You alone Lord are our hope
This world is far too small to be called our home
The birds fly free
So at ease
Yet Your love for us is tenfold the flapping of a hummingbird’s wings
Our troubles so minute
The blare of honking horns on our daily commute
Nothing more than a senseless dispute
A washed up worry that creeps up to the mind
But You, Oh Lord, are still there every time
Let our worries be washed by the warmth of the sun
Knowing that this world, You have already won
There is no thing on this earth that your steady hands cannot disperse
Mountains you have moved
Beyond the sun, beneath the moon
Your love for us is unthinkable
Our mere hearts so unstable
Cannot grasp your beauty
The pain you endured, our wicked cruelty
For that cross you carried, we are all saved the same way,
by Your never ending undeserved grace (Acts 15:11)
Faith Filled Friday
Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce. Oh, the sweet reminder of His available presence that can be our compass, if we let Him. When we use a compass, we willingly submit to its direction, right? Oh, to submit to His guidance, His leading…even when we can’t see.
My dear one, I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway of your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with My eyes as your guide. So don't make it difficult; don't be stubborn when I take you where you've not been before. Don't make Me tug you and pull you along. Just come with Me!
The children of Israel suffered many things because they were stubborn and rebellious. Learn to surrender your way unto Me, the God who made you. I have chosen you for such a time as this. As you submit, I will direct you and guide you and I will not leave you as you enter into this new season. You can rest assured that I have things work out for your good and My glory.
Come and spend time with Me, prepare your heart to hear My Word that you be like a tree planted by the river that brings forth it's fruit in its season. Beloved, it is your season.
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 3
She looked at the clock; 3:15 a.m.! She had fought so hard for sleep, but with his snoring, and her raging and rampant thoughts, she had only slept a couple of hours. Now here she lay…again, trying to ward off a panic attack as the events of the last couple of months came rushing back at her like waves of a stormy sea.
Welcome back to When Faith Meets Suffering with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. We understand that social media is for happy, and for many, pretend world; that trouble and tears don’t make for a good blog, but we pray that as she walks through this season, 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.
Just the night before she had asked him if he felt he owed an apology to her husband. His response sent her reeling backwards into despair. He didn’t feel he did. His words, “I’m sure there have been hundreds of men who have been attracted to her” baffled her.
“Lord, what am I missing? Show me what I’m not seeing; help me hear what I’m not hearing. Who is this man, Lord?”
The questions tumbled out of her as she cried silently, trying to make sense of his cluelessness, so discouraged by his ability to be so unaware of the pain and misery he and she have caused. As her heart switched directions to her, it began to bleed again, and she couldn’t stop the tears. The betrayal was still so raw, so real. And though she understood how each of them had fallen for the trap of this emotional affair, it didn’t stop the pain, or the questions from overwhelming her.
How can I stay with someone so…she couldn’t even finish her question as she finally got into bed, only to cry herself to sleep.
She sat up to ward off the panic attack flooded with a re-awakening of the questions she had asked God to help her get answers to before going to sleep. ‘When will this nightmare be over, Father?’ The groaning of her soul caused her to lie back down in a fetal position in an attempt to quiet her mind. There was no escaping this pain. The suffering was real. She prayed for Abba to just hold her through the unanswered questions, to quiet her mind so she could sleep.
Waves of quiet began to wash over her and her body began to relax, little by little.
“He is unaware of his sin and the pain he has caused because his heart is still in it…” She lay there knowing that God had just spoken into the very crevices of her betrayed and bleeding soul. Peace started to warm her and she imagined Abba holding her as she began to relax.
“…and you don’t get to tell him this,” God whispered.
Sleep finally came wrapping her in a loving blanket of peace.
Just because we are in a period of suffering, doesn’t mean we get to cause those who have caused us pain to suffer. In other words, we need to let God be God, let the Holy Spirt do His job of convicting and always remember, He doesn’t need our help.
So while this is one of the most painful and incredibly uncertain times in my life, I marvel at the beauty that He is weaving in between the pain, allowing me to learn things I otherwise might not have learned, things that will carry me into eternity and into the Father’s arms of love, a love that will never, ever leave me or forsake me or fall out of love with me!
Until next week
What a beautiful reminder of His unwavering character that pursues us even when we are far from Him. Thanks for joining us today for Monday’s Message with Abigail and Trench Classes United.
You are beauty
You are fire
A hope to cling to
A rose beneath the briar
I sing praises to your name
To you, Oh Lord, our one saving grace
Our hearts desires misconstrued and misplaced
Yet Your love for us stays the same
Teach me your ways
That I am so unworthy of
Make my heart find ambition
Let me become so driven
To pursue my mission
Spreading Your Word to this world you have forgiven
You are more than beauty
A love that roars like fire
Our hope and our glory
Lord let us live out this life to tell your story
Faith Filled Friday
Oh, I love the promises found in this love letter, and you will too! Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My chosen one, I will cause your light to burst forth like the morning, your new skin will quickly grow over your wound; your righteousness will proceed you, and ADONAI'S glory will follow you as you follow in My ways.
As you desire to be more like Me, desire to do the work I've called you to do. Desire to be like the disciples in My Word. Choose to be like Peter, like Paul, or like John. They were great men because they allowed the Holy Spirit to guide them. They did the work of the ministry and you can too by accepting and surrendering to My design for you.
I have a plan for you that is for good and not for evil, but just like any plan it takes dedication and hard work, so spend time with Me and in My Word that you may succeed. Push yourself through any times of indifference, weakness, even laziness.
Beloved, take care of yourself and do not become weary in doing good, for you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 2: Longsuffering Requires Discipline
She brought her coffee into her quiet place and began her devotions. At this point she was reaching for any piece of truth, encouragement that would keep her afloat, help lift her up and out of her own thoughts. Just as she finished her short daily devotion, the phone rang; it was him.
Thanks for joining me in this new series, When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 2. If this is your first time with us, you may want to scroll down to find last week’s so you don’t feel as thought you are jumping in the middle of a painful puddle of confusion.
When his tear-filled confession came, it brought both pain and relief, excruciating pain for her and relief she could feel from him and for him. His innermost secrets had been robbing him of his peace and stealing love from their marriage. What she had known in her gut had finally been revealed. It wasn’t a deal-breaker but it could have been…but it still hurt so bad. She knew in her heart he was stuck between doing what was right and taking the easy way out. But when she combined this confession with his recent matter-of-fact confession of not being in love with her, the urge to quit overwhelmed her.
Let’s hit the pause button on this true story that has led to this series. First, let me say that while I am writing from the side of pain, I know I am walking towards a victory so would you be willing to stay in this series so we can celebrate the victory together?
We can feel the suffering, can’t we, and yet, if we’re honest with ourselves, at first sight of suffering, what is our response? Is it to fall? Do we run from it, or do we self-medicate so as not to feel the pain? But what if…we were to meet it head-on, turn and face it, trusting The One who suffered for our suffering to hold us, to allow the suffering to be used for something beyond our imaginations?
When the husband confessed his contribution to their troubled marriage a week after telling her on more than one occasion that he wasn’t in love with her, she could have done a number of things to protect her heart from breaking into more fragments. She could have let him have it, allowed her broken, fleshly heart to take over and let her words spill forth. She could have demanded things, ended the marriage. Let’s face it, when left to our own devises, we can really make a mess of things, right?
Instead, she chose to extend grace, because as His Word says, “To much is given, much is required.”
Let’s get back to where she was at in this phone conversation.
She listened to him as he followed up his confession with another one: “Sometimes I feel like coming and getting you and taking you away and talking it out with you and then other times, I just want to run. I’m tired.”
She truly understood where he was at, and told him so. “Thank you for being honest. I want to be your safe place, and I do believe that now that this is out, God can do something amazing, and make this marriage better than it’s ever been.”
“Well, he needs to hurry, because I’m just being honest, I’m not there.”
The words hung in cellular space and then she could hear him crying. Her own tears were streaming down her face and onto her journal. His next profession didn’t really surprise her: “I don’t want to be there anymore. I want to sell the house.”
“Okay. I’ll call the realtor today.”
“Thank you for hearing me” he said before saying good-bye.
She sat there, feeling a sense of unwanted validation; and yet, on the other side of it was a peaceful feeling of thankfulness, knowing that God had heard her cry for truth, despite the painful reality of it, and she had handled it in a way that was only possible by His grace.
At the risk of sounding like it was simple, let me just emphasize that this was incredibly tough and required so much discipline, which is a form of self-control. The longest and most rewarding relationship I’ve ever had is with Jesus, and He has taught me through His Love Letters and many challenges in life the value of self-control. In the last couple of weeks, which I’ll be sharing about, I’ve come to the realization that Abba and me have worked too hard on the Fruits of the Spirit, especially this self-control discipline, to give it away to anybody as a result of anybody!
I want to reiterate that while I am blogging this on this side of pain, I am confident that there is a victory or two to be had on the other side, and that, my friend is something I’ll want to celebrate.
So thanks for hanging with me and walking with me during one of the most painful times of my life…
Until next Wednesday,
Thanks for joining us for Monday’s Message with Trench Classes United and Abigail! I know you will relate with her inspiring message.
Can someone just hit pause?
So many problems we can’t seem to solve
The day starts to get hazy
Our minds tend to go crazy
Grasping for air
Can’t seem to breathe
Far beyond your picture perfect reality
Sink into Him
Living in a land full of prosperity
Yet we can’t seem to grasp the posterity
Worrying about what’s next
Blaming the press
Becoming more than obsessed
Obsessed with worldly desires
But still so tired
Tired of living to survive
Just getting by
No means to truly thrive
Prosper and prayer
When’s that last time you really closed your eyes?
For just one minute
Pause the music
Pursue the lucid
Close your eyes
Say a prayer
And give God all that is on your mind
Faith Filled Friday
My Warrior, the eyes of the young man were opened and he saw… A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha!
Just like I fought for Elisha, I WILL fight for you and just like the servant, you may not see everything, but nonetheless KNOW that I Am working on your behalf. Pray and ask that your eyes be opened, just like Elisha did. Come and spend time with Me like those who were Mighty.
This is how you fight the good fight and fight you must, for the enemy is prowling around seeking someone he may devour. Use your weapons of warfare. Use My Word that I gave you, for it will defeat the fiercest attempts of the enemy. Put on the whole armor, that you be fully protected. Memorize My Word and declare it over everything in your life.
Beloved, come and saturate yourself in My Presence, allowing My love to hold you and heal you as you sit at My feet.
When Faith Meets Suffering…
The day dawned gray, cloudy, cold and wet. She climbed out of bed unwillingly, the weather colliding with her heavy heart. “When will this nightmare end, Abba?” The dogs were doing their crazy dance letting her know she needed to hurry and let them outside. Their need beckoned her out of her head and she hurried to let them outside.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word and this series, When Faith Meets Suffering with Trench Classes United. I pray this real-life season will speak into your soul and inspire you forward in your faith.
It was the morning after she had finally allowed truth to seep into her soul, though it had been knocking on her mind for months. And as the truth set in, clarity came, followed by a sense of peace, despite the pain.
Let’s stop there in this true story and get to this topic of longsuffering. In this story, she admits to going through something for months. We will get into what it was in the blogs to come, but this is the first hint of longsuffering, which means to patiently endure lasting offense or hardship.
As I looked to His Word for this word, I learned that the first example in scripture is found in Exodus 34:6, and it’s no coincidence that the first example is of God Himself exemplifying longsuffering. The context is Moses is meeting with the Lord, literally, and he requests to see God’s glory, to see Him, not just the back of His shadow. Now, God, being God could have done all sorts of powerful things to prove His sovereignty, His power, His omnipotence, but His response to Moses’s request was more about His characteristics of love and grace.
Verse 6 says “And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth…
And then He backs it up with the next verse, sharing how He has been merciful, gracious, longsuffering, abounding in goodness and truth:
7…keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
Now, let’s close with a bit more of this true story.
She let the dogs back in, finished making her coffee and made her way to her place of quiet time for reflection, prayer and devotions. She knew she needed to spend some time with God to sort thru this chaos, to seek His solution and His will and not rely on her emotions. This anger, pain and sorrow felt like an outfit she woke up in every day for the last couple of months, and each piece of it was beginning to drive her crazy.
It was no coincidence that she was studying The Names of God along with a word that had been etched in her soul when it all started: longsuffering. She read the scripture in Exodus and allowed it to travel from her mind, to her soul and as it seeped in, she couldn’t help but ask herself, if God’s glory is revealed in His mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness and justice – all of which are key ingredients of longsuffering, how do I measure up? How will my testimony be revealed? She closed her Bible realizing the only way she was going to get thru this was by receiving His grace so she could give His grace.
Join us next week for part 2 of When Faith Meets Suffering…
There is a darkness within us all
A trip that helps us fall
Feeling as if no one is around
Reaching for things that do not define us
Bad memories that persistently remind us
Of places we have been
Shameful in sin
Trapped inside this world that we live in
Thinking to ourselves
“When will this madness ever end?”
When will we ever be
Living in the land of prosperity?
No longer gets us by
That, sweet daughter, is when you look to the Most High
The One reaching out
When you feel those dark, dark doubts
Call out to Him
The One who frees you from your sins
Beckoning to listen
Feel free again