THRIVE: Pressing in and Pressing forward to accomplish what is most important!


So with tomorrow being Friday how are you going to live out your today? Are you over the hump of Wednesday and coasting? Are you flying because Wednesday was a ramp and you are pressing in and pressing forward towards the goal for the glory of God? Are you focused? Are you prioritizing things so that what is most important is getting done? Let’s pause and consider the prioritization quadrant for a moment.

Urgent vs Important

or another way to look at it would be

So, tomorrow is Friday so consider the things pulling for your time and let’s press in and press forward to accomplish what needs to be done now and plan for the things that will need to get done. Let’s choose to not be distracted by the things that aren’t important, especially those that aren’t important but are coming at you like they are in crisis.

As I reflect on things on my plate I see family things, like celebrating my daughter’s graduation including a party planned for tomorrow. I also see calling things like prepping the final details for camp to bless a bunch of teenage girls that are coming up soon. I also see a huge project for work with many tasks that need to get done. There are some things that are needing me to action today. There are some things that I need to plan out today. There are some things that I need to say no to and others that I will need to delegate.

How about you? What are you pressing in on? What are you pressing forward on? How are you prioritizing all the things pulling at your time?

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

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. ‘

Galatians 5:24

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 15


So where are you at today? What is it that you are facing? What is it that you need to prioritize? What is it that you need to evaluate? What detour has entered the picture? What will you do? Where will you turn? How will you respond? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into the situation! Ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and discernment to help you decide and move forward for the glory of God!

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: Come in ready and with a plan!


After a long weekend it’s time to get back to it. It’s time to get it done! It’s time to finish the month strong! So let’s get ready and come with a plan. Let’s use our time wisely living to glorify God by getting the good works He has prepared in advance for us to do done! Let’s get ready! Let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! Let’s plan! Let’s execute on the plan! Let’s choose to thrive today for the glory of God!


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. ‘

Proverbs 13:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 14


So are you ready? Are you willing? Are you able? Will you prepare? Will you plan? Will you love? Invite Jesus into your heart to help you on your journey today! Invite Jesus into your life to help you navigate and know what it is you must do! Invite Jesus into your life and allow the Holy Spirit to provide you with wisdom and discernment! We each get a choice, a decision to make, and need to make it for ourselves! Could today be your day?

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 do you see? How does it look? Can you explain it?


What do you see when you look in front of you? Do you see visions and dreams? Do you see plans and purposes? Do you see hope and a future? How does it look when you see what is before you? How does it make you feel? How do you explain it to others? How do you express it to others? Are you able to grasp the way it will help you to thrive for the glory of God?

THRIVE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Verse of the Day:

‘This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. ‘

1 John 5:14

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Love Slows Down – Day 2


Are you facing any concerns or worries that you need to cast on or give to God? Are you facing any fears or anxious thoughts that you need to cast on or give to God? Let’s grab a hold of God’s Word and God’s promises! Let’s allow God to pour His love into our hearts and our lives to the point of overwhelming fear and overflowing into the way we live our lives! Let’s invite Jesus into every situation and choose to walk out our today with Him!

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!

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: Do you have a to-do list that you need to get to-done?


What an incredible week with some incredible successes and incredible moves of God. What an incredible week of getting to dig deeper and understand more. What an incredible week of getting to meet more people and hear what not only takes place internally but how our customers engage too. What an incredible week of gathering details and setting up templates and processes. What an incredible week of news and announcements. What an incredible week when the Holy Spirit not only led a player to reach out to a coach but a coach and team were reciprocating and receiving a player. What an incredible week to see a prophecy about a school and a team come true as God’s hand was moving in both the heart of the school (academically and athletically) as well as the student-athlete. God is good! God is on the move! God’s faithful! God’s trustworthy! God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine!

Ever been prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something? Do miss the opportunity! It could change your life! It could change the life of someone else! It could be the step of faith needed for transformation and open the door to being able to thrive!

Let’s choose to make it about God rather than being pumped up and making it about ourselves because we know that pride comes before the fall! So let’s find ways to praise God through it all! Let’s thrive for the glory of God!


Verse of the Day:

‘The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! ‘

John 1:29

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
The Father Knows Best – Day 1


Where are you today? Are you searching? Are you seeking? Are you asking? Are you knocking? Are you wondering what is next for you? Are you wondering what is going on right now? Are you wandering? Are you going? Why not invite Jesus into your situation? Why not allow the Holy Spirit to enter in and be your comforter and your guide? Why not start a journey with God so that you won’t have to go through this life alone?

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!

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: You’ve stepped out onto the water. You’re focused on Jesus. Now what?


God isn’t the god of confusion but of peace. God is detail-oriented (consider the plans for the tabernacle and the temple). God is the provider. God is the redeemer. God is the savior. God is good and His plans for us are for good and not for evil.

You have made the decision. You have decided. Now what? You are out of the boat and on the water. You hear the others splashing and screaming and yet you are on the water, looking at Jesus and wanting to stay focused. You hear the others splashing and screaming, trying to get your eyes to shift or lose focus and yet you are on the water, looking at Jesus and wanting to know how fast to move, how slow to move, which direction is His will and His way. You quieted two larger groups who were trying to pull you in and are standing on the water, looking at Jesus and wanting to move forward in and with and through Him. You get a message in relation to your request to use someone’s devotional as part of your calling and blog and they approve but add an extra layer, asking to have time to hear about what they are doing. Be The Dads is the cause, the calling, and the purpose. So how do any or all the voices call out while I stand on the water, looking at Jesus and not wanting to lose focus, lose faith, lose hope, and sink? Being on the water is where I am supposed to be, I know that is where God has called for me to be now. So trusting Him and leaning in on Him rather than my own understanding and not leaning on my own understanding in order for Him to make my path straight!

Who will I talk to? Who will I hear from? Who will God speak to? Who will God speak through? How will it help me to be the dad and continue to lead the Be The Dads cause, calling, and purpose? God is God and I am not and so today as I step into a new series/devotional, I turn to God and wait to hear what He will say in and through His Word! With every sigh and every groan, I know the Spirit is praying for me even though I can’t find the words to speak.

'Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. '

Romans 8:26
https://my.bible.com/bible/59/ROM.8.26
Romans 8:26 (ESV)

THRIVE – not just in any direction. THRIVE – not just doing anything. THRIVE – for the glory of God. What will it take? What will it be? What will it look like? Where will it be? I am so thankful for the books on chasing the lion and being in the pit with the lion on a snowy day by Mark Batterson as it has transformed my prayers into 2 simple pieces: wisdom and discernment and protection and health. Wisdom and discernment so I know what it is God desires for me to do! Protection and health so that I have the courage and the strength to step up and step out and do what He is calling me to do. So today as I prepare to jump over and write today’s post for BeTheDads.com I turn to God, patiently waiting for Him to turn and hear my cry so that I will be lifted up from the slimy pit and be put back on the solid rock so I can continue to climb with the sturdiness of the ground below me and my focus on moving forward with Him and for Him and through Him today.


Verse of the Day:

‘I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. ‘

Psalms 40:1-2

Today’s post from Be The Dads is A Father’s Legacy – Day 1


Are you on solid ground? Are you looking for answers? Are you needing wisdom and discernment? Are you looking for protection and health? Are you ready to invite Jesus into the situation and allow Him to learn 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 or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Middle and yet just the beginning…


It’s the middle of the week with all that it entails and yet this week is special because it is the end of the workweek as I will get to watch my daughter graduate on Friday. It’s a week where we will get to reunite after over two months apart and celebrate her and the other graduates. It’s a week where we will get to spend some quality time with her after months apart. It’s a week where one chapter of her life is over and a new one is just about to start and last about two years. That girl is thriving! She is growing vigorously! She is flourishing! She is progressing towards and realizing a goal despite or because of circumstances! Oh God has incredible plans for that girl.

It’s an interesting time when there is no news. It’s interesting times when it seems like a time to survive in the midst of trying to thrive. It’s interesting times when you are getting clear signals that “you” (based on who you are, how you live, what you do) needs to be shelved. It’s interesting times when the todo is to try and create a safety net to protect an image even though the reality is that many of the key and core pieces of the success have been taken away and not fully communicated to the impacted people. And yet, it is 2022 and the word is THRIVE, and thanks to God’s Word, I will not fear and will choose to fight the right fights, fight the fight to trust in God, fight the fight to endure through the circumstances, and fight the fight of unity in order to ensure we are marching forward at the speed of health!

So today has begun and it started talking with God. And will continue to talk with God as I turn to His Word to hear what He has to tell me. I will look to hear and be moved by His Spirit to help me get through this day in a way that is for my good and His glory! This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s take heart when we face the troubles of this world because we know that Jesus has overcome the world! Let’s consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because we know it will build our faith and when we persevere it will leave us complete and lacking nothing! Let’s get stuck or tripped up by the incident or the moment but rather remember and focus on the victory that is and will be thanks to all that Jesus has already done and that because we have Jesus as our Lord and Savior we can walk in that confidence and peace towards today and finish strong!


Verse of the Day:

‘I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” ‘

Psalms 91:2

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 6 Biblical Traits Of A Godly Dad – Day 5


Where are you today? Will you trust God? Will you invite Him into your life? Will you invite Him into your very situation? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior? Will you choose to see things differently and live differently from this day forward? You struggling? Are you being challenged? Invite Jesus in and He will help 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 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.

THRIVE: Need to make time to hear from God.


Today I need to take some additional time to hear from God. Today I need to set time aside to receive a message on THRIVE. Today I need to get away and hear the message being preached on THRIVE. Today I need to consume the message in preparation for the week ahead. What will it bring? Not sure but can’t worry about it because today will have enough things to worry about. No need to be anxious because God cares for us and so I cast my cares on Him! My hope and my trust are in God! I know His plans are for my good and His glory! So today I give this day into His hands!



Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” ‘

Joel 2:12

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 11


Let’s make sure to prioritize first things first! Let’s choose to make each day count for the glory of God! Let’s turn back to God today in the midst of everything else that is trying to take up space in our lives! Let’s cast our cares on God and return to Him with fasting and weeping and mourning. Let’s all of our hope and trust in God! Let’s acknowledge Him in all of our ways so that He can make our path straight! Let’s invite Jesus into our very situation and then follow after Him and His instructions and directions.

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 11th)


THRIVE: News? Questions? Concerns?


It is nice to have confidence in my eternal future thanks to Jesus and Him having made a way for me. Today as the day starts and I reflect on yesterday’s events, activities, and conversations, it causes me to wonder. It triggers questions about what might be next. It triggered concerns about what others are thinking, saying, or doing and the impact it could have. It triggered intrigue into when more news will become available to help bring clarity for this year. There are many things I internalize because they shouldn’t be externalized. There are many things people share believing they can trust and hence they become internalized in order to ensure the trust isn’t broken. There are others who gossip without having the details in hopes of getting more details or even fake news that can get incorporated into the future distribution of the gossip. Gossip is something I prefer to avoid as I prefer to find the truth, for the truth will set us free. So today let’s decide to seek the truth, seek God’s plans and purpose for this year, seek God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength in love so that we will find it. Let’s ask so that we may receive answers. Let’s seek so that we may find answers. Let’s knock so that we may find the right opening.

‘ “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. ‘

Matthew 7:7-12

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it! Happy Today!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ‘

Colossians 3:1

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 2


So what are you facing today? Are you trying to go it alone? Are you looking for answers? Are you seeking the plan? Are you knocking on doors in hopes of finding the one you are supposed to go through? Today, let’s turn to God and invite Him into our situation. Let’s not go it alone but instead invite Jesus into our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through it.

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.

Do you know your purpose? your mission? your raison d’être?


Why are you here? What is your reason for being? What is the purpose you are to fulfill? What is your mission to accomplish?

raison d'être
[ˌrāzôn ˈdetrə]
NOUN
raison d'être (noun) · raisons d'être (plural noun)
the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence.
"an institution whose raison d'être is public service broadcasting"
synonyms:
responsibility · duty · concern · province · aim · activity · assignment · obligation · charge · task · chore · job · role · errand · mission · detail · undertaking · commission · capacity · post · situation · office · occupation · employment · business · operation · line of country
ORIGIN
French, literally ‘reason for being’.
Definition of raison d’être by Oxford Languages · Bing Translator

mission
[ˈmiSHən]
NOUN
mission (noun) · missions (plural noun)
an important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel.
"a trade mission to Mexico"
synonyms:
assignment · commission · expedition · journey · trip · errand · undertaking · operation · task · job · labor · work · chore · business · duty · charge · trust · message
a group of people sent on a mission.
"by then, the mission had journeyed more than 3,500 miles"
synonyms:
delegation · deputation · commission · task force · legation · representation · delegacy
an organization or institution involved in a long-term assignment in a foreign country.
"the head of the West German mission"
an operation carried out by military aircraft.
"he was shot down on a supply mission"
synonyms:
sortie · operation · raid
an expedition into space.
"NASA has approved a mission to investigate the atmosphere of Mars"
synonyms:
journey · voyage · tour · odyssey · undertaking · enterprise · project · quest · operation · commission · assignment · exploit · exploration · safari · trek · hike · survey · peregrination
the vocation or calling of a religious organization, especially a Christian one, to go out into the world and spread its faith.
"the Christian mission" · "Gandhi's attitude to mission and conversion"
synonyms:
vocation · calling · pursuit · goal · aim · quest · undertaking · purpose · function
a building or group of buildings used by a Christian mission.
synonyms:
mission post · mission station · missionary organization
a strongly felt aim, ambition, or calling.
"his main mission in life has been to cut unemployment"
synonyms:
aim · goal · purpose · objective · object · grail · holy grail · target · intention · intent · design · motive · aspiration · wish · desire · ambition · raison d'être
ORIGIN
mid 16th century (denoting the sending of the Holy Spirit into the world): from Latin missio(n-), from mittere ‘send’.
Definition of Mission by Oxford Languages · Bing Translator

purpose
[ˈpərpəs]
NOUN
purpose (noun) · purposes (plural noun)
the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
"the purpose of the meeting is to appoint a trustee" · "the building is no longer needed for its original purpose"
synonyms:
motive · motivation · grounds · cause · impetus · occasion · reason · point · basis · justification · intention · aim · object · objective · goal · end · plan · scheme · target · ambition · aspiration · desire · wish · hope · advantage · benefit · good · use · usefulness · value · merit · worth · gain · profit · avail · result · outcome · effect · behoof · boot · function · role · raison d'être
a person's sense of resolve or determination.
"there was a new sense of purpose in her step as she set off"
synonyms:
determination · resoluteness · resolution · resolve · firmness (of purpose) · steadfastness · backbone · drive · push · thrust · enthusiasm · ambition · initiative · enterprise · motivation · single-mindedness · commitment · conviction · dedication
(purposes)
a particular requirement or consideration, typically one that is temporary or restricted in scope or extent.
"pensions are considered as earned income for tax purposes"
VERB
formal
purpose (verb) · purposes (third person present) · purposed (past tense) · purposed (past participle) · purposing (present participle)
have as one's intention or objective.
"God has allowed suffering, even purposed it"
synonyms:
intend · mean · aim · plan · design · have the intention · have in mind · have a mind · decide · resolve · determine · propose · have plans · set out · aspire · desire · want · wish · expect · hope · set one's sights on · have in view · contemplate · think of
ORIGIN
Middle English: from Old French porpos, from the verb porposer, variant of proposer (see propose).
Definition of Purpose by Oxford Languages · Bing Translator

Are you living a purpose-driven life? Have you searched for, sought, asked what your purpose is, and gotten an answer? Have you received a call and answered it and started to pursue it? As 2021 is coming to a close, I had read a book through this pandemic time which got me searching and seeking and wondering what my calling, purpose, mission, and reason for being was. It was interesting as it brought me back to when I had to get my priorities straight and make sure I was living my priorities? It was interesting as what came to me was being a dad. It was being a dad for my 3 kids. It was serving kids in the foster care system through camps where there was a need to help dads be the dads their kids need. It went from me being the dad to a larger calling of looking to help others so that we can be the dads that God created us to be, that our wives need us to be, and that our kids need us to be. When the aha of this mission kicked in I started to search and see if there might be a name available for such a mission, such a cause, such a purpose, such a reason for being and I found that bethedads was available and so I picked up many domains as I prepare to step up and step into this mission that God has given me. God has started to give me ideas and plans to get going like starting small groups for dads to come together, prison ministries for dads who made decisions that took them away from their kids but need to still be the dads God created them to be, and even the possibility of starting to go out into the schools and traveling to different locations to help encourage and motive dads and boys and men that we need to take a hold of the calling on our lives to be the dads God created us to be so that our kids and wives and society have the men they need. Going into 2022 the question of who are you going to be? Going into 2022 the focus for me in my devotionals and extracurricular times will be around being the dad. I will be looking to post daily from various devotionals about dads. I will be looking to put together resources for dads to use be it in small groups at churches, small groups in prisons, small groups in schools, and even in and through presentations to men around the country and around the world.

So what about you? Why are you here? What is your reason for being? What is the purpose you are to fulfill? What is your mission to accomplish?


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 21ST


Christ’s Mission


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.’

John 3:17

Let’s get more details and context for this by expanding the verses to check out the surrounding verses as well as using the Amplified version.

‘Now there was a certain man among the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler (member of the Sanhedrin) among the Jews, who came to Jesus at night and said to Him, “Rabbi (Teacher), we know [without any doubt] that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs [these wonders, these attesting miracles] that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a person is born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified], he cannot [ever] see and experience the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised that I have told you, ‘You must be born again [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it is coming from and where it is going; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be possible? ” Jesus replied, “You are the [great and well-known] teacher of Israel, and yet you do not know nor understand these things [from Scripture]? I assure you and most solemnly say to you, we speak only of what we [absolutely] know and testify about what we have [actually] seen [as eyewitnesses]; and [still] you [reject our evidence and] do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things [that is, things that happen right here on earth] and you do not believe, how will you believe and trust Me if I tell you heavenly things? No one has gone up into heaven, but there is One who came down from heaven, the Son of Man [Himself—whose home is in heaven]. Just as Moses lifted up the [bronze] serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life [after physical death, and will actually live forever]. “For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]. This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned. But whoever practices truth [and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].” ‘

John 3:1-21

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What image comes to mind when you think of God?
  • Do you see Him as a loving and gracious God?
  • Do you see Him as a mean school teacher?
  • Do you see Him as someone who gives you second chances?
  • Do you see Him as someone who demands perfection?
  • Do you see Him as someone who doesn’t want anyone to perish?
  • Do you see Him as someone who delights in punishing us?
  • Do you see Him as someone with high standards?
  • Do you see Him as someone with demands that we live up to high standards?
  • Do you live your life with hope?
  • Do you live your life without hope?
  • Do you live your life with hope that you can do better?
  • Do you live your life with little hope that you will be able to do better?
  • Do you see yourself succeeding?
  • Do you see yourself failing?
  • Do you see yourself being rewarded and given credit for your good works?
  • Do you see yourself getting blasted again for having missed the mark?
  • When you want to know and understand who God is you just need to look to Jesus!
  • Jesus shattered the false narrative and image of God!
  • Jesus shattered the false narrative and image of God’s heart!
  • Jesus shattered the false narrative and image of God’s delight!
  • Jesus shattered the false narrative and image of God’s passion!
  • God is love!
  • God is light and there is no darkness in Him!
  • Jesus shows us how God came out of heaven in order to reveal His love for us!
  • Jesus shows us how God came out of heaven in order to show the world that He loves them!
  • Jesus moved towards the people that the world condemned!
  • Jesus showed grace to those who were being condemned!
  • Jesus touched the untouchables!
  • Jesus healed the sick!
  • Jesus befriended the friendless!
  • Jesus stopped to give attention to the ignored and forgotten!
  • Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world but rather that through Him we can be saved!
  • Jesus could be and was tough at times but that was usually in speaking to those who condemend the poor and the oppressed and the needy!
  • Jesus would get upset when people tried to get in the way of God’s desire to rescue people!
  • Jesus would get upset when people tried to get in the way of God’s desire to redeem people!
  • Jesus would get upset when people tried to get in the way of God’s desire to restore the borken people!
  • Jesus’ love was real, it was more than a feeling, it was lived out in actions!
  • Jesus loved and took initiative to engage people!
  • Jesus loved and went physically to places that needed Him physically!
  • Jesus loved and went physically to places that needed Him spiritually!
  • Jesus loved and went physically to places to engage people where He could make a difference in their lives!
  • Jesus isn’t a mean school teacher but rather a loving parent!
  • Jesus isn’t a mean school teacher but rather a dearest friend!
  • So let’s choose to invite Jesus into our lives!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Why do you think many people see God as harsh and condemning?
  • What would (or does) it mean in your life to see Him as loving, kind, and active in His grace towards you?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I can’t understand how God could love us so much that two thousand years before we were born He sent His Son into the world to die on the cross for the sins we were going to commit. But just because I don’t understand that love doesn’t mean I can’t accept it.”

Zig Ziglar

As we continue through December we have finished the readings of the Tanakh and I thank Sefaria for their resources in helping me to see the Old Testament in a new way and my friend Lionel for having shared this tool with me. As we kicked off December the idea my wife brought up came to mind about going through the book of Luke (who was a doctor) which happens to have 24 chapters so that we can read one a day and complete it in time for Christmas. To get as many details from this I am going to use the Amplified version to try and grasp all the details Luke gives us to consider and learn.

So today we will read Luke 21:

‘Looking up, He saw the rich people putting their gifts into the treasury. And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in [proportionally] more than all of them; for they all put in gifts from their abundance; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” As some were talking about the temple, that it was decorated with beautiful stones and consecrated offerings [of magnificent gifts of gold which were displayed on the walls and hung in the porticoes], He said, “As for all these things which you see, the time will come when there will not be one stone left on another that will not be torn down.” They asked Him, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to happen?” He said, “Be careful and see to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name [appropriating for themselves the name Messiah which belongs to Me alone], saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and disturbances [civil unrest, revolts, uprisings], do not panic; for these things must take place first, but the end will not come immediately.”

Then Jesus told them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be violent earthquakes, and in various places famines and [deadly and devastating] pestilences (plagues, epidemics); and there will be terrible sights and great signs from heaven. “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, turning you over to the synagogues and prisons, and bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. This will be a time and an opportunity for you to testify [about Me]. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you [skillful] words and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. But you will be betrayed and handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be continually hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your [patient] endurance [empowered by the Holy Spirit] you will gain your souls. “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by [hostile] armies, then understand [with confident assurance] that her complete destruction is near. At that time, those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are inside the city (Jerusalem) must get out, and those who are [out] in the country must not enter the city; for these are days of vengeance [of rendering full justice or satisfaction], so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. Woe to those women who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For great trouble and anguish will be on the land, and wrath and retribution on this people [Israel]. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled (completed).

“There will be signs (attesting miracles) in the sun and moon and stars; and on the earth [there will be] distress and anguish among nations, in perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea and the waves, people fainting from fear and expectation of the [dreadful] things coming on the world; for the [very] powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with [transcendent, overwhelming] power [subduing the nations] and with great glory. Now when these things begin to occur, stand tall and lift up your heads [in joy], because [suffering ends as] your redemption is drawing near.”

Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put out leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is near. So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, this generation [those living at that definite period of time preceding the second coming] will not pass away until everything takes place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. “But be on guard, so that your hearts are not weighed down and depressed with the giddiness of debauchery and the nausea of self-indulgence and the worldly worries of life, and then that day [when the Messiah returns] will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who live on the face of all the earth. But keep alert at all times [be attentive and ready], praying that you may have the strength and ability [to be found worthy and] to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man [at His coming].” Now in the daytime Jesus was teaching in [the porches and courts of] the temple, but at night He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people would come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.’

Luke 21:1-38

So where are you at? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Are you ready to allow Him to lead and guide the rest of your life? Are you ready to accept the calling? Are you ready to accept the purpose? Are you ready to accept the reason you were put on this earth? We were all created on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! So let’s accept the gift of grace and forgiveness of God through receiving Jesus into our hearts and lives. Let’s make today count! Let’s allow today to be the beginning of something amazing. 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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Are you ready to pass the baton? Is there someone who is ready to take it?


Ever watched a relay race where they have to pass the baton within a certain area to another person who is already running in order to complete the race? Do you realize how important it is to have someone to pass the baton to? Do you realize how important it is to have someone ready to receive the baton? Do you realize the impact of making the transition smoothly? Do you realize the benefit to the outcome when we have planned, practiced, and are prepared for the transition? Let’s pause and review the analogy of a race and passing the baton before we consider how this applies to our lives.

Jamaica getting the world-record victory in the 4×100 meter race

It’s not just about how you start. It’s about the connection. It’s about the training. It’s about practice and repetition. It’s about perfecting the pace. If you are too fast then it will mess up the transition. If you are too slow it will mess up the transition. If you are in sync the transition is smooth and the pace forward won’t miss a beat.

If you want each year better then the transition needs to be smooth. If you want each area of focus to get better then the transition needs to be practiced and repeated. If you want to pass the baton to the next generation then you need to make sure they are ready to keep up the pace, receive it, and move forward. So we need to have succession planning! Do you have someone you are mentoring? Do you have someone who is ready to take the baton and keep moving forward without missing a beat? Do you have someone who has been training and preparing for such a day and such a time?

Ever considered how the word success is a part of succession?

succession
[səkˈseSHən]
NOUN
a number of people or things sharing a specified characteristic and following one after the other.
"she had been secretary to a succession of board directors"
synonyms:
sequence · series · progression · course · chain · cycle · round · string · train · line · lineup · run · continuation · flow · stream · concatenation
geology
a group of strata representing a single chronological sequence.
"the Cretaceous succession"
the action or process of inheriting a title, office, property, etc..
"the new king was already elderly at the time of his succession"
synonyms:
accession · elevation · inheritance of · assumption of
the right or sequence of inheriting a position, title, etc..
"the succession to the Crown was disputed"
synonyms:
line of descent · line · descent · ancestral line · blood line · ancestry · dynasty · lineage · genealogy · heritage · pedigree · extraction · derivation · stock · strain · background
Definition of Succession

Ever considered that it takes planning for succession to work? Ever considered that it takes planning for succession to succeed? Ever considered that if you want succession to be a success you need to be planning in advance? How are ahead do you think it needs to be? How long does it take to help someone get ready and be ready to take the baton? It probably depends on the race you are asking them to run and the skills and talents required to do it. So what role(s) do you have? What is/are your succession plans? Do you know or have candidates to pass the baton over to?

  • Succession planning is a process of developing the talent of the employees to meet the needs of the organization now and in the future.
  • Succession Planning can be defined as a purposeful and systematic effort made by an organization to ensure leadership continuity, retain and develop knowledge and intellectual capital for the future and encourage individual employee growth and development.
  • Succession: a number of persons or things following one another in order or sequence.
  • Success: The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals. A performance or achievement that is marked by success.
  • Succeed: to thrive, prosper, grow, or the like
  • Succession Planning:
    • Strategic, systematic and deliberate effort to develop competencies in potential leaders through proposed learning experiences such as targeted rotations and educational training in order to fill high-level positions without favoritism.(Mathew Tropiano, 2004)
    • Deliberate and systematic effort by an organization to ensure leadership continuity in key positions and encourage individual advancement. (St-Onge, Mercer)
    • A structured process involving the identification and preparation of potential successors to assume a new roles.

Do you realize the importance? Do you realize the biblical application and examples? Do you realize that you need it? What are you going to do about it? What will you do if it happens before you are ready? What will you do if you don’t have someone in place? Why not consider it and get started today? What is the process? What are steps to have? Dig in and see what you can find. Succession Planning…


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 23rd


Succession Planning


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.’

Acts 15:39-41

Let’s look back and get some additional context from this story and see what we can learn through it. Let’s expand on it too using the Amplified version.

‘After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers and sisters (believers) in every city where we preached the message of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” Now Barnabas wanted to take [his cousin] John, who was called Mark, along with them. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take along with them the one who had quit and deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work. And it became such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took [John] Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas [who was again in Antioch] and set out [on his second journey], commended by the brothers to the grace and favor of the Lord. And he traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.’

Acts 15:36-41

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever had a disagreement?
  • Ever been unable to agree on the outcome?
  • Ever had to deal with division?
  • Ever turned to God to see if maybe He is adjusting the plan(s)?
  • Ever considered how sometimes struggle or disagreements or division are required to bring about change?
  • We see in Acts how Paul and Barnabas had been knocking it out of the part on their journey.
  • Together they were able to bring the gospel to many places and establish churches along the way.
  • They had brought someone along who eventually deserted Paul and as such it caused some division between the two.
  • God used that time to build two teams and we can read later how the relationship with the one who had deserted Paul had been restored.
  • The division wasn’t on the basis of belief but rather on if they should bring John Mark or not.
  • The disagreement wasn’t between right and wrong but rather it was about taking a risk.
  • Since they both weren’t willing to take the risk they chose to divide and conquer with Paul taking Silas and Barnabas taking John Mark.
  • Leadership demands hard choices!
  • Leadership demands hard choices about people.
  • Leadership demands hard choices that aren’t always cut and dry.
  • Different leaders bring different perspectives and as such may not come to the same decision.
  • Different leaders bring different perspectives and as such may not be able to come to an agreement.
  • So as leaders we need to make a decision and move forward.
  • We see how in today’s example 1 team became and 2 and in so doing produced double the effectiveness.
  • It may not have been the plan but it was the choice that was made.
  • The choice was God’s plan and solution to the disagreement.
  • God sometimes has solutions that we may never have considered.
  • God sometimes has solutions that may require a heated disagreement to be created.
  • God’s plans and solutions though do produce more for the Kingdom.
  • So don’t be afraid of disagreements.
  • State your opinion and seek common ground.
  • Then look to find God’s wisdom and direction to guide you in the plan forward for His glory.
  • God has a plan for you.
  • God has a plan for those around you.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Would you have given John Mark a second chance? Why or why not?
  • What ground rules and expectations should be put in place when Christians disagree?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If you want to move up the ladder of success, teach someone how to do your job better than you.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where are you today? Are you preparing to move up or move on? Are you preparing to step up or step in? Are you preparing to hand off or hand over? Are you ready? Why not invite Jesus into the situation to help you both be ready to pass the baton and also to receive the baton. 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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Don’t burn yourself out!


Many years back I had a big project that I was working on and it was through this experience I learned the importance of priorities, plans, and purpose. During that project for about 3 months I was running on approximately 4 hours of sleep per night. It took my regular / quarterly doctors appointment that told me my diabetes was out of whack to be the wakeup call that something was going wrong. It also helped me come up with the idea that it isn’t good to be burning the candle on all 4 ends, that’s right 4, not 2 which is the normal view but if you light the middle you get 2 more ends and the candle burns up even quicker. It was at that time I had to do some self-reflection on what were my priorities and how was the way I was living aligned or off kilter? I realized what I said my priorities were and how I was living were out of sync and so I needed to make some adjustments. So I came up with some plans:

  • The company hires smart people and so I should be able to delegate and verify rather than try to continuously monitor. The project being international meant I was working with people around the globe and making this decision made it so that I could get a normal and good night sleep as well as remove and reduce an extra layer of stress that I shouldn’t have been carrying anyways.
  • The association that I was leading had been setup for success and the various openings, agreements, and deals had been made and agreed to and as such were in the right place for me to be able to put more focus on my family and step down.
  • And it also helped me in my plans for spending time with God and with my wife and family.

It was amazing to me how many times I have gotten to speak life and truth in love to people who have been pushing themselves to the point of burnout over the years. Many people think they need to burn bright to their own detriment in order to make it and become a success. I have been able to share that by putting your priorities straight and living by them on purpose and with purpose, that God is able to take care of the rest. It is ok to shine brightly but you don’t need to be lighting all 4 ends or more of the candles in order to try and shine brighter to the risk and outcome of burning out.

So where are you at today? Consider everything that has been going on since 2020 and how our lives have been changed. For those of us who are now having to work from home, are you able to keep the work life balance? You need to realize it is a choice! It is a decision! And no matter what others do or say, it is in your hands to decide if you are going to choose to live your life with purpose, on purpose, and for a purpose that will help you shine brightly without burning yourself out. If someone asked you how your relationship with God is, how would you answer? If someone asked you how your relationship with your spouse is, how would you answer? If someone asked you how your relationship with your kid(s) is/are, how would you answer? With the reality being that those tend to be the top of the priority list, that would mean anything and everything else fall after this and that if those aren’t good it probably means there is a trouble light showing up on your dashboard of life. Be it your emotions, your responses, your temper, or even the words you use in conversation. From the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. What is coming out of your mouth? What is that saying about the state of your heart?

Let’s take some time today to evaluate our priorities. Let’s take some time today to evaluate if we are living our lives in alignment with what we say our priorities are. Let’s take some time to consider what it would take to realign our lives to line up with our priorities. Let’s take some time to pause in order to decide how we can decide to live our lives in a way where our light shine brightly and yet that we don’t burnout!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 14th


Burning Bright Without Burning Out


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.” But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”’

Mark 1:37-38

Let’s take a pause and look a bit deeper into this conversation. It is important that we remember our purpose and rather than just go, go, go, we go towards that purpose. It makes me think of a title I have heard from good to great. You might be able to do good by go, go, go and burning out but if you stop and move in your purpose you can go from good to great instead. Today’s verses show in the middle of verses 35-39, so let’s take a look at these or feel free to read the full chapter, using the Amplified translation:

‘ And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed. And Simon [Peter] and those who were with him followed Him [pursuing Him eagerly and hunting Him out], And they found Him and said to Him, Everybody is looking for You. And He said to them, Let us be going on into the neighboring country towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out. [So] He went throughout the whole of Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.’

Mark 1:35-39

Like Jesus we need to get away and make time to be with and communicate with and be in relationship with God our Heavenly Father. Like Jesus we need to know our purpose and know when to stay and when it is time to move onward so as to accomplish our purpose. Where are you at? Where do you need to be? Should you stay? Should you go? What is God’s purpose and plan for your life and how does that impact your next step and your progress towards that end?


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • You popular? Is that impacting how you are living your life?
  • Jesus never let His popularity get to His head!
  • You being opposed? Is that impacting how you are living your life?
  • Jesus never let opposition get Him off track!
  • Do you know your priorities? your purpose? your plan? Are you keeping your eyes focused on that?
  • Jesus kept His eyes focused on the purpose God the Father had given Him!
  • No matter what phase of the journey you are in, don’t lose focus and don’t lose heart!
  • Remember how Jesus was popular up front with his miracles and healings?
    • ‘At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.’ Mark 1:32-34
  • Can you imagine being one of the disciples and seeing this and how it must have made them feel? Can you imagine how they must have wanted it to continue and never stop?
  • Where is God wanting you to be? to go? What is God wanting you to do? to become?
  • Jesus knew and He knew when it was time to go in order to be able to do what God needed of Him!
  • Remember the call upon our lives “go out into the world and preach the Good News”!
  • It means more than just your house. It means more than just your neighborhood. It means finding a way to get others to know Jesus and make Jesus known!
  • Ever felt like you were burning out while you were succeeding?
  • Ever felt like you were burning out while you were failing?
  • Remember the emotions in both cases?
    • Success: adrenaline rush, try to be more, try to do more, try to please more
    • Failure: fear, shame, worry
  • How do you keep your emotional gas tank filled up? fueled up?
  • How do you ensure you are filled with the right things in order to be able to overflow and pour out into the lives of the people around you?
  • To keep filled up with the fuel that allows us to shine brightly is to stay connected to God, to His purpose, His plan, and His priorities!
  • If we allow Jesus to be our well that never runs dry, we then can be people who overflow!
  • If we allow Jesus to be our fuel that fills us up then we can shine brightly like those old oil lamps where it is the fuel not the wick that is burning and hence we can shine brightly and not burnout!
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DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How can fear of failure or the intoxication of success take our eyes off God’s purpose for our lives?
  • Do you need to make a midcourse correction at this point? Explain your answer.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“In my mind there is no doubt that those who use their talents to serve the Lord will truly enter into the joy of the Lord now.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where are you at today? Are you feeling burned out and not sure what to do or where to turn? Are you getting to the end of your rope and wondering what to do and if you should hold on tighter? Are you wondering what to do in this moment in order to be able to refresh and rejuvenate? We need to put God first! We need His wisdom and direction! God is love and His love for us is eternal! We need His instruction and discernment for our current situation so that the joy of the Lord can be our strength! Not sure what to do or where to turn? Cry out to God! Invite Him into your very situation! Ask Him for wisdom because He gives it without finding fault! Seek Him with all of your heart, mind, and strength and you will find Him! Knock and He will open it for 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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Time is precious: With 24hrs/day and 365(6) days a year and a limited number of years in a life time…


How are you choosing to spend your time? Are you cautious with your time? Are you careful with your time? Are you guarded with your time? Are you watchful of your time? Are you alert of how fast time is going? Are you attentive to your time? With but a short number of hours in a day, how do you choose to use them? How do you choose to prioritize what you will spend your time on? You may have heard that time is money, showing the value of your time? You may have a job and are working for some of that time and getting paid. You may be married and should be spending time with your spouse. You may have kids and so you need to make time for them because as much as some think quality time is enough, quantity time is just as important. How do you spend your day and time with God? Are you walking through life with Him so that He is a priority and gets a lot of your time or do you schedule out some time for Him and so need to figure and balance out His time too? Rest, you need to make sure you have time for rest! Be it your evening of sleep of 6-12 hours, your body needs rest to rejuvenate and restore. So how will you spend your time?

There are similarities between time and money in that you need to be a good steward of both. There are differences between time and money too though as you can’t make more time. One is finite and limited and the other is able to be generated and produced. Both require good stewardship though. Both require prioritization too. So you need to make a plan for both your time and your money. Time may have a value comparable to money or demonstrated by the amount of money you make over time but it is limited as we only get so many trips around the sun before our time on earth is up. So we need to consider how to make the biggest impact with that time in order to glorify God by accomplishing the cause He has created us to accomplish.

How will you use your time today? this coming week? this coming month? this coming year? and those yet to come?

How will you use your time to show the value of others in your life? God? Spouse? Kids? Family? Friends? Neighbors? Coworkers? Strangers? Workers at the stores and restaurants? etc.?

What will it take for you to make the most of your time today?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 14th

I missed 2 days and when I went to post on the 15th, I just realized I grabbed the devotional for the 14th and so updated the date above. I am going to have to catch up on 13th and 15th at some point. 

Keeping Track of Time


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.’

Ephesians 5:15-16

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you making the most of your time or are you wasting it?
  • Does your time have purpose or is it being wasted?
  • Are you using your time to the full or are you procrastinating?
  • Are you using your time to the full or are you putting off your chores or responsibilities?
  • Are you using your time to accomplish God’s purpose and cause for you and your life?
  • Are you using your time to accomplish something else? Are you using your time on the wrong pursuits?
  • Are you using your time to accomplish God’s purpose and cause or are you using your time to achieve selfish goals?
  • Are you using your time to accomplish your calling or are you using your time to get to the top and steamrolling over everything and anyone who gets in your way?
  • Are you using your time doing or worrying?
  • Are you using your time doing or worrying about what others are thinking?
  • Are you using your time doing or worrying about what might happen?
  • Are you using your time doing or worrying about things that were said in the past?
  • Are you using your time doing or allowing fears of what could happen to hold you back?
  • Are you using your time doing or just measuring your time by how full your calendar is?
  • Are you using your time building and strengthening relationships?
  • So will you use the time you have, in this battle of good vs evil, to accomplish God’s will rather than wasting it away?
  • Will you use your time for good in this battle through time?
  • Will you use your time to learn and know God’s will so that you can get it done for His glory?
  • How are you using your time?
  • Are you able to discern or analyze how well you are using your time?
  • Let’s use our time wisely! That doesn’t mean to use it all up so you can say you are busy!
  • Let’s use our time wisely! That does mean to accomplish God’s will in God’s timing!
  • Let’s use our time wisely! That does mean redeeming every moment we have as a gift from God!
  • Let’s use our time wisely! That does mean redeeming every moment in order to honor and glorify God!
  • Let’s use our time wisely! That does mean redeeming every moment with an eternal focus and purpose in mind!
  • Let’s use our time wisely! That does mean redeeming every moment to have a positive impact on those we love and He loves! That’s right let’s love everybody!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Wat are the most common ways you see people wasting time?
  • How would it change your life to realize that every moment is a gift from God to be redeemed and use to honor Him?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I find the doing of the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.”

George MacDonald

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? How are you using time time? Are you using it for good or are you wasting it? Are you using it to do God’s will or your’s? Are you ready to invite God into your life to walk it out with you and help you to live it to the full like His purpose and plan for you are? Remember the plans from Jeremiah 29:11 to give us a hope and a future? Remember the plans from John 10:10 comparing the devil’s plans vs Jesus’s plans? (“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].”) So how will you choose to live your life? Will you invite Jesus in so that you can enjoy the time you have left? 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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Don’t overcomplicate it, keep it simple!


Faced with a situation do you try to break it down into its simplest parts? Faced with a problem do you try to break into simple parts? Face with a crisis do you stop, be still and evaluate, and then lean in on God for instructions, directions, wisdom, and discernment to help you get through it? Just because a problem is complicated doesn’t mean it can’t be broken up into simpler pieces.

In life you will find some people take something simple and overcomplicate it. You will find people take complicated things and overcomplicate it. You will find others who are problem solvers who will look to simplify in order to make progress and solve the problem. What do you do? How do you respond?

The devil wants to overwhelm you. The devil wants to keep you from achieving. The devil wants to rob you of what you have and what you could have. The devil wants to kill you, your dreams, and your goals. The devil wants to destroy you, your plans, your dreams, your success. But that isn’t God’s plan!

Jesus tells us: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

In this world we will have problems but Jesus shares the truth about when we have problems to face when He tells us: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Just because we face problems doesn’t mean we can’t overcome them. Just because we face trials of many kinds doesn’t mean we can’t have joy. We learn through God’s Word about facing trials when it says in the Amplified translation: ‘ Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.’James 1:2-4

So don’t grow weary in doing good! When we are feeling weary or weak, let’s turn to God because He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. So let’s keep it simple! Let’s not overcomplicate the situation! Let’s not get pulled into the lies and deception and distractions the devil will throw our way!


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


Plain and Simple


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. ‘

I John 5:11-12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think your destiny is based on a grade?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on your ability to be sinless?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on your service and good deeds?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on how well you avoided sins and did good?
  • Do you think your destiny is based on being able to pass the test?
  • Is your destiny based on you or on God? or both?
  • Your part is to believe and receive! Jesus already paid the bill in full!
  • So have you believed and received Jesus into your heart and started living life in relationship with Him?
  • Do you have Jesus in your heart?
  • Do you hold onto the promises and truth of Jesus rather than the balancing act of good acts vs sinful acts?
  • Do you believe God’s Word where John shares with us that it isn’t about balancing the good and the bad but rather it is about having Jesus!
  • Do you have Jesus in your heart?
  • Salvation is a gift from God that we get to choose if we will accept and receive it or not!
  • We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ!
  • We aren’t saved by works or else we could become prideful and start to boast about it!
  • We can’t earn salvation, we need to choose to receive it!
  • It is in our humility in realizing that we can’t do enough good things to buy salvation!
  • So we have nothing to offer and yet Jesus is offering us salvation!
  • We come with empty hands and an open heart and accept the gift of God, Jesus Christ, into our hearts which provides us with salvation!
  • So let’s put all of our hope and trust in Jesus who paid it all! He paid it once for all when He gave His life, His sinless life, on the cross as the payment for you and me to be able to receive salvation!
  • Will you accept the gift of Jesus and His gift of eternal life with God, as a member of God’s family?
  • Will you turn from your own ways, turn back to God, and embrace Jesus and live out the rest of your life in relationship with Him?
  • John’s message today keeps things plain and simple!
  • Don’t get fooled by the devil trying to tempt you or cause you to become prideful!
  • Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! He is the only way to the Father!
  • Jesus is all we have!
  • Jesus is all we need!
  • By having Him in our hearts, it overflows into the things we do!
  • Remember from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks, right?
  • So when we have Jesus in our hearts, the overflow is good words, good works, good service, fellowship with other believers. Not in order to check boxes or get good grades but rather because of the love that is in our hearts is overflowing into the world around us!
  • So can you be confident of your final destination? Have you invited Jesus into your heart?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How can someone know that he or she “has the Son”?
    • It is a decision they make to invite Jesus into their hearts and follow Him all the days of their lives.
    • We can see evidence of it by the fruit that is produced
  • Do you? How does your grasp of the simplicity and humility of your faith in Christ affect your attitude and actions?
    • Yes
    • It helps me through the good and the rough days
    • It helps me to lean in and spend time in God’s Word
    • It helps me to serve others better
    • It helps me to stand firm upon the rock of Jesus Christ!
    • It helps me find joy everyday! Happy Today!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“All self effort is but sinking sand, Christ alone is the rock of our salvation.”

Henry Allen Ironside

“Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with a person — Jesus Christ.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Isaiah 55(sefaria.org)
    • Ho, all who are thirsty, Come for water, Even if you have no money; Come, buy food and eat: Buy food without money, Wine and milk without cost.
    • Why do you spend money for what is not bread, Your earnings for what does not satisfy? Give heed to Me, And you shall eat choice food And enjoy the richest viands.
    • Incline your ear and come to Me; Hearken, and you shall be revived. And I will make with you an everlasting covenant, The enduring loyalty promised to David.
  • Isaiah 56 (sefaria.org)
  • Isaiah 57 (sefaria.org)

So are you ready to simplify things and keep it plain so that people can understand it? Are you ready to take hold of the reality and the truth in order to keep things plain and simple? Are you ready to accept and receive eternal life? Could today be your day?

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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Is the hump in the week always on Wednesday?


When you consider your week, is Wednesday the high point aka the hump? When you consider your week, do you schedule it so that Wednesday is the high point aka the hump-day? When you consider your week, what makes it feel like you are going up hill vs down hill? When you consider your week, does going up hill towards Wednesday mean it is harder and more to do, with more effort? When you consider your week, does going down hill from Wednesday mean you need to focus on finishing or that you are just costing towards the weekend? What impact does the weekend play in your schedule? Is it energy filled? Is it a time to relax and refresh? Does it vary? How does it impact how your work week starts and the rhythm of the week?

Have you ever considered what the week should be like? Is your week focused on moving forward and making progress? Is your week focused on starting strong and finishing stronger? Is your week focused on completing the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Do you check with God throughout the week and throughout your days to make sure you aren’t leaning on your own ways or understanding and leaning into His wisdom, instruction, and direction? Would such a plan change the idea of there being a hump in the week? Would it change the idea to be around wilderness times, mountain top times, and valley times? Where are you at today? Where is your gaze set upon? What is the focus of your thoughts and activities? How is that impacting your perception of your today?

Is the hump in the week always on Wednesday?


The One Year Daily Insights
with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 19th


Good Advice


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;’

Proverbs 3:5

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you trusting your senses to give you the input needed to figure out solutions to any problem?
  • Where or when or who do you lean on when the “chips are down”?
  • Do you lean in on your abilities and your experiences to try and solve or figure out what to do?
  • Remember when David was given 2 different sets of instructions in his battle with the Philistines? He could have assumed had he leaned on his own understanding to do the same thing but He leaned on God instead who gave him a new set of instructions.
    • ‘Now when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. The Philistines also went and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. So David inquired of the Lord , saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into your hand.” So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim. And they left their images there, and David and his men carried them away. Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed themselves in the Valley of Rephaim. Therefore David inquired of the Lord , and He said, “You shall not go up; circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the Lord will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” And David did so, as the Lord commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.’ — II Samuel 5:17-25
  • So what about you? Are you obsessed with figuring out what to do when times are tough on your own?
  • Do you get pulled into the trap of worry instead of bringing all your cares to God because He cares for you?
    • Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. — Philippians 4:6
    • Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. — 1 Peter 5:7
  • Will you focus on the work rather than the worry?
  • Will you concentrate on the work rather than the problem, the situation, or the commitment?
  • Will you lean on God and give your cares to Him so that you won’t lose out on your needed sleep?
  • Will you cast your cares on God rather than allowing your peace to be robbed by fear? Will you believe God?
  • Don’t get stuck in analysis paralysis!
  • Don’t allow your fears and worries to snowball and make yourself sick and the situation worse!
  • Don’t lean on your own understanding and find yourself getting stuck in the world of analysis, confusion, self-doubt, like a merry-go-round that keeps going and going and going and …
  • We aren’t perfect but God is!
  • We are limited but God isn’t!
  • So let’s turn this thing around and trust God rather than trying to lean on our own understanding!
  • God is good! God is able to take what the enemy means for evil and turn it for good! God is love!
  • So let’s trust God rather than trying to lean on our own understanding!
  • God can give us wisdom that is beyond anything we could have come up with!
  • Remember the omnis? God is omnipresent – nobody is going to sneak up on Him, He is everywhere! God is omniscient – nobody can trip Him up, He know everything! God is omnipotent – He is all powerful!
  • Let’s move from leaning on our own understanding so that we receive the reality that all things are possible for those who believe!
  • Let’s move from leaning on our own understand so that we can be overcomers through Christ Jesus who strengthens us!
  • TRUST IN GOD!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
In your own experience, what are some differences between leaning on your own understanding and trusting in God?
  • When God called me to step into a leadership role in the home owners’ association that I thought was above me. Leaning on my own understanding I tried to resist. Trusting in God allowed me to see incredible miracles and experiences by stepping up and into the role of President.
  • When God called me to forgive those who had lied to me, tricked me, mistreated me, deceived me, and more. that I thought was unforgiveable and faced the downward spiral of anger, bitterness, frustration, and more. Trusting in God allowed me to be released from the anger, the bitterness, the frustration and more and be freed from it by forgiving them.
What are some situation you face now in which you need to trust more in God? What you trust Him to do?
  • Being a good husband, father, director, manager, friend
  • Trusting Him to give me wisdom and discernment for each moment and situation.
  • Trusting Him allows me to be bold and courageous, no matter the situation.
  • Trusting Him to protect me when I step into what He has called me to do
  • Trusting Him to provide health to sustain me through it all

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The longer I live the more faith I have in Providence, and the less faith in my interpretation of Providence.”

Jeremiah Day

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you continue to lean on your own understanding? Would you consider another approach and trust God? Would you be willing to give it a try today? Why not invite God into your life and see the impact it has on your week, your day, your right now.

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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Keeping the main thing the main thing.


Are you channel surfing on the TV? Are you hopping between stations on the car radio? Are you searching for things? Are you doing comparison shopping between yourself and others? Are you keeping the main thing the main thing?

What is it that you are supposed to be doing? What is it that you need to get done? What are the gifts and talents God has given you? What purpose and plans does God have for your life? Will you choose to use your gifts and talents to accomplish God’s purpose and plans? Will you decide to focus on what is important rather than things that seem to be urgent but not important? Will you decide to focus on the important row with the urgent being in the front and the non-urgent close behind? Will decide to make the main thing the main thing?

Will you decide to let God be your encouragement? Will you decide to focus on God and His will and His purposes for your life rather than getting trapped in the comparison and coveting games? Will you allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength? Will you joy come from God and hence can’t be taken away? Will you feel good thanks to God rather than from all you have done? Remember we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works so that nobody can boast! So let’s allow God working in us to produce good fruit and for our eyes to stay focused on Him! Let’s live out our lives to the full for we know that faith without works is dead! But it is not by works that we are saved, works are an overflow from God!

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Happy Today! Let’s keep the main thing the main thing!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 13th


Keeping Focused


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;’

Proverbs 23:17

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize what comparing yourself to others does? It steals from your soul!
  • Do you realize what comparing what you have with others does? It causes us to try and stack ourselves up against them. It can make us feel better or worse depending on how the activity concludes!
  • Do you realize what comparing what you have with others does? It causes us to either have a false sense of being better or it causes discouragement and creates wrong motives to do better!
  • We need to turn our focus to God and His will for us instead of comparing ourselves to others!
  • It was in the 10 commandments and it is still something the devil uses to trip us up today!
  • We are to love God and love people! Not compare ourselves to them!
  • Let’s decide to live our lives in a way that will be pleasing to God!
  • Let’s choose to live our lives as though only God is watching!
  • Let’s live our lives in a way that shows our affection and allegiance to God!
  • Let’s decide to not get tripped up by the devil’s desire for us to compare ourselves with others and find ourselves on the downward spiral of envy and pride!
  • Let’s make our passion be associated with following Jesus rather than comparing ourselves or trying to be better than others!
  • Let’s make our purpose about focusing on people’s souls rather than their appearance or possessions!
  • Let’s decide that we want our soul to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to live out our lives in a way that is pleasing to God!
  • Let’s hold tight to the reality of Jesus! His wonder! His majesty! His mystery! Let’s follow after Him!
  • Let’s be Jesus with skin on to the world around us to make a difference for His glory!
  • So we get to chose where we will focus! Will we focus on Jesus or the things of this world?
  • Let’s allow our hearts and minds to be filled up with the riches of God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some ways you can “not let your heart envy sinners”?
  • Resist the devil and he will flee
  • When tempted turn from it and turn to God
  • Be focused on what God has done and given you rather than what others have or do
What about Christ is so valuable that it makes Him beyond compare?
  • His love
  • His forgiveness
  • His passion
  • His unconditional and unending love
  • His patience
  • His ability to give us a second chance (more than once)

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Winston Churchill

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you focus on your calling? Will you focus on your purpose? Will you focus on God? Will you keep the main thing the main thing?

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?

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?


Top of mind and Top priority…


You wake up in the morning and what is top of mind? For me I start to pray and talk to God thanking Him for a new day and then I thank Him for my wife and pray over her for the day and then I pray over each of my kids individually and for their day, and then I ask for wisdom and direction for my day. How about you?

Have you ever done the prioritization exercise to ensure you are putting first things first? If you wrote out your life priority list and then compared it to how you are living your life, would they line up? If you used things like time and money as measuring tools to help you determine if you are living your life in alignment with what you think or say your priorities are, would they line up? How would you respond if you found out they didn’t? Would you be willing to make a change to get back on track? Would you re-evaluate what you thought your priorities were to match your findings? I know when I had that happen to me back in 2003-2004 timeframe, it caused me to need to adjust a bunch of things. It took a medical report to get my attention and realize a change was required and then I did the priorities mapping and had to adjust my life to line up with what I said my priorities would be. I had to adjust the way I was working and spending my time to get back on track and also to get healthy too. I had to adjust things to get back into alignment with my priorities: (1) God, (2) Wife and our marriage, (3) Kids and our family. Everything else had to line up behind these. Everything else had to enhance these. Everything else had to support these.

How about you? Ever taken inventory of what you think your priorities are and how you are living them out? Top of mind and Top priorities…


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 7th


Thinking about me?


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.’

Psalms 139:17-18

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize how much someone cares for you when you know they are thinking about you or they tell you they have been thinking about you?
  • Do you realize that you are so important that God is thinking about you?
  • Do you realize that God is thinking about you more often that you can count?
  • Do you realize that God is always thinking about you?
  • God knows everything about you and loves you.
  • God loves you so much that He sees where you are at but doesn’t want to leave you there.
  • Can you imagine what such love and such consideration says about what He is thinking about you?
  • Remember how His plans for you are good and to give you a hope and a future?
  • Remember how God is light and there is no darkness in Him?
  • Remember how God is love?
  • God knows every thought, word, and deed we have or do.
  • God sees us at our best and at our worst!
  • So let’s not worry or fear, but instead with boldness and courage trust God!
  • Let’s be like David where in today’s Psalm finds God’s thoughts precious to him.
  • Knowing that God is always thinking about you, how much do you think about God?
  • Knowing that God’s grace and forgiveness shine through it all, does it make you want to celebrate?
  • God’s purposes for you are good, imagine if we walked out our lives in constant communication with Him.
  • We are to pray without ceasing, we are to be in relationship, we are to be intimate in sharing with God, so let’s finish strong and invite Him in and live out the rest of our time in this life with Him!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Does the fact that God constantly thinks about you encourage you or terrify you? Explain your answer.
  • Encourages me because I know that even in my weaknesses or when I don’t know that He is strong in my weakness and He knows everything and that through Him all things are possible.
What do you imagine that He’s thinking about you today?
  • Hope he is ready for those interactions with those people today
  • Hope he is ready to be my arms and feet to step into the lives of others and show them value today
  • Hope he is ready to shine my light into this dark world
  • Hope he is ready to be salt and to spice things up

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Too often we attempt to work for God to the limit of our competency, rather than to the limit of God’s omnipotency.”

– Hudson Taylor

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So what are you thinking about? How are you deciding to live? What are your priorities? How are they aligning to God’s plans for you and your life? How are they aligning to God’s purposes for you and your life? How are they aligning to God’s will for you and your life? In order to finish strong are you ready and willing to take an inventory to ensure that you are putting first things first ?

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?

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?


How clear of a message do you need to move forward?


When you receive a call, how clear does it need to be? When you receive a call, how direct does it have to be? When you receive a call, how forceful does it need to be? I remember the call to step into leadership in my community and that still quiet voice was enough for me to obey. I remember the call to step up into the top position and resisting and pushing back out of doubt, fear, feeling unqualified and requiring a forceful ultimatum for me to accept it and obey. I remember the call to step out and start looking for a new role as 19 years in the same company approached and how that night when I got home I obeyed, updating my resume and LinkedIn profile and applying for jobs. I remember the year when the 3Ds happened and how the confirmation of the Holy Spirit was enough for me to accept those roles at work, at camp, and at church. God has always been in control and the experiences He has given me to show His faithfulness through His callings in my life. As His Word shows and tells us, be it with Esther who was called to step up and step out, Mordecai tells her that if she wouldn’t do it that God would have accomplished His plans and purpose through someone else. As His Word shows and tells us, be it when the Pharisees were telling Jesus to stop the people from calling out and Jesus’ response was to tell them that if they stopped the rocks would cry out.

Even as I reflect on all of these things and even selected which links to use for the stories above, the quote that comes to mind as I reflect and consider how incredible and how faithful God is the reality of God without man is still God but man without God is nothing sticks with me.

What will it take for you to hear from God and respond? What type of a call does it need to be for you to respond out of obedience? Will your response be out of faith in God or fear of man? Will your response be out of trust in God or worry of your own abilities? Nothing is too big for God! Nothing is impossible with God! What may seem impossible to man is possible with God!

So when the call comes, will you answer it and accomplish all God has in planned and purposed for your life?

God's calling... Will you answer?
Ring…Ring… will you pick up? Answer the call!

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for March 25th


Guidance from above


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 67:4

‘Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah’


The AMPC translation says it like this:

‘ O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You will judge the peoples fairly and guide, lead, or drive the nations upon earth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!’

Psalm 67:4

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully in your life?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully in history?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully to inspire people?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully to inspire people to pursue freedom?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully to direct and create structure and hierarchy to build a great nation with the necessary checks and balances?
  • Have you seen God’s hand moving clearly and powerfully in days of deliberation?
  • Have you wondered where God is when you reflect on some times in history when things seem so dark and so hard?
  • Have you wondered where God is when you reflect on some times in history when scandals or actions start to chip away at values?
  • Have you wondered where God is when you reflect on some times in history when things seem to be out of control?
  • Consider God’s purposes and plans and how He can take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around and use it for good and for His purposes!
  • Consider both in the Bible stories of the past how God was able to use the bad times and the good times for His purposes and remember that when you consider the times post the timeline in the Bible and how God is still able to use it for good and to accomplish His purposes.
  • Remember that in the end times those who fought against Him, turned away from Him, or never accepted Him will be judged by God.
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is in control!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God reigns supreme!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is guiding us!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is directing us!
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that God is shaping events to accomplish good things!
  • So we get to do our part too and decide if and how we will respond to Him.
  • God is with us! God is active!
  • We can count on God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some ways you’ve seen God direct our nation and your life?
  • Looking for the promised land
  • Finding my wife
  • Providing us a place to live
  • Giving us children and a great family
Take a few minutes to praise Him for His leading.
  • Thank You Lord for helping me navigate 2020 and not give up in the midst of the trials and troubles
  • Thank You Lord for helping me to draw closer to my family in the midst of everything that was 2020
  • Thank You Lord for leading and directing us today and always
  • Thank You Lord for leading my children – be it into ministry, be it ministering on the sports field, be it ministering through gaming

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.”

John Quincy Adams

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where does your guidance come from? Are you aware of and looking for heavenly guidance from God? Are you noticing His hand at work in and through your life and the lives of others?

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?

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?


Will you answer the call from God even if you don’t feel qualified?


As today begins and reflecting on a conversation I had yesterday about what God can do and will do if we will just answer His call. Be it the time when I was at a men’s retreat and felt God calling me to step up and get involved in my community by joining the homeowners’ association board or when in the third year He called me to step up and be president, it is interesting how responsive I was based on how qualified I felt. When the call came to join the HOA board, I felt I could do that and was quick to respond to God’s call. When the call came to step up and be president of the HOA board, I didn’t feel qualified and kept negotiating with the Spirit as that still quiet voice kept negotiating with me about it. Just thinking about the difference of perspective and how in both cases God was equally capable to use me for His purposes, my perspective was what changed how quick I was to agree and respond. Even when the interview with the board before joining gave me an out to join a committee in order to get a quarter of my dues back, I respond that I was supposed to join the board. It was interesting to consider the confidence in that first call. When some turmoil was taking place and God kept telling me to step up to be president of the board, I had more reason based on my current position in my day job/career that I could come up with so many reasons and excuses why I couldn’t or shouldn’t or wouldn’t. Until that one day when God knew the time was now or never, He had a reason, He had a purpose, and if it wasn’t going to be me, He would have to use someone else. That day at the gym when I heard the booming voice of God compared to the earlier still quiet voice of the Spirit that gave me the ultimatum “You can be president or you can be nothing, you choose!”. Wow, that got my attention and nothing sounded really bad. So I submitted to His will even with my doubts and concerns. For some reason when He called me to join the board, I trusted Him enough but when He kept prompting me to step up as president it was as if I was thinking He wasn’t enough to work in and through me to accomplish His will. Looking back, it was incredible to see Him work in and through me. Looking back, it was incredible how when I was at the end of my abilities how God showed up and instructed me, guided me, and helped me to lead not only the board but also the community into all that was ahead of us. Be it hiring an executive director (which in my day job was probably 2 or 3 levels higher in position than me). Be it finding an accounting company to help will payments and billing in support of the finance committee. Be it dealing with security concerns and the impact on the insurance costs. In each case, God was there and He helped me to make the right decisions. In each case, God was there and He provided me the confidence and the instruction and the courage to step into the situation and get it done. In each case, the outcome was confirmed to be right and produced an incredible testimony of God’s power and promises, God’s faithfulness and truth, God’s ability to call the unqualified and qualify them as He did in and through me. It was this experience that taught me that God doesn’t call the qualified but He qualifies the called!

So what about you? Will you answer the call the next time God calls you? Will you answer the call even if you don’t know or understand the purpose behind it? Will you answer the call the next time God calls, even if you don’t feel qualified? What if you you received the ultimatum of accepting the call or being nothing? What would it take for you to accept the call the next time God calls you?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for March 1st


Called with a Purpose


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Romans 8:28

‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ‘


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you understand what happened?
  • Do you understand the why?
  • Do you need to understand the why?
  • Is understanding who is in control good enough?
  • Is understanding that there is a plan underway good enough?
  • Do you keep track the the experiences in life? The good? The bad? The ugly? The ones somewhere in between?
  • Do you ever consider them being weaved together into your tapestry of life?
  • Do you ever look back at what has taken place in your past and viewed it as a portrait?
  • Do you trust God to weave your life together out of love, wisdom, and strength?
  • Do you trust God to be bigger than your circumstances?
  • Do you trust God to be bigger than your problems?
  • Do you trust God when He calls you to something you don’t understand?
  • Do you trust God during the joy and the pain, the trials and troubles and the celebrations and parties?
  • Ever seen the back of something being stitched together and thought it wasn’t that nice, but when it gets flipped over it is amazingly beautify?
  • Do you trust God enough that even if it isn’t going like you thought or expected that You will trust Him?
  • Consider your life like a loom on which the weaver (God) is creating the masterpiece!
  • God’s ways are not always our ways! His ways are better and higher than our ways!
  • His ways may be different from what we hoped or imagined.
  • His ways may be different from what we dreamed or contemplated.
  • Will you answer the call and trust His handiwork?
  • Will you answer His call and direction in order to find life and peace?
  • Will you reject or resist His call and direction and find yourself angry and in despair?
  • Choose to trust God! Choose to have faith in His plans and design!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some difficult things you’ve been facing?
  • 2020 and the changes and challenges
  • Change of direction that seemed to happen before I could feel settled or capable or ready
What difference would it make for you to believe that God can weave those painful experiences into the fabric of your life and create something beautiful?
  • All of 2020, I was leaning in and trusting God for that
  • All of 2020, I was living with the theme of hindsight being 2020
  • As 2020 was drawing to a close in December, and I thought things were settled (6 roles and 3 bosses) – with my math braining joking that they both divided into 12, God had 1 more change which required all the earlier part of the process/year to get me ready for such a change and disconnect me in the way required for me to be willing to take on such a calling.

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Mankind is all too often inclined to take credit for his accomplishments, but when things go wrong, he blames god.”

Zig Ziglar

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

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?


Were you like me in 2020?


Waiting upon the Lord in hopes that things would turn around? Waiting upon the Lord through the trials and the challenges? Waiting upon the Lord wondering what it is you were to learn and how long would this go on? In 2020 the theme of the year in blogging was Hindsight is 2020. Every month I would put the previous month in the rearview mirror. It wasn’t for lack of change but too much change to be able to get settled or confident or comfortable. It built me a stronger house as my family drew closer together. I continued to have heart because Jesus had said that in this world I would have trouble, but to take heart because He has overcome the world. I considered it pure joy with each trial that came my way in faith because I knew that I had to lean in and persevere since when perseverance finishes its work I would be complete and lacking nothing. Who knew it would take until the last two weeks of the year for the hindsight to be come clear and for the perseverance to bring me to a door I wouldn’t have been prepared for otherwise. As the transition started and as the reality set it, it was revealed to me how all the trials and troubles were necessary to prepare me to step away from the work I had been doing for over 7 years. It was a preparation to help me to keep the people connections and friendships but to be able to step away from the projects and programs in order to take on a new role.

Would I want another 2020 type of year? Nope. Would I have given up the lessons and the experiences that took place? Nope. 2020 came with opportunities to forgive. 2020 came with opportunities to care. 2020 came with opportunities to learn. 2020 came with opportunities to draw closer as a family. 2020 came with opportunities to put focus on the main thing. 2020 came with opportunities to hear the heart of others. 2020 came with opportunities to share the love and grace of God with others. 2020 came with open doors to speak the truth in life to others. 2020 came with new doors to knock on. 2020 came with a new door of opportunity to walk through. 2020 came with the opportunity to get and become prepared. 2020 came with the opportunity to draw closer to God in the midst of the unknowns.

God is good! God is faithful! God is able to take what the enemy meant for evil and turn it around and use it for good! God is love! God’s ways are not our ways! God’s ways are better, are higher than our ways!

‘“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord . “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.’

Isaiah 55:8-9

So if you haven’t gotten to the point in the story where things are turning around, don’t give up! Lean in harder on God! Put Jesus at the center in order that your relationships and your work will be around serving Him. Don’t go it alone! If you have a problem then put it on the table and then attack the problem rather than the people. Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood but rather against the powers and principalities of this dark world!

What did you learn in 2020? Did you experience God’s ability to turn things around? Are you ready for God to turn things around in and through your life?


Are you ready for things to turn around? Let’s pause and hear this great song sung by Lincoln Brewster before we jump into the normal flow of our devotionals.

Turn it around by Lincoln Brewster

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


The Turnaround Artist


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 30:11

‘You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Nowhere does it say life is supposed to be easy.
  • We do read in this world you will have troubles in John 16:33
  • We may find that we get attacked
  • We may find that we have to deal with health issues
  • We may find that we have to deal with discouragement
  • We may find that we have to deal with hopelessness
  • In the midst of life we need to continue to turn to God
  • In the midst of life we need to continue to lean into God
  • In the midst of life we need to put our hope and our trust in God
  • In the midst of life we need to cry out to God
  • In the midst of life we need to be able to build our relationship with God and open up our hearts to Him
  • In the midst of life we need to be able to discuss the highs and the lows with God
  • God wants an intimate relationship with us … are you willing to have an intimate relationship with Him?
  • Will you persevere and not stop calling out to God, leaning on God, trusting God till you see Him turn things around?
  • God’s timing is perfect!
  • God’s plan is good!
  • We see from the story of Joseph how God’s plan has a purpose that we may not understand in the middle of it.
    • ‘But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. ‘ — Genesis 50:20
  • We see from the story of Job which had been a rough one for me whenever I got to that book over the years but it was through that book that I learned how God turned things around and in 2013 Job 42:12 helps me to have hope through my life when I start Job because I know how it ends. Job shares how nobody can thwart, frustrate, counter, oppose, balk, disappoint, impede, obstruct, hamper, hinder, snooker, cripple, scotch, derail, smash, dash, stop, check, block, prevent, defeat, nip in the bud, mess up, screw up, do for, put paid to, stymie, cook someone’s goose, scupper, nobble, queer, put the mockers on, or traverse God’s plan.
    • ‘“I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.’ — Job 42:2
    • ‘For the Lord of hosts has purposed, And who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, And who will turn it back?”’ — Isaiah 14:27
  • God’s got the full picture, the big picture, and His plan incorporates the long term vision and purpose. God’s timing can be immediate but it can require time and as such be a long term plan.
    • ‘The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.’ — Psalms 33:11
  • Jeremiah 29:11 speaks to God’s plans when it says:
    • ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ‘ — Jeremiah 29:11
  • God’s plan goes beyond our life on this planet too. God’s plan is for us to choose Jesus and get to spend eternity with Him!
    • ‘“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”’ — John 14:1-4
  • God’s plan is working for our good! God desires that everyone will turn back to Him!
    • ‘But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.’ — II Peter 3:8-9
  • God’s plan has a happy ending! If you are like me you like movies with happy endings. When you get to the book of Revelation in the Bible and realize what it has to say about the destination of believers, you realize that there is a happy ending, even though in this world we will have troubles.
    • ‘And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. ‘ — Revelation 22:3
  • So let’s be like David and be honest with God! Let’s share our thoughts and our feelings with Him!
  • Let’s pour our the pain and the sorrow! Let’s celebrate and praise Him too!
  • Let’s tell Him how we are feeling about the way things are going!
  • Let’s share when we are happy with Him
  • Let’s share when we are sad with Him
  • Let’s share when we are frustrated too
  • Let’s remember how He tells us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us!
  • Let’ share the trials and the troubles with God and lean in and trust in Him to turn things around for us!
  • Let’s be sensitive to His Spirit and walk out in obedience His instructions, directions, and corrections.
  • Let’s not lose heart in the midst of trials and troubles but trust that God has things under control and as part of His plan we will find resolution and relief!
  • Let’s not be robots or puppets, let’s be real people living real life, and sharing it with our real God!
  • Can we consider it pure joy? Yes
  • Can we allow people to know what we are going through so that they can celebrate with us when God’s timing comes to turn things around? Yes
  • Let’s trust God for the answers!
  • Let’s allow God to turn our mourning into dancing!
  • Let’s be honest with God and allow Him to hear it from us!
  • He knows it all and so we just need to trust Him and share it all with Him!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Is it easy or hard for you to be genuinely honest with God? Explain your answer.
  • Yes
  • His Word is alive and speaks into my very situation
  • Sometimes I am not ready for His answer and so it extends the time it takes for resolution.
  • I share the highs and the lows with Him. He knows my thoughts and my heart.
  • I make time to allow Him to search my mind and my heart every morning and I allow His Word to speak into and through me via my blog.
What are some things in your life right now that need to be turned from mourning to dancing?
  • God turned 2020 around and 2021 is off to a great start.
  • Thank you God for not having given up on me in 2020 and helping me to draw closer to you and closer to my family in and through it all.

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.”

Matthew Henry

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Are you willing to lean in and trust God to turn things around? Are you willing to invite God into your very situation and ask Him to help turn things around? Are you ready for things to be turned around?

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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How do you focus?


Ever considered what it takes to focus? Ever considered what it means to focus? Let’s reflect on the definition for a moment.

As a noun, we see focus is defined as follows:

Definition of focus as a noun

As a verb, we see focus defined as follows:

Definition of the word focus as a verb

So you just woke up and about to start your day, where to you put your focus? What will be your center of interest or activity? Where will you set your sight? How will you adjust to what is going on in your day? How will you pay particular attention to it?

As we start today, my day started with praying before I got out of bed. Then I looked at the bible verse of the day, reviewed what is going on today (my schedule and then a few internet searches), then got ready to workout, then a nice shower and shave to get ready for the day before heading up to the computer to turn to God’s Word and my devotional for today on which I will write this blog. I know that my calendar has a set of meetings that are scheduled but I also know that I can make the plans but God will direct my path. Each day I give the calendar up to God so that His plan will have the focus over my schedule. Who will God bring across my path? Who will God decide I need to pour into? What is most important for me to accomplish today for God?

Are you ready for today? Are you setup to be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit will say to you? will direct you to do? will give you wisdom and discernment about? Are you ready to focus on God’s will for your today? This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Are you ready to focus on making today a Happy Today?

With so many things that will be trying to distract or derail you, how will you stay focused? With so many tools and technology that are supposed to be helping you be more productive, how will you be able to stay focused? Do you get phone calls? Do you get conference meetings (Zoom, Skype, etc.)? Do you get emails and meeting invites? Do you get text messages or instance messages (Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn Messaging, Slack, Skype, Zoom, etc.)? With so many things trying to get your attention at any given time, how will you get focused? stay focused? be focused? What will be your focus?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for January 19th

Pure and Powerful

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 12:6

‘The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times.’

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. ‘ — I Peter 4:1-2
  • Did you see that? Did you hear that? Did you smell that? Did you taste that? Did you feel that?
  • Are you able to give anything your full attention?
  • Are you able to give something your partial attention?
  • What about your “continuous partial attention” coined by Linda Stone because of the constant distractions of e-mail, instant messaging, cell phones, and other devices?
  • If you want to be able to focus, can you actually multitask?
  • Are you paying attention or paying partial attention?
  • In your day are you ever paying full attention?
  • In your day are you always or continuously paying partial attention? or as Linda called it “continuous partial attention“?
  • Are you really interested in being connected? Would you be willing to stop being connected to others in order in order to be fully connected to one?
  • Are you really interested in connecting? Would you be willing to stop being connected to others in order in order to be fully connected to one?
  • Are you more interested in being connected or finding opportunities?
  • Are you more interested in being focused or finding the best opportunity, activity, or contact?
  • Are you ever more interested in being focused than trying to be or get connected?
  • How do you prioritize messages or connections?
  • Do you have a way to prioritize in order that you can stay focused unless something of higher priority forces a break in focus?
  • Do you have a way to rank the value of an encounter/interaction?
  • Do you have a way to turn off the distractions in order to remain focused for a period of time?
  • Do you prioritize God’s Word higher?
  • Consider today’s verse and how it speaks to how much more precious and valuable God’s Word is.
  • Consider in today’s world, with continuous partial attention, how can God get your attention? How can you give God’s Word the priority it requires and deserves?
  • How are you able to compare other words when you know God’s message is pure?
  • How are you able to compare other words when God’s Words are like silver that has been processed seven times (complete and perfect purity)?
  • We know that God’s Word is perfect and in alignment with God’s character!
  • God’s Word is the ultimate measure of truth!
  • God’s Word imparts light and life to those who treasure it!
  • God’s words are pure words!
  • We need to sit up and take notice of what God’s Word says!
  • We need to focus on it when we are reading and meditating on it!
  • We need to dig deeper if we don’t understand it!
  • We need to “double click” on it to find the deeper meaning and be able to understand it better.
  • When the Holy Spirit brings God’s Word to mind in the midst of our day, it needs to be and get prioritized higher than email, messages, calls, etc.
  • When the Holy Spirit brings God’s Word to mind in the midst of our day, giving us wisdom, discernment, and direction, we need to be ready and willing to stop what we are doing and listen to God and obey.
  • So let us not be deaf to God’s Word! Let’s be ready to hear it and allow God to direct our path!
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How do you treat letters or e-mails that are especially meaningful to you?
  • Some I will flag
  • Some I will reply with a thank you message
  • Some I will store away into a folder
  • Some I will share
  • Some I will print out or store
What would it mean for you to truly treasure God’s Word?
  • Read it regularly to so that it is in my mind and heart so that when God brings it to mind, I will understand it and be able to respond to His prompting in my life.
  • To make it a priority that can’t be skipped or missed, so make time daily to read it.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. To do the will of God is the greatest experience.”

Dr. George W. Truett

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Will you focus on what is most important? Will you focus on what is best? Will you focus on what is most meaningful? Will you focus on what is near or what is far? Will you focus on yesterday, today, or tomorrow? Will you focus on the true treasure? Will you seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? Will you focus on God’s will for your life? Will you focus on God’s will and get to achieve God’s purpose and plan?

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?
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?