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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

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

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!

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

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

Highlights from Thriving in Life & Love from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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EL pen Logo with heartThanks for stopping by today. I’m still lost in all that happened at our Thriving in Life and Love event we held this past Saturday. Grab your coffee and come on in. I’d like to share some of the highlights.

I stood in my little room watching out from my window as the event began. I absolutely loved how our emcees interacted with the audience; they were both a breath of fresh air for our final event of the year! So humorously engaging!

I prayed for humor, as I always do, and I never know how He’s going to supply it, but let me tell you, He didn’t let us down! My sound pack which I wore on the back of my dress went out in the midst of my talk, and I went with it as it made all kinds of crackling noises and I crumpled to the ground to demonstrate my batteries had run out! I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but it was His perfect timing!

The message He spoke through me was rooted in the acrostic TRUTH-(Trust,Resolve to Respect, Understand your emotional dashboard, Taking the good with the Bad, and Halting instant gratification) and I did a visual alongside the message that He showed me quite some time ago. Basically it involves the lies we buy, which is the dirt inside of us, and the truth we need to learn to take in, which is water, and at first, what’s inside of us is all muddy, painful and most of the time, people run from that point on, not ready to stir it up and add more truth!

I’ve heard from several people that they are adding water to their dirt, and I’m beyond grateful and humbled, excited that He answered my prayer that hearts and lives would change!

Our second half was started off with an exciting round of raffle gifts from our Radical Raffle (over $3,000 in prizes) and then we opened up our Thrive, Not Just Survive, T.V. Talk Show with Steve . . . Oh, he gets better and better and I just love his heart! He brought four people up to play a game to demonstrate that a lot of us don’t know how to have fun! Boy did he make the point, but with such love and humor!

The closing was every bit as powerful wherein we asked any who wanted to come forward and commit to the 10 Ways to Thrive in Life and Love by taking a book marker off of the

a holy moment . . .

a holy moment . . .

cross . . . Everyone came forward …

That Holy Spirit moment, when nothing else matters, none of the details, the numbers, but lives and hearts changing, accepting new truths to bring false truths to the surface that they may reach their Destination? Joyful! ™

And to the team . . . WOW, each one of you is every bit as important as Steve and me! If I could do this behind a curtain, I would. I love knowing there’s you, and my heart is sad knowing we are going to not see each other as much since we will not be having an event for over a year (5th anniversary party) but I am praying that each of you prayerfully consider your new place in this ministry as it heads to the trenches to do some serious life-changing work!

Learning to thrive,

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Evinda

Power Fridays-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Friday, November 15th, 2013
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Welcome to our Power Friday at Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power. Grab your coffee and come on in.

Little by little, I am learning my limits and I’m sure He has used a whole host of people and circumstances to get me to realize them. In some ways, I can be a slow learner, especially when it comes to saying no and/or over-extending myself in the name of a good cause.

I know He is continuing to use this ministry to lead me to be free of me, layer by layer, piece by piece. The days and circumstances leading up to the last event spoke to me, so profoundly, a message that I finally not only understand but will incorporate into my heart and live out in my life. Everything does not have “due today” stamped across it and since menopause seems to be taking little mouse-size chunks of my brain and twisting it, lists have become incredibly important and yet, I must not race to list, either, meaning, I don’t have to fill the paper up!

That’s where this power thought comes from and I pray it speaks to your heart, causing you to enjoy the moments and not race through them!

If life has become a race, then it’s time to slow down.

Living in the moment and not planning the next one . . .

Evinda

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Invitation Tuesdays-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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Oh, what a difference a week makes! Grab your coffee and come on in for some event updates.

So something a lot of you didn’t know is our amazing Patty, CPM’s assistant got an amazing job offer for a full time job, a job that she had applied for a year before coming to us! About two months after starting with CPM, she began to get phone calls from them and after seven of them, she knew she had to at least check it out. Well, of course they hired her! She’s amazing. The second to her last day, she brought me a resume of someone who is a Harvard graduate and to be honest, I paid very little attention to it because there was no way I wanted to try and train someone only to lose them again, especially in the midst of planning an event!

Oh, friends, if you ever think God doesn’t care about all that concerns you, or if you believe He doesn’t know how to laugh, let me tell you, those are two HUGE lies from the devil. Let me explain what I mean. After several weeks of no assistant and wondering why God had taken the amazing one I had and placed her somewhere else, juggling marriage, working and ministry, while riding the wild broom ride of menopause too, oh, and don’t forget another sinus infection, I snap! Yup, and not a clean snap, either! Ugly is the first word that comes to mind. Anyway, I let my board know, we have four applications, three of which I’d like to interview, and so we set them up for the same Saturday as our event team meeting.

We interviewed two ladies; and yes, one of them being the Harvard graduate. There were four of us in the interviews and I know we were all wondering, what in the world is a Harvard graduate doing applying for a part-time job in a ministry? None of us were prepared for her answer but her answer convinced all of us that we not only needed her, she needed to be a part of ministry! So all that to say, CPM now has another assistant and the only reason I brag upon her Harvard degree is to bring home the truth that when God is serving, He doesn’t just served chopped liver or hamburger but He serves the best of the best. Do you realize, because I finally did, that without Patty, our former assistant, we never would have met Christina, our new assistant?

Yes, God works all things out for His glory, and our good, according to His good and perfect will. Please, plan on joining us November 2nd for a whole lot of great things, and please, introduce yourself to our new assistant Christina!

 

Get Your Ticket today!

Get Your Ticket today!

 

 

Love and laughter,

Evinda

 

Help Wanted Part IV from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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Thanks so much for joining me today, especially since it’s a holiday. May we all take moments to reflect on our freedom! I’ll try not to keep you too long today. Grab your coffee and come on in. Let’s get back to that moment that changed my mind completely on His calling on/in my life and I pray that somewhere in the midst of this true story, diamonds will sparkle so brightly for you in your journey.

See, almost three months ago, He gently corrected me while at a National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) meeting. I thought I was there just to meet people, get a feel about what their organization was/is all about because they had asked me to emcee their national event. From the moment I met the president, and the president elect, I experienced a sense of awe. Everyone I met greeted me with genuine warmth and a contagious enthusiasm. The professions represented ran the gamut, from investment bankers, lawyers, trade school owners and executives, accountants, gym owners, a business writer, radio station executives, and at least two women running non-profits.

As I listened to the president explain NAWBO’s mission, I wondered what in the world was I doing there. “I’m not a business woman,” I whispered to Him. I’m just in ministry! We don’t have a business; we have – “

It was almost like He interrupted me and reminded me of this truth: CPM needs money in order to function; that’s all that’s necessary to meet that “business” qualification. Since dollars are necessary in any type of ministry, there is and always will be a business component to it.

I sat back in my chair as I listened to other women get up and talk about what type of businesses they had and how NAWBO had helped them get off the ground, or hit the ground running, whichever the case may be. Flashbacks of all the things I had done professionally flashed on the screen of my heart and a light dawned inside of me as if to say: “Everything I have brought you through has led you to this”!

A-ha, is anybody home?

I felt His call then, right smack in the middle of that meeting and I know it wasn’t the first time He’s tried to show me this truth: that His plan is to use me to accomplish things for others that I will understand because of the comfort I’ve been given, for the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.

Join me tomorrow for the conclusion!

Evinda

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