Daily Hope and Inspiration with Pastor Mark

Spiritually filled positive thoughts and actions to help start the day the right way!

  • Pastor Mark Farley

This is a fun time of year to watch people, if you are a people watcher! It’s so inspiring to see the love folks have for others displayed as they shop and search for the gifts that they want to get for their loved ones. They forgo lunch to shop, they multi-task in order to have extra time to pick up the items that they want to give loved ones, and they even cover for one another on other tasks to allow the time needed to pick up the treasures to put under the tree. 

What is so inspiring to me about seeing these activities is that it shows me that the Holy Spirit is alive and working in the hearts of others. It’s a spiritual principal to put others before ourselves and this is a great time of year to see folks naturally doing this motivated by the love fueled by the Holy Spirit in their hearts. It’s hard to see this in ourselves but easy to see in others. Do you find yourself putting others before you? Check your experience… 

“Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and the people about us.” Big Book pg 77

Lord, let us put others first in order to learn Your will for us, AMEN. 

“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Have a blessed day y’all! 

  • Pastor Mark Farley

It’s amazing and enjoyable to see the many lighting and lawn displays this time of year as we celebrate the Christmas season. What a credit it is to our resourcefulness and technological advancements seeing how all of these amazing displays are powered. There is even a gadget that electronically coats the entire outside of your home in electronic moving Christmas lights!  It seems there is power available to support whatever we can imagine.  That leads me to think about the things inside of us that perhaps either pride, fear, and or negativity keep us from trying, doing, or experiencing. 

Perhaps it’s different for you, but “the committee” residing in my mind used to prevent me from trying to improve myself, not to mention growing mentally and spiritually.  The result was I stayed stuck in my own mental prison void of spiritual growth and freedom from the bondage. It all changed when I was able to choose to fight for my freedom. As I grew my sobriety and my spiritual life, my fears quieted down, my pride and self-centeredness decreased, and the committee in my mind was voted out of office! Just like the virtually unlimited power sources we have in our homes, I was able to tap into the unlimited Power Source of Jesus and sobriety based on the maintenance of my spiritual condition through daily working of the 12 Steps. Where are you getting your power from? Check your experience…

“Much has already been said about receiving strength, inspiration, and direction from Him who has all knowledge and power.” Big Book pg 85  

Lord,  let us tap into Your power, grace and love to fuel and support all areas of our lives, AMEN 

“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth.” 2 Timothy 4:17 

Have a blessed day y’all!

  • Pastor Mark Farley

Clearing our vision. Those of us who wear eyeglasses know that we have to frequently clean them in order to have clear vision. Most of us enjoy a clean windshield free of debris as we drive our cars.  It’s even beneficial to clean our tablet, laptop, and computer screens, in order to see images a clearly. So why is it we allow our internal vision to be clouded like a pair of dark sunglasses? Think about it.

Perhaps it’s different for you, but there have been times in my life where I have allowed the influences of people, places, and things to cloud my visions and not see the truth. Unfortunately, consequences followed because of my inability to see clearly. I have learned over time through the 12 Steps and in having a daily relationship with Jesus in my life that I can keep the eyes of my heart free and clear of external negative influences along with my own selfish self-centered pride filled wishes by  constantly seeking and doing God’s will.

What helps me the best to keep the eyes of my heart clear is to have folks in my life that also seek God’s will over their own will. Check your experience…

“See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others.” Big Book pg 164  

Lord, let us open the eyes of our heart and clean away anything that clouds or blocks our vision and relationship with You, AMEN. 

“First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”  Luke 6:42

Have a blessed day y’all!

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