Posts Tagged ‘#trenchtruth’

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

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Two wrongs never = a right or wrong + wrong never = right!

Church bashing… it’s become even easier to do, especially on social media
platforms, but how do we respond when we see comments on the various
platforms that are riddled with negativity and resentment?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
I was scrolling through my feed the other day and the eyes of my heart caught a
post that was written by someone who obviously had some resentment towards a
certain church. I read through the comments, most of them encouraging this
person didn’t need to go to church, others empathizing with her sharing their
“bad” experiences with church.
Now, I know it wasn’t her motive to do harm to the “Church,” and that’s the
deposit I started with. I then went on to validate her “feelings” which are rooted
in a lot of her own unresolved stuff and suggested she go straight to the person or
persons who had apparently offended her; that perhaps that would be a more
direct route towards resolution instead of using a social media platform, which
would only serve to taint the reputation of all churches even worse.
When Jesus confronted others with their “sin,” He didn’t get on Twitter,
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or Linkdin…or any other public platform. He did it
one on one, like the “ho” at the well! He showed love and respect while pointing
out her sin, not attacking her character. See, the more people we involve in the
conflict, the bigger the conflict becomes.

When confronted with a conflict, friend, why not take the direct route to conflict
resolution?

Truthfully,

Evinda

Thursday’s Trench Truth

Thursday, January 4th, 2018


It’s rather telling when you go to dinner with your spouse and look around and
you see other couples…on their phones and not speaking a word! You know what
I’m talking about, right?
Thanks for joining me for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Thursday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United.
In a world of social connection, we seem to be disconnecting from one another.
Studies are proving that phone/computer games, text messaging are taking the
place of face-to- face connection, crippling communication on so many levels.
Likes, hearts, shares and re-tweets are how we feed our egos. Cyber bullying is at
its highest ever!
How do we connect with those we love in such a technologically-driven, fast-
paced society?

Join us for our next trench class to learn how to connect healthily with those in
your circle of love.

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Hope to see you there!

Evinda

Tuesday’s Trench Truth

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018


When you watch shows like, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” don’t those
dates look amazing? I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love with $3000 dates with a
helicopter ride, a candlelit dinner on the edge of a volcano in an unheard of
country?

Thanks for joining us for Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power and Tuesday’s Trench
Truth with Trench Classes United. Come on in for a moment of truth and an
invitation, too.
Could it be that we’re in love with the idea of being in love because of how shows
like The Bachelor and/or the Bachelorette hype up the romance? The best time
for romance is in marriage!

Join us January 3 rd to talk about love, sex, and no rose ceremony!

Evinda

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