It was just a little drop, and each time I scootered past it the temptation to go down it was so fierce, I could reach out and grab it…so I did!
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Today’s WOW (Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare touches on this question: Why are we more apt to address physical pain and let emotional pain go unchecked?
I was at the skate park with my grandson and we had brought both his scooter and his skateboard. He went off on his scooter and I was left with his skateboard. I used to skateboard with my son XX years ago, so I thought, why not? I tentatively got up on it, and slowly pushed my way across the side of the park. With each successful trip, I became a little more confident and so I began to practice some kick turns. Well, that didn’t go as well, so I decided I’d try the scooter when my little grandson said he wanted his skateboard.
Ahh, this was safer, and so away I went, holding on to the bar of the scooter, propelling myself forward at a pretty good speed if I do say so myself. 😊 Well, like we humans do, I began to get bored with going back and forth so I kept looking at the various bowls that many were dropping down into and making it look oh, so easy, I might add. And they were so stinking little!
I motioned to Little B and he came over. I asked him how to drop down into the little bowl, and he ever so completely explained and then skated off. Well, I went down like he said, and was doing great…until I got to the very bottom and I’m not sure what happened, but the scooter went one way, I went another and my left knee went an entirely different direction! ☹ To make that long story short, I am pretty sure I tore a ligament of some sort (still waiting to get authorization for an MRI to confirm) and the pain…well, it’s pretty intense.
Now come with me to my counseling session:
All through our session I kept noticing my counselor wincing and moving to rearrange his position. At the end of our session, I said, “You hurt your back, didn’t you?” He replied that he had and how: Playing football with his son. He actually looked sort of embarrassed as he shared until I shared my injury story and then we both laughed as we talked about how many think we’re foolish to attempt to play like we’re young, to which I reply every time, I’m old, not dead! I’m not going to stop trying to have fun just because I’m older! 😉
I asked what he was doing for his injury and if he had seen a chiropractor and he said he was going to in the next couple of days. He then brought our injuries into a great perspective with this analogy: We’ll tend to our physical pain almost always, but what about our emotional pain? Ponder that for a minute. 😉
So many ignore or deny their emotional pain and wind up causing emotional wrecks, but why? There are so many healthy remedies available for emotional pain. So let me ask you this question: What do you do when you are hurting in your heart and whom do you turn to?
There is a help greater than you can imagine, a love that heals all pain. Isaiah 53:4 tells us surely He carries all of our pain; He dries all of our tears.” Will you take Him at His Word today?
Held by His Healing hand
When an opportunity arises
Do you shy away and let it demise
Or do you take the chance in hopes of receiving the bigger prize?
And by prize I don’t mean trophy or a monetary equivalent
What I mean is will it give you the dividend
Of bettering yourself or someone else
Of being more present and ready to ascent
To something higher
The calling of your Creator
Because isn’t that what we are after, after all?
Just not willing to take the fall
What if I trip?
What if I stumble?
What if this isn’t a place for the humble?
Well that’s okay, because if it is your place
Then get there and show your face
Show the world who you are
Because who you are has come so far
Far enough to quit
But that fire has been lit
So don’t let it burn out
Your time is now
There is no promise of what’s to come
But I pray His will be done
On earth as it is Heaven
Let us fill these shoes He has created for us to step in
To walk in faith
Crushing all our fears along the way
Today is your day
A day the Lord has made
Let us be His light
In a world so full of shade
Faith filled Friday’s
This really goes with Wednesday’s Word, and it is a powerful truth: Everything we do is a matter of the heart! The way to have a pure heart is to plug into the Father’s heart. I know you will enjoy these encouraging words spoken from the Father to Debra, and from her heart to ours.
My dear one, worshipping Me is not a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For I am a Spirit, and I long to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore Me in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.
There are so many things you don't understand and that's okay. You don't need to understand everything to worship Me. You can trust the One who created the Universe,loves you and desires your love in return.
I gave so much that you would have life, that you would have abundant life. Step out of yourself, your way of thinking, your way of trying to analyze Me, for My ways and My thoughts are higher than your ways and your thoughts. Come, worship and adore Me and allow Me to be Lord of your life and Oh beloved, what a marvelous, glorious life you will have!
Whew, it’s that time of the year where we’re checking our list, checking it twice, trying to determine who is naughty; who’s nice and while we’re at it, cooking, cleaning, planning, preparing, shopping…and anything else you can think of to add to the list…but why?
Thanks for joining me for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United and Evinda Lepins.
Why do we do what we do around the holidays? Nowhere in scripture does it say we are to make ourselves crazy and imbalanced with a to-do list that wraps around our house and down our driveways. But what He does say is to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain…” (1st Corinthians 15:58) And I’d be remis if I didn’t remind myself that whatever I do (whoever I shop for) I need to do it unto the glory of God (1stCorinthians 10:31)
I made a decision several years ago that if I wasn’t able to see the Lord in the things I was doing as a way to prepare for the holidays in the name of celebrating HIM, then I wasn’t about to do them. He doesn’t want us pushing ourselves to a level of teetering on the ledge of craziness, and tottering on the verge of a financial crisis…all in the name of celebrating His birth!
To determine why you do what you do for who you do it, ask yourself these simple questions:
1. Why am I doing what I’m doing; Is it to bless or boast?
2. Why am I shopping for whom I am shopping? Is it to bless or to boast?
The only way we can abound in the work of the Lord is to stay plugged in to the Lord; it is then we will be able to determine why we do what we do…especially around this time of the year. So as we enter the most wonderful time of the year, may we remember to invite Him to whatever we do to celebrate Him in the name of Christmas.
Come as you are
Accepting His grace
But don’t leave this place
Without realizing the challenges you will face
This life is unsteady
But your shield
Will not move
The Spirit inside you
is here to guide you
Standing in front of and behind you
While the enemy
He lies to you
You are unworthy
You are weak
But you put on the shoes of peace and your mind is at ease
The enemy, he trembles at his knees
Because you believe
Believe in something bigger
Believe you are a winner
A child of God
With faith so strong
You know exactly where you belong
So come as you are
But don’t leave as you are
Put on the full armor of God
For this journey is lifelong
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Faith Filled Friday
When we are in the midst of a battle, or a season of suffering and sorrow, we can’t see beyond what we feel. Debra’s love letter from the Father’s heart to hers and now to yours is filled with reminders that nothing, not even sorrow, is wasted.
My child, I am close to all whose hearts are crushed by pain, and I am always ready to restore the repentant one. I desire to heal and to restore you and then you can be witness to your family and friends. Then I will bring people to you that you may speak life into them. People are dying on the inside and are looking for Salvation but they don’t know it. They are looking for love and acceptance.
Can you be the one that shows them the way? Can you show them Me? Can you love and accept the ones others shun?
My Word gives you examples of people that others shunned but I did not, for I was concerned about their heart’s condition and their brokenness and My great desire was to love and to heal.
Beloved, let your desire be to love and to heal through Me and My strength in you and you will see the change in others as they come to know and love Me, even as you do.
From my heart to yours:
As is our custom at CPM, and Trench Classes United, I like to say thank you to all who have continued to support us prayerfully and/or monetarily and those who have been in any of our trenches. I pray that this season of thanks will find your heart and burdens lighter and your perspective about it all brighter. May you enjoy this poem and may it bring a smile to your face and a giggle to your heart.
Twas the night before Thanksgiving all through the house
Every creature was stirring, including the mouse
Everyone was working on all of the fixings
The noise and smells were coming from the kitchen
The children were busy with their tablets and toys
Captured in their games, they made not a noise
While the adults laughed and worked all collectively
What a beautiful sight it was for any heart to see
When all of a sudden there arose such a clatter
Mom ran to the kitchen to see what was the matter
She looked to the left and she looked to the right
She couldn’t believe what was in plain sight
There was broken glass from a favorite platter
And at first glance, she knew it didn’t matter
Everyone was frozen, waiting for her reaction
But she didn’t give the devil that satisfaction
The counters were a mess, preparations everywhere
It looked as though a tornado had just gone thru there
The turkey had flown from the platter to the floor
The poor thing looked like it just couldn’t take no more
The stove was a disaster waiting to happen
full of pots and pans, handles overlapping
The old mom would have immediately gotten on her broom
And painted the atmosphere with a bit of doom and gloom
But the new and improved mom was no longer that way
For she had learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving Day
She stared at each of them and the mess they surrounded
Knowing her response would leave them astounded
Now sons, now daughters, in-laws and friends like family
Is this ever a sight for the eyes of my heart to see?
More than the chaos, the mess on the floor
The memories we’re making are worth so much more
So grab a rag, and a dishtowel too
Here’s one for each and every one of you
Let’s work together in cleaning up this mess
It will only take a few minutes or less
Pick up the turkey, and we’ll wash him off
We’ll stuff him but good and put him in the trough
We’ll baste him all over, and get him ready to eat
No one will ever know we stepped on his feet
And when the morrow comes and we gather for the meal
We’ll be able to discern what matters and what’s real
Faith, family, friends, love and laughter
Help to bring us all the happily ever after
I looked to each of them with tears in my eyes
And said something I had just realized
Oh, why can’t it be Thanksgiving every day?
Loving each other in a Christ-like way
Patience, self-control, love and joy too
Are there for the asking for each of you
We don’t have to wait for a holiday to see
That Christ’s greatest gift is that of family
The old adage goes:
"What advice would you give to your younger self?"
Personally I would rather have the younger version of me
Speak to the present day woman that is often living in ambiguity
Reminiscing back in time
When I was truly 'one of a kind'
100% percent me
Not caring what it was that I gave the world to see
So full of life, love, & laughter
Not caring what it was I was chasing after
Because the 'after', well that would come later
What was present had my presence
There were no hidden layers
Just me, myself, my prayers, & learned lessons
All of me was me
Who I was, was what you would see
Never trying to be 'ordinary'
I'm not exactly sure where I lost myself
That version of me
I so wish I could be
& every year we change
But are we getting closer
Or further away?
For you, my friend, this I pray
That when you look at yourself
You remember the younger version of herself
Full of hope
Full of light
With a faith that she can reach her God given destiny
No matter the obstacles that get in the way of her dreams
Have faith & believe
That who you are becoming
Is who God intended you to be
Remember that child
Remember her dreams
Never letting anything stop her from living so vividly
"But Jesus called for them saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it all." - Luke 18:16-17
Ahh, I don’t know about you, but I often need to be reminded about this truth of forgiveness. Thanks for joining us for Faith-filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My bride, tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Me. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. This is love in action and is the mark of true maturity.
Forgiving others and showing grace is what I have done for you and desire you to walk in. What peace you will have, for you never have to rehearse the offense or irritation, for as you surrender it to Me it is all under the blood.
Don't allow the enemy to use or throw things at you like "what about this or that?" Release ALL that you can walk in My love, in My peace, then you will hear My voice. Bless those around you, that releases Me to freely move on your behalf.
Beloved, come and spend time with Me where the battles are truly won!
Looking back thru my journal this past week, reviewing the highs and lows, the lessons I’ve learned, those I’m still learning and even those I’m unlearning, I am pleasantly astounded at how He speaks to us thru His Word, if we’ll only stop and listen. And I don’t even know why I’m so surprised because He does it again and again, despite me😊
No matter what situation you or I find ourselves in, this verse is a powerful source of encouragement. It can bea life preserver in the midst of the sea, an anchor for our souls. What is so sovereign about this verse is it speaks to us differently EVERY time we read it. Why or how? Because life keeps happening and with life comes different storms of trials and circumstances.
Friend, may I encourage you to look at this verse, read it, then say it aloud again and again. I guarantee you that when you do this and allow it to soak into your soul, it will bloom in your life:
Psalm 138:8: The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.
Now put the “thing that concerns you” in that portion of scripture. I’ll go first:
The Lord will perfect my marriage…
Here’s the condition to the promise: Does it concern us or consume us? If it’s consuming us then we’re not trusting Him to perfect whatever it is that isconcerning.
What if we were to live like we believed the words in this promise? Would we finally stay still on the Potter’s wheel and let Him have His way, allowing Him to perfect us in the process to prepare us for the promise, not allowing ourselves to be consumed by that which concerns us?
Trying to not be consumed by that which concerns me…