Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

faith 2nd of 2

Faith (Part 2)

It is our faith in Jesus Christ that makes us right with God. (Romans 3:22) We live out our faith by the things we say and do. Our faith grows as we choose to trust God in the midst of difficulties. God will make a way. (Isa 43:16) He is for us! (Psalm 118:6)

Choices — when you encounter troubles, where will your words and actions take you?

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (Col 2:6-7)

Our faith grows as we do what we are called to do recognizing that the glory belongs to God. Our faith grows every time we do the right thing especially when the right thing is not easy.

Our faith grows as we walk in obedience.

1 Cor 16:13 tells us four important things to do.

Be on guard.
Stand firm in the faith.
Be courageous.
Be strong.

All of these are possible as we rely on and trust in Christ to see us through whatever comes our way.

Faith is not so much something we believe.
Faith is something we live.

Living by faith,

til next time

——-ads placed here by WordPress—–

Advertisements

March 28, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

faith 1st of 2

1/2 posts on Faith – part 2 tomorrow

It was by faith that we left MN 27 years ago and moved to Iowa. What an incredible journey of faith, hope and love it has been.
I expect year 28 to be filled with awe and wonder as God continues to work in and through Cornerstone family! To God be the glory!

Let your faith in God arise! (Psalm 68:1)

Faith!

Faith is not so much something we believe.
Faith is something we live.

Fear cripples faith BUT Faith overcomes fear!

A living faith in Christ overcomes the fear of:
the unknown,
financial worries,
not pleasing everyone,
health issues,
attacks of the enemy,
failure,

“Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22 NLT)

psalm 33 20

Living by faith in God means not always understanding the why, the how, the when but understanding that God is in control. He will make a way. (Isa 43:19) Christ dwells within us. (Eph 3:16) He is all powerful. (Job 36:22) We do not need to fear because He will never leave us, and He goes before us. (Deut 31:8)

Living out my faith day by day,

til next time

—–ads placed here by WordPress——

March 27, 2018 Posted by | Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God’s timing

I woke this morning reminding myself that I can and do trust God’s timing. Waiting can be so hard. Jealousy (as you see someone else enjoying the very promise you are waiting on) tries to plant itself in my heart. When that doesn’t work then sadness seeks to overtake me with thoughts like ‘it’s never gonna happen” or “how much longer can I hold on?” When that doesn’t work then thoughts of what I can do to speed up the process flash across my brain.

No! No! A thousand times no!

God told Abram that he would have a son. (“but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” Genesis 15:4) And then the waiting process began.

Waiting, waiting, and more waiting but nothing was happening. Then Sarah got this idea in her head. She took matters into her own hands and came up with a solution. The promised child would come through her hand-maiden. (Genesis 16)

However, Ishmael was not the child God had promised. What a mess Sarah had made of her impatience and lack of trust. Genesis 16:12 calls Ishmael a wild man. There was a price to pay for Sarah’s impatience. A good example of how our choices can impact others.

It can be easy to fall into the same trap as Sarah. When we do our own thing instead of waiting on God, we also get a mess. Consequences of that mess can follow us the rest of our lives.

Trust, hold on, stay firm, endure – knowing that God is not on vacation but very much active in what is going on in our lives. His timing is always right on.

Are you waiting for something? Don’t lose heart, resist jealousy and/or sadness, and make the choice to follow God.

While I am waiting, I will serve and trust God,

til next time

–ads placed here by WordPress——

March 23, 2018 Posted by | bible story, living in a fish bowl, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

waiting 1st of 7

Waiting – it seems there are always areas in which I find myself waiting. Sometimes the waiting isn’t so bad but other times the dark night seems to drag on and on.

Today is the 1st in a series of 7 posts on waiting.

When it seems I am waist deep in the pit of a bleak situation and I feel myself sinking in the mud – I have a few choices.
*I can become impatient and try to use my own strength to get out – to change things.
*I can wallow in the mud – giving in to self-pity.
*I can play the blame game.
All of these choices result in sinking deeper in the mud.

There is another choice. I can seek God for help. I can cast my cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and take this time to go deeper in Christ. How? By reading His Word – I am grateful that each test of our faith is an open book test. Also we grow deeper by praying, taking time to listen, meditating, getting together with others at church to worship, pray, and hear God’s Word, listening to praise music – go ahead Sing!

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, Psalm 40:1-4a NLT

I cry out to God. My faith knows He will help me.(Psalm 46:1) He will steady me. He will amaze. I trust God!

Using the waiting time to grow deeper in Christ.

til next time

———-ads placed here by WordPress——-

March 11, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

do not fear

Fear cripples faith, but faith overcomes fear!

I needed to be reminded this morning that I have nothing to fear. I know some of what today holds, but more importantly I know who holds me today.

Isaiah 41:10
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Over and over the Bible says fear not, do not be dismayed, do not be anxious, trust God, be strong and courageous, God is with us, our hope is in Him!

Fear is controlling. It limits what a person does. Fear will also cause some people to try to control or manipulate a situation/person. This is not beneficial.

Bad decisions are often the result of fear. Being afraid will create distance, both in our relationship with God and with others.

Fear will try to keep me confined in my comfort zone. I have come to realize that a ‘comfort zone’ is a great way to avoid embracing life. Thankfully God is always nudging me to step out in faith. Oh what an adventure it is!!

For today I remind myself of what Psalm 112:7-8 says

“They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.” (NIV)

Whatever you are facing today – remember you are not alone. Truly God is an ever-present help in trouble, (Psalm 46:1) You are His and You are safe in His embrace. (Proverbs 18:10, 29:25) He is with you, for you, and loves you.

Today trust God, let your faith rise up, and hold fast to the knowledge that God is able to help you handle anything that comes your way.

Trusting God!

til next time

—ads placed here by WordPress———

March 10, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

heaven all around

Heaven – Coming face to face with Jesus, the one who loves us unconditionally! When what has been unseen, is now seen. (1 Corinthians 13:12) When our faith/hope meets those nail scarred hands in person. Heaven where there will be no more sickness, no pain, no heartache, no deadlines to meet, no misunderstandings, no rudeness, no sarcasm… (Revelation 21:4)
“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.” 1 Thess 4:16-17

 

text speech
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)
Wednesday night in Bible study the question was asked –  What privilege do we enjoy on earth that we won’t have in heaven? If you are like me, this made my head tilt. Huh?
Answer:
To be used by God to show someone the way to Christ.
To see lives changed by the glory of God.
To let His light shine through us.
To reach the lost with the good news.
To make a difference in our family, church, work place, city, and our world.
Our faith in God speaks loudly in our words and actions.
YOLO! (You only live once!)
LOL – JK (Laugh out loud – Just kidding)
BRB (Be right back)
Jesus Christ
Who can you share your faith – your hope with today?
til next time
Click here for the song Heaven all around me
————ads placed here by WordPress—–

March 2, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

4 powerful words

“I’m praying for you.”  Four powerful words.

Sometimes I find myself at a loss for how to pray. The Bible is a great help here. Of course we have the Lord’s Prayer when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray. (Matt 6:9-13)

Also, when Paul would write that he was praying, he would include the things he was praying for them. We can pray those things too.

(See Colossians 1:9-12 in the comment section)

Pray for each other / for your children / for yourself – asking God for:
*wise minds,
*live well,
*make the Father proud,
*that the fruit of the spirit would be evident in our lives (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control)
*that we would increase in our knowledge of God –

How do we do increase in our knowledge of God? Learn how God operates by reading His word, listening to sermons, discussing the Word and then applying it to our lives.

philemon 6

 

Oh that our faith would keep showing up and that people would recognize Christ in what we do, in who we are. That Christ would shine brightly through us! Let’s pray that for each other!

til next time

———–ads placed here by WordPress——–

February 7, 2018 Posted by | just thinking about stuff, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

hopeless? or hopeful?

Do things seem hopeless?  Are you in the middle of a struggle that threatens to overtake you?   Does it seem you take one step forward and then fall three steps backwards?

I do whole heartedly believe that every day has some good in it.  If  I can see nothing else, just knowing that God is with me and has not abandoned me is good.  It seems that it is in our darkest hours where our faith has the potential to grow the most.

Say it with me
“Now may ‘You’ the God of Hope fill ‘me’ with all joy and peace as ‘I’ trust in ‘You’ so that ‘I’ will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13. (personalized)

God is the God of Hope! As we trust Him, our faith grows. If you seem to be lacking joy and peace, look at where you are putting your trust. Joy and peace are a by-product of trust.

Trusting God impacts our outlook. Overflowing with hope impacts others.

Hope, and joy and peace and hope again. Let that soak in.

Selah,

til next time

—-ads placed here by WordPress———-

January 20, 2018 Posted by | living in a fish bowl, ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

want peace?

No matter what is going on in our world or in our personal life, God is still God and His promises are true. He is for us, with us and making all things work together for good.

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
The Lord reigns as king forever.    The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.” Psalm 29:10-11 (NLT)

God is with us through the ‘floodwaters’ of our lives. It is His strength that will see us through. As we trust Him, no matter what is going on, His peace is ours.

However, here are things we do that will negatively impact our peace.
…take our eyes off of Jesus
…dwell on the negative
…use our words to tear down
…believing lies – “nothing will ever change” “I can’t deal with this” “I am all alone” “no one cares” — all of these are lies that increase our stress level and shove peace out the door
…other things that affect our peace would be lack of sleep
…being too busy
…avoiding things
…choices we make…
Yes, we have responsibility when it comes to peace.

“Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!

Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” Psalm 34:13-15 (NLT)

Here are things we can do to keep ourselves in peace.
…before you start your day talk to God
…remind yourself that you trust God
…be grateful
…pray every time you start to ‘feel’ stress coming on
…use your words to speak of your faith, hope and trust in God
…sing praises
…smile (Proverbs 31:25) my daddy always told me that I might as well smile if I had to do something cuz it would just make it better)
…dig deeper into the Word of God
…contact a friend who you know will lift you up
…get yourself to church — We need each other.

Jesus tells us in John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (NLT)

Make the choice today that you believe what the word says and you trust God even when things seem bad.

Faith goes beyond what we see.

God is not limited. Our God is greater!

til next time

——-ads placed here by wordpress——–

January 11, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, pastor, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2018 begins

Happy New Year!

Trust in the Lord and do good

Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness

Delight yourself also in the Lord and

He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,

trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:3-5

Notice that trust is mentioned twice in these verses. Trust is vital to walking in faith and victory. When we have settled in our mind that we trust God, then whatever happens – we know that God will work it out. (Romans 8:28) He is for us! He is with us! He is more than enough.

Are our actions good? Many times, in the Bible, we are told to ‘do good.’ Yes, our actions do matter.

What are you feeding on? Are you driven to have the latest, greatest, best _________(fill in the blank)? Are you feeding on what you don’t have? Is it gossip that you graze on? There is an old saying – ‘garbage in means garbage out.’ Let’s feed on the faithfulness of our God. Again this comes down to trust.

Delight in and commit yourself to God. This should be an ongoing process in our lives. As we start off 2018, let’s reaffirm our commitment to give God our all.

Selah

til next time

———advertisements placed here by WordPress———

January 1, 2018 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment