Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

surgeon’s scalpel

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Hebrews 4:12-13 (MSG)

Recently I went under a surgeon’s scalpel. A piece was removed that had been causing me trouble. Getting to it was more of a challenge than even the doctor had anticipated. At one point I reminded him that I had people praying.

God’s Word cuts through everything. It cuts through hatred, going through the motions, blame game, complacency, and lukewarmness. The Word will slice open excuses, doubts and false justification. Maybe this is why some Christians don’t pick up the Word and read it. They have missed the point though. God wants us to be free from things that would hinder us.

I could have refused the surgery. I could have ignored it. It still would have been there causing me trouble. When God’s Word reveals something to me, I can refuse to do anything about it. I can ignore it. I can come up with some excuse but none of that will change the fact that it needs to be dealt with. Instead, I say – Yes, God.

We come to God just as we are and then He steps in and helps us be all we were intended to be.

Let’s be people who listen and obey.

til next time

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March 20, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

decorated with love

“And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love;” Eph 3:17 (TLB)

Our home is decorated with the love of others. The room I am currently in has two pieces of furniture from Curt’s grandpa, two pieces of furniture from my grandma, a desk from my sister, a chair from a couple we mentored, a computer from a dear friend, and numerous knick knacks and wall hangings from people who love us. Yes, I am surrounded by the love of others.

When Jesus comes into our lives, He brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to decorate our lives. (Gal 5:22-23) Are we displaying them for all to see?

When He dwells within us, our lives are changed. “…what counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.” Gal 6:14

Our house has siding on it and shingles on the roof. The Bible addresses what are ‘siding’ and ‘roof’ should look like. “…putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (1 Thess 5:8) Does your ‘siding’ or ‘roof’ need some attention?

Often my house is in need of cleaning. It is the same in our lives. David understood this. “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Yes, our home is decorated with the love of others but more importantly my life, your life, is decorated with the love of Jesus. May He feel at home in our lives!

Jesus, You are welcome in each room of my heart!

til next time

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March 8, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pain – hope

I was reminded today of a painful season in my life. No, it did not turn out how I had hoped, how I had prayed. Yes, it changed those involved in such a way as to never be the same again. I am grateful for God’s healing and His peace that has taken that memory and stripped it of power.

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“But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.” Psalm 71:14

Pain changes us. Yet, when we put that pain in God’s hands – trusting Him – He brings beauty out of ashes. (Isaiah 61:3) God Does This!

Sometimes the night seems long …
“weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Remember…
“when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” Micah 7:8

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Overflowing with hope,
til next time

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March 3, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , | Leave a comment

thoughts

As a child, I can remember my daddy telling me to guard my thoughts.  What I dwell on will show up in what I do.   Then there was the saying “garbage in – garbage out”  that holds great truth.

What do you dwell on?

Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Let the Word of Christ richly dwell in you — memorization, reading, meditating are three great ways to accomplish this.

The next part has to do with one another – teaching and admonishing (warn) – This is one reason to go to church. Often I hear people say “Pastor was speaking right to me” or “How did he know?” God uses the message to speak to each of us in different ways. We need each other.

It also is a great reminder to talk about the things of God when you get together with friends.

Singing with thankfulness – another great reason to go to church. God inhabits the praises His people. There is something powerful about gathering together to praise. However, worship and thankfulness should also be a regular part of every day. Is there a song in your heart today?

Here is mine (at the moment – it changes often)
“I love You Lord and I left my voice to worship You – Oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my King in what You hear. May it be a sweet sweet sound in Your ear.”

 

praising Jesus as I go through my day — what about you?

til next time

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January 23, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

pause

One of my favorite verses (I have many) is Psalm 46:10.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!.” (NKJV)
 
The NASB puts it this way:
 
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
 
One more translation – GW
 
“Let go of your concerns!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations.
I rule the earth.”
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Be still, cease striving, let go, stand silent — pretty direct message.
How is it that we can do that?
Because God is who He says He is – He is in control. He is the creator and sustainer of life. He holds all things together. He is the God of hope. He loves us. He is for us!
 
Don’t lose sight of what is truly important in life. Sometimes the hustle and bustle can be overwhelming. When that happens, take some time to be still – reminding yourself that He is God.
One of the things I enjoy is to sit with a cup of coffee, Christmas tree lights on and Christmas music playing. I can just breath in the calmness and the joy of the love of God in my life. The busier the days get the more often you can find me with my cup of coffee basking in God’s goodness. I hope that you take time each day to be still (pause) and know that He is God.
 
Selah!
til next time
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December 21, 2017 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

is joy possible?

Joy!  Yes, please!  I want my life to be filled with joy.  The Word tells me that the joy of the Lord is my strength.  (Nehemiah 8:10)

“Heart, body, and soul are filled with joy.” Psalm 16:9

Yes! Filled. With. Joy!

Verse 8 gives us some instruction on how to be filled with joy.

“I am always thinking of the Lord; and because he is so near, I never need to stumble or fall.” Psalm 16:8

What is always on your mind? I wonder how much different people’s lives would be if their thoughts were of the Lord?

He is with us, for us and loves us. I choose God. I choose joy. When situations come up that threaten to steal my joy, I pause and remember God sees, knows and is making a way.

“Heart, body, and soul are filled with joy.” Psalm 16:9

God is good!

Selah
til next time

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December 6, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

remember

“Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,” Psalm 105:5 NIV

Sometimes I just need to stop and remind myself of who God is. Sadly sometimes I get wrapped up in my own situation and my own limitations that, for a moment, my focus shifts from God of the possible to Gloria of the impossible. Really that is what worry and frustration is all about — forgetting, for that moment, that God is greater and nothing takes Him by surprise ever!

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I am a team player but not everyone is — I need to be reminded to love in those moments when someone is doing their own thing and what they are doing affects me in a challenging way. God will give wisdom to know how to handle it in a way that does not cause frustration.

God is all powerful. He is Creator of the heavens and earth. (Gen 1:1)

Did you see the eclipse? I put on a welders helmet and looked up into the sky. Why put on the welders helmet? I wanted to protect my eyes.

Proverbs 7:2-3  also talks about protecting our eyes.

“Obey my commands and live!
Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes.
Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.”  Proverbs 7:2-3 (NLT)

Maybe that is the reminder you need today – to obey is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22) Do you have God’s instructions written deep within your heart? Take a moment right now and determine that you will meditate and work on memorizing scripture.   Proverbs 7:2-3 would be a great place to start.

Selah,

til next time

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October 7, 2017 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what’s stopping you?

Sometimes all that is stopping me is me.
My thoughts
my feelings
my partial understanding of a situation
my ‘rights’
fear
laziness or overly busy
complacency
avoidance
These things can all stop me in my tracks.  They can also greatly affect my joy, peace and hope.
So what to do?
Get out of my own head — get into the Word. Purpose to live this day walking with Jesus — that means laziness, complacency, avoidance, and fear has to go. Overly busy needs to be re-evaluated. (To help with priorities, I highly recommend the book “The Best Yes” by Lysa Terkeurst)
For me, planning down time is a necessity – right along with scheduling exercise. Rarely do either of those two things happen by chance. Yet, both are valuable to living a healthy full life.
I don’t want to live my life in a small way.
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So for today I am entering the wide-open spaces. I choose to live this day openly and expansively.   I wonder what will God be up to as I unfold this day with Him?
What about you?
What will you choose to do with your day?
til next time
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March 22, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

labels -liberal – conservative

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today?

Lots of people are spouting their opinions and fueling the anger that seems to be boiling  across our country.  Free speech seems to gravitate into negative speech.  Things people would not say in person, they freely say hiding behind the internet.

Are you a liberal?  Are you a conservative?  I refuse to let that label define me or my friends.  I am a person. Respect, integrity, compassion, love — these are some of the things that define me.

I really want to tell some of my Facebook friends to “PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE post something that is not negative.  I get that you are not a fan of the current president.  I have friends in both camps.  Those for the president, please remember love is not puffed up.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)   Get into a solution.  Tell about something you are doing to make your world better.  Clearly posting argumentative junk is not healing the divide.  How about pictures of your dog or your food?  Is anything good in your life?

 

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“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) This applies when things are going great and when we encounter situations that are difficult.

Are you contagious? Do others look at you and want the joy, peace, hope, love…..that they see in you? Don’t let the hardships of life dim your light.

Recognizing that we can trust fully that God is in control, is an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1) and is for us (Psalm 118:6) enables us to laugh without fear of the future. (Proverbs 31:25 NLT)

Don’t like what you see going on in our world today? How about if you make it a point to do one random act of kindness everyday? I may not be able to change a nation but I can change my corner of the world and make it a brighter place. I am blessed to be a blessing. (Genesis 12:2)

What about you?

Let us demonstrate the overcoming power of God in our lives.

This little light of mine – I’m gonna let it shine!!
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til next time

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February 3, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

not the same old same old

Eight years ago history was made. The first black president was sworn into office. Today history was made again. Donald Trump, who defied the odds against him, was sworn into office. Whatever you may think about President Donald Trump, he now holds the highest office in our country.

Listening to his inauguration speech,  it is clear that this is not a polished politician.  In fact, he takes a few shots at the political establishment.   A couple of things that stand out to me is his love for America and desire to bring about a positive change.

Whatever the future holds, today is what is before me. This is the day the Lord has made and I an choosing to rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24) As for the future, I smile, knowing God is in control.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.” Proverbs 31:25 (NASB)

There may be change in the air but, God changes not.

”Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NASB)

I appreciated Franklin Graham’s usage of 1 Timothy, his gospel presentation that he incorporated into his prayer and that he concluded in Jesus name. The Word went forth and it will not return void. (Isaiah 55:11)

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

Join me in praying for President Trump and those in leadership of our great country.

til next time

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January 20, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment