Category: Guys With God


Turning blessings into burdens

One of the battles I struggle with quite often is taking the blessings that God has given me, and turning them into burdens! I tend to look at things in my life, and instead of being grateful, I am sometimes hateful! For me, it seems always easier to focus on the bad in something, instead of being grateful that I am blessed to have it. One area of that is in my marriage! I need to change my focus! It is a blessing, and not a burden! I have to change my perspective! I need to look at my wife through God’s eyes, and not mine!

A Few Fish and Some Bread

Some loaves and a few fish…

Sometimes when worldly needs and demands pile up we can begin to feel overwhelmed with responsibilities and requests that our minds have a hard time wrapping our heads around. 

When our heads do the math, it doesn’t always add up causing fear and anxiety. 

Just remember, if it is God’s will, it will happen, perhaps not the way we imagine, but it will happen. 

Just look at the 4000 Jesus fed with 7 loaves and few fish! … 

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

Lord, let us bring our needs, wants, and desires to You in prayer and pray to WANT what we get and not to GET what we think we want! AMEN. 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6 

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We Gotta Put It On

We gotta put it on…

Have you ever noticed that we have to make many choices daily? 

We decide what clothes to wear, what foods to eat and even the routes to take to get us from place to place. 

Some requires a lot of thought and some very little, but either way we have to give it our thoughts and make our choice. 

It’s the same in our Spiritual life. 

Even though we are saved and promised eternal life when we take Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He still gives us the free will to choose our Spiritual walk daily. 

So how is that working out for you? 

Are you choosing to put on your Spiritual Armor daily and walk in His path? ..

Check your experience…

“walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress.” Big Book pg. 100

 Lord, let us put on Your Spiritual Armor daily and walk covered and protected, AMEN. 

“..and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.”
Ephesians 4:24 

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Where’s Your Focus?


It’s amazing to me how elite athletes stay focused on their game despite the distractions all around them, or how actors and artists keep their focus on their craft and avoid distractions. 

It’s a great testimony seeing how focus leads to the end result. 

Spiritually speaking, we have the same opportunity with our focus. 

Practice in prayer over the years has taught me that when I focus my prayer life on being in tune with God’s will for the person, place, or thing I am praying for I get the blessing to be free from…

praying to GET what I WANT and instead I have the Spirit, heart, and mind to…

… WANT what I GET from my prayers. 

How’s this working out for you? 

Check your experience… 

“praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.” Big Book pg 59 

Lord, let us pray to want what we get instead of praying to get what we want, AMEN. 

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.” Ephesians 6:18 

 Have a blessed day Y’all! 

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Happy Fathers Day

 Your faith will be a refuge for your children

“Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26

Happy Father’s Day Men!
As you enjoy your day today please consider this calling that God has placed upon us. Remember the word “FEAR” here means respect and trust. So, what I wanted to share with you about this verse is that God needs us to model our faith and live it out in front of those in our lives, From our kids, spouses, family, friends, and employer to those we randomly encounter. God needs us to wear our faith as part of our daily armor so that we are not only covered by the Holy Spirit in all that we do, but also we are a living example of what  love and trust in Jesus does for us! Happy Father’s Day!

Testing of Your Faith

James 1:2-4 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Most of us tend to avoid suffering, hardship, or troubles at all costs. Life events such as job or career loss, financial hardship, medical issues, divorce, or even loss of reputation and image tend to undermine our self-confidence and derail our faith. When bad things happen in life the impulse is to try and stay happy and confident, or grin and bear it. This attitude often leads to aggravating or avoiding our troubles through medication, distractions, denial, or anything that will allow us to avoid the real problem. For the faithful, we may just direct our frustrations toward God, praying for Him to intervene or even wondering why He allowed these troubles to overcome us.

I once attended a seminar series called Landmark Forum. The Landmark training uses 23 techniques to help you to separate what really happens to you from what you think about what happens to you. One of the key outcomes of the program is answering the question of whether we are just machines responding to stimulus and acting upon it or are we something more than our physical machines? Many people think of themselves in terms of their body being like a machine driven their physical desires. The Landmark Forum teaches you to reframe your mind to exist separately from the drives of your machine (your physical body). This is not a Christian or spiritual type of teaching or experience, but rather a psychological one based on human language and emotions.

In simple terms, the Landmark Forum seeks to remove some of the primary drives of your physical body from your decision-making processes – the ultimate definition of an open mind! Human drives originate from basic necessities like food, water, and shelter, but in modern society these needs are no longer based on our ability to directly obtain these necessities. Our basic needs are sustained indirectly through our social status. Thus, we get access to basic necessities based on how well we are at looking good and avoiding looking bad. Modern society, especially with the rise of social media, makes us rely primarily on our social status to thrive or even just survive. For example, a homeless or street person has challenges with getting basic necessities because their social status for earning money and obtaining a place to live is diminished. The broken people in society have become slaves to their need for social validation to the point that they cannot see themselves as separate from their physical urges and addictions.

As Christians we know that God is in control, even if we face trials and tribulation. In times of troubles, it is hard not to wonder if God is mad at us or He is just letting us suffer the consequences of our bad decisions. What if these times of trial and hardship are actually good things? What if they have a constructive purpose? What if they are not about us, but about God’s love and His will to make us more mature, more focused, more rugged, more fruitful? Look at John 15:2 where Jesus says he will prune “every branch that does bear fruit,” so that “it may bear more fruit”. Most of us would likely agree that while we certainly did not enjoy past times of hardship and tribulation, we do like the growth that resulted from them. Maybe the words of James and other Apostles make more sense in the context of who we are after God helps us through times of despair!

If you are going through something tough right now, keep your eye on God. Pray, read the Bible, talk about it with trusted friends. But don’t try to flee from it. Let God’s love do the work in building trust that will last forever.


Over the past several months I’ve been on a journey of discovering how prideful I am! It seems the more I realize how much pride I have, the more I see how prideful I am! It really comes out when someone, (usually my wife), doesn’t say, do, or act in a way in which I believe is right! I get angry, frustrated, and disappointed because I didn’t get my way. Anyone else feel that way?