It's a Friday
It's November 11, 2011
Where were you?
Now it's a Monday
November 11, 2019
Where are you?
Looking back it's as if eight years have flown by
It's almost a new decade
Yet, as you glance back you find yourself asking "why?"
Why am I still unhappy?
Why do I still feel so stuck?
Why can I never seem to do enough?
And then whoosh
The years keep flying by
And it's November again
You stand at your kitchen sink
Tears falling down your cheek
Asking yourself "why me?"
This cycle continues on for the rest of your life
You might as well engrave on your tombstone
"She never knew why"
Morbid, I know
Depressing for sure
But that isn't you
Because you, my darling, are so much more
You were given a purpose
A calling; A passion
It floats around in the air
Building up with every years passing
But it's up to us to grasp it
To hold on to it
Reach out for it
Hoping in something we cannot yet see
With perseverance we wait for it eagerly
Believing in every God given opportunity
& when that opportunity comes
We step out boldly in faith
Proclaiming His name
Knowing that every trial & tribulation was worth the wait
So the message is this:
Although you may not see the bigger picture now
God is preparing the way
He has given you a gift that nobody can take away
It's up to you to take the opportunities to use it
"For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;
For who hopes for what they already see? But if we hope for what we do not see,
With perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should,
But the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,
To those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:24-26 & 28
Faith Filled Friday’s
Ahh, I love these gentle but firm reminders to encourage us in healthy relationships with others which begin with a healthy relationship with Christ. Thanks for joining us for Faith Filled Fridays with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My bride, in every relationship, be swift to choose peace over competition, and run swiftly towards holiness. Since only the things you do for Me will last, let Me be your priority, looking to please Me with your worship of daily life.
I care about EVERYTHING that concerns you. I care about your daily walk, even about your thought life. That is why My Word says to keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real and to fasten your thoughts on My every glorious work, praising Me always.
Life in Me, the victorious life, is a continual letting go of your own life, the thoughts of how you think things should be, because that so limits you and Me. Surrender every thought to Me and think of what is pure, what is holy, what is beautiful, respectful, merciful and kind.
Follow My example, Beloved, and I will give you peace in all things.
Have you ever been given a gift and just not used it for whatever reason? Maybe it’s not really something you’d ever thought you needed, or maybe it was something you’ve wanted for a long time but you didn’t want anything to happen to it so you put it in a glass case so nothing would happen to it. Maybe keep it for sentimental reasons. Or do you ever buy something only to bring it home and not use it?
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s WOW-Weapons of Warfare and Words of Wisdom. So I have to tell on myself. I can’t count the number of times I’ve bought something and not used it, for example, a pretty candle. I didn’t want it to burn away so I wouldn’t light it. 😊
A few days ago, my husband and I were listening to Tony Evans’ message about the Lamb of God and he went in depth about some theological words and their definitions and thereafter tied it all up with an analogy that illuminates light on the questions I asked in the beginning, what do you do with the gift that’s been given.?
I’ll paraphrase his analogy and add my own interpretation: Imagine I buy you a brand new car – he said, now it’s not gonna happen but let’s just pretend 😊 😊 -- and you take that brand new car that’s been paid for, taxes, title, and a tank of gas too, and you park it in your garage. Every day you come out and look at that shiny new car and you get in your not-so-new car that you’re still making payments on and you go about your day.
What’s wrong with this picture? Why aren’t you driving that paid-in-full car that you didn’t have to do anything for?
So it is with the gift of grace…we need to be living like we’re forgiven…and forgiving. See, when we truly accept the gift of grace in our hearts and not just into our minds, we should walk through a trial like we’re already triumphant; we should let go of our guilt and shame from one hand and grab grace with the other and live like we’re forgiven, justified, paid for, satisfied.
Why is that such a struggle? Perhaps like that gift we were given that we haven’t used, or that candle that we bought but wouldn’t light, we put grace on the shelf and don’t let it light us up inside. Maybe we need to let go of the something we’re hanging on to with one hand and reach out and grab that grace and put it inside and drive that car…live like we’re forgiven for grace is the gift that keeps on giving as long as we’re living.
Coffee Hour friend, is there anything holding you back from living like you own that car? Living life victoriously? Let His grace seep into your soul, plant in your heart and bloom in your life.
Ephesians 2:8 says for it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; this is not of yourselves; this is the gift of God. May you carry His grace within you and walk in it as easily as you would drive that car!
We go into the depths as we hold our breath
Knowing that the deeper we go
The harder it gets
Gasping for air
We tend to forget
Who or what are we struggling for?
Deeper into the darkness we go
Our feet heavy
They tread unsteadily
But we continue on
Because we know that with every new dawn
There is new day
And with every day
We wake up and pray
Thanking God for not only life and breath
But to also believe
And as we believe we also speak
So speak truth and speak light
Never letting go of the reason we fight
The reason you wake at the dawn of every new day
Is by the grace of His mercies
And so we pray "Lord, give us this day"
As we long for His yearnings
To be more than hearts beating and mouths speaking
But to be witnesses of His love
Living out our callings from above
Though we tread into the darkness
We remember where our heart is
For we are "persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed"
And we live on despite our maladies and unthinkable realities
Because we have this burning desire
We seek and aspire
To be His children, His witnesses, His people blessed by His forgiveness
We share His love because we are His descendants.
"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of s despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; stuck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, 'I believed, therefore I spoke', knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you."
- 2 Corinthians 4:7-14
Faith Filled Friday
Have you ever wondered why we need constant reminders of the blessings that flow from abiding in Him? I’m thinking the more we are abiding the less we’ll need reminding of all His wonderful promises that NEVER fail.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My blessed child, I, the Lord have told you what is good, and this is what I require of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Me, your God.
As you read and study My Word, you will grow in all I have for you. Even in the midst of turmoil you will not be moved, for your roots go down deep in Me. I continually call to you to come and spend time with Me, that you become assured that what I say, I will surely do.
Some think I am mysterious, but I am very open in My Word. As you study and meditate on it, I will reveal to you things you do not know. I desire to show things to you, not just to give you great knowledge so that you are able to withstand trials in the days ahead.
Do not be puffed up in pride, but recognize where your gifts, talents and even your knowledge come from. Beloved, I am the giver of life and I have so much for you.
Recently our Wednesday blogger had a conversation with someone she loves and respects and it was suggested that she wait until she’s on the other side of her situation before writing any more about it. She has agreed and will now be starting a WOW (Words of Wisdom & Weapons of Warfare) series to encourage you in more positive way as you continue in your faith journey.
Thanks so much for joining us for WOW Wednesday with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda
(Words of Wisdom & Weapons of Warfare)
Have you ever had something so unexplainable happen that it really knocked the wind of hope out of you, knocked you on your butt and landed you in your own fit? Last week was one of those times for me. We had been trying to sell our home since May and in the beginning, when escrow got cancelled because the buyers changed their mind not once but twice, I knew why; I understood perfectly. But as the months have gone by, and the house continued to remain on the market, we began praying earnestly for it to sell. I didn’t always pray the words, much less feel them in my heart, “according to YOUR will.” I just wanted it sold!
Well, God heard us and a sweet family gave us an offer; we accepted and escrow opened. It was due to close November 22nd. All contingencies had been lifted; the home inspection was complete; we were now just waiting and packing.
While at the office last week, I received a text from our agents asking if they could talk to us. I felt a tug on my heart as it skipped a beat and a sudden strength to prepare me for the news that followed: The husband had just lost his job; escrow was cancelled!
To say I was frustratingly bewildered is an understatement. I was like a child having a fit and falling in and out of it. My husband took it way better than I did, and yet in the quietness of my soul, I knew God was up to something; I just didn’t understand and I yearned to.
Before going to bed that night, our agents had three showings scheduled for the very next day, one of which was a couple who had put in an offer two months before but it was contingent on their home selling, which was now in escrow. I went to bed hopeful, not understanding but hopeful.
To make that long story short of the outcome of the three showings, we got a full-price offer from the second couple that came. From first glance it appeared that God was just trying to bless us more because we were definitely going to receive more financially and the escrow would just extend two weeks past the one we had just lost.
We E-signed the cancellation of the original escrow. Shortly after this, we received a text from our agents telling us to sign the new escrow papers. As I opened up the email to sign the new escrow documents, another text came up on my screen: “Never mind, the new buyers just backed out!” Escrow had just fallen out…for the fourth time!
The rest of that day, I was devastatingly bewildered and every time I looked at the empty walls and all the packed boxes, I groaned with despair. “I don’t get it, Father. What are you doing?”
I love His mercy to actually answer me through His Word; I mean how often do you show love and kindness when someone yells at you or accuses you of something? Usually the response is not very favorable! Well, here’s His answer to me in this predicament:
“Your hands have made me and fashioned me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your commandments.” Psalm 119:73 (NKJV)
Okay, I thought…so you made me. What are you trying to tell me? How does this fit into my circumstance right now, I demanded to know. What I heard after that rooted this verse in my soul and I pray it blooms in my life outpouring from my heart directly into my words and thoughts: “The only thing you need to understand in this season is MY love for you!”
Wow, does anything else really matter? Can I encourage you fellow sojourner, if you are going thru a tough time, and you don’t understand the why, the how, stop, and ask Him to help you understand His love for you. Nothing else really matters!
God’s plan will prevail
If you allow it to take sail
Pray and let be He sees you working tirelessly
Proactively seek what’s meant to be
You, my friend are His masterpiece
A work in progress
But still complete
In all humility
Be gracious and kind
Within His promise you will find
A reward of riches, honor, and life
By staying cheerful and fearful
Taking one step at time
Never lose sight
Of His goodness and light
Your prayers will never go unnoticed
Just believe and stay focused
Knowing that you will reap the utmost by being lowest
Lowly and humble
You are an important piece in His perfect puzzle
“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord is riches, honor, and life.” Proverbs 22:4
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 15
Welcome back to When Faith Meets Suffering with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. We understand that social media is sort of like that “in love” stage of a relationship, the “happier” side of life. For many, it’s a sort of pretend world. While we get that trouble and tears don’t make for a good blog, we pray that as she walks through this season transparently, you will be encouraged when you walk through a difficult time of any measure, remembering who walks with you. Let’s get back to the story.
She read her notes from Sunday’s message. They soothed her wounded soul, inspired and encouragedher at the same time. Jack Hibbs had invited a Navy Seal Warrior for freedom and a Warrior for Christ to share the message.
She rewound the memory; she had been thoroughly entrenched in his stories of battles won, and some lost. His message was from 2nd Kings 5:1-14, about Naaman, a valiant soldier with leprosy. He wove in his own war stories of triumphs and tragedies, reminding the congregation that the one who wars against us oftentimes is ourselves with our thoughts; that we need to infuse our faith into all enemy-occupied territory.
As he shared Naaman’s journey towards healing, which was full of adversity fueled by pride, she realized thather marriage was in desperate need of healing; that like Naaman, it was suffering from a form of leprosy. And while leprosy is a disease of the skin and nerves, causing devastating disabilities, it’s so very prevalenttoday and similar to a diseased marriage. There was so much shame in what was becoming more clear to her, an adulterous affair outside of marriage. And like leprosy, these types of marital infections cause devastation, disabilities and stigmas. This explained why all she wanted to do was isolate and drown in her sadness and embarrassment.
Like leprosy, suspicions of any marital difficulty, especially extra-marital affairs, can cut us off and hide us away from those who can help us.
All the unanswered questions, her desire to understandthe why, required that she pull a Naaman and drop her pride, allow God to peel back the layers buried in the years of unattended soil of their marital love and expose the roots that had choked out the Son, their first love, the foundation for their marriage.
There were propensities and tendencies that had prevented light from exposing truth in him; now, he was in a dark place.
She was left with so many questions after soaking her soul in the best medicine, the Word of God: stay or go? Will you be forged by adversity, or failed by adversity? Like the Soldier had quoted, adversity is not a singular event for we will always be affected by outside events that sometimes bring with them adversity of all kinds.
Her answer to each of the questions came swiftly: “You don’t need to trust him right now; you just need to trust ME with all your mind and all your soul.”
Friend, are you in the midst of a battle, an adversity? May I encourage you to infuse your God-faith into all temporal things, into all enemy-occupied territory!
Holding on to something
Like it’s all or nothing
But is that something
When we cannot control His forthcoming?
We love like we are going to lose
But what is it you are holding on to?
Those nice shoes, new boots, glass-paned office with a city view?
We can’t recall a word from our Sunday School verse
Yet we know every word and lyric to that new rap song; soover rehearsed
What are we truly putting first?
Our wants and desires
Our dreams, yes they’re fine
But have you given Him a second of your time?
Does your design coincide
With His will for your life?
Stop for a second
Amidst all the moving
And think about what you truly are doing
Is it for you or for others?
Who do you turn to when the pressure smothers?
The pressure to be all you can be
The pressure to live up to a false reality
Girl, can’t you see?
He created you to love and He loves you immensely
You are His and that’s all you need
Let go of the need to be all or nothing
Just believe what you are doing is already something
Something He has planned that is beyond what you can see
Your happiness and success is not always the key
You must decrease & let life be
This messy, roller coaster reality
“He must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30
Faith Filled Friday’s
Oh, how true it is that when the world is screaming at us, overwhelming us that all we need to do is press into Him to not only shut the noise out but to experience a peace that transcends all understanding. Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Enjoy a moment of His presence as He whispers these words to you.
My warrior, I'm your place of quiet retreat, and My wrap-around Presence becomes your shield as you wrap yourself in My Word! Even in the midst of chaos I am your quiet retreat. Learn to wrap My Presence around you, for I am your shield.
Remember I said, if I am for you, who could be against you? And does it really matter? As you become more devoted to being in My Word and less concerned about what others say or do, then you release victory in your own life.
Release the difficult ones to Me and I will heal you both, for I desire that ALL come to know Me and My saving grace. Come and sit in My Presence and be saturated each day by My love. Let My loving kindness continue to flood your life that you will desire to know Me and My plans for you.
Beloved, lay down your own thoughts, your own ways and take on My Word, that you may walk in true holiness as you draw ever closer to Me.