Upper Room Daily Reflections

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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 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! Start your day on a positive note! Daily devotions with the Big Book and Bible combined! Paperback and Kindle versions are now available!! Every penny goes to support Faith Through Works Fellowship ministries including our beloved Furniture Bank! Please order yours today and help us help others! https://smile.amazon.com/Daily-Devotions-Pastor-Mark-Devotionals/dp/1980273847/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520092403&sr=8-2&keywords=pastor+mark+farley

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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 sort 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! Furniture Bank has been nominated for nonprofit of the year!! WE NEED YOUR VOTES!!!!! AZ Foothills Magazine will be giving away a media sponsorship package to the winner! 1 vote per email address per day now through April 27 https://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/nonprofit-of-the-year-2018/voting/227.html


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"Render to Caesar what is Caesar's" .... It's tax day. I am sure it is a very busy day for my friend Karl Schwab and others who help us math deficient, procrastinating Americans to do our legal requirements by the deadline! This is a condition of being free and a citizen but in no way should we perceive our government as our Master. One quick look in the mirror of our lives will reveal what we choose to be our Master. Some of us through our habits choose the almighty dollar, others become slaves of sorts to material things, places, and or people. Folks it's only through Jesus that we can be truly free and gain eternal life though serving the only true Master. ... Check your experience. ... "Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. “How can I best serve Thee-Thy will (not mine) be done.” These are thoughts which must go with us constantly." Big Book pg 83. Lord let us respect our commitments to work and our country, but continue to train and remind our hearts that we only need to serve our one and only Master, AMEN. "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other." Matthew 6:24 Have a blessed day y'all! THERE IS STILL TIME to get your 2017 AZ Tax Credit! YES for 2017! Come on now….MAKE A DIFFERENCE! $400 provides furniture to make a house into a home for our clients and families escaping homelessness and hopelessness. Furniture Bank is a 501c3 public charity and every penny donated goes toward helping our families, veterans, and individuals in need. We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! You can donate any amount for a tax deduction and tax receipt, BUT…. a gift of either $400 as an individual or $800 as a couple to Furniture Bank, Inc. a 501c3 public charity, can also reduce your tax bill to the State of Arizona by that amount dollar for dollar! Visit our website www.FurnitureBank.us and click on the PayPal button for a secure transaction and tax receipt that will follow within 48 hours. Please help us help others! We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html

Monday, April 16, 2018

Where does your mind wander? ... We are exposed daily to a multitude of sights, sounds, and even smells that are designed to grab our attention. It's ok and even healthy in most cases to have our minds momentarily stimulated by different sights and sounds but.... if we linger on that image or sound too long it can become a distraction. Repetitive distractions lead to changes in our behaviors, habits, and attitudes. Overtime if this continues our spiritual life can become challenged and even halted. Then the distraction becomes our addiction. .... Remember folks where your mind wanders your heart follows. ... 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 help us through the power of Your Holy Spirit inside each of us to keep our hearts immune to permanent earthly distractions, AMEN. "Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse." Philippians 4:8 Have a blessed day y'all! THERE IS STILL TIME to get your 2017 AZ Tax Credit! YES for 2016! Come on now….MAKE A DIFFERENCE! $400 provides furniture to make a house into a home for our clients and families escaping homelessness and hopelessness. Furniture Bank is a 501c3 public charity and every penny donated goes toward helping our families, veterans, and individuals in need. We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! You can donate any amount for a tax deduction and tax receipt, BUT…. a gift of either $400 as an individual or $800 as a couple to Furniture Bank, Inc. a 501c3 public charity, can also reduce your tax bill to the State of Arizona by that amount dollar for dollar! Visit our websitewww.FurnitureBank.us and click on the PayPal button for a secure transaction and tax receipt that will follow within 48 hours. Please help us help others! We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html

Sunday, April 15, 2018

When the going gets tough. ... There are times when we are faced with a difficult decision or situation, it seems to be a part of being human. Perhaps you are healthier mentally and spiritually than me, but my initial gut reaction is to feel alone, isolate, and let my self-generated fears turn the difficult moment into a bad choice. Over the years I have learned to expect this reaction in me and to not act on it. I turn to prayer and invite the Holy Spirit to guide my words, actions, and choices. When I do, I no longer feel alone, defeated, or fearful. Sure I still have to walk through the situation but I no longer let it control me and my attitudes. I remind myself that God has me covered with His Spiritual Armor and I walk through it. Is God helping you through those rough patches? ... Check your experience. ... “What seemed at first a flimsy reed, has proved to be the loving and powerful hand of God.” Big Book pg 28 Lord remind our hearts and quiet our minds in times of difficulty that You are with us no matter what, AMEN. "When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown!” Isaiah 43:2 Have a blessed day y'all! THERE IS STILL TIME to get your 2017 AZ Tax Credit! YES for 2017! Come on now….MAKE A DIFFERENCE! $400 provides furniture to make a house into a home for our clients and families escaping homelessness and hopelessness. Furniture Bank is a 501c3 public charity and every penny donated goes toward helping our families, veterans, and individuals in need. We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! You can donate any amount for a tax deduction and tax receipt, BUT…. a gift of either $400 as an individual or $800 as a couple to Furniture Bank, Inc. a 501c3 public charity, can also reduce your tax bill to the State of Arizona by that amount dollar for dollar! Visit our website www.FurnitureBank.us and click on the PayPal button for a secure transaction and tax receipt that will follow within 48 hours. Please help us help others! We are in the hand-UP business and not the HANDOUT GAME! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html

Saturday, April 14, 2018

We remain free through serving others… This is an odd concept yet for those of us who have experienced serving someone or something out of the kindness of our hearts with no expectation of return get it. Think about it for a moment. Every day we naturally help, assist, or give a hand to someone or something instinctually. From parents caring for their children’s needs to yielding the right of way to another while we walk or drive, we are instinctually serving. It’s part of our nature. The Spiritual principle supporting this is the fact that through serving others, we are humbling ourselves to put another’s needs before our wants. The feeling you get is immeasurable when you do something for someone who can never pay you back. Helping others, does in fact, help ourselves…Check your experience… “Helping others is the foundation stone” Big Book pg 97 Lord, let us exercise and grow our freedom through helping others, AMEN. “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 have a blessed day y’all! Huge BACK YARD Sale 7 AM to NOON TODAY! Saturday April 14! A Portion of the proceeds GO TO FURNITURE BANK! Help us to help furnish the homes of the families, veterans, and individuals emerging from homelessness and hopelessness! You don’t want to miss this one!!! info@furniturebank.us www.FurnitureBank.us

Friday, April 13, 2018

Choose your words. ... Words can either heal, help, or hurt, depending on how we choose to use them. One of the things we can't recall, rewind, or take back are the words that come flying from our mouths fueled by fear, anger, or other emotions of the moment. I have learned painfully over the years that it's best for me to not let the emotions of the moment inside of me fuel my words. I have found that when, instead of letting my emotions of the moment lead the charge of my “verbal vomit”, I quietly give the words to God and let the Holy Spirit guide my emotions and quiet my will, that I use better words for the situation. ... Check your experience. ... "Patience, tolerance, understanding and love are the watchwords." Big Book pg 118. Lord let the words we choose be fueled with love, kindness, and encouragement, AMEN. "The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl." Proverbs 25:11 Have a blessed day y'all! Huge BACK YARD Sale 7 AM to NOON Saturday April 14! A Portion of the proceeds GO TO FURNITURE BANK! Help us to help furnish the homes of the families, veterans, and individuals emerging from homelessness and hopelessness! You don’t want to miss this one!!! info@furniturebank.us www.FurnitureBank.us