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Why Your Faith Overcomes The World

by Charlie Thibodeaux

Why Your Faith Overcomes The World

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14 ESV)

What the world says about being an overcomer is wrong. All you need is to abide in God. Because of your faith, you have strength to overcome. Because of your faith, you continue to be strong and an overcomer.

“Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

When God’s power is in you, you are an overcomer. This is great news!

When I learned that I would need surgery, I felt God’s power in me more that I can ever remember. I knew this was something that I had to do.

When I decided to go through with the surgery, I felt a sense of peace that came over me. I knew that I would be alright no matter the outcome.

I took refuge in Christ. He helped me to get through. He reminded me of his love for me. How he had always carried me before. How he would not let go of me now.

When my sky darkened with the news of a brain tumor, yes my heart sank, but Christ lifted me up, and told me to not fear.

He gave me a verse that is my favorite one to this day. It is my family’s favorite verse. It goes like this:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

As we retreated to the beach before the surgery, we all read this verse out loud many times until we each had it memorized. We knew everything would be alright.

God wants you to grasp all that he has for you. Whether in the best times or the worst, the power of God and the faith that He gives will allow you to rely solely and entirely upon him.

Today, make a decision to grasp everything that he has for you.

In the midst of what Christ has for you today, reach out and grasp.

Capture the sun

When A Man Loves His Wife

by Charlie Thibodeaux

With the unfortunate passing of Percy Sledge today, who was well known for his great hit song “When A Man Loves A Woman” I suddenly stopped and reflected on the words of this song. It made me reflect on just how much that I love my wife. I would lay down my life for her.

Family at Easter

The song resonates within my heart as I think of how much I love my  sweet wife. I reflected on how I first laid my eyes on her as the doors were opened the day she began her walk down the isle on our wedding day. That was more than eighteen years ago. We had no idea what lie ahead. But we were more than ready to do life together.

I hope you are finding that life together with your wife, although it may be challenging, is also rewarding and fulfilling at the same time. In the heat of the moment it is easy to want to bail out, but when you wait and cool off in the rain, you will happily return to your vows again.

But the most important thing is to always remember that you may not consistently feel the same feelings for her that you had for your wife on your wedding day. But you did vow to love her unconditionally. That was a decision and not a feeling. For that reason alone, your choosing to love her is just that. Love is a choice. Love is not a feeling.

When a Man Loves His Wife

There is something more beautiful than I could have ever imagined about doing life together with my wife, my best friend Edie. She is absolutely amazing in all the ways that I can count and more. When I think of her personality, I think of Mary from the Bible. While Mary sat calmly at Jesus’ feet listening, Martha was busy with all of the preparations.

My wife is a Mary in every sense of the word. Calmly listening, calmly caring, and building on the better things in life. The things that matter the most- relationships.

I am blessed to call her my wife. I am blessed to call her the mother of our three children, Kaitlyn, Grant, and Mandy.

Don’t regret later what you don’t dare to do today.

Be ready to do life with your wife.

Daddy Dog Dare

by Charlie Thibodeaux

Father and Son

The Tired But Selfless Dad

I am challenging all Dads to step up and finish strong. We are being attacked. I Daddy Dog Dare You!

Being a Dad is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

Just the name DAD has so much resonance.

The name DAD is probably the best thing that can happen in a lifetime. Second to marriage and being a husband, it brings more purpose and fulfillment into the life of a man.

As a man we purposefully pursue the dream of becoming a husband and eventually a Dad. Although we all have our own ways of doing things, being a dad pretty much means the same thing- responsibility, caring, raising of a child, nurturing, provider and many more.

You are the Top Dog- The Daddy Dog

But somewhere along the line life got hard. You grew older and more tired of the day-in and day-out and the daily grind- the chastising boss, and the weary wife and mom of your kids.

Did I mention the crazy kids?

Being a Dad means to carry the burden of all those things. It means toiling over the soil of whatever occupation that you’re into. It means coming home at night, shrugging off the incessant dust and cobwebs of the day, and putting on the face of Dad.

We all need reminders…

You see, they don’t know what you go through. They don’t know that you were tried and tested today. They don’t know that you wonder how it got this way. They don’t know how tough this has gotten for you. Like a dead-end job or how an ensuing financial hardship has you on the brink.

They just see the face of Dad.

But as tough as those hard times are, you are called to be brave, you are called to be strong, and most of all you need to have Faith.

You had your turn as baby, toddler, child, student, husband. But now it’s your turn to be DAD, and their turn to be baby, toddler, child, student, etc.

“It is time to live the life that is expected of a father, and to fulfill the honor of being called a Dad.”

The name Daddy Dog Dare came to me as I was thinking of how to communicate something to all the dads out there. The dads that are so topped off, they feel that they can’t take it anymore.

In one of my prior blog posts, Being Dad In The Storm, I mentioned how tough that life can be at times. And that in life we have to do hard things.

“We know that we have to sail the ship right into the eye of the storm without abandoning ship.”

sailing ship

“You’ll never dare to steer the ship if you never grasp the ship’s wheel.”

It will take all of the courage you can muster. Especially when you don’t know what is waiting on the other side.

All you see are the rocks, all you hear is the crashing of the waves, and all you taste and smell is the salt in the air.

Although your life may be in a state of disorder, there is a beautiful rainbow on the other side just waiting for you and your vessel.


If we as Dad’s will stick with the plotted course before us, we will eventually be rewarded when the storm has passed. But as any sailor knows, he will be on the lookout for the sunshine along the way. That is what makes the journey as Dad worth it all.

Take the Daddy Dog Dare today and commit to it every day.

Getting To The Other Side

Getting to the other side requires humility. The humility that is willing to die for the self and to completely recognize the higher calling that God has for your life.

When things are going smoothly and we achieve that goal or get that job, we usually rely on our self. You did it Dad!

When things get hard, we cry out to God. This is usually the way that it goes. We are creatures of habit.

But what we have failed to do is to completely rely on God in all of our circumstances. Both good and bad. And when fortune and that dream job or goal is attained, we give all honor and praise to our Heavenly Father. We rely on Him for our provision and blessings.

In relying on God during the good and the bad, it prepares us for the storms in life ahead- the faith reserves. We are storing up our harvest getting and ready for the hard days ahead.

But if the hard times come, and there is nothing in the faith tank, enduring the tough journey ahead makes us want to abandon the ship.

This is one of the main reasons that so many Dads are leaving their families today.

It is because the Dad who became so self-reliant fails, he cannot face his failure or his wife and family because he has spent so much time building his own image of Dad.

God never intended for the image of Dad to be a worldly image. He created us to be in His image.

When Jesus walked the earth, He gave us the perfect image to follow. An image of sacrifice, meekness, humility- the life of a servant.

Take the Daddy Dog Dare

As a Dad, we have to start each day this way, the way that Jesus himself lived. Anything other than that will only take our eyes off of Jesus, and instead we will see the rocks, we hear the crashing of the waves, and we taste and feel the salt in the air, we taste fear.

I Daddy Dog Dare you to take the challenge today. If you are tired and spent I ask you to do this: Stop what you are doing, pause the worry and the anxiety. Take on the power of God.

Do not abandon ship, but stand firm in your faith living sacrificially for your wife and your children to show them the true love of a Husband and a Dad. It’s not the money and things in life that they want, all that they want Dad, is you.

Your helplessness in not being able to change your circumstances is getting you nowhere. Only the power of God can do this. The Armor of God…

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The Whole Armor of God:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV)

Saving Your Marriage Day One Until Death

by Charlie Thibodeaux
Saving Your Marriage Day One Until Death

Saving Your Marriage Starts Today

I remember some wise words I received from an older gentleman three days before I was to be married to my beautiful wife Edie.

He knew that I was about to be married and he told me that him and his wife had been married for more than 50 years.

When I asked him what the secret to a long and happy marriage is, he said “Two very simple words. Yes Dear.”

Although we both laughed about it, he was very serious.

He said that when you try your best to keep your wife happy, you in turn will be happy. When the wife is happy, everyone is happy.

I have taken marriage very serious and remain convinced that marriage is work. Not all work, but you have to work at it.


When we received counseling from our pastor, he told us that “If either of you go through marriage with one eye on the exit door, your marriage will not work.” He said that no matter how tough times are or how much you think you married the wrong person, you are married to the one that God gave to you.

My wife and I continue to tell each other that “You are God’s Gift To Me.” It may seem small, but the fact is that it goes a long way back. Eighteen years ago my wife wrote that on a card that she gave to me on the day we were married. I’ll never forget it.

This is something at our core that we embrace together. Our marriage has not been easy. And we have gone through some rough times very recently as I restart my career.

As a husband I keep my wife close to me. I am always working to improve our relationship and although I am not perfect, she knows that I love her.

Marriage is a daily walk. Every day that you work on your marriage are also the days that you are saving your marriage.

I have worked it out with my wife for many years now. We have been through one of the most difficult times in our lives. But we are walking through this together.

Perhaps your marriage is struggling. I hope not. But whether it is or it isn’t, the day to start saving your marriage is today.

Some of the ways that I have served my wife may not be the most luxurious or most creative, but she know it is what I can offer her.

So I thought if I can share some of these on my blog and help one person, then it’s all worth it.

Here are my top ten ways to serve your wife:


  1. Be the Spiritual Leader– Nothing resonates more with your wife than to know her husband is leading her on her spiritual walk. It is what you were chosen for. It speaks volumes when you read the Bible, study God’s word together, and pray together. Don’t ever stop doing this. You are saving your marriage.
  2. Regular Date Nights– Nothing more needs to be said here.
  3. Iron Her Clothes– Yes hubby, you can do it. And not just once, but every time she needs it. She will think something is up.
  4. Clean the House– You will please her to no end when the house is cleaned and remains picked up. It’s hard at times, but there needs to be some sacrifice here. (You can get the kids to join in the fun.)
  5. Cook Dinner For Her– Just because you work all day and come home tired, that doesn’t give you an excuse to lie on the couch while she toils in the kitchen. Ever hear of a Crock pot? (I’m trying to help here.)
  6. Take the Kids Away– One thing a Mom needs most that she doesn’t get enough of, and that is quiet time in the house.
  7. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMake Her Favorite Beverage in the Morning– My wife loves her PG Tips British tea in the morning. I make it for her every morning that she will have it. I am happy to say that I have made her thousands of cups of tea.
  8. Color Coordinate Her Clothes In the Closet– I know it doesn’t sound like much for a man to do here, but it goes a long way. Remember you are doing this for her, and the harder it is for you to do because of the man that you are, the more she will appreciate it.
  9. Do the Laundry– When a wife and mom is over worked and under appreciated, no one in the house will be happy. That means you dad.
  10. Go On Long Walks Together– One of the most important things in marriage is communication. Walking together produces positive feelings and also allows more time for discussion about what’s on your minds and life in general.

This list doesn’t require that you spend money, except perhaps during those important date nights.

Anyone can do these things.

Share what you do to build on your marriage every day.


Being Dad In the Storm

by Charlie Thibodeaux
Being Dad In the Storm
Armor of God

The Storm comes quickly but…

 Dad In the Storm

Life Goes On…

This is what we say about life when the skies grow evermore gray and the cloud of doom lurks at our door.


But speaking as a dad I know just how much we want our perfect life. If there was ever anything else but success, we feel imperfect, and that is not acceptable.

Failure is not an option.”

We’ve had it all figured out. The plans we started making when we were young cannot fail. Think of what people will think of us if we do.


I Cannot Fail…

Troubled Dad

Perhaps the hardest thing about failure as a dad is the struggle with the unknown. We want to fix things right away. We feel powerless in the circumstances we are experiencing.


We want to fix things but the barrage of waves continue with a crashing cadence that is deafening in the dark.


I know because I have experienced this as a dad too. And it is going to be okay.


Being a dad resonates within our heart and soul and the very core of who we are. And that core portrays who we are inside.


It is true what they say- That life goes on.

The only unfortunate thing about life going on is whether you abandon ship or not.

What is in you core?

Does the bombardment and crashing in the midst of the storm make you stand firm in your faith and arise to the occasion. Does it flare your nostrils and your intention to stand firm in your faith?

The sacrificial dad dies to self.

Some dads feel the personal need to fend for themselves and fall into the temptation to flee for the hills leaving yet another broken family without a leader. It is your pride and your fear of what will happen to “you” that will become overpowering as you dad, give into self.

The selfish dad rises to self.

I have personally witnessed too many dads failing family. Some were dad’s mere choice of leaving the family for infidelity. Some were when the dad simply was not spiritually prepared to stand in the gap and let the power of God work in the midst of the storm.

Being Dad In the Storm is not going to be easy and you can’t do this on your own.

You have to start preparing for your life’s storm now!

Whether the storm that you are in comes from a poor decision that you have made, bad health circumstances, or from a financial hardship, you can make it through this.

We have to intentionally sail the ship right into the eye of the storm. We cannot abandoning ship.

It is a hard blow to have to go through these circumstances whether they are from a poor decision we have made or not. Unfortunately some things happen that are completely out of our control.

Whatever the storm you are going though, the most important thing you can do for you and your family, is to be Dad In the Storm.

It is during the hardest times that who you are will come forthright.

You can make it through this storm dad. Take the ship’s wheel.

It will be okay.

Dad and Family

Stand firm in your faith and put on the “Whole Armor of God”.

The Whole Armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18

Top 10 Ways to Return to Your Vows Every Day

by Charlie Thibodeaux

Top 1o Ways to Return to Your Vows Everyday

Top 10 Ways to Return to Your Vows Everyday

Do you remember the vows you took, the promises made and intentional commitments?


Are you following up on those vows that you started? If you are thinking twice about the decision that you made with your wife, don’t miss out on the blessing that God has for you in the end.


I have seen too many marriages fail. I have seen them fail in my own Family with my parents and my siblings, and now some of the friends that I have stood tall with for the last 15 years, their marriages have fallen as well.


It’s hard to stand by and simply watch this happen. No matter what you are going through, I want you to know that God can get you through the tough times in your marriage and that it is never too late to return to the vows that you started.


Sure, life is hard and sometimes you may feel that your feelings for your spouse have washed down the drain. Or perhaps you feel that life has given you too big a bone to chew on.


Do not be deceived into thinking that things cannot change for the better.

The enemy wants nothing more than to steal you away from the Lord, from your spouse, and from your family. He wants to make it distasteful and unappealing. Destroying family and burning up the kitchen is his business.


Life is not about a cookie cutter specialty designed gourmet life with perfect endings and outcomes.


In fact, as much as you may think at the moment that life would be better with other savory ingredients than what you started with, and that you have found the secret recipe to life in another cookbook,when it comes out of the oven, and when the cooking show is over, your gourmet meal will be something other than what you hoped for.


Stay true to God’s recipe for your life. Then, finally, when your timer is done, and you look back on your recipe of life, you will see that the finished product is choc-full of all of the wonderful creations that God had intended for you in your marriage, and you will know that through the faith that you had and in trusting the Lord for the end result, it now makes perfect sense.


I have been happily married for almost 18 years through both good times and bad. In my marriage journey with my wife Edie, we have experienced great hardship together. God is faithful and has seen us through each peak and valley of our journey together through life’s kitchen. And although life is not exactly what we had expected, we are enjoying the sweet aroma that pours out as God continues to bless us for our faithfulness to Him.


The Top 10 Ways to Return To Your Vows Every Day

  1. Start Each Day With Quiet Time With God– I know this is not easy to do, but when you take the seriousness of just how much Satan wants to destroy your walk with God, he will do anything he can to distract you and your time alone with God. This includes giving thanks, praise, and living each day in confession to God.
  2. Pray for and with your wife– The family that prays together, stays together. This is providing you with a daily set of armor. Without a prayer life with your spouse, the enemy can get in the kitchen and put the fire out.
  3. “Don’t go through life with one eye on the exit door”– These are words from our marriage pastor Jim Henry. As long as you keep one eye on the exit door you will fail to change or live humbly because you have an escape route planned to use when the kitchen gets too hot.
  4. Remain Faithful to your wife– Most of the time when there is infidelity, it is because a spouse goes looking for it. Regardless, when it happens, it can ruin a marriage. The reason why this is number 4 on my list is because when you are committed to making a marriage work, and don’t have an eye on the exit door, your marriage can survive infidelity. Before you are unfaithful though, ask yourself this question Are you prepared to live with the damage that you cause to your spouse and children and to yourself  for the rest of your life?
  5. Spend quality time together– As busy as life can be, it’s always easy to overlook one of the most important parts to your marriage. Building on your marriage requires that you spend time together. As you go through life together, you both will change. It is important to continue to know each other so intimately, that the sharing and caring continues to build up, so as to keep the walls between you down.
  6. The Order of Family Importance is God First, Spouse Second, and children third– In order to maintain order in the family, God has to be the head of your life because your marriage depends on it. If you take God out of the marriage, and put yourself in the slot, it means you are placing yourself as being more important and wiser than God. This will spell disaster for your marriage. Your spouse has to be second because when you made your vows to God, you became one flesh. The children are then next because they were given to you by God. They are yours for a short while to raise as God would have you to do. If they become more important than your spouse or your marriage, there will be serious problems as the children get older. They will become wise and play off of each of you. At times they can become between you and your spouse causing separation, and yes even divorce.
  7. Be committed in “richer or poorer”– My wife and I were comfortable and always able to pay our bills. But when I lost my medical sales career after losing my peripheral vision, it became more difficult for us to pay our bills. My wife had to return to work, and I became the homeschooling parent. This was not an easy adjustment for us at all. But when you allow God to continue to work through your circumstances, He will bless you and as you remain faithful to Him He will remain faithful to you.
  8. Be committed in “sickness and in health”– When I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, my wife and my family were hugely impacted. During this time of fear, we were completely and utterly depending on God. Although it was a tough time, it was also a time of growing for us along our journey together as a couple and a family. My wife was the backbone of our family, and pulled resources together for prayer, guidance, counseling, and many other ways and God provided for us while I recovered.
  9. Serve one another– Every day that you can, make an effort to serve your wife. Find out each others love language. I recommend taking the class on The Five Love Languages. This will help you to understand how to serve your spouse and for her to also understand how she can serve you. Ensuring your acts of love and servant-hood speak to her, will make her appreciates it the most.
  10. Stay out of debt– I’m not the first one to say it, but do not get into credit card debt.  The Bible is very clear that the borrower is a slave to the lender. At one point during our marriage we were over $20,000 in credit card debt. This was a tremendous strain on our marriage. We were convicted for allowing ourselves to get in such debt but managed to work our way out of it.  Although we have no credit card debt today, it still leaves bad memories that we both wish we could forget.
Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be aware, all always keep praying for all of the saints. Ephesians 6:18

Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be aware, and always keep praying for all of the saints. Ephesians 6:18


What is the most important thing to you in your marriage and why?

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Ironclad Dad

by Charlie Thibodeaux


As a father, it is sometimes challenging to manage everything that needs to be done. The man of the house needs to be the husband, the father, the provider, the spiritual leader, among many other titles.

You sometimes wonder when you will be able to do the things that you want to do. Golf on the weekend. Fishing with your buddies. Or just hanging out with the guys and away from the house.

There is a purpose behind this madness. It is about your family and not you. You were called to a higher standard that God has for you, and not what you want for you.

“In life you are either going into a crisis, coming out of a crisis, or about to go into a crisis.”

I know you need to get away at times, life can get really tough. And as if the normal wear and tear isn’t enough, you have just been hit by a fast ball right in the gut.

Just when you thought you had everything all lined up and set on cruise control, you have been over taken by a life crisis event.

No matter what you are going through friend, there is only one way through it. You see, God saw the fast ball way before you. He is the one that allowed it in the first place. And although you may not understand right this moment, in time he will reveal his purpose.

God has a way of using all things according to his purpose. How you handle the circumstances you are given is a true testament to your faith.

Stand strong. Be an Ironclad Dad. You are the strong link in your marriage, and in your home where  it can come together stronger or it can all be blown apart.

How will you handle what life has dealt to you? The blow no matter how hard, will either cripple you, or enable you. You can choose to buckle under when you get that bad news about your health or you lose your job, or you can choose to be remembered for eternity as the one who exemplified Christ as you stood in the trenches and continued to strengthen your faith and your walk with God.

You will be remembered for your Ironclad Faith of your lack of faith.

You can hold your family together in a crisis. 

Don’t wait until a crisis comes to act. You wouldn’t leave the doors in your house unlocked until the burglar show up and then try to lock them. So neither should you act as the spiritual leader in your home only when a crisis arrives.

Lead your wife and family in such a way as to have them all prepared for whatever storms may come.

Don’t become another statistic of divorced families that are crippling our youth and society today. Stand for truth, stand for your family, and when the time is right, you will have your day in the sun.

Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.



Daddy’s Little Girls- What YOU Mean to Me

by Charlie Thibodeaux
My Sweet Girls

My Sweet Girls

If I could capture a moment in time it would be the day that I celebrate my love for my girls and the privilege that it is for me to be called Daddy by them.

Each year we load up in the car and go to our annual “Daddy Daughter Dance” hosted by Circle Christian School.

It is a special time for us to celebrate the relationship that we have and to shake it out on the dance floor. Its not about how you dance, but rather that you get to dance and celebrate each other.

For me it is a time to pause and reflect on the passed year and re-evaluate my relationship with my girls and to set new priorities. I am reminded each year how fast time is going, how little time that I have left with them, and just how much they need their Daddy.

They don’t think about my inabilities, my imperfections, or my provision    (I am so happy about that) they just want to celebrate their relationship with their Daddy.

The fact that they have a Daddy that is there for them, a Daddy who gives them security, affection, and treats them with a loving hand and kind words means the world to them. What they celebrate is that they have a Daddy who would do anything for them that will help build up a morale character development and that helps them to eventually become a Godly woman that fears the Lord.

Psalm 31:10 

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

My time with them is precious. The two hour dance time that we have flies by like the years have. But there is no time to look back for there is a lot of building yet to be done.

The most important thing for me in the moment while we all melt together on the dance floor for that one last song “Butterfly Kisses”, is to always remember whose that they are, they belong to the Lord. I only have them for a short while. And as I slow dance with them in the darkness of the room, with those bittersweet tears quietly rolling down my cheek as I pray over  them, I thank God for the blessing of “Daddy’s Little Girls.”

I Love You Kaitlyn and Mandy. You mean the world to me. “Sign Sign Sign.”

"Pumpkin Noodle" Mandy

“Pumpkin Noodle” Mandy

"Sweet Princess" Kaitlyn
“Sweet Princess” Kaitlyn


Do These Three Things For A Positive Prayer Life

by Charlie Thibodeaux

Ephesians 6:18 “Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”


I once realized how much my prayer life had been lacking. This realization was hard for me for what I had been missing with God.

A family that prays together, stays together..

A family that prays together, stays together.


Missing what “could have been” according to God’s plan is a big deal. Especially whenever it wasn’t just me, it was my whole family too.


Being a husband and father is a big deal and I felt that I wasn’t preparing them enough for battle.


I made a decision to not miss out on His plan any longer. And I decided to not let my wife and family down in hat way again. We had all been missing a much richer and more meaningful walk with God.


Regarding my past prayer life, most of it was prayer on the fly, which is okay too but not when you don’t have that quiet time with God that you really need when you are truly seeking him. When I watched the video below by Francis Chan, it made me think a lot about myself.


The truth is that most of the time as I prayed  I was merely going through the motions. It became very ritualistic. I would almost say the same things when I prayed.


When God’s word revealed  to me how to really pray, I then did a lot of searching and asked God about how my prayer life had been.


As I have taken my prayer life with Christ more seriously now and totally relinquished myself to Him, letting the spirit fill me and pour out of me, I become less and He becomes more. During this time when I pray I am literally praying with the spirit inside of me. It is an amazing feeling.


Improve your prayer life and improve y walk with God.


There are three things that have truly helped me in my prayer life and my walk with God.


The first thing is that I have found the way to consistently fellowship with the spirit is through daily devotion. For me to meditate on God’s word and daily ask the Holy Spirit to fill me. Let Jesus fight the battle and let Jesus have victory over the strongholds in my life. To be more intentional in everything that I do. Dig deeper into God’s word. It’s not about how much I read, it is however, about how I read. And that everything I need is in the Bible. God’s love letter is written to me and to you directly.


The second thing is that I have found to help develop your prayer life is to develop your own prayer journal. This is a journal that will help you to organize your personal life and also your prayer life. And as you journal, keep a separate page for what God is saying to you through reading the scriptures. And you can also keep a log of what you are saying to God in return.


In doing this, you can then look back over time to see how God has worked in your life. How you may have been struggling with something and how much God moved through the situation. How God provided healing, or provided for a need that you or someone else may have had.


The third thing is to have a prayer partner. It is a hard thing to have a prayer partner at first. But it needs to be someone you feel you know and trust. When you pray about it, God will reveal who that person is.


Please take a few minutes to watch this video below on the very subject of prayer. It spoke volumes to me.


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A Daily Set of Armor

by Charlie Thibodeaux
courtesy wikipedia

Armor of God

I have to admit that it is very hard for me not to be more of a serious person these days. Sure I certainly like to joke around a lot, ask anyone that knows me. But deep in my heart I have a passion to reach the lost. That is what I have been called to do. To allow God to use me in such a way.

But there is a problem that I have that I cannot seem to gain traction on, and maybe you can relate. It is a problem that I cannot solve. Is it just me, or is it getting harder and harder for the lost to be reached these days? Not only is it harder, it seems that on most occasions, the enemy has entrenched himself further into the spiritual battle ground. Even though Christ has already won, it is hard to stand by and watch from abroad as the enemy wins souls.

The lost see us living like hypocrites. They see us shun them, turn our noses up at them, and living contrary to the Bible, yet claiming to be a Christian. When we should be following Christ and calling people to Him, we are leading people away.

I have struggled with many things over the past. But God has recently made it very apparent that I have harbored sin in my heart. He convicted me of having the wrong attitude against those who hate Christians and everything that we stand for.

In watching so many people rising up against Christianity in recent times, sometimes I thought to myself: “yeah, right back at you buddy.”

God made it apparent recently, in a Master Life Discipleship Bible study class that when I truly follow him, I need to understand Ephesians 6:12: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Battling for souls. There is the answer.

The answer lies simply in the power of prayer and letting Jesus portray his personality in us. We need to get out-of-the-way!

When we submit ourselves daily to the Masters will, he takes full control and envelopes himself within our utmost being.

What does it take to allow Jesus to take control of our personality?

What it requires is reading the Bible. Not the “read the Bible in one year” plan.

It takes consistent and intentional scripture memorization.

It requires a good understanding of God’s amazing grace. We will never fully grasp this on this earth.

It requires daily confession of your sins. If you have accepted Jesus in your heart, every sin that you have ever had or will ever have is already forgiven.You are forgiven but because you cannot live a totally sinless life, it is good to confess on a daily basis. This allows for better fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is what gives you the power to turn away from sin.

It requires a daily quiet time. Every morning when I get up, I get up intentionally early so I can start my day with prayer, reading and meditating on God’s word. God’s word is like food for our soul.

Look at what John 6:33-35 says about this: For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”

We are called to be disciples of Christ. Not a teeter totterer.
When we put on the full armor of God we are enabled to fight the spiritual battle in the days ahead.

Ephesians 6:11-20 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

When we let Jesus portray himself within us and equip ourselves with the armor of God, then we are thoroughly equipped to do every good work that we are called to do.

Armor up and watch what God can do through you.