Faith Filled Friday’s
Oh, how true it is that when the world is screaming at us, overwhelming us that all we need to do is press into Him to not only shut the noise out but to experience a peace that transcends all understanding. Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Fridays with Debra Dolce and Trench Classes United. Enjoy a moment of His presence as He whispers these words to you.
My warrior, I'm your place of quiet retreat, and My wrap-around Presence becomes your shield as you wrap yourself in My Word! Even in the midst of chaos I am your quiet retreat. Learn to wrap My Presence around you, for I am your shield.
Remember I said, if I am for you, who could be against you? And does it really matter? As you become more devoted to being in My Word and less concerned about what others say or do, then you release victory in your own life.
Release the difficult ones to Me and I will heal you both, for I desire that ALL come to know Me and My saving grace. Come and sit in My Presence and be saturated each day by My love. Let My loving kindness continue to flood your life that you will desire to know Me and My plans for you.
Beloved, lay down your own thoughts, your own ways and take on My Word, that you may walk in true holiness as you draw ever closer to Me.
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 14
Welcome back to When Faith Meets Suffering with Trench Classes United and Kim-Evinda. We understand that social media is sort of like that “in love” stage of a relationship, the “happier” side of life. For many, it’s a sort of pretend world. While we get that trouble and tears don’t make for a good blog, we pray that as she walks through this season transparently, 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.
As she sat with Betty and watched a movie, her mind replayed his short and awkward visit just hours before and his empty promise to her as he said good-bye “We’ll do something fun tomorrow.” He promised to call her before going to bed that night.
But as the minutes turned into hours, she realized those words that had felt like a consolation prize for the disconnect they had earlier were truly an escape. He was running from something, and in her gut she knew this. She just wasn’t quite sure how deep he had gotten himself involved with the one who was pulling him from her.
He didn’t call her and as she got ready for bed, she tried calling him not once but twice. She was trying desperately not to be so desperate. FAIL.
Before turning off the light and beginning what had become her sleep aid, praying herself to sleep, she texted him to say good night. She slept…but fitfully for just a couple of hours. At 1:30 she woke up, the pain of it all her constant companion, and reached for her phone. He had texted her at 12:35: “Sorry, I didn’t see my phone. I was at Ty’s.”
She didn’t buy it for one minute and determined in her mind that she would call Ty the next day to uncover yet another lie. She let go of her instincts that screamed where and with whom he had been, surrendering them to God, and then she slept.
The next morning was Sunday and she was ready to hear from God himself but looked forward to hearing from Jack Hibbs and being in that safe place where it was easier to focus, turn off the pain. But her thoughts and frustrations and even anger threatened to follow her into the sanctuary and as she prepared to get in her car, she heard “Trust in me with your whole heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
And still her pain did not relent and followed her into the sanctuary. As she tried to worship, she heard His voice again: “Give me your whole heart; you don’t have to give it to him but give it all to me and I will guide you.”
Friend, to suffer long doesn’t mean we have to understand the why, only the how. Is there something you need to surrender so as to not lean on your own understanding?
Join us next week for more of this journey.
You are magic
In a world so tragic
They call you sister, mother, lover
There is only one you, no other
Be strong they say
Courageous, filled with light every day
But when the darkness comes how can we operate
In our bodies as they deteriorate
Our minds lose their place
And our hearts their ability to embrace
To hold and to know
This child looks to our soul
And we lean on our own strength
Forgetting that in this darkness
No man is safe
From the shadows beyond our human brain
You cannot battle this alone
Dear sister, that’s okay
His grace will carry you farther than your two feet can go
All He asks is for you to come home
Fall into His arms
Let your head fall onto His chest
Little girl, rest
Let God take care of the rest
Mother, sister, lover, you are doing your best
“17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones,
Not one of them is broken.” Psalms 34:17-20
Faith Filled Friday
What does sitting in His presence look like to you? Oh, to just sit and sing a worship song to Him, even when we don’t feel like it. To stop the hurry flurry of the day and just be still and listen to His creation. Press the off button on our cell phones and spend a few minutes thanking Him instead of playing a game, or scrolling through our social media feeds…Ahhh, to bask in His presence is to grab hold of our Stronghold!
Enjoy Debra’s love letter brought to you by Trench Classes United and Faith Filled Fridays.
My child, I am the hope that holds you and the Stronghold to shelter you, the only God for you, and your great confidence. Can you put yourself in the middle of these loving words? Let them wrap themselves around you just as I desire to wrap My arms around you.
Look at "I Am your Stronghold!" Nothing can snatch you from My hand, for I hold you up with My righteous right hand. My love, I have a wondrous plan for you that is so good, full of excitement, full of adventure, all in and through Me. For My Word tells you how I have you hedged in, behind and before, how I have laid My hand upon you. There is nothing that can keep you from Me.
Beloved, come and bask in My Presence, sit with Me for awhile with no agenda, just love, just being in My peace, that brings rest and strength.
When Faith Meets Suffering-Part 13
Thanks for joining us for When Faith Meets Suffering, Part 13. Our author has actually been asked several times by some of her prayer team members if she was writing this journey down, to which she replied that she was via this blog, When Faith Meets Suffering. So, 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. On the other side, she knows in her bones that God will bring a victory from this season of suffering and will be just as transparent about the victory as she has been about the season of suffering.
They had agreed to meet at the house after he invited her to lunch. Armed with more evidence of the affair made her entrance awkward at best. She was very reserved. He was sitting at his desk and he barely acknowledged her. Why should she expect anything different, especially in light of what she had recently learned and wanted to deny with every cell in her being.
He barely acknowledged her, which completely frustrated her. And yet, her unspoken expectation of him being excited to see her was unrealistic, more a fantasy, but not from the same fantasy land that he was residing in. She tried not to show her irritation laced with disappointment, especially in light of the fact that he always waited to see what she would do, how she would respond and then he’d follow suit. He’d always take her temperature; if she was cool, then he’d be cool. If she was warm, then he’d be warm. He was never the leader, in charge of his own feelings; rather he followed…whomever made him feel what he wanted to feel.
His “oh, hi” pulled her out of her stinking thinking. She put all negativity aside as he shared a company problem and she offered to help.
His response to her help was one of surprise; she’d never been one to ease his burden willingly with a good attitude. Together they worked thru the problem, and then went for the lunch he had invited her to.
When they pulled into the parking lot of Panda Express, he got a phone call for work. She went on in, thinking he’d follow within a few minutes. The minutes ticked by ever so slowly, feeling like marathon minutes. Five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes…she sat there at a table after telling the employee she was waiting for him to order.
“Why am I waiting here,” she groaned indignantly. “This is so freaking rude,” she muttered to the table, trying desperately to stay occupied on her phone and not look irritated. After twenty minutes she walked outside. He acknowledged her and held up his finger signifying he’d only be another minute.
She walked back in, willing herself to be patient, less irritated. Finally, ten minutes later he walked in. “Sorry about that,” he offered quickly. She put her hurt feelings to the side and exchanged them for understanding but his priorities had decreased her appetite. He had left her waiting for almost a half hour! She ate very little and tried to strike up surface statements, questions about his job, the business to show she was interested in anything that interested him.
When she said good-bye, she realized that their time had been like for the last several years of their marriage: unfulfilling, full of unmet and unrealistic expectations as a result of unspoken needs. Her God-given discernment helped her to understand this and the truth that he had finally crashed into all of it and was down for the count, not knowing who he was or is. He was not well, wandering in a wilderness of confusion with a dry and sick soul, blinded by the deception of the enemy who had used a “friend” to deceive him and bring him to the end of himself.
But her covenant said in sickness and health, and God was calling her to withstand in this adversity, whispering reminders of His love, leading her to His promises and refining her like she had never experienced.
Is there a situation that you need wisdom and discernment in, Friend? Then ask Him, and He will surely provide it. James 1:5 says: If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
But wisdom must be accompanied by discernment. Philippians 1:9-10 says: And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
See, the discernment tells us what to do with the wisdom….both of which are prudent to longsuffering well!
Hanging by a thread…to the hem of His garment,
You are far more deserving
You are far more worthy
Than what I have to give
Simply my breath to live
You gave it all
You took the fall
For the sin that I’m in
Your blood signed it away with a crimson pen
Now where do we begin?
Given this second chance to do it all over again
Yet we still love ourselves
More than we are willing to tell
In love with this world
Unfulfilling replacement for You, oh Lord
The hole in our hearts
Only Our Savior can fulfill
His bounding love
Overflowing in my cup
How can I want any more?
How can I not sing, praise, and leap for joy?
My past redeemed, my slate wiped clean
Within His presence I will forever soar
“Thou prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalms 23:5
How do we stay devoted to those we love when hard things come? It comes down to some simple truths found in this love letter. Thanks for joining us for Faith-Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My child, how then does a man gain the essence of wisdom? You cross the threshold of true knowledge when you live in obedient devotion to Me. Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this, for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.
Take the time to sit with Me, to ask questions about yourself. Evaluate your own life. Do you continually deal with the same issues? You must ask Me what it is you need to see and then wait on Me to see what I have to show or teach you.
There is so much I desire to tell and show you, but discipline in your own life is a must! Keep a check on your mouth, evaluate the words you are ready to speak. Do not try to take Holy Spirit's job and force your conviction on others. You may be right but that's not your decision.
Beloved, true love is your job and everything you say and do should be wrapped in My love. This will help you learn to listen instead of speaking.
What Do You See When You Look at Me?
When asked if you know someone, and you don’t really remember if you do, usually we ask what do they look like, right? Or when a guy or girl is going to meet a possible candidate for a date for the first time at the insistence of a “caring” friend who wants to set them up, usually the first question out of their mouth is, “What do they look like?” Oh, I just had another thought: what do people see when they look at me and how do they describe me? Yikes…let’s not go there! J JJ
Thanks for joining me for Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United. I decided to take another break from When Faith Meets Suffering, but will continue in the weeks to come 😊
Have you ever wondered what Jesus looks like? We know Hollywood paints Him as a guy with close-to-shoulder-length brownish hair, a beard to match, prominent cheek bones, beautiful gently piercing eyes and an incredible smile. I really don’t buy into the depictions of others as far as what He looks like, but maybe it’s time I start seeking His face more. “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8
Too many times to count I’ve ready scriptures that instruct on seeking His face and to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever taken any scripture concerning this subject literally. I mean, it’s not like He’s a stranger to me, but how can we seek His face when we don’t really know what He looks like?
And then it hits me…it’s not His appearance you’re seeking, silly, but His presence! Ohhhh, ding, ding, ding! The light is on!
Abba, teach me how to seek Your face as I strive to turn off the distractions that often interfere with my vision of your presence!
Let go today
Wipe your frustrations away
You have 24 hours
To take a minute to pray
I know you’re running late
It’s already past eight
And you’ve made your umpteenth mistake
And you wonder how many more hits you can take
“Just give up”
You hear that too familiar voice say
“Today is already a waste”
& you begin to lose your gait
Your smile, it fades
Your light now hidden beneath the shade
Like an old cookie you crumble
Your once strong feet begin to fumble
How can you possibly stay humble?
Set your pride on a shelf
& remember your wealth
Is not from your doings, but in the outlook you’re viewing
So look up child
We all fall down every once in a while
In our weakness we have strength
By the Power of His holy name
Sometime all we can do is say, “not today, Satan, not today”
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Everyone loves a hero. If we’re honest with ourselves, many of us are looking for a hero, someone to come in and save the day, or pull us out of a tough situation, or more subtly and secretly, someone to love us and want us. This love letter will reveal who the real hero is! Thanks for joining us for Faith-filled Fridays with Trench Classes United and Debra Dolce.
My warrior, I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel My Presence even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast. What a glorious promise for you to meditate on.
No matter the language you study, Greek or Hebrew, no matter the translation you read, the fact is My love is from everlasting to everlasting. I am always with you to answer you when you pray. Come and sit in My Presence and let My love so completely fill you that you become sure within yourself that I hear and answer you.
I know your pressures and your troubles; are you bringing them to Me? Are you standing on My Word, on the promises I've given to you? I have made provision for your every need for I already knew before you were born what you would need.
Beloved, I am your hero, the One who loves you best, the One waiting for you to call upon Me.