Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Faith Filled Friday

Friday, January 19th, 2018


Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and
Faith Filled Friday with Trench Classes United and Ashley! Join us
as she shares her heart in this blog.

I have been talking a lot about how to redirect our thinking
towards God’s truth, and this week I get to talk about it again
because I think God is working out all my kinks when it comes to
my thinking.
As I have been sharing this burden with God, He has been
revealing to me that I am leaning on my emotions too much and
they have been taking a great hold on me lately.

I’m learning that when I allow my emotions to take hold, the
enemy uses that vulnerability to slip inside my mind and spew his
lies into the lies I’ve already been telling myself. And then I
remember verses such as Philippians 4:8. Finally, brothers,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things. And then I’m fine…for the moment.
See, I could be just fine until one person says something that
makes me feel invisible, unloved, and, boom, the emotions flood
in like a furious storm that won’t let up, crashing over and over
on me.
I try and come up for air for God’s truth and down I go, under the
water of my emotions again because the lies seem to be so valid
and true as they scream in my face. These emotions are bringing
past hurts, anger and pain back up, as if I had never surrendered
them at the cross before. It’s a physically, emotionally and
spiritually exhausting battle.
This week, as I fought this battle, I cried and cried, asking Him all
of my whys, all the while it felt like Satan was laughing in my
face. And then the still small whisper of my Abba, “Come this
way,” sent me desperately holding tight to Him until another lie
pulled me out of His presence.
This war raged for the entire day and into the night.  If I could
only see the heavenly hosts in front of me in this war, a war I
know now I wasn’t fighting alone, and that God sent His fleet of
angels to guard me as these emotions, my flesh and the enemy
try to take me down and destroy me. I held tight and kept
fighting and kept speaking Gods truth over me, and though it was
a drawn-out war that felt at the time that I would lose, His
whispers of love spoken over me, over and over again, and His
perfect truths He guided me to led me to victory over this battle
of the mind. John 14:27 (ESV): 27  Peace I leave with you; my
peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let
not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Trying to understand the whys of our life brings us down and
causes us great confusion, hurt, pain, and uncertainty of our
worth. But what I know to be true is that they have a heavenly
eternal purpose; they make you and me more than we could
have ever become without them. Without these whys, we’d never
lean so desperately into our Heavenly Father, for we know there’s
nothing else that can set us free.
The good news is I came out of that night renewed in God’s love,
revived, and encouraged.
Remember, Coffee Hour friend, when there’s a battle going on in
your mind, listen for the whispers of His love and the guidance of
His truths.

Love,

Ashley

Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

 

I forgot to pay attention to the warnings…all three of them telling me my battery
was dying, and just like that, poof, the screen went blank!
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Thursday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
Has that ever happened to you? And then you plug it back in, your fingers
crossed, your teeth clenched, shoulders tightened as you wait to exhale until you
see your document appear on the screen, hoping you hadn’t lost all your hard
work!
What are the warning signs of disconnection in our significant relationships?
There are so many…but just like the computer, we can be so wrapped up in our
own thing that we ignore them.
Join us to learn how to stay connected to those who mean the most to you…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you in the trenches,

Evinda

 

Wednesday’s Word

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018


As I made my way to my lounge chair in my writing room with my coffee and
morning snack, my word for the year came rushing to the surface of my heart,
making it visible to see with my eyes: intentional…how long have I been meeting
with you, Abba? Has it become habitual or is it intentional?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word
with Trench Classes United. Come on in and let me share from my heart to yours
my journey thus far this year of being intentional. [“Intentional” is my word for
the year, a word to live by, if you will]

I don’t know about you, but I can tend to lean a bit on the bored side if I keep
doing the same thing day in and day out, so I need to change it up a bit. Now
that’s not to slight anyone who loves that sort of structure, however when it
comes to meeting with our Father, is it so structured that it’s become habitual
instead of intentional, which leaves out the “relational” aspect of our time with
Him?
I was greatly rewarded by listening to that whisper on my way to my quiet place. I
changed up my routine a bit by going right into the Word and my study of Giving
Thanks to God with Sarah Young…after inviting Him to come with me, of course.
He took me to 2 Corinthians 9:6 which says: 6  But this I say: He who sows
sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap
bountifully.
But when I read it, I had exchanged the subject of money for the subject of
thankfulness. Go ahead, read it with “thankfulness” as the focus of what we sow
bountifully.
Pretty cool, huh?
See, thankfulness fuels our faith while complaining and grumbling fuels doubt.
No matter what circumstance you are in the midst of right now, thanking or
complaining can literally change you and your direction!
What areas of your life have become habitual instead of intentional?
Thankfulness can put the intention back into your good habits.

Intentionally thankful,

Evinda

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 10th, 2018

 

Your 2017 ride has quickly come to an end, and 2018 has already begun.
Please remain seated with your seatbelt fastened; let’s prepare to have some fun
As we move slowly though quickly into the 2018 track,
We are headed forward and learning from looking back
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Wednesday’s Word
with Trench Classes United. Grab your coffee and come join me for some
instructions for the ride ahead into the New Year, a few of which are
accompanied by scripture references.
As we creep up the track in the first month here are some things to do before we
reach the top, the end of January, and the ride begins picking up speed, as it
always does:
 Let go of bitterness and resentment. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
 Leave past failures behind and take only what you learned from them with
you. [Isaiah 43:19]
 Drop negativity in the trashcan to your right. And if you didn’t quite get rid
of it all, no worries; there will be another trashcan on your left just ahead.
 Old hurts, habits and/or hang-ups. For some of you, you only need to
resolve to dump an old habit or hurt or hang-up and it will be gone. There
will be a dumpster up ahead to throw it in. Remember every time the
enemy gets you thinking about it ask God to change your thoughts…and
trust me when I say HE will! For those of you who will require more work
than just “letting it go,” we will be exploring that in the new ride.

 Any doctrine that doesn’t line up with His love letters has got to go. If you
still have questions, there will be a few tracks up ahead to explore the
truths and learn how to apply them to your life in the journey ahead.
 Let go of that attitude of poverty and throw it in the burning bush just
ahead. His monetary and non-monetary blessings await you in and through
every new circumstance you will encounter on our ride in the New Year.
Some things you will want to take with you as you enter this new ride:
 Faith; it only needs to be the size of a mustard seed, but remember, that
means “pure” faith with no mixed doctrine!
 2017’s greatest memories. [Philippians 4:8]
 Any valuable lessons you learned from your previous rides/years.
 Your favorite life verse, and if you don’t have one yet, get one before
entering. Ask a friend for help or just open up “the Book!”
 Resolve realistically. Don’t make resolutions you have no intention on
keeping but when you resolve – which is to partner with the Holy
Spirit—you will succeed in all you endeavor on this ride through 2018.
 An attitude of gratitude- it will take you up the impending hills of the new
ride.
 Kindness- you will need this for the strangers you will meet as well as for
the people who are unkind.[Ephesians 4:32]
 Peace is essential and cannot be found on the side of the track but it is
within you as you take time to sit and be still in the ride.
 Joy-though it may tend to get a bit buried with the upcoming twists and
turns in the New Year, just remember to stir it up with one of His promises
and/or your life verse.
 Grace-there will be many people in this ride with you that will need your
unmerited favor, just as it has been given to you. There will be grace
stations along the way to replenish. [2 Corinthians 12:9]
 Love-this is the greatest and most important virtue to bring with you as we
begin the ride into the New Year for to love others is to have accepted His
gift of love and grace to you. [1 Corinthians 13]

Fasten your seat-belts, friends . . . Here we go!

Love and laughter,

Evinda

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. may I challenge you to look up some scriptures to confirm these things to
let go of and to bring in the year ahead? Just look for key words or phrases and
ask Google to help you find scriptures pertaining to that word or phrase. Have
fun!

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

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

Seven Sacrifices to Joy

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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EL pen Logo with heartThanks for stopping by for more of our Seven Sacrifices to Joy series. I had no idea each one would be so in-depth! Oh, sometimes I do wish I could be more surface-like, and not go so deep, and then again, the deeper we go, the less mysterious the ways of God will be for/to us and the less deceived we will live this life while waiting for the next! Grab your coffee and your Red Strand of Faith and let’s go finish this Sacrifice of Communication, which we could literally spend weeks and months on …. But we won’t! 🙂

So we talked about the difference between being angry at or with someone, and how that affects communication which inevitably affects relationships. We’ve also talked about how feelings can hinder or harm communication if we are controlled by them.

Now let’s talk about something else that has everything to do with communication. Do you have a hard time looking at yourself from the inside out? I’m sure you’re scratching your head, or not, wondering why I’m asking you that question. Well, because many of us have a hard time seeing ourselves as Jesus sees us – and let’s face it, many of us don’t even think about it because it’s just too hard for too many reasons, I thought it would be a great eye-opener to take this little detour!

Come with me back to the Garden where we see this truth of longing for communication/relationship explicitly played out with Adam, and Eve, and God. Adam, and Eve, both have just eaten from the forbidden tree, the Tree of Knowledge (of good and evil) and immediately they recognize that they are naked. The crazy thing is in just a few verses before the first sin [Genesis 2:25], this “nakedness” translates to without shame; in other words they have a beautifully vulnerable relationship with each other and with God. But later, in Genesis 3:7, now their nakedness translates to “with shame” because their eyes have been opened, so he begins to cover himself and Eve up with fig leaves. The vulnerability has disappeared and in its place is shame!

I can hear you asking, what in the world does this have to do with communication which is actually fellowship? Hold on, because I’m about to explain!

Have you ever busted someone in the act of doing something they shouldn’t be doing? Or do you remember being a child and getting caught doing something you just knew you weren’t supposed to do? Do you remember experiencing a bit of fear when the one who caught you caught you and called you on it? Well, imagine that emotion on steroids! 🙂

In Genesis 3:8, we learn that despite them, God is looking for them but as soon as Adam and Eve heard God, they ran, as if to hide, among the trees in the Garden. Kind of crazy when we think about it; to take refuge in what got you in trouble in the first place! Why did they hide? Because of their shame; that’s why.

Then God calls out, “Where are you?” Now, personally, I know He knew where they were; that was an indication that the invitation for fellowship was still valid! In other words, we see the beautiful picture of God seeking fellowship/communication by communicating His unconditional love! I don’t know about you, but every time I get that visual them running for cover and God pursuing them, it just gives me the chills while warming my heart at the same time.

See, haven’t we run from God after doing something stupid, or missing the mark? If He pursued Adam/Eve right after the original sin, then know that He pursues you and me! He sees us from the inside out and longs for communication/fellowship with us. He wants it; He doesn’t need it! He proved it by paying the ultimate sacrifice! God was the first example of the sacrifice of communication!

Now, that’s initiation for some beautiful communication!

Grateful for fellowship,

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Evinda