THRIVE: It’s GO time!


Today the adventure begins of getting to provide and serve others. It’s time to go and help the team get ready and be set up! It’s time to go and make sure things are ready and set up for a weekend! It’s time to be rested, prayed up, and lean in on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through the scheduled activities! It’s time to come together to accomplish God’s plan and transform lives forever!

Where are you today? Are you ready to GO? Are you prepared to GO? Are you prayed up to GO? Are you rested up to GO? Are you filled up to GO? Are you willing to GO? Are you serving to GO? Are you able to GO?

It is GO time! So let’s get started…


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.’

Psalms 100:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Be Faithful In The Little Things – Day 2


Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you going? Invite Jesus into your situation! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life!

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: Workweek starts in 3…2…1…


Yesterday was a fun day getting to get up on stage with an incredible team of people to be commissioned for camps this summer. Yesterday was a fun day getting to spend time with the family with a great meal and time together to celebrate father’s day. Yesterday was a great day too as I was able to get a great sleep in preparation for this new work week.

Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit to overflow? Are you filled with love to overflowing? Are you filled with compassion to overflowing? Are you filled with energy and excitement to overflow? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Are you ready to accomplish the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to adjust your calendar in order to accomplish all God has planned and prepared for you to accomplish?

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

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. ‘

Psalms 113:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 19


Are you ready? Are you aware? Are you aligned? Are you prepared? Are you filled? Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your heart to help. Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your life to transform, lead, guide, direct, and to correct. Wherever you are right now, allow the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide, your counselor, and advocate to help you move forward into all that God has planned and prepared for you!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: Wrap it up and get ready for what is yet to come!


Are you ready? What have you been called to do? What are you supposed to get done? What is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that the best is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that Jesus is coming back? Are you aware that there is more to do? Are you ready to do the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to take the time? Are you prepared to make the time? Are you ready to get it done? Let’s be ready to give an answer for the reason for the hope that is within us!

Let’s get read up! Let’s get trained up! Let’s get filled up! Let’s wrap it up!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, ‘

Psalm 103:2

Let’s remember the benefits! Let’s remember how He forgives all our iniquity! Let’s remember how He heals all our diseases! Let’s remember how He redeems our life from the pit! Let’s remember how He crowns us with steadfast love and mercy! Let’s remember how He satisfies us with good so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 17


Where are you today? Are you ready to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength? Are you ready to wait for God’s wisdom and direction? Are you ready to begin your journey today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: What are you doing? Why are you doing it?


As the week kicks off I reflect on a question/comment I made last night at my daughter’s baccalaureate when I said “God’s Word tells us to be ready in and out of season to give a reason” and was going to ask my daughter’s friend’s boyfriend a question. It didn’t happen but God’s Word is so true and so powerful and so right!

Are you ready to give an answer to the question someone could ask you? Are you ready to give an answer to why you have so much hope? Are you ready to give an answer for what you are doing? Are you ready to give an answer to why you are doing it? Are you ready to express that God is leading and guiding you into what you are to be doing? Are you ready to express that Jesus is the reason why you are doing it?

Let’s pause for a moment and consider what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:2:

Let’s consider what we hear from Peter in 1 Peter 3:15-16:

So as we begin our week, let’s get prepared, let’s be prepared, and let’s live our lives to glorify God!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ‘

Acts 2:38

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 5


Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you faith-filled? Are you faithful? Invite Jesus into your life to help you! Invite Jesus into your heart to get a fresh start and a clean heart! Let’s be ready today! Let’s be prepared!

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: Come in ready and with a plan!


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


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Proverbs 13:6

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


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

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

Let’s Pray!

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

THRIVE: How will you spend your today?


Will you get through some of your todo list? Will you make the connections that need to happen? Will you spend time with your loved ones? Will you make a list of things you need to or want to do or get done? What will things look like as your kids grow up? What will you things like in 5 years, 10years, and beyond? Is there anything you wanted to do that haven’t yet? Is there anything your wife wants to do that we haven’t done yet? If we want to thrive for the glory of God we have to be prepared!

So, how about talking about it and capturing a list and then making a plan?


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

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

Matthew 5:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 11


So are you ready to make a decision today that will help you thrive? Are you ready to make a decision today that will transform your future? Are you ready to make a decision today that will ensure the best? Invite Jesus in to help you prepare and be prepared! Invite Jesus in to your heart to be transformed from the inside out! Invite Jesus into your life so that you can accomplish all the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish!

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: Another week is coming to a close… Let’s choose to finish strong!


Another incredible week getting to be and work with some incredible people. Be it the new intern on my team, be it the new people who joined the company, be it the founders and leaders, be it the various departments, it is a blessing to get to work with and bless them all. To get to experience my daughter signing her letter of intent to play soccer at a school that God is using to redeem her collegiate soccer career. To get to see the joy of my son getting the new computer associated with a high school project. To get to hear how my oldest is doing well and continuing to pass and do well in her role. To get to spend time with my wife and experience it all together for nearly 25 years. God is good! I am here and if you are reading this, so are you and so today we need to step up and step into what God has for us because He isn’t done with us yet! Let’s get it done! Let’s complete the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish! Let’s decide not to coast to the finish of the week but rather to finish strong for the glory of God!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Let’s go and get it done for the glory of God because Jesus is sending us!


TODAY’S WORD OF THE DAY:

‘Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” ‘

John 20:21

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 10


What are you believing about yourself? Is it trying to keep you from finishing the week strong? Renew your mind! Invite Jesus into your heart! Allow Jesus to renew your mind with the truth! Invite Jesus into your very situation so that He may meet you right where you are at and help you walk through it! Don’t go it alone! Finish the week 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: Is it the time of year? Is it an age thing? Does anyone else feel like time is going faster?


Happy Friday-eve everyone! That’s right, tomorrow is Friday, can you believe it? Or is the week going slow for you? When I look at the kids in school, the seniors are finding things are going super fast. When I look at the younger kids, the feedback varies. Either way, most kids have less than a couple of weeks of school remaining for the year. With the work world and probably depending on what’s going on in various companies, the speed of time may seem or feel different. For some, they are in a waiting pattern that seems to be taking forever. For others, there is so much to do that time just flies. For others, the days are super long and exhausting. Wow, how time flies!

Can you believe how fast your kids have and are growing up? Can you believe how fast the years of marriage have gone by? Can you believe how fast time seems to be going?

Where are you focusing? Are you stuck in the past and so missing out on the present? Are you focusing on the future and missing out on the present? Are you making the most of your today because you have learned from the past and know that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed? Where are you focusing? Is that impacting your perception of time? and the speed at which time is going?

Ever considered what the Bible has to say about time? I found this list:

2 Peter 3:8
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Psalm 90:12
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Ephesians 5:16
Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

James 4:14
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

1 John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Acts 1:7
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.”

Colossians 4:5
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:17
I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

Ephesians 1:10
As a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Esther 4:14
For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.

Galatians 6:10
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

John 9:4
“We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”

Joshua 1:8
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Joshua 24:15
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Luke 14:28
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?”

Mark 1:15
And saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 13:32
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

Matthew 24:36
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Matthew 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Proverbs 14:23
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 16:3
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Psalm 104:19
He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.

Psalm 31:15
My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!

Psalm 90:2
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:4
For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

Romans 13:11
Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.

Romans 5:6
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
40 Best Bible Scriptures on Time

Can you imagine what life would be like and will be like outside of time? Consider how to God “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day“. Imagine knowing the beginning and the end, God does.

No matter how fast or slow you feel the time is going today, are you ready if it is time for Jesus to return? Are you ready if it is time to meet your maker? Are you ready for the day ahead? How are you getting prepared? What are you doing to be prepared? Are you prepared in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within you?

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s be ready to accomplish the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish today! Let’s put on the full armor of God so we are ready and equipped for the day ahead!

Time is but another dimension of this life we live. We have length, width, height, and time, and who knows how many others. So let’s choose to use what we have today to the best of our ability, being good stewards so that one day we will get to hear “well done, good and faithful servant“.


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. ‘

John 14:1

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 9


Are you ready? How is your time? Are you making time? Are you prioritizing and taking time for the right things? Are you using your influence for good? Are you feeling your heart is troubled? Are you finding obstacles in your way? Are you running into stumbling blocks? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your situation! Ask Him for wisdom and discernment! Ask Him for help and direction!

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: You need to be prepared! You need to show up! You get to serve!


Up and at ’em this morning as today is an exciting day when it comes to summer, it’s staff and counselor training. Before we go to camp, we need to be prepared and so put together an agenda, setup some time, and come together to teach, train, and direct everyone on how we do camp. Before we go to camp, we need to be present and show up to be and get involved, to build teamwork, build trust, and build relationships! Before we go to camp, we need to make sure we are in the right mindset and ready to serve our campers.

Today’s going to be a full day and an exciting day, bringing together people who are new with people who have been doing this for over a decade. Today’s going to be a fun day as we have time to connect through challenge course activities, table time, and lunchtime. Today’s going to be informative and educational as we have some new team members and so some new ways or spins on how the material is communicated to the team.

Today is going to be a great day! Today is going to be a happy day! Do you know why? This is the day that the Lord has made so we will rejoice and be glad in it! We will be working as unto the Lord!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, ‘

Nahum 1:7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
UNCOMMEN: Dads 2 – Day 5


So are you ready to be ready? Are you ready to get ready? Are you ready to invite God into the situation? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to be transformed by inviting Jesus into your heart?

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: Let’s work together so that we can see it become a reality!


Happy Today everyone! As I get up today and have some pretty cool things on my calendar, I realize the teamwork, the partnership, and the faith that it will take to make it a reality. Let’s choose to work as unto the Lord today! Let’s step up and step into what God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish today so that in and through it all He will be glorified and we can thrive! Be it a usability study working with people at work or a core team in preparation for this weekend’s training for camps, we need to choose to work together so that we can see it become a reality!

Let’s choose to believe it even before we are able to see it! Let’s choose to have faith that God will take it as a fragrant offering as we choose to live as living sacrifices to Him and a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Let’s believe in it even before we are able to see it! Let’s make today count!


Today’s verse of the day:

‘He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. ‘

John 15:2

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
UNCOMMEN: Dads 2 – Day 3


Let’s choose to be servant leaders! Let’s choose to be godly leaders! Let’s choose to believe it even before we can see it! Let’s invite Jesus into our situation! Let’s invite Jesus into our relationships! Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts to help clean it out and fill it up with so much love that it overflows into every aspect of our lives!

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: Let’s get it started!


As week 5 for me is about to begin, it is important to be prepared! Let’s be ready! Let’s be standing firm and all set! Let’s go and get it started! After a weekend of getting to make the most of the time with my wife getting to be with our daughter and me getting to spend time on a class project with my son! After 4 incredible weeks of meeting and learning, let’s make the most of our today and get it started on the right foot, get it started in the right direction, and get it started with focus and a good spirit! Let’s get started without fear because we are walking it out with God! Let’s get started encouraged because we know God is going with us! Let’s get started trusting God to give us strength and help us, no matter what comes our way! Let’s get started leaning in on God for we know He will uphold us!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‘

Isaiah 41:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Survival Gear for Dads – Day 7


Do you have the gear you need to be successful? Do you have the gear you need to accomplish the goal? Do you have the gear you need to focus on the tasks at hand? Are you ready? Are you set? Are you going? Invite Jesus into the center of it! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus to help you live out this life to the full as He purposed and came for!

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: How will you kick off your week?


Are you filled up to overflowing? Are you dressed up to take a stand? Are you rested up to keep going? Are you prepared and ready? Are you willing and obedient? Are you ready to shine? Are you ready to make contact and spice things up? This is the day that the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Be it a move, be it a decision, or be it a choice, lean in on God and allow Him to lead and guide you through it all! Choose to live out your today and thrive for the glory of God!

For me – week 3 begins. For my daughter – a decision to affirm. Let’s hold on tight to God and capture the testimony of His hand working in and through our lives! Let’s choose to walk by faith! Let’s choose to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding! Let’s be who God created us to be and live out our lives the way He is calling us to!

Thrive for the glory of God!

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ‘

John 14:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
The Father Knows Best – Day 3


Let’s make today count! Let’s set first things first! Let’s allow God into our lives so that He can work in and through our lives! Let’s invite Jesus into our life, our situation, and our circumstance so that we go through today praying without ceasing because we are in constant contact and relationship with God! Are you ready to make this decision? Are you ready to start living a life that thrives rather than just surviving? Let’s decide today to follow Jesus!

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: Be prepared and ready to learn…


What an incredible first day yesterday was. What incredible people I had the opportunity to meet with and hear from. What energy, excitement, passion, and promise I could feel joining the team. I am ready to learn. I am prepared to do my part. I am excited to see what God has in store for me and for all those He brings into my life through this new experience. The getting started stuff I was able to get most of that paperwork done beforehand but finished the last couple yesterday and then hit the ground running.

As I begin chapter 3 of my journey with both the first two chapters finishing with a sign that allowed me to transition out quickly and into the next chapter just as fast, I realize the importance of putting God’s will first! Stay as long as He wants you to stay and when He says to go, then prepare to go wherever it is that He is calling you to go! I realize the importance of obedience to the prompting as I remember how back in my MS days I received the prompting to go but I kept responding with how much I liked the people and was so comfortable in the role, and now I realize the reason He was trying to protect me from what was coming down the pipe and because I didn’t listen I ended up going through some pretty painful reorgs and challenges. I remember how important it is to listen to the still quiet voice when God is prompting you to do something rather than looking for reasons or excuses why you couldn’t, shouldn’t, or wouldn’t obey Him during my time on an HOA for about ten thousand plus people and it taking an audible, booming, ultimatum to get my attention and for me to take it seriously. So if and when God gives you a sign like “get out of the boat” or “it’s time to move” or “an offer”, it’s time to get moving and moving forward for the glory of God so that you can thrive in all that He has planned and purposed to do in and through your life. Especially if it comes to you as a command from God.


Verse of the Day:

‘ “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ‘

John 13:34

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 4


This is the day that the Lord has made so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s get up and get ready! Let’s get up and be prepared! Let’s be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and then walk out today in alignment with God’s purpose, plan, and will! Let’s invite Jesus into our situations. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and lives! Let’s choose to accept the gift of grace that opens the door into eternity with God!

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


It’s Sunday morning, there is a mix of snow and rain out there and yet there are things to do today. There are things to consider. There are things to observe. There are things to know. Don’t miss it!

Are you ready? Are you watching? Are you paying attention? Don’t miss it!

What will it be? How will it happen? Who is involved? Where will it be? When will it be? Don’t miss it!

Were you waiting for it? Were you expecting it? Were you asking for it? Were you wondering about it? Were you ready when the sign showed up? Were you wondering if it was the sign? Were you ready with ways to confirm and affirm it?

What if it were to happen for you this week as it happened for me a few weeks ago?

Don’t Miss It!


Last night I was able to catch the weekend service at Eastridge Church for Palm Sunday weekend. Pastor Larry shared the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem from Matthew 21. He titled it “Don’t miss it!” and yet an alternative title might have been “Donkey talk!”. Some key takeaways I had from the sermon were:

  • In all the gospels the end of the story seems to slow down in order to allow us to savor that time as it emphasized what was taking place.
  • Jesus was preparing and prepared as we see when He sends the guys to go and get him a colt.
  • As He is entering into Jerusalem in verses 6-9, the Passover celebration was underway and so there were 250K-1M people in the area, we see the connection to Psalm 118 as people are crying out Hosanna, Son of David, there were people going before Him laying coats and palm branches on the ground and there were locals who were following Him from behind, affecting the entire city and causing people to question “who is this?”
  • We learned about how Jesus later was overlooking the city and was weeping for the city as He knew the Hosannas of the one day would turn into the “crucify Him” the next.
  • We see how the central theme of Matthew’s writing is “Who is this person Jesus?”
  • They missed it and we shouldn’t!
  • The donkey!
  • Jesus planned the moment for a particular purpose that they would notice.
    • ‘“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. ‘ Matthew 21:5-6
  • Jesus wanted to make a public declaration of His mission and character!
    • Humble and loving
    • Came to deliver and save
  • Let’s grab hold of 3 practical things we can learn from this:
    1. Pray that the Lord would prepare the hearts of people who don’t know Jesus that you know.
    2. Let’s invite and invest in people to have them come to church for the celebration of Easter!
    3. Let’s celebrate Easter for all that it is and what it has produced and provided for us!

‘As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” ‘

Matthew 21:1-11

Verse of the Day:

‘“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” ‘

Luke 19:38

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 2


Don’t miss it! Be ready! Be willing! Be able! Invite Jesus into the situation! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus to be 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: Need to get ready…


Some may take time between changes. Some may take a pause before stepping into the next thing. Some may choose to take a weekend and then get right back at it.

Whatever they choose that is right for them, in every case it comes down to setting yourself up to be ready for what’s next. What does it take for you to get ready? How do you get ready? Are you prepared? Are you ready in and out of season? Are you dressed for success? Are you standing on a firm foundation? Are you ready to stand your ground and move forward for the glory of God? Are you ready to take on new territory that God is giving you? Are you ready to step up and step into all that God has prepared in advance for you to do and receive? We need to get ready!


“be prepared in season and out of season”

2 Timothy 4:2

‘ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ‘

Matthew 24:42-44

‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ‘

1 Peter 5:8

‘Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. ‘

Proverbs 27:1

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. ‘

Proverbs 28:19-20

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. ‘

Proverbs 6:6-8

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-17

‘“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ‘

Joshua 1:7-9

‘Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. ‘

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Are you ready? Are you ready to thrive? Are you prepared? Are you prepared to thrive? What comes to mind when you see this picture below? Does it go something like:

Let’s get ready to …..

Verse of the Day:

‘Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory.’

Psalms 24:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 1


So do you want to be ready? Are you ready to get ready? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation and help you take care of it?

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: Will you choose to thrive and raise the bar? leaving a legacy?


To thrive for the glory of God are you choosing to live your life in a way that will raise the bar? Are you choosing to live your life in a way that helps brings others along? Are you choosing to live your life in a way that shines the light of Jesus into the world? Are you choosing to live your life in a way where your light will overcome and overwhelm the darkness around you? Are you choosing to live your life reflecting the light of Jesus so that like a disco ball His light will appear everywhere around you? Are you choosing to live your life in a way that adds salt with real-life contact with others helping to bring flavor to the world, healing to the world, and looking to preserve the people God has brought into your life? Are you choosing to be so salty that it will leave others with a thirst for more of God? Are you choosing to leave a legacy of joy? Are you choosing to leave a legacy of hope? Are you choosing to leave a legacy of love?

Let’s consider what God’s Word says to us about being salt and light and how Jesus is our source to allow us to be filled up to overflowing and able to reflect His light!

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ‘

John 1:1-5

Jesus likes to give us ways to apply what He tells us. After sharing the beatitudes, we learn about the application through salt and light:

‘ “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. ‘

Matthew 5:13-16

Let’s choose to thrive by doing the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish in order that people will see them and glorify God, our Heavenly Father in heaven!

Let’s choose to thrive by being prepared and then living it out when we are brought before kings, leaders, and shine for Jesus! Let’s choose to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within us! Let’s allow the joy of the Lord be our strength!

‘ “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. ‘

Matthew 10:16-20

Verse of the Day:

‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ‘

Joshua 1:8

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


Do you have your priorities right? Do you have focus right? Do you have your foundation right? Are you ready to be salt? Are you ready to be light? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart to help you be salt and light and then be able to apply it to the world around you and shine through the darkness? Are you ready to allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior so that He can help you put first things first?

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: Are you ready? Are you getting ready? Will you be ready?


Can you believe how fast seems to be going? It’s midweek already and we’ll be heading towards the close of the week in a few hours. So let’s be ready when it’s our turn and our time! Let’s be ready when our number is called! Let’s get ready now and be prepared! Let’s be equipped for what is coming our way so that we can thrive for the glory of God!

So first let’s make sure we are equipped and put on the full armor of God as we get up this morning!

‘And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-18

Now that we are dressed for success, let’s get ready!

‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, ‘

1 Peter 3:15

‘In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. ‘

2 Timothy 4:1-5

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. ‘

Proverbs 28:19-20

‘ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ‘

Matthew 24:42-44

‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 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. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. ‘

1 Peter 5:6-11

‘ “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”’

John 16:33

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. ‘

Proverbs 6:6-8

‘By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. ‘

Hebrews 11:7

So today let’s be ready! Let’s get ready! Let’s press in and trust God! Let’s persevere and not give up! Let’s move forward in unity at the speed of health! Let’s decide that we will thrive for the glory of God!


Verse of the Day:

‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. ‘

Psalms 68:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is My Father Can Be Your Father! – Day 6


Where are you today? Are you ready? Are you getting prepared? Have you invited Jesus into the situation that you are in so that He can make sure you are ready and prepared? Have you invited Jesus into your heart so that He can make sure you are ready for eternity?

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: Let’s finish the week strong!


Let’s finish the week on a high note! Let’s finish the week getting things done! Let’s finish the week aligned with God’s plans and purposes! Let’s finish the week strong, leaning in and on God! Let’s finish the week strong, trusting in and on God! Let’s finish the week strong, not giving up, and persevering in the midst of it all!

Ever had a week where you quote scripture and nobody realizes you are?

‘See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 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 12:25-29

Ever looked around and thought about how everything is up in the air because they are being shaken? Ever wondered what things aren’t moving and so will remain unshaken and unshakable? Ever thought things were settling down and then the next thing happens? Be it civil unrest. Be it a pandemic. Be it politics. Be it war. So where are we at today? Are we coming to the end of a season and the beginning of a new one? Are we about to see such a change that it will feel like time travel? Are we about to experience a time when we lose time while we are sleeping? Are we about to experience something new where we have to let go of the things of the past and reach for what God is putting in front of us? Are you ready? Are you prepared? Do you have measures or criteria to help you know, help you choose, and help you move into it? Do you have a min-bar? Are you being a leader who stands up for something rather than falling for everything? Are you being a leader who will step up to the call God brings your way? Are you ready to be the ________________ God is calling and needing you to be? Are you ready and willing to pause and ask God what ________________ is? Are you ready to embrace it and pursue it? It’s the close of another work week, so let’s decide today to finish the week strong and press into what God has planned and purposed for you! Let’s get the framework done! Let’s get the wheels turning! Let’s be prepared for what God is about to do in and through our lives!


Verse of the Day:

‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ‘

Philippians 4:7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Killing Sin – Day 4


Are you ready for today or are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation? Are you prepared for today or are you needing to get wisdom and discernment from God? Are you getting filled up with God’s Spirit to overflowing or are you leaving room for sin and temptation to sneak in? Are you ready to thrive in spite of your circumstances?

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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.
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: We need to be prepared to go from survive to thrive!


As I start today the idea of getting prepared for a conversation that is coming seems to make sense. As I start today I consider how God tells us to be ready in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within us. In 1 Peter 3:15-16, we read: ‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. ‘ In 2 Timothy 4:2, we read: ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. ‘ Throughout scripture, God tells us to be prepared and to get prepared. So today I will spend my non-meeting times getting ready to speak not only of my faith but my team and our future. How about you? Are you ready to thrive? Are you prepared to move forward and thrive? Are you prepared to flip the switch and stop surviving day by day and start to thrive day by day? Are you ready to grab hold of God’s plan to give you hope and a future? Are you ready to grab hold of why Jesus came to this earth so that we can have life and live it to the full?


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. ‘

`1 Timothy 6:12


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 3


So are you ready today? Are you getting ready? Are you wondering how to get ready? Let’s get started by inviting Jesus into our lives and our very situation in order to have a firm foundation on which to stand.

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.

Where are you today? Are you ready to make the call?


How far do you have to go before you are ready to make the call? How bad do things have to get before you are willing to make the call? How long will it take before you are able to make the call? Will you keep calling till you get an answer? Will you decide to turn from your own ways and your own wisdom and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? Will you turn from your wicked ways, humble yourself, and call God? Will you call on God in hopes He is like a genie or will you turn back to Him in awe and wonder and humbly ask for forgiveness and seek His face and His will for your life? Will you invite Jesus into your heart so that you won’t be stubborn minded nor hard hearted?

As I considered these questions, I wondered about how often or what the circumstances might be when people decided to stop trying to go it alone and start calling on God. Here are some examples I found of people calling on God:

They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep.

Acts 7:59-60

and he said,
“I called out of my distress to the Lord,
And He answered me.
I cried for help from the depth of Sheol;
You heard my voice.

Jonah 2:2

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?

Romans 10:12-14

I called on Your name, O Lord,
Out of the lowest pit.

Lamentations 3:55

“I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’
To a nation which did not call on My name.

Isaiah 65:1

“For then I will give to the peoples purified lips,
That all of them may call on the name of the Lord,
To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.

Zephaniah 3:9

Search God’s Word and you see many times when people call on God! If Jesus as He was on the cross thought it important enough to call out to God the Father, shouldn’t we make the important choice to be calling out to God too? Jesus cried out in both Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34.

‘About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). ‘

Matthew 27:46

‘And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ). ‘

Mark 15:34

referencing to Psalms 22 where we can read:

‘Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises. In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. But you, Lord , do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the Lord , praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord , and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!’

Psalms 22:3-5,9-11,19-31

So where are you today? Are you calling out to God to stay in a relationship with Him? Are you calling out to God out of distress or trouble? Are you in trouble or distress and not sure where to turn? Are you struggling because of bad decisions and wondering how you will ever be able to get out of it? Turn to God! Ask Him to forgive you and help you to get through this and fix things up. Ask Him for wisdom and discernment to get through it. Call out to God!


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 29TH


CALLING ON GOD


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him? ‘

Deuteronomy 4:7

Let’s get additional context for this verse by expanding the verses and get more details by using the Amplified version:

‘“Now, O Israel, listen and pay attention to the statutes and the judgments (God’s legal decisions) which I am teaching you to do, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, is giving you. You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, so that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I am commanding you. Your eyes have seen what the Lord did at Baal-Peor; for all the men who followed [and participated in the worship of] Baal of Peor, the Lord your God destroyed them from among you, but you who held tightly to the Lord your God are alive today, every one of you. “Look, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God has commanded me, so that you may do them in the land which you are entering to possess. So keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God [is to us] whenever we call on Him? Or what great nation has statutes and judgments so righteous (upright, just) as this whole law which I am placing before you today? “Only pay attention and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your grandchildren [impressing these things on their mind and penetrating their heart with these truths]— especially the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb (Mount Sinai), when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me and I will let them hear My words, so that they may learn to fear Me [with awe-filled reverence and profound respect] all the days they live on the land, and so that they may teach their children.’ You approached and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain burned with fire to the [very] heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud and thick gloom. Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of the words, but you saw no form—there was only a voice. So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to follow, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you the statutes and judgments, so that you might do them in the land which you are going over to possess. “So pay attention and watch yourselves carefully—for you did not see any form [of God] on the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb from the midst of the fire— so that you do not act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved or sculpted image [to worship] in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, or of any winged bird that flies in the sky, the likeness of anything that crawls on the ground, or of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth. And beware that you do not raise your eyes toward heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and let yourselves be led astray and worship them and serve them, [mere created bodies] which the Lord your God has allotted to [serve and benefit] all the peoples under the whole heaven. But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron [smelting] furnace, out of Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as [you are] this day. “Now the Lord was angry with me [at the waters of Meribah] because of you, and He swore [an oath] that I would not cross the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. For I am going to die in this land, I am not going to cross the Jordan, but you shall cross over and take possession of this good land. So be on your guard and watch yourselves, so that you do not forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He has made with you, and make for yourselves a carved or sculpted image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire; He is a jealous (impassioned) God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely His]. “When you become the father of children and grandchildren and have grown old in the land, then if you corrupt yourselves by making a carved or sculpted image in the form of anything [for the purpose of worship], and do evil [things] in the sight of the Lord your God, provoking Him to anger, I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that you will soon utterly perish from the land which you are crossing the Jordan to possess. You shall not live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed. The Lord will scatter and disperse you among the peoples (pagan nations), and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord drives you. And there you will serve [false and foreign] gods, the work of human hands, [lifeless images of] wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell [the offerings of food given to them]. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. When you are in distress and tribulation and all these things come on you, in the latter days you will return to the Lord your God and listen to His voice. For the Lord your God is a merciful and compassionate God; He will not fail you, nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them. “Indeed, ask now about the days that are past, [those days] which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it? Did [any] people ever hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you heard, and [still] live? Or has any [man-made] god ever tried to go and take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your [very] eyes? It was shown to you so that you might have [personal] knowledge and comprehend that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him. Out of the heavens He let you hear His voice to discipline and admonish you; and on earth He let you see His great fire, and you heard His words from the midst of the fire. And because He loved your fathers, He chose their descendants who followed them, and brought you from Egypt with His Presence, with His great and awesome power, dispossessing and driving out from before you nations, [nations that were] greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land as an inheritance, as it is this day. Therefore know and understand today, and take it to your heart, that the Lord is God in the heavens above and on the earth below; there is no other. So you shall keep His statutes and His commandments which I am commanding you today, so that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you may live long on the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.” Then Moses set apart three cities [of refuge] beyond the Jordan toward the rising of the sun (eastward), so that someone who committed manslaughter could flee there, [that is, a person] who killed his neighbor unintentionally and without previously having hostility toward him, and that by escaping to one of these cities he might [claim the right of asylum and] save his life: Bezer in the wilderness on the plateau for the Reubenites, and Ramoth in Gilead for the Gadites, and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites. This is the law which Moses placed before the sons of Israel; these are the testimonies (legal provisions) and the statutes and the judgments which Moses spoke to the sons of Israel when they came out of Egypt, beyond the Jordan in the Valley opposite Beth-Peor, in the land of Sihon king of the Amorites who lived at Heshbon, whom Moses and the sons of Israel defeated when they came out from Egypt. They took possession of his land and the land of Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amorites, who reigned across the Jordan to the east, from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the [river] Arnon, as far as Mount Sion (that is, Hermon), with all the Arabah (desert lowlands) across the Jordan to the east, even as far as the sea of the Arabah (the Dead Sea), at the foot of the slopes of Pisgah.’

Deuteronomy 4:1-49

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you ok with rules and regulations to set healthy boundaries in your life?
  • Are you ok with correction and instruction to help you learn the ways you should go?
  • Are you ready to make good choices?
  • Are you prepared to make good decisions?
  • Are you aware of the benefits and the consequences of your choices and actions?
  • Will you choose to live by God’s instruction and directions?
  • Will you allow the Holy Spirit to be your counselor and your guide in making good decisions?
  • Will you allow the Holy Spirit to be your counselor and your guide in taking right actions?
  • Are you living with the reassurance of God like the people of Israel did back in the day?
  • They had the tabernacle and the pillars of smoke and fire to remind them.
  • Do you turn to God’s Word, the cross, the resurrection as your signs for reassurance?
  • Do you realize that these are signs given to let everyone know that He is giving you an open invitation to come to Him in prayer?
  • Do you realize that these were signs to let everyone know that He was available day or night?
  • Do you realize that these were signs to let everyone know that He was able and that we didn’t need to have some formal or informal way to calling on Him?
  • Do you realize that these were signs to let everyone know that He was available to individuals and to groups?
  • When you look at the laws of the land, do you realize how they were written base don Judeo-Christian ethics?
  • Do you realize the balance they come with between freedom and direction?
  • Do you realize the balance they come with between reward and punishment?
  • Ever noticed how people, both secular and Christian leaders, over history have called people to pray during difficult times?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer during times of wars?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer during times of famines?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer during times of flods?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer during times of natural disasters?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer during times of blessing?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer during times of prosperity?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer for families?
  • Ever seen a call to prayer for homes?
  • Many of the founders of the USA looked to God for direction, will you? do you?
  • Many of the founders of the US Declaration of Indepence looked to God for direction, will you? do you?
  • Many of the founders of the US Constitution looked to God for direction, will you? do you?
  • Many of the founders then thanked God for His wisdom and direction, will you? do you?
  • Have you ever noticed how short lived the times of thankfulness can be over history?
  • People seem to forget and start to go it alone or at least try.
  • People seem to forget and walk away from Him and His covering.
  • Today do you see how people have forgotten, even in the midst of the blessings God has given us?
  • Today do you see how people have forgotten, even in the midst of God’s care and protection over us?
  • Let’s remind one another!
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to forget but instead find ways to remind each other of God’s goodness!
  • Let’s remind each other through the highs and the lows!
  • Let’s remind each other through the good and the bad times!
  • Let’s remember all that God has given us!
  • Let’s remember all that Jesus has given us!
  • Let’s remember God’s love!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What leader do you know of who called on people to pray to God in either good times or bad?
  • What are some ways you can remind yourself and others to pray more often for our country?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”

Thomas Jefferson

So where are you today? Are you ready to start a relationship with God? Are you ready to not only call on Him but rather be in conversation and relationship with Him? Are you ready to get things back into order and start pursuing God’s plan and purpose for 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

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