What’s next?

Trust Him!

He also asks a couple rhetorical questions Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? and “Are you not worth more?” Jesus thought you were worth dying for. If you don’t know your worth – read the Word. Find out what it has to say about who you are. You are a child of the King!

tomorrow question 2

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October 16, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

doubt

Doubt – to call into question truth
“When doubts filled my mind,
your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94:19 NLT
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The best way to come against doubt is with truth. The enemy of our soul seeks to kill, steal and destroy. (John 10:10) He will whisper lies in hopes that we will take the bait and run with it.
Let truth rise up within you. In your weakness, He is strong. His grace is enough! (2 Cor 12:9) He is for you. (Psalm 118:6) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He will work all things (yes, even this current thing) out for your good. (Romans 8:28) He is with you, right now, in this moment. (Matthew 28:20) Nothing is impossible with Him. (Luke 1:37) He is fighting for you. (Exodus 14:14) He is all powerful. (Job 36:22) He will turn ashes into beauty (Isaiah 61:3) and your mourning into dancing. (Psalm 30:10-2)
 
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered,” Psalm 68:1
 
Choose today to walk in truth and not give way to doubt.
 
Our God is greater!! (1 John 4:4)
 
til next time
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October 8, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loving life part 3

I love my life. (loving life part 2)

Jesus came to give us life abundant. (John 10:10) He didn’t die so we would be miserable.

The key is submitting to Him.
Submitting involves obedience (touched on that yesterday)

***Submitting means letting go of fear and worry.

Fear can ruin a perfectly good day. Much of what we are fearful of never happens. But let’s say it does happen. What did being afraid get you? Stressed, sad, unhappy, lacking peace, lacking joy.

Whatever happens must first go through God, If He allows it – He also has a plan.

Fear or worry is an effective tool Satan uses to manipulate people.

Corrie ten Boon “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Feed your fear or feed your faith
I’m told there are 365 “Do not fears” in the bible. One for each day.

Isaiah 41:10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

 

Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”

When fears tries to take hold of you – let the Word of God rise up! Put your trust in God.

Don’t let fear stop you from loving the life Jesus died to give you.

til next time
Tomorrow we will look how submitting involves what we think and say

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September 21, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

a new day

A new day dawns. What will it hold?
 
I choose. I choose whether I will look for the good or fixate on the not so good. I choose if I will spend time at the feet of Jesus. I choose how I will handle the things that come my way. Will I trust God? Will I allow frustration to reign? Oh, life goes so much better when I let God reign.
 
I remind myself at the start of this day that God is in control. Whatever comes my way, He is with me. (Matt 28:20) He is for me. (Psalm 118:6) He is working all things out for my good. (Romans 8:28) His grace is enough to see me through. (2 Cor 12:9) He will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16) He is an ever present help in whatever circumstance I find myself in. (Palms 46:1)
 
Remember, you are as close to God as you choose to be. Spend some time with Him today. It is the best choice you will make.
 
 
til next time
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August 20, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

my focus needs focus

When life gives you lemons – make lemonade.
Life is like a bowl of cherries — be aware of the pits.
A rose bush also has thorns.
 
You can focus on the problem or you can focus on the One who is greater than the problem.
 
“Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?” Job 36:22NLT
 
That call from the Dr.’s office, that unexpected repair, that letter of cancellation, that relationship that is strained, whatever it is that the enemy of our soul is attaching a flashing red light to — you don’t have to give in to the fear or frustration.
 
Instead, pick up your Bible and allow God’s Word to refresh and guide you. There are numerous scriptures on trusting God. Do a scripture search on trust. Read all of them, or at least read until you once again sense that assurance that God is greater and you do indeed trust Him.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” PHil 4:6-7 NKJV
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There are things we just won’t understand. We can waste so much time and energy and still not have an answer. Instead, trust God. Give it to God. Let His peace fill your heart even when you don’t understand.
til next time
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August 15, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

finish strong

What happened to Asa?
We’ve spent two days discussing Asa from 2 Chronicles.
 
Thursday – “And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.” “… And the kingdom had rest under him.” (2 Chron 14:5)
 
Friday – the warning – “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you” (chapter 15)
 
Asa had ever reason to  trust God.   Yet in chapter 16 we find him seeking help from the Syrian King. What about us? When trouble is coming at us, who do we turn to? Where do we place our trust?
 
When a prophet of the Lord came to rebuke Asa, instead of recognizing his error, he became angry.
 
“Asa became so angry with Hanani for saying this that he threw him into prison and put him in stocks. At that time Asa also began to oppress some of his people.” 1 Chron 16:10 NLT
 
Here we see the spiral of sin. First he didn’t rely on God. Then he refused to acknowledge his behavior and repent. Next his treatment of others took a turn for the worse. Oh, how far he has come from doing what is good and right in the sight of God.
 
At the end of his life we find that Asa developed a serious foot disease.
 
“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa developed a serious foot disease. Yet even with the severity of his disease, he did not seek the Lord’s help but turned only to his physicians.” 2 Chron 16:12 NLT
 
I am reminded of the scripture “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.” 1 Cor 10:12 ESV
 
Let us seek the Lord!  Let us finish strong!
til next time
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June 1, 2019 Posted by | bible story, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God is greater than my struggle

6 more weeks — trying to wrap my head around 6 more weeks.

You know that moment when you realize that the outcome you believed, with all your heart, is not the reality you are in?  Two weeks ago I started on prednisone.  Click here for the start of the journey.

I went back for blood work fully expecting my sed rate to be in the acceptable range.  With God’s help, I managed to navigate the two weeks keeping Godzilla at bay.   To God be the glory!

My sed rate is down but still too high.  Instead of a prescription for two weeks, I picked up  one for six weeks.  The thought of six weeks was enough to put me in full force tears.   The edginess, the nausea, the insomnia, the tiredness, the hunger, the headaches, the tears, the emotions all over the place — 6 weeks – which happens to include some mighty big things:  Easter, twins birthdays,  district council meetings, motorcycle blessing and show and the day to day life filled with loving God and loving people.   I can’t possibly hibernate for 6 weeks, can I?

    “when my heart is overwhelmed.
Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
    for you are my safe refuge,”  (Psalm 61)

Where do I go when I don’t get the answer that I so badly thought was coming?  I go back to God’s Word.  I call upon my Savior.  I lay my disappointment at His feet – knowing He loves me, will be there every step of the way, and He will use this for my good.  How?  I don’t have to know.  I just need to trust.

“God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear…” Psalm 46

God is my safe place.  In my weakness, He is strong.  He is with me all the way.  I will not fear:

  • how my body will handle this medicine
  • how my emotions will respond
  • that six weeks won’t be enough to lower my sed rate
  • that I will fail miserably (God’s grace is enough)
  • that I can’t do this
  • the changes this will undoubtedly produce
  • what the medicine is doing to my organs
  • the withdrawal after six weeks
  • But most of all, I will not fear period because God is greater.

I may have to remind myself of this daily.    A great reason to be in the word daily.   It amaze me how God knows just what I need when I look to Him.

til next time

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April 5, 2019 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

organization

I found this ‘new gadget’ that looked like it would help me organize my spices. Now if only there was a basement gadget and a garage gadget. I remind my husband that there is a tool gadget called a tool box. 🙂

spices

right picture is the new and improved rack

Galatians 5:1 tells us “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
 
The main point of this chapter is about practical godliness, striving against sin and not each other, and the struggle between flesh and Spirit.
 
Freedom! Freedom to stand firm. Freedom in Christ.

As I was organizing my spices (getting rid of ones I have never used – finding duplicates – finding spices I had forgotten about) I was reminded how easily my stuff can start to choke me.
 
Sometimes it is as if my ‘stuff’ has become a chain that traps me. Instead of owning it, it owns me. It is then that I find that God is calling me to a deeper level of generosity.
 
“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NLT
 
I recently took a pair of earrings out of my ears and gave them to someone. It has been way too long since I have done something like that. “Father, help me to hold loosely to what you have blessed me with knowing that I may be the conduit You are using to bless someone else. I am ever thankful for Your many blessings – most of all for Your presence in my life. Help me to be a reflection of You.”
 
What is God calling you to do? Where are you on the generous meter? How tightly do you hold on to your things? Freedom – trusting God with it all!
 
I’m Yours Lord,
til next time
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April 3, 2019 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment