What would life look like if we worked for an audience of one? Welcome to Faith-filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My dear one, be devoted to fulfill the work I have given you to do with excellence, and your joy will be in doing what's right and being yourself, and not in being affirmed by others.
Look to Me, look to Me for everything you need, spiritually, physically and emotionally ALL comes from Me. Since I created you I am the sustainer, I am the one you are seeking to fill the void. Humans cannot give to you what only comes from Me.
Come and spend time with Me. Lay all your desires before Me. Ask wisdom to show you the areas that you're looking to others to fulfill you, so you can let that go and step into the freedom I alone offer to you.
With your dependency on Me, nothing can hinder or distract you. Focus on what I have for you. Be tenacious and single-minded with what I have called you to do. Spread My love like wildflowers everywhere you go. Let My fragrance be left as you come and go and minds and hearts will be turned to Me. Beloved, I alone am worthy of all your praise and of all your worship.
Thursday’s Truthful Humor
Welcome to Thursday’s Truthful humor with Trench Classes United where we love to laugh and pull truth from humor!
A police officer attempts to stop a car for speeding and the guy gradually increases his speed until he's topping 100 mph! The man eventually realizes he can't escape and finally pulls over.
The cop approaches the car and says, "It's been a long day and my shift is almost over, so if you can give me a good excuse for your behavior, I'll let you go."
The guy thinks for a few seconds and then says, "My wife ran away with a cop about a week ago. I thought you might be that officer trying to give her back!"
Oh, friends, Isn’t it so true that relationships have become so…well, so disposable? We unfriend on Fakebook, stop following on Instagram, Twitter, throw in the towel on friendships and marriages, but isn’t it so comforting to know that Jesus never wants to give us back, to throw us away or discard us, or even let us return to our old ways, but He continues to love us, refine us, guide us to be more like Him that we may love like He does.
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Have you ever been watching an action-packed movie where the main character is in the midst of a horrendous death-defying adventure, hanging on with all their strength, trying their best to not let go. The gritting of the teeth, the grunts and groans, the pained expression of will power and sheer determination are captured by the camera and then suddenly, almost unexpectedly, like an assault to our senses, they let go and plunge to…
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda.
There are circumstances in life that have us doing just that, holding on with all our might, sheer strength powered by determination and a belief that if only…but there comes a point where we must surrender our will, let go and let ourselves fall into the love and protection of our Father.
It is in that letting go that we discover that we don’t have to give up hope, but letting go is letting God. We don’t have to help in the matter; we just need to let go of the matter that has us in such a fight or flight plan of action.
If you’re anything like me, especially when I’m hurting emotionally, the propensity to say, “Yeah, but what if I do this, or say that, or say this” is so great sometimes that I lose sight of the freedom of falling into His love, His grace, His plan for my life.
That’s what this type of letting go is like: free-falling and landing on the foundation of love and grace ever so gently while experiencing healing for the hurt that found me grappling for control in the first place.
And when the temptation comes to grab ahold of whatever it is we’re supposed to let go of, may we allow ourselves to fall once again into the presence, protection and provision of Him whose plans are to lift us up, to prosper us, give us a future, and a hope.
Tuesday’s Truthful Humor
Welcome to Tuesday’s Truthful humor with Trench Classes United where we love to laugh and pull truth from humor!
After Brian proposed to Jill, his father took him to one side. “Son, when I first got married to your mother, the first thing I did when we got home was take off my pants. I gave them to your mother and told her to try them on, which she did.
They were huge on her and she said that she couldn’t wear them because they were too large. I said to her, 'Of course they are too big for you, I wear the pants in this family and I always will.' Ever since that day, son, we have never had a single problem."
Brian took his dad’s advice and did the same thing to his wife on his wedding night. Then, Jill took off her panties and gave them to Brian. “Try these on,” she said. Brian went along with it and tried them on, but they were far too small. “What’s the point of this? I can’t get into your panties,” said Brian. “Exactly,” Jill replied, “and if you don’t change your attitude, you never will!”
Yikes, isn’t it so true that Satan spends so much time trying to get us in bed before marriage and even more effort in keeping us out of it after marriage…and the wearing of the pants, well, that’s for the man; we just come alongside them to help them fit!
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You bring pure joy into this earth
Your baby blues have turned hazel
As you start to view the world in color
Minus the labels
You smile when are happy
And cry when you are mad
Your emotions are not hidden
As you live in a world where it is oft
We are told to forbid them
To hide our true feelings
To turn the other cheek
Yes, we must be meek
But there comes a time when it is our turn to speak
To speak for the weak
Whether they be Jew, Gentile, or Greek
It is not our job to Judge
But our Father's up above
and baby boy with your heart so full of love
I pray you speak light
and when push comes to shove
you look up
When this world tries to tell you what to do
Seek answers from the One who created you
The sky He created blue
The grass he painted green
With a rainbow of flowers speckled in between
The colors we see
They were created for you and me
To stand in awe at His masterpiece
A glimpse of what Heaven may be
Our heaven on earth we call art
and I pray those gentle eyes see that from the start
For now let your pure innocence and joy
Melt our hearts
As we lay down our guards
“From the mouth of infants and nursing babies
You have established strength
Because of your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?”
- Psalms 8:2-4
“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged;
and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” - Matthew 7:1-2
In a time of so much public demonstration of anger and violence, shouting and crying, I can’t help but wonder what would it look like if we all cried out to God, got on our knees and proclaimed peace? Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce, who shares a word from the Father’s heart to her’s to ours.
My warrior, honor Me by trusting in Me in your day of trouble. Cry aloud to Me, and I will be there to rescue you. Do not be one that waits until trouble or calamity hits you, but stay close to Me. Commune with Me often that I may show you and direct you, that you are aware of what is going on and can see clear.
Keep your heart clear of offense, even against those working in places where you must do business. How would they respond if I stepped up to their counter, full of the same love and compassion I have for you? That is how it should look when you step up to receive help. It doesn't really matter how long you waited, that gives you time to pray for everyone, to bless the business, to set your own heart right and to be a blessing.
Beloved, I bless you abundantly so you in turn can bless others.
Thursday's Truthful Humor
Thanks for joining us for some light-hearted humor today, something desperately needed in our world!
A boy was selling fish on a corner. To get his customers' attention, he was yelling, "Dam fish for sale! Get your dam fish here!"
A pastor hears this and asks, "Why are you calling them 'dam fish?" to which the boy responds, "Because I caught these fish at the local dam." Ah, I see. The pastor buys a couple fish, takes them home to his wife, and says to her, can you please cook these dam fish.
The wife responds surprised, "I didn't know it was acceptable for a preacher to speak that way."
He explains to her why they are dam fish.
Later at the dinner table, he asks his son to pass the dam fish. The son looking somewhat surprised says, "That's the spirit, Dad! Now pass the effing potatoes!"
What comes out of our mouths can really influence others, huh? Just for today, choose to speak positive powerful words over profanity!
Do you ever get the feeling that just about everywhere you turn, there’s something negative, angry, destructive and demoralizing? How do we keep our minds, hearts and spirits healthy in such a time as this?
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda.
I don’t know about you, but I often wonder, and almost imagine our Father up above looking down and shaking His head in sorrow and righteous anger at everything going on in the world today. One thing I do know with every cell in my body is that He wouldn’t come down and be one of the crowd; instead, His meekness – power in control – would draw others to Him, creating a new kind of crowd. He’s not one to add more wood to an already-burning fire.
We’ve all heard the saying, two wrongs don’t equal a right, and while we all have freedom to express our opinions and beliefs, the way we do so will determine their influence and receipt.
This truth is actually a Biblical principle found in 1st Thessalonians 5:15: “Don’t be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to you. Rather, be good to each other and to everyone else.” (CEV)
Put another way: “Resist revenge, and make sure that no one pays back evil in place of evil but always pursue doing what is beautiful to one another and to all the unbelievers” (NPT)
And one more way found in The Message translation which includes verses 13-15: “Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.”
No matter what version of the Bible you look in, the message is the same: Two wrongs never equal a right, and though I usually refrain from the always, never words, this one’s a time where that rings true!
So friend, may I encourage you this week, when seeing an action, attitude or behavior that offends you, don’t add wood to the all-ready burning fire; instead, add the water of truth and see if you aren’t the one who changes!
Tuesday's Truthful Humor
Ahhh, one more day for the weekend. Let’s take a little giggle break!
A bus full of ugly people had a head on collision with a truck and they all died and went to heaven. When they met God, He granted all of them one wish.
The first person said, "I want to be gorgeous." God snapped his fingers and it happened.
The second person said the same thing and God did the same thing. This went on and on throughout the group. Finally God got to the last man in line and saw he was laughing hysterically.
What is your one wish, God asked? The man continued to laugh as he choked out his wish: "I wish they were all ugly again."
If you had one wish, would it be one that benefits others…or yourself? For more encouragement, come take a tour at www.trenchclassesunited.com
At a loss for words to say?
When words fail you
Frustration, anger, and anxiety
Do not avail you
But make you feel weak
Gripping your tongue
As you lose ability to speak
Cry out to the Lord
He is right there
There is no reason to be perfect
When your heart has been hurting
Come to Him
In your frustration
Lean on Him
He can take it
No burden is too big
No boulder too heavy
Your anger may be wavering
But His hand is steady
Cry out to the Lord
Feel His presence
Let Him bring you peace
Rest your soul
Be at ease
Cry out to the Lord in song
Wherever you are
Driving your car
As head hits the pillow
When your feet hit the floor
When you awake in the morn
& your heart is so filled with scorn
Cry out to the Lord
Let his praise be on your lips
There is nothing to lose
Lose yourself in His embrace
Let your heart be warmed by His steady grace
There is no place He would rather be
Than right here with you
Jesus, You are my King.
“Let me cry before you, O Lord;
Give me understanding according to your word!
Let my plea come before you;
Deliver me according to your word.
My lips will pour forth praise,
For you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your word,
For all your commandments are right.”
- Psalm 119:169-172