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It will be ok, I’m fine.

There is this one sentence which I seem to be using a lot: “It will be ok, I’m fine.”

I seem to be subconsciously using this sentence every time I’m faced with a situation which I think I can get through on my own. But in reality I should be accepting help or asking for help to get me through it. I haven’t really been aware of this issue until my husband recently answered this phrase with: “Is that really the case?”

Well, if I’m honest, I believe I should be accepting other people’s help a lot more often. But I have slowly gotten used to this mentality of “I can do this on my own; I’m capable of doing this.” This is something that has been in development over the years as there were situations where there was no helping hand available. I also decided that I wanted to be or sometimes even had to be the strong one.
Now I have someone who is my helper. He loves to take burdens off me. I’m save enough to let myself fall into his arms and don’t have to be the strong one, when I reality I want to be weak for this very moment. Often enough I feel this inner turmoil of wanting to do things myself.

“It will be ok, I’m fine.”

Just recently it felt like the scales fell off my eyes and I recognised myself and what was going on. And just like what I’m learning for practical things in my personal life, we can apply this to the burdens in our souls, spirits and bodies. Jesus invites us in His word to pass our burdens on to him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NKJV)

This is His invitation to give Him everything which makes us feel heavy, tired and depleted. He wants to refresh us, provide us with new strength and blow a new breath of life into us. We are permitted to pass our “It will be ok” situations to Him and to let ourselves fall into His arms. He invites us to trust Him with our burdens and to expect His blessings.
And we are also invited to learn in a very practical way how to accept the assistance of other, when our strength is failing us. I often thought to myself: “Who else is going to do it?” But was I really looking for someone to help me or had I convinced myself once again that there wouldn’t be anyone available to help me anyway? I’m sure that there is help available, when we need it and we can ask for it. We can pass our burdens on, let them go and share them with others. I’m sure we can experience so much blessing and relieve, if we can manage to open ourselves and give up our pride of wanting to get it done ourselves. And I’m sure we will also be given the opportunity to carry someone else’s burden at some point.

There is another scripture I wanted to share with you in your journey:

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. (Psalm 23:3 NKJV)

Be blessed in who you are and what you are doing!


Testimony – God is our provider

I don’t know how you deal with some Bible verses. God’s word is the truth and He always stands by His word, I know that in theory. Let us look at the example of provision. Some Bible verses lead me to think: “Is God serious about this promise and does it apply to me as well? Surely, there are a lot of people out there that are in greater need of His provision. I think I’m doing okay in that area.”

The verse fitting the topic would be Luke 12:27-28:

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!”

We’ve always experienced God’s provision and always had enough. And when we found out that we were expecting a son, we expected him with great joy in our hearts. However, every now and then I had thoughts coming to my mind the like of “How am I supposed to buy clothes for him? Will we have enough finances for everything that we need for him?”

And right now we’re experiencing the fulfillment of those verses again and again, right before our eyes. We stand in awe at what God is doing for us. Many things were gifted to us, other things were loaned to us for the time we need them or we were able to buy them well under price during a sale. God has been guiding our eyes towards more and more opportunities and things He prepared for us. Especially when it comes to clothes! I can’t stop thanking God for what He is doing in that area. We’ve been able to borrow beautiful clothes by the box from a dear friend of ours.

I was of “little faith” when it came to these things and I’m thankful how our Heavenly Father is teaching me a lesson in love. He is our provider and He will never forsake us!

Please let this be an encouragement to you. No matter how desperate your current circumstances may look. Trust Him! He knows your situation and will provide for you!

„Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.“ (1st Peter 5:6-7)

 


Mary and Martha moments

The biblical story of Mary and Martha is one of the „well known“stories … we find it in Luke 10,38-42

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I tend to be more like Mary. When I have guests I make sure everyone is happy; each guest has everything they need and no one is experiencing any kind of lack. I am pretty sure I missed quite a few good fellowship opportunities. Recently this became very obvious. We sat at the table at home and a worship CD that I like a lot was playing in the background. A song started where I felt God’s presence strongly. I quickly wanted to clean the table. My husband then said, “We can do that later, let’s just soak up this moment of Gods presence.”

I experienced these few moments intensely. Gods presence surrounded me like a comfy blanket. This experience was a real eye opener for me. Often times it’s those little moments – in the midst of our daily lives – where God wants to draw our attention to Him. In that moment I asked myself the question, “How often have I missed a special God encounter because I have been ‘too busy’ with the daily things?”

I wanted to encourage and challenge you to not miss those little moments, listen more carefully when the Holy Spirit tries to get your attention.


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Entering into HIS rest

I am a „Doer“. I find it hard to sit down and do nothing. I always find something that still needs to be done. I do know times of rest, breaks, where I can rest from my work, of course – but those times sometimes feel like a waste of time to me.

Four weeks ago I started my maternity leave from work, which is 6 weeks prior to birth in Germany. Sometimes I was wondering what I would do with all that time. Of course there were things to do around the house – things I wanted to get sorted and stuff I wanted to clean. But the point came when all of my scheduled projects where done. Getting stuff done was getting more and more difficult with my belly growing. One day I sat on the couch and felt so very lazy and then God’s spirit spoke to me, using the words from Hebrews 4:10-11:

“Anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest…”
He showed me clearly that I can enjoy this time of rest as something very special. Yes, it’s kind of like “the stillness before the storm”. However, I get to learn a whole new kind of “rest in HIS presence” during this special time. I greatly enjoy those moments with Him, recognize Him more clearly. This encourages me a lot to soak up new strength from these times of rest; knowing where the fountain is. Just as it is written in John 7:38:

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

I get to drink from the eternal fountain and get refreshed. I want to speak that over your life, too. Let Jesus refresh you. You also will find places or times in your daily life where you can simply rest at His heart, where you can relax and be filled with the refreshing, living water that’s flowing from Him.


Testimony: God is NEVER too late

Today I wanna share a testimony with you. Once again God showed me in HIS amazing way that He is never too late.

For many years I have been working in our family business – a bakery. I was trained to be a Pastry Chef but I do many things besides…I work in the store, do all the decorations, come up with new product ideas etc.

Since we found out that I am pregnant, it’s been my prayer that God would send a new Pastry Chef that can do all my work. In the meantime both our Bakers stopped working for us within 3 weeks; we were shocked when we found out that they wanted to leave. So our prayer has not only been to find someone that could replace me, but now we were also in need of more staff….

My belly started growing and work got harder for me, I felt like a snail trying to make it to the mountain top, but the mountain seemed completely out of reach, the demand grew and I had less energy…

But I have experienced SO many times that God is never too late and that he hears the cry of our hearts. First, He sent us a young man who worked as a waiter before, he quickly learned everything and is so happy working for us – what a blessing. Through him our trainee who is quite a challenge starts opening up which is yet a whole other miracle for us!

And now God send us a sweet young lady who started working for us this week. She is calm, working focused and just of a real sweet spirit. I gladly hand over my “baby” (all the pastries) to her. She was sent from heaven and she will do amazing.

 

Thank you, God! You are SO amazing!

 

Be encouraged to believe for your breakthrough. God has NOT forgotten you! Nothing is too big and nothing is too small for Him. Remember, He is ALMIGHTY!


Hate turns into a heartfelt love

I’m a child of the former GDR*. My family were believers even back then, hence why they were very interesting for a certain Little Miss “Wanting To Know It All”. During the 70s my Mom heard a prophecy Reinhard Bonnke shared. He had received a very clear word from God, that the two German countries would be reunited. How that was supposed to happen was of course a question only God could answer (Isn’t that the same with every prophecy?), but we believed it, prayed over it and expected it to come to pass.

When it finally happened, we sat around the coffee table – crying our eyes out. As a 10 year old I was of course wondering why Mom was actually crying. For this always meant that we were finally going to be able to travel to the West and I could finally buy a Barbie husband for my Barbie. … the hearts of children!

During my childhood I had unconsciously received some form of an apathy towards our country (the GDR). This wasn’t something passed to me by my family, but it was just something that developed over time. We were free now and my only desire as a Teenager was to get away from were we lived, preferably to go to some other nation somewhere.

During my youth I started to imagine where I could be living and was surely happy to “finally get away from here”. During the time before and after The Turnaround that’s exactly what happened. More and more people left the country because there were better jobs available elsewhere. Many areas in the east of Germany were literally dying out, people of the age group below 30 didn’t exist anymore. Many places turned into sad and lifeless regions.

But despite thinking about escaping this country I always desired for God to touch our nation with His love. And I didn’t just want this for the East of Germany, but the whole re-united country of Germany.

Over and over again I had to endure how others sneered at me for coming from “The East” and made some cruel comments, too. They reached their target and were quite hurtful at times. As of course it was still my home country, despite all the thoughts of escape going through my mind.

Sometimes people from other countries would visit and praise the beauty of Germany. To that I would usually show a friendly smile, whilst thinking to myself how ridiculous this was and that there were far nicer countries out there….

At the age of 21 I went to a School of Ministry (similar to a discipleship course) in Canada. I loved staying there, the people were all so relaxed and not as stuck up as the people back in Germany. After 4 months at the school we were separated into groups and sent to many different places across the world in order to put into practice what we had been learning. My group went to Oklahoma, USA. There we were loved to bits, spoiled, were given gifts and literally received more than what we gave away.

One day there was an intercession conference during our time there. The lady guest speaker was awesome and I loved all the things she researched in order to find out what was going on in the spiritual world in her city.

She had a real passion for her city. One sentence out of her mouth broke my hatred for Germany. She said: “If you want God to do something in your nation, it is your job to love it and to stand your ground for it in intercession.”

This caused me to break down in front of the stage. YES, I wanted God to change my home country. But the kind of attitude that I was displaying towards it, was causing more harm instead of calling in the blessings of God. I ended up crying and I cried a lot. I turned away from my hateful attitude and asked God to forgive me.

When I returned to Germany after I had finished the school, it was as if my eyes had been opened once again for the beauty of our nation. I started to love our country, to pray for it and to see the positive changes that were happening

I had the privilege to work at quite a few Christian conferences and workshops. I experienced how God was healing our land and it’s people. Again, I’m talking about both sides of Germany and also the healing for the wound which was there between the two sides of the nation and which is still partially there.

My former apathy turned into an affectionate love. God had filled my heart with love for my nation and especially for “my people” – the East of Germany.

When my husband and I prepared to get married, we were asking God and each other where we would end up living. He had been living in the UK for 6 years until short before our wedding day. Therefore, we were searching for the will of God in this situation.

Both of us have a heart for and a call to the nations of this world. But we also have a clear focus and sense of something that is causing us to believe God has called us to Germany. We were both born and raised in the East, here we want to be a blessing for our country.

We are really excited looking at what He is doing, if we let HIM have HIS will without hesitation and let Him work out what He wants to do.

The purpose of my little story is to bless you and encourage you to let HIM use you where you are currently living. Be a blessing and watch how He is using you.

Not everyone is called into the international mission field. The people outside our doorstep need Jesus, a touch from Heaven. Where we are a blessing, we can also bring God’s love, pray for the people around us and change the atmosphere by the help of God. Bless the people around you, love them and God is with you and makes change happen!

*GDR = The German Democratic Republic (GDR; German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik [ˈdɔʏtʃə demoˈkʀaːtɪʃə ʀepuˈbliːk] or DDR), generally known in English as East Germany, was a state within the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War period. From 1949 to 1990, it administered the region of Germany which was occupied by Soviet forces at the end of the Second World War—the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder-Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin, but did not include it; as a result, West Berlin remained outside the control of the GDR.


The Cake I really don’t like

How do you hear Gods voice?

I always had this mindset that God either only speaks to SUPER spiritual people or that He must speak through a loud thundering voice. But Scripture tells us something different in 1.Kings 19,11-12

So He said, “Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.”

Most of the time He speaks in a gentle, inner voice to our spirit, if we are focused on Him, wanting to hear from Him. I learned a concept of hearing His voice that has helped me a lot to hear His voice, it can be found in Habakkuk 2:

I will stand on my guard post and station myself on the rampart; and I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, and how I may reply when I am reproved.  Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets.”

As most of us I am learning more and more to listen to His voice and DO what it tells me. How does God speak to us? HE speaks in ways we understand it best – through circumstances, through nature, through bill boards along the street, through other people, through His still small voice, through our daily life.

I wanna give you a very practical example. I am working as a Pastry Chef, there are cakes I really like to make and other ones I’d rather avoid as – for some odd reason – I just do not like them at all. Really! Recently God spoke to me to make a certain type of cake – one of the sorts I don’t like. That’s one of those moments where I used to discuss if that could be really God, why would He care about something like that? Well, because HE loves me and He sees things in the future that I don’t see. So, I made that cake and sure enough an order came in for exact that cake. Wow!

That really taught me a lesson, to pay more attention to the little promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is so rewarding, if we are obedient in the little things, He will give us the bigger things. I encourage you, try it out in the next few days, and listen closely to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I promise you, you will be amazed!


Wedding dress shopping with Jesus

Ever since I’ve been a Teenager I loved to dive into the world of weddings with all its glamour and romance. Every now and then I would buy a bridal magazine and loved looking at the various dresses, the wonderful flower arrangements, table decorations and everything else. I began to imagine what my wedding would be like one day. One day I found my absolute dream dress in one of those magazines; I must have been 18 or 19 at the time. I cut the picture out and put it into my Bible to keep it safe and hide it there. From time to time I would take the picture out and take a moment to dream of my wedding and the wonderful dress. After that I would put the picture back to its place.

Quite a few years went by and I was sometimes anxiously wondering if my big day would actually happen at all… And now it is almost here and I’m so happy about this wonderful guy who has been gifted to me by my Father in Heaven.

When Tom proposed to me and we set a date for the wedding I wanted to make sure that one of the first things I took care of was the wedding dress. At the beginning of the year I visited a wedding fair together with a friend of mine who is getting married this year, too. We gathered a lot of ideas and I took a leaflet from one of the booths that advertised wedding dresses.

Bevor I went there for the real appointment, I wanted to go there and have a look how the shop presented itself. It didn’t look very promising. I prayed and asked Jesus to show me in which shop He sees my wedding dress. There are so many bridal shops to choose from and I didn’t really want to run from one to another and try on 100 different dresses, only to find that I still didn’t know which one I liked. I still had this picture of “my dress”. Well, Jesus showed me very clearly that my dress would be found in the not very promising looking store.

To be honest I doubted this and arranged an appointment with another store initially. I went there together with my Mom and took my little picture with me, too. We had only just entered the shop and were almost still on the door step when my enquiry was brushed off with the advice that this kind of style (a dress with arms) is not in fashion at present. Allegedly everyone wants to present their arms and shoulders naked. I was told that I could maybe let a Bolero with the dress. But that didn’t come in line with what I had in mind. At the end of the day it was meant to be “my dress” and the one I would feel the most comfortable in.

We bid the shop farewell and made a spontaneous trip to the other shop which Jesus had shown me and which I didn’t have any hope for at all. We had no agreed appointment with them and it took us a 30 minute trip through Rush Hour traffic to get there. We arrived short before they closed and were asked to take a seat for a moment.

Moments later we were told to go and have a look at the section which presented all the wedding dresses to the customers. It was really very small. And right there it was! “My dress” was hanging there, slightly different than the one on my picture, but it is my dress. I tried it on and love it immediately. We also found the suitable accessories fairly quickly and they fitted very well, too. Both my Mom and the shop assistant were very happy. And the best thing – I had a 30 % Spring discount as well!

This experience has shown me once again that I can trust in Jesus to make everything perfect. Even when I have a different perception of the outward circumstances, His plan is coming together and beginning to work when I trust HIM – HE knows the whole picture!

And now I can’t wait to wear this wonderful dress very soon.


Supernatural peace

„The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4,7)

Every now and then there are situations in life that steal the peace inside us. Do you experience that, too? Or is it just me? Situations where we react totally unspiritual even though we should know better. Situations where we feel so helpless and alone.

Recently I had such an experience. Over quite some time I had lots of problems with one tooth, after all a root canal treatment had to be done and even that did not really work out the way it is supposed to be. So I was sent to an Oral Surgeon, to cut off the root ends. I must confess I am NOT at all a Fan of Visits at the Dentist and now that … I was quite nervous. Due to several circumstances the surgery date had to be postponed. That did not really fill me with more anticipation for the upcoming surgery. The morning of the surgery I could sense how anxiety rose inside of me.

I did pray that God would be with me and take away my fear, but suddenly I realized, I had not taken over authority over those feelings of fear, authority I have through Christ Jesus. The above verse came to my mind. I spoke by faith and asked the Holy Spirit to fill my heart with His peace. I gave Him all fears and anxiety and trusted Him fully. It was amazing – minutes later I was totally at peace. I sensed how the Holy Spirit filled me and washed away all fear. When the time of the surgery got closer I was SO at peace. Wow! That was quite a lesson for me! I felt HIS presence during the entire surgery and knew I am comforted in HIM. The surgery went really well, there were no complications at all. I am so thankful to my heavenly Daddy for that and also for this “real life” lesson.

Try it out! You will experience that, too. Hand over to God situations that you can’t handle, he will take your hand and guide you through the fog into His glorious light. He is faithful to His promises!


Sing to the LORD a new song

„O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things…

 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” (Psalm 98,1.4)

 

This verse literally hit me the other day. We are very good in singing God the songs we know, the songs that are written down on paper, in songbooks, in hymn books,… we stick to what is written down, some of us sing louder, others prefer not to sing, because someone might have said “You can’t sing”. But what does this scripture tell us?! Right! It is talking about a NEW song! What is a new song? Right! One that has never been there before. You might say, “I am not a singer. I am not a Poet, I am not a writer, etc.” Guess what, the least of us are, BUT, our heavenly Papa LOVES our worship, He loves when we sing to Him our praises, when we love on HIM with our voices, when we thank Him for who He is and what He has done for us.

There are Millions of songs, melodies, rhythms, symphonies in heaven that are just waiting to be downloaded to earth. We are the vessels God wants to use to bring this NEW song, this new sound, the very sound of HEAVEN to earth.

You don’t have to be a perfect singer to sing, all you have to be is an extravagant lover of the most amazing God! I greatly encourage you, just look to Papa God, see His beauty, open your mouth (don’t be ashamed!!!) and let it flow, in the beginning it might sound funny, just let it flow. It’s just like with everything, we learn and grow as we practice …. Start right now. Sing to HIM a new song!

I have so many stories when God invaded my simple worship, I start singing in tongues and soon after words and melodies fill my spirit that are just so heavenly. I LOVE those moments when He invades my worship. When we sing to Him that new song, we often times even prophesy into out very life situations, calling forth the things He already has ready to bless us with. As we sing it out, we release it. Don’t you want ALL HE has for you?!

Be encouraged and start singing to HIM your new song today!