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Monday’s Mantra

Monday, December 19th, 2016


Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and Trench Classes United. It’s always good to have a splash of perspective, especially around this time of year. Grab your favorite beverage and join me for a splash of perspective and a little Christmas message from my heart to yours!


It is not about the presents under the Christmas tree,

But the presence of love we feel from friends and family

It’s not about the shopping that we feel we must do

But about the gift that has been given freely to me and you

The gift is a gift that money can’t buy

The birth, death & resurrection of Christ is for you and I

Nor is it about making a list and then checking it twice

And buying countless gifts for the naughty or the nice

The reason for the season isn’t about all the debt and stress

It’s a season to offer special gifts such as patience and forgiveness

Or maybe a gift of time for one whose time is running out

A meal for a family in need to encourage hope where there is doubt

Or maybe someone needs a helping hand to accomplish a tedious chore

Yes, these are the kinds of gifts that keep on giving forever more

Oh that we would take the materialism out of this season

And in its place remember redemption is our reason

Acts of kindness come freely to and from those walking in His Spirit

They will outlive materialism though the world doesn’t want to hear it

The gifts of Love, joy, peace, patience, don’t need a reason

Nor does kindness, gentleness or self-control have to have a season! EL

May the gifts of the season guide you to and through the New Year!




Tuesday’s Trench Lessons 4 Life

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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I have been feeling pretty lost and alone in life. I feel like, although I have many plans, I am going nowhere fast. I overwhelm myself with a to-do list a mile long. There are schedules I want to implement with the kids. I would like to practice decorating pastries so I can open my own small business. I have a goal to study the scriptures every day, without fail. I have many suggestions that would help my husband and me to get along better, and to spend more time together. I have idea after idea of things that would improve the house, and help it run smoother.

I think of tons of things that could possibly enhance the enjoyment of my life, but I am frozen in uncertainty. I put such pressure on myself to get these things done, and to do them to perfection, that I do not even take the first step to accomplish them. If I were to just rely on myself, and stop here, I know I will continue to feel lost and alone. Thankfully, I have a wonderful family, great friends, and a loving Heavenly Father!

I have been guided in my life these last few months. There have been awesome people placed in my life to encourage me. I have had to face situations recently that have helped me grow stronger and wiser. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone. And you know what? I have absolutely loved it! I have begun to accept the fact that the Lord is on my side, and everything will work out the way it should. With that knowledge, I have felt less alone, less lost.

I have also been guided to serve. If you are ever feeling down about your situation, help someone else with theirs!!! I was prompted by the Spirit multiple times to help out a few friends, and I was blessed immeasurably by it. All I had set out to do was help my friend, but I received the blessing. Isn’t it so beautiful how that works?

There are many places in the scriptures that speak of charity and service, but there are two that I was guided to share with you. The first is…when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are in the service of your God. And the second is found in 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Actually, chapter 13 in its entirety is super awesome. If we don’t have charity, we have nothing. I just wanted to share that and tell you that charity can be the smallest thing. If out of the blue, you think about a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while, send a little card in the mail, or give them a call to see how they are. If you have a feeling that someone needs a visit from you, find the time and stop by. I have found when I am struggling the most human contact is the biggest help. Hug someone. Smile at someone. Say, “It is such a beautiful day today” to a complete stranger. Compliment someone with no desire of reciprocation! Consideration and joy are the biggest gifts you can share with your fellow humans. Please try to share of yourself this week, and notice how you will be blessed by it.


Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

Friday, June 12th, 2015
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I’m so happy you could join me today. Grab your coffee and let’s look into a question: Does God have a return policy?”  Lately, does it feel as though life has been like mini tornados going off at varied times? If you answered yes, well, you’re not alone; it certainly has been for me. In the last several weeks it has been pretty tough and today was my, as they say, “I’ve hit a wall” kind of a day. I couldn’t put my finger on it until I began taking inventory and realized that I’m coming up on my mother-in-law’s one-year anniversary of her graduation to Heaven. And yes I have been reflecting. I’ve had some pretty hard days thinking back on how difficult she was with her Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has had a family member or friend with this disease understands that it robs you of who you are; it literally steals your identity. There were many times I would go over to help take care of her and find she had no clue of who I was. Now mind you, I’ve been married to her son for 43 years so one would think that would be enough for her to recall me. Yet again, I would introduce myself and say “Hi mom, remember me?” and still see the void and blank look on her face; which spoke volumes.

My heart felt saddened for her yet during those times the one thing that would stir her soul and bring life to her face would be singing songs. Now being a Pastor of a church in Colton, California many years ago, she would lead the choir and church in victorious songs, songs that would bring down heaven.  So when I’d begin to sing those songs, something happened… within her mind something seemed to click and you could see her expression turn from a hard disparaging look to a look of joy and contentment and soon she would join me singing with all that was within her, not skipping a beat.

Oh how I miss hearing her sing and pray; she surely could get a hold of heaven!!

We too must often be reminded, as I reminded Rod’s mom of songs long ago, of God’s promises. The moment I began speaking the Word of God she would finish the verse for me. Oh to know that she knew His word in her heart made for such a blessing for us all. God’s word never ever returns void…it’s not empty…and does not have a return policy. Isaiah 55:11 reminds us “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

So when life comes at us in a way that seems like a tornado and everything seems to be in disarray, no matter what you may be experiencing right this very moment or if you’ve been going through tornadoes for a while, know you can reach deep down inside of you and pull out the very Word of God you need. How and why you ask; because the word is hidden in your heart and His word will accomplish what He pleases.

God’s word will sustain you and give you peace just as the rain falls on and feeds the earth; that’s a promise and it’s not something you just forget. When Rod’s mom seemed distant and empty, when we began to sing and speak His Word life returned to her. His Word brings life even at its lowest of times. Embrace His word: memorize it, write it down, tape it to your mirror, whatever it takes that will bring you to His promises that are within you.

His word doesn’t have a return policy; that is something we can count on! May your weekend be filled with great expectations of a new promise from His word…and remember…keep Him close to your heart


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Faith Filled Fridays From Croley’s Corner of Chicklit Power

Friday, June 5th, 2015
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“But Master”…Simon answered, “We’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets” Luke 5:5 NIV

Good morning to all our coffee hour friends. What a great glorious Friday to be alive.  Grab your favorite beverage, journal and let’s get started.

Have you ever found yourself arguing with God or for that matter tried to state your point?  If you’re honest, you can assuredly, maybe even sheepishly, answer yes!

We spent a weekend with our son and his family recently and certainly had a great time, until trouble brewed with the grandchildren. As grandparents, boy is it hard not to interfere. And for the most part, when being corrected, they will surrender to their actions with no further arguing. However, this time I overheard one say, “But dad!”  When it was all said and done, daddy’s insights were spot on and then the blessings took over.

We will find today in Luke 5:1-11 that there was one man named Simon who is later known as Simon Peter, who figured he could argue with Jesus. Really, argue with Jesus?  Let’s take a look into this passage and see what’s in store for Simon Peter and for many others included.

One of the first sermons Jesus ever gave was from a boat. It was Simon’s boat. You see, Simon’s fishing business was in a slump. They had just fished all night and caught nothing.  When Jesus arrived, He picked Simon Peter’s boat to teach to the multitudes and asked him to push out a little from land. When He had stopped speaking, Jesus said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”

You say to yourself, really, Simon; you just witnessed Jesus healing your wife’s mother and you question Jesus’ ability? Sure enough, when Simon let go, Jesus blessed them. They caught so many fish their nets were breaking. Jesus knew, yet pressed Simon to go beyond what his eyes were seeing.

We all, at one time or another, have felt the pressures of life. We’ve had our share of wearisome times, wringing our hands wondering where the next provision was coming and the “needs list” just seemed to grow, like a Chia pet.  We must find ourselves at a place in our lives whether to trust God and then determine that God’s word never ever fails. Simon Peter had to choose to either trust in the very words of Jesus or argue and deal with the consequences of his unwise decision. Simon almost missed a blessing not only for himself but for others as well.

Do you see here the perpetuation of God’s blessings? When there are times of drought in our lives…we must press in. We must hear what the Master is saying and not be so eager to argue:”But Master!”   When Jesus is requiring something from us we must be willing to let go of what we hold so closely to our hearts. Just like when Simon Peter fell at the feet of Jesus with sorrow, and Jesus with His sweet words responded to Peter: “Don’t be afraid.”

He is our source of everything and knows our situation. He is more than willing to bless His children when we say “Ok, Master”!

Hope your weekend will be full. Until next week, Love,

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The gift of gentleness

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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EL pen Logo with heartHappy Thursday! It’s a great day to share Coffee Hour. Did you remember to bring your piece of red yarn? If you didn’t, you’ll want to make sure to get it for our next Coffee Hour and every Coffee Hour thereafter. I probably should have started the New Year with us doing this, but that’s okay. As long as you have it by the time we meet for our first monthly WOW, which will be next week. Grab your coffee and let me explain the significance of the red yarn before we conclude with our shopping spree!

If you have a Bible, you may be aware that the New Testament uses red letters any time Jesus actually speaks to us, but I say that the entire Bible is woven with the red thread of God’s grace whose cost was the Blood of Jesus for God knew of our original sin and our need for a Savior. Now if you have not experienced that yet, that’s okay; keep this red strand of yarn with you when you come to Coffee Hour and every time you read something that speaks to your heart and/or encourages you in some way, even a tiny bit, tie a knot in that strand of yarn. My prayer is that within a few months, you will have so many knots, big and small that there’s no way that sucker’s coming unraveled!

What does the strand of yarn represent? It is symbolic to your faith/faithfulness. Can you just imagine holding it up after a couple of months and seeing all sorts of knots in it? How unlikely will it – your faith — become unraveled even in the toughest of times? This is a powerful and fun exercise that I actually started in A Cup of Grace for the Day devotional but because I am receiving comments from all over the world from Coffee Hour Friends about their Red Strand of Faith, and how their strand of yarn, and their faith, is getting stronger every day, I thought why not do this in 2015!

red_yarnI don’t know about you, but I’m hoping that my strand looks as thick as a rope because of all its knots. Let’s tie some knots together! And as we journey in the days, weeks and months ahead through our Coffee Hours, please, let me know how your Red Strand of Faith is doing!

Now, let’s get back to this final gift in our shopping spree, the gift of gentleness. Oh, to truly grasp these gifts will have us shopping less and giving more to those we come in contact with along the way.

Gentleness as a noun denotes fairness, moderation, sweet reasonableness. This word also translates to “meekness,” and I absolutely love the word picture the definition actually paints: power in control. So in other words, that image of a bull in a china cabinet that I can sometimes get of myself is not meekness. This definition has truly helped me keep a seal on an otherwise ready-to-blow emotional gasket

Gentleness/meekness does not insist on the letter of the law; it expresses reasonableness and wisdom from above.  We’ve all heard the term legalism, and actually, we throw it around within the church as if it were a ping pong ball, accusing many of this missing the mark, unknowingly becoming legalistic in our own legalism! The best way to avoid this bipolar opposite of gentleness/meekness is to stay in our own cars, in our own lanes and out of anybody else’s whom we feel is driving their car inappropriately, or illegally, not according to the law. God’s a great big God and can handle the lawbreakers; we must continue to be peacemakers!

When we are walking in and with the gift of gentleness/meekness, we are being … fair, kind, reasonable, sweet … It’s the form of being that God has called each of us to.

As I’ve mentioned before, I used to refer to myself as a bull in a china cabinet, seriously. I was so abrasive, and to this day, I must watch how I say things. See, I rarely experienced gentleness as a child; consequently, my view of God was not one of gentleness and meekness. I used to think He was up there playing monopoly with my life, sending me directly to different forms of jail. The God I envisioned was stern, mean and a cause-and-effect kind of god smiling only when I was behaving in a way I thought was worthy!

It wasn’t until later in my unpacking process, that I realized my own actions and lack of gentleness and meekness wound me up in self-made prisons of various forms. His gentle peeling back of many deep and painful layers revealed I was harboring feelings of anger and frustration towards God for the abuse I had endured as a child. As He cleared all that distorted thinking away, wiping away the wound and suffering, He showed me and told me that every time someone hurt/abused me, He wept.

But His timing of that revelation was when He knew I was ready to receive it. He used gentleness and meekness to appropriate that deep healing. He didn’t force His way into my life. That was when my perception of Him began to change and I began to experience His sweet reasonableness.

To this day, His gentleness/meekness is softening my rough edges and the image of me as a bull in a china cabinet only appears now and then.

Do you see Him as your God of gentleness/meekness? The Bible says that He stands at the door of your heart and knocks: He doesn’t stand there kicking it or banging on it. Knocking implies that He waits and He won’t force His way in. He’s a gentleman with gentle and meek ways.

Since He didn’t force His way into my life or His ways into my life and heart, and He won’t in yours either, why should we force ours on others?  Gentleness when extended is a gift that has the power to change hearts, and when hearts change, lives change.

We’ve been shopping and talking for a while now, so I’ll let you go for now and I promise to finish up this series and our fun shopping spree next week. Besides, I forgot, there is one more gift, the one that sort of holds all the others and we can’t end our shopping spree without it! Don’t forget your Red Strand of Faith so we can begin tying some knots together.

Join us tomorrow for Faith Filled Fridays with Debbie Croley!


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Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Friday, December 26th, 2014
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What is, in a name?

The angel Gabriel said, you will name him Jesus.  Luke 2:31 NKJV

Good after Christmas Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. We certainly had a relaxing time, lots of laughing, eating tons of food from homemade goodies to a wonderful dinner hosted by our children!

I have five “the apple of my eye” grandchildren and each one is very special for their own reason. When we’re all together, I sometimes call one by another’s name…and with the look of exasperation on their faces they say to me:”Tutu, my name is Abbagail, not Jordan!” It can get confusing when they’re altogether clamoring for my attention and talking all at once.

Oh, in case you hadn’t figured it out, my name for grandma is Tutu; it’s Hawaiian. The last several weeks I’ve felt compelled to share about names. So grab your favorite cup of something delicious, your journal and join me as we shed some light on the meaning of a name.

Name: “A word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.”

When we’re told (as women) we are expecting what’s usually the first thing we do?  Naturally we want to know the gender of the baby and when we’re told, unsurprisingly, the excitement is more than we can contain! Although back in my day that wasn’t really an option, with technology nowadays it’s easily attainable to find out whether it’s a boy or girl. And for the most part when we do find out, we start the hunt for a name… yet for some they want to wait and see the baby before they pronounce their given name.

We can find ourselves inundated with so much information about a name. We buy books; search the web to find the meaning and the origin of a name. There are those who like to make up names and there are those who love that good old-fashioned, traditional name. There are namesakes that have been passed down from generation to generation and when their names are mentioned, we think of that person and how precious is that little one that carries on such a treasured name.

There is something to be said about a name. A name identifies who they are. Your name describes just that….who you are!

Now if you were to call me by a different name other than Debbie, there’s a pretty good chance I probably won’t answer you. Let me ask you, what comes to mind when you mention a person’s name? Do you think of their personality….their character? For example, when you hear the names Moses, Noah, Ruth and Naomi, or how about David and Goliath, what comes to mind? Their names depict who they are and how we know them from the Bible.Names of God

During the Christmas Season the name of Jesus is mentioned more often than any other English word. In Isaiah 9:6, it says: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”.

The angel Gabriel said, “You will name him Jesus.”  Luke 2:31.

What is in a name?

As the year 2014 is quickly coming to a close, let’s be reminded of what IS in HIS name!

He is your: Strong Tower: Proverbs 18:10; Author and Finisher of your Faith: Hebrews 12:2; Bread of Life: John 6:32; Cornerstone: Psalm 118:22; Refuge from the Storm: Isaiah 25:4; Light of the World: John 8:12; Bridegroom: Matthew 9:15…just to name a few!

I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever Psalm 45:17 NKJV

….and the people called Him Jesus…. He was a man for all time!!!

Have a super blessed and safe New Year’s Eve….see you next year!!


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Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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So that we might be enabled to carry out His love

Colossians 3:12-16   Nevertheless…. above all these things, put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Good Friday morning, I am blessed by your responses and comments to the Power Friday blogs. It’s always reassuring that a “thought provoking word” is being spoken to someone …always hopeful of bringing encouragement, so today let me share what fills my heart and hopefully brings inspiration to you this busy time of year.

We’re definitely into the Christmas season… lights everywhere you look….songs being played on the radio; even the smell of Christmas penetrates many stores. It’s easy to see how we can get enveloped in all the events and occasions that takes place.

The traffic always seems to be heavier….I can’t understand where all these people come from and where they are all year long! But it can be a bit nerve-racking….well, in all honesty, it’s crazy out there. We often find ourselves in such a hurry traveling from one store to the next to get the best deals…waving people to get out of our way… yes….a bit extreme, I know,  but you get my point.

During the Christmas Season far too many are searching, needing someone or something to fulfill them. Many people feel very lonely and broken. This brings me to my point of not just celebrating Christmas just on Christmas Day but to be the example of Christ in Christmas, everyday!

I’m leaving you a small gift to help encourage others about His great love and how it can be activated through you in the days ahead. My hope is that it will be encouraging and remind us to take our eyes off ourselves for that one brief moment and speak a word of love, hope, joy, peace, and in this alone, knowing that our opportunities are vast to the many we will come in contact with.

Take each day scheduled and apply it, through you and although we’re already into the second week, there’s still time to put into practice the days that remain, and not just for the Christmas season.

To the tune of “On the First Day of Christmas my true love said to me”

On each 31 days of Christmas my Jesus said to me….

  1. Love many
  2. Be full of Joy
  3. Be at Peace
  4. Have Patient and Endurance
  5. Speak Kindness
  6. Ensure Goodness
  7. Have Faith and Faithfulness
  8. Consider Gentleness
  9. Be Self-Disciplined
  10. Be long suffering
  11. Remain kind to others
  12. Do not envy
  13. Don’t parade self
  14. Don’t get puffed up
  15. Don’t behave rudely, or seek your own
  16. Don’t be provoked (the pushiness of people sure can provoke us)
  17. Think no evil, nor rejoice in sin (traffic can be a killer)
  18. Rejoices in the truth
  19. Bears all things
  20. Believes all things
  21. Hopes all things
  22. Endures all things (even if someone gets the last gift off the shelf)
  23. Put on tender mercies (look through the eyes of compassion)
  24. Kindness
  25. Humility: and a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying”Glory to God in the highest peace on earth good will towards men.”
  26. Put on Meekness
  27. Be Longsuffering…..when you’re standing in line, exchanging a gift
  28. Bearing one another forgiving one another
  29. Put on Love and let the peace of God rule in your heart
  30. Let Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
  31. And especially be thankful….God has been good to you this year!

Paul personifies love as shown in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 that as a person who acts in the ways Christ did — imitating  Him and allowing His unconditional love to permeate our attitude –0 that this should invade our motives, our thoughts, our words and our actions.

God always provides the grace and empowerment so that we might be enabled to carry out His love. With God’s wisdom present in this way, the ethical and moral demands of Christian love can be lived out in every part of our lives, even during the Christmas season.

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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
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EL pen Logo with heart1st Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.


Thank you for stopping by for our Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power! I never tire sharing from my heart to yours! I realize that it hasn’t been but a few days since we completed May’s WOW, but I’m trying desperately to come up for air and get back on track after finishing a 300-page curriculum so, would you care to join me for June’s Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare, do we can get ‘er done before June is gone! 🙂

Have you ever acted, or reacted based on an assumption that you found out after the fact was wrong? Isn’t that just the worst? Talk about a huge piece of humble pie. The examples are almost countless. I remember when I was nearly drowning in my insecurities; whenever I would first come around a group of people who I was seeking approval and acceptance from, I just knew that when I walked in the room and they stopped talking, it was because they had been talking about me … and it had to of been all negative!

Or have you ever thought you were well-schooled in a particular subject only to discover you were more un-learned? I could go on and on with examples, and maybe you can share one of yours with me, but for the sake of time, let’s get to our WOW.

Now the words preceding this particular verse are actually speaking about our giftedness that we use in and out of the Church, i.e., wisdom, knowledge — and there is a difference but that’s for a different blog! – faith, gifts of healing … all from the Spirit and then Paul goes on to talk about the greatest gift over all is love/charity. He is also telling us in the preceding verses that our giftedness isn’t perfected until the Perfect One comes. So he’s comparing now to then, meaning present to what is to come. Our gifts are to be used for His glory until His glory comes! In other words, our gifts are but a candle whose flame will be lost in the Rising Son when He comes.

But that’s not all I get from our WOW – which is how His Word is; it is alive and active, meeting us right where we are, thereafter changing us forward. And maybe I’ll be speaking just to myself about this interpretation because of what is going on in my life, especially in a particular situation where I’m left with only assumptions due to a loss of contact and I dare not act on those assumptions.

Join me tomorrow for the conclusion to Never as it seems …

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Monday’s Manna from Castro’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Monday, May 26th, 2014
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Happy Memorial Day! Whether you got called into work today, or are off in observance of the Memorial Day, please take time out of your day to thank someone who has actively served or is serving in our armed forces. So many sacrifices have been made by these brave young men and women to preserve our liberties and we are blessed for their service to our Country.

Last week we ventured through 2 Chronicles and the book of Isaiah as we covered the nation of Israel’s return to obedience. Through consecration and sanctification, the Israelites had returned to their first love- Yahweh. The transformation that takes place within our hearts once we have rededicated ourselves to the will of our Father reestablishes our relationship with God. As believers we are either backsliding, stagnant, or are growing in Christ. I’ve been through all three phases within my own walk, but through fellowship, prayer, and regimented reading of God’s Word we have the tools necessary to grow as Christians.

Last week was a great week. It was one of those weeks where I felt like I had caught up with a majority of my tasks at work and I was ahead of schedule in planning for our big charity event on June 25th! I often bite off more than I can chew, but in planning for this event I knew that it was all about making that deadline. As we all know, the enemy loves preying on those who are physically, spiritually, and emotionally depleted. I was the prefect prey last week and the enemy laid it on me…hard. The aftershocks of conviction were just as heavy and my shameful act of distancing myself from God followed.

Conviction adversely affects everything- my attitude, prayer, reading, worshiping, and fellowshipping. Later that week one of our members walked up to me and asked how my week was going. I told him how I had recently felt distanced from God, so he shared a few things with me. He reminded me that our heart is what God searches. God had seen my desperation, my weakness in trusting in him, but God had also seen my longing to return to Him.

It’s incredible how much you can learn through making mistakes. I have never perceived my own shortcomings, which are too numerous to count, as spiritual opportunities. God’s ability to work in these situations exemplifies what true grace and love is all about. Growing is learning and although painful at times, God knows our hearts and seeks our submission to Him and His perfect will.

I wanted to leave you all with the verse bellow. I know God will continue to bless each and every one of you. I’m excited that God is working in your lives and it’s incredible to see God’s hand moving within this ministry. God Bless You!

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139: 1-12).


Garret Castro

How to Mend a Broken Heart-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Psalm 147:3

He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds!


Oh, it’s so good to be with you and begin a new WOW for May, which is more than halfway gone! (Stay in the moment, Evinda; stay in the moment!) Anyway, if you’re new to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power, WOW stands for weapons of warfare and/or words of wisdom and they are used to encourage us in the journey, and more often than not, they address something within me that He wants to correct in me and thereafter write thru me to share with you. So from my heart to yours, I want to share with you how He mends a broken heart, just as He did for me in the recent past … and will have to do again, and again, until I see Him face to face! Grab your coffee and come on in.

Have you ever been hurt by someone you love? If you say no, I’ll be totally shocked! 🙂 Can I come to your planet? 🙂

Why do I say that? I say that with confidence because we are people who hurt people, and whether intentional or unintentional, it is inevitable. I think when it “feels” intentional is when the hurt really hurts the most, especially if it’s caused by someone we’ve come to love and trust, i.e., your spouse, your BFF, a sibling.

What you don’t see can continue to hurt you, and undetected hurts create habits which turn into hang-ups. I love what Rick Warren says in the Celebrate Recovery © book: “Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your body.”

Well, I had a profound opportunity to put into practice what He’s been writing/teaching through me in our Transform curriculum. In fact, I think this particular “hurt” happened towards the end of our Relationship trench class and while in the beginning stages of writing the curriculum for the Transform trench class — I honestly don’t remember, which is a good thing, if you think about it! I’m not hanging on to “it” anymore; just being blessed by the truth of Him using it to refine me and make me more into His image.

See I know in my heart that if I would have buried it, pretended it didn’t happen, and/or not forgiven the one(s) who hurt me, it would have turned into an internal infection and we all know that an infection left untreated threatens physical, emotional and spiritual health.

I just got this analogy because of something that happened recently with my step-son’s new wife: a buried hurt is like a spider bite, but not just any spider bite: a poisonous one, like a black widow. So his wife, unbeknownst to her, was bitten by a black widow on the face, near her eye, and also on the back of her leg. She had no idea, but within days, both bites manifested themselves so big and full of infection that she had to have surgery to have them removed!

The surgeon admitted that when he opened up each of the wounds, they were filled with closed pockets of infection that never would have healed without surgery. Granted, a buried hurt may not move as quickly but can be just as deadly and requires open-heart surgery!

Join me tomorrow for more of this true story that helped to mend my broken heart… again and again and again.

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