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Stuff

It ain’t about the stuff we gain… 


Whoever dies with the most toys DOES NOT win. 


It’s common practice for us to try to measure our success in ourselves and others by the size and amount of stuff we have. 


The problem with this standard is that it’s an illusion of the truth. 


Whenever I find myself slipping back into this type of thinking I also tend to become less satisfied with what I already have as well as falsely base my happiness on the need to gain more stuff. 


Perhaps it’s different for you, but my hope is that you are not measuring your worth to others and God based on the material stuff you have. 


God and others who really matter in our lives love us for who we are and not for what stuff we have…


Check your experience… 


“In the realm of the material, men’s minds were fettered by superstition, tradition, and all sorts of fixed ideas.” Big Book pg. 51 


Lord, please let us see that our worth is based on what’s in our hearts and not by the stuff we acquire, AMEN. 


“For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:7


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


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 How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought? 

Charity Begins at Home

Charity begins at home…


This is one of the best thought tools I have come to rely on over the years. 


The version I learned was phrased like this; 


“You can’t keep it unless you give it away.” 


It’s an action thought that has never failed me since I began my walk with Christ and in sobriety. 


Unless I am willing to help another, I am not in a true position to spiritually receive the gifts the Lord blesses me with. 


Now this doesn’t mean we should give away everything we have, or start a crusade to end world homelessness, but ..


It does mean that each day we should open the eyes of our hearts to see how we can best be of service to someone around us…


Check your experience…. 


“Helping others is the foundation stone” Big Book pg. 97


 Lord, please open the eyes of our heart daily to see how we can best serve another, AMEN. 


 “…that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


What if you had a person who coached and mentored you in building a better life?  


Inspired 365 Life Coaching with Mark Farley!! 


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Want a one-on-one coach to help you  build, set, meet, and achieve your goals?  

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Eye Check up Time

Eye checkup time… 


It’s not about using our eyes to see, rather it’s about what we CHOOSE to look at and truly see. 


Think about it for a moment. 


It’s human nature that we like to look at things that are pleasing to the eye. 


However, it’s when our head lies to us to make us think something is pleasing to the eye when it’s dangerous to our heart and soul that our struggle begins. 


For instance, when I see all the desserts and sugary things my eye loves to gaze upon, my heart and soul suffer, and my body used to be the living example of this suffering. 


Y’all can come up with your own examples! 


Check your experience…


“Scales of pride and prejudice fell from my eyes.” Big Book pg. 12 


Lord let us use the eyes of our heart to help us see the things we need to see and not the illusions that can cause us harm, AMEN. 


“We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:2 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pastor+mark+farley&ref=nb_sb_noss 


 How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought? 

What Are You Reading?

What book are you reading from?!?… 


In today’s world we can get books in many forms. 


From the standard printed book form to Kindle, books are available to us in whatever media we choose. 


On top of that, we have books available on every subject and just about every situation that will tell us many ways to try to accomplish the thing we are working toward or trying to learn. 


Now maybe it’s different for you, but for me, my experience has taught me and continues to teach me that the Bible is the best source for learning how to live and handle the daily challenges we all face. 

What book are you reading from?… 


Check your experience… 


“Well, that’s exactly what this book is about.” Big Book pg. 45 


Lord, let us look to Your Word for guidance and when we need to learn how to handle people, places, and things, AMEN. 


“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,..” 1 Corinthians 14:33 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Is It Me or Them?

 Is it me or them?..


Maybe it’s different for you, but it has always been easier for me to blame “them” whenever things don’t go my way. It’s “their” fault I did not get my way, or it’s because of “them” I failed… 


Now that I am older and have been walking in sobriety and with Christ for a while,..


I have learned it’s not “them” causing my pain, rather, it’s me. 


The desire to want to blame others is a part of being human and self-will driven by pride, fear, and expectations. 


These days whenever my desire to blame “them” crops up


I immediately look at what is going on inside of me that needs to change so I can accept the situation, thing, person, or place exactly as it is and 


understand that through seeking God’s will and not my own self-centered will, I will gain acceptance and not be so caught up in the drama of the moment… 


Check your experience… 


“and Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation- some fact of my life- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. … I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes. Big Book pg. 417 


Lord, soften our hearts so that we may see things as they are through the eyes of the Holy Spirit within us and not be blinded by the illusions of our own self-will, AMEN. 


“Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one.” Romans 2: 1-2 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join us in prayer and with your financial support as we tackle the challenge of helping and mentoring young adults aging out of the Foster Care System.

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We Are Enough

 We ARE enough…


 I don’t know about you, but sometimes this magic magnifying mind of mine tries to tell me things that just are not true. 


It especially likes to try to convince me that I am not worthy and not “good enough” for this or that. It loves to try to get me to believe the illusion that I am nothing and have nothing to offer others!  


Thank goodness for AA, the 12 Steps, and God’s Word. Through the fellowship of AA, CONSTANTLY working the 12 Steps, and being in God’s Word daily I know that what my mind wants me to believe is false and that I need not let it run my thoughts and actions. 


I am nowhere near perfect, but I can help others!  
We all matter and each of us has the ability to share and help another! 

Give what you got. Go with what you have and make your best effort. 


If you are truly seeking God’s will and your motives are of His spirit you will be amazed…


Check your experience… 


“we did because we honestly wanted to, and were willing to make the effort” Big Book pg. 26


 Lord let us look to seek Your will and give our best efforts with what we have instead of allowing our self-will to delude us to thinking we can’t, AMEN.   


“Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.  And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.”   Luke 9: 16-17


Have a blessed day Y’all!


What if you had a person who coached and mentored you in building a better life?  


Inspired 365 Life Coaching with Mark Farley!! 


https://www.faiththroughworksfellowship.org/inspired-365-life-coaching 


Want a one-on-one coach to help you achieve your goals?  

Email today and let’s chat to see if we can make up a plan for you to get you to where you want to be!


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Leading By Example

 Leading by example…


It seems to be an American cultural norm that we all must “make it to the top” of whatever work or career path we are on. 
The media and marketing that we are exposed to on all fronts seems to equate success with clothes, cars, and other material trappings far above what most of us can honestly afford. 


“More is Better!” seems to be the subliminal message of success. 

The truth is that more is not better. 


While we need to support ourselves and our families, true success comes from becoming great stewards of what we are given and how we support and serve those around us. 


Jesus came to serve, not be served. 

He came to show us that there is eternal life through Him. 


Our faith in God grows when we learn the truth in His word and become in tune to those people, places, things, and situations He puts in our lives…


Check your experience…

“How can I best serve Thee? Thy will (not mine) be done.” Big Book pg. 85 


Lord, let us lead by serving and let us measure our success through our stewardship of the blessings you give us, AMEN.   

“But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23: 11-12 


Have a blessed day Y’all!  


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pastor+mark+farley&ref=nb_sb_noss 


 How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought? 

F.R.O.G.

Learning to rely….. 


We learn from an early age to rely on others. 


As children we rely on adults to keep us healthy, safe, and to help us grow. 


As adults we learn that self- reliance only takes us so far and we need to rely on people, places, and things to get through our daily journey. 


This is a good plan but we are only as good as what it is we rely upon. 


Think about it. 


People are human after all and prone to failures and mistakes. 


Places can change due to the people in them or economic circumstances. 


Things like electronics get outdated and even obsolete. 

So the question is what can we rely upon that never changes and always is in step with our lives? 


Maybe it’s different for you, but the answer for me and my house has been, is, and will forever be to rely on our relationship with God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit…


 F.R.O.G. – Fully Rely On God!.. 


Check your experience… 


“When we saw others solve their problems by a simple reliance upon the Spirit of the Universe, we had to stop doubting the power of God.” Big Book pg. 52 


Lord, let us learn to rely on You and trust Your presences and guidance in our lives, AMEN. 


 “…we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God,” 2 Corinthians 1:9 


 Have a blessed day y’all!


What if you had a person who coached and mentored you in building a better life?  


Inspired 365 Life Coaching with Mark Farley!! 


https://www.faiththroughworksfellowship.org/inspired-365-life-coaching 


Want a one-on-one coach to help you  build, set, meet, and achieve your goals?  

Email today and let’s chat to see if we can make up a plan for you to get you to where you want to be!


[email protected]

“Personal” Trainer

That Personal Trainer at the Spiritual Gym… 


It seems just about everyone has a physical fitness routine they try to follow. 


From gym memberships to hiking, biking, or running, most folks I know are doing something daily to keep their bodies healthy and in shape. 


The point is that physical fitness involving diet and exercise is now a part of our culture. 


Being physically healthy is something we need to own but what about our spiritual health? 


How are we building up our spiritual fitness? 


The good news is that just like our physical fitness routines, we can keep spiritually fit too. 


Daily time spent in the Word, prayer, as well as frequent contact with other believers can and does build up our spiritual fitness. 


What does your daily spiritual fitness routine include?.. 


Check your experience… “Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things” Big Book pg. 100 


Lord, let us grow spiritually healthy through daily time spent in Your Word and in prayer, AMEN.


“Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.” 1Timothy 4:8-9 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join me in looking at the things we face daily with passages from both the Big Book and Bible! 


https://www.amazon.com/s?k=pastor+mark+farley&ref=nb_sb_noss 


 How about a daily dose of hope and inspired thought? 

Comfort Source

What is your comfort source?.. 


We have all sorts of things in our lives that provide comfort when we seek them and use them properly. 


From comfortable shoes, clothes, and chairs, to people, places, and things, when we find comfort, we tend to return to the source of it again and again. 


Our relationship with God works the same way when we seek Him. 


He is waiting to help us.


All we have to do is grow our relationship with Him and allow His Holy Spirit to become our source of comfort. 


So…what is your source of comfort?.. 


Check your experience…. 


“We could wish to be moral, we could wish to be philosophically comforted, in fact, we could will these things with all our might, but the needed power wasn’t there.” Big Book pg. 45


 Lord, let us seek and find comfort in You, AMEN. 


 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


Join us in prayer and with your financial support as we tackle the challenge of helping and mentoring young adults aging out of the Foster Care System.

https://homesfromheaven.org/ 


AZ Charitable TAX CREDIT!