Have you ever been on a long journey and wondered, are we there yet? Or maybe a road trip with your kids and every few minutes they’d ask, “are we there yet?” Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice, a mommy of two, and Trench Classes United.
There is something to be said for learning to rest in the journey in order to get all that we are to get before the destination! Abigail’s words are a great reminder for us.
I know that feeling
All too familiar
I can tell
That feeling of being caught
Not sure of which way to turn
Or where to go
Because the next step you take
Might just be the one that destroys your fate
But every decision you have made
Has led you to this
This mountain top
you have been climbing for so long
You can almost taste the stars in the sky
The moon whispering
Keep climbing high
Yet, all you can think is that if you misstep
Your whole life will wreck
But, I am telling you
Have faith in that climb
All true journeys take time
The earth was not built overnight
and that moon will still shine
His voice will still call
Reminding you of who are
and every small step that you take
Will be worth the while
I see you there mama
Wanting to give it all
to heed the call
Wondering and worrying
if that feeling
So gut wrenching
Is really Him
Calling you to reach beyond the ceiling
To jump and give it all
Having faith that even if you fall
He is still good
and you have nothing to prove
There is no worry too big
No burden too small
For Him to lift off your shoulders
Allowing you to soar
Becoming His soldier
With a wonder in your soul
Well I am telling you now
You may walk many miles
Before what you thought would be
Becomes an actuality
But in the end His plan
It is not written in the sand
and you are a part
A part of His masterpiece
A star in the sky
Calling His people home
To their destiny
And He is simply asking,
"Do you believe in Me?"
"Do you trust in Me?"
and That faith that you have
Will reach heights
You never imagined you would see
So jump now
And soar loud
Leave a mark
That makes them want to shout
How is this possible?
Because our God is unstoppable
~ Abigail Rice
Have you ever gotten a spanking and thanked the one who spanked you?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. I don’t know about you, but there are areas in my life where a good God spanking is justified!
Oh, my goodness, when God “spanks” us it is with the paddle of grace and while it may sting, it is not meant to hurt or harm but to make us better!
My dear one, never hold a grudge or try to get even, but plan your life around the noblest way to benefit others. Do your best to live as everybody's friend. This is another way of life that is contrary to the world around you. This is Kingdom life. When I said to pray "on earth as it is in heaven," I meant all things, behaviors, attitudes, desires, healings, emotions and even your own will.
Can you imagine having a bad attitude in heaven, or cutting someone off? Can you imagine arguing with Abraham or Moses? That sounds ridiculous yet you do it with those around you!!
Trying to always get your own way is an issue. Why do you have to be right, or the center of attention? Do you need to be noticed or have others think you're so smart? I tell you all of those come out of your emotions, your wrong thinking. How do you think relationships happen in heaven?
Begin to practice Kingdom living now. Beloved, let go of all that "me-me, I-I" stuff and begin to practice Kingdom ways.
Thursday Trench Truth
Thanks for joining me for Thursday’s Trench Truth.
I know it’s not just me, but how many of you have noticed all the chaos going on around us?
How many of you know that In the US, 42% of respondents to a CDC survey in December reported anxiety or depression symptoms, an increase of over 200% from the 2019 average!!!!
Friends more than ever, we need connection, not isolation; we need communication, not cancellation. More than ever, we need community and morality instead of being so focused on mainstream media and its false reality. More than ever, friends, we need Jesus!
Can I encourage you to press in to the One who loves you with His whole life, the One who will never leave you lonely but will abide in and with you; the One who waits to be invited in that He may cancel all that weighs you down and captivate you with His culture of grace?
Have a terrific Thursday.
As she was sharing her frustration, she couldn’t help but blurt out, “Why must I always be the one to change?”
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United where she writes from her heart with the hope of speaking to yours.
As soon as the words left her mouth, they both laughed out loud, not laughing at her but the truth that hung in the air from those pent-up words now set free.
As soon as those words were spoken, a light went on for her and the release of them worked like a plug now unplugged, helping her to plug into all that her new Spirit-filled mentor and accountability partner spoke into her and over her.
The story of their lives held several similarities, except her current season, but all that Karen shared was relevant for any season.
As Karen spoke, she was reminded that no one, not even Satan himself or his minions, could take her faith, her peace, or her spiritual well-being from her unless she allowed it! While that truth stung, it also worked like a salve, binding up the holes from the fiery darts the enemy and his minions had been hitting her heart and her back with for the past two-plus years. “The enemy can only exploit what’s already there,” Karen said. She knew immediately what needed to go: all the fears that accompanied the trauma.
As they closed their time in prayer, the vision given to her absolutely took her breath away while healing her soul. It was of Jesus Himself, bending down and picking up all the pieces. It wasn’t until the next day that she remembered the verse found in Psalm 147:3 that confirmed the vision: “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”
Friend, if you have any sort of hole in your heart, or your back, inflicted upon you by another, one that you feel you’ve forgiven but you just can’t forget, I pray you press into the Only one who can bring true healing. To look for any other source of healing is worse than trying to find a needle in a never-ending haystack!
Tuesday Trench Truth
The temptation to idealize relationships is strongest when we are at our weakest…
What do I mean by that?
When I start thinking about how I think a marriage should be, maybe I compare mine to others who post perfect pictures and perfect lives on Fake-book, I mean Facebook, well, I have started to idealize and when I idealize, I forget to realize that the grass is NEVER greener on the other side; it just looks that way.
When we stay in that mindset of idealizing how we think our significant relationship should be, the more discontent we create. And the more discontent we sit in, the more likely we are to jump out of it and go in search of “something better.” Is there any wonder there are so many divorces? See, there can’t be a healthy us without a healthy u!
So instead of thinking about the changes I’d like to see in my covenant partner, or the things I think we should be doing, accomplishing, tackling, perhaps it’s time to look at what I can do to be the change I want to see, to be content within me; after all, isn’t that all I have control over? And if I jump out of this relationship in search of that ideal one, won’t I run into me again?
Yes, many times for things to change, we must be willing to change.
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Wow, I wish I would have had these words when my guy was a little!
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench Classes United. This poem is a great reminder of what we can do when we feel we can’t do anything to stop the crying.
It’s another Monday
and as the coffee maker beeps
a child screams
and you can't find peace
In knowing what that little one needs
Because that child
He cannot speak
Words to him
Other than something
his brain is becoming
So without words
His emotions cannot be defined
But they still deserve
To be held and given time
Who are we to reprimand
A child for his thoughts
When he simply feels lost
And like sheep we have all gone astray
The Good Shepherd holding us
Day by day
Showing us that this is the way
No matter our age
No matter our thoughts
When words become lost
We all feel like a wave
So we get down on our knees
And fall on our face
Lord, take me away
Take me away from this pain I cannot define
From the time I have lost
Feeling nothing but grime
The dirt of my soul
Beginning to show
And not even my tears
Can wash away this hollow
Feeling of being empty
Lord, I need Your energy
I need Your loving
Spirit to fill me up
Because right now
I am not enough
And this I do deserve
But I still cry
I still wait
I will endure every step
Every inch of the nail’s
Piercing sting of pain
Because that is what You did for us
When we deserved nothing but to be given up
You still showed up
And You show us every day
That there is a light
There is a way
Even when words feel far
You are our bright Morning Star
and The End
So, Lord, I simply pray
To cleanse me from my sins
To hear my crying out
My bouts of agonizing shouts
And let me out of this darkness
That has encompassed
Your light, Lord
How do we live a life with an eternal perspective? Gosh, I wish that it was as easy as taking the “x” out of external!
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Today’s love letter which truly gives the key to living life with heaven our focus.
My warrior, it seems as though everyone else is busy seeking what is best for themselves instead of the things that are most important to Me, your Lord Jesus Christ.
How about you? Are you all about you, your desires, your goals, or your accomplishments? Do you give Me little Snippets of time here and there so others won't think you're a fanatic?
I was single-minded when I came and died for your sins. I was full of zeal to be constantly talking about God and the Kingdom of Heaven, showing you the way. Self-centeredness is the road to destruction. Study the lives of the Apostles, the zeal they had, even unto death. Read of those who were more concerned about themselves.
Remember how I talked about servanthood and the importance of it. Come and spend time with Me, let Me show you areas that you can let go of. Bring to Me the areas of pride and arrogance that you may be set free. Only the things you do for the Kingdom will last. Beloved, remember the first will be last.
Thursday Trench Truth
Thanks for joining us for Thursday’s Trench Truth.
The other day, I went into my war room in desperate need of an encounter with God, not just an attitude adjustment. I was determined to stop letting life take me down and allow Him to lift me up.
Let’s be honest; we’ve all been there, right? Those times when we are so down we can’t see up. The details aren’t important; all that’s worthy to talk about is the solution, and I am so excited to share a solution with you that you can apply in your life.
It has everything to do with worship…and on this particular day, God used Justin Lake’s House of Miracles release to draw me into Him and get my mind off me and all the arrows coming at me.
Now, because I had waited so long, it took a couple of songs, but wow, once I allowed Him to lift me up, change my altitude, my attitude changed, too.
Not only did my altitude change my attitude, but God did what He always promises: He met me there and gave me something that freed me from me, allowing me to see things from a different perspective, reminding me that my well-being and my own healing is not contingent on others…ever. It’s dependent on me allowing myself to go higher with Him, to go to a different altitude so He can change my attitude.
Oh, to see things from His point of view
Have you ever caught yourself focusing on what’s wrong in your life, instead of what’s right? Or how about what’s wrong about another person and their actions and attitudes, especially as they pertain to you? Why does it seem to be so much easier to focus on what’s wrong instead of what’s right?
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Oh, how true it is to be blinded by what’s wrong and not be able to see what’s right. Come on in for a perspective on this common issue.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I can really be a negative Nelly. Funny, just writing about this is taking me back to when my mom used to call me Pollyanna! There were times she said it sarcastically – that was in our time of Exodus which was when I was 12 all the way to 49 -- but I’ll never forget the time she said it while she was in the hospital and I was coming to see her every day.
I was telling her she had to get better so we could spend time together when she got out, and she smiled the sweetest smile – something I had rarely seen – and said, “You are such a Pollyanna.”
It caused me to stop what I was doing and look at her to confirm she was really being sweet…she was.
It wasn’t until later that I looked it up and it made me weep and I do mean weep. My tears turned on like a faucet full blast and humility washed me clean of all the years where I had misunderstood her. See, the definition for a Pollyanna is “an excessively cheerful or optimistic person”!
I never did get to discuss that with her because she never did make it out of the hospital, but, oh, how happy I was to be sad…for God had finally made right what was wrong all those years. See, all those years I thought she was focusing on something negative about me which kept her from me and it wasn’t that at all.
How many times have we thought incredibly negative thoughts of someone just because of what we think they’re thinking of us? Ugh, I don’t know about you, but I’ve done that too many times to count. Without letting you into every room and detail of my difficult season, let me just say that I am having a difficult time being anyone’s Pollyanna!
But God’s Word NEVER FAILS to splash perspective. In this season where I am questioning how much longer am I to take the high road, Philippians 4:8 pulls me back to staying in my own lane, in other words, keeping my heart clean of resentments by focusing on MY relationship with Abba.
While God does not call us to be doormats for ANYONE, He does call us to get our focus on what is right about the situation, or about the person, and get it off of what’s wrong. He calls us to meditate on things that are true, noble and just – which may not describe the situation or the difficult person you are dealing with but there is ONE who is all of these things. He calls us to mediate on anything that is praiseworthy, on things of any virtue.
Friend, when we honestly seek our hearts and do this, we can honestly come up with something of virtue, something that is praiseworthy. This God-breathed command spoken to us through Paul reminds us to quit picking apart and looking for all that is wrong, for when we do focus on what is right, the guarantee we have is we will be changed!
How about you; are you a negative Nelly or a Pollyanna? When we chew on His principles and promises, we can’t help but allow them to change us into a Pollyanna while He rights what we thought was wrong 😊
Reminded of and gripped by His grace,
Tuesday Trench Truth
Thanks for joining us for Tuesday’s Trench Truth.
What is the proximity of your relationships, especially with Jesus? What do I mean by that question and the statement before it? Well, imagine you have just had a disagreement with someone you care about; you don’t feel all warm and fuzzy about them, and often you want nothing to do with them, right?
Here’s the crazy thing, though: when we do things that Jesus disagrees with, He doesn’t go anywhere! And His love for you doesn’t change, either. But how can we remember that, let alone believe it and not run from Him when we know we’ve disappointed Him?
By remembering this simple truth: Condemnation takes you from Jesus, and others, conviction brings you back.
In other words, condemnation is from Satan himself; conviction is from Jesus Himself, and anything you’ve ever done has already been paid for because He wants a relationship with you!
So don’t wait any longer, get back to it because the longer you stay away, the longer you’ll stay away!