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Reacting or Responding?

While we CANNOT control what others say and do…


WE CAN control how we choose to let it affect us. 


Have you ever watched a toddler throw a temper tantrum? It’s a crisis for the moment until the parent catches their attention and changes their focus to something else. 


We don’t have to let a bad moment become a bad day! 


Just because some person, place, thing, or situation is neither kind, nor going the way we expect, we don’t have to let it take us hostage for the rest of our day and control our attitudes and actions towards ourselves and others. 


“We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions.” Big Book pg. 88 


Lord please bind this thought into our hearts so that in times of stress, pain, or emotional imbalance we don’t let the words and actions or others take us hostage with fear or anger, AMEN. 


“Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.” James 1:19 


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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Fix Our Eyes On Jesus

What do your eyes focus on?… 


Have you ever considered that our eyes have the ability to not only help us see, but also to direct our actions based on our vision? 


We also make adjustments based on what our eyes see. 


When something is hard to see we increase our focus. 


We either put on sunglasses to shield our eyes from intense light or we turn on a light to see through darkness just to name a few. 


The point is, we naturally react to what our eyes see. 


We even look away when we see something unpleasant or uncomfortable. 


When we constantly see negativity with our eyes and do nothing to adjust our focus, this in turn, affects our thoughts, behaviors, and actions. 


Ultimately, repeated negativity can influence the spiritual eyes of our heart causing it to harden and block out the Holy Spirit. 


How are you adjusting your focus away from negativity and chaos?.. 


Check your experience…


“The outlines and the promise of the New Land had brought luster to tired eyes and fresh courage to flagging spirits.” Big Book pg. 53 


Lord, let us direct our eyes away from negativity and chaos to allow the spiritual eyes of our heart to show us Your grace and love in each situation we face, AMEN. 


“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:2 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Renewal Notices

Renewal notices… 


In the midst of all the posts, communications, and statements concerning New Year’s resolutions, there is another movement taking place. 


Folks are renewing stuff too! 


In our home we have car tags up for renewal along with a few memberships. 


Heck at 61 I can now RENEW my AARP membership and get discounts! 


Aside from all this fiscal and physical activity, we can also take this time to renew …


get it…RE – NEW…our spiritual life and relationship. 


New Small Groups, Bible studies, and devotions are a great way to start just to name a few. 


What are you doing to RE-NEW your spiritual life?… 


Check your experience…


“Renewing my resolve, I tried again” Big Book pg 5 


Lord, let us renew our relationship with you as this New Year begins. Help us to open our hearts and minds to seek and do Your will, AMEN. 


“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” Ephesians 4:23 


Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Foundations

Remember the story about the 3 little pigs and the big bad wolf? 


If you don’t then Google it, but if you do then you will know the moral of the story. 


We are only as safe and firm as our foundation and the materials we choose to use to build with. 


I have seen this throughout my life. 


From the choices I have made to the habits, rewards, and even consequences that have come from them, 


I have learned that I have to make sure I am building onto my foundation with solid spiritual principle materials to protect me from the challenges that can and will come my way. 


What is your foundation built upon?  


What spiritual materials are you using? …


Check your experience…. 


“It has been repeatedly proven among us that upon this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective spiritual structure can be built.” Big Book pg 47. 


Lord let us build our foundation of faith with the materials of Your Word, AMEN. 


“I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” Luke 6: 47-49 


 Have a blessed day Y’all! 


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Resolution or Decision?

Didja make a New Years Resolution or a DECISION?.. 


There is a huge difference between a resolution and a decision. 


Resolutions allow us to claim a change and support a thought while requiring little or no action. 


DECISIONS are based on actions that come from thoughts that motivate us to apply changes to our thinking, behaviors, and actions. 


Resolutions sound good but DECISIONS bring about the needed action required for change. 



We have a fresh slate of 365 days folks, what’s it gonna be for you?…


Check your experience… 


“To be vital, faith must be accompanied by self-sacrifice and unselfish, constructive action.” Big Book pg 93 


Lord, let us apply the actions to bring about the needed changes in our lives, AMEN. 


 “See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness.” Isaiah 43:19 
Y’all! 


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


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Turn the Page

Turn the page…. 

Many resolutions will be posted tomorrow and while it’s encouraging to see so many intent on change, we need to remember that change begins inside of us. 


Without our change of heart, mind, and soul, nothing really changes. 

The great news is that we are each capable of change and that there is a plan for success waiting for us if we would only allow ourselves to commit to Christ… 


Check your experience.. 


“We had to ask ourselves why we shouldn’t apply to our human problems this same readiness to change our point of view.” Big Book pg 52 


Lord let us look inside our hearts to see the changes we need and to turn our will and our lives over to You in order to see the plan You have for us, AMEN.  


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


Have a Safe New Year’s Eve 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? 

Looking in the Mirror

Looking in the mirror… 


2024 is almost here and for many of us it’s a time for fresh starts and healthy changes. 


While these are noble goals based on good thoughts and great intentions, it seems that no matter where we go or what we do differently, the same person inside of us is still involved! 


Now maybe it’s different for you,
 but I have learned that until I look inside myself to see what is fueling my actions, attitudes, and behaviors, that new thing I attempt to do will not bring new results UNLESS I first change those things inside of me that drive my thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. 


Until I can see that these things inside of me that drive my choices need to change,.. nothing will change!…


Check your experience… 


“Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.” Big Book pg. 59 


Lord, let us first rid ourselves of the character defects that drive our poor choices then we can seek Your will to enjoy the benefit of healthy change, AMEN


“For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” James 3:16 


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 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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Depending…

We all use some form of DEPENDS!..


Yup, I said it! 


While the adult diaper is a necessity for some folks, we all have something we DEPEND upon. 


Think about it! 


We depend on our employers to pay us for our work, our work to create the lifestyles we live, and even the light switch to turn on the light, just to name just a few. 


What about our thought and spiritual life? 


What are we using as a mechanism to allow us to depend? 


Hopefully we have found a spiritual path that works. 


My DEPENDS and in place and my faith allows me to rely on a relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 


What are your DEPENDS?.. 


Check your experience… 


“It depends on us and on our motives.” Big Book pg 70. 


Lord, thank You for showing us again and again that faith in You, seeking Your will, and trusting Your word brings us peace, grace, comfort, and joy, AMEN. 


“Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you.” Psalm 37:5 


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? 

First Things First

First things first… 


There seems to be a natural order of things. 


We first must learn to walk before we run. 


Athletes practice over and over to gain the needed skills and endurance for their chosen sport. 


Hopefully we learn to get along with others before we enter into long term relationships! 


It’s the same with our spiritual journey.


In order to understand God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, we have to first seek His plan and will for us. 


Maybe it’s different for you, but I have tried many times to get God to do things my way and it has never worked, 


but when I set my wants and will on the side and seek His will for me, things turn out better than I could have even imagined. 

How’s that working out for you?.. 


Check your experience… 


“Each individual, in the personal stories, describes in his own language and from his own point of view the way he established his relationship with God.” Big Book pg 29 


Lord, let us first seek Your will for us, AMEN. 


“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 


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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Those Hard to Open Presents

Those hard to open presents…. 


It seems we have had that one gift that is hard to open. 


You know, the one that is wrapped so tight it takes something stronger than kitchen scissors to open and usually contains what seems like military grade indestructible packaging? 


Maybe it’s different for you but each year someone in our family receives this well-wrapped gift and we all get to watch the receiver try with all their might to open. 


Sometimes we even have to pitch in to complete the task. In the end the gift is opened, and usually heartfelt thanks is offered to the giver…note that I shared “usually”!! 


We can have the same challenge with our spiritual life. 


 When we get wrapped so tightly in worldly clamors and bound up deep in material wants and self-will, we make it nearly impossible to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit that resides in our hearts. 


It’s not that we don’t deserve God’s spiritual love and gifts,…


rather it’s the fact that we are bound up, or wrapped so tightly if you will, in the chaos of this material world that we cannot open our hearts to receive God’s love, grace, and peace


Check your experience… 


“We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him.” Big Book pg 46 


Lord, help us to open our hearts to receive Your gifts of love, grace, and everlasting life, AMEN. 


 “Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.” Ephesians 4:18 


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!