No Control? What Now?

“When you find yourself in a situation of no control, you just have to determine to be still, accepting that God is God and you are not. It sounds easy, but it would be very helpful to have a plan or formula for this to happen. Below, I’ve provided a three-part formula for bringing the noise of confusion into subjection so you can get your thoughts under control and begin to listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice. You will find the premise of this formula is perhaps not normally how you would attack the problem. It will seem illogical to quiet the noise in your soul by drowning it out. Nevertheless, here’s how you do it:
1. Begin with a steady stream of vocal praise. This becomes your go-to weapon to fight the noise in your soul whenever it pops up…
2. Offer thanksgiving as an integrated, ever-present part of your daily routine, inserting it into whatever you find yourself doing. This is a habit of overcomers…
3. Simultaneous with your praise and worship, find good, even sacrificial works to occupy a significant portion of your time. It’s always helpful to major on someone else’s needs, in order to drown out the noise of your own needs. You can be sure that when you have quieted your soul, and are listening to the Holy Spirit, He will tell you the next step. Most often, it’s this: “Don’t just stand there, do something to help someone else go beyond their own emotional needs. It will help you go beyond yours.”

Taken from my book, “No Control? What Now?



Tiny White Bugs

Podcast: Tiny White Bugs

I was sitting at my desk, looking out the window at our beautiful yard and the golf course beyond. A number of months ago we planted a young Hibiscus tree about fifteen feet from my window. It had beautiful orange flowers on it when we brought it home and planted it. After a while, the flowers disappeared. We examined the young tree and found (more…)


Getting Wet is Part of Life.

My wife, Nancy and I were driving down the highway in a rainstorm. Nancy pointed to a large white bird, sitting on a branch in a tree near the side of the road. It was clearly very wet, being completely exposed to the downpour. We talked about how getting rained on is not only part of the bird’s life, but ours too. We all have our share of difficult days. Jesus said, in Matthew 5:45 (NKJV), that our heavenly Father “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

The Lord’s words reminded me that, like the white bird in the rain, we all experience times of obvious discomfort. Even the majestic eagle has its times experiencing a downpour. The eagle often chooses to launch out and soar above it, riding the currents and enjoying the warmth of the sun. We can be like the eagle, choosing to soar above our problems and feeling the warmth of the presence of the Son. If you’re experiencing problems and feeling down, take to heart Isaiah’s words. In Isaiah 40:31, he wrote, “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” I’m Dr. Bob. God has given us the ability, like the eagles, to soar with God-given strength above the storms of our lives. Will you fly like an eagle or stay stuck in the storms of life without flying above them by faith?

Getting Wet is Part of Life


If You Want to Win the Battle, Lead the Way with Praise.

For just a Mentoring Minute, I want to revisit a battle that carries a lesson for all of us. It was recorded in 2 Chronicles, Chapter 20 that the battle was weighted heavily in favor of Judah’s enemies. It was a fearful time. (more…)


The Shield is Truth Plus Faith.

The Shield is Truth Plus Faith (An Excerpt taken from Dr. Bob’s book,  “A Kid in God’s Treehouse – A Devotional Commentary of Psalm 91”)

For just a Mentoring Minute, “I want to take you to a valuable Bible truth that begins with Psalm 91:4b (NKJV). It says, “His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” “The Bible describes “truth” as spiritual battle gear. The Apostle Paul included it in the full armor of God in Ephesians 6. Let’s look at the spiritual application of truth as a “shield;” and then, (more…)


My Unfailing Defense

As I was doing my Bible reading this morning, I reflected on what has sustained me through the many trials and challenges I have faced. With every word of every chapter I read, it struck me that my only sure defense has been God and His Word. This was so clear to me, as I was thinking about those times when I had nowhere else to turn. You can argue with someone about many things, but will never successfully argue with a person’s experience. My own experience has taught me that when it appears that there’s nowhere for me to go for relief, there still remains a place I can always go. That place is found in the pages of a Bible, or equally as well, in the Word of God that I have hidden in my heart.

Psalm 63:6-8 (NKJV) says, “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. {7} Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. {8} My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.”

God will never leave you stranded or stuck without hope. He will always show you the way if you hold fast to the course He set for you in His Word. After all, He is our hope. I’m Dr. Bob. We find completely our hope through God’s Son Jesus. You can bank on that because Jesus is fully dependable, unfailingly capable and willing to be your help. That’s what grace is all about. He is filled with grace and it defines His heart. I think we ought to all reflect on how much we imitate Him in this particular area.

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God Will Send You a Rope

I want to share some wisdom that Pastor Jenny Michael shared with Nancy and me. She said, “When you have been hanging by a thread, God will send you a rope.” Pastor Jenny’s words draw us to the faithfulness of God. After thinking about it, I had to add to this: (more…)



“New Beginnings” is now on the website.

Divorced or broken relationship? We have now provided Dr. Bob’s teaching on “New Beginnings.” The classes have helped thousands of people to recover and move ahead with life.  Here is the link.