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Morning Coffee with Larry Quicksall

Morning Coffee with Larry Quicksall

By Larry Quicksall
Welcome to my podcast where I share my thoughts and ideas on various mental health and life improvement topics such as anxiety, depression, marriage/family, end-of-life, and faith. Who am I? Professionally, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working in the mental health field since 1987. Currently I specialize in treating people with severe anxiety disorders. Personally, my wife and I try to keep up with our expanding family while living the farmstead faith-based lifestyle. So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy sharing some time with me this morning.
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Episode 446 - Come to Me - 12/3/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  What kind of a person does God want?  Strong, hansom, beautiful, graceful?  Nope.  He wants people with weaknesses, brokenness, limitations, etc.  Why? Because when we are weak, broken, or limited we are more apt to follow Him for strength and direction as our Good Shephard.
December 3, 2020
Episode 445 - Give Yourself Fully - 12/1/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  What is the best way to face the worries and anxieties about what is on the road ahead of you?  Keep your focus on you daily Companion and give yourself fully to Him.  What do I mean?  Have a listen to today's podcast.
December 1, 2020
Episode 444 - Peace Be With You - 11/30/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Peace Be With You!  What an interesting greeting that Jesus used when meeting with his disciples following the resurrection.  He didn't say "Hey, look at me.  I'm not dead anymore."  He pronounced "peace" on them with his presence.  Why is this little phrase, Peace Be With You so important?  Let's dig into the depths of this beautiful little phrase.
November 30, 2020
Episode 443 - I Am Ever Near You - 11/26/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Have you ever wondered how near God is to us.  Why he would want to be close to us.  Why we are so important to Him.  Let's look at this topic as we think about how thankful we should be for this on Thanksgiving Day.
November 26, 2020
Episode 442 - My Peace - 11/25/2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Have you ever seen a shaft of light punching through a dark cloud? It’s a pretty amazing site! In today’s devotional study we’re going to use that word picture as a way of describing the peace that God gives us during times of darkness.
November 25, 2020
Episode 441 - Trust Me Enough - 11/24/2020
Good morning and good coffee! How easy is it for you to trust? For some people it is easy while for others it’s very hard. In today’s devotional study we start with these words, trust me enough to spend ample time with me. God is saying trust me and he calls us to action. Let’s dig into this in detail today.
November 24, 2020
Episode 440 - Seek My Face - 11-23-2020
Good morning and good coffee! What do you seek during your day? In today’s devotional our focus is on seeking God‘s face in the journey in doing that.
November 23, 2020
Episode 439 - I Am Above All Things - 11/20/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  We currently live in a crazy, swirling, distressing world, whether that is on the personal or family side of things or on the nation/international level.  We can easily become distracted (and I'll admit I am very easily distracted!), but Jesus keeps telling us to focus on him and he will raise us above the circumstance as we go through them.  How?  Let's find out in today's study.
November 20, 2020
Episode 438 - Rest and Refreshment - 11/19/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  The daily battle can be exhausting, but Jesus provides rest and refreshment in his presence.  But is the exhaustion because God expects too much, or are we distracted from His path and His presence by the multitude of choices that are not a part of his plan?  Join with me today as we look for clear answers in today's devotion.
November 19, 2020
Episode 437 - Come to Me and Rest - 11/18/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Have you ever slipped on a frozen surface?  When you do you will instinctively grasp for anything to prevent or break your fall, and sometimes what we might grab could be harmful.  However, if you are already holding onto a strong hand, then you will grasp that hand tighter and a fall will be prevented.  In today's devotion, Jesus wants us to grasp his hand as we face challenging time, so he can guide and protect us and keep us from falling.  Let's explore this idea in today's devotional study.
November 18, 2020
Episode 436 - Seek My Face - 11/17/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  When you seek someone's face you are seeking a level of intimacy with them.  When you seek God's face and grasp his hand for him to lead you through the day, then you will experience his presence and peace.  Let's see how this all fits together in today's devotional study.
November 17, 2020
Episode 435 - Bring Me Your Weakness - 11/16/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Throughout history, when subjects or ambassadors presented themselves to the king, they would present a gift as tribute such as gold, silver, silk, or precious stones.  However, in our devotion today we have Jesus telling us to bring our weakness and he will give us a gift of peace.  How can this be?  Let's find out together.
November 16, 2020
Episode 434 - With You and For You - 11/13/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Do you sometimes feel like God is working against you?  You are working hard, trying your best, trying to figure it all out, but having nothing but frustrations and roadblocks?  Is God really working against you?  No.  God is with us and for us.  Let's dig into this on today's podcast.
November 13, 2020
Episode 433 - I Am Renewing Your Mind - 11/12/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Does this ever happen to you?  You are just idlily thinking and your mind gravitates towards a problem and you spend the next several minutes or hours thinking about the problem over and over again.   I see your hands!  It happens to everyone, but why?  Is there anything that can help me shake these negative thoughts?  Let's find out today by studying about how Jesus renews our mind.
November 12, 2020
Episode 432 - One Step at a Time - 11/11/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Do you worry about what is in the future?  Does the future distract you from focusing on your steps today.  Jesus tells us to focus on him as he leads us on his path, but that can be hard to do.  Let's dig into this topic today!
November 11, 2020
Episode 431 - Strength and Shield - 11/10/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Some people say they need a strong cup of coffee or energy drink to strengthen them and get them through the day.  However, that strength (if we want to call it that) is fleeting at best.  Jesus promises to be our strength and shield throughout the day, every day.  How can he do that?  Let's study about that this morning and see how it applies to our lives.
November 10, 2020
Episode 430 - Worship Only Me - 11/9/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Have you ever heard the phrase, "Whatever occupies your mind the most becomes your god"?  Kind of a scary thought, isn't it?  What occupies your mind the most?  What would Facebook report as occupying your mind the most?  Let's dig into this subject today.
November 9, 2020
Episode 429 - Keep Your Focus on Me - 11/6/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  What you focus on is what you see, but what kind of lens are you looking through can cause all kinds of distortion.  Anxious, judgmental, and confused perspectives distort what and who we are looking at, but when we focus on Jesus our distorted vision is corrected and we are better able to see what is actually around us.
November 6, 2020
Episode 428 - With You Always - 11/5/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Over the course of our lives, many important people will move away from us, and we don't see them as we once did.  Jesus disciples were worried when Jesus talked about leaving, but he made them a promise that he also makes to us: "I am with you always."  Let's dig into this promise and how it applies to us today.
November 5, 2020
Episode 427 - The Straight Path - 11/3/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  There was a Scottish song from my childhood about taking the high road or low road implying one was a direct route while the other was a more difficult path.  Jesus instructs us to stay close to him and he will guide on a high road and will make our path straight.  Let's dig into this topic... grab your coffee! 
November 3, 2020
Episode 426 - Give Up the Illusion - 11/2/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Do expect that this world should be problem free because you are a Christian?  Well, I hate to break it to you, but this world will never be perfect.  But it doesn't have to be to see the wonders and feel the peace that Jesus has to offer.  Let explore this topic more today.
November 2, 2020
Episode 425 - Enfolding Love - 10/30/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  What kind of sacrifice does Jesus desire?  Money?  Blood?  Fruits or Grains?  No, he desires the sacrifice of our time to draw close to him and to experience an intimacy and transformation into what God desires us to be.  How?  Let's talk about that in today's podcast.
October 30, 2020
Episode 424 - Treasure of Peace - 10/29/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  If you found a great treasure on someone else's property, what would you do?  Would you sell all you have to buy the property and have the treasurer?  How valuable would you consider a powerful peace that is able to be experienced when everything around you appears to be falling apart?  That is our topic today!
October 29, 2020
Episode 423 - It's Alright to be Human - 10/27/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Do you ever feel like a complete screw-up when you are trying to do the right thing?  Do you beat yourself up when you try to get close to God but keep seeing your failings, your short comings?  What does God say about you and your human weakness?  Grab your coffee and let's dig into this topic today.
October 28, 2020
Episode 422 - Strive to Trust Me - 10/27/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  How hard is it for you to trust?  Do you trust others?  Do you trust yourself?  Do you trust Jesus?  Why or why not?  It is easy to have our sense of trust messed up these day, but Jesus wants us to trust him in all ways and in all things.  But how?  How do I get from here to there?  That is our topic today: Striving to trust Jesus more and more.  Strive!  Grab your coffee and let's dig into this topic.
October 27, 2020
Episode 421 - Be All Mine - 10/26/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  In today's devotional study we look at how Jesus wants us to be all his and not dependent upon anything else.  Why would God want that?  Why would that be helpful to us?  Join in today's study and let's find out together! Also, if you are interested in learning more about the "I Can Overcome Anxiety - 30-Day Challenge" that I spoke about on today's show, following this link to where I'll be posting information very shortly.
October 26, 2020
Episode 420b - No morning coffee today...sorry - 10/23/2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody, unfortunately I’m feeling under the weather today so I’m going to skip my coffee with you and take it easy. I will join you for that coffee and conversation on Monday morning!
October 23, 2020
Episode 420 - He's the Boss - 10/22/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Remember that 1980's sitcom called "Who's the Boss" where the two lead characters have a challenging relationship as to who is in charge.  Today we will look at our lives and who is actually in charge, why He is in charge, and His intentions for our lives.
October 22, 2020
Episode 419 - The True Fit - 10/21/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  What happens when Jesus is the center of our being?  He fills it with Himself.  It is a true and perfect fit, because that is how we were made.  And when we are filled with Him, there is little room for worry, depression, and anxiety.  Let's dig into this topic this morning... Get your coffee!
October 21, 2020
Episode 418 - Follow His Lead - 10/20/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  When Jesus says "follow me" it does not mean it will always be an easy path.  But it does mean that He will always be with you the path He has chosen for you, and the challenges are worth the rewards.
October 20, 2020
Episode 417 - He Made Today - 10/19/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Can that be true when I face troubles?  How can I be glad when things go wrong?  Let's study this topic in today's devotional.  Grab your coffee!
October 19, 2020
Episode 416 - Rehearsing Troubles - 10/16/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  When you anticipate troubles, do you find yourself rehearsing them over and over in your head before the trouble actually arrives?  Actually, that is not a good idea.  Let's learn why in today's podcast.  Get your coffee and let's get started.
October 16, 2020
Episode 415 - Focus on Me - 10/15/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Where do you focus your attention when things get scary?  Do you focus on the object of your fear or do you focus on what gives you peace?  Let's focus today on that question during today's podcast.
October 15, 2020
Episode 414 - Filled with Grace - 10/14/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  We often become distracted by how others look or dress, the cars they drive, the house they live in.  We say "They have it all together", then we condemn ourselves for our looks, our want, our emptiness.  However, Jesus does not look at what you or I may see, but he looks at the inside, deep into our being, our soul.  And in that emptiness He has the opportunity to pour it full of his grace transforming us into a new potential envisioned by Him.  Interested?  Join me for today's podcast.
October 14, 2020
Episode 413 - The Daily Adventure - 10/13/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  How do you view your day when you try to plan and control everything that happens?  Stressful, overwhelming?  What happens if you view every day as an adventures planned out by your personal Guide and Companion, Jesus?  Peace, security, joy, trust, endurance.  Let's talk about this in today's study.
October 13, 2020
Episode 412 - He Will Prepare You - 10/12/2020
We may think we know what will happen today, but in reality we don't.  Anything can happen unexpected and out of the blue!  However, Jesus reminds us that he knows exactly what will happen, and when we allow Him to be our constant companion He will prepare and guide us through whatever is in our path.  The closer we are to Him as our companion, the greater the peace in the journey.
October 12, 2020
Episode 411 - Relinquishing Control - 10/9/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  I love today's devotional, which ties in God's sovereignty with prayer requests and the incredible benefit of trusting through thanksgiving.  Good Stuff! 
October 9, 2020
Episode 410 - Make Trust a Pattern - 10/8/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  The more we trust Jesus during the good time the stronger we can trust him during the hard times.  Let's dig into the topic of trust this morning.  Don't forget your coffee!
October 8, 2020
Episode 409 - Aligning with God's Will - 10/7/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  I have great ideas and you have great ideas, but the only way to ensure that these ideas succeed is if they are in alignment with God's Will.  And when they are in alignment with His Will, then nothing can stop what is doing to happen.  Let's dig into this in today's episode.
October 7, 2020
Episode 408 - Hope in His Presence - 10/6/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  The presence of another can be helpful when we are in distress, but the wrong words or tone or attitude may worsen the situation.  However, Jesus gently comes and invites us into His presence to experience the hope and patience He provides to ease our burdens in daily life. 
October 6, 2020
Episode 407 - Praise and Thanks - 10/5/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today I share a bit about my silent cohost (Ha!) and share with you about praising and thanking Jesus in all circumstances.
October 5, 2020
Episode 406 - I Am Able - 10/2/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  When life's struggles are overwhelming it is important to focus, ponder, and trust that Jesus is able.
October 2, 2020
Episode 405 - The Faith Walk - 10/1/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  We generally think of victorious people as having incredible strength through independence, but that is not what Jesus tells us.  He tells us that we can be victorious through increasing dependence on Him.  How can this be?  Join me for today's podcast and see how.
October 1, 2020
Episode 404 - Learn a New Habit - 9/30/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  What is a habit?  Many times we think of habits in a bad way... something to break.  However, there are also good habits that help us in any situation (e.g. washing your hands, looking both ways when crossing the street).  Today's study looks at a good habit for developing a better relationship with the one who loves us the most.
September 30, 2020
Episode 403 - Peace of My Presence - 9/29/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today we explore the topic Refresh Yourself in the Peace of My Presence, the peace of having Jesus as our constant companion.  This world is troubling and overwhelming, but what if we had a companion through it all who had already overcome the world - wouldn't that provide a filling sense of peace?  Join with me for today's podcast.
September 29, 2020
Episode 402 - Relax in My Healing Presence - 9/28/2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Life get's busy, but are we making our time with Jesus a low priority?  Today's theme is Relax in My Healing Presence, and I know I need to do this more than I currently do.  This is a good study today, so grab your coffee, and let's get started.
September 28, 2020
Episode 401 - Come to Me - 9/25/2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I start a new series where I'm using the daily devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  You can pick up a copy of this devotional through Amazon and follow along daily.  Today's topic is titled Come to Me.
September 25, 2020
Episode 400 - Labels - Sep 24, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well today is kind of a remarkable day because I am recording episode 400 of this podcast! I am totally surprised that I have recorded this many episodes. Totally surprised! On today’s show I review a few of these as I reminisce the past year and a half. I also give a preview of some changes I’m making to the format of the podcast. Finally, I read to you a post by a friend of mine named Wanda about labels that were keeping her a prisoner and how she was set free. A lot is packed in to this episode today!
September 24, 2020
Episode 399 - Hope - Sep 23, 2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today I want to talk about HOPE and how important it is as we face the future in 2020.
September 23, 2020
Episode 398 - Make Your Day - Sep 22, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about things that you can make, but not the things you might be thinking of. These things are more intangible but also way more important. Want to know what they are? Listen to today’s podcast!
September 22, 2020
Episode 397 - Disappointment - Sep 21, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Have you ever been disappointed in some thing? Well of course you have, but how did you cope with the disappointment? Find out my thoughts on today’s podcast.
September 21, 2020
Episode 396 - Marvel - Sep 18, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Do you ever just sit back and marvel at what’s around you? Join with me today as I do a little bit of that.
September 18, 2020
Episode 395 - Faith - Sep 17, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today we’re going to take a journey along the path of faith. We’re going to start by a broad definition and then narrow it down to the specific looking at its impact in a lot of different areas. Join me on the journey today, and don’t forget your coffee!
September 17, 2020
Episode 394 - The Old Book - Sep 16, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! You never know what you’re gonna find when you pull an old book off the shelf and give it a well-deserved look. That’s what happened to me today and you might be surprised at what I found!
September 16, 2020
Episode 393 - Being Happy - Sep 14, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about being happy and I want to do that through an article I found on steps to take to be happier in your life.
September 14, 2020
Episode 392 - Tranquility - Sep 11, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Actually I’m pulling a fast one on you as I’m recording this the night before sitting on the back deck enjoying the tranquility of darkness with the twinkling of lights and the background sounds of the country. So join with me for some evening tea with Larry as we explore the idea of creating tranquility wherever you are.
September 11, 2020
Episode 391 - Can’t Buy This - Sep 10, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about things that you can’t buy. You can buy lots of stuff but you can’t buy these things. They’re very valuable. So valuable that you need all of them, but again you can’t buy them. What are they? Find out on today’s podcast.
September 10, 2020
Episode 390 - Letting Go - Sep 9, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Today I want to have a wandering conversation about letting go. It’s not an easy thing to do in some cases, so why do we hold on to things that we really should let go of? Let’s find out together over a cuppa coffee.
September 9, 2020
Episode 389 - Career Change - Sep 4, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! You know during this time of COVID-19 there’s been a lot of changes in businesses, jobs, and career opportunities. If you’re looking for a change either because of necessity or a desire, then today’s podcast may be just the thing for you.
September 4, 2020
Episode 388 - Kids Bucket List - Sep 3, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Do you know ever since the movie The Bucket List came out people of been creating bucket list of things that they want to do while they’re still able to do it. When it comes to bucket list with your kids though, you better start doing it now because they won’t be kids forever. Today I explore a 10 item bucket list that I found on the Travel Channel website, and I hope that this jumpstart some ideas for you and your family.
September 3, 2020
Episode 387 - Reasons for Divorce - Sep 2, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I’m talking about the top 10 reasons why divorce occurs.
September 2, 2020
Episode 386 - Generations - Sep 1, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! You probably know your parents and grandparents and maybe even your great grandparents, but how far back do you know and even a bigger question is how wide is your knowledge? That’s the start of our topic today.
September 1, 2020
Episode 385 - The Gold Necklace - August 31, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I want to share with you a story posted by my colleague Lisa about unexpected survival and an impossible reunion. 
August 31, 2020
Episode 384 - Troop 6000 - August 28, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Today I wanna share with you a very inspiring story about Girl Scout Troop 6000.
August 28, 2020
Episode 383 - Act on a Vision - Aug 27, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Well last week and this week we have heard a vision set forth by our two major political parties. But, what about your vision, your decisions, your actions? That’s our topic today.
August 27, 2020
Episode 382 - Why Complicate Life? - August 26, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! You know, life can get too complicated too quickly. When we keep life simple the path is easier to walk because there’s not so much clutter. In today’s podcast I share with you the wisdom of a meme titled why complicate life. Good question! When we keep life simple it does tend to work better.
August 26, 2020
Episode 381 - Misbehaving Therapists - August 25, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to share with you some of my thoughts after reading some very rude comments on a post in one of my groups. The group in question is one that is composed of counselors and therapists who know better than to write such comments. I’m not slamming my profession by any means, but sometimes everybody needs a reminder on behavior. Today I want to take us back to the basics with four simple rules from an elementary school post that apply to adulthood as well.
August 25, 2020
Episode 380 - The Backwards Law - August 24, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I wanna share with you something I came across over the weekend called the backwards principal by Alan Watts. At first when I read it I had to kind of shake my head and read it again. But after reading it a second time I said, “oh, I get it.” I think this podcast has some pretty good stuff that you’ll be able to apply into every day life.
August 24, 2020
Episode 379 - The “Fun” What If Game - August 21, 2020
Good morning and good copy everybody! Today I wanna share with you a fun game that I started playing yesterday with a friends post on Facebook. Usually I don’t like the “what if game” when it’s in therapy but this is a great game!
August 21, 2020
Episode 378 - The Radioactive Boy Scout - August 20,2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Several years ago I learned the story of the Radioactive Boy Scout who was trying to create a breeder reactor in his mom's shed in the backyard when he was just 17 years old.  There another boy and his story too.  Like the first he was fascinated with science and nuclear energy but his life has taken a very different path. 
August 20, 2020
Episode 377 - Out My Window - August 18, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Have you seen the new little Facebook thing going around where you were supposed to take a photo out your window and post it? So what would you post if you were playing this game? It’s really about what is important to you and what you focus on. That’s the topic of today’s morning coffee conversation.
August 18, 2020
Episode 376 - Gift of Adventure - August 17, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Well, I had a great weekend taking a grandson on a canoe trip down the Current River.  This was his first time river canoeing, and it was quite an adventure!  My thoughts... rather than giving a person money or something from Walmart, give them a unique adventure that will last a lifetime.
August 17, 2020
Episode 375 - Power of Memory - August 14, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I want to share some of my observations and thoughts regarding our senses, perceptions, and specifically our memories.  To me it is amazing how memory can be influenced into inaccuracy based upon our beliefs, anticipations, and pre-judging (prejudices). 
August 14, 2020
Episode 374 - Be Amazed! - August 13, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Last night my family had an unexpected encounter with the Perseids Meteor Shower and it was AMAZING!  And that amazement created an opportunity to teach, learn, and appreciate the wonderment of nature.  But you don't have to wait for a meteor show to be amazed, because God has created an abundance of things in your everyday life about which you can be amazed.  Why should you be amazed?  Well, it is a bit like Narnia where you walk through an old wardrobe to find yourself briefly in a land you never knew existed.  Be Amazed!
August 13, 2020
Episode 373 - A Heart Full of Love - August 12, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  My wife sent me an inspirational meme that is again a great little nugget of truth.  It's more than a few lines to make us feel good, but it also focuses our purpose.  Enjoy!
August 12, 2020
Episode 372 - Neutralizing Manipulation - August 11, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  I found this on my wife's Facebook feed and fell in love with it, as it is a follow-up on yesterday's podcast titled "Power of the Pause".  This meme says, "When someone tries to trigger you by insulting you or by doing or saying something that irritates you, take a deep breath and switch off your ego.  Remember that if you are easily offended, you are easily manipulated.
August 11, 2020
Episode 371 - Power of the Pause - August 10, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I want to share with you a power, a very powerful power: the power of the pause.  You see, a pause is a powerful form of communication used by successful speakers, but there is a different type of pause related to thinking and acting that we have the opportunity to use every day.  And, this pause protects us and others from all kinds of negative emotions and actions.  Find out about the Power of the Pause on today's show.
August 10, 2020
Episode 370 - Communication vs Comprehension - August 7, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everyone!  Today I am focusing on two things.  The first is a prophetic meme from 12/2/2019 about letting go of 2019 and embracing the new beginnings of 2020 (Oh My!).  The second is about the difference between communication and comprehension, the challenges it gives us, and ways I have learned to increase comprehension.  Good stuff this morning people!
August 7, 2020
Episode 369 - Be Still and Know that I am God - August 6, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I am feeling distress which resulted in restless sleep and an inability to find a topic for today's podcast.  However, a biblical phrase popped into my head and it feels like the right topic for today.  Want to know what it is?  Well, grab a cup of coffee and take a listen.
August 6, 2020
Episode 368 - Time to Reset? - August 4, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Almost daily I catch myself saying “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal”, but were all parts of normal really all that good? In today’s show, I want to examine the concept of a reset, in other words during this time of an extended disruption we have an opportunity to decide the things that we want to go back to, the things we don’t want to go back to, and the new patterns of life that we want to embrace as the time of Covid eventually comes to an end.
August 4, 2020
Episode 367 - Egg Shells - August 3, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Last night my wife was gathering chicken egg and showed me one that was laid without a shell.... yes, without a shell... just the membrane.  In today's podcast I share the possible reasons for this unusual situation and draw a parallel to what can happen when our protective shell is too thin or non-existent.  
August 3, 2020
Episode 366 - Visit with Aaron - July 31, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! On today’s episode I am joined by my son Aaron who is up here on a little vacation with his girlfriend and he shares about some other adventures in southern Illinois as well as life as a park ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park.
July 31, 2020
Episode 365 - How Big is Big? - July 30, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  This morning my mind went on an interesting journey regarding the concept of "BIG", and today I thought we could have a little fun with where my mind went asking the question "How Big is Big?"
July 30, 2020
Episode 364 - Stop Sending Inspirational Memes - Jul 29, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I came across a meme that started with the words "Stop sending inspirational memes".  What came next was the most important part: "Be Inspirational".  That is our topic today including what does inspiration mean, how are we inspired, and most importantly how can we become inspirational.
July 29, 2020
Episode 363 - Change for the Better - July 28, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Have you ever tried to make a serious change only to have it fail because you kept holding on to the past? Today I want to talk about what the cost is for a new life if you want to have change for the better.
July 28, 2020
Episode 362 - What did the Fan Say? - July 27, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! I’m back! After a two week vacation of not recording a podcast I am fresh, excited, and ready to have a fresh cup of coffee with you this morning. Today I want to talk about attitude with the question “what did the fans say?”
July 27, 2020
Episode 361 - BoMC - Storms Can Clear Paths - July 24, 2020
Today's Best of Morning Coffee is from August 30, 2019, and addresses the struggles that happen when we try to understand why bad things are happening.  Sometimes the best answer is that storms can clear paths opening opportunities at just the right time.
July 24, 2020
Episode 360 - BoMC - Morning Laughter - July 23, 2020
Today's Best of Morning Coffee episode is from December 13, 2019, and takes a look at Morning Laughter.  I can't think of a better way to start my day!
July 23, 2020
Episode 359 - BoMC - What Spills from Your Cup - July 22, 2020
Today's Best of Morning Coffee episode is from June 24, 2019, and answers an interesting question: "What spills from your cup?"
July 22, 2020
Episode 358 - BoMC - Suicide Prevention - 7/21/2020
On today's Best of Morning Coffee episode from July 15, 2019, I feature an interview with Dale Horaz who is the head of Suicide Prevention with the Marion VA.  Dale is an expert in the field of suicide and is my go-to-guy with any questions that I have when helping a person or family with the issue of suicide.
July 21, 2020
Episode 357 - BoMC - The Triumphant Marriage - July 20,2020
Today's Best of Morning Coffee episode is from September 5, 2019, and features one of my favorite books on marriage by Neil Clark Warren titled The Triumphant Marriage.
July 20, 2020
Episode 356 - BoMC - When Anger is in Control - July 17, 2020
Today's episode of Best of Morning Coffee is from December 23, 2019, and addresses the topic When Anger is in Control.  Again, another timely topic for the present time and any time for that matter.
July 17, 2020
Episode 355 - BoMC - Practicing Kindness - July 16, 2020
Today's Best of Morning Coffee is from November 8, 2019, and is a very timely topic for today: Practicing Kindness!
July 16, 2020
Episode 354 - BoMC - Passion Projects - July 15, 2020
Today's Best of Morning Coffee is from June 21, 2019, and features a discussion on the topic of Passion Projects.
July 15, 2020
Episode 353 - BoMC - Chickens and Ducks - July 14, 2020
This Best of Morning Coffee episode is from October 7, 2019, and has brought about a lot of lasting fun comparing chicken and ducks.  Ducks and definitely party animals, and my classmates Nancy, Lynette, and Carla are such "party ducks" that we names three of our ducks after them!
July 14, 2020
Episode 352 - BoMC - Quantity vs Quality Time - July 13, 2020
This Best of Morning Coffee is Episode 32 from March 8, 2019, and addresses the topic of Quantity Time vs Quality Time.  In short, you have to have a certain amount of quantity time to even have quality time.
July 13, 2020
Episode 351 - Refresh Your Brain - July 10, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Many times we can get fatigued during the day and it would be great to be able to restart our brain or reboot our brain to help us get through the day with more mental clarity. Well guess what we can do that with a few simple easy to do tips. Are you interested? Listen to today’s podcast!
July 10, 2020
Episode 350 - Exercise Your Imagination- July 9, 2020
Good morning and good copy everybody! As I sit outside with my cup of coffee I am drawn to the distant past and sometimes the not so distant past to use my imagination to think about how things were long ago. It’s a need exercise to do whether you’re traveling to unique locations or literally sitting in your backyard. That’s the topic for today’s podcast: exercising your imagination.
July 9, 2020
Episode 349 - Critical Thinking - July 8, 2020
Good morning a good coffee! Today’s topic is critical thinking as a tool that we can use to make our thoughts as accurate as possible. However if we try to do critical thinking with other people, for example on social media, we may be met with emotional resistance. Why is that? I talk about that on today’s episode.
July 8, 2020
Episode 348 - “Bueller, Bueller, Bueller” - July 7, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I wanna share with you a video of one of my favorite movies, and it may also be one of yours. It is an interview on Zoom with the cast of Ferris Bueller‘s Day off. Why do we like this movie so much? Well in today’s podcast I’ll explain to you why certain movies hit you in a certain way and last that way possibly for your entire life.
July 7, 2020
Episode 347 - Try More - July 6, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Sometimes we work really hard only to fail. However that is not a good enough reason to give up and stop trying. What we often need to do is actually try harder and work to understand the situation better so that success will come eventually. How do you do that? Well listen to today’s podcast and expand your understanding.
July 6, 2020
Episode 346 - On This Date - July 3, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! I hope you are planning a great Fourth of July weekend, but what actually happened on this date? Find out in today’s podcast.
July 3, 2020
Episode 345 - Work Hard - July 2, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! There are a lot of people who believe that good things should come easy or that they come easy to other people. In reality, good things take hard work and when we accomplish those things we do have a sense of satisfaction.
July 2, 2020
Episode 344 - Experiential Learning - July 1, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! There’s all different ways that we can learn things. Sometimes we learn in books, other times by listening to experts, but the best way to learn is to experience it. That’s our topic for today
July 1, 2020
Episode 343 - Seize the Day - June 30, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Have you ever found yourself being hesitant about a decision that you want to make or an action that you want to take? Of course you have. We all have. However, it’s very easy to feel regret over a missed opportunity, so today we’re gonna talk about seizing the moment and how to act on it!
June 30, 2020
Episode 342 - Walk Your Own Path - Jun 29, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!   Today I want to share my thoughts with you on a brief little post I came across titled "Walk Your Own Path."  While I like and agree with it, there are some pitfall that can occur.  However, there is a solution for avoiding the pitfalls and having success.
June 29, 2020
Episode 341 - Choice, Chance, and Change - June 26, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! You know a lot of people want change in their life, but sadly for too many people nothing really changes. What keeps change from happening? Sometimes we don’t realize that there’s two other key components that has to occur before change and take place. Let’s talk about this on today’s podcast.
June 26, 2020
Episode 340 - Opportunities - June 25, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about opportunities that can avail them selves during times of crisis or dilemma. If we simply whine and complain how things have changed we won’t move ahead, but if we look for opportunities we will find them and we can take it vantage of them to help ourselves and our families.
June 25, 2020
Episode 339 - Importance of Adventures- June 24, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well if you keep track of these kind of things she will realize that I missed the podcast yesterday. Why, you may ask. Well you’ll have to listen to today’s podcast to find out, and to learn about the importance of having adventures in our lives.
June 24, 2020
Episode 338 - It’s My Birthday! - June 22, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Happy birthday to me! Yes it really is my birthday today, so I wanna share with you some thoughts about birthdays and what I’m going to do this year to make it the best year it could be.
June 22, 2020
Episode 337 - Neurology Tidbit and Balanced Interpretation - Jun 19, 2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today I want to share with you an interesting tidbit on the topic of neurology and my thoughts about having a balanced interpretation of others.
June 19, 2020
Episode 336 - Drunk on Anger - June 18, 2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Did you know that anger can get out of balance in our lives?  I know, that sounds kinda obvious doesn't it.  However, sometimes anger acts very much like a drug or an addiction... It can be intoxicating!  On today's podcast I want to share with you my thoughts on being Drunk on Anger.
June 18, 2020
Episode 335 - Shy's Home and & Rules for Life - Jun 17, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Great news, our dog Shy is back safe and sound.  Also today I share "7 Cardinal Rules for Life" that make a lot of sense especially in today's world.
June 17, 2020
Episode 334 - Lost Little Lamb or Dog - June 16, 2020
Not your normal podcast today.  Our dog, Shy, is missing and is very much like the Bible story of the Good Shepherd leaving the 99 to find the lost one.  When an animal or person panics you don't know where they will run, so we all need that Good Shepherd that will take the time and make the effort to find us and bring us home.
June 16, 2020
Episode 333 - Change Happens! - Jun 15, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  When life happens, so does change.  We had a lot of changes on the farm this past weekend, and adapting to change is a good skill to master.  Some change is good, some is bad, some is happy, some is sad, and some is STUPID!  Yes, stupid refers to me.  How?  Find out on today's podcast.
June 15, 2020
Episode 332 - Old Letters and Preserving Children - Jun 12, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I want to share with you a couple of interesting things I found on the Internet.  The first is on old letters of the alphabet that we no longer use, and the second is a receipt for preserving children and giving them a great childhood.  Have a great weekend!!!
June 12, 2020
Episode 331 - Under the Sidewalk - Jun 11, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  The other day I found photos posted on Facebook of a historical significance from the town of Shelbyville, Illinois.  Work crews for the city uncovered old buildings under the sidewalk they were repairing.  How can that be???  Sometimes as we look in our own past we find things that don't look like today and there is a lesson to be learned.  Confused?  Listen to today's podcast and we will uncover some valuable insight.
June 11, 2020
Episode 330 - Corrie and Forgiveness - Jun 10, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today I return briefly to the topic of forgiveness as it can clearly fit into the recovery from PTSD.  Corrie Ten Boom was the subject of a book and movie titled "The Hiding Place" and also a prisoner of a Nazi labor camp until her accidental release.  What can we learn about the limits of forgiveness when this former prisoner happened to meet a former guard who asked her for forgiveness?  Plenty!
June 10, 2020
Episode 329 - Understanding PTSD Part 5 - Jun 09, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today we wrap up our series on PTSD and look at the criteria for Arousal.
June 9, 2020
Episode 328 - Understanding PTSD Part 4 - Jun 08, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody?  Today we continue our discussion on PTSD with a focus on Criteria D - Negativity.
June 8, 2020
Episode 327 - Understanding PTSD Part 3 - June 5, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! On today’s podcast I am going to be continuing with our series on post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. We have already covered what is a trauma and intrusions. Today we’re going to get into the symptoms of avoidance.
June 5, 2020
Episode 326 - understanding PTSD Part 2 - June 4, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Today I continue with the short series on understanding PTSD and address the criteria of intrusions. What is an intrusion? Listen today’s podcast and you will learn the five key intrusions associated with PTSD.
June 4, 2020
Episode 325 - Understanding PTSD Part 1 - June 3, 2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today I am starting a series on PTSD and begin with who can develop it and what is a trauma.
June 3, 2020
Episode 324 - Revising Our Feelings - Jun 02, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  Today we are going to continue with our series on forgiveness and what is described as the third stage of forgiveness: revising our feelings.
June 2, 2020
Episode 323 - Vengeance - Jun 01, 2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Side Note: Today this podcast hit 10,001 downloads!  Today we continue with our series on forgiveness with giving up the right of vengeance.
June 1, 2020
Episode 322 - Rediscovering the Humanity - May 29, 2020
Good Morning and Good Coffee!  Today I continue in our series on forgiveness utilizing the book The Art of Forgiving by Lewis B Smedes.  Our topic today is Rediscovering the Humanity of the Person Who Hurt Us.  
May 29, 2020
Episode 321 - Too Big to Forgive - May 28, 2020
Good morning and good copy everybody! I have a question for you. What does the marathon runner, Roger Bannister, and sir Edmund Hillary have in common? They all surpassed what people believed was possible. How does this fit into forgiveness? Almost every single person has hit a point where they believe they could not forgive someone. But on today’s podcast we’re going to continue our journey in understanding how we can expand our ability to forgive and why that’s important.
May 28, 2020
Episode 320 - Worms and Forgiveness - May 27, 2020
Good morning and good coffee!  What in the world could worms and forgiveness have in common?  Well, I will share with you the connection and lesson learned.
May 27, 2020
Episode 319 - 10 Ways to Love - May 26, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I wanna share with you a quick list from a little meme that I came across. It’s titled 10 ways to love, and this quick list is packed with a lot of good information.
May 26, 2020
Episode 318 - Remembering Henry - May 25, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Today is Memorial Day, and I would like to take the time to remember my great uncle, Henry Pieper and share with you a little bit about him.
May 25, 2020
Episode 317 - Poor Little Duck - May 22, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! You know, life is full of risk and bad things happen. Sometimes bad things happen on the farm to animals that you care for. But that is life on the farm, we try to protect but we also have to let life live the way it’s intended. What lessons can we learn for our own lives?
May 22, 2020
Episode 316 - Formula for Living Part 2 - May 21, 2020
Good morning and good copy everybody! On today’s episode I finish our two part series titled formula for a living. Good stuff here people!
May 21, 2020
Episode 315 - Formula for Living Part 1 - May 18, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about some simple tips for living and it’s actually comes from a little note that my wife forwarded to me called simple formula for living. I think we can apply some of all of these to our daily life as we transition through this time of the pandemic.
May 18, 2020
Episode 314 - Best Tool Ever! - May 15, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! This morning I responded to a question from a therapist Facebook group. The question was asking what is something we wish we knew when we first started our practice. I knew exactly what I wish I had and today I’m going to share that with you.
May 15, 2020
Episode 313 - Life and Death on a Farm - May 14, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I wanna share with you a little bit of life and death on the farm. You can’t have life to the fullest and not also have death, in the farm is a great opportunity to see life lessons played out in front of you.
May 14, 2020
Episode 312 - Causes and Correction - May 13, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk about some prevalence rates among the most common mental disorders, and to look at some of the causes and means of correction. Oh, I’m also going to talk about how an out of balance washing machine fits into all of this.
May 13, 2020
Episode 311 - Counseling vs Therapy - May 12, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Today I want to talk about for basic differences between counseling and psychotherapy. Grab your coffee, lay on the couch just like Sigmund Freud would suggest, and let’s have some morning conversation!
May 12, 2020
Episode 310 - Funny Words - May 11, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! This morning I saw something funny on the Internet that made me laugh. It was different ways of spelling words that sound the same. As I laughed at these I thought that really is how life is too. Would you like to know why? Listen to today’s podcast and I’ll share with you my thoughts.
May 11, 2020
Episode 309 - 5 Basic Needs - May 8, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to share with you about a great little stage performance that is going to be available on YouTube for a short period of time. I also want to share with you about five basic needs that we need to have in balance, and because of the virus and the changes that have occurred in our lifestyle you may not be meeting these five needs in a balanced way. If you want to find out whether or not you are, listen to today’s podcast.
May 8, 2020
Episode 308 - Sitting on the Deck - May 7, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Well I don’t have a clear topic to talk about today so I’m going to just invite you to join me out on the deck this morning for some conversation about the life that is all around us that we so often either ignore or take for granted. It’s a gift that should not be overlooked!
May 7, 2020
Episode 307 - Pleasant Dreams - May 6, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! You know sometimes you are blessed with a pleasant dream of spending time with someone that you miss. Last night I had one of those dreams and I thought I would share with you this morning.
May 6, 2020
Episode 306 - What You Believe - May 5, 2020
Good morning and good copy everybody! Well today I want to talk about what you believe in tie it into what you see and how you see it.
May 5, 2020
Episode 305 - Encouragement - May 4,, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to talk to you about a phone call that I had last night with a person that I am starting a mentoring relationship with. What was the best part for me ties into encouragement. Encouragement is a gift that you also receive back at the same time. Want to know how? Listen to today’s podcast.
May 4, 2020
Episode 304 - What Happened 180 Years Ago? - May 1, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I’m going to jump off our typical topics in dive into 120-year-old book that talks about the history year-by-year of the previous hundred years. You know what I find? What’s happening today was happening then. Let me share a little bit with you from the year 1840 and see what you think.
May 1, 2020
Episode 303 - Pursuing Light - April 30, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! This morning I was looking out the window and watching the trees. This led me through a series of thoughts that eventually settled on the idea of how trees and other plants are always reaching towards the light. My question for you is what kind of light are you reaching for?
April 30, 2020
Episode 302 - Mom’s Photo Album - April 29, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! As I sat down to do this morning’s podcast I looked over to see on a table some of my moms old photo albums. Grabbing the first album I saw that it was all about me, starting with baby photos in going through college. This album was not every photo of me, but it was a selection that was important to my mom, and rather than thinking about it as my photo album I realized that this was Mom’s. She was the keeper of the memories for this album. That’s the topic for today’s podcast.
April 29, 2020
Episode 301 - Living or Chasing - April 28, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I’m recording the podcast from out at the farm stead where I’m sitting on a bench and enjoying nature. You see this is a lifestyle I wanted for quite a while. But sometimes we are in the middle of the lifestyle we want but we waste time in distract ourselves by chasing another lifestyle. Are you living or chasing the lifestyle you want in missing out on what God is placing in your path today? That’s our topic today on the morning podcast.
April 28, 2020
Episode 300 - You’re in Control - April 27, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! On today’s 300th podcast I want to share with you a little story from the future the ties into how a child who is now elderly remembers this time of the coronavirus. The key thing to remember is as we go through this time we are in control, you’re in control, and I’m in control.
April 27, 2020
Episode 299 - Be Kind Anyway - April 24, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I want to share with you something my cousin posted on Facebook that I think is an important topic as we continue with the shutdown due to the virus.
April 24, 2020
Episode 298 - Metabolism - April 23, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Today I came across a neat little tidbit from Blue Cross Blue Shield on metabolism in 15 things that can slow your metabolism. Well since most of us probably are not satisfied with our weight I thought this would be a good topic for today’s podcast. Grab your coffee and let’s get started!
April 23, 2020
Under the Weather - April 22, 2020
Good morning and good coffee everybody! Unfortunately I’m a bit under the weather today and I’m not going to be doing the podcast, but I’ll see you bright eyed and bushy tailed tomorrow.
April 22, 2020
Episode 297 - Parson to Person - April 21, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! This morning I stumbled across a book that I must’ve found in a garage sale several years ago. It’s titled Sincerely, Parson to Person and was written by Lawrence Beene. In today’s show, I share with you a little bit about Reverend Beebe in this collection of writings that he used to share on the local radio station during my growing up.
April 21, 2020