We all watched as the man boldly walked down the street with the
American Flag, shouting God Bless you,” as well as his truths about our
world and its current physical, emotional and spiritual climate.
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Trench Classes United. Please be advised, this is NOT a political post
The bold young man ended with “Don’t think I’m crazy; I’m just speaking
A couple sitting in the very front of the covered patio of the restaurant
laughed, but not at the guy. “I don’t think you’re crazy,” the man nearly
shouted, I happen to agree with you.” Suddenly all of us sitting in the
area started to chime in our agreement, raising our glasses, “Cheers” I
said. Laughter followed and as the last of it melted into the Laguna
beach air, we all returned to our meals and conversations but with a
sense of camaraderie, as if we’d known each other for some time.
Here's what’s interesting: No one there spent any time talking about the
differences in opinion, or any negativity whatsoever. It was one of many
great moments that made for a great day.
Isn’t it easy to feel that sense of belonging and camaraderie when you’re
all agreeing, but why can’t we have that when we don’t agree about
things, whether they be politically, spiritually, relationally, or anything in
I’ve been able to experience this with a few people in my life, where
though I don’t agree, I listen, and they listen to me and we did not allow
anger to separate us or our differences in opinions,
Isaiah 1:18 says: “Come, let us reason together…” so let’s look at the
word “reason.” In the Hebrew translation, it means “to explain, argue,
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “argue,” my defenses
go up. This holy-inspired scripture is not permission to argue with anger;
however, I do believe that God gives us permission to agree to disagree
with grace; that’s healthy arguing.
In 1Peter 3:15, we’re instructed to give our answers with gentleness
and respect. Respect does not mean you agree with them; in fact, to
truly respect someone is to be okay with the differences, and when it
comes to any moral issues, remember Who has the camera into the
heart; you and I don’t!
Don’t spend positive time on negative thoughts-meaning don’t spend
time figuring out how you can win someone over to your opinion no
matter what the situation; just take the time to appreciate the differences.
Tuesday Truthful Humor
Welcome to Tuesday’s Truthful Humor where we pull truth from humor.
A man came through my lane at the grocery store with a jug of wine and a
bouquet of roses. But before paying, he set the two items aside and said, “I’ll
be right back.”
He ran off, only to return a minute later with a second jug of wine and another
bouquet of roses.
“Two girlfriends?” I asked.
“No,” he said. “Just one really angry one.”
While this is a very nice gesture, owning what we do to anger those we love will
carry us a lot further toward a healthy relationship.
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Assume the best
Expect the least
Fall down on your knees
Back up again
Tell me where I am wavering
Show me the holes
Where I am caving
In too deep
Where is this moment of clarity?
While thunder rumbles
And lightning strikes
Raining down upon every crevice of my mind
And I ache to know
How do I truly let go?
How do I stop the voices that pry?
The silent cries
Of my body that aches
And my mind that races
As I’m waiting for the moment that this all crumbles
And this all breaks
But the worry tugs
The anxiety hugs
So tight I can’t break away
So I stay
I stay in wonder
I sit in awe
Of how in the world have I come this far?
Even when I doubt
Even when I break
Even when all darkness begins to try to take
There You are
Reminding me again
That there is hope here
Here amid starting over again
Because that’s what the beauty of life is…
Starting over again
Because you can
Because He is
The power and the strength
To carry you through your days
Even in those moments that you feel you are failing in all the ways
Let me remind you my friend
That to be here again
Starting over again
Is exactly where hope lives
So take a step back
Soak it all in
Did you know that when we offer up praise and gratitude and praise in difficult times,
that Jesus counts that as a beautiful sacrifice?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes
United. Today’s Love Letter is a unique reminder that the password of praise takes us to
My dear one, you can pass through My open gates with the password of praise. Come
right into My Presence with thanksgiving. Come bring your thank offering to Me and
affectionately bless My beautiful name! How beautiful this is. Close your eyes and
imagine you doing this. You could get caught up right into My Presence hearing the host
of Heaven singing their praises to Me and you could join in with them.
Oh, what a beautiful sound this is to Me. I love the sound of your worship, no hidden
agendas, just pure worship, the pouring out of your love for Me. That's where the manna
lies, in our secret place of intimacy. This is so rich you can't wait to get here each day.
You receive the manna for the day, whether that's instruction or direction.
Whatever you face today My grace will carry you through. Do you need My peace? Turn
all those troubled thoughts to Me and allow Me to fill you with My peace. Beloved, I
already know the outcome of everything so look to Me for your answers.
Thursday Trench Truth
It’s been said that there’s three sides to every conflict: the two parties involved
and the aerial view, the rational one that can see both sides.
What would conflict look like if we learned to step back instead of jumping
forward with our not-so-thought-out burst of thoughts and defenses? See, most
conflicts are heightened in our own heads. We conjure up all sorts of ways the
other person is going to respond if we say this…or say that, because we just know
The truth is His love is bigger than any conflict…To step back instead of jumping
forward is to remember that His love is bigger than any conflict because never in
the moment is it the moment to address the moment!
Who or what do you need to step back from?
The word “test” sent her on a detour in her 100 Days of Healing devotional. Maybe
because test-taking had never been her strong suit. As she read the text, she was
reminded of some of her most important tests in life.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes
United. When you hear the word “test,” what is your first thought? Today’s blog from
Kim-Evinda just may give you a new and positive outlook on this word which is a reality
for all of us.
It had been 34 years ago, the first time she took her court reporting test, which had
been a not-so-positive experience. She had been so incredibly nervous, especially for
the machine part of it. She remembered that her hands shook as if she had cerebral
palsy in them! And though she had failed the first time; but that didn’t deter her from
returning to retake it six months later.
She smiled and returned to her devotional.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious
thoughts.24Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of
As she read the New Testament definitions for the word “test,” she was surprised to
learn that this word was most often used in a positive context; but the Old Testament
(Hebrew) definitions were what caught her attention
“Infinitive absolute; figurative of purifying people, the hearts, purifying.”
Wow, what a powerful truth that came to life more realistically as she rewound her life’s
most significant tests. Her failing her court-reporting test the first time and passing the
second time wasn’t a reflection of her inability, but an inflection of His ability, His
purifying, strengthening her, preparing her.
Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
Yes, there are times when we wish He would use other ways to strengthen and purify
us, that’s for sure. I am still in one of those seasons, friend, but what an encouraging
thought to cling to in times of testing. It’s not a matter of pass or fail; it’s more of a
relying while He’s purifying.
With Him in the testing,
Tuesday Trench Truth
When I was a kid, I witnessed addictions, anger and other types of unhealthy cycles that
wound up ripping me off of my childhood. Statistics say I would repeat the cycle, but
God has made it possible for me to break the cycle.
What about you; is there a piece of your history threatening to keep you doing the same
thing, expecting a different result? Can I encourage you that whatever was don wrong to
you or about you or even from you, God can make right for you.
Oh, and here’s an even more amazing promise: The Lord will restore what the locusts
(Satan) have stolen.
What does thriving look like to you? Did you know we were meant to thrive, not just
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and Trench Classes
United. We’re so glad you stopped by.
How do I amplify
The microphone inside
That invisible telephone line
With all that I need
Waiting for me
On the other side
Of that disconnected line?
I don’t want to just be
I don’t want to just breathe
I was not made to just survive
I was made to fight
and there is a lion inside
Because the wrong voices
And fleshly choices
For so long have been amplified
and here I am scraping up the pieces just to get by
Yet, the wind still blows
and the stars still show
All the glory
He has bestowed
So, I wonder
Where is my edge?
and where do I even begin
This new way to live?
Then He softly answers
Through that phone I thought was dead
Darling, this is just the beginning
For I am writing a story
With a whole new ending
If it’s knowledge you seek
Is it’s wisdom you need
and there you will find
That hidden inner peace
A piece of Me
That will never leave
Into your every cell
Your every gene
I have never left
and I will never forget
The beauty of your gift
This life you live
Someday soon will be more than just a fingerprint
But instead a glorious moment
Where you showed the world
How to let your Lion live
Roar My darling
and never forget
I am not just a phone call away
I am in interwoven into your everything
“For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness; And again, The Lord knows the thoughts and reasonings of the [humanly] wise and recognizes how futile they are. So let no one exult proudly concerning men [boasting of having this or that man as a leader], for all things are yours, Whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas (Peter), or the universe or life or death, or the immediate and threatening present or the [subsequent and uncertain] future—all are yours, And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”
- 1 Corinthians 3:19-23
Have you ever been lost and found out you were closer than you thought, not as lost as you thought?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Today’s Love Letter is such a great reminder that the answer to life’s question, the solution to the problem, the explanation for understanding is closer than we thought…in His Word.
My child, your words are so powerful that they will kill or give life, and the talkative person will reap the consequences. Speak life over yourself and over those you love. Speak life over your country, over your state and over your city. Then begin to speak My Word over every situation, for My Word is life and produces life.
Come and spend time with Me. Talk to Me, then be still and listen- what do I want today? Sit quiet in My Presence and allow Me to hover over you, touching your mind, your heart, and your flesh.
Stop the negative twirling in your mind by saying Scriptures, by releasing your praise. You see, praise changes the very atmosphere where you are. Walk like King David with My praises continually in your mouth. Gratefulness replaces grumpiness. Be the positive to the negative, part of the solution, not the problem. You can do and be all of that, Beloved, when you come and soak in My Presence.
Integrity is intentional!
Thursday Trench Truth
The other day I had an opportunity to practice integrity. I was at Pet Co getting some things for our trip to Florida, including a new girly collar after a horrendous haircut. The cashier rang me up and right away, I thought that’s not enough…but I ignored it. I paid the bill, got the receipt, and hurried out the door.
I had two of my grandchildren with me…and when we got in the car, I looked at the receipt and saw that not only had she not charged me for the Greenies but also the girly collar wasn’t on there, either. I told my granddaughter, “I feel like I need to go back in there; they didn’t charge me for the greenies.”
Her affirmation was a great reminder of intentional integrity.
My blessing…a thank you from one of the managers for my honesty…and my own peace of mind.
Integrity is absodarnlutely intentional!