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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
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,



Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018


Your 2017 ride has quickly come to an end, and 2018 has already begun.
Please remain seated with your seatbelt fastened; let’s prepare to have some fun
As we move slowly though quickly into the 2018 track,
We are headed forward and learning from looking back
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word
with Trench Classes United. Grab your coffee and come join me for some
instructions for the ride ahead into the New Year, a few of which are
accompanied by scripture references.
As we creep up the track in the first month here are some things to do before we
reach the top, the end of January, and the ride begins picking up speed, as it
always does:
 Let go of bitterness and resentment. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
 Leave past failures behind and take only what you learned from them with
you. [Isaiah 43:19]
 Drop negativity in the trashcan to your right. And if you didn’t quite get rid
of it all, no worries; there will be another trashcan on your left just ahead.
 Old hurts, habits and/or hang-ups. For some of you, you only need to
resolve to dump an old habit or hurt or hang-up and it will be gone. There
will be a dumpster up ahead to throw it in. Remember every time the
enemy gets you thinking about it ask God to change your thoughts…and
trust me when I say HE will! For those of you who will require more work
than just “letting it go,” we will be exploring that in the new ride.

 Any doctrine that doesn’t line up with His love letters has got to go. If you
still have questions, there will be a few tracks up ahead to explore the
truths and learn how to apply them to your life in the journey ahead.
 Let go of that attitude of poverty and throw it in the burning bush just
ahead. His monetary and non-monetary blessings await you in and through
every new circumstance you will encounter on our ride in the New Year.
Some things you will want to take with you as you enter this new ride:
 Faith; it only needs to be the size of a mustard seed, but remember, that
means “pure” faith with no mixed doctrine!
 2017’s greatest memories. [Philippians 4:8]
 Any valuable lessons you learned from your previous rides/years.
 Your favorite life verse, and if you don’t have one yet, get one before
entering. Ask a friend for help or just open up “the Book!”
 Resolve realistically. Don’t make resolutions you have no intention on
keeping but when you resolve – which is to partner with the Holy
Spirit—you will succeed in all you endeavor on this ride through 2018.
 An attitude of gratitude- it will take you up the impending hills of the new
 Kindness- you will need this for the strangers you will meet as well as for
the people who are unkind.[Ephesians 4:32]
 Peace is essential and cannot be found on the side of the track but it is
within you as you take time to sit and be still in the ride.
 Joy-though it may tend to get a bit buried with the upcoming twists and
turns in the New Year, just remember to stir it up with one of His promises
and/or your life verse.
 Grace-there will be many people in this ride with you that will need your
unmerited favor, just as it has been given to you. There will be grace
stations along the way to replenish. [2 Corinthians 12:9]
 Love-this is the greatest and most important virtue to bring with you as we
begin the ride into the New Year for to love others is to have accepted His
gift of love and grace to you. [1 Corinthians 13]

Fasten your seat-belts, friends . . . Here we go!

Love and laughter,







P.S. may I challenge you to look up some scriptures to confirm these things to
let go of and to bring in the year ahead? Just look for key words or phrases and
ask Google to help you find scriptures pertaining to that word or phrase. Have

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Two wrongs never = a right or wrong + wrong never = right!

Church bashing… it’s become even easier to do, especially on social media
platforms, but how do we respond when we see comments on the various
platforms that are riddled with negativity and resentment?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
I was scrolling through my feed the other day and the eyes of my heart caught a
post that was written by someone who obviously had some resentment towards a
certain church. I read through the comments, most of them encouraging this
person didn’t need to go to church, others empathizing with her sharing their
“bad” experiences with church.
Now, I know it wasn’t her motive to do harm to the “Church,” and that’s the
deposit I started with. I then went on to validate her “feelings” which are rooted
in a lot of her own unresolved stuff and suggested she go straight to the person or
persons who had apparently offended her; that perhaps that would be a more
direct route towards resolution instead of using a social media platform, which
would only serve to taint the reputation of all churches even worse.
When Jesus confronted others with their “sin,” He didn’t get on Twitter,
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Linkdin…or any other public platform. He did it
one on one, like the “ho” at the well! He showed love and respect while pointing
out her sin, not attacking her character. See, the more people we involve in the
conflict, the bigger the conflict becomes.

When confronted with a conflict, friend, why not take the direct route to conflict



Monday’s Mantra

Monday, January 8th, 2018

“I think you’d get a laugh, if you saw a tall giraffe, swinging by his tail from a tree,
I think an octopus would look quite ridiculous knitting sweaters at the bottom of the sea …”
Did I get your attention? Great! Mission accomplished.

Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra, with Trench Classes United.
The above ditty is from Danny Kaye’s “Tubby the Tuba at the Circus” It was on the very first album I had
as a child. I memorized every word of it. I caught this catchy little tune playing around in my head a few
days ago and I realized its message is just as important today as it was then.
The song, being sung by a sympathetic elephant to a disenchanted Tubby, continues …
“Be yourself – you can’t be anybody else.

Be yourself, is my advice to you or else you’ll always be a nobody so, be yourself, or else!”
How many times, in my past did I observe someone and wish I possessed a quality they had? How many
times did I wish my life was more like someone else’s life or wish I was more like someone else?
When I was 17, I was the fastest hot dog maker at the Sea World in Ohio. I could steam, bag, and load
the hot dog into their bins in record time, which kept me in the hot and humid main snack bar for the
duration of the summer. I seriously doubted this talent would ever serve me well. I longed to be gifted
like the animal trainers or accomplished like the managers. Yet, this seemingly insignificant skill-set, in
all of its various forms, has weaved its way through my life, blessing me and making all the difference.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (ESV) “Now there are a variety of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties
of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but the same God who empowers
them all in everyone.”

I have often wondered why it is so easy to recognize other people’s gifts and talents but not our own.
Tubby the Tuba wanted to sing like a piccolo and fly like an acrobat, never dreaming his “Um-Pah” could
make the elephants dance as they have never danced before!

Are you aware your own gift or talent could make the elephants dance as they have never danced

I think that you’d be happiest by being no one else but you.”

Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,



Faith Filled Fridays

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and Faith-filled Fridays with Trench Classes United! Grab your coffee and come on in for some heart-to heart sharing from Jennifer, to you and me!


As part of my freedom journey, I have learned to accept my imperfections. I was raised to be a
perfectionist and the fear of failure has always been a trap for me. A year ago I learned that failure is an
option. The first time I heard that I wanted to scream “excuse me?! Failure is never an option!” I’ve
since learned that it is an option because I am imperfect; we all are.
The prophet Isaiah knew a lot about failure. In Chapter 5 he proclaims his visions and the judgment of
God for what the Israelites were doing. The imaginary is quite gruesome. In Chapter 6 he sees the holiness of God and becomes aware of his own imperfections. I can so relate to what he must have felt,
maybe you can too. One thing’s for sure: It’s quite startling when you see yourself in a different way;
wouldn’t you agree?
How can this be freeing, you might ask. It is the absolute definition of freedom for me because for once
I don’t have to be right, know everything, or be everything. I can be me and allow the Holy Spirit to
unpack for me what I am in Christ. The realization released me from self-doubt and the paralyzing fear
that comes from doubting everything that I did. The weight of that burden was gone!
Don’t get me wrong; we are all held accountable for our mistakes and wrongdoings but the freedom has
come in realizing and accepting this truth: I don’t have to live there! I don’t have to live there. I can
move on and forgive myself…love me as He loves me!
How do you see yourself? Do you see flaws that you wish were perfect? Do you hate your reflection
because you don’t like who you see? Accept that you are not perfect and ask Him to show you who you
really are. For me, I had to learn to accept His love because I didn’t think I deserved it because I wasn’t
perfect enough. I am enough; you are enough!

In the freedom journey,


Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

It was Christmas Eve, and I had stepped outside to give my four-legged baby a
bathroom break…without a leash. The older she gets, the more skittish she
becomes so I’m not exactly sure why I did this, and not just once, but several
times that evening. Do you ever do something over and over and ask yourself,
why am I making it so difficult? Oh, I have, and too many times to count. Thanks
for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word with
Trench Classes United. Come on in.
At this time it was so dark out that the only light was the stars’ twinkling and a
street lamp off in the distance. I followed her closely and soon she blended into
the dark. My heart raced as I struggled to focus in on her little self.
When I went out to the next time, something struck me: Why don’t I put her leash
on and then I won’t have this problem? As I’m writing this I’m almost
embarrassed to share how much more difficult I made this easy task of walking
my little four-legged fur baby, how I could have turned a little event into a huge
I grabbed her leash, you know, the kind that stretches from here to at least a
hundred yards and allows them to think they’re not on one? I put it on her and
lifted her up and out of the truck and set her down.

She began to prance around, looking adorable in her Christmas dress and
obviously feeling free from my hovering. In that moment, a thought went dancing
through my head and nestled in my soul: How easy it is to complicate things! I
mean, really! All I needed to do was put her leash on each time and I wouldn’t
have had to be so anxious during our potty breaks outside. In fact, I could have
really enjoyed the beauty of the silent stars and quietness of the Eve before the
day we celebrate our Savior’s birth.
The next thing I thought of is my relationship with God. Sometimes I’m running so
fast in my physical walk that I may blend in with the dark, just like my little fur
baby, in my spiritual walk. And when His Spirit comes up and over me, it may
startle me but it’s a reminder He’s always there to protect me, just like I protect
my four-legged child.
The solution to any distance from God is actually as simple as putting His leash of
love back on. When we do, our life becomes a lot less complicated and makes a
lot more sense. See, that leash is analogous to His Spirit. When we draw near to
Him, He draws nearer to us. [James 4:8]
Oh, Coffee Hour Friend, can’t you just picture the simple act of putting His leash
on and breathing a sigh of relief because of the protection and simplification it
offers? We just need to practice His presence, invite Him wherever we go,
whatever time of day and His Spirit will work like that leash, leading, guiding and
protecting us wherever we go.
Pray this with me: Yes, Father, please unleash your love upon me and may the
leash of your powerfully gentle Spirit keep me by your side come whatever may in







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Monday’s Mantra

Monday, January 1st, 2018

The ancient Babylonians are said to be the first people to make New Year’s resolutions some 4000 years
ago. During a religious 12-day festival, the Babylonians would crown a new king or reaffirm their loyalty
to the reigning king. They would also make promises, or resolutions, to their gods, to pay debts and
return the things they had borrowed. If they kept their word, their pagan gods would bestow favor upon
them. If not, they would fall out of their gods’ favor – a position no one wished to be in.
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with Trench Classes United.
Approximately 42% of all American adults make New Year’s resolutions. Self-improvement, weight, and
money-related resolutions top the list. Sadly, learning something new, improving relationships, and
doing more good deeds for others, land at the very bottom. Only 8% of people who make New Year’s
resolutions are successful in achieving them. Thank God the other 92% do not live back in the days of
the Babylonians!
There are countless things I would change about myself, but I quit making New Year’s resolutions long
ago. I learned, the hard way, living and working in my own strength did not make me successful in
achieving my goals. Instead, I have made one life-time resolve: to practice being still in God’s Presence
so that He can strengthen me and change the things I cannot or would not change myself.
To quote Sarah Young, In Jesus calling:
“Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. Give yourself fully to this adventure of
increased attentiveness to My Presence.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Have a Happy and Blessed New Year!

Lovingly in Christ,


Faith Filled Friday

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Coffee Hour Friend. Come grab a warm cup of
coffee and sit with me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Faith Filled Friday with
Trench Classes United.

Last Friday I shared about stopping to give thanks to God even through our busy days.
Well, God reminded me to do this last week during a difficult time, and boy it was a
beautiful blessing.
My next week was filled with discord between me and hubby. It seemed we were
bickering or disagreeing over every little thing. These small arguments would ignite
anger or frustration from my hubby, which then ignited the same attitude from me. This
is not how God calls me to respond in these kinds of situations, but instead of acting as
God calls me to, I acted in my flesh which never brings any good to any situation.
Colossians 4:6 says: “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with
salt, so that you will know how you should respond.”
Looking back, I am thankful, not for the constant disagreements I was having, but that
Jesus perfectly provided for my every need. He gave me specific scriptures to my
situation. These scriptures were on having peace with one another, no matter the
situation. 1 Corinthians 12:25 AMP says: …”so that there would be no division or
discord in the body {that is, lack of adaptation of the parts to each other}, but that the
parts may have the same concern for one another.”
Let me tell you, allowing my flesh to be bathed in these very scriptures wasn’t an easy
feat. It took an abundance of being before the Lord in prayer and meditating on the
scriptures His Spirit placed on my heart. Each day, I would lay me and my imperfections
down, and ask God to change me, and to help me show love and compassion to my
hubby. Doing this each day brought me a new peace, mercy, grace, and forgiveness for
my hubby.
Romans 14:19, the amplified version was another great reminder which convicted and
confirmed me: “So then, let us pursue {with enthusiasm} the things which make for
peace and the building up one another {things which lead to spiritual growth}.”
As I submitted the disagreements and discord between my hubby and I to the Lord, my
frustration and anger began to dwindle. In other words, I in my flesh began to decrease
as He in me increased. I realized that the enemy is out prowling and feasting on all who
are vulnerable. We were perfect targets for the enemy to wreak havoc on.  He may
have won the first battle, but we won the war through Jesus Christ who sustains and
protects us.
Is there discord between you and someone, your spouse, sibling, friend, co-worker?
Remember who’s behind this, whose desire is to build walls and cause division. Stand
up against the enemy, rebuking him and his lies in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.  I
pray these verses above would be a great comfort to your heart. The hurt may be great,
but I urge you to lay this hurt at the foot of the cross and let Jesus deal with your heart
and the other person as He sees fit. Praise Him, for you aren’t alone in this battle; Jesus
is right beside you every step of the way.

I pray as families gather for the holiday season, we’d all go before the Lord and ask for
an extra dose of grace and mercy for our loved ones.



Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

As I was going through the conversation again and again in my head, the echo that
would sound in the hallways of my heart brought all my scurrying thoughts to a
stop: His love is bigger than any conflict!
Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Thursday’s Trench Truth with
Trench Classes United.
What would conflict look like if we learned to step back instead of jumping
forward with our not-so- thought-out burst of thoughts and defenses? See, most
conflicts are heightened in our own heads. We conjure up all sorts of ways the
other person is going to respond if we say this…or we say that, because we just
know them, right?
It’s been said that there are three sides to every conflict: the two parties involved
and the aerial view, the rational one that can see both sides.
The truth is His love is bigger than any conflict…but how do we experience that
truth so we may put it into practice to use as a tool for conflict resolution?
Join us to learn how to love who you love, a powerful conflict resolution eight-
week class beginning February 1 st!

Click on the link below for your ticket!



Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Philippians 4:12: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to
have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every
situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
As much as I tried not to, I wound up pulled into the craziness of the season…but
only for a couple of days. It was definitely a challenging season, trying to juggle it
all. What pulled me out? Reminding myself that I don’t want to start the New
Year like I was beginning to end the old one!

Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and the final Wednesday’s Word for
2017 with Trench Classes United.
Just like the Season of Christmas, we experience “seasons” in life, seasons of
plenty, seasons of scarcity, of trials and of victories, seasons of desert valleys and
seasons of streams of refreshment and revival. It’s not so much the type of
season that matters, but how we walk through that season.
The reality is that without sadness, how would we know happiness? Without pain
and suffering, how would we experience with all of our being well-being? Without
times of scarcity, how could we really appreciate times of abundance? It is the
not-so-good that helps us to appreciate the good.
Have you ever seen two children laughing incessantly with those sweet childlike
giggles that just warm the soul as they ride a teeter-totter? Often the laughter of
the child on the top is suspended…for just a moment until it’s their turn to
Life is like that, a teeter-totter that is. We must find our childlike joy to enjoy the
ride, through the ups and downs, with our faith unwavering, because when all of
our seasons run out, the only thing that will matter is how we walked through
them and “Who” we clung to.
As this year comes to a close and 2018 is now within our sight, may we learn to
hang on through all the seasons He brings us to and through, and may we
remember, we are not on the ride alone.