“5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart, you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God 6 who will render to each one according to his deeds 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good, seek for glory, honor and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath…”
She continued to read in Romans Chapter 2, and the final verse in her devotion rendered her convicted: 11“For there is no partiality with God.”
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Have you ever found yourself feeling so frustrated, disillusioned and duped and venting in the name of “righteous anger”? This is the place that Kim-Evinda transparently shares with us today.
Sitting in her quiet time, reading the Only Book that brought her revelation, understanding, direction and healing, she couldn’t stop the conviction that washed over her as she rewound the day before, which had been replete with frustration disillusionment and wrapped up with what she justified as “righteous anger,” She realized that this anger was beginning to poison her attitude and come out in her actions.
As she sat meditating on the portion of scripture she had just completed, a few truths made themselves known to her, washing away her need to understand, and not only stopping the anger but sending it back to its rightful place: the pit of hell. Humility soothed her soul as she shared with God that she felt duped on so many levels, buying into the truths that others had been sharing, all in “His name,” but apparently they too had been filled with too much righteous anger and had gotten caught up in their hopes for a different ending according to their desires that they felt lined up with God.
Life can be like that, like a roller coaster that is coasting up the steep, steep hill then suddenly takes a sharp turn or a sudden descent into unknown territory and we’re left screaming, if not vocally, certainly inside.
But what had happened didn’t change God; what had happened didn’t change His love for any of us, she thought, including those who she felt had been blatant in their schemes.
She wept and surrendered her “righteous anger,” allowing God to take the gavel out of her hand and put it back in His, where it belonged. This surrender released trust to seep into all the crevices of her heart, filling it with a peace so beyond her own comprehension.
Friend, no matter what happens, remember this: God’s ways are not our ways; He is righteous; He sees it all, and He will have the final say in all that concerns us.
Tuesday's Trench Truth
Welcome to Tuesday’s Trench Truth…all about relationships.
Are you one that tends to avoid conflict and/or anything involving emotions, or…will you initiate a difficult conversation in order to resolve a problem? Ahh, two years into my marriage that I learned that my husband was one of those avoiders, that difficult conversations were not only avoided but created more problems for us. It wasn’t until I read the book How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich that I learned why…
Friends, how we were loved absodarnlutely affects how we love who we love. That’s not to bash parents…at all. All of our parents did the best they could with what they had been given.
But what if you could change this tendency to avoid difficult conversations and learn how to get in touch with healthy ways to resolve conflict, solve problems, thus strengthening all of your important relationships?
We’d like to offer you that opportunity to join us in a trench near you to learn this and more because God’s design for relationships is to make us better, not bitter.
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hat would it look like if we were to take one, just one of His promises and hold on to it and live by it as though our life depended on it?
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail and Trench classes United. Her words today remind us that living by a promise, we’d not be disappointed and we would make our own world a better place.
We wait for the future
As if it holds our hope
Yet we toil
When will this future come?
When will we see the Son?
Not until that day is done
Not until your work completes
What the promise holds above
So why not work diligently?
Why not become something
The one thing
God has predestined
Why not take that leap of faith
While we toil in the wait
Why not make it great?
Let us make sons of His nation
By the words of our mouths
And the craft of our hands
Let us prosper in this time
Reaping the fruit of this land
For if we do not grow weary
Our bounty will be grand
It is written right there
Always a part of His plan
Let us be His light
while we still can
For we do not know the hour
Nor the day
The future holds as some hidden date
But if we wait
It may be too late
Our souls searching
For that missing something
When all along
It was within us
Living amongst the crimson
Can we reach and pull it out?
Day by day
Letting go of the doubts
Because you are His
You are no longer a slave to sin
This is it
Remaining in a realm of agonizing
Let Him in
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” – Galatians 6:9
Sometimes we can get to moving so fast that we ignore those opportunities to stop and spread a little kindness and goodness around us.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Considering our climate, a little goodness will go a long way but we must be plugged into our Source.
My blessed child, in every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Why? Because I resist you when you are proud but multiply grace and favor when you are humble.
I have set before you examples of how to do things My way, Godly examples. My Word is filled with examples of the Fathers of Faith. Seek wise counsel at times by those who have shown their strong faith and have proven they walk by faith. Above all, seek My counsel for when you're listening you will hear Me. I have an answer to your every question and have filled My Word with promises for you to trust in, rely and stand on.
I have a plan and that is for success as you walk out each day. Walk in My way and spread joy, give away goodness like it's free. Be observant and give to any that may need a smile, a kind word or even a helping hand. Beloved, always leave others better than you found them, and remember to bless and do not curse.
Thursday's Trench Truth
Do you keep score of the things those you care about did to you or about you, or…are you able to express your hurt/disappointment appropriately.
The other day, the opportunity to do just that, express myself appropriately, showed up unexpectedly. That’s how life is, lessons show up unexpectedly and we can either stop and learn the lesson, or keep on going until we are forced to figure it out.
So here’s what happened: my step-son had done something which let’s just say totally irritated me, pushed a button and it wasn’t the happy one. When we got home, he actually asked me, you mad? “I’m fine.” No sooner had the little white lie escaped my lips when all of a sudden, my conscience was searing. I stopped what I was doing, thought about what I would say…without an attitude and then went outside and addressed it. It went something like this: Hey, Bryce, so when you asked me if I was mad, I wasn’t really mad, just irritated. I went on to address his action, NOT his character, and then boom, just like that, I was done; irritation vanished and integrity intact.
What if I hadn’t of approached it? I’ll tell you what would have happened. It would have resided deeper and deeper into my soul and been added to any other unresolved conflict until one day….But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Plan on joining us in a trench near you, and even thru Zoom, to learn how to love those you love and even learn to communicate healthily with those you don’t…really like too much! www.trenchclassesunited.com/classes
It’s that time of year where I can easily get caught up in shopping; I mean after all, every store you shop has “CLEARANCE” and “WHILE SUPPLIES LAST” signs everywhere. How can a girl not get sucked in!
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
Seriously, don’t we all run to the sales, whether it be online, the grocery store, outlet stores, department stores…Stores! Stores! Stores!
It blows my mind when I rewind the camera of my life and see me shopping, my mouth open wide in shock as I stare at a pair of white jeans marked down to $4.50, and a dress marked down to $7, and on and on and on. How can I not, I say to myself! And before I know it, my arms are filled with all these things that I just thought I had to have.
It’s easy to get sucked in, isn’t it? I mean I better hurry up and buy them before someone else gets them, right? 😊 😊
Well, last week, a day after one of those type of shopping incidents, our pastor was speaking about encounters with God. It was a powerful message, and a wonderful church service. I felt so empowered, encouraged and energized spiritually, emotionally and physically. It satisfied my soul in such a way that…oh my goodness, in such a way that all the “CLEARANCE” and “GET IT WHILE SUPPLIES LAST” shopping sprees could not ever do. I mean I felt such euphoria, like I could just dance with joy, and that stayed with me awhile, inspiring this very thought:
There are things that never go on sale and yet…the supply is endless and there’s enough for everyone, and there’s only one Manufacturer…Jesus!
Grace, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…yes these are the things I want to pursue more enthusiastically this year, especially knowing that they never run dry and there’s enough for everyone…enough for me and enough for me to share as long as I am abiding in and with the Manufacturer. [Galatians 5:22-23]
Oh, to pursue the things that never go on sale, things I’ll never find on the clearance rack, things that will give contentment that money can’t buy…even half as much as I chase those sales! 😊
Tuesday's Trench Truth
Thanks for joining us friends for our Tuesday’s Trench Truth.
Ah, how true it is that being critical leads to conflict, chaos and condemnation…none of which are from God!
Did you have a critical and/or angry parent whose approval you tried to win? Do you find yourself doing things in order to feel accepted and approved of? Or…do you acknowledge you are not perfect and allow others room for their weaknesses too?
What would it look like if we just stopped looking for something or someone to blame when things happen out of our control? Unfortunately blaming seems to be part of the human condition and we seem to have bought into the lie that saying sorry, or that we were wrong is a sign of weakness when in actuality it is a sign of strength and emotional integrity. See the more we understand ourselves, the more we give others permission to be who they are.
We’ve got a way that you can do this: Plan on joining us for our How to Love Who You Love relationship class, coming to a trench near you and even available on Zoom.
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These thoughts are not my own
As you must have come to know
For there is nothing in this world
That we truly own
Everything is Gods
He is always in control
Say those words
God is in control
He has and will forever
meet our every need
Past, future, present
And all that is in between
For by His bread
We do eat
and as we rest
Our souls asleep
He is singing to us
Yet we find ourselves
What truly is the meaning?
Why live our lives
As if we’re deeming
A place in time
Yet You hold us
As if You’ve known thus
Far that every mark
Is true to the beginning
Your creation from the start
And here we are
and steady feet
Prepare our hearts
For as we breathe
We do seek
New doors to open
and as we worship
a place on earth
as heaven’s fair
a table made
for that time
that we will meet
at Your Holy feast
Your book at last
With all amassed
What is freedom to you? No matter how uncertain things look right now our only source of true freedom is found in and with Him. What a great reminder that He’s purchased our eternal freedom as well as freedom from anything that pulls us from having peace on this earth. This truth is what we need to keep the eyes of our heart upon.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. May the words you read plant in your soul and bloom in your life for such a time as this.
My child, continue to look forward to the joyful fulfillment of your hope in the dawning splendor of the glory of your great God and Savior, Jesus, the Anointed One. I sacrificed Myself for you that I might purchase your freedom from every lawless deed and to purify for Myself a people who are My very own, passionate to do what is beautiful in My eyes.
This truth is powerful to increase your understanding of My love for you. Meditate on this. Sit with Me and envision the truths that are written here. Speak them out into the atmosphere. See yourself entwined in My Word so much so that it becomes a part of you and you will not be able to separate the two.
Let My Word become so passionate inside of you that you declare My promises over yourself and over your family. Allow My Word to touch everyone you come in contact with. Let your actions speak loudly, ten you will do and speak the same thing. Be passionate about Me and My Word, about all I have done in your life.
People see and recognize truth and they are drawn to it. Beloved, be open, be honest, be compassionate and be at peace as you wait patiently for My return.
Thursday’s Trench Truth
Do you often feel misunderstood and/or experience unmet expectations in your relationships that lead to disappointment or…are you able to speak up and let others know they hurt/disappointed you without an attitude?
I don’t know about you, but approaching something or someone that has hurt you without an attitude is probably one of the toughest things to do…but I want to emphasize it’s possible, my friend, it’s possible.
If you would like to learn how to share unmet expectations and avoid an emotional collision before it happens, then you will want to join us for our How to Love Who you Love trench, coming to a small group near you, and available on Zoom!
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