Lord, I woke up groggy and grumpy, she wrote in her journal. Why didn’t I just say no to
working, she scolded herself. Her thoughts all seemed to land on some unsettled piece
in her life, and as each thought parked itself in her soul, agitation seemed to rise.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes
United. Have you ever had one of those days that began with feeling like you woke up
on the wrong side of the bed? Today’s transparent blog talks about that very thing and
how to rise above flesh-it is by
She stirred her coffee, her thoughts already swirling and swirling and returning to the
current conflict in her life. Tears of anger rose and dripped down her cheeks as she
made her way to her comfy chair. She was still too emotionally invested in the situation
and needed to step back and pray before jumping in and falling again…into her flesh.
Revelation began to separate the anger and hurt and all she could think of is the miracle
God performed for the Israelites when He parted the Red Sea so they could get across.
Just like the Israelites wanted desperately to escape their situation, to be rescued from
unfair treatment, she too had needed a sort of rescuing not necessarily from but in her
“Oh, Father, I’ve had a horrible case of flesh-itis!” she cried out. “I’ve been so focused
on all the hurtful and wrong things in this situation that I let my flesh swell up, get larger
than You in me. I’ve been so focused on what was wrong that I couldn’t see the blessing
The anger and frustration that had been building up over the last almost two weeks
began to melt away and, in its place, peace returned, bringing clarity, and
understanding. And while she knew in her heart getting across to the other side of this
situation may not be the easiest, she didn’t have to concern herself with the details for
He had parted the sea in this situation, and He would take her to the other side.
Friends, whatever needs a Red-Sea miracle in your life, can I encourage you to
surrender to the One who can part, join, empty, or fill any sea of circumstances.
Remember, what He brings us to He will bring us through.
Sharing ushers in caring
Tuesday Trench Truth
Thanks for joining me for Tuesday’s Trench Truth.
Last week, a few of our trenchers and myself got together to just get
together…and wow, it turned out to be an evening of sharing and caring.
We did a little exercise of writing down a situation or circumstance that
wasn’t just concerning us but consuming us in a way that had us feeling
frustrated and even hopeless.
When each of us had shared, I asked them to tell me if they saw any sort of
common thread…the answers were even more powerful than the
circumstances: They each were tied to another person! One of our
trenchers quoted this quote which summed it up incredibly accurately:
“When we stop looking for the differences, we can start to see all of the
similarities and that’s where true connection exists.”
Our time of sharing turned into a time of caring as we discovered our
similarities…which ushered in hope!
Can I encourage you today to share what has you consumed that you may
experience a time of knowing you are cared for?
Thoughtfully and truthfully,
Sometimes our mind plays tricks on us with lies that we come to believe.
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench Classes
United. Today’s message is a great reminder to take control of our thoughts that we may
distinguish between a lie and the truth and extinguish the lies with His peace.
And that’s the true test
Believing that you can truly rest
in His arms
With No doubts
and no qualms
A peace that draws you near
Amongst this war
With only band-aids
As they hide
By playing tricks in your mind
It’s time to take a stance
Draw a line in the sand
Because what’s at stake
Is more than free will
In this land
That don’t know
Because there’s no excuse
With all we’ve been given
To light the fuse
It’s time to use
The strength of His Spirit
From the wings of the Dove
Flying in the Wind of His love
to the Fire
of His desire
Because to die is to gain
Through the heartaches and the pains
The darkness will never
Never be the same
“There [in death] the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.
There the [captive] prisoners rest together; they hear not the taskmaster’s voice. The
small and the great are there, and the servant is free from his master.”
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a broken promise? Most of us have at one
time or another.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes
United. When our faith is in The One Promise Keeper, His promises will see us through.
Today’s Love Letter affirms just that.
My dear one, My daughter, be encouraged. Your faith has healed you. This should
speak volumes to all My children, for what I do for one I will certainly do for you. Be
encouraged by all My promises. Every single one can be yours if you ask, pray and
Stand on My promises and fight off any attack with more of My Word. Fight against
doubt, fight against unbelief, those are things that will hinder you. Read about the man
whose son had a demon and how I set him free. What a wonderful thing it is to believe
My promises and see them come to pass.
If you struggle with believing, then bring your unbelief to Me in prayer. Fill your spirit to
overflowing with My Word until it fills your heart and your mind. Yes, saturate yourself in
My Word and watch as things change into a joyous blessing. Instead of mourning, His
promises will enable you to offer festive praise. Instead of despair, His promises will
assure you of His sovereignty that says He turns beauty into ashes.
Doesn't that sound like a good trade to you? Remember, My Word is full of promised
blessings as you follow My precepts. Beloved, best of all, I am with you always even
unto the end of the ages, now that's a promise.
Thursdays Trench Truth
When you hear the word provision, what comes to mind?
The Webster’s Dictionary definition is: The act of providing, or making
previous preparation. -- 2. That which is provided or prepared; that which is
brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand.
So let me give you an example: When you miraculously avoid a collision with
another car, do you proclaim provision or complain about the other driver?
There are so many forms of provision that are being given behind the scenes;
are you willing to change your perspective so you can see the provision?
Click here to eI didn’t have to ask twice. She had patiently waited for me to finish my quiet
time and she was ready to play, ready to have all my attention.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench
Classes United. How many times do we realize something, whether it is
something we need to change or start practicing, something that we can
apply to make this journey of life a bit more rewarding, and still we resort to
our old ways? Today’s blog is meant to encourage you to pay attention to
those revelations that are meant to not only open our eyes but make what
we see so much more meaningful
As I threw the ball and waited for my little four-legged fur baby Aniesi to
bring it back to me, I realized if I would just do this with her first thing after
my quiet time, the day just seems to go better. Besides, as my sister
reminded me a while ago, I’m all she has. I need to be sure she feels loved.
That took me a bit deeper. I know that I have a need to feel loved and I truly
have come to know that I am loved by my Heavenly Father. I know He’s
beside me, ahead of me, behind me and I’ve experienced Him in so many
details of my life. I am learning to see my season of betrayal recovery thru
His eyes, and not see Him through the eyes of my pain and sorry.
But – and this is a big one -- I can’t know (to know translates to Hebrew
word yada, which means to experience with your inner being) that without
putting Him first, first thing in the morning.
When I sit still first thing in the morning and connect with Him, whether
through worship music, journaling, reading His Word, I experience with my
inner being so many times throughout my day this sense of contentment,
even amid crazy chaos and yes, even in the sorrow.
Can I encourage you today to try connecting first with He who longs to be
first in your life? You’ll be amazed at the results.
Tuesday Trench Truth
I’ve developed a new habit, a good one, one that helps me sleep like a
What is incredibly mind-blowing is that this new habit has helped me with
my inability to sleep right away!
As I lay down each night, I begin voicing, out loud, to God people and
things I’m grateful for. Many times, I fall asleep and don’t remember where I
That’s it! It sounds simple and it is. Gratitude influences your attitude to a
whole new altitude! It takes you to higher ground.
One of the most emotionally painful experiences is loneliness.
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench
Classes United. This is a great poem that emphasizes we are never alone
and life proves that two are better than one…
You are free
Free to be
Scripture, breathe life into me
Show me Your ways
For I am not here to please anyone
But my King
The God who has poured out His favor
Never was mine
Yet, in due time
By His power & His might
He turned this darkness into light
To die is to gain
& though I be slain
I am awake
To see the dawn of a new day
My spirit may break
My soul may shake
A crack in my heart
A new start
From this flesh I will part
But my spirit is like a dart
A shooting star
Thrown across the sky
There to remind
That there is
Always a way
To get through the night
“But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, & might)
When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be
My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria
& to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth).” - Acts 1:8
Do you find the older you get, the less you need possessions, power and
position and the more you yearn for the gift of peace?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench
Classes United. Today’s love letter is a great reminder of a free gift give
to all of us…if we would just accept it.
I leave the gift of peace with you-My peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by
the world, but My perfect peace. Don't yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts-
instead, be courageous!
Now this is some good instruction for you. My perfect peace comes from you trusting
Me. If you trust Me you won't fear. I know at times it's difficult but relinquish those
Where do these fears come from? First let's deal with the thoughts that roll around in
your mind, the "what if" thoughts that make you afraid: What if I don't take care of
you? What if I don't protect you? These are the things that cause you to fear, that
cause you anxiety. Thoughts of destruction, thoughts of disaster, or harm, these are
the things that cause fear and anxiety. The way to exterminate those thoughts is to
continue to fill yourself with My Word; then you will begin to believe what I say is
Scripture continually reminds you of how I have good thoughts towards you, not evil!
Will you spend time with Me and in My Word so you can believe these? Will you trust
in Me? Will you let My love permeate your very being and take over those thoughts
so that you can relax and trust in Me?
Yes, this is a process but as you continue to surrender your fear to Me, I will fill you
with My love and little by little it will become easier to walk in it.
Beloved, at some point you have to decide is My Word true or is it not?
Thursdays Trench Truth
Thanks for joining me for Thursday’s Trench Truth.
In our current trench class, we are learning how to live fueled by hope in
and through all circumstances.
We were talking about the despair David is suffering as a result of being
pursued to the point of death and the despair that Saul is suffering as a
result of his jealousy.
I love the differentiation that Steve, my co-author shares:
“Fear rings of situational, external pressure or threat. Despair is what
is going on inside someone. It isn’t what one thinks about the
situation; it’s what they think about themselves ‘in’ the situation.
Despair is internal anguish and says: ‘it’s not worth it;’ ‘I’m not worth
Let me ask you, are you worth what it takes to be free from the internal
pain caused by external pressures? God says you are!