Have you ever looked around at those closest to you and wondered, how come they have all they have, or how come she gets to go traveling all the time, or how come they never struggle?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. This love letter is a great reminder that when we compare ourselves to others, we will always come up with the wrong answer, but when we imitate our Heavenly Father as much as we can, well, then we are clothed in righteousness and won’t lose our way.
My chosen one, be imitators of Me in everything you do, for then you will represent Me, your Father as My beloved sons and daughters. This should take away any and all tendencies to compare yourself to anyone else.
Since I created you in My image doesn't it make sense for you to imitate Me? As you move closer to Me letting go of the things that hinder you, then you will see what I desire for you. When you continue to pattern your life after Mine you will be pleased with how it is beginning to take shape.
There is nothing better than having your life centered around Mine. No, it's not hard, nothing is impossible for Me, I will be with you and I'll empower you to do all that is needed for you to run hard after Me. You see, whatever I ask you to do I will also give you the ability and the resources to accomplish the task.
Just like a father that helps his child, so I do even more because I knew you before the foundation of the earth and I had a plan for you way back then. Beloved, My plan for you is so good; your heart will be truly satisfied and you will bring glory and honor to My name.
Thursday Truthful Humor
Welcome to Thursday’s Truthful humor with Trench Classes United where we love to laugh and pull truth from humor!
A police officer attempts to stop a car for speeding and the guy gradually increases his speed until he's topping 100 mph! The man eventually realizes he can't escape and finally pulls over.
The cop approaches the car and says, "It's been a long day and my shift is almost over, so if you can give me a good excuse for your behavior, I'll let you go."
The guy thinks for a few seconds and then says, "My wife ran away with a cop about a week ago. I thought you might be that officer trying to give her back!"
Oh, friends, Isn’t it so true that relationships have become so…well, so disposable? We unfriend on Fakebook, stop following on Instagram, Twitter, throw in the towel on friendships and marriages, but isn’t it so comforting to know that Jesus never wants to give us back, to throw us away or discard us, or even let us return to our old ways, but He continues to love us, refine us, guide us to be more like Him that we may love like He does. To be a covenant keeper is better than to be a relationship runner.
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Have you ever been watching an action-packed movie where the main character is in the midst of a horrendous death-defying adventure, hanging on with all their strength, trying their best to not let go.
The gritting of the teeth, the grunts and groans, the pained expression of will power and sheer determination are captured by the camera and then suddenly, almost unexpectedly, like an assault to our senses, they let go and plunge to…
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda.
There are circumstances in life that have us doing just that, holding on with all our might, sheer strength powered by determination and a belief that if only…but there comes a point where we must surrender our will, let go and let ourselves fall into the love and protection of our Father.
It is in that letting go that we discover that we don’t have to give up hope, but letting go is letting God. We don’t have to help in the matter; we just need to let go of the matter that has us in such a fight or flight plan of action.
If you’re anything like me, especially when I’m hurting emotionally, the propensity to say, “Yeah, but what if I do this, or say that, or say this” is so great sometimes that I lose sight of the freedom of falling into His love, His grace, His plan for my life.
That’s what this type of letting go is like: free-falling and landing on the foundation of love and grace ever so gently while experiencing healing for the hurt that found me grappling for control in the first place.
And when the temptation comes to grab ahold of whatever it is we’re supposed to let go of, may we allow ourselves to fall once again into the presence, protection and provision of Him whose plans are to lift us up, to prosper us, give us a future, and a hope.
May the God of hope fill you, (put your name here) with all joy and peace (by-products of hope) in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (for it is HIS Spirit that fuels our hope so stay plugged in).
Tuesday Truthful Humor
This single guy named Bill wanted a horse. He began to shop and saw an interesting ad on Craigslist which was advertising a “Christian horse.”
He sent an inquiry and made arrangements to go see this horse.
When Bill got to the ranch, he introduced himself to the horse's owner and they talked small talk on their way to where the horse was.
As soon as Bill saw the horse, he couldn’t help but get excited and asked if he could ride him, take him for a test drive, so to speak.
The owner said, sure, "It's easy to ride him. Just say 'praise the Lord' to make him go, and 'amen' to make him stop."
Bill got on the horse and said "praise the Lord." the horse started to walk. "Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord" and the horse is running. Now Bill sees the cliff and says: "AMEN." The horse stops and Bill says: "Whew! Praise the lord!"
The Word of God says that He inhabits the praises of His children…can I encourage you to find at least five things to praise Him for each day?
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What are we
But space and time
A little piece
Of this world gone by
By and by
The time will go
Until who knows?
But what we do know
We were created for specifically
A time like this
A time when the world is raw
Caught completely unaware
of the trap that's been laid
All due to the price
The sweet price that He paid
He paid so we could be set free
Be set free from the chains we are bound to from within
The thing you feel inside
That you are unsure if it is at all times just your mind
But a different creature from within
Full of wisdom
The breathe from the beginning
From the beginning of time
When it was just You and I
The only ones on the earth
Before this world gave birth
To a new people
A new promise
One of milk, honey,
And pure honest
Of Texas bluebonnets
But as the sunrises
So the sun sets
To a new day -
A bright night
Waking to a feeling of such delight
Knowing that "These things I have spoken to you
so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Have you ever caught yourself talking about someone else’s “sin” and later realize their “sin” is something you have either committed or are still committing? Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United.
Today’s love letter is such an important reminder to not judge others because we are all equally human and no one else’s sin is better than another’s.
My blessed child, for all have sinned and are in need of My glory. Yet through My powerful declaration of acquittal, I freely give away My righteousness. My gift of love and favor now cascades over you, all because I, Jesus, the Anointed One, have liberated you from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin!
Oh, what wonderful news. Because of My atonement you can come and stand before Me as pure and holy. What good news! I paid the ultimate price so that you would be able to walk in wholeness. Remember when the children of Israel left captivity, there was not one that was sick or feeble. That is My great power at work. That same power works in you. First to save, then to heal and restore.
I am constantly working to make you whole and complete. I have liberated you from guilt, punishment, and the power of sin. Believing this will strengthen and empower you to walk in all My ways. When you stand in my ways, you stand in My place of blessing that I may pour out to you. Where is that place? It's in your heart where your attitude is one of worship, where you're thankful. Beloved, most of all be open to Me and to the move of My Spirit.
Thursday’s Truthful Humor
Welcome to Thursday’s Truthful Humor where we pull truth from humor.
A husband visited a marriage counselor and said, "When we were first married, I would come home from the office, my wife would bring my slippers and our cute little dog would run around barking. Now after ten years it's all-different. I come home, the dog brings the slippers and my wife runs around barking."
"Why complain?" said the counselor, "You're still getting the same service."
Oh, my goodness, it’s all about perception, right? But honestly, friends, when needs are being met with integrity on both sides, no one goes without. But how do we do that? When we embrace our God-given identity, we are able to serve those we love without any negative thoughts or emotions, and marriage doesn’t feel like a trap that we wish to escape but rather a haven to grow in and stay in.
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The tears came trickling down as the words she read went through her mind, seeping into her soul. Her thoughts seemed to scream: I want to live this, Lord, I really do, but how? She continued reading, yearning for more insight so as to be free from the fury that would rise up every time, any time thoughts of this person who had taken so much from her came to mind.
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. Has this ever happened to you, conviction mixed with frustration? Where you read truth and it seeps into your soul and calls you to rise to the change? We pray this blog will open up the eyes of your heart and bring you freedom to love those who have hurt you.
I continued to read…and to cry tears of conviction, refusing to stop reading until I had finished. It was the daily devotional from my pastor, Pastor Ken of ACTS Center Church and the title of his devotional: The Explosive Power of Love. It started off with the command from Jesus Himself found in Matthew 5:44 directing us to love our enemies.
Oh, I’ve had to deal with many an unlovable, in fact, just the other day while court-reporting a deposition thru Zoom I truly wanted to reach through cyber space and wring the neck of the questioning attorney and the doctor for making my job nearly impossible.
But I’m not talking about those type of unlovable people, no; the ones I’m speaking about are those whom our hearts are more invested in. As I continued to read this devotional, I realized that I am stuck…any time I think of this person, I struggle to find anything positive. But…I won’t stop trying to rise to this challenge of applying and complying with this incredibly demanding verse. I can’t, especially if I call myself a child of God.
I continued to read…”loving our enemies is not an optional request but a command”!!! (emphasis mine) I stopped for a moment and thought, how all-knowing of our Abba that He knew there would be more than one enemy! 😊 ☹ 😊 What “the enemy” uses for evil, God will use for my good came running from my heart to my mind. We must remember that “the enemy” we are dealing with is Satan himself, not the one(s) he uses as his minions to promote his agenda.
“Love can undermine the plans of the enemy and overturn his works.” Again, I stopped and thought, wow, I/we have that kind of power in us? And I hear, “Yes, you do for you were made in My image.
I looked up the Hebrew definition for “image” and immediately understood its meaning and in today’s Hebrew “image: refers to a physical image or picture, it also means “likeness” Likeness is not restricted to outward appearance but more about the characteristics of Christ, the inner Christ. The Biblical explanation for “image” says: “To say that humans are in the image of God is to recognize the special qualities of human nature which allow God to be made manifest in humans. One of God’s greatest characteristics is His unconditional, unfailing, unprovoked love!
As I close my Bible, I realize I am not left alone to love the enemies in my life but as long as I am abiding in His word, seeking Him, He will continue to pour HIS love into me that it may be poured out to others, including my greatest enemy at this season of my life.
Tuesday Truthful Humor
Thanks for joining us for Thursday’s Truthful Humor where we pull truth from humor.
Okay everyone, said the instructor at the birthing class trying to get everyone’s attention. We are going to do an exercise and the purpose is to help the men sympathize with their partners.
The couples looked up expectantly at the instructor. We have here a “pregnancy suit” she said, holding up an artificial stomach with a strap. This imitates the feeling of being pregnant. Who would like to volunteer to be the first husband to try it on?
“I will,” said one of them. He took the suit and tried it on. “This isn’t too bad he said as he walked around. I think I could get used to this.
Okay, said the instructor smiling. She dropped her pen on the floor and said, “Now I’d like you to bend down and pick up my pen from the floor.
You want me to pick it up, he asked, hesitantly, with this pregnancy suit on?
Yup, that’s right.
The husband looks to his wife, “Honey, would you mind picking up that pen for me?”
Ahh, isn’t it so true that until we are walking in someone’s shoes, in other words, experiencing what they’ve experienced, we don’t truly understand their struggle. The next time you see someone struggling, instead of pretending you understand, ask if there’s any way you can help share their burden.
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In the end does it really matter?
Does it really matter if you fall forward
Does it really matter
If everything you have built
Will eventually shatter?
Well daughter let me say
In the end
The pieces you have played
Are more than just a part of this proverbial game
The parts you moved
And the mountains you proved
You could stand upon
And not lose
Are those defining moments
When you showed up
You showed up
When you felt like you were not enough
You showed up
When the world felt like it was crumbling
And you would rather feel nothing but the mind numbing
Agony and pain
Are those feelings all a part of this game?
No, my friend
Those feelings are real
The feelings of "I can't"
To breaking out in a joyful dance
Because you can
Because in this game you are the board
And the pieces keep moving
As you have a part in the ultimate undoing
You have no reason to feel a constant need to be proving
Because you are in control
Of so much more than you could ever know
So know this:
You are not a piece in a game
Or a player who is at stake
But the board that makes waves
To create a conundrum
Beyond the humdrum
Of everyday tasks
The musts of the path
And because you have mastered the mundane
You have an abundance
And you laugh
Knowing that what you have
Is a peace beyond measure
As you float light as a feather
Living without blame
All because of the Lamb that was slain.
“When you identify yourself as a single chess piece - and by analogy, as an individual in a particular role - you can only react to, complain about, or resist the moves that interrupted your plans. But if you name yourself as the board itself you can turn all your attention to what you want to see happen, with none paid to what you need to win or fight or fix.”