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Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


I logged into my computer and waited for it to warm up and allow me to go
online. She seemed a little tired this morning, like me, but I was eager to get to
my list of things to do before leaving for work. I put my cursor on Google Chrome
and waited to see the familiar page which would allow me to do all I needed to do
online. Instead, I got this message: Network failed!
What?
Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word with Trench
Classes United. Come on in for a life application of some old truths still relevant
today!
See, the night before, I had decided to try and help my husband take down our
old router and install the new one, which seems to be Frontier’s fix for every
problem. I got about three steps in and got so flustered, I felt as though I had
taken several wrong turns and couldn’t find my way back of my own cardboard
box.
The only thing I could do was call for help, so I called a friend from church, a guy
very knowledgeable in this sort of thing. He came over and within 15 minutes we
were up and running on the desktop. I didn’t know there was a difference.
What does this all have to do with Wednesday’s Word? I’m so glad you asked.
This particular morning, I was reading in Numbers 13:26-14:9, and to give you a
quick backdrop and paraphrase, it’s about an old habit still very much alive today:
grumbling. Moses was instructed by God to send 12 men out to survey the
Promised Land, and they did. When they came back, 10 of them gave the same
report: It is a land full of milk and honey – I would have loved to have seen the
eyes of the rest of the council for I’m sure they were like a deer in headlights!
BUT…yes, there’s a “but” – they said, it is full of giants!

Can’t you just imagine them all so inflated with hope and boom! Deflation sets
discouragement into motion and immediately the children of Israel begin
grumbling.
Caleb and Joshua, the other two of the 12, stood amongst their peers, reminding
them of God’s provision and protection thus far – which had been incredible, real,
and life changing – but the children of Israel didn’t want to hear it and they
wanted to stone Caleb and Joshua. Why? Their eyes were on their mountain, and
not their mountain mover; the potential problems instead of their powerful
problem solver who was and is bigger than any giant.
There is richness in the soil of this principle. First: When we reflect on God’s past
provision and protection, we are able to move in our present toward our future!
Second: God is bigger than any problem you have; the price for the victory of your
problem has already been paid so why not just go through the process to cash in?
Are you catching what I’m throwing you? We need to learn to focus on our
Problem Solver and not our problem!
Now what does this have to do with turning my computer on and not being able
to get online? Well, long story short, computer problems are giants to me…and I
tend to allow them to send me over the edge and I can become like an Israelite,
grumbling and forgetting about all of His prior provisions and protection!
But this morning was different. I was able to apply the Word I had just feasted
upon to my situation, and for the time being, I had to walk away and get my focus
off of that giant and move forward. It was so rewarding to actually be a doer of
the Word and not just a reader or hearer of His Word.
Exactly what I read that day was exactly what I needed for that day! God is good;
all the time God is good! May today be a day of giants that lead you to the reality
of your Abba who can slay any of them…when you focus on Him!

Love,

Evinda

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to join us tonight at 6pm for Part II of our Love, Sex, and No Rose
Ceremony Facebook live segment to learn about the three levels of connection,
aka, emotional foreplay!

 

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018


Imagine you’re driving on a busy street, and suddenly up ahead, you saw the light
going from red to yellow, then for just a second it turned green and went back to
red, then yellow again. As you get closer, what would you do? Would you go
speeding through the intersection? Chances are you would cause a wreck.
Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench Truth with
Trench Classes United.
Mixed messages…what are they and how do we respond to them? For example,  what do you do when what a person says conflicts with what they said
previously? Or what they did previously contradicts with what they’re saying?
We have all been on the giving and receiving end of mixed messages! Would you
like to know how not to give them, and how to respond to them?

Join us for our upcoming trench class, How to Love Who You Love!

 

 

 

Evinda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Plan on joining us Wed night at 6pm for Part II of our Love, Sex and No Rose
Ceremony Facebook Live segment where we will discuss the three levels of
connection, aka, emotional foreplay!

Monday’s Mantra

Monday, January 22nd, 2018


Once you have faced a life-threatening experience, it changes you forever. The
things you thought were important lose their value. The things you took for
granted become blessings. Life takes on a whole different perspective and our
loving God is at the center of it all.
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power with Megan’s Monday Mantra and
Trench Classes United.
Eighteen months ago, I had the upper left lobe of my lung removed due to stage
1, non-smokers, lung cancer. Now, every six months, I undergo a CT Chest Scan to
ensure there are no other suspicious areas of concern. Today, I got my third CT
Chest Scan.
I find that I experience similar behavioral patterns around the time of each scan.
The pre-scan finds me the most fearful; imagining the worst case scenario. The
day of my scan, my fear subsides and I become distracted. I can hardly focus on
anything. Waiting for test results affords me a reprieve. I can’t change the results
anyway. The day I receive my results, I am scared but feeling stronger. Once I get
the results, I go home and take a nap, since I have not had a good night’s sleep in
weeks!
The Christian Life is about trusting God. We are not to be afraid or disheartened
because God is always with us. Sometimes I think it is easier to believe in God
than it is to trust in His plans. Even though I pray continually, I know if I am still
afraid, then I am not trusting Him. But God is good. Every six months He gives me
an extra difficult challenge to keep me fine tuning my trust in Him.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do
not be discouraged, for the LORD, your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Plan on joining us Wednesday night for Part II of our Love, Sex, and No Rose
Ceremony Facebook Live segment where we will discuss connection on three
levels!

Faith Filled Friday

Friday, January 19th, 2018


Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and
Faith Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Ashley! Join us
as she shares her heart in this blog.

I have been talking a lot about how to redirect our thinking
towards God’s truth, and this week I get to talk about it again
because I think God is working out all my kinks when it comes to
my thinking.
As I have been sharing this burden with God, He has been
revealing to me that I am leaning on my emotions too much and
they have been taking a great hold on me lately.

I’m learning that when I allow my emotions to take hold, the
enemy uses that vulnerability to slip inside my mind and spew his
lies into the lies I’ve already been telling myself. And then I
remember verses such as Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things. And then I’m fine…for the moment.
See, I could be just fine until one person says something that
makes me feel invisible, unloved, and, boom, the emotions flood
in like a furious storm that won’t let up, crashing over and over
on me.
I try and come up for air for God’s truth and down I go, under the
water of my emotions again because the lies seem to be so valid
and true as they scream in my face. These emotions are bringing
past hurts, anger and pain back up, as if I had never surrendered
them at the cross before. It’s a physically, emotionally and
spiritually exhausting battle.
This week, as I fought this battle, I cried and cried, asking Him all
of my whys, all the while it felt like Satan was laughing in my
face. And then the still small whisper of my Abba, “Come this
way,” sent me desperately holding tight to Him until another lie
pulled me out of His presence.
This war raged for the entire day and into the night.  If I could
only see the heavenly hosts in front of me in this war, a war I
know now I wasn’t fighting alone, and that God sent His fleet of
angels to guard me as these emotions, my flesh and the enemy
try to take me down and destroy me. I held tight and kept
fighting and kept speaking Gods truth over me, and though it was
a drawn-out war that felt at the time that I would lose, His
whispers of love spoken over me, over and over again, and His
perfect truths He guided me to led me to victory over this battle
of the mind. John 14:27 (ESV): 27  Peace I leave with you; my
peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let
not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Trying to understand the whys of our life brings us down and
causes us great confusion, hurt, pain, and uncertainty of our
worth. But what I know to be true is that they have a heavenly
eternal purpose; they make you and me more than we could
have ever become without them. Without these whys, we’d never
lean so desperately into our Heavenly Father, for we know there’s
nothing else that can set us free.
The good news is I came out of that night renewed in God’s love,
revived, and encouraged.
Remember, Coffee Hour friend, when there’s a battle going on in
your mind, listen for the whispers of His love and the guidance of
His truths.

Love,

Ashley

Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

 

I forgot to pay attention to the warnings…all three of them telling me my battery
was dying, and just like that, poof, the screen went blank!
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Thursday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
Has that ever happened to you? And then you plug it back in, your fingers
crossed, your teeth clenched, shoulders tightened as you wait to exhale until you
see your document appear on the screen, hoping you hadn’t lost all your hard
work!
What are the warning signs of disconnection in our significant relationships?
There are so many…but just like the computer, we can be so wrapped up in our
own thing that we ignore them.
Join us to learn how to stay connected to those who mean the most to you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you in the trenches,

Evinda

 

Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018


As I made my way to my lounge chair in my writing room with my coffee and
morning snack, my word for the year came rushing to the surface of my heart,
making it visible to see with my eyes: intentional…how long have I been meeting
with you, Abba? Has it become habitual or is it intentional?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word
with Trench Classes United. Come on in and let me share from my heart to yours
my journey thus far this year of being intentional. [“Intentional” is my word for
the year, a word to live by, if you will]

I don’t know about you, but I can tend to lean a bit on the bored side if I keep
doing the same thing day in and day out, so I need to change it up a bit. Now
that’s not to slight anyone who loves that sort of structure, however when it
comes to meeting with our Father, is it so structured that it’s become habitual
instead of intentional, which leaves out the “relational” aspect of our time with
Him?
I was greatly rewarded by listening to that whisper on my way to my quiet place. I
changed up my routine a bit by going right into the Word and my study of Giving
Thanks to God with Sarah Young…after inviting Him to come with me, of course.
He took me to 2 Corinthians 9:6 which says: 6  But this I say: He who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully.
But when I read it, I had exchanged the subject of money for the subject of
thankfulness. Go ahead, read it with “thankfulness” as the focus of what we sow
bountifully.
Pretty cool, huh?
See, thankfulness fuels our faith while complaining and grumbling fuels doubt.
No matter what circumstance you are in the midst of right now, thanking or
complaining can literally change you and your direction!
What areas of your life have become habitual instead of intentional?
Thankfulness can put the intention back into your good habits.

Intentionally thankful,

Evinda

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018


I listened as this sweet, sweet prayer warrior/friend of mine shared the “truth”
behind her daughter’s illness that our team had been praying for, what she
believed had caused it. What she said next rendered my heart humbled and sad
all at the same time.
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
“I’m sharing this with you because you’ve shown great concern and I know you
are praying for her.”
I nodded my head slightly.
She went on: I just don’t feel comfortable sharing this with the rest of them.
“I understand” I assured her gently. The information stirred suspicion and I went
on to ask her a couple of questions which she responded yes to. I thanked her for
trusting me and sharing with me and walked away so sad, and not necessarily just
for her daughter, but for her because of this truth:

Too often we see our children’s choices – no matter how old they are – as a
reflection of ourselves and this inhibits transparency.
This truth confirms another truth:
How we are loved affects how we love…and so the cycle continues
Friends, some history needs to be studied because it isn’t worth repeating!
Mark your calendars and plan on investing in you and your significant
relationships. This incredibly powerful eight-week relationship class will help you
discover some truths in your history and equip you with the tools to begin
breaking unhealthy cycles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truthfully,

Evinda

Monday’s Mantra

Monday, January 15th, 2018

In “The World According to Dave,” if you don’t feel a knot in your gut before doing
something important, you probably don’t care enough to do it in the first place!
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with
Trench Classes United.
This past weekend I showed my dog at the Palm Springs Dog Show. It was with a
huge leap of faith that I decided to enter this particular show. I have dabbled in a
few smaller shows over the past 9 months, but nothing as big and prestigious as
this show. It is one of the largest shows of the year, and everyone who is anyone
is there.
As I stood ringside waiting for my class to begin, I could feel that old familiar
nervous churning in my stomach. I am an owner-handler with a young,
inexperienced dog, about to compete alongside professional handlers who get
paid big bucks to show dogs.
Before entering the ring, I thanked God for giving me this opportunity. I prayed I
could keep my focus on Him and that He would be glorified in the process.
In Jesus Always, Sarah Young writes: You can train your mind to turn from other
things and focus on Me. Thus you can enjoy the wondrous gift of My Peace.
I showed my dog four times in three days. We did not come home with any blue
ribbons, but he performed beautifully. He placed second in his class all four
shows. We received many compliments, one of which meant more to me than a
blue ribbon. The owner of one of the dogs we competed against came to me and
said, “You did such a nice job and you were so calm in the ring.” I actually looked
around to make sure she was referring to me!

It was then I realized I had been calm because I was at peace. I trusted it would all
work out the way He designed it, so I was free to enjoy the process with the God
and dog I love.
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn
often to the Lord! – Isaiah 26:3 (TLB)
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

Faith Filled Friday

Friday, January 12th, 2018


Happy New Year, friends! Thank you in advance for taking time and joining
me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Faith Filled Friday with Trench
Classes United. Grab a warm cup of coffee and come sit with me.

We are just days into the New Year, a time for new beginnings, and today I want to share a
new perspective on a familiar verse. God opened up this verse in a way I’ve never looked at
before. Take a look at this verse with me….

Luke 17:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

6  The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you
could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the
sea,’ and it would obey you!
Now see where it says, “’if’” you had faith”… “…you could say to this
mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and be planted in the sea,’ and it would
obey you”!

That begs this question: Are we speaking with faith over our circumstances,
for example, a new job, finances, marriage, or our children? I know I try to,
but if I’m honest with myself, and you, I usually let the situations or my
emotions cloud out all of Gods truth that He has so perfectly ready for me.
Our lives get so busy, and unknowingly we let the enemy sink his teeth into
our faith with all his lies. Yet, God gave us His perfect word to sustain us
through our days. However, I didn’t realize that I was needing to do more
than just read my word but to also speak His word over me, my family, and
my friends.

As we start to speak Gods truth out loud over us, we are covered with His
perfect truth, and it’s much more difficult for the enemy’s lies to penetrate
our emotions and sink deep into us. I was floored as I read this verse with a
new pair of heavenly eyes.

Let’s take a look at how John Courson sees it. He writes: “How did God make
the world? He spoke it into existence. So, too, Jesus altered the course of
the world and eternity when he spoke… “Waves be still” (Mark 4:39),
“Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43), “It is Finished” (John 19:30).
John also reminds us that we also speak our individual worlds into existence
and alter the course with our words. This is confirmed in ” Joshua 1:8 New
King James Version (NKJV)
“8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall
meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all
that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then
you will have good success.”

WOW!! Wasn’t that powerful?
So when we are faced with doubt or fear, let’s speak Gods word over these
emotions and put them into check with God’s word. There are so many
powerful reminders in His word that we can speak into ourselves and our
world!

Let me leave you with this powerful example: Matthew 6:31-34

31  “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we
wear?’  32  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33  Seek the Kingdom of God [a]  above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34  “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

WOW! I am in awe of our Great Abba, and how great His love is for us. Jesus knew just how hard it would be for us, and so, He left us His perfect truth to read, meditate and speak over ourselves, our families and friends. Don’t forget when you’re having a hard or bad day to ask God for a verse, He knows just what you need, and when you get it, faithfully speak it over yourself and your situation and let Gods perfect truth work for good for you.

Love,

Ashley

Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, January 11th, 2018


Have you ever known someone who lost a loved one whom they were angry with
at the time of their departure from this life? Many think the opportunity to
forgive dies with them…but not so. I’m so excited to share today’s trench truth
with you written by a former trench student, Annette Corona. I found this on
Facebook and quickly reached out to her to ask for permission to share. I was so
proud of her! Grab your coffee and come on in for Coffee Hour with Chicklit
Power and Thursday’s Trench Truth with Trench Classes United.
Vulnerability is here folks! Read on if you’d like…
I originally started making this blanket for my sister about 5 years ago. These were
some of her favorite colors (colors are purple, lavender, and turquoise but the camera
isn’t picking up their true beauty). It was supposed to be her 32nd birthday present from
me.
I was never able to give it to her because…well, allow me to explain, first.
We had a difficult relationship for many years. One time, in particular, we got into a huge
fight, and as a result, I became very angry and held a grudge along with some other
not-so-nice feelings. Months went by; her birthday came and went. The unfinished
blanket and the yarn to make it sat tucked away in a closet.
For the next few months, we hardly talked, didn’t see each other at all. In fact, I purposely avoided her at ALL cost…until… I got a phone call from my dad that my sister
was unexpectedly found deceased in her bed.
For the next four years, the blanket sat going from closet to closet with the few moves
we’ve had. Every time I dared to look at it, it would remind me of those bitter feelings I
had and still may. As abruptly as the relationship ended, that’s how abruptly I would
close the closet door to my yarn closet. And when something is needed from that closet,
I would purposely avoid looking towards the corner the bag sat in that held this
unfinished blanket.
Today, my heart is calling to hold this blanket and feel the soft texture in a new gentle
way. As I hold it, I feel as though I am being cleansed with a feeling inside of me of
forgiveness, forgiveness for her, forgiveness to myself.
These past few years have definitely been a whirlwind of emotions that need to be
reconciled. Full forgiveness is not complete yet. It’s a daily mindset until the day comes
when there is no longer bitter associated with any thought of her…or myself.
So I’ve decided to crochet my way towards forgiveness and finish this blanket. But that’s
not all. Though my sister is no longer here for me to give it to her, I know in my heart I
need to give it as a Christmas gift to the person who is hurting the most in all of this; my
mother.

There is freedom in forgiveness.

Annette