Thursday Trench Truth
When you hear the word provision, what comes to mind?
The Webster’s Dictionary definition is: The act of providing, or making previous preparation. -- 2. That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand.
Did you know that Christ has already prepared for you things you can’t even begin to imagine; All good things come from the Father above…whether that be monetarily, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
How do you see His provision in your life today?
I didn’t have to ask twice. She had patiently waited for me to finish my quiet time and she was ready to play, ready to have all my attention.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. How many times do we realize something, whether it is something we need to change or start practicing, something that we can apply to make this journey of life a bit more rewarding, and still we resort to our old ways? Today’s blog is meant to encourage you to pay attention to those revelations that are meant to not only open our eyes but make what we see so much more meaningful
As I threw the ball and waited for my little four-legged fur baby Aniesi to bring it back to me, I realized if I would just do this with her first thing after my quiet time, the day just seems to go better. Besides, as my sister reminded me a while ago, I’m all she has. I need to be sure she feels loved.
That took me a bit deeper. I know that I have a need to feel loved and I truly have come to know that I am loved by my Heavenly Father. I know He’s beside me, ahead of me, behind me and I’ve experienced Him in so many details of my life. I am learning to see my season of betrayal recovery thru His eyes, and not see Him through the eyes of my pain and sorry.
But – and this is a big one 😊 -- I can’t know (to know translates to Hebrew word yada, which means to experience with your inner being) that without putting Him first, first thing in the morning.
When I sit still first thing in the morning and connect with Him, whether through worship music, journaling, reading His Word, I experience with my inner being so many times throughout my day this sense of contentment, even amid crazy chaos and yes, even in the sorrow.
Can I encourage you today to try connecting first with He who longs to be first in your life? You’ll be amazed at the results.
Tuesday Trench Truth
I’ve developed a new habit, a good one, one that helps me sleep like a baby.
What is incredibly mind-blowing is that this new habit has helped me with my inability to sleep right away!
As I lay down each night, I begin voicing, out loud, to God people and things I’m grateful for. Many times, I fall asleep and don’t remember where I left off 😊
That’s it! It sounds simple and it is. Gratitude influences your attitude to a whole new altitude! It takes you to higher ground.
When you see “God” written anywhere, murmured in a prayer, what is it that you think?
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench Classes United. Today’s message is a thought-provoking one that reminds us of the Sovereignty, grace and love in the Names of God.
He must become greater and greater
and I must become less and less
Or, perhaps He must increase,
But I must decrease
Are the words you are more familiar with
Tattooed on arms
Bumper stickered on cars
But do we truly know what the real meaning is?
Are we really willing to let go of this flesh?
These earthly desires that lurk in our beds
Sit on our nightstands
Drive around in our cars
Wherever you go
There they are
and I question how we have gotten this far?
and it’s because chance after chance He has given us
With His gracious heart
And unrelenting forgiveness
His love is SO big
I don’t think we could ever grasp it
Or come to realize that
Our God is not just a name we say when we pray
Someone we cry out to when things don’t happen to go our way
No, our God is a living breathing, emotional being
That is crying out to you me
Whispering, Daughter, come back to me
I have given you this gift of eternity
And so much more if only you could see
and believe that I desire nothing more than your company
Yet, we move on with our cute devotionals and pretty songs
When our hearts are missing what He has envisioned all along
A place where we are free
A place our fleshly eyes cannot see
Because we are blinded by the desires of this earthly increase
To gain only monetary, momentary things
Because we are afraid of the hard work it takes
To go through that dark tunnel
and be stripped of everything
Not knowing that on the other side
On the other side there is a small glimmer of light
Because He has been preparing the way
If only you would let Him wash away the shame
Expose the ego
and disrobe your pride
So that you can begin to truly let your light shine
and ask yourself what does decreasing mean to my life?
That, my friend, is only a question your soul can know
and the answer lies within the moments you let The Spirit grow…
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
John 3:30 (NLT)*
“He must increase, but I must decrease”
John 3:30 (KJV)*
When you see the word “divorce,” what do you feel? When I look at it, it still stings. But for many, it’s become a common thing, a sort of emotional pandemic, if you will.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Today’s love letter is a great reminder that we can never be divorced from His love.
My love, who could ever divorce you from the endless love of Me, the Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish My love towards you. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between you and heaven's love.
What about persecutions, deprivations, dangers, and death threats? No, for they are all impotent to hinder omnipotent love. There is so much here for you, but the most important thing is that no matter what you're going through, no matter what's going on in the world around you, absolutely nothing can diminish My love. Everything I AM is love.
When I say I am your shield and buckler, it is My love that puts these things into action. It was My love for you that kept Me on the cross. That's the ransom I paid to redeem you to Myself, all because of My great love for you.
Now sit in that for a few moments. Isn’t it exciting?
Come and spend time with Me, talk to Me about what is concerning you. Speak about the promises you have found in My Word for they are hope to you as you embrace them. You can stand on My promises and see Me move and work on your behalf. Beloved, meditate on My love.
Thursday Truthful Humor
Two well-worn bills arrived at the Federal Reserve Bank to be retired - a twenty and a one. As they traveled down the conveyor belt, they struck up a conversation. The twenty reminisced about the interesting life he had, traveling all over the country. "I've been to the finest restaurants, Broadway shows, Las Vegas, Atlantic City," he said. "I even want on a Caribbean cruise. Where have you been?"
"Oh," said the one-dollar bill, "I've been to the Methodist church, the Episcopal church, the Lutheran church."
"What's a church?" asked the twenty.
Ahhh, this makes me think of investments and what we invest our resources in.
Let me ask you a question: What do you invest in with your resources of time, money and talents? Does your investment have an eternal value?
Something to think about…
Taken from http://www.jokesclean.com/ChristianJokes
Smiling with you,
In the midst of all the pain, a light of truth shown so brightly that it paused the darkness named sorrow and suffering, and suddenly clarity came, out of nowhere, rendering me yet again humbled.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Have you ever been so focused on what someone has done to hurt you that you had no idea you had a part in it? Today’s blog is for such a circumstance as this, and reveals something so freeing, we hope you will try it.
To step out of our own pain and pray for understanding is one of the hardest, but most rewarding spiritual exercises I have ever experienced...and continue to experience.
How do we step out of our own pain? Change our focus, and for many of us, that’s not so easy, at least for me it’s not. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to lean not on our own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. There seems to be so many opportunities to apply this instruction lately, but let me share one from not too long ago:
I remember spending an entire night praying with a heart that cried out for help, asking my Heavenly Father to hold me and to reveal my part in a very painful situation. I had been so immersed in and blinded by my own pain, I just knew I had to do something different. So instead of sitting in my pain, focusing on my right to be mad, hurt, and angry, I changed my focus. I didn’t ask Him to change the other person; I begged Him to reveal my part.
Now, this requires that we sit in that pain, if you will, and not run from it, as many of us are tempted to do. Society teaches us that we shouldn’t feel pain; we should only do what makes us happy. Why is that false? Because pain and sorrow can bring understanding, but only if we change our focus to the One whose plan is to help us, lift us up and out of ourselves that we may learn from the pain. Let me say this: God wastes NOTHING, and certainly not any pain or sorrow.
In other words, sometimes it takes pain to learn a lesson, to discover more about ourselves, to cut away that which needs to go that we may become more like our Creator. This is learning from the past, not living in the past.
My daughter-in-love gave me a beautiful word a while ago that emphasizes what I’m trying to share here: What we focus on expands. What is it I wish to expand? My pain or His plan?
My heart is yet again soothed to know He is with me in it all; He’s highly invested in expanding my character and as I let Him change me, the pain diminishes and turns into understanding…and my heart smiles again.
May we keep our eyes on The One Who knows all things and works all things together for His glory and our eventual good.
Learning to SOAR,
Tuesday Trench Truth
By the time Bobby arrived, the football game had already started. "Why are you so late?" asked his friend.
"I couldn't decide between going to church and going to the football game, so I tossed a coin," said Bobby.
"But that shouldn't have taken too long." said the friend.
"Well, I had to toss it 35 times."
What a comfort to know that God continues to pursue us, even when we are pursuing other things.
Taken from http://www.jokesclean.com/ChristianJokes
Most of us, if we’re honest, have sought the approval and acceptance of another. After all, those are two God-given desires, right? What if we were to live like we believe God has accepted us right where we are at? Would live look/be different for you?
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench Classes. Today’s poem is a good reminder of how easily it is to slip down that slippery slope of acceptance and approval from others and the destruction that can bring.
We desire this perfection
This ultimate connection
To feel seen
To feel loved
To be known
So we search
When beneath it all
The roots in the dirt
Are rotting away
As we soak up self-worth
and we forget we are not worthy
We are not deserving
Yet, our Saviour
and our King
Thinks the world of you and me
He put on our flesh
and walked in our mess
Just so we can know & believe
That His love for us far exceeds
The feeling of worth from this momentary earth
Our lives so short
Our breath so quick
Moments go by
And we don’t even realize it
Always on this search
Looking for worth
But darling the truth is
We are nothing but dirt
Our sins so big
Our hearts so fragile
They snap like a twig
Yet, we hold on like a branch blowing in the wind
Because I think we all hope for something bigger than this
A place where we can feel
The sun on our face
The soft grass in our tows
Where all we can see is rows upon rows
Of flowers that have bloomed
From those seeds He helped grow
All because His love is so surreal
A Heavenly King
That believes in you and me
Despite our unworthiness
His love for us outweighs the Universe
“Stop regarding man, whose breath [of life] is in his nostrils [for so little time];
For why should he be esteemed?”
- Isaiah 2:22
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
But we will remember and trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
- Psalm 20:7
My child, even in the midst of all these things, you triumph over them all, for I have made you to be more than a conqueror, and My love is your glorious victory over everything!.
Doesn't it excite you that I have made you more than a conqueror? Because of My great love, you are able to walk through anything. Even when it feels like you are in a fiery furnace, I am there with you. My love surrounds you.
Don't believe the lies that you're a failure or that you're not doing a good job. Or the lie you should give up because you just can't seem to make it. Lies, all lies! Listen to Me, I am proud of you right where you're at and we are doing this life together.
Stop trying to be perfect, that's My job. Concentrate on loving Me and bring Me into all that you're doing and I will help you, then you don't have to feel alone. That's a great deal.
If you are still trying to have your own way and do My will, you'll find the road impossible. You can only serve one master and we both know how that turned out for you. Beloved, let My love be your overcoming victory, every time.