Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 5, 2016

More Than Enough

feb5“GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.” Psalm 23:1 (MSG)

I lack, I want, I need – ever had those words come across your lips? Whenever I say those words, I find that I’m looking but not seeing. Obstructed vision distorts our view every time we scan the surface and neglect the deep. Like looking into murky ocean waters, the yuck on the top camouflages the hues of blue water and sea life that swims underneath. To reach that level of beauty, I have to look deeper than what’s visible at eye level.

The same is true in life. How many times do we look at our situation and demise that we are lacking? How often do we long after the perceived easy life of others when our days are covered up with yuck? How frequent does our neediness scream, “I’ve got to have this” even when our budget says no?

It’s too easy to become Eve looking for something more because what God has provided in our garden suddenly isn’t enough. And when life resonates with difficulties discontentment thrives and distorts the incredible provision of our amazing God. Despite the murky surface, He is working deep within us to transform our faith, strengthen our character and deepen our trust. End result – a woman whose testimony screams of God’s faithfulness even when her hands are empty. The vision that was once distorted becomes crystal clear as the plan that God was unfolding is revealed. What was once lacking is no longer desired. What was once wanted is no longer required. What was once needed is no longer imperative. Why? Because we have found that God is more than enough.

“Father, help us to be women of true beauty radiating Your glory – inhaling and exhaling Your holy presence living in us.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 4, 2016

Together We Can

feb4“We are God’s workers, working together; you are like God’s farm, God’s house.” I Corinthians 3:9 (NCV)

What have you done for Him lately? How are you using your God given gifts? God has given us each a gift and He blesses those who use their abilities. Every church needs volunteers, but more than that we need to use our gifts. God created us in His image to serve others, and when we accept Him as Savior a strong desire arises within us to use our gift.

When Jesus came to earth, He served others. He didn’t come, as he could have as King, to be served. We should follow in His example and be serving. Not everyone is called into fulltime ministry, but we all have opportunities to serve in our workplace as a nurse, a doctor, a secretary, or a janitor. Perhaps we are serving in our homes helping our children or taking care of an aging parent. No matter what we do, God can use our gift to bless others. Don’t know what your gift is? Respond to this email, and I will be happy to send you a Servant profile to help you discover your gift. When we all use our gifts together, we can make a difference – we can change the world.

“Father, thank You for the gift of _______help me to use it for Your honor and glory.”

For His Glory,

Debbie Struble
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 3, 2016

Radiating Joy

feb3“We write this to make our joy complete.” I John 1:4 (NIV)

What supersizes your happy? You know like overflows your joy meter into the sweet dance of exhilaration. What ignites your life? You know like illuminates even in the deepest dark. What secret truths can you no longer hold captive? You know like you’re bursting to share the good news.

Extraordinary joy can never be contained it always seeps out inviting even the skeptics to join in. And invigorating experiences launch us past the deep into the breaking dawn of new life. So what’s the secret just bursting at the seams? It’s etched on the faces of radiant daughters whose lives have been renewed, refreshed and redeemed. It’s sung in the hearts of those whose stories have been rewritten, etched in the palms of His nail pierced hands. It’s compelling truths that free the chained and broken released from captivity into healing rain.

Birthed in the pages of the gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – we trace the heartstrings of our Jesus transforming ordinary moments into extraordinary joy. And in the wake of miracles, crucifixions and resurrections – the beloved Apostle John can’t resist proclaiming, testifying and bursting forth with the good news. The living, breathing , and serving Son of God appeared and impacted John’s world. It’s a mystery that unravels one story at a time compelling even total strangers to witness His grace, love and forgiveness that is guaranteed to transform even skeptics into raving worshippers. And so we too write to you – His joy makes our lives complete.

“Father, may we forever be captivated by the gospel – Your love story – written so that all might believe.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 2, 2016

God’s Season

feb2“And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 (KJV)

Living in central Virginia we have the distinct pleasure of enjoying all four seasons of the year…spring, summer, fall and winter.

In spring, the land which laid dormant during the cold months is showing signs of new life. Animals are being birthed. Vibrant colors of fresh blooms burst from the ground. Tender leaves unfold on tree branches. All the earth comes to life again.

Summer comes in like a heatwave. The days are the longest and the nights are the shortest. Gardens are ripe with goodness. Outdoor activities are in abundance…especially swimming. And let’s not forget the family vacations.

My favorite season, fall or autumn is the transition from summer to winter. The days become cool and crisp. The landscape is bold with burnt umbers like; reds, browns, yellows and orange. Trees shed their leaves, pumpkin patches display their bounty and corn mazes are etched in fields.

Winter comes in as the coldest of them all with blustery winds and scenic snowfalls. Hills and slopes become children’s sledding playgrounds. Field animals put on heavy fur coats and the earth goes into hibernation mode.

However, there is a fifth season, which is “due season”…God’s season.

The time we’ve been waiting, trusting and believing God for with great expectancy. Due season…the time after all our preparedness and readiness for our specific purposes and assignments has arrived.

Just like God uses the four seasons of the earth as preparation. Each season is purposeful, it’s intended for a reason, a function, a cause. As in our own seasons of life, God has a plan; there is a goal, an objective, a benefit.

Never quit! Do not get discouraged. Don’t get bogged down in weariness for God will show up on the due date. Your victory and breakthrough will come! You will reap a harvest of blessings. At the appropriate time God will keep His promises.

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 1, 2016

Feeding The Lives of Others

feb1“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15 (ESV)

Looking out my office window, I just witnessed lots of black birds swarming on our snow covered yard. Why? Well for the past two days, we have been putting out seed and bread for three black birds that were perched on our fence. Yesterday the number doubled, and we watched them nibble away at the crumbs. And so today, it seems our feeding of three and our feeding of six multiplied even more. Why? Because they knew where to be fed so they brought others with them.

Every day, we have an opportunity to feed the lives of the people we work with, encounter and do life with. Sometimes it’s an encouragement we share. Often it may be a kindness we do. But frequently it is simply the way we live our lives that offers the potential to draw others closer to God. And when they are hungry, desperate, hurting, challenged, struggling, depressed – don’t we want to be the ones who share the words of Jesus? Wouldn’t we love to scatter His truths and promises over their lives?

So while birds are feasting in my yard I’m wondering are people attracted to our relationship with God? It is so easy to respond and react in the midst of frustrations and stress. It is so easy to take those we are the closest to for granted and give them the “real” us. It’s too easy to leave others empty if we aren’t filled up with Jesus ourselves.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He needed no publicity, branding or platform. People simply followed Him wherever He went because they were being fed. Where are we leading the people in our lives?

“Father, feeding your people is not optional – help us to identify what we need to do this week to draw others closer to You.

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 29, 2016

Whispers…Praying To The Father

jan 29“…..be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12b (ESV)

Standing near the back of the room, I heard the whispers of Jesus girls praying to the Father. It was the sweetest, most precious moment. The soft hush, the held hands, the arms locked and circled together. Heads bowed. Hands raised. Mouths praising, worshipping, speaking, asking – absolutely priceless. After the craziness of a work day, a refreshing aroma from those sitting at the feet of Jesus together – seeing hope ignited.

Love the way prayer can happen anywhere at any time. Love the ease of open hearts calling out to the One who can change us from the inside out. Love the open invitation to come just as we are tired, lonely, wounded, hopeless and rejected. Love the whispers that cry out in faith, trusting without sight and releasing heavy burdens.

Don’t know why we seem to make prayer so complicated when Jesus simply says, Come. No special formula or perfect words just hearts eager to hear, listen and share. Simple conversations. Jesus girls telling Him about all our trials, joys, excitement and fears. Releasing yesterdays and grabbing hope for tomorrows. Asking for the second, third and fourth time….waiting in expectation. Venting what He already knows and has seen yet confident He’s listening again and again.

Can’t imagine the joy expressed when God hears our whispers. When He sees us coming together praying for each other. The hum of voices in total sync, perfect harmony lifting one another up must bring much pleasure to our God. Wonder, if like me, He stands back in awe and breathlessly takes in the beauty of His girls locking arms in prayer?

“Father, thank You for giving me just a glimpse of how precious prayer is in Your sight. May we never neglect the invitation to talk with You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 28, 2016

P.S. He Always Provides

jan 28“So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you.” 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)

Dinner with a young female friend on Monday night culminated with my calling AAA to come to my rescue, as my car would not start. Since I’d had no problems with my car until then, I suspected it was suffering from a case of bad battery, but it turned out to be in need of a new alternator, which cost 4 times more. I did what I needed to do and my car was fine, but my pocket book was pretty sad about having to assume yet another credit card debt.

The Bible spurs us to give thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:18), and I chose to remember that, as I have been the recipient of so many blessings over the years! After all, my car is 16 years old and cars – just like humans – do need to have parts replaced when they become “senior citizens.”

That night I knelt beside my bed and thanked the Lord that it was a replacement part and not an accident that could have injured other people. I then added a post scriptum or postscript, aka “P.S.” to the end of my prayer, which said something like this: “Lord, I am grateful for not being in an accident, but as your daughter I want to claim prosperity in my life, Lord, because I need prosperity in my life, Lord, and not more debt. Please, Lord, send some prosperity my way!”

On Thursday morning I arrived at my office at work and encountered an envelope addressed to me, sitting on my desk. I got myself situated and opened that envelope to read the card, and to my dismay, five 20-dollar-bills fell out of the card. Sender: anonymous. God had shown someone my need. He did not need a reminder from me to bless me, because He always provides.

“Thank You, Lord, for giving us ears to hear Your voice when You speak to us. Thank You for speaking to someone about me.”
For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 27, 2016

He Is Our Strength

jan 27“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)

I have recited today’s verse many times. But as I sit here after a long, tiring week, I am again wondering how it applies to my life. The Living Bible translation says, “Your strength must come from the Lord’s mighty power within you.” But I’m just not feeling it.

As a mom who works out of the house, I juggle many tasks at work and home: dishes, laundry, shopping, cooking, car pool, homework, football practice and… dirty socks randomly scattered throughout my house. Add to that devotions, church activities…and I am left feeling like tumbleweed rolling down the dusty streets of life.

Despite our personal preferences, God is not in the habit of handing out hall passes so we can skip all the stress and hard work. Although I would love the opportunity to effortlessly leap tall mounds of laundry, bills and dirty dishes in a single bound, this verse is not offering us instant access to super powers like those highlighted in the pages of a comic book.

On the contrary, the reality is that we will be weak…and in need of a strong God. When our weaknesses surface, they spotlight the fact that we need God. Like a child holding their father’s hand, we are “enabled” because the Father holding our hand is able. So rather than trying to conquer life, we must learn to conquer the illusion that we can “do life” on our own. Our strength comes from relying on a God who is strong and more than able to carry us.

“Lord, I pray that our posture through life would be one of dependence on You. Help us rely on You and look to You rather than our own efforts.”

For His Glory

Claudia Dempsey
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 26, 2016

What Does God Have In Store For You?

jan 26“but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NIV)

Ever gotten caught in between something you should do and something else you need to do? Both are important, but one is something that will make a greater difference later. Caught in the middle, torn. Neither is a bad decision. That’s where I was, decision time came, I chose the one that wasn’t as easy and at the moment it was one that I wanted to change my mind and go back to the other one, then an hour into the decision it became clear that was exactly the decision that needed to be made. A sweet time of refreshment and beauty to behold of breathtaking views.

How many times does God allow us to work ourselves into that dilemma of being a Mary or Martha and we have to make the choice. The Martha in me wants to get the task complete, but the Mary aches for the beauty God has in store for me. Thankful for the reminder God gives us that Mary made the best choice, and He wouldn’t take her time of worship away from her.

When faced with those tough choices let the meek Mary shine through and enjoy the gift God has for you.

“Father, thank you for your beautiful creation and the reminder of time spent with you is refreshing and breathtaking. You always make us smile and give us joy when we choose to worship you with our time. In your precious name.”

For His Glory,

Debbie Struble
TRBC Coffee Break

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 25, 2016

Kissing Anxiety Goodbye

jan 25“The man who trusts in the Lord whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.” Jeremiah 17:7 (HCSB)

Mondays can really rob us of all we thought we had together. We start another week. Refreshed, energized, and ready to conquer the world. We’ve got this. Nothing can get in our way. Nothing will derail our plans. Those were the simple thoughts we had before rushing out the door. Before everyone else’s agenda met ours. Before we slid under our desk or sank in a pile of laundry feeling totally incompetent to get the job done.

Regardless of what’s on our plate, we don’t have to cower in fear. God has equipped each of us for what lies ahead. He has already gone before us. He has prepared the way. Yes, despite the fact we often don’t know what we are doing, God is fully aware.

Even in the heat of the battles of life, God promises to replace our fear with His confidence. We can kiss anxiety goodbye and embrace the strength found in the One who has orchestrated all of our days, even the messy ones.

Love the promises that follow this verse. Even in the midst of drought (dry places), those who trust in God will not be overcome with worry (verse 8). And the byproduct of trusting means never ceasing to produce fruit. Sweet abundance that flows out and touches the lives of those we meet. Bold confidence that is not afraid of what tomorrow brings because we know our God’s got it covered.

Mondays – yes they can be hectic, unpredictable, and challenging. So what are we trusting in today? Self, other people, other things…..the list can be endless. But the woman who places her trust in God and not herself – well the scripture says it – she is blessed! Can’t think of a better way to start the week!

“Father, what a blessing we miss when we fail to trust You – help us to exchange our confidence for complete dependence on You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Coffee Break

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