THRIVE: Make today count!


Do you know why you should make today count? Do you realize there are many reasons? First of all, this is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it! This is reason enough to make every today count! I have an extra special reason to make today count as 25 years ago I married the love of my life and she has made me the happiest man, husband, and father I could have imagined! 25 years ago God put into motion a relationship that would draw us closer to Him and strengthen our faith and our love for Him and for one another! For me, every day is Happy Today but today is extra special, and am so glad to get to share this with you and to spend forever with my wife. As I was getting ready this morning I noticed a shirt I hadn’t put out to wear today but it says “Married 25 years and looking forward to forever”. So I put it on and adjusted my planned wardrobe. With guests being here I have to pick my clothes the night before instead of in the morning in the dark and so I know what I was going to wear but an adjustment was needed in order to make today count! Fill it with hope! Fill it with joy! Fill it with faith! Most of all, fill it with love!

Wedding Day 1997

So make your today count! Not sure how or what to do? Invite God into the situation and ask Him to help you be a good steward of your time so that you can glorify Him and He can bless you! Have some cares or anxiety you’ve been carrying around and wondering how in such a situation you can make today count? God tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 that we are to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us! Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28-30 to go to Him when we are feeling weak and burdened and He will give us rest. He tells us that He will make a swap with us by allowing us to take His yoke and learn from Him and find rest in our souls! So let’s grab hold of the reality of today and be transformed and led and guided and instructed by the Holy Spirit in order to make today count! THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!

MAKE TODAY COUNT!


‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. ‘

Ezekiel 36:26

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 6


Let’s be positive role models today! Let’s make today count in the words we use, the actions we take, and the thoughts we allow to take hold. Let’s consider and choose to consider it pure joy even when we face trials of many kinds! Let’s choose to make today count! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow Him to lead and guide you!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Shouldn’t every day be a yay day?


Another work week is drawing to a close and so we need to finish strong! How do you view the days of the week? For me, each day is Happy Today! Each day is a day that the Lord has made and so we should rejoice and be glad in it! I have some friends who view Friday as a better day and so they sometimes call it Fri-yay instead of Friday. I like using -eve when you get past lunch hour to indicate tomorrow and one of my friends liked Fridays so much they were able to make every day a derivative of Friday by having Thurs = Friday-eve, Wed = Friday-eve-eve, Tues = Friday-eve-eve-eve, Monday = Friday-eve-eve-eve-eve. How about you are you able to go into every day with a Happy Today mentality?

Let’s grab hold of the reality that:

‘The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. ‘

Psalms 118:24

or another translation puts it this way:

“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” 

Psalm 118:24

Each day is a rich and precious gift from God, with new grace and new opportunities.” Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow but to make the most of today!

‘ “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Matthew 6:25-34

Let’s make the most of our today, not being held back by the past but pressing toward eternity with God! Let’s make the most of our today, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed! Let’s make the most of our today because God created it and His mercies are new every day! Let’s be salt and light into this world so that people may see us doing the good works God created in advance for us to accomplish and give praise, honor, and glory to our Father in Heaven!

So no matter what day today is for you, let’s grab hold of God’s plans, purposes, and will for it and make it a Happy Today, being glad and rejoicing in it!

Let’s choose to thrive for the glory of God!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. ‘

Philippians 4:19

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 3


Are you ready for a Happy Today? Are you ready to make the most of your day? Are you ready to allow every day to be a Happy Today? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to allow Jesus to help you release the past and live in the present without worrying about the future?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: What will today bring?


We need to leave yesterday where it belongs, in the past. We can take the lessons with us but leave anything and everything else behind. We can’t think about or worry about tomorrow because we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. We need to focus on today! This is the day that the Lord has made and so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Will today bring good news or bad news? Will today bring comfort, pleasure, and peace or pain? Will today bring direction or distraction? Will today bring focus or indifference? Will today bring joy or sadness? Will today bring opportunity or threat? Will today bring challenges or acceptance? Will today bring war or peace? Will today bring unity or division? Will today bring trust or skepticism? Will today bring hope or pessimism and despair?

What will today bring? The bigger question is how will you respond?

We don’t get to choose what today will bring but we do get to choose how we will respond! So let’s choose to make today Happy Today! Let’s choose to make today Happy Today, no matter what! We have life, so let’s make today Happy Today! We have God, so let’s make today Happy Today! This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!



Today’s Verse of the Day

‘If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. ‘

1 John 1:9

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 8


So where are you today? What struggles are you facing? Are you ready to attack the problems rather than the people? Are you ready to make sure your focus is on the right enemy? Are you ready to invite God into your situation so that you can have His perspective? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart so that He is able to help you overcome rather than be overwhelmed? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life so that you can live out the rest of your life as an overcome?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

catching up on the days I missed (back to Feb 9th)


THRIVE: What’s the news?


As I get started today there are many thoughts in my head. I am turning and seeking God’s wisdom and discernment as I am expecting to hear and learn more today. The news is interesting as there is the unpublished as well as the published news. The news is intriguing as it makes me wonder what the state of things will be as the new leadership takes place and the various roles and responsibilities are clarified. The unpublished news causes me to wonder how much others news is there that I am unaware of. The published news seems to continue to exclude details that directly connect or speak to where I am or will be. So what’s the news?

THRIVE: To vigorously grow to flourish; to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances.
Definition of THRIVE

When you know what you know it makes you wonder what about the things you don’t know. It mirrors the quote from Aristotle “The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know.” And yet there is more… More conversations taking place. More learning sessions could trigger vigorous growth. More meetings that could speak to getting to flourish. More meetings that speak to taking new ground. And the key is to consume all of this information in order to better understand God’s direction and plans for this incredible year of 2022 in which the key is or the word is THRIVE.

So with a town hall session, a one-on-one, and scheduling of other learn sessions, today is a day of news.


Verse of the Day:

‘ “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. ‘

Luke 16:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Father Like The Father – Day 6


Are you facing challenges or opportunities? Are you facing trials of various kinds and need God’s help to consider them pure joy? Are you facing the troubles of this world and needing God’s help to take heart in that Jesus has already overcome the world? Let’s invite God into our situation for wisdom and discernment. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior.

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: Turn to God! Find the joy in every situation!


After a great day with my family, dinner out with my wife, watching my daughter play some basketball, even in the midst of the blow out God is good and provides joy through it all. Joy of helping take down the tree. Joy of helping get the couch back in place. Joy of dinner with my beautiful wife. Joy of watching my daughter and her team play a tough game of basketball. Joy of coming home to my son and our dogs. There is joy in every situation. I consider the words I wrote on my window at work, back in the days when we went to the office and the assumptions that went along with it.

Happy Today!
Assumption 1: You are alive!
Assumption 2: No matter what happens!
 ∀ Today() = Happy!!

The bar is very low for every today to be happy! The assumptions tend to be easy to identify and achieve. If you are reading this then you are alive. Check Assumption 1 complete. What’s going to happen? Doesn’t matter, Assumption 2 says “No matter what happens”. Check Assumption 2 complete. So today’s let’s allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength so that we can thrive! Let’s let today be Happy Today! because of the overflow of the joy of the Lord in and through us!

Perspective makes a huge difference and impacts whether we will thrive, survive, or back up. Let’s move forward in the strength of God for His glory! Let’s take that step forward in order to glorify God and be an example to the world around us of how great our God is! It’s a choice we are all going to have to make today! Will we choose to let today be a Happy Today! or will we allow what happens to change our perspective on how great God is and that this is the day that the Lord has made and so we should rejoice and be glad in it. The choice is yours! Will you cling to God and allow today to be filled with the joy of the Lord? Will you turn your back and decide to have a sucky day?

I am excited to get to attend church this morning as the theme for this series is THRIVE. I am excited to get to hear from God’s Word in the book of Exodus and how through the story of Moses, God will encourage me as I step into this new week of uncertainty. Last week closed with an incredible phone call on my son’s birthday. God knew I needed a bit of a pick me up as I was having a pretty rough morning, and it was FRIDAY. It should have been HAPPY FRIDAY! since today()=Friday. But I was struggling and kept turning and praying and casting my cares upon God. I know He cares for me. I know He will never leave me and never abandon me. I know that I am never alone for God is with me. He was helping me get through the day and to make sure I stepped into the weekend uplifted and encouraged, God provided a call from a long-time friend and mentor to pick me up. God is so good! All the time! All the time! God is good!


Today’s verse of the day:

‘ Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ‘

Matthew 5:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 7


So are you struggling with finding joy? Are you struggling to thrive? Are you looking for a source of hope? Are you looking for a source of strength? Are you looking for a source of joy? Let’s invite Jesus into the situation! Let’s invite Him into our hearts to help fill it up with joy that overflows from it. Let’s invite Him into our lives as our Lord and Savior so that we can be new, we can be transformed, we can have joy.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

What is your source? What fuels you?


Where does your power come from? Where does your hope come from? What allows you to keep going? What is the foundation that helps you stand firm? What is the ground you are allowing your roots to grow into? What is feeding you? What is filling you? What is it helping you to become?

Don’t allow bitter roots to take hold because they will eat you up from the inside out! Trade those feelings and emotions of bitterness for forgiveness! Don’t be chained in bitterness instead choose to be freed by forgiveness? The choice is yours! Forgiveness is the key! God is required! Having problems with a friend, family member, colleague? Have you been able to forgive them? Have you ever been forgiven even when you didn’t deserve it?

Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help clean house? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help you uproot things that shouldn’t be there? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help create a new heart, a new perspective, and a new life for you? When you allow God to be your source and fill you to overflowing then you are able to pour life and love and hope into the people God brings your way. When you allow Jesus to be your foundation and cornerstone then you are able to stand firm and be prepared by putting on the full armor of God! When we allow Jesus to be in charge then we are able to live out our lives in pursuit of His plans and purposes for our lives and be His hands and arms extended to reach a lost world and point them to an eternity with God instead of one where they will continue to suffer apart from God. What’s it cost? Your decision! It’s too expensive for us to be able to pay for it or even afford it and so God is giving it away to those who will accept and receive it! It’s not something we can borrow from others but rather something we have to decide and receive for ourselves. Unlike material things which can be borrowed for a season, faith in Jesus requires us to accept and receive it for ourselves. The decision is ours and ours alone to make. It’s personal! It’s intimate! It’s real! So we need to make the decision on our own and for ourselves!

Are you ready to truly live? God’s plan is to give us a hope and a future! Are you ready to fully live? Jesus came that we can have life and life to the full! Yes, in this world we will have troubles but with Jesus we have the promise that He has overcome the world! Yes, we will face trials but with Jesus we can consider them pure joy because we know that the testing of our faith produces perseverance and that when we let perseverance finish its work will be mature and complete, not lacking anything. So are you ready to be filled with the power to truly live? Are you ready to be filled with the hope that will allow you to truly live? Are you ready to be filled with the life that is powered by and fueled by God? Could today be the day it starts?


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 27TH


POWER TO LIVE


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.’

I Corinthians 6:14

Let’s get more context for this statement by expanding the verses around it and getting more details by using the Amplified version.

‘Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. And God has not only raised the Lord [to life], but will also raise us up by His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Am I therefore to take the members of Christ and make them part of a prostitute? Certainly not! Do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall be one flesh .” But the one who is united and joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Run away from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written]. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the one who is sexually immoral sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? You were bought with a price [you were actually purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.’

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • If you consider your eyes as the sight then what is your aim in life?
  • If you consider your eyes as the sight then what are you pointing at or towards?
  • Are you pointing upwards and towards God and His purpose and plans?
  • Are you pointing to earthly things and away from God?
  • Are you earthly like the young in their faith Corinthians that Paul is speaking to?
  • Are you ready to level up your life in response to Paul’s writing?
  • We see how Paul is speaking to them in today’s verses about food and sex.
    • ‘Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything [and brought under its power, allowing it to control me]. Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, but God will do away with both of them. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body [to save, sanctify, and raise it again because of the sacrifice of the cross]. ‘
      1 Corinthians 6:12-13
  • Are you ready to receive the truth that our body and our urges have come from God?
  • Are you ready to receive the truth that everything we are and have is to glorify God?
  • Are you ready to live free rather than being restricted or imprisoned within our bodies by food and sex?
  • Are you ready to live free by dedicating your body to God?
  • Are you ready to live free by dedicating your body to honoring God?
  • The body is important! The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit!
  • The body is so important that Christ’s body was raised from the dead!
  • The body is so important that one day our bodies will also be resurrected too!
  • God works in and through our bodies to enable us to accomplis His will and His purposes!
  • Our bodies may not be perfect but they do have purpose to honor God and help others!
  • So let’s consider our bodies sacred!
  • Let’s decide to not use our bodies for immoral behavior!
  • Let’s decide that they are too valuable for such things!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • In what ways are you using your body to honor God? In what ways are you failing to use it for that purpose?
  • What are some choices you can make today to use your body more effectively for Christ?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If Christ was not raised, His death was in vain. Your faith in Him would be pointless, and your sins would still be counted against you with no hope of a spiritual life.”

John MacArthur

So where are you at today? Are you ready to decide to live a life to the full? Are you ready to decide to live a life that has been redeemed? Are you ready to decide to live a life that has been forgiven and can forgive others? Are you ready to receive hope? Are you ready to receive joy? Are you ready to receive love? Are you ready to overflow in all of these into the lives of the world around you? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Do you have them? Will you use them?


If you knew there were three keys would you want them? If you knew there were three keys would you get them? If you knew there were three keys would you use them? Do you have them? Are you using them? Do you know how to use them? Do you know how they work? Do you realize the benefits?

Do you realize what love in action looks like? Will you receive it and live it?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 18th


The Three Keys


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. ‘

Romans 12:11-12

Let’s expand on this to ensure we get the full context of this message and let’s use the Amplified version to get more details:

‘Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good. Be devoted to one another with [authentic] brotherly affection [as members of one family], give preference to one another in honor; never lagging behind in diligence; aglow in the Spirit, enthusiastically serving the Lord; constantly rejoicing in hope [because of our confidence in Christ], steadfast and patient in distress, devoted to prayer [continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength], contributing to the needs of God’s people, pursuing [the practice of] hospitality. Bless those who persecute you [who cause you harm or hardship]; bless and do not curse [them]. Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief]. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself. Never repay anyone evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper in the sight of everyone. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness]; for it is written [in Scripture], “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on his head .” Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.’

Romans 12:9-21

Today’s Word speaks to love in action! Today’s Word comes from Paul trying to give us some key principles to this walk of faith! Today’s Word gives us 3 keys to going far in our relationship with God!


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ready to take grasp of the principles to a walk of faith?
  • Paul boils it down to 3 keys
  • Key #1: “be joyful in hope”
    • hoping isn’t wishing
    • hoping is a strong expectation of God’s deliberate action
    • hoping is confident believing
    • So hope to the point your confidence makes you sing with anticipation of God’s divine work to be accomplished in and through your life.
  • Key #2: “patient in affliction”
    • In this world we will have troubles and difficulties
    • difficulties are a part of life
    • we are a fallen people in a fallen world
    • God desires for us to produce much spiritual fruit and just like other fruit producing trees, they require pruning to become more fruitful and as such God also will need to prune us to enable us to be fruitful
    • pruning hurts
    • let’s be patient and resist our natural tendency when we face troubles of trying to get out of them or escape them
    • let’s be patient and resist our natural response by considering it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds
    • let’s be patient in the midst of the afflictions and look to grasp wisdom and strength through the experience through God’s leading and guiding
    • let’s be patient in the midst of the afflictions and look to grasp wisdom and strength through the experience by looking to God for wisdom and discernment so that we come out the other side with faith that is stronger than when we went in.
  • Key #3: “keep praying”
    • the troubles can be hard and try to break us and cause us to give up but don’t give up, instead pray to God
    • the trials can be tough but let’s persevere in the testing of our faith so that when we let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
    • don’t give up because of unfulfilled expectations
    • don’t give up because of unforseen difficulties
    • don’t give up because of how long you have to wait on God’s answers
    • continue praying with resolve
    • let’s allow our prayers to deepen in the times of difficulty
    • let’s allow our prayers to take on new urgency in times of difficulty
    • let’s be ready to stop talking and start listening if the delays continue
    • let’s be ready to stop, listen, and obey God’s direction through His Spirit
    • let’s be ready to be sensitive to the prompting of God’s Spirit rather than trying to make prayer about ordering and answer or outcome but rather to hear from God and learn a lesson or gain wisdom and discernment.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Which of these keys is a strength in your walk right now?
  • Which needs some attention? What are you going to do about it?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Most people who fail in their dream fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment.


Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? Have you started a relationship with God? Are you wanting a deeper relationship with God? Are you looking for God? Are you needing God? Could today be the day your journey begins? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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This is the day! How will you respond?


So you find out the time has come and today is the day. How will you respond? Are you ready? Are you prepared? Will you choose to act? The decision is yours! You can do it or not do it! You can choose to not decide which is the same as choosing not to do it! Your choice matters! Your response makes a difference! It will impact your destiny and final destination!

Are you ready? (Being Ready, Being Ready, Being Prepared, Always Being Ready)

  • Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. — Matthew 24:44
  • But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, — 1 Peter 3:15
  • Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. — Matthew 25:13
  • You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. — Luke 12:40
  • Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. — Luke 21:28
  • The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. — Proverbs 20:4
  • And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. — John 14:3
  • “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. … — Matthew 25:1-13
  • Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. — Matthew 24:42
  • I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. — John 16:33
  • Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” — Revelation 19:7-9
  • But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. — 1 John 2:27
  • As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. — 1 Timothy 6:17-19
  • Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. — Revelation 1:7
  • Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. — Hosea 10:12
  • “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’” — Mark 13:33-37

How will you choose to live out today with purpose? How will you choose to live out today on purpose? How will you choose to live out today on purpose? God created each of us on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose, so today let’s decide to live with it!

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Are you ready for the day of deliverance? Are you ready for the day of salvation? Are you ready for the day of redemption? Are you ready for the day of remission of sin?

Let’s praise God! Let’s celebrate with joy and exceeding gladness! Let’s rejoice with all of our heart to God for all He has done, He is doing, and will do! Let’s rejoice in God’s blessings! Let’s be jumping for joy! Let’s be walking with a spring in our step! Let’s be overflowing with joy to the point of skipping along! As I was looking into this verse, I came across a recommendation for things we can do today: (Psalm 118:24 Commentary-This is the Day)

  1.    Rejoice in the Lord 
  2.    Accentuate the Positive and Count Your Blessings 
  3.    Get Proper Rest 
  4.    Do Something for Someone Else 
  5.    Listen to Happy Music 
  6.    Exercise 
  7.    Make up your Mind to be Happy & Enthusiastic 
  8.   Take a Break and Do a Little Something for Yourself Every Day 
  9.   Claim the Promises of God 
  10.   And Cast your Burden on Lord 

This is the day! Are you ready? Will you grab hold of God’s Word and promises and look to live out your today doing these 10 things?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 12th


It’s Time


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”’

Mark 1:14-15

Let’s expand on this to get more context and use the Amplified version to grasp more details too:

‘The beginning of the [facts regarding the] good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written and forever remains in the [writings of the] prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Y our way— A voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight !’ ” John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins [that is, requiring a change of one’s old way of thinking, turning away from sin and seeking God and His righteousness]. And all the country of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem were continually going out to him; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a [wide] leather band around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he was preaching, saying, “After me comes He who is mightier [more powerful, more noble] than I, and I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the straps of His sandals [even as His slave]. As for me, I baptized you [who came to me] with water [only]; but He will baptize you [who truly repent] with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, he (John) saw the heavens torn open, and the Spirit like a dove descending on Him (Jesus); and a voice came out of heaven saying: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased and delighted!” Immediately the [Holy] Spirit forced Him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted [to do evil] by Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the angels ministered continually to Him.

Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God, and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].” As Jesus was walking by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon [Peter] and Simon’s brother, Andrew, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “ Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who were also in the boat mending and cleaning the nets. Immediately Jesus called to them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers, and went away to follow Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. They were completely amazed at His teaching; because He was teaching them as one having [God-given] authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out [terribly from the depths of his throat], saying, “ What business do You have with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet (muzzled, silenced), and come out of him!” The unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions, and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all so amazed that they debated and questioned each other, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits (demons), and they obey Him.” Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere throughout the district surrounding Galilee. ‘

Mark 1:1-28

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Reflecting on the past, when do you think would have been the best time for Jesus to come?
  • Considering God knows the beginning and the end, what do you think made Him choose that time to send Jesus?
  • Isn’t it interesting how God chose to pick a time over 2000 years ago without all the ability to communicate we have today in an isolated place?
  • Imagine if we could have gotten Jesus to show up now with all the TV, Internet, and worldwide broadcasting abilities but God had a different plan that requires us to be involved (people to be involved).
  • When Jesus stepped out of eternity and into our space/time continuum people got the opportunity to choose to believe in Him.
  • Since that time everyone gets a time where they get the opportunity to receive the gospel and the choice is offered up to them.
  • Paul in Romans 1:19-20 shares how everyone gets enough light to decide or reject the Good News and so nobody has an excuse.
    • ‘For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. ‘ — Romans 1:18-20
  • Jesus came humbly to this earth to give up Himself for the lives of others.
  • Jesus wasn’t some slick salesman with some flashy marketing campaign!
  • Jesus came as an iterant preacher to share the Good News.
  • Jesus came with his group of followers that He found along the way.
  • Today He comes through friends and family members, even strangers on the street
  • Today He comes through people reaching out to show they care about you.
  • Today He comes through people who reach out to pour love into the lives of others.
  • Today He comes through people who share the Good News they have heard and how it transformed their life!
  • Today He comes through people who share God’s love with them and then it is decision time if they will choose to receive it, accept it, embrace it, and move forward in it.
  • How about you? Do you have it? Do you share it? Do you want it? Do you need it?
    • If you want to get started today, skip to the bottom of this post and join me in the prayer, you can jump back up to this section to continue reading if you want.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you believe God orchestrates a momen (or several of them) for people to hear the gospel and respond, or is it just by chance?
  • How will you know if it’s time for your family members and friends to hear?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I believe the greatest single mistake Christians make is not using sales knowledge and common sense in spreading the word about the benefits of walking through this life with Jesus Christ.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you ready? Is it your turn? Is it your time? Will you decide to invite Jesus into your heart? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What do you take great pride or pleasure in?


Is it your wisdom or the wisdom from God? Is it your strength or the strength God provides? Is it your wealth or in God’s provision in your life? Is it the reality of knowing God? Is it the reality that it isn’t about rituals and routines but rather a relationship with Jesus? Is it is knowing God and being known by Him? Is it that you are loved by God? Is it that God is good? Is it that God is light and there is no darkness in Him? Is it that God is love and therefore we know that He is able to replace the word love in scriptures like:

‘God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails. … ‘
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Or is there something else in which you take great pride? Is there something else that you take great pleasure in? As we prepare for today’s devotional let’s consider this and how it impacts the way we choose to live out our life.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 29th


God’s Delight


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Thus says the Lord : “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord , exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord .’

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Let’s expand on today’s verse a bit to capture more of the context for these words…

‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Consider and call for the mourning women to come; Send for the wailing women to come. Let them hurry and take up a wailing for us, That our eyes may shed tears And our eyelids flow with water. For a sound of wailing is heard [coming] from Zion: ‘How we are ruined! We are greatly perplexed and utterly shamed, Because we have left the land, Because they have torn down our dwellings.’ ” Now hear the word of the Lord, O you women, And let your ear hear the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters a song of mourning, And each one [teach] her neighbor a dirge. For death has come up through our windows; It has entered our palaces, Cutting off the children from the streets And the young men from the town squares. Speak, “Thus says the Lord, ‘The dead bodies of men will fall like dung on the open field, And like sheaves [of grain] behind the reaper, And no one will gather them.’ ” Thus says the Lord, “Let not the one who is wise and skillful boast in his insight; let not the one who is mighty and powerful boast in his strength; let not the one who is rich boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] abundance; but let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me [and acknowledges Me and honors Me as God and recognizes without any doubt], that I am the Lord who practices lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on the earth, for in these things I delight,” says the Lord. “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when I will punish all who are circumcised [physically] and yet uncircumcised [spiritually]— Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those who live in the desert who clip off the hair on their temples; for all these nations are uncircumcised (sinful, impure), and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”’

Jeremiah 9:17-26

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What do you value?
  • What does the world want you to value?
  • Ever considered what is being sold at the store?
  • Ever considered what people value based on what you find on the magazine rack?
  • Ever considered what the world wants you to value based on what you see on those magazine racks by the checkout?
  • Ever noticed they are trying to sell you on the value of beauty, wealth, lavish living, spending money, physical strength, what could please you, politics and political power, corporations and corporate power?
  • Do you read about these things?
  • Do you daydream about these things?
  • Do you spend your life trying to achieve these things?
  • Wouldn’t be better to spend all that time and energy on something that will last?
  • The word sustainability gets thrown around a lot and yet that isn’t what the world is trying to really sell you. They are trying to sell you on the temporary. They are trying to sell you on the things that will need you to come back for more. They are trying to sell you on things that won’t last.
  • Do you realize that if you get pulled in, sucked in, tricked into believing their story that you will be missing out on the real purpose point, and meaning of life?
  • So are you focusing on the people, places, and things that give you pleasure?
  • Are you so consumed by them that you want more and want to share them with everyone else?
  • Why not focus on God’s things first?
  • Why not seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? And then let God take care of the rest?
  • Don’t get sucked into the tangibles of this world but rather turn your eyes and your focus to a relationship with God!
  • Let’s decide to fill our minds with things that are true, are solid, and are valuable like God’s Word, God’s promises, and God’s love!
  • Let’s decide to focus on things that help us draw closer to God and build a stronger relationship with Him and with those He brings into our lives!
  • Let’s stop focusing on the stuff which causes division, comparison, bitterness, anger, and coveting.
  • Let’s fill our mind with God’s character in order that we can overflow in love His character to the world around us!
  • Let’s be filled up with God’s love so that we can overflow with authentic and loyal love!
  • Let’s be filled up with God’s accurate judgment so that we aren’t judging others and finding out three of our fingers are pointing back at us or that we are trying to remove a speck when we have a plank in our own eye.
  • Let’s be filled up with God’s wisdom so that we can make good choices and help others make good choices too.
  • Let’s put our focus on delighting in the Lord!
  • Let’s be filled up with God so that we overflow in His character!
  • Let’s be willing to put in the hard work!
  • Let’s be willing to have self-discipline!
  • Let’s choose to have a relationship where we walk out every moment of every day with God!
  • Let’s choose to live a life of truth in order to bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.
  • Let’s decide to do what is good for God and in so doing good for us too!
  • So today we have a choice to make! Choose the visible and worthless? Choose the intangible and valuable? The choice is yours!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Why do tangible things such as beauty and wealth look so attractive to us? What do they promise us? What do they deliver?
  • How would your life be different if you truly delighted in loving-kindness, wisdom, and righteousness?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now”

― Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What are you desiring? What are you pursuing? What are you trading? Are you ready to trade your sorrows and your shame for the joy of the Lord? Are you ready to trade your sickness and your pain for the joy of the Lord? Are you ready to refocus and reprioritize how you will live out the rest of your life? Why not stop and consider what God has to offer and is offering you right here, right now? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What can you do?


Can you do some things? Can you do all things? Can you do nothing? How come?

What is the motivation for the do? What is the reason for the do? What is the purpose for the do? What is the benefit for the do?

Are you content? Does that contentment help you do? Does that contentment help you know what to do? Does that contentment help you understand what you need to do?

Let’s pause for a moment and consider these two areas: What can you do and What keeps you content.

‘I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ‘

Philippians 4:10-20

So what is going on in your life today? Are you at the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, or somewhere in between? Are you dealing with something? Are you celebrating something? Are you working through something? Do you know where you are going? Do you know where you’ve been? Do you know where you are at today?

Yes, 2020 was a challenging year. 2021 has had its ups and downs. So how will you choose to move on from this point? What is it that you are in need of? What is it that you are missing? What is it that you need to pursue? What is it that you need to focus on? What are your priorities? What is your purpose? What is your role? What is your choice? What is your decision? What will be your next step forward? We need to keep moving forward in this world or we will start to fall behind. We need to keep moving forward in this world because standing still won’t help you keep from falling behind. The key is direction! The key is wisdom! The key is discernment! The key is waiting on God and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide, to direct you you with wisdom and discernment, to enlighten you with a cause and a purpose to pursue. So are you ready to to lean in on God rather than your own understanding? Are you ready to be content where you are at and yet want more of God, God’s purpose, God’s plan, God’s cause in and through your life? Are you ready to get started today? Are you ready to do what God is calling you to do? If you are then you will also get to know and experience how all things are possible through God, if we will believe and trust, obey and follow, pursue and do what He has created and purposed us to do!

So where are you at today? What is it that God is calling you to do? Are you ready to do it knowing that through God all things are possible? Will today be the beginning for you?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 22nd


All Things


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

Philippians 4:13

Looking at this verse in the Bible app, it pointed to John 15:5 and so wanted us to take a quick peek there to see what it shares too.

‘“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. ‘

John 15:5

Do you see the “do” connection? Connected with Jesus and producing His good fruit, we can do “all things”. Disconnected from Jesus, no matter what fruit is being produced, it will do “nothing”. So this reminds of back in the day when God called me to step up into a role I thought was too much for me, too big for me, and too stressful for me, and in my own strength, with my own knowledge, and in my own power, I was probably right. But God called me to step up, step in, and to do it! When God calls you to it, He will get you through it since through Him we can do all things! I remember as I reflect on the two do conditions above how I had to get to the breaking point, the ultimatum had to be thrown down and on that day in the hot tub the options of being president or being nothing came my way! We can’t let the devil cause us to be paralyzed by fear of the unknown when God is calling us to do. Over the years I have had to remember and reflect upon how You don’t want to add up to nothing! Over the years I have had to remember how Stepping up and stepping out…God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called! Over the years I have had to remember how I didn’t want to end up being nothing for God! So Nothing is impossible with God! So Fear will paralyze, excitement will energize! Will you be paralyzed and do nothing? Will you be energized and be excited and be looking for what God is going to do next? That gut feel I have even had to program in my brain to use it as excitement rather than fear! So even as we prepare for today’s devotional, I reflect back on how with God all things are possible! Nothing is impossible with God! Worry changes nothing! Nothing is too big. Bring it to God and let Him show you the way! Nothing is impossible with God! Have you heard the song lyrics “impossible isn’t a word, it is just a reason for someone not to try”? Will you answer the call from God even if you don’t feel qualified? How well connected are you? What would you do if you were asked to do something super important? Let’s do it when God calls us to it!


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Yes, in this world we will have troubles but we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world!
  • Yes, we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because we know it builds our faith and our perseverance and that when perseverance has completed its work we will be complete and lacking nothing!
  • So let’s grab hold of today’s verse and the reality of staying connected to Jesus so that we can be content through everything.
  • Let’s stay connected to God even when we face opposition from the enemy.
  • Let’s stay connected to God so that we believe even when it is hard to believe.
  • Let’s stay connected to God so that we can endure and build our endurance.
  • Let’s stay connected to God so that we can be the leaders God created us to be.
  • Let’s stay connected to Jesus who endured because of the joy He had and knew was yet to come.
  • Ever heard today’s verse get quoted and wondered if what they are saying or how they are using it is really what it means or meant?
  • It’s not a prayer for a blank check to be able to do anything or everything.
  • It’s not a prayer to get anything you want from God’s account.
  • If we take this statement in context of everything else Paul is saying, we can see how “all things” connects to his message around contentment.
  • Paul connects his ability to be content in all situations, the good, the bad, and the ugly, to being delighted in Jesus above all else.
  • Being content in all situations isn’t easy. You may find it easier during the good times than in the bad and ugly times.
  • Being content can be hard!
  • And so rather than trying to do it in our own strength, Paul explains the key being to stay connected to and focused on Jesus!
  • By staying connected to and focused on Jesus, Jesus can give us the perspective we need in the moment!
  • By staying connected to and focused on Jesus, Jesus can give us the strength to carry on.
  • Contentment comes through our relationship with Jesus! Not the lies or temptations of this world.
  • Contentment comes through our relationship with Jesus! Not the promises or tricks of the devil.
  • With Jesus, all things are possible, even being able to find peace instead of dreading every passing moment.
  • So are you connected to Jesus? Are you focused on Jesus? Do you have faith in Jesus?
  • Let’s allow all of this to help build our confidence in Jesus and in the reality that He will provide for our needs in response to our every situation!
  • Are you content? What is it in your heart that is keeping you from being able to live contently?
  • Are you turning to Jesus for wisdom to help you know what is going on and to help you get back on track to contentment?
  • Are you turning to Jesus so that He is able to give you the perspective and strength to endure the challenges of life with grace and gratitude?
  • Are you staying connected to Jesus so that as the world is watching you to see if you are genuine that they can see that you are?
  • Are you content no matter what or are you complaining about hitting small bumps in the road?
  • Are you content through the ups and downs to the point where your joy is unshaken so that they will see and realize the power and hope that comes in and through Jesus?
  • Jesus is the real deal!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How can you prepare your heart so that you continue to experience contentment during difficult times?
  • Describe how Christ can give you wisdom and strength during those times.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“You never test the resources of God until you attempt the impossible.”

F.B. Meyers

“The Savior I love and worship is an every day, every need Lord who knows my needs and supplies them even before I ask.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you needing to endure what is going on? Are you needing to persevere? Are you needing to trust God? Are you needing to be something rather than nothing? Are you ready to connect and stay connected to Jesus so that all things will be possible? Are you ready to connect and stay connected to Jesus so that you won’t end up with nothing? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Ever heard that you are supposed to consider pure joy when you face trials of many kinds?


Ever considered how in this world you will have troubles? Jesus warned us and at the same time gave us hope because also told us that in the midst of the troubles we can take heart because He has overcome the world! So how will you respond when troubles and trials come your way? Will you be able to remember the why and consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Let’s check out what we find in God’s Word about the why: (to try and get the most I am sharing the Amplified version)

‘Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. ‘

James 1:2-4

So we see that we are to consider the various trials we fall into nothing but joy. Why you might ask? Because we know that the testing of our faith through life experiences produces endurance and hence we persevere and in so we develop spiritual maturity and inner peace. But you might wonder why else? Because we know that when we let endurance through perseverance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, we will become perfect and completely developed in our faith and hence mature to the point of lacking nothing.

So are you ready to take on the challenge of troubles and take heart? Are you ready to take on trials of various kinds and consider them pure joy? Are you ready to become mature and lacking nothing by allowing your faith in Jesus to grow and develop through troubles and trials? Are you ready to live your life different from the world and shine your light and your hope through Jesus? Ever checked out other parts of God’s Word in the Bible to understand or discover what it takes and why it is important and possible? Are you interested and will you check out things like endurance, perseverance, joy, troubles, trials, and more through God’s Word in your own study? Why not wait on God and get a better understanding of the benefits?

Are you ready to give it a try and allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength in those times when you feel weak? Are you ready to allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength in the midst of trials and troubles so that you can live your life joyfully? Are you willing to live it out so that other can see that joy in you and ask what’s up with you? Are you willing to live it out so that others when they ask you how you can seem so joyful be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within you? Are you ready to get started today?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 16th


The Secret of Perseverance


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.’

Isaiah 40:31

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you like to wait?
  • Do you like to wait in line?
  • Do you like to wait at a stop light?
  • Do you like to wait for an answer?
  • Do you like to wait to checkout?
  • Is there anything you like to wait for?
  • Is there anytime you like to wait?
  • Do you look to shorten your wait by trying to pick the right line? The fastest moving? The shortest? etc?
  • Does it bother you if you discover that you chose wrong?
  • Does it upset you if you discover that you have to wait longer?
  • Do you realize that waiting is part of God’s plan?
  • Do you realize that waiting is a key piece to making sure you get to the right place at the right time?
  • I waited through most of 2020 trying to understand and persevere through all the transitioning and changes, leaning on God and trusting in Him.
  • It wasn’t fun and it wasn’t easy but when I got to the end of 2020 and was able to see the reason and the purpose and receive the gift of on final change of boss and job, it became clear.
  • By waiting on God I was able to run and not be weary.
  • By waiting on God I was able to walk and not grow faint.
  • And at that right moment, God lifted me up.
  • Focusing on how much bigger my God is than the challenges, troubles, struggles I was facing made a huge difference!
  • Focusing on how God has a plan and was going to work what appeared to be evil and turn it around and use it for good made a huge difference!
  • Focusing on how God has a plan and He was leading me down a path on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose made a huge difference!
  • Focusing on how God’s goals for me through this time was for good and not for evil helped me endure and persevere through it all.
  • My focus was on God’s character rather than my situation!
  • My trust was on God was up to something rather than the world was going crazy.
  • My hope was that God was working it all out for good because God is love!
  • Waiting on God is always worth it!
  • So let’s not try to grit our way through but instead let’s focus more on God!
  • In the middle of the troubles and trials, let’s wait upon the Lord to renew our strength!
  • In the midst of troubles and trials, let’s lean on Him, cast our cares on Him, and trust Him!
  • Let’s remember God’s timing is perfect!
  • Let’s remember God is love and light and there is no darkness in Him!
  • Let’s remember God’s gracious purposes in His good and perfect timing!
  • Let’s not grow weary in doing good!
  • Let’s not lose hope in the midst of trials and troubles but instead take heart remembering that Jesus overcame the world!
  • Let’s wait knowing that God is preparing something good!
  • Let’s wait knowing that God is preparing people’s hearts for good!
  • Let’s wait knowing that God is preparing situations for good!
  • Let’s wait knowing that God is preparing us for good!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe a time when you had to wait on God.
  • What difference did it make (or will it make next time) for you to focus your heart on God’s character and trust His purposes while waiting?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The life of faith is not a life of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting…Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”

Oswald Chambers

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What is it you are facing or going through? Are you in the midst of a trial or troubles? Are you aware that you just went through it or it is coming up? Will you be ready for it? Are you ready to walk it out with God rather than trying to do it alone and in your own strength? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Do you realize the impact of a little on a lot?


I think it comes down to perspective. Imagine that you are facing a huge situation that you need to take care of. Imagine you have a little bit of faith, say the size of a mustard seed, in God. This is where my math brain kicks in and shows how even that little bit of faith when multiplied or combined with the power of God that is infinite, means it is infinite. Anything positive, no matter how small, times infinity equals infinity. So when we look at this huge situation we are facing from the perspective of our faith times God’s power, all things are possible.

We see this from Mark 9:23 when we read the words of Jesus that say: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.

God’s math is incredible! God is the God of the multiplication! God goes beyond addition into multiplication so that 1+1 is greater than 2.

So next time an obstacle comes your way, change your focus from how big your problem is to how big your God is and then with the faith you can muster up, give the situation up to God and believe that He will be true to His Word because we love Him and are being called according to His purposes and so He will work all things together for good, even taking what the enemy meant for evil and turn it for good!


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for June 8th


Mountain moving Faith


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. ‘

Matthew 17:20

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Can you envision the metaphor explained in today’s verse?
  • Are you able to grasp the magnitude of this spiritual principle?
  • Remember the context of a farming culture and how powerful this truth would be to and for them.
  • The smallest of seeds they would plant would be the mustard seed.
  • This seed in time would become one of the largest plants in their garden.
  • Like the mustard seed, God can help our faith grow tall and strong!
  • Jesus let’s us know it can grow strong enough to move mountains!
  • Jesus let’s us know that no matter how big the problem seems, with faith we can get through it, over it, and even around it, and when needed have it picked up and moved out of the way.
  • So let’s believe and trust in God! Let’s be filled with faith!
  • Let’s see how as our faith grows all that God is able to do in and through our lives!
  • Let’s watch God move mountains for us and for our loved ones because of our faith in Him!
  • We are works in progress and even those who have great faith today had to go through a journey and allow God to build their faith and show them miracles that go them to where they are today!
  • So let’s plant that little see of faith into our lives and allow God to water it, weed it, fertilize it, and make it grow strong and healthy!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you have faith at least the size of a mustard seed today? Explain your answer.
    • Camp – enough campers and counselors to have a great camp for our campers.
  • What are some mountains of difficulty that you need to be moved in your life?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Faith is different from proof: The latter is human; the former is a gift from God.”

Blaise Pascal

“Faith is your reaction to God’s ability.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So no matter what comes your way, it is your decision as to which is bigger. No matter what comes your way, it is your decision to focus on the problem or on God. No matter what comes your way, it is your decision to change the perspective so that even with your little bit of faith, God’s infinite power will be able to overcome it. In this world we will have troubles but we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! And even when we face trials of many kinds, we can consider it pure joy because of our faith in God ‘knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ‘ So let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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How far you are willing to go is based on …


When you think about how much you are willing to do for someone, what is it based on? When you consider how far you will go and how much you will do, is it based on integrity? When you consider how far you will go and how much you will do, is it based on sincerity? When you consider how far you will go and how much you will do, is it based on reliability? When you consider how far you will go and how much you will do, is it based on consistency? When you consider how far you will go and how much you will do, is it based on commitment? When you consider how far you will go and how much you will do, is it based on competence? So if that is the case, is how far you are willing to go based on TRUST?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for March 12th


Trust is a Must


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 5:11

‘But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you able to make every day a happy today?
  • Are there days because of stress, trials, troubles, or tribulation that your emotional health gets shaken up?
  • Has there ever been a time where your joy through such challenges gets eroded?
  • Was it all the demands on your life in that season?
  • Was it all the conflicts in your life to deal with?
  • Will you make time to be with God, to lean on God, to trust in God so that He can fill you and help you to be able to press on in the midst of it all with joy?
  • With people we may be challenged to believe or trust… Are you ready to believe and trust God?
  • Will you believe and trust His character in order for the joy of the Lord to be your strength?
  • Will you receive God’s love and goodness be your motivation and help you to keep going?
  • Do you realize and have a relationship with the person who is God? He’s not somewhere out there, He is Emmanuel, God with us!
  • Have you started a relationship with Him and been able to lean in through the good and challenging times?
  • Have you started to talk with God and walk with God through all of your life and all of your days?
  • Have you allowed Him out of the Sunday only box? Have you made Him your every day friend who walks with you through this thing called life?
  • Will you turn to God for wisdom and discernment?
  • Will you trust God enough for protection that if He says go then you will go and if He says stay you will stay?
  • Will you shout for joy thanks to God?
  • Will you use the stresses to push you closer to God?
  • Will you use your struggles to push you closer to God?
  • Will you turn to God when faced with challenges and struggles?
  • Will you turn to God as your rock that keeps your footing stable?
  • Will you turn to God as your shelter that keeps you protected from the enemies?
  • Will you accept all of this in order to live out your life with joy? No matter what happens?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Whom do you know whose relationship with God becomes stronger during times of struggle?
  • Glenn
  • Paul
  • Bob
  • Steve
  • Janet
  • Allen
What about God’s love, care, and provision causes you to shout for joy?
  • That I get to have a relationship with Him. Once I got that aha moment it transformed everything.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

‘Courage is nothing more than fear that said its prayers this morning.’

Adrian Rogers

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Did you pray with me?
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Do you realize what it takes to be really Happy?


Ever heard someone say “Happy Today” or every day of the week say “Happy Monday”, “Happy Tuesday”, “Happy Wednesday”, Happy Thursday”, “Happy Friday”, “Happy Saturday”, and “Happy Sunday”? What do you think when you hear it? Do you doubt it? Do you question it? Do you receive it? Do you accept it? How do you respond?

It is a frame of mind! It is part of what you believe! It cannot be forced! It cannot be faked! It is not dependent on your circumstances! It requires your focus be on the right thing! It requires that your perspective be in the right place! It requires that we security in the Lord! It requires that we have clear direction! It requires that we live out our lives with God, not just in rituals or routines but in relationship with Him! It requires that we remember and testify to what God has already done! It requires that we become a new creation where the old things are gone and we have become new! A few examples of this can be found in verses like “this is the day that the Lord has made so I will rejoice and be glad in it“, “the joy of the Lord is my strength“, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.“, “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.“, and so many more for more references, check out (Bible Verses About Joy: 25 Scriptures on Happiness – FaithGateway, 22 Bible Verses about Joy – Uplifting Scripture Quotes (biblestudytools.com)).

Do you realize it is contagious? I didn’t till the day when I started to feel a bit sad because my “Happy Today” life of saying it to others before they could say it to me switched and I started to lose, not being as quick on the draw. I thought I was hiding my dismay well enough except that Katie asked me what’s the matter as I walked into the kitchen area and so I admitted that it was that I was losing in the “Happy Today” race. She turned my perspective around when she share the reality that the office temperature had changed with more joy and love and hope in it because of me sharing it with others. She said something that made me ok with not being so quick on the draw, that when I lost it actually meant that I had already won because they were now saying it too. Don’t you want to be a joy spreader? Do you want to be living your life truly happy? Don’t you want people to be looking forward to seeing you and hearing you share joy and hope and love with them? Will today be the day that it changes or begins?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for March 2nd


Be Really Happy


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Matthew 5:3

‘“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever reflected on the Beatitudes as they are called? Ever considered through them all that we have to be happy about?
    • ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
      Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
      Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
      Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
      Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
      Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
      Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’ — Matthew 5:3-12
    • Notice how it finishes telling us to rejoice, to be happy, to be exceedingly glad? Let’s set our focus and our gaze and our perspective in heaven! Let’s store up our treasures in heave since that is where our reward will be!
    • Are you willing to hear and listen to something that is different from what the world tells you?
    • Are you willing to hear and listen to something so different from what the world tells you to think and believe?
    • Do you realize that being blessed means being happy, really happy?
    • Are you ready to be able to experience a joy like you have never experienced before?
    • Are you ready to have a paradigm shift in terms of what can and will bring you happiness?
    • Are you ready to discover some different sources of happiness?
    • Are you ready to not only here about the “who” are blessed but also to learn the “why”?
    • Will you receive this joy, this happiness that surpasses all understanding, because you realize the humility and reality of how little you have to offer and how Jesus gave it all, He paid the price in full in order to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way?
    • Will you give up pride that creates a divide between you and God and come humbly to Him?
    • Will you give up pride that creates a divide between you and the people around you and live with humility?
    • Will you come with humility because you know that in comparison to the purity and perfection of God you will come up short?
    • Will you come with humility and receive the gift of grace through forgiveness from God thanks to Jesus?
    • Will you come with humility and receive the gift of grace from God through Jesus in order to find purpose?
    • Will you come with humility and receive the gift of grace from God through Jesus in order to be able to enter into God’s presence?
    • Will you choose today to receive Jesus and accept Him into your heart in order to be able to live out this life blessed on earth till you go to heaven?
    • Are you ready to start a relationship with God today?
    • Are you ready to go from knowing about God to knowing God?
    • Are you ready to go from hearing about God to seeing God in action?
    • Are you ready to be really happy?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Has there ever been a time when you felt “poor in spirit”? If so, describe it.
In what way is the reality of our spiritual need an open door to experiencing God?
  • Sometimes we need to get to the end of our rope, the end of ourselves, or rock bottom before we are ready to turn back and look up to God.

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Jesus clothed the Beatitudes with His own life.”

Carl F.H. Henry

“I must recognize that the enemy within the camp — the flesh, the old nature, self, I, the old Adam, — is a usurper. By faith I must reckon him to be in the place that God put him — crucified with Christ. I must realize that now my life is hid within Christ in God; that He is my life.”

Major Ian Thomas

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What can you do today? Do that to the best of your abilities!


A new day with new opportunities. Be it a last doctor’s visit. Be it connecting with the team. Be it mapping out the road ahead. Be it understanding the gifts and talents that are available. Be it understanding the desires and the goals. Be it Mapping the road ahead. It all begins with today and even though you don’t know it all and you don’t understand it all, it is a day to do what we can to the best of our abilities for and to the glory of God.

If we face a challenge then we need to take hold of the reality that God is bigger than our challenges. If we face a trial then we need to take hold of the reality that God is bigger than our trials. If we have trouble then we need to take hold of the reality that God is bigger than our troubles. God has gone in advance to prepare the good works He has for us to accomplish. God has our back. So today let’s make the most of what we are given in to the best of our abilities in order to accomplish our part of the plan. Let’s pursue God’s vision for where He has us now and where He desires for us to get and to become.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for January 5th

Excellence Where You Are

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Nehemiah 3:8

‘Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. ‘

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • God desires for us to do our very best in everything we do
  • God desires for us even when the job isn’t a fit to do our very best
  • God desires for us to do our very best even when we aren’t a fit for the job
  • Sometimes God just need people who are present to help
  • Sometimes God needs the ministry of presence – we are at the right place at the right time and so we need to do our best
  • God’s purpose and plan to restore may require that we are uncomfortable or unskilled for a given role but that we will still do our very best to His glory. We work as unto the Lord.
  • We need to look at the situation from God’s perspective rather than our own.
  • It isn’t about how big the situation is but rather we need to look at the situation in faith trusting that our God s bigger than this situation.
  • All things are possible with God! To God nothing is impossible!
  • How can you help bring unity to the situation?
  • Will you play the role of carrying, building, and defending as the case may be in order to see God’s plan and purpose be accomplished?
  • Will you pitch in to help where you are needed?
  • Will you pitch in without thinking that any role is above or below you and do it to the best of your abilities?
  • Will you answer God’s call rather than trying to work with people to find the right or perfect fit?
  • Will you do your part rather than waiting to find the perfect fit so that the plans and purposes of God will proceed forward?
  • Will you roll up your sleeves and get to work?
  • Will you step up to the plate and do what is asked of you without complaining?
  • Will you do your part without comparing yourself to those around you?
  • Will you do the work given to you for the glory of God?
  • Will you be a word or message of hope to the people around you who are complaining because they aren’t a perfect fit to their job?
  • Will you be filled with the Spirit of God so that if or when those around you are complaining or throwing a pity party you won’t become poisoned by the negative attitude?
  • Will you be filled with the joy of the Lord to overflowing in order prevent negativity from getting injected into the flow?
  • Let’s roll up our sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done!
  • Let’s work as unto the Lord so that it will build the trust of our bosses!
  • Let’s work as unto the Lord so that it will build respect of our peers!
  • Let’s work as unto the Lord, and discover that the work is and can be enjoyable!
  • I remember a few positive and encouraging quotes over the years about living differently like:
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are you tempted to complain about at work?
  • In 2020 I was faced with lots of change and trying to do my best in each change and yet continued to feel like I was walking on eggshells, never being able to feel confident about the position or role I was in.
How long should you do a job that doesn’t fit you?
  • In my mind it feels like it takes about 3 months to understand the role. If you get to the end of that window and aren’t able to find a way to succeed then it may be time to discuss a change or ask for help – hopefully you will ask for help the entire time when you have questions in order to be able to continuously improve in the job.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Few have excellence thrust upon them. . . . They achieve it. They do not achieve it unwittingly by doing what comes naturally and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves. All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose. 

JOHN W. GARDNER

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Are you needing help in getting through some hard times? Are you needing help doing your best with what you have? Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Ramping up and Finishing Strong!


With just 2 working days on my calendar for 2020, I will focus my time on ramping up and finishing strong. Reconnecting with people. Joining meetings that give me perspective. Working on those items on my todo list so they get moved to the to done list. Transition will be a word for 2021. What a year this has been, just as the ride started to feel like it was coming to an end there was one more turn and loop to add some joy and excitement to the year. God is so good. God’s plan is for good and not for evil. God’s plan is one to give us hope and a future. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Yes. In this world we will face troubles, Jesus tells us that but He didn’t just say that and drop the mic for us to worry or freak out from, He tells us this information so that we can have hope and take heart because He has overcome the world. We also know from James that we are going to face trials of many kinds. 2020 is a good example of this and by taking time to serve others in the midst of your trials, you will learn and realize how much you have to be joyful for. We shouldn’t be playing the compare game which is why I said to serve others and be available to listen. Be it multiple transitions of jobs or roles or managers or even organizations this year has been filled with them. So in the midst of it all because of our faith and hope in and from and thru Jesus, we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. Thru the process of building our faith, perseverance, God will be able to strengthen us and build us so that in the end we will be complete and lacking nothing. So today as this weary world rejoices with renewed joy and renewed hope, I turn where I do on the highest of highs and in the lowest of lows, to God’s Word.


Today’s Verse of the Day:

“Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always); Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

In the midst of the unknown and the trials and troubles, have ever wondered what God’s will for you is? Do you turn to Him and His Word to find out? For me I have been trying to live out today’s verse of the day by choosing that every day is Happy Today and share it with everyone. Not everyone is ready or willing to receive it. To some it is only possible for certain days of the week. For others it is hard for them to consider the idea. Either way I remember circling the aisles and hallways spreading the joy with Happy Monday, Happy Tuesday, Happy Wednesday, Happy Thursday, and Happy Friday, sometimes I would mix it up on Thursday afternoons and say Happy Friday-Eve. Over time people started to say it to me before I was able to say it to them and started to feel like I was losing till I was asked by Katie who was our office manager why I looked sad and after I told her she told me I had it wrong. I have actually adjusted the office temperature to the point where there is more joy and that when I lose in terms of not saying it first, it was just showing that I had already won. Wow. Revelation received. The devil will try to twist the good to try and hold you back and trip you up. Imagine if that had of gone on for a while the impact on the office temperature? So don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. Turn to God’s Word and allow the joy of the Lord be your strength.

Joy is to be a continual feast! Joy isn’t based on circumstances but is to be a well within that can be drawn upon. Let’s make our lives a prayer to God, as we are living sacrifices and we pray without ceasing. So let’s keep our hearts pointed to heaven as God’s heart points to us for as we draw close to God He draws closer to us. So let’s live out our lives with gratitude and praise, worshipping Him in all we think, says, and do. So let’s not just be readers or hearers of the Word but rather let’s be doers of the Word, putting God’s instruction into practice. Let’s not be about living our own way but instead be about living our lives in prayer, worship, and rest. Let’s choose to live our lives in a way to bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.


✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

The Weary World Rejoices: A 2020 Advent Devotional

The Advent season typically brings joy and Christmas carols, but maybe this year has been hard for you. In this 5-day plan, you’ll discover how those present at the nativity scene responded to God in the midst of their circumstances, and how their stories can give you hope.

The Weary World Rejoices: A 2020 Advent Devotional

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word are (Day 1):


My Notes:

  • ‘ He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him]. He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own–His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him. But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name–[Isa. 56:5.] Who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!] And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa. 40:5.]’
    — John 1:10-14
  • Imagine living in a world where people didn’t know God, couldn’t recognize Him, wouldn’t receive Him, and wouldn’t even welcome Him.
  • Have you met Jesus? Not just read about Him or heard about Him, met Jesus? I learned later in my life that it isn’t all about rituals and routines, a process or procedure, it is all about a living relationship with Jesus!
  • Are you a child of God? Is your name written in the Lambs Book of Life?
  • Do you believe in Jesus? Do you trust in Jesus? Do you rely on Jesus?
  • Have you been born again?
  • Will you lean in on that so that even in the midst of this weary world and be able to rejoice out of the love and overflow of Jesus in your heart?

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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It’s Official!


Has 2020 caused you to become weary? As we are heading into the Christmas season are you able to in the midst of it all find a way to rejoice? God’s ways aren’t necessarily our ways but they do tend to be higher and better than our ways. I couldn’t have imagined as 2020 draws to a close so many changes, so much excitement, so much favor, so much direction to appear. Right when I figured things had settled down there was one more change lined up to my surprise as it went from 3×6 to 4×7.

So yesterday 4 and 7 became official as I moved to my new team. Today my new team will move to me as well. They found out yesterday too and so the journey begins to connect with everyone and look for opportunities and ways to best serve and support them. Over the next little while I will also be working to transition my old job away to others and will need to help my old team connect with the respective product teams.

A couple words came to mind today that lead me forward. Manager and Steward. Manager isn’t an owner, they are to manage. To be a good manager requires being a good steward of everything God has given me.

As I reflect on being a good steward 2 thoughts came to mind “to whom much is given, much is required” from Luke 12 and the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. As I reflect on this year and consider what happened, I can see how God was preparing me for something new and for that to truly happen it required things to be taken away. As I reflect on this year and consider what happened, I can see how God was using me to show His hand over my life through it all from comments I later received about someone having my back which told me God’s favor but don’t think the person who said it realized it. As I reflect on this year and consider all the changes and the uncomfortable feelings I praise God for having never left me or abandoned me but was with me through it all. There were a bunch of trials in which to try to live out life considering them pure joy. There were a bunch of trouble in which I tried to take heart because I know that Jesus has already overcome the world.


So as we step up and step into today, not wanting to be held back from all that God has prepared and planned, grabbing hold of the verse of the day for today is key. Forgiveness!

‘ Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].’

— Colossians 3:13

✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

A Weary World Rejoices
– Five Days of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Our first Christmas devotional has the prelude of:

Weariness can steal the joy from our Christmas journey! Let the Nativity refresh your heart as you walk with Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary and the shepherds in preparation to experience Emmanuel this holiday season.

— A Weary World Rejoices – Five Days of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word are: (Day 5)


Today’s Reading:


My Notes:

  • Today’s devotional is so powerful and has such incredible points about Zechariah that speaks to our hearts, Elizabeth that speaks to significance, Joseph that speaks to laying our agendas to the side, Mary that speaks to an eagerness to receive grace, the shepherds and the awe and wonder, and all of this combines into a thrill of hope in order for all of us, the weary world to rejoice! So let’s take time to reflect on this year and consider our lives in relations to all of those from our devotional and how in the midst of the weariness we feel or may feel how we can receive from God rejoice!
  • ‘ IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole Roman empire should be registered. This was the first enrollment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother. [Matt. 1:18-25.] And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! [Mic. 5:2.] And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. [I Sam. 2:34; II Kings 19:29; Isa. 7:14.] Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor]. When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us. So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child, And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them. But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when [the Baby] was to be circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.’
    — Luke 2:1-21
  • ‘ He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.’
    — Isaiah 53:3
  • ‘ He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord]. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious). [Luke 22:37.]’
    — Isaiah 53:11-12

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Filled to overflowing…


What are you filled with? How full are you? Is there enough coming in that you are now overflowing? What are you full of? How is your life showing what is inside you? Are the words you are speaking telling what is in your heart? Ever considered when you speak something without realizing what you are saying till after you have said it? How is the Holy Spirit working in and through you? Do you respond to the still quiet voice? Will you accept God’s instruction and direction even when it isn’t a big, monumental thing? Do you think you would rather hear a still small voice or a big booming voice? Would you need to see it to believe it? How will you overcome the weariness of what has been going on in 2020? How can you overcome the weariness of what has been going on in 2020 before Christmas? God’s got a way! God’s willing! Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you prepared? Will you turn to God and allow the Holy Spirit to speak? Will you turn to God and allow yourself to be obedient to the Holy Spirit? Will you walk the walk? Will you talk to talk? Will you submit yourself to the will of God? Consider Mary and the inconvenience she had to undergo in going to Jerusalem, about a 9-10 day trip, 9 months pregnant because the government mandated it and was most likely going to use it to increase taxes? Imagine if she had of said no because it was too uncomfortable and inconvenient. God is able to to use all things to accomplish His plans. It had been foretold hundreds of years earlier that the savior would be born in Jerusalem and God found a way to get Him there. Sometimes we need to do what we are forced to do in order to be in position to fulfill God’s plan(s). God’s way is not my way, but it is so much better and higher than my way. When I reflect on troubling times and the lessons learned and the lives touched through it I wouldn’t change a thing. When I reflect on the trials and the faith building that came through them and the work it did in and through me I wouldn’t change a thing. Be it the lesson of God qualifying the called rather than calling the qualified. Be it the lesson of forgiveness. Be it the lesson of being uncomfortable in order to arrive in position to step into God’s plan. In each of these cases, it wasn’t fun in the moment but God was able to work in and use those times to teach and test and refine me and help me to be able to testify of His hand over me and guiding me and teaching me through it all by the power of the Holy Spirit. Will you allow the Holy Spirit to not only bring significance and meaning to the situation but also infuse it into the situation so that others are able to be a part of God’s masterpiece? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to add life to the party and overcome the weariness with joy, the joy of Jesus into our lives? Remember how God has prepared all the good works in advance for us to accomplish. Remember how God doesn’t want us to grow weary in doing the good works! So let’s consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! Let’s take heart when we face troubles because we know that Jesus has already overcome it. Let’s be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to replace weariness with joy! Let’s allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength! Let’s take hold of the reason for the season!

So let’s be filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing that we can live out our lives in a way that will pour into the lives of the people around us and help them to be and become the people God has created them to be. Remember it’s a new beginning and so it’s time to be ready and get ready and be prepared for this new adventure.


✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

A Weary World Rejoices
– Five Days of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Our first Christmas devotional has the prelude of:

Weariness can steal the joy from our Christmas journey! Let the Nativity refresh your heart as you walk with Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary and the shepherds in preparation to experience Emmanuel this holiday season.

— A Weary World Rejoices – Five Days of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word are: (Day 2)

Today’s Reading:


My Notes:

  • ‘ Now after this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant, and for five months she secluded herself entirely, saying, [I have hid myself] Because thus the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He deigned to look on me to take away my reproach among men. [Gen. 30:23; Isa. 4:1.]’
    — Luke 1:24-25
  • ‘ For he will be great and distinguished in the sight of the Lord. And he must drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit even in and from his mother’s womb. [Num. 6:3.]’
    — Luke 1:15
  • ‘ And at that time Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country to a town of Judah, And she went to the house of Zachariah and, entering it, saluted Elizabeth. And it occurred that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud cry, and then exclaimed, Blessed (favored of God) above all other women are you! And blessed (favored of God) is the Fruit of your womb! And how [have I deserved that this honor should] be granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the instant the sound of your salutation reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.’
    — Luke 1:39-45
    • If God puts words in your mouth to speak as words of encouragement, strength, hope, and love to be spoken to and over another person, will you say it? Will you be a conduit for God through His Holy Spirit rather than trying to be an advocate for the devil? There is enough negativity in the world so when God calls you to shine light and love and hope will you take the call and reflect His light into the world around you?
    • If God tells you to go, will you go? Maybe God is sending you to hear a message, like how Mary received the message from God when the Holy Spirit filled her and controlled her to speak life over Mary. Who will you be the words of encouragement for this week to help revive and renew the wearied around you?
    • One thing I love remembering and taking hold of is that in the old testament the Holy Spirit was somewhat temporary whereas when Jesus was preparing to return to heaven He shared how the Holy Spirit will be with us as our comforter forever and our guide because we have received Him.

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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In this world we will have trouble but take heart for Jesus has overcome the world and in the future there will be a time without sorrow and death and pain.


Jesus warns us that we will have troubles in this life. Are you going thru troubles right now? Take heart remembering how Jesus overcame the earth and defeated the power of sin and death. Take heart and remember the promise in the future where there will be no more tears and no more death so that we can walk out our today with and in faith. Take hold of the power of Jesus so that when you face trials and troubles you can consider pure joy because you know that it is building your faith and don’t give up but rather persevere for we know that when perseverance has finished its work we will be complete and lacking nothing. So in our weakness let’s allow Jesus to be our strength. Let’s remember that this is the day that the Lord has made and let’s rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s live out the hope that is within us. Let’s walk out today with the joy of the Lord as our strength. Let’s be salt and light and share it with the world because we don’t know the day or time Jesus is coming back and we know that He is. Let’s share the hope so that everyone can have a happy today by choice because they know what the future will bring, eternity with God because we have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior.


2020 Hindsight-with clarity of vision

The 49 week challenge – Day 171

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With May in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.

Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:


  • The day of the Lord is coming
  • Take heart so that as children of the light we will be awake, putting on the full armor of God
  • Take heart by receiving Jesus so that your eternity will be with Him
  • Let’s live in peace
  • Let’s be patient with everyone
  • Let’s thrive in doing good
  • Let’s give thanks to God always
  • Let’s be ready for Jesus’s return
  • Let’s all the true peace of God cover us, not the fake news saying it’s going to be ok
  • Put your trust in God
  • Only receive God’s Word as the foundation and never changing source of truth
  • Let’s live as blessing from God
  • Let’s come together as brothers and sisters in Christ
  • Let’s be Jesus with skin on to the world around us
  • Let’s do good so that when people see it the will praise our Heavenly Father
  • Let’s do what God calls for us to do eagerly and out of obedience to God
  • Let’s do whatever God tells us to do
  • First love God with all our hearts, mind, and strength
  • Second let’s love our neighbors as ourselves
  • Let’s live with
  • Let’s seek the Lord with all we are
  • Let’s seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
  • Let’s put first things first
  • The Lord reigns
  • Let’s rejoice in seeing the light of God
  • Don’t whitewash the truth
  • Don’t believe lies
  • Don’t speak lies and untruths out of your own imagination
  • Turn to God and receive the truth
  • Put all your hope and trust in God

As day 171 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Today’s devotional The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com

Do you realize the role you have to play in this life?


Are you a manager or an individual contributor? Are you a leader or a follower? Are you doing your part? Are you leaning in to ensure your part gets done? Are you doing your part right? Are you doing your part well? Are you crossing the line?

Are you rich? Are you oppressing others? Are you more focused on material things and this world than what is yet to come? Why not store up your treasures in heaven where it can last…where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them? Why not store up your treasures in heaven for where your treasure is so will your heart be? We need to have the right perspective! We need to have the right attitude! We need to put first things first! We need to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness! So have you aligned your heart, mind, body, and soul with God’s will, purpose, and plans? Are you trying to go it your own way and by so doing putting your eternity at risk? We are to live humbly and serve others! We are to love our neighbors as ourselves!

Are you a steward? Are you a worker? Not an owner. Are you standing firm to the truths of God? Are you persevering even when times get tough? Are you keeping the joy of the Lord as your strength through every day? Let’s remember to be patient as the farmer is patient after he plants the good seeds and has to wait for the harvest. Let’s lean in and trust God during the challenging times, knowing that God is never late and that when we consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, walking in faith and allowing perseverance to get us through, we will make it thru matured and to the end complete and lacking nothing! So let us be patient and standing firm on the truth of God! Let’s put our hope on Jesus and in Jesus! Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’s blood and righteousness!

As I read this morning’s message from James it challenges me as I know how easy it is to grumble and complain when things feel off and wrong. I feel challenged that in those times or these times that we shouldn’t grumble against one another or else we will be judged! Ever envisioned who is at the door and if it would change the way you are living your right now?

  • Your parents are at the door and about to come in…
  • Your spouse or significant other is at the door and about to come in…
  • Your kids are at the door and about to come in…
  • Your boss is at the door and is about to come in…
  • The police are at the door and are about to come in…
  • The judge is at the door and is about to come in…
  • Jesus is at the door knocking …

What are you up to on the other side of the door? Are you living your life in a way that would cause worry or fear? Are you living your life in a way that would cause you to run to the door and welcome them in? Are you living your life in a way somewhere in the middle and so would become hesitant?

So rather than grumbling because of the trials and troubles, why not stand firm and persevere! Let’s not worry but instead be like Job who suffered and persevered and was restored and rewarded for trusting in God and not turning his back on God even though so many had tried to get him to turn away from God rather than turning to God! We need to remember that God is full of compassion and mercy! So instead of running away and running faster to get away because you see who is at the door, why not stop where you are at and realize you need to turn your life around and give it back to God and be like the lost or prodigal son and go back to the Father, confess your sins, go back to the one you hurt humbly and ask for forgiveness, turn from your wicked ways, and allow God to heal your heart, body, mind, and soul through forgiveness and in addition bring healing to the land, the home, the country, the community, the city, the world.

So as we reset and turn to God, no matter where we are at, let pray rather than worry, let praise God because we are happy, let’s call others when we are feeling sick so that they can anoint us and lift us up to God, let’s repent so that we can be forgiven, let’s be ambassadors of peace! Let’s celebrate those who turned us back to God! Let’s help others get reset and turned back to God! Let’s live according to God’s will for He loves us so much He sent Jesus so that we wouldn’t have to die the eternal death and be separated from Him, so let us help other realize this truth and turn back to God through Jesus and be saved! And when we stumble or get off track, let’s remember the fire lessons of stop, drop, and roll but more as stop what we are doing, drop to our knees in humility and asking for forgiveness, and turn back to God and give our lives back into His hands so that in and through it all, He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name.


2020 Hindsight 
(clarity of vision)
The 49-Week Challenge 
(Day 155)

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With May in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.

Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • Will you heed the warning against your ways?
  • Will you receive the wisdom to help you get through?
  • Will you believe enough to make it through?
  • Will you turn back to God and ask for forgiveness before it is too late?
  • Will you live a way that will bring a good report when you are called before the judge?
  • Will you choose to be a prayer warrior?
  • Will you choose to be one who helps point people in the right ways?
  • Will you take your case to God so He can speak to you the truth in love?
  • God doesn’t show favoritism!
  • Will you humble yourself and pray so that God can direct you and correct you, instruct you and guide you?
  • Let’s take hold of Job 42 – just as in 2013 when God helped me through the troubles and trials of my previous job at Microsoft in preparation for what was yet to come as I was about to step into at GoDaddy.
  • Job 42 was the reading on my last day at MS, the Friday before I would start at GD on Monday!
  • So let’s take hold of God’s Word that never returns void!
  • Put your hope and trust in God!
  • Call on the Lord and He will rescue you!
  • Receive Jesus into your heart and your mind and your life today!
  • Receive Jesus’s wisdom and guidance for this day!
  • Consider it pure joy and allow Jesus to fill you to joy overflowing!
  • Let the joy of the Lord be your strength!
  • Let God’s joy fill you to overflowing so that any unjoyful things will be removed as the joy fills from the bottom and and cleans out all of your life!
  • Let’s lean on the truth that God’s joy is unspeakable and won’t go away!
  • Let’s count on God!


As day 155 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?

Today’s devotional that I am following is The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com