THRIVE: Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your day!


Busy calendar? Is it because you have to be or because you let it be? Is it with the right people at the right time on the right topics? Invite God into your scheduling and allow Him to add/remove things from it based on His plans and purpose for your day! Invite the Holy Spirit to grant you wisdom and discernment about what meetings need to happen and which don’t. Invite the Holy Spirit into each meeting to give you the thoughts, the words, and the actions necessary to accomplish God’s will and for Him to receive the glory! Allow new things to be added when the Holy Spirit prompts. Allow existing things to be moved around when the Holy Spirit prompts. Focus on the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish today!

Will you allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to fill up your heart with love, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you allow the Holy Spirit to heal and restore your heart, knowing that from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks? Will you guard your heart knowing that everything you do flows from it?

From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks

So who is in control of your day? Are you rejecting God’s wisdom and discernment or accepting it? Are you rejecting God’s purposes and plans for your day or accepting them? Are you rejecting God’s prompting or accepting it? Are you trying to go it alone or are you willing to go it with God and with others? Let’s choose to go through today with God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through it so that we can accomplish God’s will for His glory!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. ‘

Proverbs 4:23

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 20


Are you ready to talk with God in a direct way? Are you ready to avoid the fluffy stuff and start with straight-talking? Are you ready to speak with and listen to the Holy Spirit to help you get through today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Allow Him to create a new heart in you and for you to be born again, becoming a new creation where the old stuff that was holding you back is gone and the new stuff that will help you finish the race called life strong!

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: Take what you know and put it into action!


Still, feeling new and so much more to know? Consider what you do know and put it into action! Consider how you can put into action what you know and how it can help! Consider areas where you can add value and produce results! Consider what information you have that would be or could be helpful to others! Consider what questions you need to or could ask to bring brighter clarity and direction to the situation! Consider your role as we step into today and how you can use it to thrive for the glory of God!

Turn to God and ask for wisdom! Turn to God and ask for discernment! Invite the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to see, your ears to hear, and then move forward in alignment and obedience to God’s will and God’s way for you today! Let’s choose to live by faith and act in faith! Let’s choose to thrive today for the glory of God!


Verse of the Day:

‘for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” ‘

Romans 10:13

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Kill the Noise – Day 7


Are you ready to start? Are you ready to choose? Are you ready to decide? Are you ready to turn? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and life? Are you ready to be? Could today be the beginning of something incredible? Could today be the beginning of something supernatural? Could today be your day to start fresh?

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: It’s time to get things started…


Let’s be people who live authentic lives and don’t try to make decisions or choices for others. Why should you limit them by thinking they will say no rather than hopefully thinking they will say yes? Why would you limit them because of your own doubts or fears? Why not share what God is and has done in and through your life rather than allow others to make the decision for themselves if they want to start their own personal relationship with God or not! It’s the beginning of a new workweek and this one feels different. It’s the beginning of a new workweek and it feels like wrapping up in some ways and getting started in others. So I give this day into God’s hands and ask Him to provide me the wisdom and discernment I will need to make it through this day. I give this day into God’s hands and ask Him to provide the protection and health I will need to make it through this day. This is the day that the Lord has made so I will rejoice and be glad in it! I will lean on God more than my own understanding! I will acknowledge God so that He can make my path straight! Thank You Jesus for not leaving me wondering but rather answering my prayer and making the decision clear. Thank You, Lord, for helping me to be able to evaluate and move forward in alignment with Your direction. You are amazing Lord and I am so excited for what is yet to come while at the same time looking to make the most of today which is the present, a gift from You. Help me Lord to live out my today in a way that will bring You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Help me Lord to live out my today accomplishing the good works You have prepared in advance for me to do so that when I get them done people will see the good works and give the praise, the honor, and the glory to You, praising my Heavenly Father!


Verse of the Day:

‘One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. ‘

Psalms 27:4

Today’s post from Be The Dads is A Father’s Legacy – Day 5


So are you ready for this day? Are you ready to find your purpose? Are you ready to find your calling? Are you ready to live out your today for the glory of God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and ask Him for wisdom and discernment? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and ask Him for direction and purpose? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life so that you can be filled with His Spirit and overflow into the world around you? Are you wondering or wanting to have Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

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

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I 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: When you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do.


When things don’t seem clear and you aren’t sure what to do, do what you know to do. God has given you directions so do that. God has given you wisdom so do that. God has given you hope so do that. God has a plan so do that. God has a purpose so do that. And in God’s timing, which is perfect, you will know what to do and then you can step up, step out, and do it. Be it at work! Be it at home! Be it somewhere in between! Let’s capture what God has for us to do today in the midst of the world being shaken and do it! Let’s capture what God has for us to do today so that we are doing the right things when the only thing left is unshakable and do it!

For me, that means I get to be the dad my wife needs me to be. For me, that means I get to be the dad my kids need me to be. For me, that means I get to focus on preparing for what is yet to come like scripts, decks, and videos that speak to men, youth, and kids about the importance and the responsibility of being the dads this world needs.



Verse of the Day:

‘Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ‘

1 John 3:18

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Killing Sin – Day 2


Where are you today? Are you ready to lean in on God to be able to do what you know to do in the midst of uncertain times? Are you ready to lean in on God to be able to do what you know to do in the midst of shaky times? Are you not sure what to do? Are you not sure how to do it? The answer is to turn back to God and lean in on Him for wisdom and discernment, direction and instruction, so that in everything you do He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory and it will be for your good.

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: So there is a change in direction and so you provide input, …


The first day of the workweek is behind us. I grabbed the concept, the direction, the idea and produced recommendations to support it. So much change is taking place and yet with the final update published my final destination (from a reporting structure) is unclear. The good news is that my final destination (for eternity has been decided). So I lean into God for wisdom and direction! I lean into God for strength the press in and persevere. I lean into God to know what’s next and trust in Him for the perfect answer in the perfect timing and that He will help me walk through each day till the timing is right. In the new world, who can I talk to? In this new world even though I have a past and a history with people does this new change mean I have to hold back or stop reaching out to help? In this new world with so much decided and yet feeling like I am missing the why. When we consider what has been and is now taking place in this world, the words of the book of Hebrews comes to mind where it says:

‘At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”’

Hebrews 12:26-29

Even in looking up and looking at “everything that can be shaken will be shaken” another scripture showed up:

‘“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘

Haggai 2:6-7

Do you feel the shaking taking place in and around your life? What things do you need to let go of or give away? What things do you need to hold onto? Ever considered what things really matter and will last? It’s not the stuff! It’s the people! Even when we consider the gifts of God faith, hope, and love will last and the greatest of these is love. As we consider and contemplate this today will it change the way we choose to live out our today? No matter the struggles that come our way we need to remember that our struggles aren’t against flesh and blood but rather against powers and principalities of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We can’t lose hope when we face these struggles but instead, we need to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds remembering that it is building our faith and that when we persevere and allow perseverance to finish its work we will be complete and lacking nothing. Struggles aren’t for the few but rather Jesus even warned us that “in this world we will have troubles” but He also provides us with a word of hope and He says “but take heart for I have overcome the world“.

So it’s the second day of the workweek. There is an emergency to take care of. There is change and shaking taking place. So let’s not lose hope but instead persevere! Let’s not lose hope but instead put our trust in and lean on God! Let’s not lose hope but instead choose unity at the speed of health to ensure we can all make it through this together.


Verse of the Day:

‘She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. ‘

Proverbs 31:20

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Killing Sin – Day 1


So what are you facing today? Are you ready to turn it over to God? Are you ready to go it His way?

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: The direction is clear but the means and purpose uncertain.


What a week. What a week as a dad. What a week as a husband. What a a week as an employee. What a week as a manager. What a week to have behind me.

It makes me think of the quote I have used many times over the years “mom said there would be days like, she didn’t say how many though”.

What a week. To have your oldest daughter pass her final test and get a title change – such a proud moment. To have your younger daughter come home sad, disappointed, and in tears from a trip that should have been over the moon in preparations for many years ahead – sad, mad, and disappointed that the people who we had trusted would make sure she had a great time failed us. To have a son have his first driving class and to hear how well he is doing as his journey to drive has begun – such a proud moment. To learn that things weren’t as they were portrayed and facts were omitted or hidden from me created a night earlier when sleep was a challenge while trying to deal with all the data points and that my thoughts on how to deal with it weren’t being considered to taken seriously. To be told not to help, not to go outside of my lane, when most of my career and life I have been a connector, a helper, when seeing a problem and understanding who can help being able to say something and being told now that I shouldn’t. To hear how I am one of but a few managers who gets what servant leadership is and looks like was a word of encouragement and wind in my sail as the week was coming to an end.

So I choose to trust God! I trust that God knows what is going on and has a plan. I trust that God is good even when my circumstances are not. I trust that God can take what was meant for evil and turn it around and use it for evil. I trust that God uses all things for our good and His glory. I choose to press in and press on, to persevere in the midst of the struggles. I choose to consider it pure joy because it is building my faith and knowing that when perseverance has finished it’s work that I will be complete and lacking nothing. I choose unity in health. I choose to work with my wife and kids to ensure unity in our household and dealing with the consequences of decisions that had been made. I choose to work with my management and team to ensure unity in our workplace and dealing with the changes and disruptions that have come our way. My hope is built on nothing less that Jesus’s blood and righteous! Jesus is the foundation and the power source for my hope! I turn to God for wisdom and discernment to help me make the right decisions and choices as I move forward in faith trusting in His perfect timing and believing that He is working all of this for my good and His glory, in Jesus’s name.



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


So where are you at today? Are you needing to be purposeful and wondering where to start? Are you needing to be intentional and looking for ideas or direction? Are you needing wisdom and discernment about how to respond? Are you needing wisdom and direction in order to know which way to go? Are you ready to be bold and courageous when God says go?

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: It requires wisdom and discernment. It requires a word from God.


Can you believe it is March already? When I look back to the year starting with major change and the trickle-down impact it would or was going to have, I couldn’t imagine we would be at this point today. When I consider 2022 and the speed at which time has taken us into the third year of the month blows my mind. At the same time, the decision speed is an interesting area because it depends on perspective and where you are looking as well as where you are looking from. From one perspective it seems like progress and significant progress has been made with the decisions that were made and actions that were taken. From another perspective, it seems like a forgotten asset or an asset that nobody is sure what to do with, even though they know it is needed to continue. From another perspective, looking over the landscape and considering the place where THRIVE is able to happen instead of surviving or existing comes to mind where you can look to the left and see stability, need, and constants, while looking to the right you see opportunity, excitement, need, and growth. The reality is from our perspective we can’t see the full picture. The reality is that we need God’s perspective because He sees everything, from the beginning to the end, He has a plan and a purpose, and to accomplish His will, we need His wisdom and discernment. we need His instruction and direction, we need a word from Him.

So today we need confirmation from God. We have the opportunity to speak with godly men and hear their thoughts and their views of what is yet to come. We have the opportunity to speak with men who trust in God for their own lives. We have the opportunity to hear what they think and what they recommend. In the midst of all of this, we need God to speak and make it clear. We need God to provide direction and peace about going in that direction. We need God to provide direction and that we will be bold and courageous to obey and step into what He is calling us to do. We need God to provide confirmation so that we can step up and step out in faith, even if we can only see the first step of the staircase and move forward into God’s purpose and God’s plan for our life. So today, as my day begins, I lean in on God and look to hear from Him through His Word and through my brothers in Christ, in order to discern God’s will and plan for me today.



Verse of the Day:

‘My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? ‘

Psalms 42:2

As a deer pants for streams of water, my soul pants for God. My soul thirst for God who I go to and meet with. I am so grateful for Jesus who came that I didn’t need another mediator between me and God but I can go directly to God thanks to what He did. I am so grateful that I don’t need to go it alone but can turn to Jesus at the crossroads of life for wisdom and direction. I am so grateful that I don’t need to figure it out on my own because Jesus sent me the Holy Spirit to be my comforter and my guide, my counselor, and my advocate. So today, rather than worrying or getting anxious, I am able to cast my cares on God because He cares for me and I can be in a relationship with God to learn and grow and know which way to go. I don’t have to wait to go and meet with God but can call at Him right where I am at because He is Immanuel, God with us! He will never leave me and never abandon me! So I put my hope and trust in God as I start off this day!


‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ‘

Isaiah 7:14

‘“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). ‘

Matthew 1:23

‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” ‘

Deuteronomy 31:6-8

‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” ‘

Hebrews 13:5

‘We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.’

Psalms 33:20-22

‘Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.’

Psalms 42:11


Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 6 


So where are you today? Are you starting your day off with God? Are you spending time to hear from God? Will you invite Jesus into your very situation to help you identify and resolve the situation?

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 7th)

THRIVE: It’s not just for me. You need to know the environment is right.


As I kick off this workweek I realize that THRIVE isn’t just for me but it is also for my family. As I consider what it takes to THRIVE I realize the environment is a key element to being able to grow vigorously, to flourish, and to take new ground regardless of the circumstances. If we think about our lives like we would take care of plants we realize that we need to ensure there is adequate light, let the light of God shine on us, lead us and guide us, purify and strengthen us. If we want to thrive we need adequate water, we need to be so connected to Jesus who gives us the right quality and type of water so that we won’t thirst anymore. If we want to thrive we need to ensure we don’t leak too much or too quickly and as such that we are replenishing things as we know that faith leaks. We need to ensure like the disciples did that we stay filled with the Holy Spirit. Let’s not get drunk on wine but instead, be filled with the Spirit. If we want to thrive we need to ensure we are getting the right quality of food for our mind, body, and spirit. God’s Word is the bread of life and so we need to ensure that we can consume it in order to thrive.

So in order for us to thrive, we need to make sure not only are we filled but that our kids are filled too. You need to “Keep doing the things that make you strong.” You need to “Allow yourself to grieve for what you have lost.” You need to “Be patient with the uncertainty.” You need to “Watch how you rebound and fill in the gaps.” You need to remember “Faith is resistible; learn not to resist, but to receive more.” You need to “Get involved.” You need to “Focus on the positive.” You need to “Have deep water faith in the shallow end.

Are you being challenged and wondering how to respond? You need to “Lean Into the Faith You Have“. You need to “Pray for Strength and Guidance“. You need to “Remain Planted in Good Soil“.

Let’s grab hold of what it says in Luke 8:

‘But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. ‘

Luke 8:15

Let’s be looking beyond our circumstances in order that we can see God at work and lean on Him for wisdom and guidance for our steps forward. Let’s choose that we will thrive in 2022 and that we will make sure to bring our families and friends along with us by speaking love, faith, and hope into their lives! Let’s choose to be people who build up rather than tear down. Let’s choose to be people who pour love and life into the world God puts around us so that He can receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Let’s decide that we want to THRIVE for the glory of God! Let’s grab hold of all God’s Word is teaching us through Exodus so that we won’t and don’t lose hope but instead are able to take what we are given and decide and determine what we need to do for God’s purpose and plan to play out in our lives and allow us to THRIVE!



Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord , and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. ‘

Isaiah 55:6-7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 5


So where are you at today? What are you facing in your life? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you wondering what to do? Are you ready to turn to God? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Let’s invite Jesus into our situation and allow Him to lead and guide us! Let’s turn to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to fill us to overflowing so that we can live life to the full.

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: Is there someone who will be able to say something to point the way?


Another workweek nears a close and still so much unknown and unannounced. Another workweek with announcements and changes and yet many unknowns. Another workweek with whispers and thoughts and yet still unclear what’s going to happen. Amidst all of that, there were conversations and discussions. Amidst all of that, there were experiences and considerations. Amidst all of that, there were introductions and meetings. So what will today bring? Will there be confirmation? Will there be announcements? Will there be clarity? Will there be considerations? Will there be conversations? Will there be door openings? Will there be door closings? What will today bring?

Let’s be still and listen for the wisdom, direction, and discernment of the Holy Spirit. Let’s be ready to do the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish. Let’s stand firm on the truth, leading with love, and trusting in God! Let’s persevere in the midst of uncertain times in order to thrive! Let’s look to unify in the midst of uncertain times in order to thrive! Let’s lean in and lean on God more through these uncertain times by casting any cares or worries or anxiety on Him because He cares for us. Let’s go it His way! Let’s not lean on our own understanding but rather trust in Him!


Verse of the Day:

‘And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. ‘

1 Peter 5:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 2


So are you looking to thrive this year? Are you wanting to thrive rather than just coast or survive? Are you leaning in on God? Are you needing to get started with God? Are you trusting God? Are you needing to start trusting and believing in God? Are you ready to make things start today? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Could today be the catalyst needed for you to go from surviving to thriving?

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

Let’s Pray!

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

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: Here I go again (but not on my own) starting my week with God.


Unlike the song by Whitesnake Here I Go Again” which has the lyrics of “Here I go again on my own“, as I prepare for this day, I start it with God and His Word because I know that God is with me. We see if we listen to the lyrics, we see how in this song it calls out to God in the midst of feeling alone when it says “Oh, Lord, I pray
You give me strength to carry on
” and it shows the importance of choosing to persevere when it says “And I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time
“. We may feel like we are alone today. We may even feel like we are drifting down a road we don’t know. But let’s not get stuck there. Let’s not get held back there by ourselves but instead invite Jesus into our very situation for wisdom and discernment, direction and instruction, to help us navigate this road ahead. Let’s be sensitive to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us so that we don’t go off track but stay on the straight and narrow so that we can glorify God. When we aren’t sure what to do, let’s get back to basics and grab hold of the 10 Words or we like to call commandments God gave Moses and all of Israel, let’s get back to basics and grab hold of Jesus’s calling to live to a higher standard first loving God and then loving people.

So today with all the changes that have already taken place, let’s cling to God putting our hope and trust in Him. With the changes that are in the wind but yet to be announced, let’s cling to God and put all of our hope and trust in Him. With the unknown still before us, let’s cling to God knowing that He is using the change for His glory and our good. Let’s look to the leaders God has put in authority over us. Let’s be the leaders God has called for us to be. Let’s live by example for the world to see and glorify our Heavenly Father.


Verse of The Day:

‘ “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. ‘

John 15:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Father Like The Father – Day 5.


Are you stuck? Are you wandering? Are you feeling lost? Are you at a crossroads? Are you wondering what to do? Are you wondering where to go? Are you wondering where you are going? Are you looking for answers? Are you looking for wisdom? Are you looking for direction? Why not stop and turn to God? Why not ask God for wisdom for He gives it generously? Why not invite Him into this situation to 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.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)

What happens when you realize you missed a few things?


Do you go back and do it? Do you carry it along and then do it last? Do you see how you can integrate it? Do you try to fix it? You might wonder how this came to mind. I realized not checking the dates as I have been blogging of late and have discovered I am off in terms of actual dates versus the dates in the devotional. I know God’s plan is perfect as they still spoke right into those days and have the feeling today I need to go back and play catch up before I move forward again. Earlier I figured I would do it later as the first instance was back in August where 2 days were missed and then I determined to just get back on track to the real days and then I discovered as I finished yesterday I missed 2 days in November. So today is the beginning of catch up. I will date them as the calendar dates instead of the book dates since this is when I am going through them though which won’t align for those who go looking in the actual devotional book. God is good. God’s timing is perfect! So I give this day into His hands trusting Him for the wisdom and discernment to be able to accomplish His will with boldness and courage for His glory.


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 2ND


What to do when you’re weak


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”’

Matthew 26:41

Let’s dig a bit deeper into today’s verse to get context with some extra verses and more details using the Amplified version.

‘Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane (olive-press), and He told His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee [James and John], He began to be grieved and greatly distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and stay awake and keep watch with Me.” And after going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible [that is, consistent with Your will], let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words once more. Then He returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Listen, the hour [of My sacrifice] is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners [whose way and nature is to oppose God]. Get up, let us go. Look, My betrayer is near!” ‘

Matthew 26:36-46

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever looked for a good example of what to do or how to respond in weakness?
  • Ever taken hold of God’s Word that in our weakness His strength is revealed?
  • Ever taken hold of what groups like Alcoholics Anonymous do?
    • Side note: It was an awkward feeling and yet very powerful one I had many years back when I was at a mens’ retreat and one of the men who came had to attend an AA meeting and so a group of us to encourage him said we would go too. I didn’t know what that would mean as I don’t drink. But it was a very powerful moment in two ways. First the support and encouragement to our brother by us going with him and using our free time to be with him there. Second to get to see the power of God working to free men from alcoholism through such an incredible group and 12 step program.
  • It requires honesty to admit you are feeling weak.
  • Admiting that the weakness caused you to fall into temptation is the first step in addressing the temptation and the problem.
  • Denial that you have a problem or a weakness doesn’t help you get stronger or break the tempations power over you.
  • Shrugging it off like it isn’t a big deal doesn’t help you get to the root of the problem or get stronger in dealing with the temptations.
  • So let’s be honest about our weakness in order that we, like those who go to AA, can stand on the foundation for recovery, growth, and strength.
  • So are you someone who won’t be honest and admit weaknesses?
  • Are you someone who likes to portray that you have everything together?
  • Are you someone who because of this brovado find yourself falling into temptation?
  • Do you have temptations that relate to sex, to ethics, to material things, to neglecting God, or any other from a long list of areas of your life?
  • Jesus tells us to avoid temptation when we are weak!
    • Watch for trouble. By doing this we are on the lookout for it and can act before it springs its trap to catch us.
    • Conect with God. When we are feeling weak we need to pray!
  • Let’s consider what God’s Word speaks to us about tempation:
    • ‘No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy]. ‘
      1 Corinthians 10:13
    • ‘For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. ‘
      Hebrews 4:15
    • ‘Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. ‘
      James 1:13-15
  • So when you feel weak that is the time to watch out and pray.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When you’re weak, what temptations do you need to watch for?
  • When you’re weak, do you want to connect with God? Why or why not?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If the Holy Spirit guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.”

— George Müller — Featured in: George Müller Quotes

As we move into 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 kick 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 which mean 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 2:

‘Now in those days a decree went out from [the emperor] Caesar Augustus, that all the inhabited world (the Roman Empire) should be registered [in a census]. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone went to register for the census, each to his own city. So Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was with child. While they were there [in Bethlehem], the time came for her to give birth, and she gave birth to her Son, her firstborn; and she wrapped Him in [ swaddling] cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no [private] room for them in the inn. In the same region there were shepherds staying out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people. For this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (the Messiah). And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find a Baby wrapped in [swaddling] cloths and lying in a manger.” Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying one to another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem, and see this [wonderful] thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the Baby as He lay in the manger. And when they had seen this, they made known what had been told them about this Child, and all who heard it were astounded and wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these things, giving careful thought to them and pondering them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

At the end of eight days, when He was to be circumcised, He was named Jesus, the name given [to Him] by the angel [Gabriel] before He was conceived in the womb. And when the time for their purification came [that is, the mother’s purification and the baby’s dedication] according to the Law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord [set apart as the Firstborn] (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy [set apart and dedicated] to the Lord )” and [they came also] to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord [to be appropriate for a family of modest means], “ a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons .” Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout [carefully observing the divine Law], and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). Prompted by the Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for Him the custom required by the Law, Simeon took Him into his arms, and blessed and praised and thanked God, and said, “Now, Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to leave [this world] in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your Salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, A Light for revelation to the Gentiles [to disclose what was previously unknown], And [to bring] the praise and honor and glory of Your people Israel.” And His [legal] father and His mother were amazed at what was said about Him. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Listen carefully: this Child is appointed and destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that is to be opposed— and a sword [of deep sorrow] will pierce through your own soul—so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, and had lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She did not leave the [area of the] temple, but was serving and worshiping night and day with fastings and prayers. She, too, came up at that very moment and began praising and giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all who were looking for the redemption and deliverance of Jerusalem.

And when they had done everything [in connection with Jesus’ birth] according to the Law of the Lord, they went back to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the Child continued to grow and become strong [in spirit], filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor, spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him.

Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year for the Passover Feast. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the Feast; and as they were returning [to Nazareth], after spending the required number of days [at the Feast], the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. Now His parents did not know this, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and traveled a day’s journey; and [then] they began searching [anxiously] for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. When they did not find Him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for Him [everywhere]. Three days later they found Him in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard Him were amazed by His intelligence and His understanding and His answers. When they saw Him, they were overwhelmed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us like this? Listen, Your father and I have been [greatly distressed and] anxiously looking for You.” And He answered, “Why did you have to look for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” But they did not understand what He had said to them. He went down to Nazareth with them, and was continually submissive and obedient to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and men.’

Luke 2:1-52

So where are you at today? Are you feeling weak and needing God’s strength to make it through? Are you feeling weak and finding that the enemy is trying to tempt you into doing things you shouldn’t be doing? Are you feeling weak and wondering what to do about it? Are you feeling weak and turning to God for wisdom and discernment into how to navigate this time in your life? Let’s get started by connecting with God! Let’s get started with doing things that will energize us, body, soul, and mind. Let’s walk out our today in relationship with Jesus! Let’s pray:

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

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Ever been asked who you are? Ever been asked what you are? Ever realized the difference?


When someone asks “who are you?” do you think they are looking for the back story or are they looking to understand your value? When someone asks “what are you?” do you think they are unsure that you are a person or are they looking to understand your mission, goals, and purpose? As we consider these two questions do you realize the difference?

The WHO of you speaks to the value you are bringing to the situation. Who do you think you are coming into this situation and …, ever seen or heard such a conversation or statement? Do you recall the answer that was given?

THE WHAT of you speaks to your purpose, mission, and goals. What do you think you are doing here and …, ever seen or heard such a conversation or statement? Do you recall the answer that was given?

So who do you say you are? Do you base it on your value? Do you base it on how others value you? Do you base it on how God values you?

So what do you say you are? Do you base it on your position or role? Do you base it on what you are trying to accomplish or have accomplished? Do you base it on where you have been and what you have done or where you are going and what you are about to do?

Considering these questions, how does it make you think about yourself? How does it make you think about others? Is there something strategic that shows up? Why do you think about yourself that way? Why do you think about others that way? Is it connected to your or their vision? Is it connected to your or their motives or incentives?

What
you
do
matters

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Today is a new day with an opportunity for a new way. Today is a new day with only time to do what you were created to do as who you were created to be. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Yesterday is gone! Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed! Let’s make the most of our today! No matter what has or will happen! It’s up to our choices and decisions how it is going to play out! We know that God has prepared in advance the good works He has for us to accomplish today! So will we receive the call and be obedient to get the good works done? If not you then who? If not the good works then what? If not now then when? If not here then where? If not to honor God then why? If not through you then how? Let’s make the most of our today! Let’s make today a Happy Today! (need a reminder, feel free to check out and get your own personalized Happy Today Calendar)


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 21st


What Jesus Is


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord .”’

I Corinthians 1:30-31 (NKJ)

I almost just took this and moved on but felt the need to dig a bit deeper and move from the New King James Version to the Amplified Version to check out what else I could learn…

‘But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin], so then, as it is written [in Scripture], “He who boasts and glories , let him boast and glory in the Lord .”’

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (AMP)

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are you focusing on? Is it your possessions? Is it your position?
  • Are you allowing pride into your life by being proud of your possessions and position?
  • Is that pride causing you to look down on others who have less?
  • Whose standard are you measuring with or against? Is it the way of man or the way of God?
  • Whose operating procedure are you living by? Is it the ways of man or the way of God?
  • Ever noticed in the Bible how God uses the weak to shame the mighty?
  • Ever noticed in the Bible how God uses the foolish to shame the supposed wise?
  • Ever noticed in the Bible how God uses the common to share the noble?
  • Check out this verse:
    • ‘But God has selected [for His purpose] the foolish things of the world to shame the wise [revealing their ignorance], and God has selected [for His purpose] the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong [revealing their frailty]. ‘ — 1 Corinthians 1:27
  • Jesus stepped down out of heaven to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way.
  • Jesus stepped down out of heaven to show God’s love and concern for humanity.
  • Jesus stepped down out of heaven to serve and save rather than to be served.
  • Jesus stepped down out of heaven to come to our broken, sin-stained world so that we could have life.
  • Jesus stepped down out of heaven where He was omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent and stepped onto the earth seemingly weak and foolish, even giving up His life on the cross between two criminals to pay the price needed for us to be able to be reconciled back unto God!
  • Rather than making announcements about the wisdom of God, Jesus became the wisdom of God in flesh and blood.
  • Rather than being like the prophets of old who spoke about God’s character, Jesus revealed God’s character.
  • Jesus revealed God’s character by personally embodying God’s truth and grace!
  • Jesus demonstrated God’s righteousness by living a sinless life on earth, standing up for the truth, and dealing with the opposition that came with it.
  • Jesus came to accomplish the will of the Father. Are you ready to accomplish God’s will and purpose for your life?
  • Jesus came to accomplish God’s mission. Are you ready to accomplish God’s mission for you?
  • Do you realize that Jesus was born to give His life as the ultimate sacrifice for you and for me rather than to live like we were born to do?
  • Are you ready to receive the gift of salvation through Jesus who gave His life on the cross to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled to God?
  • Are you ready to receive the gift of peace through Jesus who gave His life on the cross to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled to God?
  • Are you ready to receive the gift of forgiveness through Jesus who gave His life on the cross to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled to God?
  • Are you ready to receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus who gave His life on the cross to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled to God?
  • Are you ready to receive the gift of Jesus, the person, the wisdom of God who gave His life on the cross to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled to God?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Why is it important to you that wisdom is a Person?
  • Tell Christ how much you appreciate all He has done for you.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Do you need help today? Lift up your hands to the Lord in supplication and in expectation, and soon you will lift up your hands in jubilation and celebration.”

— Warren W. Wiersbe

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So who are you today? So what are you today? So how will you choose to use your today? So where will today take you? So when will your today start? So when will you invite Jesus into the day in order to discuss the plans and good works for today? Why not start now? Let’s pray:

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

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Let’s have a heart to heart…


As you read that title what came to mind? A deep and moving conversation? A serious topic to discuss? An open and honest conversation? A conversation that goes beyond emotions and feelings? A conversation where nothing is held back including emotions? A conversation where we don’t allow anything to get in the way of understanding and moving forward? An intimate and sincere conversation?

So you see what is going on all around us right? You see how people are acting and responding right? You see how it is impacting so many right? How can we respond in a way that is helpful rather than hurtful? How can we respond in a way that builds up rather than tears down? How can we respond in a way that improves things? How can we respond in a way that creates unity rather than division? How can we created a gravity or a movement that pulls people together? How can we find that focal point that will change the trajectory we are on?

There are many out there who are trying to control and direct the conversation through fear. There are many out there who are trying to gain and profit through fear. There are many out there who are trying to create division through fear. So how can we change the narrative? So how can we turn things around? So how can we point people to love instead? So how can we point people to hope instead? So how can we point people to truth instead? So how can we point people to freedom instead?

Let’s make today count! Let’s make the most of our today! We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow! Yesterday has gone! Let’s make the most of our today, let’s allow the joy of the Lord be our strength, let’s take hold of the reality that no matter what happens we can live out today with joy! So let’s make today a Happy Today! Remember how I said no matter what happens? In this world we will have troubles but Jesus tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world! Remember how I said no matter what happens? We get to choose how we will respond, let’s consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds! You know why? Have you reflected on the reason and the hope behind such a statement? Check this out:

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

James 1:2-4

Not sure how to make that happen? God is so good because He offers to give us wisdom! We don’t even have to go too far after the above to find it. So are you ready, no matter what happens to make today a Happy Today! If not, let’s continue in James for a moment to capture what it says:

‘If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides]. ‘

James 1:5-8

So are you ready to make today count now? Are you ready to be the catalyst of joy to make a difference in the world around you? Are you ready to be the reflection that points people to God to be our center? Are you ready to live your life in a way that will point people back to Jesus as the center in order to strengthen the bond between us? Ever heard about the power of 3? Let’s work to become united by putting Jesus in the middle! Let’s not be attacking one another but rather let’s attack the problem instead through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit! Check this one out as we close out our heart to heart:

‘Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up. Again, if two lie down together, then they keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. ‘

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

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


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


A HEART-TO-HEART TALK


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”’

Malachi 4:6

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you have a dad? Do you know your dad? Do you related to your dad?
  • Ever heard the shocking stats that 40% of children grow up without a dad?
  • Ever heard the shocking stats that 40% of children with a dad have dads who are emotionally absent?
  • Do you realize how devastating the missing or lack of fatherly love and guidance is on the children?
  • Do you realize how important it is to be the dads that God created us to be?
  • Do you realize how important it is to be more than just physically present in order to be the dads our kids and our families need?
  • Do you realize that this cause is so important that God plans to bridge this gap before the end of the world happens? (per today’s verse)
  • It is so important that God will send a prophet to focus on restoring and rebuilding the connection between fathers and their kids!
  • Ever considered the things in this world that are causing this issue? the impact of this issue?
  • How can we be the dads that restore broken marriages?
  • How can we be the dads that put first things first in order that our lives are lived according to the right priorities?
  • How can we be the dads that break free of addiction?
  • How can we be the dads that live selfless lives for our kids and our families?
  • How can we be the dads that live lives that support, encourage, love, direct, correct, and instruct our kids?
  • How can we be the dads that break free from bitterness and replace it with love and forgiveness?
  • How can we be the dads that swap a stone heart for one of flesh and allow Jesus to rebuild and restore our lives as He creates a new heart in us?
  • How can we be the dads that make progress in restoration and reparation of lives?
  • How can we be the dads that restore our relationships with our kids and families?
  • How can we be the dads that repair our relationships with our kids and families?
  • How can we be the dads that don’t need to always be right but can have heart to heart conversations with our kids and families?
  • How can we be the dads that can admit when we are wrong and ask for forgiveness?
  • How can we be the dads that are filled with love from God in order to overflow that love into the lives of our kids and families?
  • How can we be the dads that break the deadlock of trying to find fault and replace it with trying to find solutions?
  • How can we be the dads that use forgiveness as the solution to bitterness?
  • How can we be the dads that initiate the process rather than waiting for someone else to take the first move?
  • How can we be the dads that go to God first?
  • How can we be the dads that go to God and ask Him to forgive us, to heal us, to restore us for the sins and mistakes we have made?
  • How can we be the dads that get filled up to overflowing in our hearts so that from the overflow of the heart our mouth speak words to help rather than to hurt?
  • How can we be the dads that get filled up to overflowing in our hearts so that from the overflow of the heart our mouth speak words to build up rather than tear down?
  • How can we be the dads that get filled up to overflowing in our hearts so that from the overflow of the heart our mouth speak words to love rather than hate?
  • How can we be the dads that don’t look for the easy way out but look to take on this hard task of restoration with our kids and families?
  • How can we be the dads that receive the message and get ready to have heart to hearts with the ones God has put into our lives?
  • How can we be the dads we need to be today?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How have you seen bitterness destroy families?
  • Is there anyone in your family you need to forgive? First, experience God’s forgiveness, and then choose to forgive those who hurt you.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.”

Hannah Whitall Smith

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So heart to heart, where are you at today? Are you seeking? Are you searching? Are you wondering? Are you questioning? Are you believing? Are you trusting? Are you ready? Why not get today started with God rather than trying to go it alone? Why not invite Him into your heart to help transform your heart and then your life? 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

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?


Do not be afraid. Fear not. How much do you need to hear this?


How often do you need to be reminded to not be afraid? How often do you need to be told fear not? One thing that always makes me smile is when I get to a part of the Bible where there is an angel. This awe inspiring, overwhelming being that shows up and the first thing they tell the person is do not be afraid and the the person goes into shock. It seems that the shock or fear reflex is common to humans and so the angels try to be proactive in their encounters. Be it when the angel shows up to Mary to let her know that she is going to be the mother of the messiah. Be it when the angel shows up to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus. (Luke 2:1-12) Be it when the angel shows up to Joseph to tell him to marry Mary. Be it when the angel shows up to Daniel to tell him that he had started to make his way to help him from the start of his praying. (Daniel 10:8-19) Be it when the women got to the tomb looking for Jesus and he was letting them know Jesus was resurrected and so was no longer in the tomb. (Matthew 28:1-10) Be it when the angel appeared to Paul on the boat that was to be shipwrecked and wanted to let him know everything was going to be ok. (Acts 27:1-26) Even when the news being delivered is good, the warning or message begins with don’t be afraid.

God doesn’t want us to be living our lives in fear. God is love and so wants us to be filled with and overflowing in love! God wants us to be bold and courageous! God wants us to put our hope and trust in Him and as such fear not but instead believe! God wants us to receive the gift of the Spirit which gives us power, love, and a sound mind, not fear! So are you ready to live your life God’s way? Are you ready to live your life boldly and courageously? Are you ready to live your life fueled with God’s power and love? Are you ready to live your life with God’s wisdom and as such a sound mind? Why not choose today to receive Jesus and to be transformed so you can live a life a faith over fear? The decision is yours! Choose wisely!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 31st


He is Risen!


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”’

Matthew 28:6-7

To connect the two themes, if we expand what the Bible says one verse earlier, we read: ‘But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”’ — Matthew 28:5-7


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Imagine how devastated Jesus’ followers and friends were after seeing Jesus die on the cross and then be taken down and put into a tomb.
  • Imagine the impact on their dreams and hopes…
  • Imagine trying to make sense of the whole ordeal
  • On Sunday would you have stayed home uncertain and confused? Would you have been like the faithful women who went out to the tomb to show their love for Jesus?
  • Could you imagine how quiet and somber the walk to the tomb would have been?
  • Could you imagine the shock and wonder of seeing the stone rolled away from the opening of the tomb?
  • Imagine seeing the glowing angel sitting on the stone that had been rolled away…
  • Imagine the thrill and amazement of receiving the message the angel had to deliver…
  • Imagine receiving the message “He is Alive!”
  • With the rollercoaster of emotions of the last few day and now to get this message, how would or could someone handle it and respond?
  • How do you respond to miracles? How do you respond to the incredible? How do you respond to the impossible?
  • Would you be ready to run off and tell everyone?
  • Are you ready to share and tell everyone about Jesus today?
  • Could you imagine after such a message getting to see Jesus again?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus if He decides to return today?
  • Are you ready to see Jesus if He calls you home today?
  • Let’s grab hold of the angel’s message – “He is alive!” “He is risen!”

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What do you think that moment was like when the angel spoke to the women?
  • What is the significance in your life that Jesus has risen from the dead?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.”

Billy Graham

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you ready to receive this truth? Are you ready to receive this hope? Are you ready to receive this promise? Are you ready to receive this good news? 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

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 do you talk with God?


Do you only talk to Him when you have a need? Do you talk with Him throughout your day? Do you talk to Him when you wake up? Do you talk to Him when you are going to bed? Do you pray over your dinners?

How do you pray? How do you talk with God? Do you try to pattern your prayers after the Lord’s Prayer?

‘In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’

Matthew 6:9-13

I remember learning how to break it up from a visiting pastor where you can start by lifting up and praising God. Then praying for God’s will to be done in your life. Then to pray for provision for the day, what you have need of. Then for forgiveness of your sins as well as lifting up those you need to forgive. Then to pray for protection from temptation and the devil. Then praising Him again.

After reading the Mark Batterson books about the Lions (Chase The Lion and In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day), my prayer life has changed and adjusted as I pray for wisdom and discernment to help me through the day and with the challenges that come my way so that I can accomplish His purpose and plans in and through my life. I then pray for protection and health so that as I am living out what He is asking of me and directing me that I will do it from under His protection through it all. It provides wisdom and discernment and removes the worry and fear because I will live my life in alignment with God and under His protection.

How about you? How do you talk to God? Are you looking to Him throughout your day to be able to accomplish His will while remaining under His covering? Are you looking to Him for wisdom and discernment? Are you asking Him for protection?


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


Having the Wisdom to Ask for Wisdom


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. ‘

James 1:5

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Where do you turn when you are in need?
  • Do you turn to consultants and coaches to try and meet your needs?
  • Does it matter if it is something in your person vs professional life?
  • Are you able to identify the need for outside assistance?
  • Are you able to identify when you need feedback?
  • Are you able to seek assistance when you need new ideas?
  • Are you able to seek assistance when you need to be held accountable?
  • Are you ready to turn to God for these needs?
  • Where will you turn first?
  • Will you turn to people or to God?
  • Will you turn to books and articles or to God’s Word?
  • Will you ask friends or ask God?
  • Will you seek God or search the internet?
  • Will you tap into the power of Jesus or will you try to do it completely with human power?
  • Will you depend on God or will you seek books, workshops, and experts?
  • He is waiting to provide you with wisdom, are you ready to ask Him for it?
  • Are you ready to turn to God’s Word, the Bible, to find the wisdom you seek? you need?
  • Today’s reading points to God’s promise when it comes to wisdom! not only will He give you wisdom but He will give it to you liberally and without reproach!
  • If we will turn to Him and ask Him for wisdom, He will pour it out without any condemnation!
  • Are you ready to receive such an incredible gift from God?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How is God’s promise to give us wisdom like and unlike hiring a consultant or coach?
  • How do you need God’s wisdom to guide you today? Ask Him for it.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“God sees everything at once and knows what you are called to do. Our part is not to play God, but to trust God – to believe that our single, solitary life can make a difference”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at? What are you facing? Are you ready and willing to ask God for wisdom? Are you ready and willing to receive and accept the wisdom? Are you ready and willing to respond to the wisdom? 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

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?


Ever searched for your cause? What if your cause is who you are?


This morning as I was reading the book by Matthew Barnett called  The Cause Within You: Finding the One Great Thing You Were Created to Do in This World and it spoke to filling a need, serving others, and doing and helping others in order to help find the passion and cause in you. God created each of us on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose! He created each of us to serve a cause! As I was thinking about where I have been serving and what I have been doing and how that might be pointing me to my cause, an idea came to me.

What is it that I do? What is it that I say are my priorities? How can this point me in the right direction?

  1. God
  2. My wife
  3. My kids

Everything else comes after this.

How do I serve God? I live by example starting each day with God and publishing this blog ever since 2005 and until I reach eternity. I try to be the best husband I can to my wife. I try to be the best dad I can to my kids. I serve my church within the worship and arts department with the tech department. I serve at risk youth in the community by directing a camp for teens in the foster care system.

Ever realized how important it is to be a good example to your kids? Ever realized how important it is to love God and love your wife in order to be a good role model for your kids? Do you realize that this means we have to be the dads God created us to be? Ever realized that when we neglect our duties to be the dads it impacts not only our kids but the community we live in? Ever realized the impact of a missing dad on the next generation? Ever realized what you can do to help the next generation by being the dads God created us to be? Ever consider the difference it can make in the lives of so many lives by being the dads God needs us to be? So today, I am beginning the adventure to determine what it means to Be The Dads.

If you have ideas, let me know. If you have reasons, let me know. If you have opportunities, let me know. If you have data, let me know. If you want to join me on this adventure, let me know. Let’s connect through blog@bethedads.com!

Let’s Be The Dads!


Ever been going through something and then realized you skipped a page? I discovered that this morning as I looked at today’s date and realized that I had already posted about it. So looking at the book I realized I missed the 15th and 16th and am going back to the 15th for my post today. We are human and so we will make mistakes. Let’s own up to them so that we can be the dads God needs us to be!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for July 15th


ASK: Always Seek Knowledge


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. ‘

Matthew 7:7

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • In this life we will have troubles but we can take heart because we don’t have to do it alone, we have Jesus and He has already overcome the world.
  • Life will have trials of many kinds but we can consider them pure joy as we walk through them with Jesus because we know that the trials are testing our faith and that through these tests we build our perseverance. We also know that when perseverance completes its work we will be complete and lacking nothing!
  • No, life won’t be like a cruise just because we become Christians, but because we have Jesus we will be able to make it through the troubles and the trials.
  • Life is about serving others not about being served or waited on hand and foot.
  • Life is about serving others not about bypassing having cares.
  • When we have cares, we are to cast them on Jesus because He cares for us!
  • When we have cares, we aren’t to be anxious for anything but rather we are to pray and supplicate to God!
  • Let’s not allow the enemy of our soul to rob us of our joy because we are circumstances that are different from what we expected. Instead, let’s cling to Jesus who came that we may have life and life more abundantly, to the full!
  • Let’s take on this challenge called life!
  • Let’s not think of it as a joy ride or a sprint but more as a hike or a marathon!
  • Let’s prepare for it!
  • Let’s train for it!
  • Let’s get ready for the twists and turns in the road ahead!
  • Let’s take hold of the exciting parts!
  • Let’s not lose hope or heart through the challenging parts!
  • Let’s keep going and allow perseverance to be able to complete the work so that we can be complete and lacking nothing!
  • Let’s walk it out with Jesus so that we can ask Him for wisdom and discernment!
  • Let’s walk it out with Jesus so that we can ask Him for direction and instruction!
  • Let’s walk it out with Jesus so that we can lean on Him in our weakness and His strength will be revealed!
  • Let’s walk it out with Jesus so that we are connected and able to receive what we need when we need it!
  • Let’s always seek knowledge!
  • Let’s always seek wisdom!
  • Let’s always seek courage!
  • Let’s always seek His protection!
  • Let’s do it with every step rather than every so often!
  • Let’s decide to ASK – Always Seek Knowledge and wisdom from God and about God!
  • Let’s choose to ASK in order to take advantage when opportunities come up and overcome obstacles when they come up too.
  • Let’s ASK on the highest of highs and during the lowest of lows!
  • Let’s ASK when we love what is going on!
  • Let’s ASK when we are getting tired and feeling like quitting too!
  • Let’s ASK when we are with others!
  • Let’s ASK when we are all alone!
  • Remember, let’s decide to ASK regularly, ASK often, ASK in all occasions!
  • Let’s decide to tap into and stay connected to Jesus so that we can see through His eyes!
  • Let’s decide to tap into and stay connected to Jesus so that we can tap into His heart and wisdom!
  • Let’s walk out each step of each day with His wisdom, direction, and encouragement in pursuit of His purpose, His plan, and His cause for our lives!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When you pray, what do you most often ask for?
  • Take some time to ask God for knowledge and wisdom for today’s hike.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made nothing happens.”

— Wilferd Peterson

“Far too many people have no idea of what they can do because all they have been told is what they can’t do. They don’t know what they want because they don’t know what is available to them.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Have you found your purpose? Have you found your cause? Are you ready to receive it from God? Are you ready to go all in for it with God? Are you ready to ask God to help you find it, be it, with it? 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

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 do you know when it is the right thing to do?


Is it when you think you have a great idea? Is it when you think you have it all figured out? Is it when you become too outspoken? Is it when you start acting like you are larger than life? Is it when you are convinced that your wisdom is so incredible even when the evidence says otherwise? Is when you are looking at things with eyes and heart of humility? Is it when you receive wisdom from God? Is it when you turn away from evil ways? Is it when you turn away from deception and lies?

We need to be humble so that we don’t fall because of pride! We need to acknowledge God in all our ways so that He can make our path straight! We need to put God in His rightful place in our hearts and minds, and turn away from evil! We need to consider others more important than ourselves as it says in Philippians 2:3. We need to consider this life a gift from God, who has gifted us with every good and perfect things we have, and be good stewards!

So will you lean on God rather than your own understanding? Will you acknowledge God in all of your ways? Will you show God reverence and awe?


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


Don’t Outsmart Yourself


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.’

Proverbs 3:7

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever seen prominent business people end up getting arrested for their part in fraud?
  • Ever seen celebrities whose lives are wrecked by foolish decisions that end up in the news?
  • Do you remember what those people happen to say when they get questioned about why or how this could be? or have happened?
  • Ever noticed that they seem to think they were doing the right thing in their own mind?
  • Ever noticed that they didn’t think there were doing anything wrong?
  • Ever realized that when we try to make decisions based on our own wisdom how it can devastate us?
  • Ever realized how it can ruin relationships?
  • Ever realized the impact it has on our loved ones?
  • God promises to give us wisdom if we ask Him!
  • In the midst of trials don’t try to figure it out in your own but turn to God and ask Him for wisdom. Like we read in James 1 where we read:
    • ‘ 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. If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation [as a Christian, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God], And the rich [person ought to glory] in being humbled [by being shown his human frailty], because like the flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun comes up with a scorching heat and parches the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away. Even so will the rich man wither and die in the midst of his pursuits. [Isa. 40:6, 7.] Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one. But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions). Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death. Do not be misled, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]. And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself]. Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires]. So get rid of all uncleanness and the rampant outgrowth of wickedness, and in a humble (gentle, modest) spirit receive and welcome the Word which implanted and rooted [in your hearts] contains the power to save your souls. But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience). If anyone thinks himself to be religious (piously observant of the external duties of his faith) and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religious service is worthless (futile, barren). External religious worship [religion as it is expressed in outward acts] that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.’ — James 1:2-27
  • Solomon knew about bad decisions
  • Even as one who was wise, when he tried to do things in his own wisdom rather than God’s he was able to get himself into trouble.
  • Let’s be focused more on how big God is in our hearts!
  • The bigger we make Him the more we will lean on Him and trust in Him!
  • Let’s revere God so that our hearts overflow will be to live godly lives!
  • Solomon gives us 2 pieces of directions for us to prevent from making similar mistakes!
    • “fear the Lord” – “have the utmost respect and reverence for God.”
    • “depart from evil” – let’s not get caught up playing with fire, the fire of deception, the fire of greed, and the fire of pride!
  • So today let’s decide not to trust in our own understanding, not to be wise in our own eyes, but rather lean on God and fear the Lord and depart from evil!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some consequences you’ve experienced by trusting in your own wisdom instead of trusting in God?
  • We can miss out on all God had planned for us!
  • We can find ourselves getting into troubles!
  • We can find ourselves needing to deal with consequences!
What are some forms of evil that you need to stay away from today?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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

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

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How can you bless someone?


Do you realize the importance of acknowledging others? Do you realize the importance of expressing how valued others are? Do you realize the importance of telling someone you appreciate them? Do you realize the importance of telling someone they did good? Do you realize the importance of celebrating victories with others? Do you realize the importance of celebrating milestones with others? Do you realize that you have a part to play in making sure that everyone in the group is appreciated for the work they do?

So what can you do about it? How can you bless someone today? Now that you know you can’t say you didn’t. Some may think that ignorance is bliss because if you don’t know something then you don’t have to worry about it. Worry changes nothing but prayer changes everything! God doesn’t want us to worry, God wants us to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us! With all the technology, all the social media, all the broadcast technology that is taking place, it can be a choice to not know. When you think of the word ignorance what comes to mind? Is it any of these words?

incomprehension, unawareness, unconsciousness, inexperience, innocence, unfamiliarity with, lack of enlightenment about, lack of knowledge about, lack of information about, cluelessness, nescience, lack of knowledge, lack of education, unenlightenment, benightedness, lack of intelligence, unintelligence, stupidity, foolishness, idiocy, denseness, brainlessness, mindlessness, slow-wittedness, thickness, dimness, dumbness, dopiness, doziness

So why not turn to God and ask Him for wisdom and discernment? Why not turn to God rather than trying to stick your head in the ground in order to avoid the world? Why not turn to God for health and protection rather than avoiding the opportunity to accomplish His will and plans for your life? Take time to hear from God so that you know the what, the why, the how, the who, the where, and the when and then step up and step out boldly and with courage knowing that God has you protected to get it done His way!

So now that you know how important it is to bless someone, what will you do today? Will you be on the watch to catch someone doing something that you can recognize them for? Will you be on your guard to find something good that your team, your family, and your friends have done? Will you take a half hour to express it?

You are blessed in order that you can be a blessing to others! God blesses you so that you can bless others!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 28th


Ignorance is no excuse


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?’

Proverbs 24:12

As I read this and want to learn more, I took a look at the Amplified translation and it goes like this:

‘ If you [profess ignorance and] say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the heart perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to [you and] every man according to his works?’

Proverbs 24:12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Don’t make an excuse about it!
  • Will you take accountability for what you have or haven’t done?
  • Will you take responsibility for your mistakes?
  • Will you stop blaming or pointing fingers at others?
  • Don’t make up stories to try and make it look like you didn’t have a choice!
  • God is gracious!
  • God is forgiving!
  • God is also omniscient and omnipresent, so nothing goes unseen!
  • God didn’t miss or not see what happened! God didn’t miss or not know your thoughts!
  • God knows what we know!
  • God knows what our motives are!
  • God is able to take all of that knowledge into consideration when evaluating our responsibility, our guilt, and our accountability!
  • We each will get to give an account for our choices and actions!
  • We each will get to be before the throne of God who is just and gracious and have to deal with the evaluation of our behaviors that will either be rewarded or not!
  • What is your conscience telling you to do?
  • How did you respond when your conscience told you to do or not do something?
  • What does the scripture tell you to do?
  • How did you respond when the scripture told you to do or not do something?
  • Are you reading God’s Word? Are you meditating on God’s Word? Are you living in alignment and accordance to God’s Word?
  • How did you respond when your Christian friends told you to do or not do something?
  • Are you spending time with them or other friends instead?
  • How did you respond to the Holy Spirit when He told you to do or not do something?
  • Will you listen?
  • What would it take for you to listen to such godly guidance?
  • Will you take accountability for what you have done?
  • Will you avoid making up excuses?
  • For Christians, the day of reckoning will evaluate our deeds and motives as believers and have to give an account and no excuse will work!
  • For Christians, the day of reckoning isn’t about the judgment of heaven or hell.
  • Let’s do our part to be able to hear on that day “Well done, good and faithful servant
  • Let’s enter into the joy of God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Why is it so easy to make excuses instead of taking responsibility?
  • Redirects the judgment
  • Tries to show that there wasn’t a choice
  • Don’t want to take the blame
What needs to change so that standing before Christ will be a joy for you?
  • Stay grounded in Jesus through His Word in Scripture, Christian friends, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit
  • Decide to be accountable and take responsibility now for what we have done and turn back to God and ask for forgiveness!
  • Decide to ask God before you act and then obey
  • Decide to do what God says through the Bible and the Holy Spirit

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So are you ready to express it? Are you ready to make the decision? Are you ready to get it done?

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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We are at the end of 2020, now what?


How was your 2020? Did you get challenged? Did you get isolated? Did you face trials? Did you face troubles? Did you face resistance? Did you get to a turning point? Did you lean on God through it all? Did you try to make it on your own! Did you stick with it and lead with love no matter how hard it was? Did that perseverance bear fruit? Did you learn something because you persevered and didn’t give up? We’re you able to lean on God because He had your back to help you get through it all? Today is the last day of 2020 and 2021 has some incredible things on the horizon. New team to be a part of lead. New people to join forces with to help the world a better place. New opportunities to learn and to grow. New opportunities to lead and to follow. God adjusted the end of 2020 in order to prepare in advance for 2021.


Today’s Verse of the Day:

“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for on You do I lean and in You do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my inner self to You.”

‭‭— Psalm‬ ‭143:8‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

So as I start this last morning of 2020 and turn to God and His Word, I lean in on God rather than my own understanding between of His loving-kindness. I put all my hope and trust for 2021 in God because His loving-kindness. I start my days in His Word and with Him in hopes of hearing from Him and getting to know the way I should go. I choose to live my life as a living sacrifice, giving myself up to God so that in and through it all He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name, Amen.


So how about you? Do you need guidance? Are you ready and willing to make seeking God a daily habit? Is your heart and mind in the right place for it? Are willing get them ready for such a move? Are you at the end of your rope and unsure what to do like David was when he wrote Psalm 143? Will you be like David and surrender yourself to God and ask Him to lead and guide you? Will you start your day meditating on God’s Word and His promises to you? Will you choose to receive and allow God to walk with you as you were going thru, are going thru challenges and through His redemption out the other side? Will you allow your faith to grow by reading and receiving God’s Word and promises so that you can receive His wisdom in knowing what to do in your today? So let’s take hold of the truth that Jesus came to the earth and was born for us, He sacrificed Himself on the cross for us, and He conquered to power of death and sin with His resurrection for us. Let’s not lose hope! Let’s not grow weary in doing good! Let’s daily lean in on God and then walk out His plans and purposes for our lives. Let’s ask God to show us the way we should go as we entrust our lives to Him. Let’s ask for His leading and guiding daily out of His unwavering love and mercy!


Were 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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Do you know what you need?


Are you willing to seek it? Are you willing to search for it? Are you willing to turn to God? Are you willing to read His Word? Are you willing to hear from the Holy Spirit? Are you willing to accept His instruction and direction? Are you willing to receive His correction and follow His leading? Are you willing to turn back to God? Are you willing to make sure you haven’t strayed away from Him? Are you willing to stay connected in order to ensure you are being productive? Are you being a good steward? Are you being a witness to the people around you? Are you ready for the victory? Are you ready for Christmas? Are you ready for Jesus’s second coming? Do you know what you need?

Today’s Verse of the day comes from Romans:

‘ For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope.’

— Romans 15:4

In the midst of everything going on in this world, do you still have hope? Are you able to share it and express to the world around you? If someone asks “with … going on how can you still look so happy or hopeful or joyous” are you ready to give a reason for the hope that is within you? If someone asks how you can seem so joyous in the midst of the trials you have been going through are you ready to tell them it is because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance and that when you let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything? If someone asks how you take heart and filled with such courage with so much trouble taking place are you ready to tell them it is because of Jesus and the victory He has already won by overcoming the world?

Are you ready to live this one life you have with purpose, on purpose and for a purpose? Are you ready to live it for the purpose that God created you? You aren’t an accident! God created you on purpose! You were created with and for a purpose! Have you ever gone through Rick Warren’s book Purpose Driven Life? Have you ever done a devotional on purpose? Are you looking for purpose? There is a 14 day devotional Created on Purpose for Purpose which speaks to “You were created for Purpose; God’s Purpose! Uniquely gifted and designed to fulfill His purposes in your life. Everyone has a sense that they were born for a purpose. But there is something more than just a purpose. The God purpose was specifically designed for you. And it’s your responsibility to live out God’s plan for you, becoming His masterpiece.” There are others too in case that one doesn’t seem to fit where you are at today. Consider:

Are you ready to finish strong in order to receive the prize of eternity with God? Are you ready to lean in to all that God has for you and to accomplish your purpose?


As I posted yesterday, we arrived at day 341 of the reading plan and 4 days were missed as I switched plans during a retreat over the summer. Today’s reading comes from day 231 as I look to make sure to finish strong and complete the good works God has prepared in advance.


So where are you focusing yourself today? Are you stuck looking in the rearview mirror and missing what is in front of you today? Are you reflecting on the past to take the nuggets of wisdom that you will be able to use as you prepare for and step out into your today? Some say hindsight is 2020. As you see in the picture November is behind us now. But what is in front of you? We need to take our eyes and focus on what is in front of us, the gift of today! The present! This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Today’s reading from 231 comes from Provers 24:14 and says:

‘ So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.’

— Proverbs 24:14

My Notes:

Reading today’s reading and reflecting on the words of John Gill’s Exposition which tells us:

So [shall] the knowledge of wisdom [be] unto thy soul
Or let it be taken in as greedily and with as good an appetite; as pleasant, useful, delightful, and profitable; even the knowledge of Christ, the Wisdom of God, which is preferable to all things else, and more desirable than the most pleasant and profitable things in the world; and of the Gospel of Christ, the wisdom of God in a mystery, than which nothing is more sweet and comfortable to a truly gracious soul; it is like Ezekiel’s roll, which was in his mouth as honey for sweetness, ( Ezekiel 3:3 ) ; when thou hast found [it], then there shall be a reward;
for though there may be some difficulty and trouble to attain it, in the use of means, by reading, bearing, prayer, and meditation, yet, being enjoyed, it carries its own reward with it; a man is abundantly recompensed for all his pains in the pursuit of it, by the pleasure and profit it yields him now and hereafter; for it is the beginning of life eternal, and will issue in it, ( John 17:3 ) ; see ( Proverbs 2:3-5 ) ( 3:13 ) ; and thy expectation shall not be cut off;
or “hope” F15; as the hope of the hypocrite will, ( Job 8:14 ) , the hope of eternal life, as founded on Christ and his righteousness, where such that know Wisdom place their hope; and this hope will not make them ashamed; they will not be disappointed, their expectation shall not perish, they will have what they are waiting and hoping for, and what is promised unto them, (See Gill on Proverbs 23:18). The Targum is,

“which if thou findest, the last shall come better than the first, and thy hope shall not be consumed.”

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As day 231 is reflected on, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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

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