Thursday Trench Truth
When I ask others what they “feel” when I ask them to think of the word “accountability,” the responses are incredibly revealing, responses like “burdened,” “exposed,” nervous,” “troubled,” and on and on.
What if we were to look at accountability differently, and maybe even as God to help us to be more accountable, for one of the definitions of “accountability” is the willingness to share one’s true self, attitude and actions with another.
Friends, when we do this, whatever it is that we need to be accountable for, while it’s something we may not be proud of, it begins to lose its power!
Can I encourage you to begin looking at accountability as a willingness, and ask Him to help you to be willing to be willing to be willing…
Accountable to many
They stood side by side, each looking for the pieces with faces on them and as they worked together, putting the pieces in their right places, a sense of satisfaction filled the air. “We make a great team,” he exclaimed every time she handed him the piece to fill the right spot. She smiled…inwardly and outwardly.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Today’s blog is a great reminder that in life, and especially in and with relationships, there needs to be a framework of sorts that holds the relationship(s) together.
The puzzle was titled “Music” and had at least 200 famous musicians captured within the 1000 pieces. He had already had the frame completed when she came over for their doggie-play date, and he had started filling it in here and there.
Immediately she realized while the “filling in” was probably the hardest, it was made easier because the frame was already intact. Her theory proved true as they added to its picture, piece by piece, high fiving each other for their finds.
It wasn’t until the next morning when she was sitting in her quiet time thinking of their time spent that the analogy hit her like a bucket of refreshing water. Any worthwhile relationship required a framework, a foundation if you will, to build upon. To try and put the pieces of a relationship together before that is established is setting the relationship up for unnecessary challenges. That’s not to say that because of the framework being built first that there won’t be challenges, but with a strong frame built, it can stand the test of time as the pieces join the puzzle and the frame holds it together.
Tuesday Trench Truth
None of like the thought of being left out of something, especially when it involves a someone whom we hold close to our hearts.
Each day presents at least an opportunity if not many opportunities to do something good for another. What does that look like? It could be as simple as stopping to listen to another, really listen. Maybe it’s a smile to someone wearing a frown. Or maybe it’s opening a door for an invalid.
When we are too busy to notice others, we are too busy and we miss out on the opportunity to do good, ultimately becoming left out.
Can I encourage you today to take the time to look for an opportunity to do good instead of living life so busy that you sit those opportunities out and ultimately are left out?
Looking for those opportunities,
What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message, a great word about how to be okay in those times of uncertainty.
Is a funny
Uncertainty of time
Uncertainty of space
Wondering if when you will ever catch a break…
Well let me just say
The uncertainty is the space
Where the Holy Spirit can make ways
Ways to forgive
Ways to let go
and ultimately come to know
That within that uncertainty
Is your God-given space to grow
So don’t hold back
Don’t turn away
Let it all out
The anger, frustrations, and dismay
Be honest when you pray
and then give space
A silent solitude
Where the Holy Spirit can move
Invite Him in
And never forget
That this moment is all His
and to Him be the glory
The gracious God that forgives
That holds us
And molds us
Into a new creation
Our minds renewed
Hold on dear heart
and give The Spirit room…
“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness” - Ephesians 4:23-24
Never in the heat of the moment is the moment to resolve the moment.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. We’ve all had those moments that we wish we could take back the words we threw out in a moment of frustration and anger. How do we avoid this? Well, for one, stepping back instead of jumping forward, but if we were to treat the heart as a gigantic room that needs daily cleaning, our words will be tempered with truth and drenched with grace. Today’s Love Letter emphasizes this very truth.
My love, walk in the wisdom of God as you live before the unbelievers, and make it your duty to make Me known. Let every word you speak be drenched with grace and tempered with truth and Clarity. Then you will be prepared to give a respectful answer to anyone who asks about your faith.
This is a pretty tall order but if your speech isn't drenched with grace and tempered with truth and clarity, will people even listen to you? People watch you to see if your life matches your words. It's very important for you to live up to what you're speaking.
You yourself know that you don't want to listen to someone whose words don't match their life. Somebody who is wise and speaks My wisdom, now that's another story. People will listen to you when you walk in wisdom.
How marvelous it is when you look to Me for the things to say and follow My direction and live a life devoted to Me. There is so much pleasure and joy in a life devoted to Me.
Beloved, your best life is one that is fully devoted, fully surrendered to Me, for then what you speak will bring clarity.
Thursday Trench Truth
We’ve all heard that hurt people hurt people. When we don’t allow the One True Healer to put the pieces of a shattered heart back together, to love us to and thru healing, we continue to perpetuate the cycle of hurt.
Can I encourage you to give our Healer a call? He won’t have voicemail on; He’s ready to begin healing your broken heart, and He is resolved to making you whole.
In His Healing Love,
She glanced at the clock as she turned her computer on. She still had a few minutes before logging on for her meeting with Maria. She quickly typed her password to get into email. “How do I get that to change,” she wondered as G-mail opened to her court reporting email instead of the one she wanted.
There were a few new emails, but one caught her attention. “Who’s this from?” she wondered aloud.
What do you do when you get not-so-expected news and it’s not good news? Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
“Good afternoon, Ms. Lepins: We have received your filed Judgment. It was filed on 5/18/2022. Would you like to pick up your copy?”
The words seemed to scream at her and unexpected tears began to come from deep within. The pain of it all resurfaced at lightning speed; the end of one of the longest nightmares had become a reality. This chapter of her life was now closed. She wrestled with reality and denial, still soaked in disbelief, as if she was watching someone else’s movie, wishing it wasn’t hers.
She was divorced…again, and what/who she thought was her forever was gone and had ended tragically. The moment had arrived to let go of what could have been, to trade it in for whatever God had for her next. Biblical truths came rushing to the pain, soothing and comforting her like nothing else could or ever would.
Words like Romans 8:28 had her questioning how this would possible work out for her good, but she was committed to bring Him glory. She knew, from experience, that God had a plan B as a result of their choices, and He would reveal it in His time according to Jeremiah 29:11-12 for her heart was surely His, completely His now.
She struggled for understanding again, wondering how those who had caused so much pain and sorrow could go on as if nothing wrong was done…and in the throws of her doubting, Isiah 30:18 reminded her that God would have the final say; she only needed to wait on Him, in other words not take matters into her own hand.
God had not intervened like she had hoped, but He had definitely carried her through this moment; surely, He would help her soar on wings of eagle’s into the next chapter of her life.
Friend, can I encourage you that no matter what storm you are in the midst of, applying Biblical truths will help you see it as He sees it; may you have His eyes in and thru the eye of your storm.
Tuesday Trench Truth
In a social media, solution based, struggle for happiness kind of world, is there any wonder that the use of antidepressants/antianxiety medication is up 64%? What would happen if we truly applied a bit of faith into our relationship with God? What would happen if we really tried to learn more about our Loving God instead of leaving Him a message every now and then? So much interferes with the reception of His love which hinders an accurate perception of His love.
Can I encourage you today to apply a bit of faith by getting to know The One who longs to turn your anxiety into peace, your fears into fearlessness, your depression into hope? While it’s not a quick fix, no relationship is, it’s a forever fix.
To learn from our past is not living our past…
What is your present reality?
Is it evergreen?
Are you soaring high like the birds jumping and chirping from the trees?
Even in the rain?
Even on the cloudy days?
Or are you feeling washed away?
Because everything is just so complicated.
Even the simple things
The ‘it shouldn’t always feel this way’ days…
You’re feeling lack
When all around you
Is a world filled with beauty, blessings, and the workmanship of His craft
Oh, how you just wish you could laugh!
and if you would only look up
Finding a past that forgives
The past version of you
That let all the anger spew
Like a tea kettle
But drink too soon
and you’ll burn
Before you learn
Missing the good view
Of the honey slowly melting
As it stirs with the spoon
and that my friend is all He wants -
To melt with you
To mix together the aromas
As the sensation seeps
You look down deep
and see the only way to make this moment sweet
Is when you stir together
All of you
With all of ME
Your Friend, your Advocate, your God, and your King
Darling, let it steam
and in that heat
Is where you will find
The sweetest of tea
The intertwining of you with Me.
Have you ever wondered how to get through a tough time when you feel so blinded by your circumstances?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Today’s Love Letter shares the how for this truth: There is a way through the process that leads to progress.
Warrior, I, the One who began this gracious work in you, will faithfully continue the process of maturing you until the unveiling of Me, your Lord Jesus Christ!
This should fill you with great joy and peace. Here again is My promise to never leave you. In a world where things spoken are not true and everything seems so twisted and you just don't know who to believe, believe Me; believe My Word.
Surround yourself with believers that speak the truth of the Gospel. Know what's right through My Word and do not compromise. Beware of those who do compromise, if you hang around them for long, you too will begin to let down your guard. Stay close to Me and stay in My Word then you'll know the truth and it will set you free.
Now that's exciting. The more you stay in prayer and in My Word, the more you'll know My ways. It's all about your faithfulness to Me for My faithfulness is never-wavering. Remember, I am the Way; I am The Truth and I am the Life and no one comes to the Father except through Me.
Beloved, come to Me, stay close; live out My ways so that others may come to know Me.