Faith Filled Friday
Beloved friend, what should be your proper response to My marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourself to Me, your God to be My sacred, living sacrifice. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights My heart, for this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
Worship is your weapon to defeat and overcome every obstacle in your life. Worship empowers you! Sing My Word, make it your worship. I said in My Word to put Me in remembrance, not that I forget, but that you would know My Word. For it is life and truth and truth will set you free.
So be free to worship Me no matter what is going on in your life, you can push through into worship. Put on music and let it push you through; let it inspire you to enter into My gates with singing, into My courts with praise. Dear one, you are Mine, I have called you by your name.
When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 8
Why, oh why, does the truth have to hurt? Is this why so many run from it?
Thanks for joining us for When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 8. Again we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life, but also, she is claiming God’s victory in this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering. Let’s get back to where we left off.
He had continued to text her, call her and she stayed in the dance, unknowingly dancing a dysfunctional dance and following his lead. She had drawn a boundary, crossed it herself, and now felt completely confused.
She picked up her phone, remembering one of her prayer partners had sent her a link that they had said would help her in this painful time.
She clicked on it and as soon as she saw the first line, she couldn’t stop reading.
“Sometimes things get worse before they get better. What at first seems very negative and painful actually becomes the catalyst for a breakthrough. “
Oh, Abba, let this come true in my life right now…
She continued to read:
“It could be a relational or personal blowup like:
She continued to read the other instances that could cause a personal blowup, including getting fired from a job, exposure of a sin, burnout, disillusionment, getting arrested, anxiety attacks/nervous breakdown, and financial crisis.
As she looked at the list, she almost wished she could trade her broken marriage for any of them. She continued to read from the link.
“I don’t believe it is God’s “Plan A” for us to go through a painful experience in order to grow, but He can use it powerfully because:
Thanks for joining me in this painful journey; I can’t wait to share the victory with you that I know is coming and backed by His Word!
As sure as the moon lights the night sky
Your Holy Spirit is our earthly guide
As our time ticks by
You gently nudge us to move at exactly the right time
But it’s up to us to not give up
It’s up to us to press our trust
When an opportunity comes knocking
Will we grab it or simply keep walking?
And the feeling always comes back
The feeling of a lack
Let the Spirit move
Showing you what to do
Whispering words of inspiration
Reminding you that you are HIS creation
And when it takes you by surprise
Embrace how the stars have aligned
You may not see it through the clouds in your eyes
But He provides all in His perfect Time
Feel the breeze blowing
The stars are showing
His perfect painting for you
Grab your paint brush
These opportunities were made for you
Take the chance to pursue
What a powerful reminder of the power of giving and receiving mercy! Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United.
My chosen, you must both speak and act in every respect like those who are destined to be tried by the perfect law of liberty, and remember that judgment is merciless for the one who judges others without mercy. So by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment!
Ponder this, by showing mercy you take dominion over judgment, think about and show mercy on all who have hurt you and those you have hurt. Show mercy, forgive and let go of the judgments. I desire to reconcile all that has been lost. I desire to heal you from the inside out.
As you release judgments you will begin to see some amazing healings take place. Stand on My promises, believe for your healing, believe for the reconciliation you so desire. Beloved, begin to show mercy on every side and you WILL experience a great breakthrough.
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 7
Who would have thought that there would be things to be grateful for in the midst of a season of suffering?
Thanks for joining us for When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 7. Again we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life, but also, she is claiming God’s victory in this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering. Let’s get back to where we left off.
She sat in her quiet time reminiscing about what had happened last night after church and how she had felt rejuvenated, excited, clear-headed and she knew she needed to draw a healthy boundary, one that spoke of love and respect, with a gentle boldness.
She had left her phone in the car and when she got in, she saw the message light blinking. He had called twice. Permission to call, she thought.
“Are you just getting through with your job?” He asked?
“Oh, no, I just got out of church.” She went on to share about the message and how God had spoken to her through His word and had her put their marriage in it. “I’ll email it to you,” she promised.
He smiled at her enthusiasm. “I’d like that.”
She could feel the tenderness open the door to lay her boundary down, ever so gently but confidently.
“You have no idea how many times I go to call you to share something with you, to ask you a question, get your opinion, or even share a story about one of our four-legged kids…”
She continued. “But I can’t. Until you have severed that tie, I can’t because it hurts my heart too much. I love you with every fragmented piece of my heart but I can’t be a part of this.”
“I understand.” So how was your day? His abrupt subject change caught her off guard but she went with it and had gone on to share her day and he his. They talked for a while longer and she steered the conversation to a close, inviting him to listen to the message she had sent him earlier in the week about the reality of our adversary from Jack Hibbs.
He assured her he would listen to it.
They had hung up and she felt thankful that she had drawn a boundary to protect her shattered part and begin putting back the pieces.
Thanks for joining me in this journey…sharing my pain and helping me walk toward a victory…whatever that looks like.
Brain is heavy
Life is unsteady
A minute a mile
A mile a minute
Judging others pace
Won’t put you in first place
Stop right where you are
Sit still & breathe
Meditate for a minute
Open your heart
Let your mind listen
Someone’s always two steps ahead
And someone else four steps behind
Where you are in comparison to them
Won’t help you win or give you peace of mind
This life may feel like a race
At times that seems to be the case
We go so fast and never slow down
Yet our feet seem to be bound
Looking too far ahead or recollecting on the past behind
But do we ever take the time to look and see what’s on the inside?
What’s in you heart?
That’s a start
To put your feet back on track
Stop letting the world tell you what you lack
Fight the good fight
Keep your heart in the race
The marathon of living
The finish line is only the beginning
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce. This love letter truly goes with Wednesday’s Word, emphasizes that when we abide in Him we can do all things, get through all things…We pray you will enjoy today’s love letter spoken to Debra from the Father’s heart to hers and now to yours.
My precious lamb, don't allow your heart to grow dull or lose your enthusiasm, but follow the example of those who fully received what I have promised because of their strong faith and patient endurance. Look at the Fathers of faith, of what they walked through and how they trusted Me to the very end. Oh, what a precious reward they received.
They continually spent time with Me for they knew where their strength came from. When you come and make that special time to be with Me your heart will not grow dull and you will not lose your enthusiasm for Me.
You can tell when people don't spend time with Me for they are so concerned about the things of earth rather than building My Kingdom. Beloved, spend time with Me, stay tuned in, that My Spirit may direct you here or there to do the work of your Savior, that other's will see Me through you and desire to know Me.
Have you ever read through a portion of scripture and just felt your stuff in it? Thanks for joining us for more of When Faith Meets Suffering. Again we want to emphasize that we realize Social Media is all about the “happy” side of life, and this may seem like a real bummer, but the author wants to share from the side of pain, because pain is a part of real life, but also, she is claiming God’s victory in this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering. What she shares today was and will be part of the victory she is claiming.
It was a Wednesday night and she was spiritually hungry, soul thirsty so she decided to meet Betty at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills. She listened to Jack Hib’s message, the framework of it found in Deuteronomy 30:17-19. As he spoke, her eyes wandered up to verses 15 and 16 and her heart and soul drank of the truths. She began to put her broken marriage into what she was reading, underlining, making notes, and she couldn’t wait to get home and put it on paper.
As she left church that night, her heart and mind were nourished with encouragement and she knew the only way she was going to get thru this most painful season she found herself in was to abide in His word.
When she got home and settled, she marveled on the fact that while she got many things out of Jack’s message, she knew that because of where she is in her faith journey, this scripture was speaking something entirely different. He had met her right where she was at, just like many times before. She was so grateful for the pain relief that worked gently and powerfully as she began to read, re-read, meditate and re-write the portion of scripture putting their broken marriage into it. She put the revelations in parenthesis and bold as they were revealed to her.
See, I have set before you, ________ & _______, life, and good [this life He gives He pronounces is good], death and evil [evil is equated with death] in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His statutes [His laws are meant to guide us-the 9th commandment instructs us not to covet anything above Him] and His judgments that you both may live and multiply [multiply your blessings] and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess [the land we each were wanting to possess was intimacy with the other, though we went about it separately instead of working as one on it]
But if your heart (we are one heart) turns away so that you do not hear and are drawn and tempted away [when either of us turns away it causes a ripping of the heart, a tear that is not beyond repair but a tear never the less] and you worship other gods [another woman, ministry] and serve them [place them above Me, above covenant] I announce to you that you [your marriage] shall surely perish. You should not prolong the days in the land you are in so that you may cross over [triumph over this trial and overcome the enemy's scheme] to the land I have called you to possess [a healthy happy marriage].
Choose life and live
Yes, she would never forget how this portion of scripture permeated ever so slowly into her shattered heart, working like glue to not only begin the healing but also to encourage her in her faith journey.
I pray it speaks to you, wherever you may be in your journey, and that you will continue to put yourself in His Word…and discover what a powerful way to abide in it. Try it and watch it come to life for you, in you and through you!
When I was a child I talked like a child
I thought like a child
I reasoned like a child (1 Corinth. 13:11)
Now I am a woman
More than just a woman
But a woman after God’s own heart
Still learning as a child
With curiosities that call me
To seek the unknown
To learn & to grow
Having faith that this journey
Is only just the starting
The starting of something much bigger than me
The starting of a calling to fulfill His destiny
As a woman in this world we tend to let worry get in the way
Worry of work, of family, and tomorrow’s next day
but If our God so great has given you this faith
Then your life is in His hands
Beyond the scope of His ultimate plans
What more can we do with this small mustard seed?
Spread it across the earth
Watch it grow; let it reap
The little disciples we are raising
Should see our hearts blazing
Our path may not be clear
But our faith we hold near
Close to our hearts; even closer to our homes
Knowing your children are never alone
The spirit within us will never be finished
A childlike character we should never relinquish
Keeping us courageous
Curious and audacious
To go after the pulling of our faithful heart strings
And always knowing we are wrapped in the safety of His wings
My bride, even when bad things happen to the good and godly ones, I, the Lord will save them and not let them be defeated by what they face.
Don't be so concerned about the bad that happens to others, but have the Good News of the Gospel ready to share with them. Remind them of all My goodness and how I take the things that were meant for evil and turn them into good as they trust in Me.
I desire that others see My victory in My children's lives when they are difficult. Things are very difficult when you're full of yourself, but gets easier as you surrender yourself to Me. When you walk in My ways instead of your ways, you will be surprised how things change.
When you allow Me to sit on the throne of your life you can't help but be victorious in all things. Beloved, I watch over My Word to perform it and it does not return to Me void but accomplishes all that I desire it to, so declare My Word in every situation, good or bad.