Posts Tagged ‘#encouragement’

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.

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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

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

Faith-Filled Friday

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

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

Last week and this week the Holy Spirit has reminded me of what it means to truly have
a heart of thanksgiving. Last week was a week of pain and hurt, and I was consumed
with grief. I was crying out to the Lord, “how much more?” I came before Him with each
obstacle that I faced each day. Although the obstacles caused me pain and hurt, Jesus
was right there to comfort and reassure me of His great love for me, and not only His
love but the love of others He brought to me.

Have you ever noticed that He is constantly sustaining us in each second, minute, and
hour of every day? He is always there lending His strength and love.

Have I stopped and truly thanked Him for providing my every need for each day? Have I
truly praised him for all He has done and has been doing for me? I have been thanking
Him, yes. But, I don’t believe I have truly been giving Him the great praise He so
deserves. As I sat with Him this morning, I was overcome by the Holy Spirit to stop and
just sing out praises to the Lord and thank Him for every single thing he has done for
me and my family.

Philippians 4:19: And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs
from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

I found I had become complacent with my thanksgiving. Thanking him half-heartedly
because frankly I was too busy to stop and give Him the due praises He deserves. Can
you relate with me? Can you relate to being hurt and filled with grief unable to let it go
and let God love you with His great love, and believe that His love would be enough?
When He’s answered your prayers, have you forgotten to thank Him and give Him the
praise for hearing your prayer and providing for your every need?

Psalm 9:1:  “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your
wonderful deeds.

If this is resonating with you today, will you stop right now and count your blessing one
by one? Let Him hear your grateful heart and sing His praises.

Jeremiah 3:19 says: “From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of
rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them
honor, and they will not be disdained.”

Pray with me.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for hearing our prayers. Thank you for sending Your only begotten Son to die
for us. Thank you for loving us in our mess and for forgiving us for all of our sins. Thank
you that each day you give us new mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Lord, without you we
cannot make it through our days victoriously. You calm the seas when they’re raging
and provide the very need when we need it. You repair relationships that seem to be
undone. You bring a new love to what we thought was a dead love. You are Almighty,
Omnificent, Magnificent, Alpha Omega, the beginning and the end. Oh Abba, thank you
for loving us and seeing us as redeemed. Fill us afresh with Your helper, the Holy Spirit,
so we can go out and share your great love with others. Thank you, Jesus, for your
perfect and true love for us. There is none like you, and we sing your praises this
morning, Lord. Fill us with a heart of Thanksgiving!

 

In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen

Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


Live life on purpose!

We are days away from the most celebrated holiday…Christmas! Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word with Trench Classes United.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control…these are the ingredients for living a life on purpose, with intention. As we are coming to the end of another year, I like to ask God for a word to live by for the following year and this is what I heard: Intention. I shake my head in agreement and think, okay, Abba. I like that directive…especially now that I feel like this ministry you’ve called me to is going to start going up the mountain instead of around and around and around…again and again! I wanted to learn about the word. Here’s the path He took me on to make my discovery:

The Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines it in this way:

A determination to act in a certain way: RESOLVE

Oh, my goodness, I just got so excited because I remember years ago learning about that word
“resolve,” which actually is part of the word resolution, as in New Year’s resolutions.

The root word for resolve and resolution is “reso” which according to the Hebrew and Greek
Concordance means: “To partner with the Holy Spirit”!

In other words, He’s there, ready and waiting to help each of us to live with intention.

Intentionally,

Evinda

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Laughter makes truth easier to swallow! Or We laugh harder when we relate more

Have you ever laughed really hard at a joke and then as its truth seeped into your soul, you suddenly
stopped? Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench Truth with Trench Classes United. Join me for a truth about sex jokes!

There are literally hundreds of jokes about sex…and if we’re honest about those less crude but truly
funny, oftentimes we laugh harder when we can relate more! Here are a couple funny quotes about the subject we find it difficult to talk about but easier to joke about:

“Men reach their sexual peak at eighteen. Women reach theirs at thirty-five. Do you get the
feeling that God is playing a practical joke?” ~Rita Rudner

“Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble” ~John Barrymore

“When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $3.95 a minute” ~ Anon

Join me on December 27th as we go live on F.B. to talk about the truth in these jokes!

www.facebook.com/TrenchClassesUnited

Evinda

Megan’s Monday Mantra

Monday, December 18th, 2017

My Mother felt Christmas was too important of a day not to savor. Unwittingly, through our Christmas
Day tradition, she taught my brother and me the virtue of patience. Samuel 1 says, “A lack of patience
can cause you to miss blessings.”
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with Trench Classes United.
My family had a unique Christmas Day tradition. My brother and I did not wake up early Christmas
morning to tear open our presents. We had a schedule. Yes, we would get up early to discover what
Santa left us in our stockings. Then it was time for breakfast, showers, preparing Christmas dinner, and
picking up Grandma. Between longingly coveting the beautifully wrapped presents beneath the tree and
phone calls from friends excitedly telling us what they had gotten, we managed to sit down to dinner
around 1:00 in the afternoon. It was not until dinner was eaten, the table was cleared, and dishes were
washed, that we were we able to gather around the tree to open our presents … one person with one
present at a time – the order dictated by Mom.
She always saved our best gift until last. Our Christmas lasted late into the evening, with pumpkin pie and plum pudding for the grand finale.
The Oxford Dictionary defines patience as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or
suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. When my Mom would remind my brother and I how
important it was to embrace the whole day, as opposed to anxiously waiting to open our presents, we
would smile and shake our heads in agreement, and then roll our eyes when she turned away.
In hindsight, the best gift my brother and I received every Christmas was a lesson in patience – Christ’s
gift to us on His birthday.
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and
patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance
in the light.” Colossians 1:11-12 (HCSB)
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

Faith Filled Friday with Ashley

Friday, December 15th, 2017

He’s able to take you out of your mind!

Come grab a warm cup of coffee and sit with me. Last week I shared a struggle I was going through and the how it taunted me. Today, I want to share with you how the dreaded event went.  Thank you in advance for taking time and joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Faith Filled Friday with Trench Classes United.

I prayed the night before for all the strength and courage for the next day. I woke up filled with unexplainable peace. I just knew today wasn’t going to be as bad as I dreamt up, although I was still a bit hesitant of what to expect, I put on the Armor of God and trusted this peace that I know only comes from our Abba Father.

I was greeted with love and kindness. I was a bit baffled to be greeted so lovingly and it showed me that I had really allowed the enemy to fill my head with dreamt-up things that just weren’t true. Every day, I learn to take my thoughts before the Lord. I ask, “Is this true, Lord?” And when He takes these thoughts from me I know they are from the enemy. I realize now that as far as this situation, that as He was telling me they weren’t true, I was taking back the lies and digesting them. The devil is a vicious beast out to turn us against each other, using his lies to make us feel less than, unwanted, or unlovable.

We’ll it worked for a bit, but our God is great! I stepped out in faith trusting and knowing I wasn’t alone; that my Abba was right beside me. That day that I dreaded so much that it kept me up at night, well, it turned out to be a wonderful day.  A day where I met new people and spent time with people I feared. I went in with God’s love and trusted Him. And you know what? He provided all the love I needed.

The Lord is faithful and He will strengthen and protect you from evil one. 2nd Thessalonians 3:3 tells us this.

He always wants the very best for us. He wants us to feel loved and cherished. He sees all the good in you and me. He knew that day was not going to be easy for me. He knew that my going was a huge step of faith for me, and because I was obedient and went, He blessed me more than I could have ever imagined. He gave me a great compassion for someone who has always been so difficult for me. Now I pray each day that I could love her today more than the day before.

Pursue the things which make for peace and the building up one another. Romans 14:19.

Coffee Hour Friend, I learned a big lesson with this past struggle: Don’t consume and digest the lies of the enemy. Don’t allow him to have that power over you. You see, he wants us to be divided, to dislike or hate one another.

Remember, we are broken vessels being restored by a great Father, and every day His grace, mercy and forgiveness are new to us. Why then shouldn’t it be given to those who once have hurt us? Prayer wakes us up with mercies from God that are “new every morning” Lamentations 3:23

We are called to love not just those who love us back, but the unlovable. I encourage you if there is someone who has hurt you and still does today show them God’s love and compassion. Give them that grace and mercy that you think they don’t deserve and watch what God does. It’s an amazing thing, but please know that I know just how difficult a task this is because I have been called to do the same. It is not by my strength or my love that makes this possible but through the Father’s love. All we need to do is ask and He will provide more than you could ever imagine.

Can you take this step of Faith with me today, and don’t forget to look up Ephesians 6:13-24  and apply Gods Armor over you today!

Love,

Ashley

 

Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Life’s not perfect; just breathe!

Have you ever been told to just breathe, and then do this: hmmmmmmmm? Ah, the power in relaxed breathing and what we can learn! Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Thursday’s Trench Truth with Trench Classes United and Jenn Woosley who shares Lessons from Yoga!

Yoga is not about holding a pose perfectly. It’s about focusing on breathing in the moment. The poses are challenging, difficult, yes, but the key is paying attention to your breath coming in and going out. And what is breath? The life that God breathed into us…and graciously allows us to have every new day we’re alive.

Life is not about having things perfect, though we hear a lot about that. Perfect behavior, perfect families, perfect relationships, perfect holidays; the list could go on. Let’s be honest; none of that exists. Living in expectation of perfection or how things “should” be leads to tears and disappointments.

Instead, focusing on the One who gave us our breath in and through the hard times in our lives is what counts. In so doing, we’ll find the strength to hold on to our faith when it’s dark, when we’re challenged and when hope seems far away.

Just like in yoga, one day the pose that seemed so difficult will come more naturally…and so will hope, smiles, and joy if we just focus on and breathe in the moment.

Jenn