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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!

Imperfect

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,

Jennifer

Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, January 4th, 2018


It’s rather telling when you go to dinner with your spouse and look around and
you see other couples…on their phones and not speaking a word! You know what
I’m talking about, right?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Thursday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
In a world of social connection, we seem to be disconnecting from one another.
Studies are proving that phone/computer games, text messaging are taking the
place of face-to- face connection, crippling communication on so many levels.
Likes, hearts, shares and re-tweets are how we feed our egos. Cyber bullying is at
its highest ever!
How do we connect with those we love in such a technologically-driven, fast-
paced society?

Join us for our next trench class to learn how to connect healthily with those in
your circle of love.

howtolovewhoyoulove.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you there!

Evinda

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
problem.
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
2018.

Amen!

Evinda

 

 

 

 

P.S. Don’t forget to join us for our Facebook live convo tonight at 6:00 PST…Love,
Sex and NO Rose Ceremony!

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018


When you watch shows like, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” don’t those
dates look amazing? I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love with $3000 dates with a
helicopter ride, a candlelit dinner on the edge of a volcano in an unheard of
country?

Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United. Come on in for a moment of truth and an
invitation, too.
Could it be that we’re in love with the idea of being in love because of how shows
like The Bachelor and/or the Bachelorette hype up the romance? The best time
for romance is in marriage!

Join us January 3 rd to talk about love, sex, and no rose ceremony!

Evinda

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,

Megan

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.

Love,

Ashley

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!

howtolovewhoyoulove.eventbrite.com

Love,

Evinda

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
descend.
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.

Love,

Evinda

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Christmas is over but S_ _ is still causing many to be naughty and not nice!
Why is that? Why is it so difficult to stay out of bed before marriage and even harder to
get in bed when married? Let’s face it; for many of us, sex has become a chore…but
why? Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and a moment of truth
today with Trench Classes United.
If you are anything like me, you may cringe just hearing the word SEX, but why is that?
Why do we dirty it with our junk and misunderstand and therefore misuse its purpose?
For me, it’s a myriad of reasons, the first of which is the way I was raised, believing it
was a shameful act, and then being molested compounded that belief. But I know better
now, and yet…
Why have we become so complacent about the gift of intimate connection? Do we use
sex as a weapon, a way to withhold and/or punish instead of the gift it’s meant to be?
Many of the problems with sex are rooted in misperceptions which if we traced them, go
a long way back in our genealogy.
Oh, Coffee Hour Friend, I am so excited about our upcoming Facebook Live next week
and I am excited to learn that I may have freedom in this area and begin to experience it
the way God intended it inside the protection of marriage: beautifully and uninhibitedly!

Truthfully,

 

Evinda

Monday’s Mantra

Monday, December 25th, 2017


Did you know …

The word Christmas comes from the Old English “Cristes Maesse” meaning “Christ’s Mass.” The holly in
a wreath symbolizes Christ’s crown of thorns, while the red berries symbolize the drops of His blood.
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with Trench Classes United.
Most of us grew up believing the Twelve Days of Christmas is nothing more than a song about the days
leading up to Christmas. Some believe the Christmas carol was written in code, with a hidden message.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. It
was during this time of severe religious persecution that The Twelve Days of Christmas was written. Each
verse refers to a teaching of church doctrine. Each element in the song is a code word for religious truth.
Every verse of The Twelve Days of Christmas begins with “my true love gave to me.” “My true love” is a
reference to God the Father;

Day 1: The partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus Christ.
Day 2: The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments.
Day 3: Three French hens stand for faith, hope, and love.
Day 4: The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
Day 5: The five golden rings represent the first 5 books of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew
Torah or the Pentateuch.
Day 6: The six geese-a- laying stand for the six days of creation.
Day 7: The seven swans-a- swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Day 8: The eight maids-a- milking are the eight Beatitudes.
Day 9: Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Day 10: The ten lords-a- leaping are the Ten Commandments.
Day 11: Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
Day 12: Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

The Twelve Days of Christmas actually starts on Christmas Day and ends with the arrival of the gift-bearing
Wise Men (The Epiphany) on January 6th . The total number of gifts given and received in the
song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, is 364 – only one fewer gift than the number of days in a year!
Imagine giving and receiving a gift a day, every single day … except for your one annual day off! Yet, the
gift we are able to both give and receive daily resides in our very own hearts – His love, and there is no
greater gift than this.

I pray this Christmas Day will find your hearts overflowing with His divine love for you.
The famous composer, J.S. Bach, inscribed most of his musical scores with “In dem Namen Jesus”
translated; In the name of Jesus.

So, with the same heart and spirit, In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

Megan