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Wednesday, May 29 2019
DADs...
This week I heard a great question asked…“what defines you?”
Many would say their job, title or career.
 
Many of us might let our finances…awards or possessions define us.
 
How about you? 
While all of those things may be worthwhile goals…all of these things are only temporary. 
All of these things are what the world tells us is important.
 
So how do we know what should define us?
 
The Bible says this in Philippians 4:8:
"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, 
whatever is just, whatever is pure,  whatever is lovely, 
whatever is commendable—
if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—
dwell on these things”
Could it be then…”what we dwell in…defines us?”
Its time to “dwell well” my brothers!
 
DADs…“get in the game”…
Today is game day…and so is every day God gives you! So…C’mon men…Suit Up!


 

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Wednesday, May 22 2019
DADs…a good friend and mentor once told me that he believed
every person should have his own vision statement.
 
Now being a goal setter…
I always understood the importance of having goals to achieve…
and a vision statement for my work…
but, I had never considered my own personal vision statement.
 
Since then, I have not only set my own individual vision statement,
I am developing one for my family as well.
 
But the one thing I must remember…
is that it is always great to have a plan and a vision,
but, to seek God’s counsel and pray along the way… 
 
As it says in 
Plans fail when there is no counsel, 
but with many advisers they succeed.
 
And it reads in...
Proverbs 16:
A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps.
 
It is so important to write your vision today…but seek God along the way! 
 
DADs
“get in the game”…
Today is game day…
and so is every day…
God gives you! So…
C’mon men…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, May 15 2019
I have always known this. 
God placed this on my heart long ago and we started Suit Up Ministries.
BUT…to see it in action always seals the deal and reinforces our vision! 
This past Tuesday…I had grandpa duty with granddaughter one…while granddaughter two was being born. My one responsibility…my mission...two words: TESSA KAY.
After a full day of practicing my "grandpa-ability"…we made it to the hospital that evening…to welcome Tessa Kay’s new baby sister Mia Rechelle!
Walking down the hall my son in law Josh was taking his new daughter to their new room with nurses and mommy close by. Well when Tessa Kay saw just a glimpse of her dad all the way down the hall…she starting calling out…”daddy…daddy”
When she saw daddy was busy for the moment Tessa Kay did not understand. All the way down the hall she continued calling out “daddy”…Tessa Kay was not going to be denied. 
She wanted her daddy and Josh heard her. He came out of the room and Tessa Kay ran into his embrace. She was safe and in her daddy’s arms once again. 
As you can imagine…my allergies flared up and I was again reminded that there is no substitute for a little child’s dad. 
I am so grateful that my daughter has a husband that not only loves her…(my precious little girl) but is the dad Tessa Kay and Mia needs!
But…then it hit me…right there in the hospital hallway…as it made me think of all those precious kids calling out for daddy and dad is nowhere to be seen!
Men we show up for sports...guys night out...hunting expeditions...we often try to relive our glory days in softball leagues...purchasing things thinking we will find happiness...but too many men and the statistics are real…fail to show up for our kids and family.
If you are a man that is a father…move to the next level and be the DAD. Better…than that... be the DAD WARRORWARE READY…RELENTLESS IOUR RESPONSIBILITIES! And what is the greatest RESPONSIBILITY of all? Being the DAD God has called us all to be! There is no substitute for a dad!
I pray for all dads to be the DAD God has called us to be and prayers of gratitude for the many mom’s that every day stand in the gap for their kids!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…
get off the bench…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
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Wednesday, May 08 2019

DADs…have you ever been around a person that has a contagious personality?

A person that seems to possess an intangible quality that cannot be easily duplicated. Even when enduring difficult circumstances?

Whenever I encounter a person like that…it motivates me to be better.

Usually if I am able to spend any time with them at all…it becomes clear that the origin of their contagious qualities stems from a deep relationship with Jesus Christ.   

I Thessalonians 1:6
and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with the joy from the Holy Spirit.

DADs...Be contagious. A contagious Christian…A contagious DAD...by imitating His teachings and positively living your life for Him.  

DADs…“get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you! So…

C’mon Men…Suit Up!

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Wednesday, May 01 2019

DADs…

Have you ever been afraid?  
Afraid to fail, afraid of how things will turn out, afraid to try? Have you ever been in over your head or wondered if certain situations would ever turn around? Well, you’re in good company.  We can read about people in situations like that all through the Bible. But in every situation, surrounded by uncertainty, they overcome when they rise up and determine to believe God. You can too! God believes in you. You are pre-wired for victory in the midst of scary situations. When you feel scared and overwhelmed, God wants you to be strong and courageous! What God Said to Joshua I think one of the greatest examples of someone being in over their head but coming out on top is Joshua. He had to take over a group of several million difficult people in the midst of trouble. And he had to follow a great leader. I know he had moments of fear when he looked at the insurmountable task of taking the children of Israel into the promised land. Look how many times God had to tell him to be strong! You and I can take these verses to heart as well when we feel overwhelmed.  
DADs…put your name in there:
Deuteronomy 31:6 - “Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, 
for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:7 - “And Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, 
Be strong, courageous, and firm, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to possess it.”
Deuteronomy 31:23 – “And [the Lord] charged Joshua son of Nun, 
Be strong and courageous and firm, for you shall bring the Israelites into the land which I swore to give them, and I will be with you.
Joshua 1:7 - “Only you be strong and very courageous, that you may do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 – “Have not I commanded you? (commanded!). Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:18 - “Only be strong, vigorous, and of good courage.”
Joshua 10:25 - “Joshua said to them, Fear not nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage. For thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom you fight.”

It’s Normal

DADs...I don’t know about you, but those verses encourage me. 
God is with us! If you’re going through a potentially fearful situation, read them again and again to build your faith. Notice how many times God had to tell Joshua to be strong and courageous when he first stepped into his position. I believe the pressures at the beginning of an undertaking for God are greater, because the devil knows it’s easier to uproot you when you’re small.  Don’t succumb! Also notice that by chapter 10, Joshua had learned it for himself and could pass it on to his people. These verses let us to know that it’s normal to be scared (nervous, unsure, concerned, at times even tormented by the pressure), but we can’t let those feelings decide anything for us.  
We must stir ourselves up to be strong and courageous! And unlike Joshua, we have the Greater One living in us (1 John 4:4).  We can be strengthened from the inside out! If you’re tempted to be overwhelmed or afraid when you’re in over your head, tell the devil, “It doesn’t matter if I cry every day, I am going to stand here, and stand and stand and stand (Eph. 6:13)…and in the end, when the smoke clears, that’ll be ME you see, standing there with the victory firmly in my grasp. I’ll never quit.  You can’t beat me!” Keep that picture clearly in your mind. Determine to hold fast to God’s command to be strong and courageous, so  you can fulfill His will and come out on top!
So what’s the message in this story for YOU DADs? 

  • Be self aware and have humility;
  • At each life stage the enemy will be lurking;
  • Never quit;
  • Stay in the word;
  • Build your faith DAILY;
  • You become the example! (Must practice…verse 10!)
  • Do NOT succumb ever!
  • Be Strong and Very Courageous!

No matter the outcome...No matter the score...No matter the decision...
The VICTORY has already been won. You are Undefeated in Christ and He will use you for His glory in ALL circumstances!
DADs…do not stand on the sidelines of life…get off the bench…“get in the game”…
Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
So…C’mon DADs…Suit Up!
 
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