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Looking for the latest update …

June 7, 2013 1 comment

… sadly you’re not going to find it here anymore. And to be honest, you’ve probably stopped following this blog because it has become inactive.

However, if you want to see life from my point of view, then click here:

From The Inside Out by Dan Gouldhttp://dgould77.tumblr.com

I hope you’ll stop by for a visit to be encouraged/challenged or to simply see what is going on in everyday life.  Here, I am writing thoughts from my daily time with Jesus, and capturing life as it happens. Hope to see you there.

Keep Running,

Dan

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You Are Special

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment


Tonight at our Family Dinner I had the “God thinks you are Special Today” plate. It’s something we started a while ago with our boys to let them know that God thinks they’re special and so do we.  The rule is simple, whoever has the plate gets to hear from every member of the family one thing that that family member likes about them and what make them so special. Both boys had the plate earlier in the week. It’s been a lot of fun and encouraging to our boys; it’s something we do that causes them to glow for the rest of the night. Well tonight, it was my turn.  When it got to Josiah turn to share, I’ll never forget what he said. After some thought He said, “I like that you read the Bible with me and pray with me.”

Wow, what do you say to that? I wish I could say that we read the Bible together every night, but that’s not always the case.  However it is something we are trying to get back into the habit of doing nightly, especially now that he has said this tonight.  The first time around I read to him, but this time around,  Josiah is reading from his own Bible. Yes, it takes much longer, but it gives him an opportunity to develop reading skills and comprehension skills as we read through it and then talk about what he has just read. We just finished our reading for tonight and I have to say, it was very humbling and awesome to know that my son has a great desire to read the Bible. I am praying that it begins a hunger in him for Gods Word that will guide the rest of His life and become something that he continues to do on a daily basis.

It’s just another reminder that intentional times with your kids are important. These small things turn into big things that forever impact your child’s Character.

Categories: Dan Gould, Family

5 Gauges for Health (part 5)

January 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Believe it or not, God has given each of us the capability of learning new things.  Now some of us may take longer to learn them, but we have been created to learn.  We all have this need to grow intellectually.  That’s why we go to school, college, and seminars, so we can learn the things we need to know to help us get by in life!  This is why we will continue to read books not just for entertainment, but also to learn new things.

Can you imagine what it would be like if you never learned to tie your shoe?  Now we sit here today and say man that’s stupid, it’s easy to tie your shoes.  But when you were learning to tie your shoe, it was the most challenging thing for you to learn at that time.  The reason we can say that it’s easy now is because we didn’t give up when we couldn’t do it the first time.  We developed the intellectual ability to tie our own shoes.  Hopefully that same tenacity and learning process will cause us to commit to be a life long learner. Scripture says,

“Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.  Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.” Proverbs 9:9 (NLT)

 As we enter a New Year what will you do to continue growing becoming Intellectually Healthy? Here are some questions that I use to help me see how healthy I am in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Intellectual Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Intellectual Health Goals for 2012

1. Learn more about some of my hobbies

2. Read at least 6 books on leadership/Theology/Discipleship

3. Teach something new so I have to learn it also.


As you look at these five areas I am sure you will see areas where you are doing well and areas you need to do better.  This year these are five areas that I really want to focus on and want to challenge you to look at as well.  I understand that as a Husband, Father, and Leader that my health will lead to growth, why, because healthy things grow!!! Good luck and Happy New Year!!

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”  Ephesians 3:20-21(NLT)

5 Gauges for Health – (part 4)

January 5, 2012 Leave a comment

We all have the need to feel love, accepted, valued, encouraged, and the list goes on.  God has created us with emotions!  We can be happy, or sad, confident or afraid.  However, each of us have certain emotional needs that need to be met and if they are not met, we begin to feel alone, isolated and depressed.  They can cause us to cut, and/or even become suicidal.  Our Emotional need’s play a huge factor in who we are and who we become.  When we understand that we were created as emotional beings by an emotional God and learn to be with Him, we can become emotionally healthy. Scripture says,

 “A glad heart makes a happy face, a broken heart crushes the spirit.” Psalm 15:13 (NLT)

Emotional Health is sometimes ignored. But if we aren’t careful it can do serious damage.  As we enter a New Year will you take some steps to become/remain Emotionally Healthy? Here are some questions that I use to help me see how healthy I am in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Emotional Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Emotional Health Goals for 2012

1. Confide in a trusted friend and talk though the day-to-day things

2. Get at least 6 hours of sleep each night

3. Let God do the things that only he can do and not try to do them also.

5 Gauges for Health – (part 3)

January 4, 2012 Leave a comment

The third thing I look at and evaluate as a New Year begins are my friendships and family .  These things are important because they make up my SOCIAL HEALTH!

Let’s be honest … We are social creators. Some of you may not feel that way, but God created us that way!  We see this in Genesis 2:18 check it out for yourself.

“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

After creating and saying everything was good and/or very good, the very first thing that God said was bad was for us to be alone. We have this inner thing going on that causes us to want to be around other people.  Now that doesn’t mean that we can’t ever be alone, it simply means that we have an inner desire to be around others!

Will you take some time to think through these questions to see how socially healthy you are?

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Social Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Social Health Goals for 2012

1. Be more consistent in calling friends and family

2. Pray for my friends more often.

3. Spend quality time with both family and friends

 


5 Gauges for Health – (part 2)

January 3, 2012 1 comment

Many times when we think of New Years Resolutions it includes some aspect of getting our bodies healthy.  Whether it is starting a new diet or beginning to exercise these are important when it comes to our PHYSICAL HEALTH. This is the second thing that I evaluate as I reflect on the past year and make goals for the new year.

Now I am not saying that God has created all of us to be athletes, but He has created us to be physical.  Each of us has a need for some type of physical activity to remain healthy.

I don’t know about you but I have heard and seen more health club/ infomercials about working out more in the last month than any other time of the year.  It’s because health clubs understand that people will make New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight or start working out!  Sometimes it takes a New Year to realize we are out of shape.  But understand that God has created each of us with physical needs and we need to take care of our bodies!  Look what the Bible says,

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT)

By getting enough sleep and simply exercising at least 12 minutes a day with an increased heart rate, you will experience a Physical change.  You begin to feel better, you think better thoughts about yourself, and you become healthier.  Will you take some time to think through these questions to see how you are doing in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Physical Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Physical Health Goals for 2012

1. Get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night

2. Develop a “Me Time” to work out and build my schedule around it

3. Start a food journal to evaluate what I eat

5 Gauges for Health – (part 1)

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the next couple of days I am going to share with you 5 things I always look at as I head into a new year and evaluate as I look back on the past year. I hope that you will find this helpful as you take on 2012. The first gauge I look at as I begin to evaluate the past year and look forward to the  new year is my own SPIRITUAL HEALTH!

Believe it or not but God has given each of us spiritual needs. We have all been hardwired by God to know the Creator of the Universe, God Himself. Now please understand that many people say that they are spiritual. However,  many of them are simply trying to fill a God sized hole by religious acts or good works, and it is leaving them feeling empty instead. (I’ve been here have you?) This happens when we try to fill this void with anything other than Jesus Christ. It’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, we try and try and try until we give up saying it’s impossible.   Jesus Christ is the only thing that can and will fill this void or God size hole that you have been created with. When we resolve to know Christ as Lord and Savior, by confessing & repenting of our sin and putting our faith in His life, death, and resurrection, The Bible says that we become new,

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

Now, like any relationship, for it to be a healthy relationship it requires quality time, strong commitment, and open and consistent communication. Your relationship with Christ is the same way.

When we understand our Spiritual Needs, we will begin to have a better understanding of all of the other needs we have  as well. Why, because we are going to understand more about how and why we were created! Look what the Bible says,

“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)

So, in 2012, will you resolve to be spiritually healthy? Here are some questions that will allow you to see how well you are doing in this area.

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Now that you have thought through and/or thinking about your Spiritual Health, I encourage you to take some time to write down some goals to work towards in 2012.

My Spiritual Health Goals for 2012

1. Develop a Deeper Prayer Life by keeping a prayer journal

2. Work through all of the MasterLife workbooks

3. Memorize Scripture

4. Lead by being with Jesus not just doing the things of Jesus.