Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.


live out loud


Some songs are as powerful the 99th time you hear it as it was the first time you heard it.
“I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.”
Psalm 136:3 (NKJV)
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords!
For His mercy endures forever:”
“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.”
Psalm 136:4 (NKJV)
“To Him who alone does great wonders,
For His mercy endures forever;”
Our God is so creative!
Psalm 136:5 (NKJV)
 “To Him who by wisdom made the heavens,
For His mercy endures forever;”
When was the last time you looked up at the sky and thought about how vast it is?
“I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance…….. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance — I hope you dance.”
Don’t fear those mountains. Keeping things in perspective reduces stress. Does it really matter? Is it worth getting frustrated? In the scope of the next five years – will it even be remembered?
Have a heart of gratitude. Take time to pause.
I don’t want to miss out on living because I was too busy to notice. I don’t want to settle for good enough.  I want to dance!!
I challenge you to stop, look around you, and really take in the moment. Allow yourself to be right where you are, not looking ahead to the next thing on the agenda or playing the “I’ll be happy when” game.   Dance!
til next time
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August 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


I read something today that made me wonder and not an awe type of wonder.
A woman posted something on Facebook and the consensus of the comments on the post could be summed up with this quote “… her personal life has NOTHING to do with her faith in god!”
How very sad! How sad that people would think our faith has nothing to do with our personal life.
Our faith in God has everything to do with our personal life. God desires a personal intimate relationship with us. To know and be known (John 10:14) — yes, it is personal!!
He is an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1) He is with us always. (Matt 28:20) He holds us up. (Psalms 63:8) He fights for us. (Ex 14:14)
This is my prayer for you today:
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
11-12 Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely. The Message (MSG)
All to Jesus, I surrender!
til next time
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April 25, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

in awe

When was the last time you stood in awe as you gazed at something beautiful?

beautyThe Conservatory at Como Zoo surrounds you with beauty.  Yet beauty is not just reserved for greenhouses.

 Creation sings praises to God.  Beauty is there for the beholder.  Are we too busy?  Do we just hurry past?

How long has it been since you took even a moment to allow your mind to grasp the wonder of  our Creator?   Or have you subconsciously tucked God away in a tidy box?   Is God reduced to one hour on Sunday?

Have you lost sight of the enormity of our God?  He is Omnipresent — everywhere.  He is Omniscient — all-knowing.   AND He is absolutely in love with you!

I am grateful for our opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon.  It was easy to be overcome with awe and wonder as I stood on the rim of such vastness.

on top of the worldIt was the same way this past summer as we took our beach run.  Yes, I still felt small as I stood beside the ocean.  What magnitude!  What power!

Atlantic beach

What a reminder to me that I am alive to live a life of purpose on purpose!

No matter what is going on the waves continue to roll.  The tide comes in and the tide goes out.  The ocean is doing exactly what it was created to do.  Mankind was created in the image of God.   (Genesis 1:27)  God has a plan and purpose for each of us.  (Jeremiah 29:11)  That plan is bigger and better than anything we could come up with.    No matter what is going on, I choose to keep following God, keep moving forward, keep growing, keep loving, and to keep on keeping on.

But I cannot just pop over to the Grand Canyon.  The ocean does not border Iowa.  My flowers do not come close to the flowers at Como Zoo.  Yet each day I can choose to be in awe of the wonder of my God.  His creativity is evident all around me.   I am learning to cultivate an awareness of His presence.  You can too.

my patio

my patio

married to my best friend

married to my best friend

always something to laugh about

always something to laugh about

having fun

having fun

life is too short to not enjoy it

make memories

beauty right in my living room

beauty right in my living room

finding the hidden beauty

finding the hidden beauty

time in the Word opens my eyes to wonder

time in the Word opens my eyes to wonder

   Romans 11:33-36 (Amplified Bible)

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)!  And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!

 For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor?

Or who has first given God anything that he might be paid back or that he could claim a recompense?

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it).

I hope that you too will choose to be in awe of the wonders of God.  I hope you never lose your sense of wonder.

For from Him and through Him and to Him are ALL things.  Yes, that causes me to want to shout and dance.

til next time.


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November 4, 2013 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Primal – not just another book

Mark Batterson’s book Primal is a must read for those who have found their Christian walk a bit mundane and not what it used to be or for those who are wondering “is this all there is?”   

For those who already view life as an adventure with God, this book offers  many statements that are thought provoking and will challenge the reader to go deeper in their love for God.  It is a great refresher with wonderful insights into the right brain – left brain.  

All of us have room for growth in our spiritual journey.

The book is all about the primal (original or most important) purpose of life.  He refers to the Great Commandment as the Primal Commandment.  

What is the Primal Commandment?  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”    p.4

A line that jumped off the page in the introduction was “We can’t afford to be merely good at the Great Commandment.  We’ve got to be great at the Great Commandment.”  p.7    

It will challenge the reader to not settle but to continue to grow in their love for God. 

 Thought provoking questions are intermingled throughout the book.  Questions such as: “Does your heart break for the things that break the heart of God? p.9   “Have you ever noticed the way suffering helps us become less self-absorbed? p.24    “What if we stopped force-feeding answers and learned to unleash the primal curiosity in our congregations?”  p.97  “But what would happen if we saw people through the eyes of God?”  p.163

Primal goes into depth about what it means to really love God.   It  talks about loving God with all our compassion, wonder, curiosity, and energy.  

Loving God with all of our heart is having compassion.    

Loving God with all of our soul is living a life of wonder.  

Loving God with all of our mind is living a life of holy curiosity.

Loving God with all of our strength is putting our energy into things that matter for the Kingdom.  “It means blood, sweat and tears.” p. 134

Mark takes each one of these four elements and breaks them down in a very real, honest and open way.  Primal is not just another book to take up space on a bookshelf somewhere.  It is a book to be read and then read again.  It is a book meant to have an impact on the reader’s life.  I know that it has had an impact on mine. 

Make Primal the first book you read in 2010. 

To get your copy of  “Primal A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity”  by Mark Batterson go to   

til next time

December 21, 2009 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments