Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

good night

A good reminder as I head off to bed.

If you should wake in the middle of the night — talk to God. He is awake. Pray for those that God brings to your mind and don’t worry about falling asleep in the middle of your prayer. I am sure it is ok with God.

grateful for the many ways God revealed Himself to me today,


he cares

til next time

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April 25, 2017 Posted by | just thinking about stuff | , , , , | Leave a comment

how big is your God?

I was reminded again of how much difference your view of God makes in your day to day choices.

If your view is obstructed by worry, fear or doubt – God may not even hit your radar. You may find yourself spiraling down into despair.  You might try to make things work out on your own.

If your view of God is based on the Bible — what a difference that makes. God is omnipresent – everywhere, omniscient – all knowing, and omnipotent — all powerful. He is the Great I AM! God’s got this!

God is always fighting for us. (2 Chron 20:17 Proverbs 21:31)

To name just a few things. He is our: Savior, provider, healer, sustainer of life, source of goodness, ever-present help in trouble, peace, joy, love…..

 

There is an old song that goes like this:  “We’ve got a great big wonderful God, a great big Wonderful God…a God who loves everyone of us, done so much for all of us.  A great big wonderful God…  He never, never, never leaves us.  He’s always standing by  -To pick us up when we stumble.  We’re the apple of His eye.”

How do you see God?

 

Lord, I will see you that way,

 

til next time

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February 4, 2017 Posted by | pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what a great big world

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Five years from now — will whatever it is matter?  We can get worked up about many trivial things.  Those things that do matter, well, getting worked up and worrying about them will not help bring about peace or even a solution.
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. ” 1 John 4:4

What a wonderful promise!

“We need to have an understanding of the Word of God and a healthy dose of the love of God…. You do not have to face life’s trials on your own. There is a reason Jesus said, ‘Lo, I am with you always.’ And ‘I won’t leave you as orphans.” Pastor Curtis (Matthew 28:20 and John 14:18)

I enjoy having a good discussion about the Bible.  Just today I was in a discussion about Revelations.  It was good!  I don’t have all the answers – only God does but we can discuss and dig into the scriptures.
Christ dwells in our hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:16-18) Christ is greater than anything we will face.
Greater is He!
Say it with me – Greater is He!
Whatever we face — Greater is He!!
In the good times and the bad – Greater is He!
Keeping things in perspective,
til next time
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October 4, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

trade offs – not just for football

Super Bowl — No matter how big the screen may be, I am not a fan of watching football on t.v.   However, I do enjoy some of those slow motion replays.

This year (Super Bowl 50)  the Broncos went home with the win!  Whatever your thoughts are about Peyton Manning, he has proven himself to be a great quarterback.  Hmmmm, is there enough evidence to show that I am a follower of Christ?

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What a great verse!  What a great promise.  We are on God’s winning team.  There are no losers.   We each have a purpose.  Yet, it is our choice to follow God’s plan or not.   Joshua 24:15 tells us to choose this day who you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!

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This Psalm expresses the importance of praising God.  Praise Him openly.  Magnify Him. Let us exalt His name together.   (That is a reason to find a Bible believing church and go.)

“I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Fear tries to cripple our faith.   Sometimes our faith gets in distress – I call that doubt. Another product of fear is worry.   The Bible is filled with scripture after scripture – “fear not” – “do not fear” again a choice we make. Do we trust God or do we let fear (doubt, worry) settle in.

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So take that fear, doubt, worry – God is with us!  God is helping us!  God is strengthening us!   It is God’s grace working in us, silencing our fears and quieting the unrest in our souls.

When we look to the world or put our eyes on the problem we can be easily discouraged or at a loss.

When we look to God, when we magnify Him, our faith arises and our hope is renewed.

Faith in God destroys fear!

Every time we go to God in prayer we are releasing our faith.

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”  (Psalm 46: 1-3, 10 NKJV)

Crisis
problems
trials
situations out of our control — come to all of us.

The difference lies in how we handle it.  Do we let it overtake us, discourage us, or do we have faith in God’s willingness and His ability to take care of us.   Remember, God is for us.  Over and over in His Word He reminds us that He is with us and for us.

In football, trade offs happen.  When a player’s contract is up, the owner can choose to trade one player for another.  He is looking for the best trade off.

We have the best trade off option.

As Christians we can trade our:
broken dreams
heartaches
frustrations
things that we just can’t understand
pain
We can give that to God and in exchange He will give us:
peace
joy
comfort
He will turn it around  (Romans 8:28)
He will make beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61:3)

WHAT A TRADE OFF

Trials/problems are not enemies of our faith but instead they are an opportunity to see God’s faithfulness up close.

That is if we hold on to Him,
trust Him, put our faith in Him,
refusing to let worry and fear control us….

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“God will give us the wisdom to know what to do and the strength to do it.”  Curtis Girod

God will see us through. He will give us the strength to stick it out – not the grit your teeth kind of strength but the strength that endures the unedurable and spills over into joy.

Don’t let fear settle in. Don’t give in to worry or doubt. Let your faith rise up and destroy fear.

God is for you! The game isn’t over. You are on the winning team.

til next time

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February 10, 2016 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, sermon notes, spiritual reflections, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what if…. are you a player?

What if…….?

Ah the game of what if.  Many people play it.  People worry about all kinds of different things.  Health, family, and finances are the big three.   A lot of wasted energy is used in worrying.

Worry will rob me of living today to the fullest.  Worry will hinder my from trying new things.  Worry stunts my growth. 

My mom, for the first 80 years of her life, wouldn’t dare think of getting on an airplane.  What if it crashed?  Then 9/11 happened and I thought that had settled it for good.  We would never get her in an airplane.   My siblings and I had been trying for years to get her to fly to Florida to visit my brother and his family.  Worry of all that could go wrong was the thing that was stopping her.

She has now flown four times.  She loves the window seat.  God has proven so faithful to her.  She has a story of His intervention each trip. 

Faith silences worry.  As I  have grown in God, my worrying  pretty much has diminished.   I truly believe God is in control so then what is there to worry about?  Nothing takes God by surprise.  He may allow situations that are tough, to come my way.  However, He will turn it around.  He will make a way.  Not only is He able, but He is willing to help.  He is Jehovah Jireh – my provider.  My life is in His hands. 

Sometimes, for a moment, I can get caught up in the old habit of what if…..  My focus will have sifted to the storm and not the one who calms the storm.  Ah, but God is so good.  He gets my attention and once again worry disappears.

I have changed the rules of the what if game.  Here is my list of what if questions.

What if today I look at people through the eyes of love (God’s love)?

What if today I let my words be gentle?

What if today I overlook that comment?

What if today my attitude is “I get to go to work today“?

What if today I look for opportunities to be a blessing to someone?

What if today I do what I can to walk in peace with those I encounter?

What if today I choose to trust God completely?

What if today I walk in the freedom Christ has given me?

What if today I walk in the power of the Holy Spirit?

til next time

June 8, 2009 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

as the day ends

It is the start of a new day.  It will be filled with many choices.  When all is said and done I will not be able to redo this day.  There are no delete buttons.   So as this day starts I am also thinking about how it will end.   As the day ends there are some questions that I will ponder.  God calls me to represent Him, and the day to day way I handle life is a reflection of my relationship with Him.

1:  Did I choose to walk in joy?  It really is up to me to decide to make up my mind that I will enjoy this day.  It comes down to attitude.  Learn to find joy in the simple day to day things.  Dreading anything is a real joy robber. 

2:  Did I make the best of my circumstances?  Everyone has things in their life they would like to change.  Did I do those things that I could and not get frustrated over things I couldn’t do anything about?

3: Did I laugh today or did I take myself too seriously?  For truly life does not revolve around me.  Stress and taking life too seriously go hand in hand.  I need to on purpose add laughter into my day.

4:  Did I live my life in such a way as to silence the negative talk of others?  I can’t stop people from lying or wrongly judging me, but I can live my life in such a way that it disproves those statements.

5:  Did I compromise?  In other words did I settle for what was good enough instead of what was the best?  This can be most difficult.  Good can indeed be the enemy of best.  It can be easy to settle, may I raise the standard and not be content with the status quo or worse lowering the standard (compromise).

6:  Did I waste time worrying?  So much of what people worry about never happens.  It is borrowed trouble.  It’s traveling companion is dread.  (see # 1)  It is the opposite of trust and faith. 

7:  Did I harbor ill feelings toward anyone?  Hate poisons the soul.  Yes, there are people out there who do hurtful, hateful things.  The key is to release it quickly to God.  He sees, He knows, and He will take care of it.  Learning to walk in love – ah, that is the goal.

8:  Is there any regret connected with today?  Regret can rob me of joy both today and also tomorrow.  May I learn from it and then let it go.

9:  Did I help someone today?  It is so not all about me.  I don’t have to look far to see something that I can do for someone else.  Did I take the time?

10: Did I spend beyond my means?  Doing things at the cost of going into debt is not wise.  How I spend my money is a reflection of what is important to me. 

til next time

February 28, 2009 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, life lessons, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments