We have but a mere, mortal life
and to die is to gain
But our desires catch up to us
and who are we to blame?
Mortals made of humanly flesh
Yet here we are on earth
Yet our flesh begets
So it gets
not without the cost
Of one day suffering the loss
You may want to be the boss
You may desire to be 'the man'
But remember, dear darling
It is all in God's hands
So before we build up
Let us not press our luck
But search the ground for sinkholes and deep mud
For if you keep going you may get stuck
Fill in those divots
and check your heart
Are you truly ready to start?
Our Father will never depart
But a forewarning to take heed
Before you embark
Little by little
Brick by brick
Build upon a foundation that will stick
Where do your desires lay?
Are you building with stone
Or are you burning up hay?
Pause now, darling
Before you build up
A solid foundation you must lay
and your light will shine
Day after day
Until we come upon the final sun ray
"But if any person's work is burned up
[under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward],
Though he himself will be saved,
But only as [one who has passed] through fire."
- 1 Corinthians 3:15
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As I read these words from our friend, I was reminded that there is a sort of heavenly healing we all need to be seeking…for our hearts, our actions, our attitudes and He is able. Oh, to search for true healing from the True Healer.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. May the words in this love letter be the glue to heal anything broken in your heart and life.
My blessed child, I heal the wounds of every shattered heart. I set My stars in place, calling them all by their names. How great am I, your God! There's absolutely nothing My power cannot accomplish, and I have infinite understanding of everything. Meditate on this!
Let the knowledge and the understanding of this invade every part of your heart, of your mind. Sit quiet with Me and let your imagination see these things. Look past the natural realm into the Spiritual realm, where I am, and see what I desire to show you. I have so much to share with you.
I have springs of refreshment I have placed before you and as you enter into My rest, you'll see them. Focus on Me and what I'm saying to you right now and let everything else go. Desire the best things like Mary, for they won't be taken from you. Keep seeking the best thing, ME, for when you look for Me, I will be found. I desire to show Myself to you and to shine through you like a lit-up Christmas tree ALL year.
Beloved, be steady, be consistent, be tenacious in your pursuit of Me.
Thursday’s Truthful Humor
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It’s the day of judgement and all the true believers are waiting in line to get into heaven. The Angel Gabriel appears and says to them, “I want all the men to separate into two lines – the first line is for men who were the true heads of their household. All those men who were dominated by their wives should form the second line.”
He continued, “And now all the women should go through the gates and report to Mary.”
After all the women had left, the men quickly sorted themselves into two lines; I say lines but the line with the true heads of the household only had one man in it. The other line of those men dominated by their wives stretched on for what seemed like eternity.
Gabriel addressed this long line, saying “You should be ashamed of yourselves. God appointed you to be the heads of your households and you have not fulfilled your duties. Out of all you men, there is only one who has obeyed God’s orders.
He then turned to the man stood all alone in the first line and asked him, “How did you come to be in this line?”
The man replied, “My wife told me to stand here.”
Oh, my goodness, did you know that we as wives are called to be a helpmate and that helpmate in the Hebrew translation is defined as a compass? Well a compass doesn’t demand, or order but guides. How is it that you try and guide the ones you love in your life? With your actions or orders?
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I began the exercise, just as Steve, our V.P. for our ministry, had instructed. First, cleanse my heart by asking for forgiveness for any attitude and/or action where I fell short. Second: Cleanse my mind from any former teaching as it relates to this portion of scripture so I don’t bring my own interpretation into this feeding of Your Word; third, how does this portion of scripture apply to my life? And finally, how can I live out what I have read? I was in no way prepared for what happened as I parked myself in His presence and began to read a very familiar passage.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Come with us to Matthew 5, the Beatitudes.
As I read a little of the backdrop of things that preceded these wise words to live by entitled “The Sermon on the Mount,” I was struck with a sense of awe-inspiring relatability with the disciples. I mean they had front-row seats to this historic teaching as thousands and thousands gathered to hear from the most “popular” guy in town. I mean I hadn’t even gotten into the actual sermon and was struck by new revelation and a sense of sweet conviction that corrects and doesn’t condemn.
See, the disciples probably felt pretty special, like they belonged and fit in, on top of the world. I mean, they were known for being with the most powerful, popular Man of the world; this was an opportunity for prestige, power and money for themselves, but they didn’t let that need to fit in and belong steer them from learning and unlearning.
It’s not a bad thing to want to fit in, to feel like you’re part of something and someone; those are actually God-given desires; but when those desires to be included, to feel like we belong begin to skew our judgment and lead us away from the beatitudes of God, well, that’s when it becomes problematic.
Looking back I can see where my desire to fit in, to feel like I belonged somewhere, and had people I could enjoy life with outside of the ministry led me to where I am today: in the midst of healing from a terrible crisis. It’s not that I strayed from Him during that season, no, not at all; but I can see now, looking back, how those needs overrode so many warning signs and screamed louder than my own convictions.
I want to be a true disciple whose only desire is to learn and un-learn because that’s how I’ll find where I fit in and feel a part of something and someone important. I have been given a place in this world; I am not of this world. I have been given a calling, as we all have, to sit at His feet, feast on His principles and promises, for then we will know we fit in and are right where we belong!
Gosh, I can’t wait to share the actual Beatitudes with you. I am in awe of how much this four-point prayer is helping me as I feast upon them. What’s crazy is I am completely full and fulfilled after just cutting up and feasting on one at a time after He cleanses my heart. He continues to give me something new from each one of them; He continues to reveal how each of them apply to me and He’s granting me the courage to apply them to my life.
Until our next Wednesday’s Word, can I encourage you to try sitting at His table and feasting upon His Word after you pray the four-point prayer?
Tuesday's Truthful Humor
Welcome to Tuesday’s Truthful Humor where we pull truth form humor.
There was this little boy who was scared of the dark. One evening his mother asked him to go out onto the back porch and bring her the broom. The little boy said, “Mama, please don’t make me go out there. It’s dark and you know I’m scared of the dark.”
His mother smiled at him and said reassuringly, “There’s no need to be afraid of the dark. Jesus is out there and he’ll look after you and protect you.”
The little boy seemed unsure and said, “Are you sure Jesus is out there?”
The mother said, “Yes, I’m sure. Jesus is everywhere and is always there and ready to help when you’re in need.”
The boy thought for a moment, then went to the back door and opened it a tiny amount. He looked out into the darkness and called out, “Jesus – if you’re out there, please pass me the broom.”
Ahh, faith like a child has no room for “if’s”! God tells us to come boldly to His throne to talk with Him and bring our requests…with a thankful heart!
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The true battle is fought
Between the eyes
and when we hid behind
We let him take captive our minds
Into the pit we slide
It is no wonder we feel sullen
Bound by chains
Filled with remorse and blame
Who is really winning this dark and twisted game?
Do you hear that sound?
A trumpet blowing loud
Saying there is no other name
Above His name
He is the same yesterday and today
and when we call upon our Savior
Cry out and pray
No weapon formed against us shall prosper
and when just for a second
You thought that you lost her
A shield goes up
No one can cross
Your mind is a beautiful
Yet delicate thing
Full of power and might
You can't see inside
But hidden between the light
Are crevices of dark
Battles and scars
and when we let those wounds win
The enemy sneaks in
Attacking our thoughts
At any and all cost
and that's when we feel trapped
That's when we feel lost
But sister just call out His name!
Call a sister, a brother, a mother
When you are sinking
drowning in pain
Darling, there is no shame
This life is so fragile
A temporary thing
But we must gird our loins
and put on our breastplates
and when the helmet falls off
and all words are lost
You know who to call.
"Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts." Colossians 3:16
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Sometimes I can sure feel like an Israelite, wandering, weeping, confused and focused on that which sent me there in the first place instead of the one who can right whatever is wrong.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Today’s love letter is a great reminder that God wastes nothing; His economy says He will use all our wandering and weeping for our good and His glory.
My dear one, I keep track of all your wandering and your weeping. I've stored your many tears in My bottle–not one will be lost. For they are all recorded in My book of remembrance. Meditate on My care for you. I am the only one that loves you enough to record all your tears in My book of remembrance. I don't forget about all you've been through and the injustice you've suffered.
But the best part of all of this is I desire to heal you and make you whole. You see, you're still struggling with past mistakes and sins, but when you bring them to Me, I forget them, burying them in the sea of forgetfulness. I remove those past mistakes as far as the east is from the west. Doesn't this prove My love and acceptance of you?
So all your striving to prove that you are worth loving is a waste of your time because My love cannot be measured; it is complete and I can never love you more than I do every moment of every day. Beloved, accept My love for you and now sit in My Presence and just receive My love, all of it!
Thursday’s Truthful Humor
Welcome to Thursday’s truthful humor where we pull truth from humor.
There was a very rich man who was just about to die and he wanted to take some of his wealth with him. So he started negotiations with God about the matter. God had never allowed this before and He did not want to set a new standard now.
But the man wouldn’t let up and finally, after many long talks, God reluctantly agreed to allow him to bring his wealth to heaven.
Just a few days before he died the rich man converted all his money into gold bullion. He died and the funeral home made sure that the suitcases containing the gold bullion went with him. He arrived at the Pearly Gates with his suitcases and there was Peter. Peter told him he could not bring the suitcases into heaven. But the man said he had already spoken to God and he had said it was OK.
So Peter got on the God phone and sure enough it was true. So Peter was curious as to what was so valuable that the man wanted to bring it into heaven. Peter said, "Could I look in the suitcases?"
So the man opened the suitcases and Peter exclaimed, "Why are you bringing pavement to heaven!"
Oh, my goodness, I can’t imagine the streets of gold we’ll walk upon in our eternal place with our Heavenly Father. There won’t be a desire for riches in heaven; we’ll have all we need. Practicing wise spending and joyful giving will pave our way.
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Looking back thru my journal this past week, reviewing the highs and lows, the lessons I’ve learned, those I’m still learning and even those I’m unlearning, I am pleasantly astounded at how He speaks to us thru His Word, if we’ll only stop and listen. And I don’t even know why I’m so surprised because He does it again and again, despite me😊
No matter what situation you or I find ourselves in, this verse is a powerful source of encouragement. It can be a life preserver in the midst of the sea, an anchor for our souls. What is so sovereign about this verse is it speaks to us differently EVERY time we read it. Why or how? Because life keeps happening and with life comes different storms of trials and circumstances.
Friend, may I encourage you to look at this verse, read it, then say it aloud again and again. I guarantee you that when you do this and allow it to soak into your soul, it will bloom in your life:
Psalm 138:8: The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.
Now put the “thing that concerns you” in that portion of scripture. I’ll go first:
The Lord will perfect my marriage…
Here’s the condition to the promise: Does it concern us or consume us? If it’s consuming us then we’re not trusting Him to perfect whatever it is that is concerning us.
What if we were to live like we believed the words in this promise? Would we finally stay still on the Potter’s wheel and let Him have His way? When we allow Him to perfect us in the process to prepare us for the promise, we won’t allow ourselves to be consumed by that which concerns us.
Trying to not be consumed by that which concerns me…
Tuesday’s Truthful Humor
Welcome to Tuesday’s Truthful Humor where we pull truth from humor.
A big, burly man visited the pastor's home and asked to see the minister's wife, a woman well known for her charitable impulses.
"Madam," he said in a broken voice, "I wish to draw your attention to the terrible situation of a poor family in this district. The father is dead, the mother is too ill to work, and the nine children are starving. They are about to be turned into the cold, empty streets unless someone pays their rent, which amounts to $400."
"How terrible!" exclaimed the preacher's wife. "May I ask who you are?"
The sympathetic visitor applied his handkerchief to his eyes. "I'm the landlord," he sobbed.
Oh my…it’s one thing to express sympathy verbally; it’s another to put it into action. When we combine sympathy with action we get compassion.
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