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Thanksgiving Praise-Thinking our Loud with Alex Trevino @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving and thank you so much for stopping by for Coffee Hour, especially on such a special day! This is another “Thinking Out Loud” piece that I found while on my newsfeed from a new friend all the way from Texas, one who has been healed in the fire of cancer and has a heart full of thanksgiving, so grab your coffee and come share this victory with Alex Trevino.

I feel I need to share this with family and friends. Two years ago I started feeling a big change in by body. There was so much hurt and pain and I was worn out with no energy. It’s true what they say; that pain is exhausting. I had no desire of any kind to go on … anywhere for anything.

Finally, and only because I couldn’t take the pain any longer, I went to see the doctor. That first doctor told me I was fine but my body was telling me no, I wasn’t fine. I got a second opinion. I’m so grateful to Dr. Brian Kansas who took his time with me, checked me and quickly found something was not right. He gave his radiologist an order to scan only my pelvis area.

On the day of the scan, the technician said to me, “You know, Mr. Trevino, I’m not sure why I feel this but I feel like I need to scan your whole body, against the doctor’s order. Well, she did just that. I’m ever so thankful that GOD used her as the start of what would be the most devastating news… Cancer! I’ll never forget the words: “You have kidney cancer.”

I can’t begin to tell you how I felt. I walked out to my car and just sat there. It took me an hour before I could even start the car and drive off because of the tears, the shock. I do remember that the first thing I did was ask GOD why? I was so angry, but one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, I began to plan for their course of treatment.

I scheduled my surgery to have part of my left kidney removed. I won’t lie; it was the most scared I’ve ever been. I didn’t know if this was the end, the beginning of the end or a new beginning.

On the day of surgery, while in surgery, they discovered other issues that caused the surgery to go even longer, but they corrected the unexpected. But one thing that they were not prepared for, and that they couldn’t fix when they had me on the table that first surgery was the tumor, and not a tiny tumor; a tumor the size of a grapefruit!

They closed me up and planned for another surgery, giving me some time to recover from all they had just completed. Two days after my first surgery was the worst pain I have ever experienced, next to the death of my father-in-law. It was the second time in my life in which I experienced the darkest place in my life. But God didn’t leave me in that dark and desolate place alone; He had many praying for me, family and friends and I know in my heart if it weren’t for my wife, my kids and seeing my little grand kids, I don’t think I could have survived it all.

The second surgery was scheduled for October 7th. Much to their surprise, the tumor wasn’t a grapefruit; it was a tumor the size of a small watermelon! We were all in shock, and I was in sooooo much pain, so much so that I even called my cousins David C Edwards & Pamela Kay Edwards on the worst night of pain. I asked them for prayer over the phone and I prayed for me, too. I asked the Lord for peace. David and Pam prayed a powerful heartfelt prayer. I remember closing my eyes while they were praying, and I saw a vision of a bearded man holding a lamb. I knew that lamb was me and right after we hung up, I quickly fell fast asleep, something I hadn’t been able to do much of because of the pain.

I know that I know that that was GOD and the power of prayer. My wife never left my side and took care of me so faithfully. I know GOD had my back and took care of me. Yes, cancer, you are not bigger than GOD. The C in CHRIST is so much bigger, more powerful than the c in cancer!

Thank you all so much for the love and care you showed me. I love you all so much. I now pray blessings on your lives. May GOD bless you with good health, and the love of family!

GOD, I don’t think I’ve said this enough but I thank you for your saving grace, your love for me and for carrying me through this as a wounded lamb. I give you all the glory. Through it all, you have increased my territory of friends. I am thankful, so, so thankful.

Sincerely

 

Alex Trevino

Jenn’s Journey-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, November 24th, 2014
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Once again, welcome Monday! Here we are, at the start of another week and one that brings us a holiday at that. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, it trumps Christmas for me. Maybe it’s the food, the time off or maybe it’s the company of family and friends. Whatever it is, I am most grateful for this time of year. Pour a cup of coffee, or tea, and join me as I share some of what God put on my heart this week about thankfulness.

The other day I was driving to work after dropping my daughter off at school. I was already running late but had to stop by one office to pick up tools for work at another office. That in itself was causing me anxiety, but at the same time I had a dozen other things flitting through my mind. I had experienced a rather tense time the evening before with one of those ‘difficult’ people in my life. I had let off steam a bit more than I wanted to. I began rehearsing all the little, and big, annoyances in my life. I could feel the tension rise, could feel it even in my breathing. Suddenly, I remembered a song we used to sing at my old church. ‘When praises go up, blessings come down’ is how it begins … so I started singing … loud! I repeated it. You know what? I could feel that ball of anxiety begin to dissolve.

This led me to remember the Bible verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:16: …give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you.”  Really, God? I am supposed to thank you in ALL circumstances? I don’t know about you, but I start to think about some of the circumstances where I’d do anything BUT say thank you. How about going through an ugly divorce? Are we supposed to say thanks then? Or what about the difficult relationship with a co-worker? How can we be thankful if our child turns away from all we have taught him or her? How about when there is more month than money; am I really expected to say thank you?

According to what God says, yes. Why? Because this is His will for us.

This same day, I heard a blurb on the radio by a pastor, who said that the trials in our lives are opportunities for us to grow in strength in our relationship with God, and that is something to be thankful for. I had an ‘aha’ moment right then…that perhaps it’s not the trial itself that I am thankful for, but for the chance to run to God in that trying time and in so doing, allow Him to use that situation to grow me into what He has planned for me.

There are all kinds of studies that show a thankful heart is a happier heart. This week is all about Thanksgiving. Dig deep; give thanks for something you are struggling with. It could be the very thing God is using to bring you closer to Him. I give you the same challenge I have given myself…to make thankfulness a year- round habit.

Be blessed. Until next week …

Jenn

Jenn

Power Friday from Croley’s Corner @ Chicklit Power

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Jesus has a Table Spread

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV

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Good morning… Super glad that today’s Friday, and the weekend will soon be upon us…. Oh yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for many they’re virtually into full swing. Like most, we‘ll be busy scurrying around purchasing all our Thanksgiving dinners and no doubt with excitement as we’re visualizing the end results of all our preparations and the satisfying looks on each face when they finally push away from the table with the guise of gratefulness and full belly’s….whew…. that was a mouth full!!

I had a hard time writing this particular blog. I sat for a few days writing, deleting, writing and praying that the Lord would give me a clear vision of what needed to be written. Oh I had a great depiction of my own family Thanksgiving but I believe the Lord wanted something else from me. I squabbled a bit with Him but as you will soon read, it wasn’t me who won. I pray you read with an open heart and please know it’s not to bring scolding or to make you change your plans as a family; it’s just another perspective on Thanksgiving.

So here goes…..

In my mental thoughts of my preparedness of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, it occurred to me how many dinners I have prepared over the years. And for the most part it’s been 43 years of which I have prepared, not that I’m complaining; I’m thankful that I’ve been able to do so…. Besides, it’s not always about preparing everything myself, even though I am a person of order and…. okay…control…but not in a bad way. I do however have in my mind how it’s supposed to look and the way it should flow. I really don’t want it to be…”I gotta have it my way” kinda feeling….however, I’m learning in my older years that I really need to release and let go of what I think is important to me and in doing so, it has given freedom for my girls to step into their own potential. And if that means stepping back, then I’m okay with it! It’s called “passing the baton.”

The query is… when we all pitch in doesn’t it always turn out fine anyway?

Talking about pitching in, there have been a few Thanksgivings that we’ve been involved in serving others and what an amazing opportunity to do so. Certainly for the most part my home is busy preparing dads favorite dish and grandma’s favorite recipe, yet on this day our expectations turned from setting a table of splendor to a table of necessity. As we experienced serving others the eager faces that were lined up ready to embrace blankets and food were expressions filled with gratefulness. No there weren’t tables set in splendor, nevertheless there definitely were tables set in love. We talked and listened to many stories yet the one thing you walked away with was they were truly thankful for the genuine love they felt, the unpretentious love that some had never experienced before. It left us with a joy unspeakable and with grateful hearts.

Giving up one day really wasn’t a sacrifice; it was an act of obedience, honor and blessing. We have taught our family, although they are grown now and have their own families, the practice of… “Give unto others.” Yes, we have had many wonderful Thanksgivings together and how sweet it has been. We have prepared delicious dishes and set a beautiful table. Yet the question was, “Are we giving our best to those in need?”

Thanksgiving is only six days away. May our days be marked with humbleness and love. Let us be thankful not only for the things we have but also for the things we no longer have to have. And as each member of your family, whether young or old, gathers together to reflect of your thankfulness this past year, may you be knitted together as you purpose in your hearts…. in thinking of others.

Jesus speaking said in John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

There’s an old hymn that we used to sing called “Come and Dine’ and I’d like to leave a portion of this song with you today…

“Jesus has a table spread where the saints of God are fed. He invites His chosen people, ‘Come and dine;’ With His manna He doth feed and supplies our every need: ’tis sweet to sup with Jesus all the time! ‘Come and dine,’ the Master calleth, ‘Come and dine.’ You may feast at Jesus’ table all the time; He Who fed the multitude, turned the water into wine, to the hungry calleth now, ‘Come and dine.'”

Reservations have been made and the table has been set! Let us invite those who are hungry for His great love. The experience of someone being saved…. well, should make us very Thankful!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NKJV

Make it a glorious weekend and a Happy Thanksgiving, until we meet again.

Being ever so thankful

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Thoughtful Thankfulness from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thoughtful Thankfulness

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Thanks for stopping by today! I know you are busy with the Thanksgiving festivities so I won’t keep you long. I just had some thoughts that I want to run by you, maybe get your feedback! Grab your coffee and come on in.

I love this time of year, when the weather begins to cool down, the colors are changing and bright oranges, reds and yellows burst forth upon the leaves of the trees. There’s a sort of fall scent that comes with it all, too. This harvest season is the beginning of the holiday season and while I’d rather stay in this particular season, I’ve come to realize that we don’t have to have Thanksgiving to be thankful.

Every morning, I begin my quiet time by being still and inviting Him into my previous day’s movie rewind. Together we go through the things that happened and the moments where He was blessing me, trying to get my attention, moments that make me super thankful I am His and He is mine. As I am still, I am able to recognize all kinds of things to be thankful for, and I do acknowledge them through journaling and prayer.

For twenty-seven days now, I’ve seen posts on Facebook talking about the things they are thankful for because this is the “month of thankfulness.” Every day, there is a new thing to be thankful for and I absolutely love the simplicity of many of the things that others are thankful for and post. The unfortunate truth is when the month started, there were a lot of people participating. After every few posts was one corresponding with the day of the month and then explaining what they were thankful for and why they were thankful for it. That has diminished, little by little and now I see one from the same person every day and others are posted intermittently.

Could it be to practice thankfulness is a challenge? I think that it can be and that being thankful requires more than written or spoken works. It requires action. Do my actions line up with my words of thankfulness? Am I living like I’m thankful? What does it take for an attitude of gratitude to be my constant companion? How do I carry that thankfulness out? For example, almost every morning — 🙂 — I thank Him for my husband and his love for me but how do I show my husband that I am thankful for him, his love?

While those questions I just ask you elude me at this moment, and something tells me I’ll be walking through the answers so I can share, here are some truths that I’ve learned and lived about thankfulness:

Learning how to be thankful for the little things gets us through the big things that would otherwise overwhelm us.

Thankfulness is a choice!

Thankfulness can pull us out of the pit of depression and lessen any crisis.

Thankfulness is an act of worship and blesses God!

Thankfulness is an anti-inflammatory that decreases pride.

Thankfulness is an antibiotic for negativity.

Thankfulness opens the door to more blessings.

Thankfulness can turn a frown upside down!

Thankfulness helps us stay in the moments instead of living for the next.

A little thankfulness goes a long way!

Thankfulness sends  complaining and worrying scurrying away.

Now it’s your turn; what does an attitude of thankfulness do for you? Remember, we don’t need to wait for Thanksgiving to be thankful!

Thankful,

Evinda

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Thanks, I needed that! December’s WOW from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power! I’m delighted you joined me today. Can you believe it’s the 1st of December? Where did 2011 go? Whew, grab your coffee and come on in for our monthly WOW, some weapons of warfare and words of wisdom. 🙂

I have a little daily devotional that I’ve been reading out for a few months and I just love it, “Jesus Calling” written by Sarah Young. Well, I don’t know how long it took me to catch on, but for the last week and a half, consecutively, the day’s message has focused on being thankful, giving thanks, appreciating the challenges in the day, learning to thank Him for His presence; it reiterates that thanksgiving puts us in alignment with Him and therefore a right relationship, and it is in this attitude of thankfulness that we can experience true intimacy with Him, even in the midst of problems, because life is full of them. We live in a fallen world and as sure as the air that we breathe has pollution, so does life hold problems, challenges, sorrows and trials of all kinds.

The author of this devotional also reminded me of something very powerful that I learned some time ago, and even shared in a prior blog: A thankful mindset does not permit denial of reality of life’s tough journey with its myriad of problems along the way; instead, it helps us to rejoice in Him, OUR Savior, IN the midst of all those problems! When we thank Him IN them, we will have more victory through them! 🙂 🙂 And HE loves this language of thankfulness! 🙂 It’s something you and I can do that pleases Him. 🙂 That brings a smile to my face, thinking that I could please Him after all He’s done for me!

So after reading for several days about all the ways a thankful attitude can open up the window to a better relationship with Him and open up more opportunities in life, period, I said to myself, “Self, what is it that you need to commit to memory in the heart?” Here’s what I found and what an awesome reminder: (NKJV 1st Thessalonians 5:18) In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (put your name right there!)

I love how Scripture splashes truth and perspective and answers every question I’ve ever had in my life thus far. See, there are some things that we go through that cause us such pain, or grief and sorrow, or stretch us so far beyond belief (I think I have major stock in Spandex!) that we think we’re going to break, that it is near-impossible to thank Him FOR what we’re going through, BUT we can thank Him for other things while in the midst of it. In other words, instead of focusing on what’s going wrong, thank Him for what is right in your life. 🙂 (Whew) 🙂

We don’t have to let our joy, our attitude of gratitude fluctuate with our circumstances; we can rise above it and soar above the trial on wings of an eagle.

I don’t know about you, but I’d like to give a shout of thanks up to God because I needed that reminder!

May you use this verse as the powerful weapon of warfare that it will always be.

Thankfully,

Evinda

P.S. The last twelve days of December will be a WOW rewind as we revisit the weapons that have got us through 2011. 🙂

 

Thankful Beyond Thanksgiving-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I won’t keep you long; I just want to share a couple of things I’m thankful for and maybe you can share a couple, too! Grab your coffee and come on in.

There are so many things I know I take for granted, like a warm and comfortable home, dependable cars, food in the pantry and refrigerator, a few bucks in the bank and the ability to pay our bills. I mean the list could go on and on and on, ad infinitum. All of these are great things to be thankful for and yet, without family and friends to share it all with, I don’t know if it would all mean the same.

We are all so very rich in some pretty profound ways. Each and every one of us — whether married, single, divorced, motherless, fatherless, with or without a family — are given the ability and many opportunities to never, ever live life alone, to have the greatest friend ever, to have a companion through every season of life, to have someone to climb those mountains with, to thirst and hunger no more, to love and be loved, to have so many gifts lavished upon us, to feel content in times of plenty and in times of scarcity, to become victors in all things, to be at rest, to be energized, to be motivated, to motivate . . .

I could go on and on and on so let me just conclude today’s time with this: I am so very thankful to be a child of the Giver of all of these things. For these and many more reasons, I have a thankful heart beyond Thanksgiving.

May the memories you create this day, and in the upcoming season, squeeze your heart with smiles for years to come.

Thankfully,

Evinda

 

If I could have coffee with God . . . From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Welcome to Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and thanks for coming by. Today is a great day to start this series, so grab your coffee and if you have a journal, bring it. You may just get a thought or come up with something that you are thankful for, or even a question you’d like to ask God if you were to have coffee with Him. 🙂

I first started thinking about this series several months ago when two people that are very near to my heart began to get sucked into their addictions again. I was overcome with so many different emotions and I began to put them down on paper. Now that the time has come to actually blog this series, I’ve gotten a little check in my spirit about how I am to begin it. I realized if I were to really have coffee with Him first thing in the morning, I don’t think my time with Him would begin well unless I began with things I would thank Him for, so that’s how I’d like to start this series with you.

Imagine it’s first thing in the morning, and you’ve gotten yourself a cup of coffee. Now go to your favorite quiet place and get settled, and you will find Him there waiting. I’m so excited to get there that I keep spilling my coffee. 🙂

What am I gonna say? This makes me think of that song, “I can only imagine.” There’s really no need to be nervous because He knows me better than I know myself. He knows everything that runs through this mind of mine, whether the thoughts are just like a little pitter patter of a toddler running to his mommy or they’re racing like a team of wild running horses. He knows all about my hurts, whether I’ve shared them with Him or not. He also knows all of my dreams and desires, and whether I’ve surrendered them or not.

So why have coffee with Him? Part of me is wondering and I bet you are, too. Well, it’s because He longs to have that time with you and me. So let’s get comfy and be still and think about some of the things we can thank Him for in our first coffee hour with God.

Oh, Abba, I thank you so much for speaking in a voice that could not be confused with any other all those years ago in the midst of one of the most painful times of my life when it literally hurt to breathe and I truly just wanted to die.

It was the morning after my ex left and I as soon as my eyes focused on the morning, they filled up with tears and then I heard these words that I will never forget, words that I had never heard before. And after you spoke them the first time and I looked to my left and to my right to see who was there, and then I realized You were trying to comfort me and I looked up towards the heavens. I told you I didn’t want to hear from You; that I thought You had let me down because you allowed him to leave and take my heart with him, You, Father, spoke the words again, even more gently than the first time, and what amazes me is how true they’ve continued to be in my life.

Back then, I was fairly new to reading your Word, and I had a Women’s Devotional NIV Bible. I think that’s so amazing how you use all the translations, Father. Anyway, I can still quote your words of comfort from Isaiah 53, Verse 4(a): “Surely He carries all of your pain; He dries all of your tears.”

That was the beginning of our beginning, Father, and I just want to thank You for never giving up on me, even when I want to give up on myself. There are so many things to thank you for, but I really have to begin there.

So go ahead, think about one thing that you are truly thankful for, and then invite Him into your coffee hour and tell Him.

Thankfully,

Evinda

 

Watch out for the Little Words: From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power. I’m looking forward to our time today, so grab your coffee and come on in. I found something that I think might just make you raise your eyebrows a time or two.

I’ve actually wanted to share this with you for sometime, but there have been so many other things to talk about but the timing is great now. It was back in August that I was reading this devotional on finding God’s will for your life and the verse that Joni was using was from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, and frankly, it’s a verse I have struggled with all the years of my growing faith. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

There are so many of you out there who are struggling with finances, health, issues with your kids, relationships, I mean the list of struggles goes on and on and on forever and ever.  How in the world can we REALLY be thankful? I mean, come on, being thankful during hardship and pain is like finding a needle in a haystack, right? Doesn’t it sound literally impossible?

Well, let’s re-read that again, because there’s a little verb in there that I don’t know about you, but for years, I just flew right over it like a bird flying south for the winter. Drum roll, please……..

God is not asking us to BE thankful for the pain, heartache, turmoil and trials; He’s asking us to simply give thanks. Find something to be thankful for. It’s a whole lot easier to give thanks than it is to “feel” thankful during those Goliath times of trial, refinement and pain. See, feeling thankful involves your emotion, but giving thanks involves your will, your mindset. There’s a difference between trusting our Father and trustful feelings. I call it faithing, the verb form of faith.

Now, there’s another real small word in this scripture, a preposition that again, I’m embarrassed to admit, I’ve also skimmed right over like a rock on the river. Do you see it? Another drum roll, please……………………….. It’s a doozie……………………….

He’s not saying to be thankful for the pain, hardship, trials and tears; what He is asking is that we give thanks IN them. Whew, I don’t know about you, but that’s a whole heck of a lot easier to digest now.

Putting this into action is really simple: First thing in the morning, sit quietly before stopping by Coffee Hour, of course, and think back on your yesterday, every part of it. I know there will be moments – what I learned from Beth Moore to call the Godstops – where you can literally say thank you…..

Thanking Him for you

Evinda