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It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Whatcha wearin’ on the inside?..


I used to share this thought as part of a class lesson when I was on staff at the Salvation Army ARC in Sacramento…


You can wax, wash, shine, polish, and accessorize your car to its finest, but if you don’t change the oil, keep the engine serviced, and keep quality fuel in the tank, you won’t go anywhere and wind up with a fine-looking piece of junk…


The point is that if you don’t maintain your engine 
(Spiritual condition)
 and inside mechanical parts 
(mental and emotional
) that others cannot see, you will have junk, no matter how pretty or cool you look on the outside. 



How are you maintaining the Spiritual and mental parts of your life?.. 


Check your experience… 


“What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” Big Book pg. 85 


Lord, let us enter your Spiritual gym daily to keep our heart, mind, and soul in fit condition, AMEN.


“Your adornment must not be merely external . . . but let it be the hidden person of the heart.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 


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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Drop the Rocks!

Drop the rocks…


Did you ever notice that in times of stress, fear, or extended worry your back usually aches and your shoulders and neck are stiff and tight? 


Sheesh! What’s up with that? 


You are probably familiar with the term ‘carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders’; and that is exactly what we are trying to do during these painful times! 


We can’t change people, places, things, or situations. 

So why do we load our hearts and minds with the weight of things we cannot change? 


When we block our hearts off from the Holy Spirit, our minds become prisoners of our self-induced thoughts. 


Our body takes on the weight of this unnatural stress causing pain in our back, shoulders, and neck….

Drop those rocks! 


Give the weight of the world to God and watch your pains go away!..


As always….. Check your experience…. 


“But soon the sense of His presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors, mostly those within myself.” Big Book pg. 12-13 


Lord let us give the weight of the world to you freeing us to focus on Your will for us and enjoy Your grace and peace, AMEN. 


“…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:2 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Find the Good

Looking for the good in all situations…


Perhaps it’s different for you, but I have this magic magnifying glass in my mind that automatically tries to find the negative in everything and make it bigger than it is. 


Over the years I have learned to recognize this and turn it off before it gets a chance to twist my thinking. 


I now look for the good in everything and everyone, even when I am facing challenges and bad news. 


I am FREE to do this because I am God’s kid, and His Spirit resides in me. 


I know that no matter what, I will survive the situation and either learn or benefit in some way from it… 


Check your experience… 


“When I focus on what’s good today, I have a good day, and when I focus on what’s bad, I have a bad day. If I focus on a problem, the problem increases; if I focus on the answer, the answer increases.” Big Book pg. 417 


Lord, remind our hearts to quiet our minds in difficult times so that we may feel Your Spirit and know this too shall pass, AMEN. 


“We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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KNOW Pain …KNOW Gain

No pain…no gain…


Maybe it’s different for you, but I can honestly say that I do not enjoy pain of any kind in any form. 


I don’t intentionally go looking for it but I have learned that when I do find myself in pain, there is either a lesson to be learned or an experience to grow from if I look with a willing heart and open mind. 


Staying spiritually fit is hard work but the benefits are immense. 


Sobriety is not easy but the pains from gaining and maintaining it have brought me blessings far beyond what I deserve. 


The same can be said for my journey to attain physical health and fitness. 


God gives us the pain inside of every challenge to encourage us to find the benefit He has for us. 


Check your experience… 


“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are halfway through.” Big Book pg. 83 


Lord when we are in pain, please remind our hearts to seek the goodness we can gain from seeking Your will, AMEN. 


“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:2-4 


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? 

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

Don’t drink the Kool-Aid, just drink the water… 


We buy products based on our experience. 


I have learned the hard way that a pretty package can be misleading. 


It’s what’s inside that counts. 


We look for the quick fix and instant gratification because that is our cultural norm these days, but do we get the long term and permanent results? 


Perhaps it’s different for you, but I have only found that through seeking spiritual growth daily and working on me and my attitudes and habits… 


Check your experience… 


“Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did.” Big Book pg. 52 


Lord, thank You for quenching the thirst in our souls through Your Word and Spirit, AMEN. 


“Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst — not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” John 4: 14 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Hearing check…


Our hearing comes in all forms. 


Did you know that along with the ears attached to our head we also have other ears? 


We have mental ears that allow our human instincts to silently hear the world around us. 


We also have spiritual ears that allow our hearts to hear the Holy Spirit. 


While we use the ears attached to our heads to hear the normal everyday stuff life brings along with our “selective hearing” of only what we want to hear, our instinctual ears hear that faucet dripping before we realize it. 


More importantly, our spiritual ears allow our heart to hear the Holy Spirit and guide us towards God’s will and away from our own selfish will… 


Check your experience… 


“We never gave the spiritual side of life a fair hearing.” Big Book pg. 50 


Lord, let us hear Your Word with our Spiritual ears, AMEN.
 
 “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, this is the way you should go,” Isaiah 30:21


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? 

Are You a Member?

Membership has its privileges…


How many “memberships” do you have? 


I have a few. 


There’s my Amazon Prime, PayPal, AARP, (hold the wise cracks, I have a point to make) Triple A, AA, SCAA, the gym, and… oh yeah,.. 


the SPIRITUAL GYM! 


I hope you have a membership to the last one too. 


It’s free, but the dues are paid daily through being in the Word, prayer, and service. 


Are you an active member?..


Check your experience…


“What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.” Big Book pg. 83 


Lord let us exercise and grow our Spiritual life through Your Word, prayer, and service daily, AMEN. 


“Train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come” 1 Timothy 4:7-8 


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 get you out of where you are? 


Email today lets 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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Regaining Our Sight

Regaining our sight..


Have you ever noticed how our attitudes, behaviors, and even our sight can be influenced by pride, anger, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, and or sloth? (PAGLEGS) 


These are influenced by our self-driven fears and change how we see things from how things actually are. 

Vision influenced by emotions is not clear vision. 


This poor vision leads us to all sorts of bad choices, actions, and decisions. 


Check your “vision” next time you are being led by emotions into hasty actions. 


Turn your will over to God and watch your vision (and emotions) be restored…


Check your experience… 


“His presence had been blotted out by worldly clamors, mostly those within me. And so, it has been ever since. How blind I had been.” Big Book pg. 12-13 


Lord open the eyes of our hearts so that we can see past the emotions of the moment, AMEN. 


“Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17 


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? 

Shiny People

Have you ever noticed that you are drawn to certain types of people naturally? 


Maybe it’s different for you but I tend to gravitate towards folks who are naturally positive and open. 


I have learned over the years that this is a subconscious act we have within us. 


In my case it’s because I want the positivity that they have. 


I am seeking the Holy Spirit that is shining through them. 


What type of person do you find yourself drawn to?..


Check your experience… 


 “… for deep down in every man, woman, and child, is the fundamental idea of God.” Big Book pg. 55


Lord let Your Spirit shine through us so that others can seek, see, and experience Your Light and grace, AMEN. 


“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 


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 to gain needed skills, mentorship, and training for independent living.


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The Power of Choice

The power of choice… 


We face many choices daily but for me, the most important and constant choice I face is to either seek God’s will or follow my own self-will. 


Maybe some folks think like I used to think when I was first saved that I no longer had to battle with life’s twists, turns, trials, and temptations, because I had Jesus in my heart. 


However, the fact is that God loves us so much that even though through Baptism He fills our heart with His Holy Spirit, He loves us so much and so unconditionally that He allows us to keep our free will. 


Now perhaps it’s different for you, but this is exactly why I must make the choice daily and even hourly at times to seek His will and not give into my selfish self-centered will. 


How do you handle this choice?… 


Check your experience… 


“Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives.” Big Book pg. 86 


Lord, thank You for loving us so complete and unconditionally that you let us keep our free will. Let us exercise this power of choice and choose to seek Your will in all things, AMEN. 


“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 


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?