Have you ever looked for something over and over that you believed you
lost only to find it right where you last left it?
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message today with Debra Dolce and
Trench Classes United. This “love letter’ is a great reminder that despite
how alone we feel, He’s always right there. We need only to acknowledge
I always come alongside you to comfort you in every suffering so that you can come
alongside those who are in any painful trial. You can bring them this same comfort that I
have poured out upon you. This is why I want you to recognize and know that I'm right
here beside you with everything you go through. I comfort you through everything no
matter how painful so that you too may be there to strengthen and encourage those
going through their trial.
It is a tremendous blessing when you understand what others are going through
because you've been through similar things. It's not a competition in all that you've been
through but to point others to Me so that they can rely on My strength.
I am the solid rock for anyone that will come to Me. Tell others how I saved you, how I
rescued you. As you share your testimony, your story, you become stronger and others
will be encouraged. Walk beside those going through hard times; be in the moment with
them and listen to them. Make yourself available where I have planted you, then you will
see growth in your own life and growth in those you walk beside.
There is so much joy and peace watching the growth if another. The is a satisfaction
you'll receive nowhere else. My rewards can never be explained, only felt, This
satisfaction fills your heart like nothing else can.
Beloved, come and walk alongside those in need even as I walk alongside you.
Faith-Filled Friday with Brandi Linai
We’ve all been poked at, or elbowed, or whatever the case may be; but
what do we do when there’s an internal sort of “hey you”?
Thanks for joining us today for Faith Filled Friday with Brandi Linai
(pronounced Li-nay). Today’s blog is a great reminder that when we are
obedient to those internal nudges, blessings happen.
We’ve all felt it, that “nudge”. It could be something as small as feeling that nudge to call an old
friend who has been on your mind. Or perhaps one of those bigger nudges to go back to school,
start that business you’ve always dreamed of, or what about the nudge to be the first one to
apologize after a fight - even though you’re sure YOU were right.
So often we ignore those nudges but I always think of those as “God nudges”; He’s trying to get
our attention and direct us to an opportunity. You calling that friend or loved one who has been n
your mind could be an opportunity to bless them. They may be going through a tough season or
You taking a moment to reach out could be a lifeline of hope and encouragement.
That nudge to apologize first could be an opportunity for grace and healing to move in a
The next time you feel it, be obedient to it. It could open a door to one of the biggest blessings in
your life. You never know what’s waiting on the other side of that nudge.
Thursday's Trench Truth
Thanks for joining me for Thursday’s Trench Truth.
How many times have we seen the devastation caused by leaving their
own story to jump into someone else’s or try and begin a new one? In other
words, jumping from one relationship to another. All in the pursuit of what?
There are so many answers to that, as far as what people pursue when
they leave one relationship for another but it all boils down to a lack of true
identity as a result of confusion.
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As we approached the hill, I looked up and froze in fear thinking: There is no
freaking way we can make it up that hill!
Thanks for joining Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United.
Brian, the driver of the Razor we were in, didn’t seem to be phased. In fact, quite
the opposite proved to be true. He paused only for a few seconds to analyze the
hill and then, before I could scream “PLEASE DON’T,” he pushed the petal to the
metal and off we went. He and the Razor attacked that hill with a gusto that held
absolutely no fear, and the engine boosted with confidence backed by all of
Brian’s past experiences of the hills of Ocotillo Wells.
To say I was white knuckling it is an understatement. I kept my eyes closed as this
amazing hill-climbing, rock-climbing, fearless vehicle, and driver, powered up this
half-mile hill as if it were a spider on a leisurely walk, stretching its legs with the
upmost of pleasure…that is until I felt us coming to the very tip of the hill and I
dared to open them.
What I saw made me gasp in immediate shock, so much so that I had to close
them again…immediately as I could not see, or feel for that matter, any solid
ground once we crested the top of the hill. The only way I can think of describing
it is being in/on a rollercoaster suspended in midair with only gravity holding you.
It was such a frightening and adrenalin rush all at the same time!
All of a sudden, I heard him say, “Oh, shoot,” and I felt the sharp right turn he
made. He pulled to the edge of the hill we had just climbed and stopped. I dared
to open my eyes and looked out in amazement. I followed their lead as they got
out and we walked toward the crest where he had made that sharp turn.
Immediately I realized that had he not made that right, we would have gone off
what turned out to be a cliff, about 40 feet down!
We immediately warned our friends who were beginning to make the climb,
flagging them to make a sharp right turn immediately at the top, which they did
and we all gathered on that hill in victory.
As I reflect back on this most exhilarating and exciting weekend filled with many
more moments like this, I can’t help but equate it to the journey of life: Life is
often an upward climb but how we attack it, stick to the course, and practice our
faith determines our outcome, our victory to prepare us for the next climb.
And in those moments of celebration and victory, we rejoice. But when we make
a wrong turn, yes, there’s pain and suffering, but lessons to be learned that will
take us to the next mountain, climbing it with more strength, wisdom, and
confidence in The One who carries us to the top until we reach the last mountain
and land…beautifully and safely in our Father’s arms.
Yes, we can do ALL things, climb all those mountains, through Christ who
strengthens us! Phil 4:13
Tuesday Trench Truth
Thanks for joining me for Tuesday’s Trench Truth.
The pursuit of control is as exhausting as trying to capture a butterfly. It
rarely, if ever, ends well.
Now there is a difference between planning, being prepared and being in
See, with the delusion of control comes a lot of chaos and confusion
because when things don’t go according to our plan or our preparing, our
human-ness will have us pushing to make things happen the way we
prepared or planned.
See the sooner we realize that we are just the managers of the time we are
given the sooner we will relinquish our delusion of control to The One
Who’s really in control.
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trench near you.
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Abigail Rice and
Trench Classes United. In a day and age of digital, receiving a letter in
the mail can feel like a breath of fresh air.
Writing a letter to myself
Because I don’t know where else
I seem to feel
& lost in this distance
With my Lord and my Savior
Wondering why I always seem to find
Myself in this dessert
Wandering ‘til my feet hurt
Falling face down to the cracks in the dirt
Or is that sand?
& I’m actually in His plan
For me to see
The depth of my need
I can no longer see
The roots of my tree
Time to dig
Time to bleed
& every need
Show me what it means
To feel the depth of the need
There’s a light behind this knowing
That if I just believed
Then I would finally see
the path to where we meet
At the intersection of
My hurt & His feet
Seek Him Who made the [cluster of stars called] Pleiades and [the
constellation] Orion, Who turns the shadow of death or deep darkness into the
morning and darkens the day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea and
pours them out upon the face of the earth
–the Lord is His name–”
Faith-Filled Friday with Brandi Linai
Have you ever taken a timeout from the craziness of your day?
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Brandi Linai, one of my
favorite radio personalities.
I’ve always said, and now trying to live, that if we’re too busy to care, we’re
too busy! Today’s blog from Brandi is a great reminder that to carve out
moments to just “be” will bring you a great energy.
Recently my family celebrated a couple of milestones. My grandson King graduated from
kindergarten, and my daughter Lily celebrated turning 5 years old. Quite honestly, all the
festivities have left me exhausted. But, in a good way.
In the midst of a time when it feels like our society is drowning in anxiety, depression,
financial woes, division, and confusion just to name a few, it’s nice when we can carve out
moments that are special, moments that leave us feeling uplifted and hopeful, feeling joy,
and often leave us feeling refreshed.
Maybe there hasn’t been a graduation or birthday in your family recently, but we can still
take a break from the crazy, spiraling world, and create “just because” moments. Grab your
family and go for ice-cream “just because”. Push the couch aside tonight and have a family
dance party in the middle of the living room “just because”. Sometimes waiting for those
milestones to celebrate can leave us feeling like we’re in the humdrum desert of daily
monotony with no spark to excite us. So, create your own spark. One of my favorite quotes
says it perfectly…” Every day may not be a good day, but there’s something to celebrate in
“Each day is a gift God has given us, and each moment of our day is in HIS hands.”
Thursday's Trench Truth
Recently I came through a horrible bough of colitis, which is a
flare-up of IBS. I mean the pain was indescribable. It got my
attention though. Now, not coincidentally, a friend of mine
experiences the same symptoms; so she turned me on to the
FODMAP which is an acronym for a lot of long words . Anyway,
I have learned that what I’ve been eating as a regular diet has
been wrong all along.
No wonder my stomach is bloated and looks as though I’m 4.5
months pregnant and that’s not an exaggeration.
Abba was so, so good to steer me in the right direction,
especially since I was considering surgery for my bloated
The same is true for our spiritual nourishment: what we take in
with our eyes, ears, our hearts can either infect our souls or
perfect our souls in this journey until we are with Him face to
Can I encourage you to be mindful of what you’re listening to, or
watching as you scroll through all those TikToks, or any of your
news feeds, what you take in with your eyes through the TV. Is it
infecting your soul or perfecting your soul?
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trench near you in September.
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 “test,” which is
a reality for all of us.
It had been 34+ years since she had taken her court reporting two-day test, which
had been a not-so-positive experience the first time. She had been so incredibly
nervous, especially for the reporting 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 at the memory 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 everlasting life.
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.”
A powerful truth came to life more realistically as she rewound her life’s most
significant tests, especially this most recent test that was ongoing: choosing to heal
from a season of betrayal. Failing her court-reporting test that first time was so small
compared to the test of parenting, the test of marriage/divorce, the test of ministry.
As this new revelation sunk into her soul, she realized that every test she had ever
gone through and would go through still was and is not a reflection of her inability,
but an inflection of His ability, His purifying, strengthening her, preparing her.
Another truth settled into her soul and came to the surface of her mind in the quiet:
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
Friend, can I encourage you that while there are times when we wish He would use
other ways to strengthen and purify us, Father knows best and will get us through
Tested and loved,
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
done 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.
Plan on joining us for Rising above Chaos & Confusion in September to overcome
those things in your history that have kept you in any unhealthy cycle.