Upper Room Daily Reflections

Thursday, January 18, 2018

If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t wear it… Most of us are familiar with the story of David and Goliath. Part of the story involves David being outfitted for this epic battle. Not only did the battle gear not properly fit David, but also it was new to him because he had never been in a battle before. He chose not to wear the gear and instead he used what made him feel comfortable, confident, and secure. We know how the story ends, but the point is David chose to battle his giant using tools and gear that he had trust and confidence in. We have the same opportunities with our own giants. Hopefully we have learned what tools and gear works and what does not. The Holy Spirit that resides in each of us is probably the best weapon we could ever have. Look what He did with David! How are you arming yourself with the Holy Spirit to face your giants?.. Check your experience… “We had to have God's help.” Big Book pg 62 Lord, let us put on Your armor daily as we battle the day filled not only with facing our giants, but also with challenges to our spirit and our walk with You, AMEN. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.” 1 Samuel 17:39 Have a blessed day y’all! www.FaithThroughWorksFellowship.org

Wednesday, January 17, 2018





What book you 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 different 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! Daily Inspiration with the Big Book and the Good Book!! Get your copy here! https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_2609328962?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Pastor%20Mark%20Farley&ie=UTF8&url=search-alias%3Daps

Tuesday, January 16, 2018



Don’t give up!.. It’s the middle of January and this is the time that the reality of the resolutions we made sets in. Those of us striving to better ourselves through personal changes are realizing that we have to keep providing the effort in order to see and feel this change. Take heart friends, most things of value are never easily attained! Think about where you were last year that inspired you to want to change and know that as long as you continue to provide the willingness and the effort, the change will come. If your desired change comes from your heart, the Holy Spirit knows how to help you, just trust Him and keep on going!....Check your experience… . “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 or 449. Lord, let us continue on the path of change for the better and seek Your will for us daily, AMEN. “Do not let yourselves get tired of doing good. If we do not give up, we will get what is coming to us at the right time.” Galatians 6:9 Have a blessed day y’all! You can still get a 2017 tax credit for your donation TODAY and …MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 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. $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! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html

Monday, January 15, 2018

He had a dream. Dr. King brought needed change through inspired social justice. He never called for violence. He inspired others to follow his lead and mirror his heartfelt belief that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family. This man did more for the human race in 13 years than anyone did in the 300 plus years prior. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to treat each other and see each other as God see us. His legacy lives on and he has always been an inspiration to me in my walk and in my leadership. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Please look in your hearts today and then look in the mirror. Are we treating others as we wish to be treated? Have a blessed day y’all! http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king

Sunday, January 14, 2018

I can't....HE CAN... I think I will let HIM. Over the years I have learned that alone, I am powerless over people, places, and things. It's when I turn the situations involving people, places, things, and situations over to God and seek His will that it turns out better than I expected. This is why I rely on the first three STEPS daily… 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. Our ideas did not work. But the God idea did.” Big Book pg 52 " Lord I am powerless and only through You is my life manageable, AMEN." I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13 Have a blessed day y'all! You can still get a 2017 tax credit for your donation TODAY and …MAKE A DIFFERENCE! 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. $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! Please help us help others! http://www.furniturebank.us/arizona-tax-credit.html

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Another type of Lotto….It’s fun for me to listen to the plans folks have already made for money if they ever win the lotto. I am impressed at the thoughts, details, and planning that goes into this. It makes me ponder on how much thought and planning we should be making and sharing about our sure bet in heaven that most of us have already won. Is our eye on the prize? Are we making sure our actions, behaviors, and efforts are worthy of the eternal prize?… Check your experience… “Had we not variously worshipped people, sentiment, things, money, and ourselves?” Big Book pg 54 Lord, even though winning large sums of money would be wonderful, it gain us nothing in our eternal life with You, AMEN. “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17 Have a blessed day y’all! If y’all hit the lotto tonight, please remember that 100% of all donations to Furniture Bank www.FurnitureBank.us go directly toward helping folks in need and its completely tax deductible…Just sayin’!... https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=0aK-5Lb6jPSUhO3m65LHG3vRHDXjHZoQEiIcqM8eZSYR9hZrImDHI2MYQfVO7W3j43Q-Pm&country.x=US&locale.x=US

Friday, January 12, 2018

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…. Have you ever noticed the fruit produced tends to depend on the health of the tree? Trees that are given ample water and in well maintained soil produce the best fruit. Trees that get little water and are located in not so fertile soil don’t produce much fruit and the fruit that is produces usually does not compare in quality to a healthier tree. If you think about it, our lives are the same way. When we are connected to a healthy, positive, and nurturing spiritual, emotional, and physical environment, we tend to be healthy for ourselves and others. When our surroundings are full of negativity and all kinds of chaos, we struggle to receive the spiritual food needed to be healthy… The apple does not fall far from the tree! How fertile is your environment?.. Check your experience… “His roots grasped a new soil.” Big Book pg 12 Lord, let us surround ourselves with a fertile environment filled with love, grace, and growth, AMEN. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.” John 15:5 Have a blessed day y’all! Start your day on a positive and inspiring note! Daily Meditations from the Big Book and Good Book combined!https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_2609328962?_encoding=UTF8&field-keywords=Pastor%20Mark%20Farley&ie=UTF8&url=search-alias%3Daps