Gideon.. The Maker of Shirts

s-l300Good Morning Readers!

First off, I want to thank everyone for the kind words of encouragement when it comes to writing again. I really appreciate each and every one of you.

As normal, you are probably wondering where the title of this post is going. I work for a pretty big online custom apparel company. I had a custom the other day pronounce the word/brand of shirt Gildan, Gideon. I thought it was rather comical, but it got me thinking.

Does anyone ever check the dresser or night stands for the Gideon Bible? Does that even still exist? The last couple times I have traveled, I have looked, but have come up empty. Have the Gideon’s stopped handing out/leaving Bibles? Has our world changed so much that the act of sharing the Gospel has changed?

These are just some questions that popped up in my head after speaking with my customer.

What are your thoughts?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Pay Attention And Learn Something: Become a Coach-able Man

karate-kid-i-teach Good Thursday afternoon readers! I hope this week has been good for you so far. Today we start chapter 2 of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick.

What does the word coach-able mean to you? Does it pertain only to sports, or can it be used in other life scenarios? In this case, it is someone who is willing to take and respond rightly to critique.

Who is your mentor? If you don’t have one, find one. You need someone in your life to act as your coach. Great coaches see something in us that we can’t see ourselves, and they work patiently with us to call it out of us. A great coach helps us become who we are and discover the buried inner glory that is waiting to emerge. They also challenge us to see something new in our world. They expand our horizons and introduce to areas that we never knew existed.

I myself really haven’t ever had a mentor, and I desperately think I need one. I haven’t really been able to connect with someone I can look up to, and be coached by. There may be people in my life that are willing to do this for me, but I have to allow them to as well.

For me, the search starts now.

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Stay In the Present

Be-Present Good evening everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. We are almost through chapter 1 of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick. I am really enjoying this book, and I hope you are! To be fair to you as a reader, and fair to the author, the remaining posts about this book will be more of my thoughts and feelings, vs. having just a summary of what I read. I hope you don’t mind.

Ever dream about what your life would have been like if you had taken a different path? Ever dream about what your life will be like in the future? I would be lying if I said no to either one of those questions. I have caught myself thinking more about the future, than the past lately.My past haunts me and my future though.

The decisions about my future, and where my life is going, ultimately could have been taken care of in the past. My health, finances, and living arrangements, could be completely different if my decisions and actions would have been different. Honestly, all this is doing is playing the what-if game. God says to do things differently.

Determined men refuse the nostalgia of the pastor the speculation of the future. Instead, they embrace the present because they know that every choice right now determines how the future will look. They don’t shrink from reality by courageously confront it. They stare down the temptation to escape into the past or daydream about the days ahead, while fighting to embrace the world around them even as they seek to change it for the better.– Darrin Patrick

I am going to challenge myself to live daily in the present. What can I do each day to live this way? What can I accomplish each day, that will make my situation better?

Will you take that challenge?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Friday Night Date Night (4/24/2015)

pacman-2 It’s Friday readers! You know what that means! It’s DATE NIGHT!

Just like last Friday, today I will be featuring a randomly selected date idea from 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide For Praying, Playing, and Staying Together by Randy Southern.

Arcade Date

Jesus encourages us to bring childlike perspective to our walk with Him. Children are trusting, humble, dependent, and able to be shaped and molded. Being childlike occasionally will help our spiritual. emotional, and relational health.

1) Try and find an old-school arcade that has games from your youth.This will allow you to re-connect with your younger self. That is what this date is all about.

2) Help each other understand why those games meant something to you. Maybe share some stories about going to an arcade when you were younger.

3) Play games as a team or even against each other. Make sure both of you gets equal time playing.

AVOID BEING OVER COMPETITIVE! HAVE FUN AND DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY!

Before your date ends, involve a discussion about your faith.

Deeper Connection

What does it mean to have childlike faith?

What are some of the things that happen to people’s faith as they get older that Jesus wants us to avoid?

How can we encourage each other to maintain a childlike faith?

Check out the following scripture that talk about childlike perspective.

Psalm 8:2

Matthew 19:14

Mark 10:13-16

Well I hope you enjoy your date night!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Lose Your Excuses

no-excuses Good Monday afternoon everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Today we will be discussing excuses. If you don’t already know, we are currently reading The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick. To start at the beginning, click here.

We have been talking about what holds us back. What are the excuses you give? A popular excuse that we give for the lack of focus, direction, and drive is our upbringing. A lot of people don’t realize that the past doesn’t have to determine your current or future.

Determination done right is to say no to one thing and yes to something else. We have to face the past and pick the right path forward. As you know, things will get in the way as we go down that path. The choices we make won’t come easy.

The key to success is to lose the excuses, and quit viewing yourself as a victim of circumstance.

The time is now. Do you accept the challenge?

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Friday Night Date Night (04/17/2015)

DateNightGood morning everyone! Today is Friday, and what does that mean? It’s date night! See ladies, I told you I would be posting just for you. The date nights will be posted every Friday while I am blogging through The Dude’s Guide to Manhood. Each date will be different, and will be coming from the book 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide For Praying, Playing, and Staying Together by Randy Southern.

THE LEGO DATE

Can two adults really have a great date with nothing more than a pile of small, brightly colored notched bricks? That’s the question the Lego Date aims to answer. The key is not necessarily the activity itself, but what it represents—- and what it encourages you to talk about. During this date, you are building something as a team—- just as you are in your life together.

1) Choose your medium. It doesn’t have to be Legos. It could be Lincoln Logs.

2) The cheaper the better. No need to spend $300.00 on a Star Wars set.

3) Aim for maximum togetherness. Both of you should be hands-on during construction.

4) Use the building analogy as a jumping-off point for conversation. You’re building a relationship, a family, a life together, and a vehicle for God’s work. Talk about how the “construction” has gone to this point. How well have you learned to work together? Are you satisfied with the results?

5) Take pictures. Pose with your work.

Before your date ends, take it to God. Thank God for your significant other. Thank Him for the influence that relationship has had on your life. Ask Him to help you maintain a spirit fo cooperation and mutual respect for what the other person brings to the “building process”.

DEEPER CONNECTION

Here is some scripture about building something together.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Joshua 24:15

Colossians 3:12-14

Well I hope you enjoy your date night!

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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Turning To Face The Struggles In Life

logoGood Thursday afternoon! Tomorrow is Friday! I have a little something for the ladies planned for tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!

So.. Let’s pick up The Dude’s Guide To Manhoodand continue our study! If you want to start at the beginning, click here.

Struggle. Everyone struggles from time to time. God designed life to be that way. Life is not always fun and games. That is just a fact we have to get used to. Becoming that determined man, doesn’t mean you have to ignore the struggles of life. We need to let God’s supernatural strength persevere in the midst of our struggle.

Determination isn’t always about succeeding. Sometimes determination simply means surviving, pressing on in the face of what feels like insurmountable obstacles. — Darrin Patrick

What do you struggle with? Have you talked with God or anyone about them?

James 1:2-4 “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.”

Until next time readers, God Bless!

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