I love buying new clothes, new sheets for our bed, new decorations for our home…let’s face it, I like just about anything new. There’s just something about putting on a new outfit…and feeling good in it. Or a new decoration up and enjoying it.
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
Let’s face it, the ability to go shop, even if I have to wear a mask, is a temporary reprieve from whatever we need a reprieve from – especially during this awful pandemic.
However, If I’m honest with myself, after the newness wears off, so does the fondness diminish and I sort of become accustomed to it, not giving it near the attention I did when I first found it.
And then there’s the child who just had to have the newest, latest, greatest toy…until the next one came out. I mean my 11-year-old’s wish list is constantly changing 😊 😊
Is that just our humanness?
I was reading something the other day that made me think of this conundrum:
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV) says: 22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
In other words, His love, His grace NEVER grows old…They are unceasing, endless, and with each new day comes a new outpour of His love and grace!
That just struck my soul in such a beautiful way that though I may tire of things as the newness wears off, He never tires of me or of you; His love is NEW for me, and for you, every morning, and so is His grace! We just need to show up and receive it.
I pray that inspires your soul and comes to life in your life!
Tuesday’s Trench Truth
Thanks for joining us for Tuesday’s Trench Truth
Hey guys, do you have a tendency to become critical toward others when/if they don’t see or do things your way?
Gosh, I have to admit, I thought me and God had this one fixed until recently, and without giving you the whole ugly story, I’ll just say that I truly fell short in this area when it came to some political issues and the person was with my sister. Because of our history the way she presented her opinion struck a nerve with me and it didn’t end so well…and after I stepped back from it I realized my response was fear based!
Friends, if you tend to become critical towards others especially in times of disagreement, this is an inability to see their life/circumstance through their eyes which is rooted in fear. Perhaps you’d like to join us in our next trench Living Fearlessly
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Have a terrific Tuesday
You say, "Go"
and I am like a stone
Frozen in fear
in the depths of the unknown
You say, "I am here"
Yet, I cannot feel you near
Because of this wall
Built by bricks and tight ropes
My own ship
I do steer
and when the storms come
The sails rip to break of the waves
Leaving me to fret
To stew in dismay
and then I cry out
and then I do pray
When all along
You were there
Standing on the shore
Walking in the bay
and A fortress
A King mighty to save
But my ship
I can't steer
My control lost
In a rudder
as I scream, "shift into gear!"
To no avail
As I stumble
and I fail
and as my ship sinks
I lose all hope
I am on the brink
Ready to drown in a vast, endless sea
Let me feel my own self-inflicted agony
For this I do deserve
The full weight
The full girth
But my Creator
You have known me
Even before birth
and my mere existence on this earth
Is not simply to live
But to give
My whole heart
My full trust
For when I feel that gust
Of pure wind
and I begin to slowly slip
Your voice whispers
and as I sink and I swim
Treading the waters
Shedding my sin
You walk on the sea
and say, "Rise, Darling,
Come to me
For in this life
I Am All
“I AM WHO I AM and,
WHAT I AM, and
I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE:”
All that you will ever need
Trust in that
Trust in Me
“And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and
I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites:
I AM has sent me to you!” – Exodus 3:14
Faith Filled Friday
Have you even been in the middle of cooking something and realized you were out of another something?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes Untied. Today’s Love Letter is a great reminder that we have all we need to live a good life, to walk in joy and peace, and we don’t need to go find it outside of us.
My chosen one, everything you could ever need for life and Godliness has already been deposited in you by My divine power. For all this was lavished upon you through the rich experience of knowing Me who has called you by name and invited you to come to Me through a glorious manifestation of My goodness.
This is a beautiful Word for you. Meditate on this Word. Does this speak to you of the power that has been deposited in you? This is an overcoming power!
What is it you are struggling to overcome? Let My Word strengthen you with power and might in your time of weakness, that you can overcome. Continually fill yourself with My Word, that promises not to return to Me void, but will accomplish what I desire and that is to empower you to greater things.
Continually fill yourself with My Word as you spend time in My Presence. Allow Me to love and restore all the broken places. Beloved, when you are touched by My love and allow My power to fill those holes and you will never ever be broken there again. Not only this, but you will be powerfully equipped to help others.
Do You have a hard time “just listening” to someone else’s struggle without feeling the need to offer advice or fix something?
Thursday’s Trench Truth
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I know I had a hard time just listening to others struggles without interjecting my opinions and/or advice, that is before I did a lot of my soul work. I was driving everyone else’s car but my own! 😊 😊 In fact, I can’t help but wonder if God has called me into ministry to remind me that I don’t need to advise or fix anyone! And you know what else He taught me, and continues to remind me ever so gracefully, that this need to fix or advise is driven by fear!
If you want to learn how to be a good listener and rid yourself of the fear that tends to take over without you even realizing it, then check out Living Fearlessly, our next trench coming in April.
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She smiled as she read about each of the plagues the Lord brought about in the days of old, not because they were funny in any way, but because again, truths pranced off the pages and into her heart, dancing with joy and stomping on the lies she’d been every so subtly buying into.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Today’s word is a great reminder that there’s always something to learn from His Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Bible).
I had gotten through the seventh plague (hail) and was noticing some common themes and some powerful truths that I just can’t help but share, especially in light of what is becoming a common belief: that the Bible is outdated and full of bigotry. See, truth is never outdated, never gets old and though it may be painful to swallow and/or accept at times, (more often than not 😊 😊 ) it is always relevant for us on our way to Heaven.
So getting back to Moses, Pharoah and the plagues, there are many truths that I’ve gleaned thus far, but allow me to share the first one that brought light to my current circumstance and this loooooong season of healing: No. 1, Moses ALWAYS obeyed, no matter how humiliated or frustrated he may have felt, he NEVER said no, I won’t do what you ask or say what you tell me to say!
That’s not to say that he didn’t question God’s requests, but he didn’t allow his fears, his doubts, his frustration and/or his pride to interfere from obedience.
Friends, that one truth alone is enough to chew on for a while, because no matter what kind of pressure we are under, whether it’s pressure from others, or a certain someone or a particular circumstance, God blesses obedience.
Can I challenge you this week, Friend, that as you read from the Oldest Book in the World (the most popular, I might add) ask Him how the truths apply to you, to your life in your current circumstance…
Do you become preoccupied with the problems of others, especially those of family and close friends?
Tuesday’s Trench Truth
Thanks so much for joining me for Tuesday’s Trench Truth.
So here’s an example of a preoccupation with others, versus staying in your own car, in your own lane:
You have a hard time watching your child struggle with their homework, and you step in so it gets done right? Or you ask your significant other to do something and then to make sure it’s done the way you want, you step in.
Oh, friends, this is a sign of fear inside of you controlling your actions and interactions! What’s inside of you dictates what happens outside of you!
Join us to change your fear into faith and learn how to Live Fearlessly ©
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To find the beauty in the pain
The glory in the mundane
Is easy to say
But we anticipate
and we wait
For something to change
For something to move
For better news
A larger view
An ocean filled with blue
and clear skies
Why not just look up?
See that what you have
What you are given
Is more than enough
The blessings they will come
and once He fills your cup
Let it run
Let it overflow
Into those you know
and the strangers you don't
Let His Glory be seen
You and I
We are here to fill the in between
The in between time
Of beyond this life
Where we will find
Our true glory
Our true grace
Knowing that all we have done
To endure this race
Was worth the slow
The steady pace
There is no need to hurry
No need to worry
For He owns every inch
Every single cent
Every small freckle
On the sun kissed cheeks of your skin
So, darling, I am begging you
Do not give in
Even when you feel as though you are drowning
He is there
His love abounding
Wrapping you in warmth
Wanting you to know that all you need is Him
and while you wait
In this season of dismay
Know that those sorrows
Will no longer be pain
For this light momentary affliction
Is for a future of gain
So give and let give
All you have to do is look up
and let His light in.
"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure-pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Thursday's Trench Truth
Welcome to Thursday’s Trench Truth which also has a bit of humor but before I share, I wanted to let you know, especially those who have asked for this, that I’m beginning to prepare for a podcast and we are working on a title. This weekly podcast will touch on every aspect you can think of in relationships – and no, I’m no expert, just a transparent person God’s using to share life’s relational experiences. We will cover ground that people want covered but don’t know how to walk it let alone talk about it. So if that’s something you’d be interested in, would you hit the like button after you hear this and we’ll share more with you about what you can expect.
Okay, so on with our trench truth.
A woman goes for a Covid-19 test while her husband waits at home and nervously awaits the results.
Two days later, the test result comes back as positive. The doctor said to her husband, "The result of the test is positive but unfortunately, we've had your wife's test confused with someone else's. We're not sure if your wife has Covid-19 or dementia."
"What should I do?" asks her husband.
The doctor replies, "Take her out for a very long walk, then abandon her there. If she finds her way back home, don't let her in".
Some examples of other things we may fear that we really can’t see and oftentimes don’t even recognize their power over and in our lives:
1. Fear of abandonment by someone close to us
2. Fear of failure
3. Fear of success
4. Fear of looking foolish
5. Fear of poverty.
If you had a check in your heart as I read any of these, then perhaps you will want to join us for our next trench, Living Fearlessly. Click on the link to find out more.
Oh, and if you would be interested in our podcast coming soon, hit the like button and we’ll be in touch!
As she realized that her sister had had a valid point, she practically choked on her lack of humility. The picture of a bull in a china cabinet came to life, haunting her once again. Lately there had been lots of lessons in humility with her husband, stepson and grandson as the main messengers. Lord, what are you trying to tell me?
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Ah, considering the power of Social Media, where does humility fit in while in between two worlds, this one and eternity?
Life is funny, just when you think you’re good with a lesson in life to prepare for eternity, He allows another lesson to come our way. Two months ago, He allowed my stepson to come back home – the details aren’t my story to tell, but what is my story to tell is that with him, he brought a fresh reminder of this much needed lesson on humility. And then He used my sister as a sort of nail to drive the point home! 😊
What’s the first thing you think or feel when you read/hear this word, humility? My guess is your first instinct may not be so positive, at least not as beautiful as humility was meant to be. The struggle lies in the fact that this fruit of the Spirit is one that tries to sneak away…often, and I do mean often! Why is that? Because we have this house of flesh that consistently needs to be shushed! Humility is not a lesson wherein you just tweak your nose, snap your fingers, or push a 30-second button and voila, we are humbled! I mean, we can be humbled that quick; but the problem is pushing the pause button so humility stays with us in and through all circumstances.
I think the two biggest relationships in our lives, parenting and marriage, are what teach us that humility is like salt to a tasteless meal; it adds flavor; it makes everything better. As I searched my heart in how to best apologize to my sister for my part in our disagreement, I was reminded that because I long to be pleasing in His eyes, humility helps me do just that and prevents me from getting on my broom and rising above others as I take a fast spin around my circumstances…or park it more quickly😊
The Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines humility in this way: “The quality or state of not thinking you are better than others.” This includes opinions!
Oh, Abba, help me to remember this definition when it comes to voicing or sharing an opinion and/or information on any social media platform, in my marriage and in my home, especially if I do this with any sort of pride, or just because the opinion or information lines up with my thoughts and/or truths that I have learned. But more importantly, because Your Word reminds me to humble myself under Your hand, for you will exalt me (pull me up and out of myself) in due time that I would cast all my cares (and opinions that I am passionate upon You) because You care for me (and everything that concerns me).
Friend, know this: God will humble us not to hurt us but to help us. He is more concerned about our humility than our happiness… and He will do what He needs to do to achieve this virtue in us.