Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

abundant life? for me?

How would you describe your life?  Are you in a rut?  Are you enjoying life.  On a scale of 1 – 10 where would you put abundant living?  Do you even know what abundant living looks like?

Jesus said in John 10:10  – The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”  (KJV)

I want life more abundantly.  I believe there are many factors that are involved in living an abundant life.  First, and foremost, is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  He is the way, the truth, and the life, no one gets to God unless they go through Him.  (John 14:6)

Our relationship needs to be growing.  1 Thess 5 tells us  what God’s will is for us, in Christ Jesus.  We are to rejoice, pray and give thanks.  How are you doing on those three things?

We  grow by reading the Word and  hearing the Word preached but that isn’t enough.  We must  apply the Word to our lives.  If it doesn’t change us, then we can’t expect to walk in the abundant life.

1 CORINTHIANS 16:13-14   “Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” (MSG)

5 keys to living an abundant life
1. Keep your eyes open – watch – don’t stick your head in the sand and ignore what is going on around you
2. hold tight to your convictions – stand firm in your faith – don’t be wishy washy and when doubt comes at you, lift up your shield of faith
3. give it all you’ve got – be all in – 100% – be brave
4. be resolute – determined – strong – Joshua 1:9 tells us “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
5. love without stopping – walk in love – let all you do be love based – do unto others and you would want them to do to you. (Luke 6:31)

1 cor 16 13 14

I am going to work on these five things this week.  What about you?

Living the abundant life that Jesus came to give me!

til next time

———————advertisements are placed here by WordPress————

=-

May 22, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4 central truths

4 Central Truths of the Christian faith:
1. Christ has come.
2. Christ has died.
3. Christ has risen.
4. Christ will come again

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (NASB)

When I was a kid, there was a lot of talk about the return of Christ. I can remember during my teenage years, on more than one occasion, coming home to an empty house and thinking that the rapture had taken place. It was a frightening experience.

The problem was that I wasn’t ready. I knew enough to know that God wanted all of me and yet, I didn’t know how to do that. Those days my church talked a lot about the return of Christ but not nearly enough about living for Christ.

Christ will come again. When? Only God knows the hour. We need to be ready.

How are we ready?

—believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior
—acknowledging your own sinfulness and need of a Savior
—asking for forgiveness and receiving the newness of life that is in Christ
—walking with Him (How?  by reading the Bible, praying, being a part of a church — (where you can encourage and be encouraged, where God can speak to you through the message and worship, )

—growing in our relationship with Christ – not my will but Yours be done!

I’m ready – are you?til next time

———advertisements placed here by WordPress————-

April 5, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

is God silent?

Is God silent?
There have been times in my life when it seemed my prayers were hitting the ceiling and bouncing back. God seemed to be silent.
I can remember asking, “Where are You, God?    PPPPPPlease, God!”
Maybe you have seen the saying, “When you are in the midst of a trial and you wonder where God is, just remember, the teacher is always silent during the test.”
When you are taking a test, you rely on what you have studied, It is a reflection of what you know. The same is true for our spiritual tests and trials. We draw from what we have studied and what we know. We know by reading and discussing the Word. Spending time in praise, prayer, and meditation strengthens us.
Is God silent?  Truth is God is never silent. (Isaiah 55:11) His Word is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) I just need to pick up His Word and start reading to hear what God is saying, or  I can give in to the temptation to let it sit on the shelf.
One thing we may not realize is that the tests of this life are OPEN BOOK TESTS. 
In addition to an open book test, we have Jesus (who is ever interceding on our behalf.) –Romans 8:34   When the test seems crushing, I am ever grateful that Jesus has my back. Also, we are told to pray for one another. (James 5:16) Don’t let pride stop you from asking for prayer in the midst of difficulties.
  Unlike tests you took in school, in the tests of life you can ask a friend for help. I am grateful for good friends who remind me of the truths of God’s Word and encourage me in the midst of trials.
til next time,
———–advertisements are placed here bu WordPress——-

February 8, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

life

I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. This means that He is my teacher and I want to be more like Him.
 
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)
 
I often do an inventory of my actions, words, and thoughts. Sometimes God shines a spotlight on a particular attitude or action. It is my desire that I not cause pain.  We, as Christians, are called to encourage one another – not tear down – certainly not cause pain.
 
Another scripture verse that challenges me to look at my life, behavior, and thoughts comes from Thessalonians.
 
“But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NASB)
Examine, hold fast to good, abstain from every form of evil.
Sometimes I like to read from multiply translations.
 
“but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
Stay away from every kind of evil.” (NLT)
Test, hold on to good, stay away from evil!
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  
Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (KJV)
Prove, hold fast to good, abstain from all appearance of evil.
So my life changing question today is am I holding fast to that which is good and abstaining from the very appearance of evil? Or do I readily come up with justification or excuses?
What about you? What does it mean to you to hold on to the good and avoid the appearance of evil?    Remember God is right there to help you.
 
More like Jesus, is my desire!
til next time
—————-advertisements are placed here by WordPress———–

January 6, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

but I’m the one He loves

Hold on!  God is in control!

waters

Today let’s look at John. He was one of the 12 disciples. He was part of the inner circle. (Mark 5:37) He referred to himself as the one whom Jesus loved. (John13:23) Yet, he was taken from family and friends and exiled to Patmos. All alone he might have felt like this was some sort of thanks for all his dedication, pain, and labor through the years.  He could have pouted and said, “But I’m the one He loves.”

“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)

BUT that is not what happened!!

He refused to allow his relationship with God to be diminish just because others had devalued him.

The result:

John saw a revelation of Jesus himself, with the Lord’s face as “the sun shining in its strength. (Revelations 1:15-17)– John would go on to write Revelations.

Daniel, Paul, and John are good reminders for us that all things will work together for good. God will take those things that we don’t understand and turn them around for good. He is the God of hope! (Romans 15:13) During the process, as we pray and trust in Him, He gives us peace that goes beyond our understanding. (Phil 4:6-7)

For more on Romans 8:28  click on  not why but what,  or  a hungry lion,   or all things or because of my chains

Our life is in You, Lord!

til next time

_______any advertisements are placed here by WordPress__________

October 21, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

what do you think?

Thoughts…..
butterfly 1
 
Here are a couple things to think about:
“The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6 (NASB)
The Almighty God, creator, sustainer of life is for me, for you! It just doesn’t get better than that.
“My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies.” Song of Solomon 2:16 (NASB) (“He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.” Song of Solomon 2:4)
 
 
When I read these verses, it takes me back to my childhood and I break out into song. “The Lord is mine and I am His. His banner over me is love.The Lord is mine and I am His. His banner over me is love. The Lord is mine and I am His. His banner over me is love. His banner over me is love.” Did you sing it with me?
 
His banner over me is love. God loves me! Right now, this moment, as I type I pause to take a moment to let that sink in again. God loves us!
 
Thoughts…… may my thoughts reflect the truth of God’s Word!
til next time
_______any advertisements are placed here by WordPress____________

September 29, 2016 Posted by | spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

power of thoughts

Have you given any thought to your thoughts lately?

butterfly 1

 

I realize that my first thoughts of the day can set in motion the start of a good day or a not so good day. I joke about waking up on the wrong side of the bed, but what I am really saying is I woke up with crabby thought and hung onto them. The only one that can change that is me.

“We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB

 

When I remind myself that Today is the day  God has made (Psalm 118:24) – He is for me (Psalm 118:6) – He will turn ashes into beauty and work things out for my good (Isaiah 61:3, Romans 8:28) – He is able and is an ever-present help in whatever I will face (Psalm 138:8, Psalm 46:1 – I am His (Solomon 2:16) – I can face today with courage and have nothing to fear because God is with me (Joshua 1:9, Psalm 56:4) – then my thoughts line up with God’s Word and I am ready to unwrap the gift that God has given me which is called Today!

Look how The Message Bible words 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

 

Enjoy today – it is a gift!

til next time

~~~~~~~~~~~advertisements placed here by WordPress~~~~~~~~~~~~~

August 16, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trading

“He gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…”  This is the song my heart is singing today taken from Isaiah 61:2.   It speaks of the trade off we have when we choose Christ.

ashes to beauty
mourning to joy
heaviness to praise

Sure we can choose to hang on to our ashes, to stay stuck in sorrow and to be weighed down by heaviness, but why would we? I think, for many, they have lost sight of the truth. God is with us (Matthew 28:20) and will make a way. (Isaiah 43:16)

“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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NASB)

understand

Peace that goes beyond our understanding is ours if we but hold fast to God (weeping may endure for the night) and trust Him (joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5) Sometimes the night seems long and dark but Micah 7:8 tells us “When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.”

 

til next time

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

any advertisements are placed here by WordPress

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

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

motives & truth

Do you know what it is like to have someone question your motives?  It is one thing if they ask you personally, but usually they just discuss it with others under the assumption that they know all there is to know about the situation.  Such harm is done when people start jumping to conclusions about why someone did or didn’t do whatever.

Here is truth.

God knows our motives. It is possible to do the right actions but do it with wrong motives. It is not about ‘what’s in it for me.’ It is about bringing glory to God by how we live. It is about pointing people to Christ as they watch how we handle things. God will shed light on our motives.  He does know all there is to know about every situation.

“For I am conscious of nothing against myself, yet I am not by this acquitted; but the one who examines me is the Lord. Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:4-5 (NASB)

It is important that we allow God to reveal to us areas that need attention. Maybe our attitude needs to be changed or a habit that is unhealthy needs to not be ignored anymore. Maybe an apology is due for something that was said or done.

Make amends.

One of my goals going into a tough situation is that I will not say or do anything that later I will need to apologize for. Succeeding at this (only happens with God’s help) means I am letting God work through me and saying no to my flesh.

Getting into the truth about my actions, words and part in a conflict is vital to being able to be a vessel God can use.  Staying in the truth is necessary if I want to continue to walk in victory.

I am a work in progress.  So are you!

til next time

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

any advertisements place here are done so by WordPress

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

June 1, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

get in the truth

Recently I witnessed drama to the tenth degree.  I hate that feeling of helplessness when you see what’s happening and you can’t stop it. Like a snowball rolling downhill – it gains momentum and debris as it rolls.

However, this is where truth comes in.  Truth sets us free.   I may not always like what truth reveals about me, but it is then that I can choose to allow Christ to change me and help me handle it different next time.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

The ultimate truth is found in John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus dwells in our heart by faith (Ephesians 3:17) and shines a spotlight on areas that need attention.

When we are in the truth about our hang ups, we are a position to be freed from them. Walking in the truth is a life long process. However, if we refuse to get in the truth or if we play the blame game – we stay stuck.

So much drama would be avoided if people took a long hard look at their own actions and acknowledged their role in the drama.

Years ago I prayed a simple, yet life changing prayer. (I pray it often, especially when I know I will be in a difficult situation.)

“Lord, help me to not say or do anything today that I will need to apologize for later.”

It makes me very aware of my behavior. Sure there are times I fail miserably. It is then that living in the truth causes me to own up to my actions/words. Owning up to it helps me next time to be more careful.

 

As for the drama situation mentioned at the beginning of this blog, God answered my life changing, simple prayer.

Let’s walk in truth.

How.Very.Freeing!!

til next time

~~~~~~~~~~~

Any advertisements are placed here by Word press

~~~~~~~~~~~~

May 23, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment