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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, February 5th, 2018

“Prayer takes on a whole new meaning when we realize that Christianity is a relationship and
not a religion.”
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power with Megan’s Monday Mantra and Trench Classes
United.
Oftentimes I fear I am not praying correctly. I don’t pray aloud. I don’t pray at the same time
every day. I don’t normally get down on my knees and I forget to be quiet and listen. My prayer
life is fairly informal. I pray as I go. God is probably relieved when I finally fall asleep because I
chatter with Him all day!
Many people don’t pray because they think they don’t know how to pray. There are no specific
rules for praying. Praying is as simple as talking to God. Our closest relationships are built by
spending time together and so is our relationship with Jesus. Prayer is having a conversation
with Jesus about anything, anywhere at any time. It doesn’t matter if you know what to say.
God hears what is in your heart and mind.
One of the greatest gifts God has given us is the privilege to pray to Him directly. Billy Graham
reminds us, “by His death on the cross Jesus paid the penalty for our sins and removed the
barrier between us and God.”
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace confidently, so that we may receive mercy and
find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

Monday’s Mantra

Monday, January 29th, 2018


“Some of you think you are waiting on God – but God is waiting on you!”
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with
Trench Classes United.
The above quote is from Daring to Wait on God, by Pastor Rick Warren of
Saddleback Church. We all know how it feels to wait for the answer to prayer.
Pastor Rick emphasizes that waiting is not passivity. It is more fruitful to wait
expectantly on the Lord as opposed to passively for Him. He uses the word WAIT
as an acronym to show us how:
Write
Act
Initiate
Trust
The W stands for Write – Write down the lessons God is teaching. Waiting is the
season to listen and learn. God has things to teach us before He answers our
prayers. If we don’t write them down, we may forget and have to learn the same
lesson all over again!
“At the Lord’s direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress.” Numbers
33:2 a (NLT)
The A stands for Act – Act in advance. Act as if our prayer is already answered.
God cannot direct a parked car. Get in the car and turn it on so He can direct it!
“Jesus said, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have
received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24 (NIV)
The I is for Initiate – Initiate the habits that grow strong faith. Use this time to
spiritually mature. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep serving. Read and
memorize scripture. Join a Bible study and stay close to others who are strong in
their faith.

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to IMITATE those, who through faith
and patience, inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)
The T stands for Trust – Trust God instead of panicking. God is never in a hurry;
God is never late. God’s timing is always perfect.
“God does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely
understand what He is doing.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 b (NCV)
A delay in the answer to prayer is not a denial. There is a natural delay between
planting and harvesting. We reap in a different season than we sow. Pastor Rick
equates waiting to pregnancy. He writes, “Waiting does not diminish us any more
than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We
don’t see what is enlarging us, but the longer we wait, the larger we become, and
the more joyful our expectancy.”
Pastor Rick also reminds us that we are in good company…
Noah waited 120 years before it rained!
Your comments are always most welcome.

Lovingly in Christ,

Megan

*for full sermon go to pastorrick.com

P.S. You’ve been hearing about the upcoming Trench Class; you wonder if it’s for
you…well, join us Wednesday on Facebook for a little taste of How to Love Who
You Love with Steve and Kim Evinda! www.facebook.com/trenchclassesunited

Monday’s Mantra

Monday, January 15th, 2018

In “The World According to Dave,” if you don’t feel a knot in your gut before doing
something important, you probably don’t care enough to do it in the first place!
Welcome to Coffee Hour at Chicklit Power and Megan’s Monday Mantra with
Trench Classes United.
This past weekend I showed my dog at the Palm Springs Dog Show. It was with a
huge leap of faith that I decided to enter this particular show. I have dabbled in a
few smaller shows over the past 9 months, but nothing as big and prestigious as
this show. It is one of the largest shows of the year, and everyone who is anyone
is there.
As I stood ringside waiting for my class to begin, I could feel that old familiar
nervous churning in my stomach. I am an owner-handler with a young,
inexperienced dog, about to compete alongside professional handlers who get
paid big bucks to show dogs.
Before entering the ring, I thanked God for giving me this opportunity. I prayed I
could keep my focus on Him and that He would be glorified in the process.
In Jesus Always, Sarah Young writes: You can train your mind to turn from other
things and focus on Me. Thus you can enjoy the wondrous gift of My Peace.
I showed my dog four times in three days. We did not come home with any blue
ribbons, but he performed beautifully. He placed second in his class all four
shows. We received many compliments, one of which meant more to me than a
blue ribbon. The owner of one of the dogs we competed against came to me and
said, “You did such a nice job and you were so calm in the ring.” I actually looked
around to make sure she was referring to me!

It was then I realized I had been calm because I was at peace. I trusted it would all
work out the way He designed it, so I was free to enjoy the process with the God
and dog I love.
He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in Him, whose thoughts turn
often to the Lord! – Isaiah 26:3 (TLB)
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

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