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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

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

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

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

Correction

Recently I asked the question  “Do you have a teachable heart?” Today’s question “How do you handle correction?”

“To learn, you must want to be taught. To refuse reproof is stupid.” (Proverbs 12:11 TLB)

When someone addresses an area of concern, do you become defensive? We ought to be able to talk with someone about something they have done and the impact it has on us without fearing anger in return. It isn’t easy to be on either end of this type of conversation but how we handle it does reveal much about our character.

There are two types of people that Proverbs 9 addresses.

“If you reason with an arrogant cynic, you’ll get slapped in the face; confront bad behavior and get a kick in the shins. So don’t waste your time on a scoffer; all you’ll get for your pains is abuse. But if you correct those who care about life, that’s different—they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.” MSG

“Reprove a wise man and he will love you.” (verse 8)

When I am faced with a situation that requires correction I pray, seek advice, write it out, sleep on it, pray again, reread what I wrote, use the delete button, seek advice again. Then I hit send. I now have a record of what I said. There is no he said, she said because it is there in writing.

Sometimes writing it is not an option. Just remember you can’t take back the spoken word. Pray that you will operate in the spirit and not in your flesh.

When I am on the receiving end – when someone brings a correction to me – how I respond is a reflection of who I am. I want to be a wise person. I make the choice to own my behavior – apologize if that is what my behavior calls for. I want to learn, to grow in compassion, and to receive correction with a teachable heart. All that said, it isn’t easy but God is right there to help me (you) respond in a godly way.

Let’s show what it means to have Jesus living inside of us – loving through us.

Teach me Your ways, O Lord (Psalm 25:4)

til next time

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March 6, 2018 Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

what do i pray?

Let’s look at one more prayer of Paul’s  (click here to read another post on Paul’s prayer)

Philippians 1:9-11(NASB)
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Growing in love – this impacts our soul (will mind emotions) How is your soul? Will – mind – emotions??

Paul is praying that their love will flourish – is your love flourishing? The impact on our soul, (will mind emotions) when our love is thriving, is tremendous.

Part of our love flourishing/thriving is
*use your head –
*growing in knowledge and understanding – this is a common theme of Paul’s prayer – strong passion – misdirected zeal/intensity without knowledge can do more harm than good.
*learn to love appropriately
*love isn’t synonymous with yes
*be Sincere – people can spot a fake

Prayer: “Father, may people see You in us this day. May our love for You be evident in the choices we make. Help us to love those You put in our path. Give us understanding. Open our eyes that we may see the opportunities You have for us to be Your hand extended. Help us to grow in the knowledge of Your will that we would walk in obedience. Thank you for strengthening us and enabling us to walk in victory. We give you the glory, recognizing that without You we can do nothing but with You we are overcomers. Thank you!”

til next time

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February 8, 2018 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

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

intentional

Our life as a Christian is not about what we can or cannot handle. Truth is, we can do nothing without Christ. (John 15:5).

Ephesians 6:13 tells us to prepare ourselves for battle.

“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Faith, Salvation – aren’t just words we say but words we live out in our day to day lives. Remember your sword is the Word of God!

Be intentional about growing in godliness!

Selah,

til next time

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December 31, 2017 Posted by | ministry, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

grace, mercy, love – i need these!

Mercy, grace, and love.   I desperately need these in my life.  I am grateful that God gives them to me.

My husband often says, “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God doesn’t give us what we do deserve.”

 

“God is sheer mercy and grace;

not easily angered, he’s rich in love…..

He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,

nor pay us back in full for our wrongs….

God’s love, though, is ever and always,

eternally present to all who fear him,…..” portions of  Psalm 103:8-14 The Message.

 

Go ahead and read the whole passage.  It is a great thing to meditate on.

 

Love – Trusting God’s love when my circumstances don’t make sense, when life seems to be out of control, when my heart is breaking, when the road ahead looks rough, when the urge to quit is strong, – trusting in His love calms my fears, increases my joy, renews my hope and strengthens my faith.

Trusting in His love helps me walk in obedience when my flesh wants its own way. Knowing He knows all about me, nothing is secret from Him (“He knows us inside and out,”) and still He loves me – that right there is enough for me to trust Him to work things out in ways that I may not even begin to comprehend.

God loves you! His mercy and grace are for you!

Mercy, grace, and love – thank you God!

til next time

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May 16, 2017 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

good wins

Good vs. evil.

Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.”  Psalm 34:14 (NASB)

Overcome evil with good.   (Romans 12:21)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11 (NASB)
 
There is a thief and he is out to destroy.   However,  Jesus came to give us life and not just an ok life but an abundant life.  Which voice are you listening to?  The thief or the shepherd. 
Obviously we should listen to the shepherd.   Faith come by hearing and hearing the Word of God.  (Romans 10:17)    When is the last time you picked up the Bible and read it?   Don’t stop there,  apply what you read to your day to day living.     As we continue to grow in godliness and our faith increases — we draw closer and closer to God.  (1 Tim 6:11,
Greater is He that is in us, than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) We need not fear the thief.
 
Over and over and over again the Bible tells us to not fear. We are like sheep and Jesus is the good shepherd. He will take care of us. He is an ever-present help in whatever we are facing. (Psalm 46:1) He will make a way where there seems to be no way. (Isaiah 43:19) He is for us! (Psalm 118:6) He brings beauty out of ashes. (Isaiah 61:3) He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
I’ve read the end of the book and good wins!  God wins!  God is greater!
 
The Lord is my shepherd!  Psalm 23:1
til next time
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December 12, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

squinting

The windshield wipers on my car need to be replaced. I find myself squinting as I try to see through the raindrops. This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 13: 12-13.

“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.” (MSG)

Only God sees all that is going on. For now we see only pieces.   Oh what a day that will be when we see Jesus. Just the thought of it makes me break out into song.

“It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus; Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ; One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase, So bravely run the race til we see Christ.”

But for now: let us trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, and love extravagantly.

(The Message Bible uses trust, many other translations use faith. Trust is our faith in action.)

With your whole heart trust God (Proverbs 3:5)

Be a prisoner of hope (Zech 9:12)

How does your love walk compare with 1 Cor 13?

We all have room for growth.

til next time

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

short cut?

Do you realize that you are as close to God as you choose to be?

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” James 4:8 NASB

Wait on the Lord. (Psalm 27:4, 33:20, 37:7, 39:7,130:5-6…)

It seems people don’t like to wait for anything. Just let there be a problem at the check out and you can hear those waiting start to grumble, or the drive through isn’t fast enough, or the elevator door closes before you can hit the button, or the car ahead of you actually stopped for the yellow light. Doesn’t he know yellow means go faster? (groan)

Yet, if we truly want to grow in our relationship with God, it will take time.

Time in the Word. (Psalm119:11)
Time in prayer. (James 5:16)
Time being still. (Psalm 46:10)
Time with other believers. (Iron sharpens iron, gathering together – we need each other)

Time! There is no substitute fur time. There are no shortcuts to becoming a mature believer in Christ.

As we make time for God, a grateful heart that glorifies Him develops and deepens. We are changed from the inside out. Yes we choose how close of a relationship we we want with God.

God loves you and wants to be first in your life. That’s the best decision we will ever make.

May Your will be done God,

til next time,

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May 27, 2016 Posted by | ministry, pastor, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections, Woman Pastor | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment