Over the need to maintain the status quo
Keep up with Jones
But who are we actually doing it for?
For those of our own image?
For this world that we live in?
Or for the One who created it all?
The One who took the fall
Giving up His life so we can receive the prize
But are we listening for His call?
Or are we plummeting to our own downfall?
Why don't we press pause
Slow down our running to a walk
Allowing ourselves to listen and not just talk
Be okay with life's interruptions
Because that is where the true love is
In the moments we don't see forthcoming
But end up being the chances to take
To turn into something
Something better than this empty heartache
The missing piece in His perfect puzzle
All He asks is to stop the hustle
Slow down your pace
Because this life is not a race
Keep your heart open
A simple moment of pause can bring so much love in
Do you ever feel like you are running here and running there, or in circles? Would your direction change or the chaos subside if you stopped, dropped and just prayed? Asked Him for help and/or invited Him into your craziness?Sometimes all we need to do is just breathe in His presence, like spiritual yoga. 😉
My dear one, don't be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before Me with overflowing gratitude. Tell Me every detail of your life, then My wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Me, Jesus Christ.
How wonderful this promise is, that through My peace your answers will be made known. My peace is an amazing thing. As you rest in Me you will begin to see things more clearly.
What an advantage you have compared to the world around you. Come and spend time with Me, talk to Me like your closest friend, for I am closer than a brother. Breathe deep as you sit in My Presence and let My Spirit revive and rejuvenate you, filling you with My strength and with My ability.
Beloved, ask and you shall receive that your joy may be full.
I was going thru my bookcase the other day, trying to re-organize and clean at the same time. I let go of a heavy sigh as I picked up book after book that I had started but never finished.
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Each of the unfinished books had fulfilled a need at the time I began them, were part of a season I was in, but for some unknow reason, I was either satisfied and no longer in that season, or I just got distracted and moved on to something else and then there’s the possibility that I just forgot about the book…the latter is the most likely. 😉 Each of them are faith-based, replete with very relevant and encouraging for the Christian sojourner.
I started to let myself slip onto that slippery slope of condemnation, beating myself up, asking myself, why haven’t you finished this one? And what about this one? With each one I picked up and placed, the frustration increased, like air being forced into a helium balloon until…pop!
About five minutes into this self-beating, while cleaning and polishing with vigor, I stopped. I counted them: one…two…three…four…five…six…seven…eight! Eight books I had started over the last couple of years and did not complete. I arranged them all together on my shelf closest to my writing chair and determined that this would be the year that those suckers got read! Why? Because I just can’t put them away until I complete them. I can’t stand unfinished business. As I determined this within my soul, I had a thought:
God never leaves anything unfinished. What He starts, He finishes!
That made me smile and the condemnation was wiped away, almost as if the balloon had been popped and the air suddenly let out with one poof. I am so glad that He who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it until I see Him in eternity. (Phil 1:6paraphrased.)
A good work…all of these unfinished books had been part of the good work He is doing in me and I know they will be part of His good work in me this year. I’m so thankful that what He starts He finishes and He will help me to do the same.
Is there anything unfinished in your life? Ask the Greatest Finisher for some help!
I hope you know I see you
I see you chasing your dreams
This thing you call freedom
A place you long to be
But can’t you see?
With Me you are already free
You are free from this world
You are free from you sins
That love you feel
Comes from within
Not from the devices
You hide your life in
Because you are
Sit still & breathe
Because you can
Spend time with Me
Because I AM
I am the author
Of your faith
The One who has paved your way
A road full of twists and turns
But I’ve always held your hand
When the fire burns
So why don’t you stop chasing
Take a minute
Look at my Word
The verses coming to life off the leather bound book
All you need to do is open up your eyes
Look deeper into who I have created you to be
Not this human chasing false freedom indefinitely
Believe you are already FREE
Show the world what it takes
to be truly seen
You must follow me
Then you will find the freedom you seek
Faith Filled Friday’s
Have you ever been afraid to be around someone for whatever reason? Or known someone that has? What if we were to take God at His word and approach Him with confidence, looking to Him for love and acceptance? Today’s love letter is a great reminder of living life loved.Thanks for joining us for Faith Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United.
My bride, love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love's perfection drives the fear of punishment far from your heart. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love's perfection.
As you sit in your quiet time with Me, take some inventory of your life and register the areas where fear is keeping you from performing at your best. Is it school, a ministry, a promotion that's been offered? What is holding you back?
Fear is a hard taskmaster, one that wants more and more of your mind, spirit and body. Fear is crippling, but My love casts out ALL fear. Come and just sit in My Presence, soaking up My love. Let it be your recreation time while you build yourself up in your most holy faith.
Beloved, speak Scriptures, sing the Psalms with praise, make melody in your heart and let My love embrace you.
It’s that time of year where I can easily get caught up in shopping; I mean after all, every store you shop has “CLEARANCE” and “WHILE SUPPLIES LAST” signs everywhere. How can a girl not get sucked in!
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Seriously, don’t we all run to the sales, whether it be online, the grocery store, outlet stores, department stores…Stores! Stores! Stores!
It blows my mind when I rewind the camera of my life and see me shopping, my mouth open wide in shock as I stare at a pair of white jeans marked down to $4.50, and a dress marked down to $7, and on and on and on. How can I not, I say to myself! And before I know it, my arms are filled with all these things that I just thought I had to have.
It’s easy to get sucked in, isn’t it? I mean I better hurry up and buy them before someone else gets them, right? 😊 😊
Last Sunday, a day after one of those type of shopping incidents, our pastor was speaking about encounters with God. It was a powerful message, and a wonderful church service. I felt so empowered, encouraged and energized spiritually, emotionally and physically. It satisfied my soul in such a way that…oh my goodness, in such a way that all the “CLEARANCE” and “GET IT WHILE SUPPLIES LAST” shopping sprees could not ever do. I mean I felt such euphoria, like I could just dance with joy, and that stayed with me awhile, inspiring this very thought:
There are things that never go on sale and yet…the supply is endless and there’s enough for everyone, and there’s only one Manufacturer…Jesus!
Grace, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…yes these are the things I want to pursue more enthusiastically this year, especially knowing that they never run dry and there’s enough for everyone…enough for me and enough for me to share as long as I am abiding in and with the Manufacturer.
Oh, to pursue the things that never go on sale, things I’ll never find on the clearance rack, things that will give contentment that money can’t buy…even half as much as I chase those sales! 😊
In the mud
This season of life will tarry you
But the Lord, your God will carry you
Always preparing you
For what is to come
You know not
But you are here willing to give it your best shot
And it’s a simple as that
But maybe not
Blindly walking into somewhere He is pulling you
Comes with a fight completely new to you
Have you laced up your shoes?
This one’s coming at you full force
It’s not waiting for you to light the torch
For this battle is long
The hill & valleys you cannot foresee
Always be vigilant with whom you keep company
You may trip, you may fall
Who will be there to hear your call?
Your battle cry
Your plans spun around, taken by surprise
And you ask yourself “Who am I?”
Who am I to be His soldier?
Who am I to remove this boulder?
To climb this mountain and make it to the top
I must trek on
My foot may slip
Grip with reality
Would He be proud of me?
Yes, He is calling
Yes, He is nudging
And through the mud you keep trudging
For this battle is long
But He hears your fight song
“For I consider that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us!” Romans 8:18
Does your faith falter in times of trouble? This love letter is sure to help you. Thanks for joining us for Faith Filled Friday with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United.
My child, when your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life's difficulties, you will continue to experience My untold blessings! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of Me, your God!
Do not become disheartened, but believe in Me, for the same Spirit that rose Me from the dead lives in you. Meditate on this, use your imagination to see yourself overcoming obstacles the enemy throws at you.
That is why memorizing My Word is so important for you. Sometimes you need My Word like a machine gun to fill his schemes full of holes. Sometimes you need My Word like a battering ram to keep hammering away at it.
Remember My Word says after having done all to stand, then stand! Beloved, being still and resting in Me is one of your greatest joys
Have you ever dreaded doing something but then once you did it, you felt
exhilarated and exhausted at the same time?
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Evinda Lepins as she shares life lessons from her heart to yours.
“That’s a wrap!” James said when we had finished the final week of filming our
next trench. We were finished! We had filmed all eight segments. I was exhausted
but exhilarated at the same time.
Every time I get on stage to share or teach, or I prepare to film a segment of our
Transform program, I get this pit of dread in my stomach that tries like crazy to
inch itself up into my mind…but finally, I have learned to give it the hand, so to
speak, to not allow those “feelings” to seep into my soul and make their way to
my mind to stay.
Instead, I push thru those nerves, and within minutes, I forget about them and
just do what I’m supposed to do: share from my heart.
What made this even more of a victory is our videographer had flown in from
North Carolina and he only had two days for filming, with limited hours. But that
didn’t stress me out. In fact, I determined in my mind that we would do four
segments each day for a total of eight…and we did it with very few retakes!
(Previously, I was only able to do two segments in one sitting and I was so wiped
The point of all this is not to brag; please know that, but rather to let you in on
this powerful truth: Our mind only knows what you tell it! So if I tell myself that I
can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me, guess what? I’m going to do all
things…and so can you!
Is there something you’ve been dreading doing, something you know you need to
do, for you or someone else? Go ahead, invite Him into it and you will do it!
Rest for a minute
I know it's hard for you to do
To be still
To just breathe
My Daughter, listen to me
I am right here within your reach
Can't you see
How much your heart & mind mean to me?
Be still my soul
For this I know
Will pass in time
Stay strong in the fight
Fight for the sanctity & sanity of your mind
Fight for the joy & happiness you know is in your life
It's okay to cry
It's okay to breakdown in the midst of stress & strife
My Daughter, this is merely life
You see one day you and I will meet
And all of this worry will mean nothing
So hold on and cling to something
And by something I mean something good
Like the light and airy feeling you get as you walk in the green grass with no shoes
The tickle on your toes that brings a wrinkle to your nose
Letting your laughter fill the room as you begin to feel as you should
Because I understand
Your mind wanders and doubts My plan
Darling, just let go
Rest in My arms
You are home
There is no need to know every second of every minute
Of how things ought to go
Be still my soul
Let it go
Shed the worries
Shed the doubt
This need for perfection
Is such a deception
Feel the beating in your chest
Know you are giving your best
Lay your burdens at my feet
Now go live radically