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.
For more information go to www.trenchclassesunited.com/classes
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!
For more information go to https://www.trenchclassesunited.com/classes.html
I watched Roomba go back and forth, getting every square inch, learning the lay of the rooms, one room at a time. It was fascinating, but what was even more fascinating was instinctively it knew right when it needed to be charged and where to go!
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
I couldn’t help but giggle as I watched my little Roomba. He was showing improvement in learning the rooms of our house and it was so fun to watch him work while I just visited with a friend. In fact, he gave us both a giggle.
Suddenly, my app showed he was headed for a recharge. As I watched him return to his place of dumping and recharging, I got to thinking…where do we dump our junk? Where do we go for a recharge?
In our current reality, these are relevant questions. I don’t know about you, but I’ve really been feeling sucker-punched lately and so this quiet thought inspired by watching little Roomba was intensely powerful: I need to dump up, not out and down, and I need to go straight to His Word to get in His presence to get my recharge. My hope is in Him, not anyone else, not our government, our president or any other person who attempts to interrupt my peace.
His Word is a simple fix for a complex problem. So this morning, I got regrouped after dumping my hurt, frustration and even anger up to my Abba who cares for me and ALL that concerns me, and then I sat in His word for a bit, specifically Psalm 95.
As I read it and meditated on it the words soaked into my own life and I was able to ground myself with a spiritual reality that overcomes my worldly reality: He wants us to praise Him in the times of uncertainty for then we will become certain of what is true.
Can I encourage you, friend, go to the ONE source that will help you let go, let God, recharge and refresh all in one sitting?
Dumped and recharging….
Tuesday’s Trench Truth
Do you tend to be a peacemaker, afraid of making those close to you upset or angry, even being dishonest to avoid conflict, or just give in to get it over with, or…can you initiate a difficult conversation in order to resolve a problem/conflict?
What if I were to tell you that you can learn how to say no without it causing you anxiety and insecurity? And it’s never too soon to learn this!
Just the other day my grandson admitted to me he was afraid of making me mad so he didn’t come downstairs to have me rub lavender on his feet after he had been upstairs in bed for almost an hour. Oh, what a teaching moment. I was able to say, you know, Bryden, I probably would have been irritated, but then by the time we made it back upstairs and I was rubbing your little feet to help you sleep, I would have been over it. I told him, Sweetheart, don’t ever not say something because you’re afraid of what others will think, feel or do. Always be honest with yourself.
Would you like to overcome this tendency? Then plan on joining us in a small group near you, or even via Zoom for our How to Love Who You Love trench beginning the week of January 25th.
For more information, go to https://www.trenchclassesunited.com/classes.html
Ahh, for such a time as this when all seems so uncertain… uncertainty leads us to fear, but if we remember HE has not changed and will not change no matter what changes come our way.
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail and Trench Classes United. We trust that Abigail’s words will be such a sweet reminder of this very truth.
Lord, I need You today
Give me Your clarity today
Give me breath
Give me strength
For I am merely withering
Can You please show me the way?
For as I fall
I cry out to You
During this season
Of something so new
Where is my home?
I desire to rest in You
But I can't breakthrough
Are you still there?
Or have you forgotten about me?
Once a soldier
Now as bare as a fallen tree
Are You still there?
Are You even listening?
Because I'm still here
Just a broken dream
Yet, somehow still radiating
Don't You see?
You have called me
Yet, I feel so lost
They haunt me
Why won’t You show me?
How do I pull out of this mess
mountain of distress
I am standing before You
Lord, please clothe me
With your light beams so Holy
So I can be
The servant that You need
I am here
But I am ready, Lord
I am prepared.
"…'I know your deeds, that you have a name
That you are alive, but you are dead. Wake up,
And strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die;
He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments;
And I will not erase his name from the book of life,
And I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."