The words of the verse pulled her mind out of the pit of depression it was headed for. Funny, she thought, how the mind can pick up speed towards things not praiseworthy, or of good report, but it sure is slow to head the other direction towards hope-filled possibilities.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Have you ever wondered how to train your brain to not think the things it does, or how to pull it out of the pit it can drag you into? Kim-Evinda shares how she is learning to be the driver of her thoughts thru her recent season in this first of her new series, “Driving Your Thoughts Instead of Letting Them Drive You.”
Her mind kept going to the pain of the recent past, reaching for understanding that felt so unobtainable, it was as if it was an airplane flying high, coming down as if to land and then flying off again. She didn’t get it.
How is it that people can cause so much pain to others, and continue living their lives as if they are doing nothing wrong? How can they go on as if I didn’t exist? Her heart ached for these answers.
Finally, Kim-Evinda, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Her thoughts, questions came to a screeching halt. She wanted to argue with God, but she couldn’t; instead, He gave her a way to take control of these detours her heart insisted on venturing off onto.
Oh, friend, have you ever wondered these things? Do your thoughts drive you crazy or to a beautiful place? Join me next week in this series for part 2; in the meantime, “If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”
Tuesday Trench Truth
Do you experience a sort of emotional dance of back-and-forth connection with those closest to you or…do you feel consistent healthy connection with those closest to you? If you would like to learn how to dance better, relationally that is, join us in a trench near you for How to Love Who You Love.
Learning to dance…better
Have you ever heard the phrase die to the flesh and wondered what the heck it meant?
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench Classes United. To die to the flesh brings life…eternal.
To the sun that’s shining down
Face the sun
Feel the heat
Maybe this past week
Sickness decided to creep
You felt like you should’ve got it all done by now
But death destroyed
And the walls fell down
Do you hear that trumpet sound?
Ceasing those thoughts in your mind
The incessant lies
Telling you it won’t be okay
And no, you won’t be fine
But you did not die
Death came to take
But you did not hide
Death came to conquer and destroy
But you fought back
You brought back
Not knowing the impact it would make
Because it made all things new
All things fresh
It was the old that died
and the new has come to life
Weathered the storm
The years in the past
This new foundation to be set
That all things would be made new
You have no guilt
You feel no shame
There’s no turning back now
The year has come
The scales have fallen off
The veil has been torn
A new life revealed
Now Blow the horn
“ And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “[c]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give water to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life, without cost. 7 The one who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 But for the cowardly, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:5-8
Faith Filled Friday
My child, I am not a man, so I do not lie. I am not human, so I do not change My mind. Have I ever spoken and failed to act? Have I ever promised and not carried it through? Why would I change My mind when I have a plan that is for good and not for evil? Why would I lie when all My promises are yes and amen?
Some take My Word and twist it to fit them and what they desire and then accuse Me of not answering their prayer. Right there in Scripture it says you don't receive what you ask for because you ask with wrong motives.
Answered prayer comes through pure motives, from changing yourself so that your life aligns with My Word. Do not be like the children of Israel that I called stiff-necked because of their stubbornness to walk in their own ways.
When you surrender to Me and My way you will begin to see a different path, a better path. Let go of your way and choose Mine. Let go of your stubbornness and grab hold of My desires.
Beloved, remember I am the truth, the life and the way, everything you need is wrapped up in Me.
Thursday Trench Truth
Do you tend to feel upset when you feel others are distancing themselves from you and/or do you have a hard time being alone?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, then would you consider joining us in a trench near you to learn how to enjoy being you, even when you are by yourself? Our how to love who you love trench class is affordable, eye-opening, life-changing, and only eight weeks!
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For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness nor shall evil dwell with you. 5bYou hate all workers of iniquity…
The words in the Word of God soothed her soul, but still the unanswered questions hung in the air.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. If you’ve ever wondered why things happen the way they do, and you’ve wanted to ask Him but are afraid to, today’s blog may help you sort thru that as Kim-Evinda shares from her heart to yours in her SOAR (Season of Adultery Recovery).
No sooner had she read those words when a few others came rushing to the surface of her soul: What about leaving the 99 for the one, Lord? or what about your will that no one should perish? How in the world do I pray for these two who have caused so much pain, sorrow and anger and continue in their lives as if I don’t exist, as if they are not doing anything wrong, and then to bring others into their mess?
For I am not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness nor shall evil dwell with Me. 5bI hate all workers of iniquity…and I’ll keep repeating it. They are not sinning against you, but Me!
But why does this have to hurt so bad?
It wasn’t my choice for this to happen this way; other people chose but know this, daughter: I will wipe every tear from your eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Rev 21:4 I have the power to use all of this for your good and My glory.” Rom 8:28
His words, as always, soothed her soul and reminded her that instead of focusing on her pain, she needed to continue to focus on her Pain Reliever, the only One who could make sense of this nonsense; the only One who could turn this tragedy into a triumph.
She realized in those quiet moments that faith does not mean we understand things, the how or the why; we just need to know the WHO, the one WHO will reveal the how or the why in His time.
Friend, may I encourage you that WHATEVER is happening to you, around you, He will see you thru.
Tuesday Trench Truth
I was in the gym the other day and couldn’t help but hear a conversation two guys were having…about their wives! And I thought we as women were the only ones who vented!
Thanks for joining us for Tuesday’s Trench Truth with Trench Classes United and Kim Evinda.
The first thing I heard one of them say is: “My wife is so f-ing selfish, man!”
I think I must have looked like a deer caught in a pair of glaring headlights, because as soon as he said it, he caught my expression and immediately bent down to avoid my staring. I didn’t mean to look so dumbfounded. It just kind of caught me off guard.
For the rest of my workout, I tried desperately to not listen to their conversation as they both began to “vent” about their wives.
This was a double-edged sword for me, because I’ve been known to “vent” about many things, but seeing this with my own eyes, hearing these things with my own ears, well, it was like putting the shoe on the other foot, knowing this could easily be my closest friends saying this. I mean I know there have been plenty of times where I’ve done things motivated by pure selfishness.
The truth is everyone needs someone to vent to, but there’s a difference between venting and vomiting!
Hearing this vomiting…I mean venting made me think, what if that were any of the people I love talking about me? How would I feel? I would much rather hear about my offense from the one I offended.
If we can’t say what we’re venting to the one we’re venting about, perhaps we shouldn’t say it.
If you would like to learn how to vent healthily and not vomit your hurts and frustrations, join us in our upcoming How to Love Who You Love trench near you.
Have a terrific Tuesday!
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
You have the keys
To now unlock
Did you open it?
Or are you frightful of the roar?
Inner low groan
So quiet at once
Trapped beneath the sun
And now unleashed
It’s free to roam
It’s free to run
Heaven, is that you I see?
Running towards a new world
Running towards the open door
With a slow prowl
Then a sprint
Then a bow
As the angels sing loud
Bow to that inner spirit
Let it free
Let it loose
Your time here on this earth
Is but a moment
Like a wolf’s howl at a full moon
Does what you're doing now
Make you proud
Does what you're doing now
Bring a piece of heaven down?
If heaven is to be the new earth
Then what are you giving a new birth?
You have two hands
You have a voice
You have two feet
Move through that creviced door
Open it wide
and throw the keys beyond the shore
Don't look back
To Sodom and Gomorrah
Just keep going
Just keep staying
Stay in the little home
Where the seeds you planted
Are soon to be sown
Keep going right where you are
Because where you are is never too near
Yet it’s moving you far
Farther than you could imagine
Begging you not to ruin
This home that He built
This heart on this shelf
It’s been dusty for a while
But He is pulling it out
Those weeds are now plucked
Those wild, unruly vines
Now neatly tucked
And this, my darling
Is only the first cut
Let Him prune a little more
and rest assured
Your roots will go deeper
Because that faith you have now
Now that’s a believer.
Faith Filled Friday
In a fast-paced, fear-based world, when we give of ourselves in the midst of our struggles, faith is edified, and God is glorified. Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United.
God has a funny way of increasing our decrease when we give to others in the midst of our own struggles. Today’s love letter is a great reminder of this very thing that goes against the grain of this world.
My love, the seed sown among weeds represents those who received the message, but all of life's busy distractions, ambition for wealth result in suffocating the kingdom message and prevent you from bearing spiritual fruit. Any ambition to acquire what the world has to offer, to gain wealth, will all come to naught.
Remember, I told the children of Israel to gather enough for the day so they could learn to trust Me and see that I would care for them. I said I would supply all your needs. Are you trusting Me to supply for you?
Are you panicking like those around you that don't know Me? Do you really have faith in Me like you proclaim? Then, do My work! Share with those that don't have. Pray for those who are hurting and are fearful. Be there for those who don't know Me. Beloved, let your seed produce good fruit in a bare season.
Thursday Trench Truth
Do you have little contact with parents and/or siblings, or do you experience close connection with them?
For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so much angst any time I knew I was going to be around my family…until going thru the How We Love Book. Wow, talk about revelations!
I just returned from a little four-day vacation with…my family and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard and experienced so much contentment being in the moments with them, allowing them to be who they are and feeling comfortable enough in my own skin.
Our trenches are opening up near you; consider joining us to learn how to love those you want to love! What a great way to start the year, investing in you and all your relationships.