The roar of the waves
The white crystal sand
The warmth of Your touch
Your slow, steady hand
You lead me
You guide me
To this place where no one can find me
Becoming this person I’ve always been trying to be
The sea waves, they roll away
As the fog, it dissipates
And I sit & I pray
For this beautiful moment to forever stay
A heart filled with a love that can only be His
We perpetually seek out moments like this
When all we have to do is look within
Yet we are still building sand castles to fulfill our mortal wish
and when the tide rolls in it’s gone, amiss
Breathe in the salty air
Feel the sun rays beam in your hair
Search no longer, sweet daughter
This happiness you seek, is found in your one true Father
He brought into this world
Not to feel such remorse
But to be as strong as the boulders
Breaking the ocean’s tidal waves as they roll her
Giving you strength each day
His love will always pave the way
Faith Filled Fridays
Thanks for joining us for Faith-filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
This is such a fitting word for this week in light of the blog shared on Wednesday! I just love His timing and I know your will enjoy this love letter spoken to Debra’s heart to yours from the Father!
My dear one, God's wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Me, Jesus Christ. It is a glorious thing knowing that I have and hold all the answers. So bring all your questions and I will show you things you did not know.
Be willing to let go of the way you think things should work, for your thoughts and ways are limited. Do not limit Me with your thinking and believing for that moves into pride. Be open to Me, that I may show you My ways that are so far above you and very exciting if you let yourself flow in what I have for you.
Ask questions about things and how they work. Study My Word and ask Me to show you things, for I am calling you to a deeper understanding of My ways. Beloved, new doors are opening for you and I desire you to overcome every fear and walk in faith, for there is nothing you cannot do through Me, your strength and your help.
Have you ever prayed for something so long that you gave up…or simply surrendered, trusting His will for your life?
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United, a division of Chicklit Power Ministries.
Let me share with you, as transparently as I can. In His sovereign way, God answered a 13-year prayer I’ve prayed many times about my husband and something very important to me, and then I let it go. I didn’t give up, nor did I take matters in my own hands; I simply trusted that it just wasn’t meant to be and didn’t know if it would ever be meant to be. I needed to be okay without the answer.
What’s crazy is how the answer came: in the midst of an incredibly painful season, like when I wasn’t even praying for it, looking for the answer, and the way that He answered it was beyond my wildest imagination! That’s just like Him, though, isn’t it? He’s so incredibly creatively loving.
Has that ever happened to you? You prayed and prayed and eventually you either surrendered it completely or you gave up and when you least expected it, He answered it?
What’s crazy is just a couple of days ago I was needing an immediate answer. There was no way this one could wait. I was getting ready to travel in just a few days. I couldn’t afford to be sick. I started feeling feverish, and my throat hurt but I wasn’t coughing, just feeling the need to clear my throat and the two times I did, stuff came out and there was blood in it. [sorry to gross you out! ☹]
The next morning I prayed and asked for Him to reveal to me if I should go have it checked out, and if so, that I would get in right away and get an answer about the cause. As soon as I prayed it, I left it and moved on to something else. Within 10 minutes, it happened again, the urge to clear my throat and out came a mucus clot with blood. That was my answer; go get an answer!
To make that long story short and without using all the medical terms given to me, I was seen right away, and we discovered I had a very bad right ear-infection which was causing this drainage, hence the blood. I felt this rush of peace wash over me, knowing He had gone before me and provided what I needed, preventing me from getting on the plane without medical attention or I could have lost my hearing in my right ear, not to mention all the pain I might have endured!
Friend, can I encourage you today, right where you are, wherever you are in your journey in this truth: HE HEARS YOU…and He knows what’s best for you and when we are completely surrendered to His will and not our own agenda, He comes in, rushing like a gentle breeze to remind us of His love and sovereignty.
May the eyes of your heart and your ears be on the lookout for all the ways He answers your prayers and may you rest in a surrendered prayer, and dwell in His promises:
1st John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”
Will You be mad if I give up?
Will You be sad if I break down?
When the world is turning upside down
and shadows are following me all around
Will You be there to pick me up?
Plucking me from my own darkness?
This place filled with dust
With a heart turned to rust
Yet, I look to You
In You I still place my trust
my heart finds breath
my mind finds rest
Because You, Oh Lord, have vowed to never leave me nor forsake me
and for this I do thank Thee
Your hand, it holds me strongly
Leading me on a path I’ve grown to love so fondly
While every day does not come easily
It’s the journey that completes me
I begin to feel my feet move beneath me
I dance to Your praises
Light beaming as sun rays hit
My heart gleaming
My lips singing
I am tasked with a purpose
Your love, it brings me to the surface
And as you pull me out of my murkiness
I vow to show Your world there is so much more to this
Those who feel so mundane
Like every day goes by just the same
Feeling pressure, disregard, and shame
To you I dare say
Wake up and feel the true love that has been freely given to us each and every day
In Him we lose pain
In Him we find no blame
Our sins forgiven
With a gracious freedom in this beautiful world that we live in
So, I say choose wisely
Dark times, they may try me
But I will never let a day go by me that I do not praise His glorious name
Bringing light to everyone else just the same.
My dear one, I, the Lord your God, am brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping Myself around you like a shield, I am so generous with My gifts of grace and glory.
Those who walk along My paths with integrity will never lack one thing they need, for I provide it all. I am well aware of all that you need. Let go of any anxiety and trust that I will care for you. All your worry produces nothing and as you learn to rest in Me and just relax, I will work everything out for your good.
As you learn to walk in trust, in your faith, you can focus on what I desire and not what you need. That is why I have given you promises that I will supply and take care of you. Come and spend time with Me and surrender all anxiety.
Let Me care for you! Beloved, practice walking by faith, learn to relax in My goodness, let everything you are continually be thankful and you will rest and have sweet peace.
Oh, my goodness, I just know you’re going to enjoy this post from a former pastor of mine, Scot Elgersma from The River Church. Such a great reminder
I think I’m allergic to exercise.
At least it feels like it every time I do it or think about doing it.
This past Sunday, Troy asked me to play tennis. How do you say no to a kid who wants to play with you? We went to our local courts and played.
Here are 2 things that I learned:
I’m really competitive and I don’t want my 14 year old to beat me.
My 14 year old son is way more athletic than me in every way.
We played and now here are my allergic reactions.
I hurt. In many ways, I hurt. My shoulders hurt, my hamstrings hurt, my knees hurt. I think my spleen hurts, but I’m not sure. For hours afterwards I sat sweating and out of breath. Kristin wondered if she should call the ambulance. I may or may not have seen a bright light in the distance.
Oh boy, I’m out of shape.
Yet, I know how good exercise is for me. A daily regimen of physical activity makes me feel better, look better, and probably extends my life.
I know these things. You don’t have to tell me. I get it. Daily exercise is good.
But I still rebel against it.
“There’s no time!” “It takes a commitment of energy I don’t have.” “I’m fine. It’s not like I’m going to have a heart attack tomorrow or anything!”
The list of daily excuses is as long as the list of daily benefits that are abundantly clear to me.
And then there’s this;
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” That’s from Matthew 16. By the way, this is a command of the one who created the universe.
So my knee...
So I’m tired because...
So this is hard when...
So my heart...
The excuses begin to fade.
Not just physically, but spiritually.
It hard to exercise, and some days, it’s hard to follow Jesus.
In the same way that I can rationalize my laziness, I can rationalize my lack of faith.
In the same way that it’s hard to exercise, it’s hard to ‘take up my cross’.
“My cross is heavy Jesus. My kids are all over the place, my finances are a wreck, my job is hanging on by a thread and there are those medical tests I took a couple weeks ago.”
And Jesus says, “Take up your cross and follow me.”
Into bankruptcy? Yep.
Into hard things with my family? Yep.
Into the doctor’s office? Uh-huh.
Even into the mortuary? Especially there.
Taking up our cross daily is like exercise; it’s a present commitment for a future blessing.
I’m going for a long walk now. It’s not just for my body, it’s for my soul.
If I can be obedient to Christ with this old, flabby, balding body, perhaps I can be obedient with my life; a life that can be changed while it changes those around me.
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We believe we will never be truly happy
Because we are always wanting
But not finding
Are we really trying?
Going through the motions
Clinging to a notion
That one day it will come
Our dreams and life as one
This is true if we believe it
Yet depression builds when we cannot see it
All of those around us
Because our human minds are drowning
Can’t grasp something so astounding
Believe in what you cannot see
Keep that dream
Whatever it may be, or how wild it may seem
Your excuses are useless
If you really want it
Then BECOME it
Your dreams are not dead
It’s those thoughts in your head
That entrap you and entangle your desires
Feeding off of your fire
Plant kindness wherever you go
No matter what the wind may blow
Those seeds when planted are just the beginning
Bringing fruition to the meaning of your dreaming
Don’t give up
Don’t lose hope
This is your story, and it’s your time to write your show.
Oh what a great reminder, that HE truly cares about EVERYTHING that concerns us!!! Don’t leave Him out of it.
My dear one, run with purpose in every step. Do not just be shadowboxing. Be direct, be focused, go into everything with the knowledge that you WILL bring Me into it, thus success. Look at every situation and ask Me what I see, what I desire and then do that. I am ready to help you with everything you do, in every situation.
Whatever concerns you My love, I care about, for I desire you to succeed at everything you do. Come and spend time with Me, talk to Me about the private things, the hidden things, the suppressed things. Talk to Me about the fear that keeps you from the success I desire for you, then I will talk to you about My love, about My healing, and about My deliverance. For I didn't give you a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Beloved, I will place your feet on the solid Rock, make you surefooted and I will make you to shine like the noonday sun.
It was that time again, time to gather and pay bills. This is not my favorite time of the month but it does bring a few things to the surface…
Thanks for joining me for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United.
As I was pulling all of the bills out and beginning to record them in the register, both online and hard copy – I know who does that anymore? I do! 😊
Anyway, there are times when it gets to be a bit overwhelming, and this was one of those times, where there was almost too much month compared to our money. I glanced thru the two credit card statements and conviction washed over me as I realized I didn’t even remember what half of the Amazon charges were for! That’s a problem. I thought back to when I had gone on a spending fast and realized it was time to do that again, to be content with all that we have instead of reaching for more.
I determined in my heart to pay off the credit cards, only keep one, and truly go for the whole debt-free thing…but then again, rising utilities, house payment, HOA fees, car insurance, health insurance, life insurance, insurance for insurance 😊 😊 it all adds up, and let’s not forget about gas for the car to get to work to pay for it all.
As if pulled out of a trance, the words of a worship song that was playing beckoned me to look up and let go and just press in to the truth that Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe…and I remembered where my provision comes from, financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually and that with His help we would get it all paid. Just as sin leaves a crimson stain, spending can leave us with remorse. Thank you Father that You paid it all and will continue to be my provider, my protector.