Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 7, 2018

Sharing The Good News

“This is the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God as the prophet Isaiah wrote.” Mark 1:1 (NCV)

John the Baptist was sent before Jesus to share the Good News that was prophesied in the Old Testament. We are here to share the Good News of what has happened and of what is yet to come when Jesus takes His bride to Heaven.

Those living in Old Testament times probably had a hard time wrapping their minds around Jesus coming to live on earth. They didn’t have a full grasp of the miracles that would be performed or how brutally He would suffer for us.

Likewise, we have a hard time wrapping our minds around Jesus coming on a White Horse from Heaven. Capturing His bride, He will take us as Christians to live forever with Him in Heaven. We don’t have a full grasp of the mansions and just exactly what streets of gold will look like. What will it be like to sit at His feet, sing praises and worship Him forever? What awe this brings to my mind – such beauty and magnificence.

As we truly focus on the things to come it brings such an urgency to share with others. How can we let our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers miss out? Why aren’t we shouting off the rooftops of our houses the joy that is to come? We should be sharing the Good News with all we come in contact with that our Savior is Christ the Lord. Let’s live our lives differently; let’s shout the joy we have.

“Father, thank You for sending Your Son for me. Give me the courage to live my life boldly shouting from the rooftops about You.”

For His Glory

Debbie Struble
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 6, 2018

From Scratch

“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

Scrolling on my iPhone screen looking at Facebook updates my friends had posted, I noticed a comment from my next-door neighbor Erin. She had just harvested some sweet potatoes from one of her planters and turned them into a delicious sweet potato pie from scratch.

Idiomatic expressions can be interesting at times, especially when English is not one’s first language, as it was not mine. “From scratch” had always been one of those expressions that made me wonder how it had come to be. So, I moved my fingers towards the toolbar in search of Google. According to what I found, “from scratch” is an expression that originated all the way back in the 1800’s from racing, as the cars would depart from a line scratched into the ground. Simply put, “from scratch” means “to start from the beginning or from nothing.”

Now, if we go back even further land in the book of Genesis, chapter 1 Verse 1, we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Wow!! Isn’t it amazing to think that God – who was perfectly content, happy, satisfied with being God and Sovereign master of the universe – decided to share some of Himself with us. He created the earth, populating it, and then created man from scratch – or literally nothing?

I was privileged to get a slice of Erin’s sweet potato pie and it was delicious! It wasn’t only delightful to my palate, but also to my stomach. To Erin, however, it was way more meaningful than just eating sweet potato pie, because she actually planted and harvested the potatoes in order to make the pie. She was the creator of it; from scratch.

The God of the Universe did not create us from scratch just to have us on display for all to see. He created us for His own enjoyment. And He gave each and every one of us a purpose for being alive, and to be called His sons and daughters, His workmanship, His FAMILY.

“Father, thank You for forming us and creating us in Your image in the beginning.”

For His Glory

Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 5, 2018

When Ordinary Is Transformed to Extraordinary

“We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.” 2 Corinthians 3:18a (ESV)

He was just an ordinary teenager destined to be a diary farmer. Nothing special. But then he met Jesus and the life of Billy Graham would never be the same. He didn’t seek fame yet it found him. I grew up captivated by his preaching. As a little girl, we would gather in our living room. My dad would call friends or family and remind them to tune in to the crusade. And when the program started you could have heard a pin drop.

My fave part every night was at the end when “Just As I Am” and Billy’s altar call drew the crowds to follow Christ. I so wanted to be just like him. I’d plan my own little church service in our yard complete with chairs and a center aisle. Dogs, cats and siblings were my audience. I had memorized Billy’s words and was ready for Just As I Am.

Many years later, I would sit at Liberty University’s graduation to hear Billy Graham speak. It was the chance of a lifetime and despite the cold, drenching rain I was glued to every word he spoke.
Perhaps that’s why the homegoing of this spiritual giant has touched a tender spot in my heart. Billy was such a humble servant of God. He was a man respected, loved and admired by so many. But what people thought of him was not on his agenda. Billy was clearly doing what God had called him to do faithfully. He never watered down the gospel; he simply spoke the truth in love and grace.
Can’t even imagine what that reunion was like in heaven when he met Jesus. Would have loved to see the faces of those who got saved under Billy’s ministry waiting for his arrival. A life well lived with all the glory going to his Heavenly Father.

One day, we too will stand before God. Praying we don’t dance in the light of our own glory on this earth. Praying we seize opportunities to humbly, graciously share our faith with others. Praying we live the life we talk about authentically. Praying we remain faithful and true to His words. Praying that when we walk through Heaven’s gates we will hear our Father say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”

“Father, how we long to hear Your voice, to enjoy Your presence and to experience the life You have planned for us. What a glorious day that will be.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 2, 2018

Collecting Souls

“….First Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother; Phillip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax collector…….” Matthew 10:2a-3a

Love the way Matthew reminds us of who he once was. He doesn’t hide behind his new title Disciple of Christ or tag it “close friend of Jesus.” He puts it right out there where we can’t miss it. In the line up of the twelve, we find these words: “Matthew the tax collector.” Two simple words that defined the old Matthew. A title that denoted an untrustworthy reputation – tax collectors who were hated by the Jews because of their greed and dishonesty. Yet Jesus’ invitation changed everything – the title Matthew once bore, the prestige, security and wealth all cast aside. He chose to leave it all behind to follow Jesus; the former tax collector radically transformed now collecting souls for the kingdom.

Wonder if we could be so truthful about the old us before our Jesus rescue? A title we all bear from the moment we took our first breath – sinners desperately in need of a Savior. Lost and wandering in the pursuit of many things yet totally empty – searching for significance. A tainted reputation, void of character and integrity. Failures, mistakes and a long list of wrongs. Would we dare remind ourselves and others that were it not for His grace, we would still be darkened by this world? Are we brave enough to remember who we once were so we can humbly draw others to Jesus?

Sinners saved by grace – just ordinary women redeemed and restored filled with a passion to shed light on our path. Let’s leave everything behind and follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Let’s boldly proclaim where we came from and where He brought us so that others will know Him too. Let’s never forget His amazing grace that saved a wretch like us. Let’s be radically transformed and join Matthew in collecting souls for God’s kingdom.

“Father, I remember who I was before You saved me – I remember the moment You forgave me and the sweetness of Your grace overflowing me. Help me to never grow weary in telling that story.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | March 1, 2018

Our Journey of Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

I moved my regular six-week adjustment with my chiropractor ahead due to increased pain. During the examination, he noted I had been under a lot of stress! What an understatement!! While the past weeks had been difficult, I was convinced God is in control and His promises are true. The Holy Spirit drew me to His Word, birthing an assessment of Biblical characters who understood stress. David fled for his life, Paul feared for his, Esther gambled hers, Mary submitted hers, and Jesus offered his. What carried these individuals through the stressfulness of everyday living?

The answer: faith strengthened by a God who repetitively has proven Himself. They simply believed His promises. Why do we feel our lives are more stressful? We have an awareness of the outcome of their lives through reading the Bible, but somehow we fail to acknowledge reaching the victorious end required a walk of faith. Appearing to be an easy journey, we cannot disregard the fact that every step of the way involved a confrontation of fear, anxiousness, uncertainty, worry, etc. They were exactly like us. Thankfully, at their weakest moments God’s strength was made perfect and His Word was manifested.

So, the next time stress becomes overwhelming try claiming the promises of God. Pray them out loud. Personalize them. The scriptures will bring comfort, reassurance, encouragement, and strength. Confidence will build in an all caring God. The great news: one day there will be a victorious end to your walk of faith too!

“Lord, please help me to believe your promises. Teach my heart to trust in You during stressful times and claim victory in spite of my circumstances.”

For His Glory

Patsy Sanders
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 28, 2018

Lessons In The Fall

“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.” Revelation 2:5a (ESV)

Great Britain’s Mo Farah was favored to win an Olympic 10,000 metres race in 2016. A captive audience held its breath and waited for the release of the runners to begin their event. Calm, cool and unstressed, Mo started his race waving to the crowds. He was energetic, upbeat and optimistic. Hallway through the course, Mo maneuvered through the dense group of runners. And in a split second, he fell and my heart fell right along with him. I just knew his chances of winning were evaporated in that one slip where every second counted. But Mo got right back up and kept running. Despite falling, he kept pressing on and ultimately won his second straight Olympic gold seizing the title Reigning Champion of the world.

Wonder if we handle falling like Mo? Someone, something or some wrong choice crashes right into us, and we hit the ground. All our hard work, dedication and devotion slipping away as we kiss the ground beneath our feet. No matter how we started our race, we now find ourselves flat on our face. Bearing the marks of defeat while guilt and shame propel us to stay.

Love the fact God favors His people to win in this thing called life. Love the cloud of witnesses that watch from afar and cheer us on. Love the grace that reaches down when we hit rock bottom. Love the transforming of defeat, discouragement and disillusionment into victory, hope and faith.

Praying us sisters are brave and don’t let a fall sideline us. Claiming God’s promises that when we fall, He will be right there to lift us back up. Praying we keep pressing on instead of giving up. Asking God to empower our weary overwhelmedness into strength, determination and trust. Praying we allow our falls to propel us closer to victory. Asking God to teach us deep lessons that we will never forget when we rise. And trusting Him to bring glory to His name when we finish His race.

“Father, thank You for using our failures to refine us rather than define us. Teach us to grasp the lesson and then get back up – pressing on with You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 27, 2018

Rest In Him

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29 NIV)

God doesn’t waste anything, and so I began to write. My journey had taken me to a two-year time out. Life had fallen apart and just when I thought it could get no worse, it did. In the midst of this, it was as though God knew the heart of His daughter, had orchestrated her return and was providing every resource to clean her up and reflect His glory once again. What’s a girl to do but to put pen to paper and let others know what He taught her, how He healed her with the hopes to encourage others to draw close to Him when life withdraws its kindness. And so with list in hand, in strategic format, I have written. Sharing with others spiritual lessons taught to me. With each stroke remembering who shared with me her wisdom, the one who confronted my misguided mind or the author long-ago with Jesus.

With learnings in hand, I move forward. It doesn’t take long to be inundated with pressures. Pressures that come from all sides in an attempt to extinguish the Spirit at work. Rejection, my constant companion it seems, returns to visit. I scurry to recite the lessons learned, and return to prayer for comfort. At the end of worship, repentance and surrender, one word is heard: rest. The Lord encouraging me to rest in Him. To allow Him to hold my heart, keep it in one piece. In His hands it is sheltered, protected, healthy. I quiet myself as He works all things for His good. Trust that which is and that which isn’t. Only as Solomon found rest from battle could a temple for the Name of the Lord be built. With the Lord’s presence comes rest; we learn as Moses is unwilling to move without the Lord’s presence to accompany. The world works in a frenzy to heal and restore but the Lord says rest.

Rest knowing that I am His daughter. His beloved. Chosen. Forgiven. Redeemed. He paid the ultimate price to have me. Nothing and no one can take me from His embrace. May this fury and fire that taunts my freedom serve to refine this creation in the now. But as for eternity, may what defines me be His love and the masterpiece He has formed through sanctification.

“Father, for complete healing and wholeness, may I rest in You, safe in the center of the storm.”

For His Glory

Kathryn Hayman
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 26, 2018

When Praying Seems Empty

“For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.” Psalm 33:21

Ever bowed your knee and breathed deep prayers that seemed to evaporate in thin air? Like a vapor here one moment and then gone the next. We’ve prayed these words over and over again. We’ve cried out to God in our desperation and He seems to be silent. Or worse yet our greatest fear, He isn’t listening at all.

Don’t you just love the way the enemy immediately fills our thoughts with questions and doubts about God’s goodness? God delights in hearing our voice. He longs for us to come to Him. He welcomes us into His presence. Yet in the midst of silence and empty, the enemy confronts us. He zeroes in on the unanswered and spotlights our unchanging circumstances.

Frustration easily sets in if we are looking for “our” results versus God’s divine plan. Couldn’t tell you how many times, I told God what to do on a daily basis. I strategically laid it all out at His feet. Verses to pray over. Justifying my conclusions. As if God couldn’t solve or fix it on His on – now that’s an interesting thought. The One who spoke the world into existence all of a sudden needs my help.

Despite my head knowledge of who God is, I often run to self to fix all those things that swirl out of control. You know the stuff that’s weighing me down from sunup to sundown. Situations I’d like to resolve quickly. Circumstances I’d like fixed. People who need some Jesus intervention. And the list goes on and on.

Tucked away deep in those moments is a reality I attempt to coverup – do I really trust God with all my stuff? Do I realize that He has this covered and whatever is touching my life is not a surprise to Him?

God, my faithful loving Father, is more interested in my heart than my list. He knows that fear is the culprit that sends me digging for answers, sharing my solutions and attempting to take charge. He completely gets me and still loves me. And even in those moments of silence and perceived empty, God is still working….despite my impatience. He is moving at just the right pace for everyone involved. He knows what it takes for His “perfect plan” to unfold. And God has never been early or late – He’s always on time.

“Father, when lack of trust overwhelms us help us lean in closer to You rather than cling to self. Teach us to embrace Your wisdom and leave the specifics in Your hands.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 23, 2018

His Focus

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

The chart projected on the wall was a few feet straight ahead from where I sat. The doctor blocked one of my eyes and told me to read the chart, and only stop when I could no longer read what it said. When I finished with that eye, we proceeded to do the same with the other eye. Then, he took away the eye blocker, and I could read with both eyes, a little farther down the chart from where I had previously stopped. Though I could see fairly well with each individual eye, it was a lot easier to do it with both. I could focus better.

My visits to the optometrist, or even to the ophthalmologist are only an example of how sometimes two are just better than one, especially when it pertains to focusing. Here are some other examples about the power of twosomes: In order to waltz, one would need a partner; in order to lift weights, one would need a spotter; in order to throw a Frisbee, a football, or a baseball, one would need a catcher; in order to hike a trail, one should always have a partner to ensure his or her safety; in order to get married, one would definitely need a mate. And the list goes on and on.

Though there is multiplicity to the meaning of the word “focus,” when I think about it, I automatically think of two things coming together, like the lenses that optimize the clarity in the way our eyes see, especially as we get older and our vision is no longer so clear. God’s Word is our guide for life. It helps us to stay focused on Him as we travel the path set before us.

Is the path you are on rocky and unsteady? Are your troubles many? Are people failing you? Focus on the One who can bring you the relief and victory that you need: Jesus.

“Sweet Lord Jesus: we are so thankful for You. If we keep our eyes on You, the troubles of this earth will be dimmed by Your light.”

For His Glory

Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 22, 2018

Trusting God With Your Promised Land

“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them on the road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promise Land. God said, “if the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17 (NLT)

The Israelites had been in slavery 430 years when God sent their deliverer, Moses. Finally, plague after plague Pharaoh had enough and told Moses to take God’s people and go…leave Egypt. However, God did not lead the Israelites on the shortest, easiest or closest route towards the Promise Land. He knew the first sign of adversity or opposition, the Israelites would turn around and head back to captivity.

God uses our journeys to strengthen us; He uses our traveling to equip and prepare us for our destinies. God allows our treks to have pitfalls and difficulties. These struggles attune our eyes on God with total dependence. When Pharaoh’s chariots were closing in as the Israelites faced the Red Sea; yes they grumbled at Moses, but he said, “…don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you…”(Ex. 14:13)

Are you discouraged, disappointed or frustrated? It’s been years and you’re still waiting! Are you saying to yourself, “I should have been “there” by now?” I should of accomplished “that thing” by now. I can’t believe “it” hasn’t happened yet.” Or I should’ve of been married by now, had kids by now, my ministry should’ve of taken off by now, etc.” You know that you know you’re on the right path, you’re obeying and you’re trusting. Be encouraged! God has not forgotten you!

Just because you haven’t gotten “there” yet doesn’t mean God has forsaken you. He might be leading you the long way towards your future for your protection and safety. He has your best interest at heart. He knows what can harm you on the easy, short route. God is taking care of you on your journey to your Promise Land. God knows if “its” too early it can be dangerous. God is making sure when “it” comes; He took you on the most safest, anointed and appointed route. You will arrive fully capable for your calling.

“Father, when we arrive at our Promise Land, the time and place will be perfect…safe and ready to accomplish Your will for Your glory.

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock (
TRBC Women’s Life

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