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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

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
ride.
 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,

Evinda

 

 

 

 

 

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
fun!

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
resolution?

Truthfully,

Evinda

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
before?

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

Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan