Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce. This love letter…wow! It really blessed me and I pray it does you as well.
My bride, never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of you are an original. You must forsake all jealousy that diminishes the value of others. Rather choose to encourage one another, respect others, for I made you each in a design that no one else can ever copy. So respect each other remembering I made you for a specific reason. In this you can reach people nobody else can. Be alert for every opportunity to speak and encourage those that you come in contact with, for some have intertained angels unaware. Be about your Father's business. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy and cast out demons. Give to all those who ask that you may glorify your Father in heaven. Beloved, freely give to others as you have received, give love and esteem each other, that everyone walk away from you better than they came.
Thanks so much for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United. Recently we lost a great man, and while I’ve always realized his value and impact in my life, I wanted to share that with you today. We never know how many tomorrows we have with those we love, so value them today.
Years ago I entered a season that was nothing less than God restoring what the enemy had stolen from me as a result of a traumatic childhood. Joel 2:25 He sent me a BFF! We did almost everything together. We were roommates, teammates; we traveled together, shopped together, cried together, laughed together, prayed together…and as God prepared her for who He had for her, He blessed me with a brand new home that was about six to eight months from completion. So we moved in with her parents…
This was another season of restoring what the enemy had stolen because I didn’t have any sort of healthy relationship with either of my biological parents.
Pops, as I liked to call Richard, was the earthly dad I never had on so many levels. His love, life and death inspired this poem:
I’ll leave the light on
You un-hesitatingly invited me into your home
No questions asked you treated me as your own
You were a man of few words, yet you enjoyed conversations
About world affairs, family affairs and even some hesitations
You had about all of those things that were bringing unrest
You clung to your faith; Pops, you passed the earthly test
You never hesitated to make me feel loved, part of your family
And not just in words, but in deeds the eyes of my heart could see
You were a dad in every sense of the word to your own and to me
And I know that that is one of your many rewards up in eternity
I loved how you waited up for us to return to the shelter of your home
You’d always leave the light on, letting us know we weren’t alone
That light led your children and your children’s children to their own love of God
But the legacy didn’t stop there; it has reached so many more, it’s gone so broad
This light brought me home and kept me from wandering off track
Physically, and spiritually; it helped to keep me from going back
This light inspired me to get to where I am today
Leaving the light on for others that they may find their way…
To The Father’s arms, and see you entertain the angels with your song
Yes we will one day rejoice together about the light that you left on
Until we meet again, Pops…
Lord I need you…
All of you
I need your arms around me
To feel your love surrounding
The days may be growing longer
But time seems to wander
It wanders away, slipping through my tense grasp
Being consumed by life’s menial tasks
The stress and the worry take over
And my brows begin to furrow
As I sit and worry about a future that I cannot see
Stressing about trivial needs
When people are dying, begging on the streets
I stop myself, admitting my shameful self-pity
realizing the blessing of His bringing me to this city
At just the right time
Not a penny too short; Right on the dime
Yet, I still worry about the cares of this life
When You, oh Lord, already gave me more than enough to suffice
Nevertheless, I persist in worrying about time
When all I should be doing is resting my mind
Resting in your presence
Singing to the heavens
Because this time is a gift
and I will praise you as long as I live
As long as I can write, as long as I can sing, as long as I can draw, paint, and dance
As long as I am here, Lord, I will use my God-given gifts
Worry I may
But at the end of the day
I will quietly pray
To not let a second of this beautiful life slip away
Oh, how I love this truth: just as a mother will always remain a mother to her child no matter what he/she does, so it is with our heavenly Father; His love and grace always was, is and will be.
Thanks for joining us for Faith-filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra.
My blessed child, remember to stay alert and hold firmly to all that you believe. Be mighty and full of courage. Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do. As you continually reach out with love and kindness it becomes like a second nature to you, which is good and pleasing.
Think of all My kindness, all My love towards you. Because of My great love for you, My care and My goodness is unlimited. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to use up all My goodness. It's comforting for you to know My love is always there, even tangible as you come and sit in My Presence.
Step outside of all your expectations of who you think I am, of what you think I can accomplish. Sit and imagine what it would be like to run and play in My garden, to dance around My throne and to sing, "holy, holy, holy." Beloved, nothing is impossible with Me, for I desire you to yearn for the deep things I have available as you come with an open mind and a open heart to receive of My good pleasure.
Have you ever tried to make sense of a tragedy? You are going to really enjoy Wednesday’s Word with Jenn. Grab your Bible, a journal and come on in for a little break from it all.
For years now I have been trying to make sense of why trials and tragedies come when the Bible speaks so often of 'no harm shall befall you' or ' My plans are only for good' You know the verses I am talking about.
I have narrowed it down to evil of course, and the free will God has given us. Yet, we humans often blame God for the bad that happens as well as attribute the good. Well, this week, several things happened to cause me to think deeper.
I read this in a study I am doing.. "Life happens on life's terms" In other words, there is so much that is not under anyone's control. There are consequences for actions or choices; there is free will. The devil is out to cause chaos and hurt…and all this is allowed. God isn't a puppeteer, He allows life to be.
What He DOES do, is come into my story if I ask Him. He promises never to leave or forsake me, as well as to work all things to my good if I love Him. This takes faith in Who He is. If I don't know who He is, this is going to be harder for me to understand.
The other day I had an acquaintance, someone I hardly know, call me and tell me she'd like to be a support for me and was wondering how she can do that. She told me she understands my heart and wants to be a friend. There is no blatant reason she should do this...it's purely from God in my opinion.
The Word says that 'every perfect gift is from the Father above". This gift came at a perfect time, when I was being torn down in another area, so how can it not be from a God who knows my need and cares?
I can give God the thanks and the glory for the good that comes into my life ..because He is looking out for me.
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Trench Classes United and Abigail. I’m thinking this is a sweet announcement! 😊
New mom, you are brave
New mom, you are strong
New mom, you are fearless
New mom, you are saved
Holding yourself to a standard of grace,
Not perfection; that’s the lesson
Step one in making it through every new day
and for you I pray
That you see the Light beaming
God smiling, His eyes creasing
Because I am the source
Of life, love, and freedom
For My beloved children to run and play
New mom, you may feel mundane
This can lead you to guilt and shame
But I promise you are here to fulfill His most precious role
I see you trying so hard with ever fiber in your soul
You may fill unfit
Most days ill equipped
But to that little girl you are a princess
and to your new baby boy a superhero, a mighty fortress
Take a breath
In knowing that you are doing your very best
More than good, more than fine
He sees you, new mom
and oh, how you shine
My chosen, I open the eyes of the blind and I fully restore those bent over with shame. I love those who love and honor Me. By My Spirit I draw you to Myself where I desire to save you, mind, body, soul and spirit. I desire you to be whole in every area of your life. As you come and spend time with Me, I will show you things. Let's clear away the rubble of the past, that you may move into what I desire for you. If you are always looking back, you will miss what I placed before you.
Some have made their past their god by constantly worshiping it. Let Me heal and deliver you so you can move forward with all the great things I have for you. Use your mess for your message, not for a comparison story that your life and your pain was worse than anyone else's. Let all that you do and say glorify Me.
Let your life be more about Me than about yourself and be filled with praise and thanksgiving. Beloved, I took ALL the pain of everybody and suffered and died that you can live a victorious life.
Life without the spiritual component is like a plane without a pilot…precariously dangerous and deadly EL
Oh, I just love hearing, seeing the revelations of others! Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and our guest blogger, Jenn Woolsey! I sense you will truly relate and enjoy today’s word!
A couple weeks ago, we painted V's room. Some of you may have seen the before and after pictures. The room is still in progress, but it's been fun.
I've been reflecting on this project and I've realized something. I like the process of taking a mess and making it better. My whole house is a work in progress. In fact, it has been from the beginning.
In my job, I enjoy the patients who are a challenge. I like to see the improvement in someone who comes in with gum disease, leaves with clean teeth and the opportunity to keep improving. I enjoy putting things in order. I like encouraging others to stay on their course.
This is what God does for me. He takes my mess. He's in the business of putting my life in order. He sees in me what can be…not what is. Through all the plot twists of life, He is creating something beautiful. Some of it remains to be seen…and won't be totally done until He comes back.
Thank God He doesn't leave me in a torn down state.
"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6