Everywhere we turn, people are facing incredible challenges, trials and tribulations that test their faith muscles. As I think about it, it makes me think of going to the gym. I surely don’t go to the gym to work out dressed in a dress or bathing suit; no, I have to wear the right clothes, the right shoes. Life is a workout; we must show up dressed up in the right gear.
Enjoy Debra’s love letter from The Father’s heart to hers and now to yours.
My dear one, because of this, you must wear all the armor that I provide so you're protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious. When you wear the full armor, you can walk through any and everything that comes against you.
Remember, you are not walking alone, for I am with you every step of the way. Stay in My Presence, learn to carry My glory with you when you leave your prayer closet. Take your freedom everywhere you go. Do not let people or circumstances cause you to accept the fear that will come as you step out. Do not fear, but be filled with Holy Spirit and walk in a manner that reveals My strength working in and through you.
Beloved, let others see your dependency upon Me, that they too will recognize it and be encouraged in their own lives.
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 5
Welcome back to When Faith Meets Suffering with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. While social media is sort of like the “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 lot of likes and hearts, 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.
The first night they were gone, she slept peacefully, without panic, a sort of relief bringing her soul some rest. The next night, well, not so much so. It was after 10 and still no good-night call from him and when her phone made a notification noise, she was startled to see it was from her realtor and not him. “Are you still up?” “Yes.” Her phone rang immediately. “We have another offer; it’s not great but”…
She held her breath as he recounted the conversation with the other realtor. “I’ll have him call you; I’m going to let him make the final decision as he’s the one who wants to sell anyway.”
By the time she went to bed, she was so entrenched in her private-party logic that sleep eluded her. If he accepted this offer they’d have to be out in 45 days. She went back and forth between wanting to leave and wanting to stay. Glimpses of his smile, echoes of his laughter followed by the realization of when and why they occurred – which involved her -- chased sleep away. She cried herself to sleep…and it finally came.
After she said good-bye to little B, she said good-bye to him. He still looked shocked she was leaving, and so broken. She didn’t even hug him or kiss him good-bye but her parting words were spoken from her heart: “I’ll be praying you find your way back to us.”
The days that followed were painfully peaceful. What intensified the pain is all the rejection of her past coming up to overwhelm her, so much so that she didn’t know if she would be able to endure it yet again. “I can’t do this again, Lord!”
She soaked herself in His presence thru song and His Word. She begged God for answers, for truth to be revealed, and not just about him but about her as well. It was a minute-by-minute battle, trying to keep her focus off his betrayal and on The One who could turn betrayal into a blessing.
At times she felt like a lost little girl despite being a grown woman, well into her 50s! At other times, she felt peace, knowing she had done the right thing in removing herself from the obvious rejection and work on her own soul care.
She received a lot of encouragement, many scriptures that literally lifted her countenance, as if reaching out and physically lifting her head towards the heavens. God never left her and she was really experiencing that.
One verse within a devotion on marriage convicted her so much that she journaled about it: Eph. 4:29 “Stop all corrupt speaking and start to say edifying things, and things imparting grace.”
She had not had anything nice to say about her marriage, about him, and what was crazy was she was more empathetic about her, but still she had not edified her in her speech. “Speak life into your marriage” became a mantra that followed her, one that was like a promise from her Promise Keeper, but certainly not easy to do. She knew she had told too many people in the name of prayer…she was desperate for answers, but God wanted her to be still and learn, to know that He was God and He was/is with her, even in the midst of her pain.
Again, know that though I am writing from my pain, I truly look forward to the day where I will write from the side of victory, for our God never forsakes us! Join me next week for some unexpected twists and turns in this season of suffering.
Who are you striving to please?
Is there something more than love you are hoping to achieve?
If it is fame you are seeking
Troubles may come creeping
Prosperity of an overflowing proportion
What would you do with it if it came in the morning?
Praise His name
Stand up tall, shout and proclaim
That He is Lord, the One who always provides you with more
Or throw it all away?
Let it make you insane
Appointed to bear
You have been given your share
So share it wisely and give it widely
A burden it should not be
But a true gift in its entirety
As His goodness surely flows
The gifts you receive will continue to grow
Your purpose revealed only by His word
In His mercy let your humility show
With interests of others truly beyond your own
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of other.” - Philippians 2:3-4
Faith Filled Friday
Today’s love letter is short, but powerful. After all, when you know WHO wins, what else matters!
Love Letter ~
My warrior, you know that when your faith is tested, it stirs up power within you to endure all things. So when you are struggling with the issue, know that I have already put the power you need to overcome all things within you.
That right there is the good news for you today-OVERCOMING POWER!
Nine years ago today, I answered the call to lead the ministry that began as Chicklit Power Ministries and is now a non-profit doing business as Trench Classes United!
Wow…and to think it wasn’t just for the benefit of others, but for me as well. He continues to transform me as I lead others in learning how to bravely face their past so they can courageously live in the present, thriving in life and love!
I’d like to say a big thank you to those of you who have continued to support us, whether that be thru prayer, monetarily or physically as you’ve joined us in the trenches. Here’s to another year of serving, learning, un-learning and growing more into the likeness of He who has the power to take any circumstance and use it for our good and His glory!
If you’d like to know how you can be a part of making your community even better by helping others learn to thrive in life and love, go to our website and take a tour. Discover our history, what’s happening now and what’s to come with Trench Classes United! Oh, and mark your calendars for our upcoming FREE community event August 11th starting at 2:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss it.
P.S. We’ll continue with my current series When Faith Meets Suffering next week; I promise!
Happy Birthday CPM-TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Wow, you are going to love today’s message…for those of us who wonder what our purpose is, if life seems to feel meaningless, this will certainly serve as a compass in your journey, a gentle reminder of Who we are to live for as He reveals what we are living for.
Enjoy Abigail’s heart in this writing…
I just want to write
I just want to sing
My time here on Earth is slowly decreasing
Have I found my true meaning ?
Meant to be more
Soul washed to the shore
Where is the meaning in creation?
Buried in the sand
Castles destroyed by my own two hands
Waves crash in
But firmly I stand
Climbing this ladder is not my desire
A ship I must be
Ready to sail through the sea
Wherever You are calling me, that’s where I seek
Praying for purpose
If I keep digging
Will I find my beginning?
No, this coercion will be my ending
I must stop and remember
Why do I write? Why do I sing?
For His kingdom, my works I bring
My glory is in heaven
My purpose on Earth is to leave His impression
For He is my King
That is why I write, that is why I sing
Have you ever eaten at a buffet and not had your fill? Do you know what it’s like to leave the table with a “full” feeling? Oh, but that’s what He wants for us spiritually, to feast upon His Word and not go away hungry! Thanks for joining us for Faith Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce….We trust you will leave this blog satisfied to hunger after Him!
My precious lamb, My righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away. I am pleased when you spend time with Me desiring Me and My ways.
Dig into My Word and let it fill you, let it satisfy you. Meditate on it and let Me speak a word befitting your life today. I will shine revelation on it and open the eyes of your heart that you may receive what you need.
Today I say: ALL things are possible if you choose to believe. My love is without limit. My mercy, My grace. Who can say how wonderful are the works of My hands? Do you declare My goodness over yourself, over your family? Do you walk in the assurance that you are deeply loved by the Most High God, maker of heaven and earth?
Beloved, plant your feet and do not be moved for your Abba Daddy has a plan for you that will take you where you would never have gone before, showing My love.
Have you ever been betrayed by a friend? Yeah, I feel you; it’s no fun, and yet, the sooner we realize that all relationships are meant to grow us more into the image of Christ, the sooner others’ betrayals will have less power over our emotions.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. We’ll pick up next week with the series When Faith Meets Suffering, and yet, this blog goes along with what she’s going thru!
When we are betrayed by those we call loved ones, aka friends, it’s not so easy to “just get over it,” is it? See, Don’t get me wrong; unless your emotional dashboard is in the “off” position, it will always be an uncomfortable and even painful occurrence, but those feelings of emotions and betrayal don’t have to drive our cars and cause emotional wrecks in others’ lives!
Think back to when someone you cared about betrayed you. Do you have that in mind? Let’s take a few of these verses and put ourselves in here. For the sake of time, we’re going to start with verse 3.
3”Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity who speak peace to their neighbors but evil is in their hearts.”
Now we all have seen duplicity, people who say one thing and do another, people who speak kindly to our face but horribly when we turn and look the other way. Here’s an example of a rewrite of this verse:
Do not let me be like those who hurt me with their unkind words and actions, whose hearts are filled with ugly things.
Now let’s go to verse 4:
4”Give them according to their deeds and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give them according to the work of their hands. Render to them what they deserve”
Now notice David is telling God what to do here, which you may think is a bit arrogant, but if we look at the spiritual principle here, he is allowing God to fight his battles. Let’s do the rewrite:
Bring ____ to the end of her/him self that he/she would completely surrender, acknowledging that what they’ve done is not of you and if it is not in their heart to surrender unto you, the Just One, Abba, then give to them what they deserve for when one hurts one of Yours, they hurt You.
Now I don’t know about you, but as I rewrote that verse, my heart softened toward the one(s) that have betrayed me. When we take the time to do this, to read, meditate on, rewrite the scriptures according to our own stuff, and then speak them…all I can say is WOW! Try it; you have absolutely nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.
In His Word,
Break trust, break love;
Break love, give up
But you girl, you are tough
Those thoughts that despair you
Are only made up to tear you
Tear you down, and shake you up
Shake back; You are tough
Created by Someone bigger than thoughts that shatter trust
Fight back; Show love
Count to three and just show up
Shout His name
He will remove the pain
Pray harder than the devil’s game
Don’t give in to the feeling of going insane
But please stay…stay stronger than those doubts
The unreasonable blame, so out of place
But please stay
His love for you has not gone away
This fight of yours is not to bring you shame
But one to build your faith, a faith that does not shake
Go ahead, shout His name
His love will always win your mind’s game
My blessed child, I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel My Presence even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. Remember I said, I would prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. I will be with you, I will help you through the pressure and times of trouble.
Nothing is wasted in Me. I use every circumstance to make you more like Me. Come and spend time with Me, spend time in My Presence where My love flows freely, where you can rest in My peace, where you can receive My strength, where healing is made available, body, soul, and spirit.
I desire you to be whole, so come and partake of Me and what I have planned just for you. Beloved, freely you have received so freely give, that your family and friends may be saved, healed and restored.