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Right Living - Pay off

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on August 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

God is not looking for perfectionism, but intent. What is the intent of your heart? Your motives, desires and purpose? Is it to honor God in all you think, say and do?


Integrity and righteous living are evaporating from the lifestyles of many today. If we seek to live a healthy, wholesome and God-honoring life the rewards will come. Read from from Proverbs 10


Guidance & Reward

 

• Integrity of the righteous (those seeking to live right with God) will guide them.

 

• Sow in righteousness (living in a right relationship with God), reap a sure reward.

 

Honor God and others with your life. God is working everything out for your good and His glory. 

 

Embrace this part of your life story. It will be for His glory!

 

The Skunk Test

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Skunk Test

 

Skunks smell. Sometimes, we smell too, by the lives we live. We smell of deceit, arrogance, selfishness, greed, disrespect, abuse, and on and on it goes. So when the skunk test comes, will there be any odor displeasing to God and hurtful to others?

 

“The Lord tests the heart.” Proverbs 17:3b

 

The Lord often tests our hearts in moments of stress, adversity, frustration and just not getting our way. We are tested in areas of honesty, consistency, compassion, fidelity, finances, love, communication, commitment, hurt, betrayal, bitterness, selfishness, greed, purity, obedience, humility, etc.

 

So, how are you doing? Are you passing the skunk test for an odorless Christ-like living? Where is darkness taking over? What could be hindering your relationship with God and others? Is there any room in your heart for Jesus?

 

Why don’t you give God all your heart now! Release your fear, guilt, shame and life completely to Him. He will forgive you and fill your heart with His Spirit, love, peace, purpose and power, resulting in greater fulfillment, favor and blessings for your life?

 

“Lord, help me to see how much I lose when I lose you. My perspective on my life and all of life gets distorted when I don’t make space for you, obscuring your love for me” (Daily Office, 2008, p. 3).

 

“Our goal is to love God with our whole being, to be consistently conscious of God through our daily life (Daily Office, 2008, p.12).

 

For the glory of God,

DG

Is it all about me?

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 16, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Is life all about me? Could it be that life is not all about me, but about "Thee". Just think about it. All life comes from Thee, God. All life depends upon Thee, God for its sustanance, sanity and survival. The bottom line: "me" without "Thee" will end up paying a dear price. There is no room in our lives for pride, selfishness and greed. These are deadend roads to broken lives and relationships.


Proverbs 16 (excerpts)

“The Lord detest the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished…Pride goes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before the fall… Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.”


There is a better way. Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up!

Forsaken

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 AM

In my Bible reading today, I was reminded of God's heart for the forsaken. Possibly this will bless you today. -- Dr. Dale


Psalm 27:10 “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.”


We all have been forsaken, hurt and betrayed by someone, parents and others. Life is like that. It's going to happen. Sometimes, the wounds of the soul go very deep. They're never erased and remaiing in the archives of our broken memories. However, the pain can be diminished by embracing God's heart for you. No matter what you have experienced, God's heart was broken, too.


Prayer: Thank you Lord for helping me through the times of rejection, hurt, and betrayal being hurt and forsaken by others. It has only strengthened Our relationship. You are the Father I need. You provide me with a mother’s heart of love and comfort. Thank you for being here for me.


P.S. Hold on to this truth for you: "I will see the goodness of the Lord. I will wait for the Lord; be strong, take heart and wait upon the Lord." Ps 27:14

 

Sell Out

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 29, 2014 at 10:05 AM

“The devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, ‘All this I will give you,if you throw yourself down and worship me.’ Jesus said, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord God and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him and the angels came and attended him.” Matthew 4:8-10

 

What would you do if you could have everything you wanted? That would be a hard one to turn down. But, if it meant selling out on God, family and friends to the to the devil would it be worth it?


Is worldly temptation knocking on your door right now? Don’t be fooled. Don't give in. There will be a price. Just ask all those who have gone before you.The carnage of broken lives, marriages and families are strewn everywhere.The choice is yours. Don't let the Devil have victory over your life, relationships and calling.

 

My God

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 25, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I recently read Psalm 23. After reading and reflecting upon it, I decided to write how it personally applies to me. This is the God I love and worship. What about you? Possibly you may want to reflect on this for yourself and/or read Psalm 23 and write your own personal application.


My God


The Lord is my great and wonderful Shepherd, Guide, Strength, Provider and Protector.


He gives me all I need with His peace, purpose and power in my life.


He makes me lie down in lush, safe and secure pastures of life.


He leads me beside quiet, restful, and refreshing waters.


He restores my broken heart and soul.


He directs me on the paths of righteous living for His name sake.


Even though I walk through vallye of the shadow of doubt, distress and struggles, I will not fear.


He continually counsels and comfoorts me.


He anoints my heart with the oil of joy..


His unfailing goodness and love surround me all the days of my life.


He will forever be my loving Lord, almighty God and everlasting Father.


Amen.


Urgent Change

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Today in my reading I came across these writings.  

 

“Produce fruit in keeping repentance… The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:8-10

 

The word repentance caught my attention. As I did some research into the original Greek language, this is what I discovered.


Repentance (3341- metanoia) literally means "to think after" and implies a complete change of heart, attitude, interest, and direction; conveying a sense of urgency.


What a powerful word. Repentance. It is so deep. It’s a genuine understanding of our sinful thoughts, behavior and words. It’s an urgent need to change our mind, heart, attitude, interest and direction in our life and relationships.

 

So what are the consequences to a lack of genuine repentance in our life and relationships?

 

“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”Matthew 3: 8-10

 

This is serious stuff. Is the ax already at the root of your life, relationships and even your career path? Many lives and relationships continue to fail over a lack of genuine transformation. This is a genuine, unfailing effort toward deep change. It’s an unrelenting change of the heart, mind, attitudes, choices, direction, and relating.

 

Do we truly understand the urgency of change, transformation necessary for new life, renewal, reconciliation and restoration? We have a choice today! What will yours be?

 

  • What area of your life is God breaking you?


  • What do you need to do to get right with God, others and yourself?


  • What's the cost if you don’t?


  • What can you do now, to show consistent heartfelt change of thought, actions and words?

 

Struggling with Destructive Behavior

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 12, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Why is there so much struggle with disobedience, disrespect and disillusionment today? There can be many answers for this, but one thing for sure, without a healthy and loving relationship with God, it will not get better.


Immorality, disobedience and destructive lifestyles and relationships are epidemic today. But, where is God in this, especially for those who claim to know him? If we know God, our lives should reveal it.


The scriptures are clear that our lack of adoration, gratitude, humility and love towards God can lead to God giving us over to our own immoral, unhealthy and disgraceful life style.(Romans 1:21-32)


So how is your relationship with God? Could some of your struggles be directly related to your constant neglect, disrespect and ingratitude toward God? 


God deserves your best. He is your Creator who has endowed you with great potential, promise and a future hope. How are you showing your love and obedience for God?  


Here is what possibly awaits those who live life without loving God!


  • Evil – A profoundly immoral and destructive  lifestyle
  • Greed – An overwhelming desire to have more of something than is actually needed
  • Depravity – A state of moral corruption; immoral, decadent
  • Envy – Resentful or unhappy feeling, wanting what others have
  • Strife –Bitter, angry conflict or rivalry; fighting or disagreement with others
  • Deceit – Dishonesty, pretense, cheating; act or practice of deceiving or misleading others
  • Malice – Hatred, cruel; the intention or desire to cause harm or pain to others
  • Gossiping – Idle talk; negative  and spiteful conversation about others
  • Slandering –Saying something false and damaging about others
  • Insolent – Being rude; showing a lack of respect in speech and behavior
  • Arrogant –Conceited; feeling or showing self-importance, contempt or disregard for others
  • Disobedience– Defiance or waywardness; refusing or failing to obey
  • Faithless – Disloyal, untrustworthy, unfaithful; not to be trusted or relied on
  • Heartless – Showing no kindness or care


Are you seeing any of these in your life and relationships? If so, where is God in your life and relationships? Give your heart back to God.


Give Him your heart, life and relationships? Is it worth living a destructive, sinful and stuck life.


Give Him your heart today. Give it all to Him, now!


He loves you more than you can imagine.

 

Together in this journey of life,

Dr. Dale Goodman

At The Crossroad of your Life

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on December 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Just for you today. Be blessed and believe.

 

Be willing to go out on a limb with God. If that is where He’s leading you, it's the safest place to be. Your desire to live a risk-free life is a form of disbelief. You are approaching a crossroad in your journey. In order to follow Him wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe. Let God lead you step by step. If your primary focus is on Him, you can walk along perilous paths without being afraid. As long as you stay close to God, His sovereign presence will protect you wherever you go. Source: Jesus Calling 12.9


Make Jesus the focal point of your search forsecurity. In your private thoughts, youare still trying to order your world so that it is predictable and feels safe.When you feel insecure and unsteady reach out to Jesus for your support andlive in complete dependence upon Christ alone.  Source: Jesus Calling, 12.10


A note of encouragement from God…


Do not fear, for I amwith you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and helpyou. I will uphold you. I will never ever forsake You. You are my child. I willtake care of you. Just believe. Everything will work out. You’re not alone. Iam with you. I will always be with you. You’re mine.

 

Love always,


ABBA-DADDY

Isaiah 41:10

Psalm 9:10b

 

Stuck in the Middle

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on October 21, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Stuck in the middle. Sitting on the fence. Fly forward not backward.


So easy to look back and consider it as a better way. It may be wishfulthinking or memorializing the past, but it is not our future.


Sometimes when we see a dip in our finances, we look back, and think itwould be easier with our family up north. Easy to look back. But is life reallythere? Maybe. But not life God’s way. Don't get caught looking back. Be still.Stay focused. Look forward.


"Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead." Philippians 3:13

 

R u going to Heaven???

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Where will you spend eternity? There are only two options: heaven or hell. The choice is yours.


Do you know for sure that you are going to heaven?


Do you have the assurance of eternal life?


How can you begin a personal relationship with God and have the assurance of eternal life with Him? God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.

The following principles from Campus Crusade will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ... How to Know God Personally.


Now, where will you spend eternity?  -- Dr. Dale


 

Lost Confidence

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

It's not good when we lose confidence in ourselves. Just ask any golfer. You lose confidence in your swing, chip or putt, you lose. It's that simple.


What or who are you putting your full confidence in? Yourself, others, money, health, material items....?


Where's God in the picture of your life? Could this be a factor leading to some of your struggles with peace, purpose and productivity in your life, relationships and career path?


Read this historic writing. Possibly, this may shed some insight. It has helped me tremendously.

 

“Blessed (Divinely favored; content, happy) is the person who trusts (relies, depends, hopes) in the Lord whose confidence (full trust, belief, reliability, assurance) is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes: its leaves are always green. It has no worries inthe year(s) of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

 

What are you thinking?


Do you have full, complete trust and confidence in the Lordproviding his unconditional love, faithfulness, forgiveness and provisionsthrough Jesus Christ?

 


What's your next move?


 

Don't Give Up!

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

It is easy to give up on the vision or calling God has upon our lives. Often adversity, struggles and disappointment halt our efforts. However, could it be, that these are the tools God uses to get us into shape to fulfill this vision? Please read the following excerpt. It really spoke to me.


Vision

from Utmost for His Highest Devotional by Oswald Chambers

 

“God gives us vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have the patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry… the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through the fires and floods to batter us into shape, until we get to the place where He can trust us with this reality… The vision is what God wants you to be. Let Him wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision. Don’t lose heart in the process. If you every had a vision of God, you may try as you like to be satisfied on the lower level, but God will never let you.”


Read this again. What may God be saying to you?

 

Life Coaching Insights from Proverbs 15

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on July 15, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Life Coaching Insights from Proverbs 15

 

Amazing the wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs. Here are several  statements from my reading today in Proverbs15 today. So many reminders of the blessingsand consequences in life.


Seems like many of our experiences are predicated on the moment by moments thoughts and choices we make.


Which of these statements seemto resonate with you? How is God speaking to you? Are there any clear messages? What needs to be addressed? To bechanged? To be different? What is it?

 

1.     A gentle answer turns away wrath.

2.     A harsh word stirs up anger.

3.     The eyes of the Lord are everywhere.

4.     Tongue that brings healing is a tree of life.

5.     A fool spurns their father’s discipline.

6.     Stern discipline awaits those who leave the path.

7.     He who hates correction will suffer.

8.     A mocker resents correction.

9.     The discerning heart seeks out knowledge.

10.  The mouth of fools feeds on folly.

11.   Better a little with fear of the Lord, than great wealth with turmoil.

12.  A hot tempered man stirs up dissension.

13.  A patient man calms a quarrel.

14.  Plans fail for lack of counsel.

15.  The Lord tears down the arrogant man’s house.

16.  A greedy man brings trouble to his family.

17.   A cheerful heart brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones.

18.  He who ignores discipline despises himself.

19.  Whoever heeds correction gains understanding.

20. The reverence of the Lord brings wisdom.

21.  Humility precedes honor.


What are some life tips you are taking from this today?

 

Unresolved Past

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on April 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM


My dear friend John Woodall says, "The cost of an unresolved past is missing the present and fearing the future." What a powerful statement.


It is so true. So many today are stuck in the muck and mire of the past. It may not be apparent. But something is wrong and we can't quite figure it out. All our experiences of life are stored on the hard drive of the sub conscious, if unhealthy, it will undermine your potential.


The toxic poison of the past has a way of oozing to the top. I know. I experienced it for many, many years. It has taken constant brokenness, pain, loss, faith, counseling, Scripture, God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit, church, mentors, spouse, time, trust, and more to heal my unhealthy, toxic belief system acquired from childhood.


The results: Enormous blessings of peace, purpose, health, relationships, marriage, family, grand kids, hope, faith and love. The pain is worth the gain. Deal with the past or it may crush you, and destroy your God-given dreams.


Remember this, "God has rescued you from the dominion of darkness and brought you into the kingdom of the Son, Jesus Christ, He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13-14


Just ponder this. What is God revealing to you? What is it?



You can say "No!"

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on April 19, 2013 at 11:55 AM

We all are tempted to sin. Tempted to fall. Tempted to do things we shouldn't. Just remember one thing, you can say, "No!" Just say it, "No!"


Here is why?


"The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age." Titus 2:11


You can say "No!" God has provided you the ability to overcome and to say "No." But be careful what may be setting you up to say, "Yes!"


Just think about it!

Successful Living

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on March 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM

7 Statements for Successful Living

by Dr. Dale Goodman

Source: Proverbs 20

(3000 year old ancient writings)


We all want to achieve success. However at the end of the day, some discover they were climbing the wrong ladder. Could this be you? Here are a few historic principled statements to reflect upon. Use this as a check list for yourself and evaluate how you are doing. Blessings to you! Dr. DRG


Historic principles and practices for success extracted from Proverbs 20. 

  • Lips that speak the truth are a rare jewel.
  • Make plans by seeking advice.
  • Gossip betrays confidence.
  • It’s an honor to avoid strife.
  • Your steps are being directed by the Lord.
  • A faithful person who can find?
  • Do not love sleep or you will grow poor.


Take a few minutes and respond to these questions:

How are you doing?
Where might you be vulnerable?
What can be done better?
How will you begin?
When will you begin?


Notes:


First Steps

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on February 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Just ponder this.


"God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome. When the inspiration of God comes, and He says, 'Arise from the dead.' we have to get up; God does not lift us up." O. Chambers 2/16 MUFHH


Are you willing to take the first step towards healing. Possibly all you need to do is take the next step. A phone call, a walk, a conversation, forgiveness, excercise, a note, an email or a visit to a Doctor. Are you waiting for God to overcome the obstacles you are facing?


Take the first step and God will be there to help you overcome. Psalm 16:32-35


Come on now, what are you waiting for?-- Dr. Dale


 

Trapped Boys to Men

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on December 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Trapped Boys to Men

by Dr. Dale

Trapped, adj. Stuck, cornered, imprisoned, entombed, ensnared, caged, bound, seized, wedged, tricked, deceived, duped, betrayed, misled


What is it? Why the killing sprees? Mental illness. A cop out.


Root causes. Are we willing to dig deeper and face the facts. I don’t think so. Could it be…

Broken Homes. Corrupt Culture. Spiritual Warfare

Unhealthy marriages, parents, divorce, family members, neighbors, communities, schools, culture, church

Unrealistic expectations, demands, performance

Physical, Verbal, Emotional, Sexual abuse


Trapped boys: Entombed, caged in a world of hurt, loss, pain.


Escape Routes: Sex, Porn, Drugs, Alcohol, Denial. Withdrawal. Gangs. Fighting. Failure. Violence. Suicide


Trapped boys to men with toys that can kill. Trapped souls. Imprisoned. Caged. Angry. Embittered. No hope, faith, and love.


What’s to lose? Getting even. It’s over. The end.


Trapped boys to men… Is this the way it was suppose to be?

 

Surprise, Surprise , Surprise

Posted by Dr Dale Goodman on November 7, 2012 at 5:30 AM

“The circumstances of a Christian’s life are ordained of God. There is no such thing as chance. All your circumstances are in the hand of God, therefore never think it strange concerning the circumstances you are in.” O. Chamber, 8.7


Nothing catches God by surprise. He has a purpose in everything. We may not see this now. But later on in life, look for the covert blessings.


Today, embrace what comes your way. Mysteriously, God is working something good out of the heap of pain and all for His glory. -- Dr. Dale