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Monday’s Mantra

Monday, February 19th, 2018

I feel like a slacker when I watch the Olympics. The physical exertion and laser
focus of an Olympic athlete boggles my mind. I worked toward the dream of
becoming an Olympic athlete when I was a competitive diver in high school and
college. As I watched the experienced divers flawlessly execute dives from the 10-
meter platform, I would think, “Wow, if I could do that!”
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power with Megan’s Monday Mantra and
Trench Classes United.
In Mark 9:23 Jesus says, “If you can?” “Everything is possible to the one who
believes.”
Had I evoked this scripture back in my diving days, things might have turned out
differently, but that is unlikely. The above scripture does not mean if you believe
you will win a gold medal, you will. It means through your faith in Jesus Christ,
you are empowered to accomplish things you never dreamed possible–IF you can
believe all things are possible through Him.
The amount of God’s grace in our lives is measured by the amount of our faith in
Him. We receive the same amount of peace, hope, wisdom, and courage as we
have faith. We are able to receive only as much as we are able to believe.
The Toyota Corporation introduced its new slogan during the 2018 Winter
Olympics. I find the Olympics the perfect venue for its release. Their new slogan
is: “Start Your Impossible”
If you can believe all things are possible through Jesus Christ, impossible becomes
possible.
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

Monday’s Mantra

Monday, February 12th, 2018


When my spouse forgives me and accepts me, I learn to receive God’s forgiveness and
acceptance. In that moment my spouse is modeling God to me. Revealing God’s mercy, my
spouse is helping me see, with my own eyes, a very real spiritual reality.

(Adapted from Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas)
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power with Megan’s Monday Mantra and Trench Classes
United.
Today is my husband’s and my 18-year anniversary. I look back at the person I was eighteen
years ago and I cringe a little … okay, I cringe a lot.  I think God has a sense of humor. He
seems to enjoy gifting us with a spouse who is vastly different from us. In many ways, my
husband and I are complete opposites. The concept of “opposites attract” does not feel so
attractive when you and your spouse are grinding through your differences. But I have learned
to be grateful for them. Through these differences, the Lord sculpted our marriage into the
intimate and trusting relationship we share today. Other than God Himself, I love my husband
more than anything else in my life.
The marriage relationship was the first human institution established by God. (Genesis 2:24)
Marriage mirrors God’s covenant relationship with His people. A covenant is a formal
arrangement between two parties that binds them together. Each party has an obligation to
the other rooted in mutual loyalty and commitment. The Hebrew word for mirror is “to reflect
God.” Chiseling off our selfish human nature, He shapes us into “other-centered” spouses
whose marriages reflect a clear picture of Christ’s love.
In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas writes, “We need to learn to fall forward. That is, when we
are frustrated or angry, instead of pulling back, we must still pursue our partner under God’s
mercy and grace.” He goes on to suggest this helpful prayer:
“Lord, how can I love my spouse today like he/she has never been loved before or ever will
be.”
I’m pretty sure this is a prayer God is ready to answer.
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

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