FRANCESLUCAS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANCESLUCAS FRANCESLUCAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189225 June 25, 2016 VICTORY OVER DEATH <BR> <BR> Death is inevitable. It is certain for us all. Having victory over death seems impossible but it is not. The victory doesn't mean we will not one day die and leave this earth. The victory over death means will die and be transformed into bodies that will never die. When we know Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we will defeat death because He was crucified and died for us so that we may live. He died for all of us so that we may live. He took away every... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:36:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188640 June 24, 2016 VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION <BR> <BR> Everyone in this world has been tempted one way or another. Temptation comes in many forms. It could be as small as being tempted to eat a piece of cake when we don't need to. It could be as big as stealing or cheating or even worse. Despite the temptations we have, it is possible to have victory over them when we put our focus on God. Just as Jesus denied Satan when He was being tempted, so can we. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 10:13 "The temptatio... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:53:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188045 June 23, 2016 GETTING THINGS DONE <BR> <BR> When others are not confident in what they do it affects them as well as the people around them. Lack of confidence keeps people from getting things done. We can help others become more confident. We can show them how to be more confident by sharing God's word with them. We can teach them how to be stronger and bolder by drawing strength from God. We can remind them God has a plan for them and He is confident they can carry out that plan if only th... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:47:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187374 June 22, 2016 VICTORY IN SUFFERING <BR> <BR> No one likes to suffer. To suffer means we have to endure pain. No one likes pain. However, when we are suffering for doing what is right, we can have victory knowing it pleases God. When we suffer for being a follower of God, we can know we will be the victorious ones for living in obedience to Him. So when we are left out, mocked or even hurt for being a Christian, we should praise God knowing He is in control. And when we praise Him, we please ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:40:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186723 June 21, 2016 VICTORY IN ENDURANCE <BR> <BR> It's easy to quit. It requires no extreme effort, no high skill and no difficult actions. How much easier could it be? However, if we want to endure and succeed in life, we need to be strong. We need to be focused. We need to be willing to do whatever it takes. God wants us to be strong, focused and willing. He can strengthen us with His power. He can strengthen us in our quiet times with Him. He can give us the strength to obey Him and to endure ... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:35:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186082 June 20, 2016 SPIRITUAL VICTORY <BR> <BR> There are some victories we can attain on our own. We may work hard and train to run a marathon. We may practice cooking daily to enter a recipe contest. We may relentlessly work at our goals to move ahead in our career. These, of course, are worldly victories. However, spiritual victory only comes from God. We have to do something to gain spiritual victory but we can't actually receive it without God. We have to go to Him, turn from our sins and bel... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:39:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185540 June 19, 2016 GATEWAY TO LIFE <BR> <BR> If we have ever been stuck in traffic, we know how frustrating it is. And when there is construction work when only one lane is open, it can really slow us down. Many decide to take alternate routes when they see traffic backed up. However, many stick to the straight path knowing they will make it eventually. Difficult roads are like life. Many stay away because they get frustrated. Many take alternate routes. Very few stick through until the end. God ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 07:04:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185029 June 18, 2016 VICTORY IN KINDNESS <BR> <BR> We all know people who are hard to get along with. They may be stubborn and set in their ways. They may be mean and selfish. They may just want to be plain ornery at times. These people can be hard to live with, work with and serve; however, it is possible. It is possible for us to show kindness to these people despite how they treat us. It is possible with the strength and power from God to move us to treat them like we want to be treated. <BR> <... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:20:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184432 June 17, 2016 VICTORY OVER WORRY <BR> <BR> We all have probably worried about something in our lifetime. It may have been our children, our health, finances, etc. Some of us voice our worries while others of us keep all our anxious thoughts inside. Silent worriers are probably a bit worse off than those who continue to voice their worries or concerns because they hold it all in. Either way, worry is not good for us. We can't win when we worry. We need to learn to focus on God and not on the ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 06:54:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183824 June 16, 2016 A FIRM FOUNDATION <BR> <BR> We know when we place something heavy on top of something that is not sturdy, it will soon fall. Sometimes we do it because we are in hurry or we just aren't thinking. Jesus tells us about shaky and firm foundations. He wants us to follow His teachings so we are building our lives on a firm foundation rather than a soft foundation. He wants us to live for Him by keeping our focus on Him and living in obedience to Him. With a firm foundation in Jesus,... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:27:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183203 June 15, 2016 SERVING AND GIVING <BR> <BR> Success means many things to many people. Some feel success is having enough money in the bank. Some feel success is making it to the top in their career. Some feel success is family or health. However, God has another definition in mind. To Him, for us to be successful we are to give. His definition of success is to follow, obey and believe in Him. And that means serving Him and giving to others. <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 9:10 "For God is the one wh... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 06:48:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182519 June 14, 2016 VICTORY IN CONTENTMENT <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives when we have plenty. We have a great job. We have happy children. Things just seem to be going right. It is easy then to be content and happy. However, there are times when we are struggling. We may have health issues. We may have lost a job. We may have children who are going through hard times. No matter what time of life it is for us right now, we can have victory in contentment. We can know the secret to being ha... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:34:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181921 June 13, 2016 DAILY VICTORIES <BR> <BR> There are times when we feel like we aren't getting anywhere in life. We feel like things are just not changing and that time is standing still. However, we can have and celebrate the daily victories in our lives. When we resist temptations, when we don’t give in to addictions, when we have the right attitude toward helping someone - those are daily victories. And God is preparing us with these daily victories so He can give us something bigger and bet... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:44:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181261 Sunday, June 12, 2016 LET GO <BR> <BR> Many people believe to have victory is to conquer or win; however, with God it is all about surrender. There may be an area of our lives where we don't want to give it to God. It may be our finances. It may be our secret sins. It may be our weekends. Whatever it is, we aren't going to have victory until we give it up. Giving up the sin in our live and turning our lives over to God is what will help us have victory. <BR> <BR> "Let go, and know that I a... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:12:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180705 June 11, 2016 RICH IN GOD <BR> <BR> There are so many things in this life we can have. Some of us spend all of our lives doing what we need to get them. We plan, save and talk about these things until we get them. Sometimes the desire to have more consumes us and it is all we think about. The more we have, the more we want. However, we need to remember they are only temporary. All the money and all the things in the world can't give us what God can. We need to strive for godliness and conten... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:36:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180074 June 10, 2016 BY HIS STRENGTH <BR> <BR> Many victories require strength. Either physical, mental or emotional strength. Without strengths, we can't really get progress as well as we would like in life. There are some things we are able to do because of our own strengths and some we can do only with the help of others. However, there are many things we can't do unless we completely depend on God. Depending on God's strength and having faith in Him means we are to give Him our worries, concern... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:32:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179460 June 9, 2016 VICTORY IN SUCCESS <BR> <BR> If we want success, we have to first be sure we are living as God wants us to and, second, ask God to bless us. If we aren't living an honorable life and being obedient to God, it's time we made the decision to turn away from our wrongdoings and ask God to forgive us. It's time we looked at our lives and decide to live as God wants us to. Then we can ask Him to bless us and expand our territory and use what God gives us to bless others and to glorify... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 06:41:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178784 June 8, 2016 ETERNAL GAIN <BR> <BR> Usually when we have victory over something, we gain something. It may be a new position at work, more money, a trophy, etc. Whatever the gain is, we have worked hard to attain it and the gain is the reward for our hard work. However, the Bible tells us to die is gain. How could we possible gain anything by dying? It is all related to what we are focused on. If we are focused on worldly things, we will see death as a loss because we can't take it with us. ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 06:10:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178078 June 7, 2016 WHO'S NUMBER ONE? <BR> <BR> In the south, football is always exciting. The teams play each week and we predict who we think will be number one. Some of us differ in opinions. Some of us get upset. We have our favorite team who we want to be number one but we have to remember everyone can't be number one. <BR> <BR> In real life, we need to think about who or what we put as number one. Where is our focus all the time? Is it on us? Is it on someone else? Or is it on God? When we... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:01:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177345 June 6, 2016 VICTORY OVER FAILURE <BR> <BR> Sometimes the decisions we make in life cause us to fail. Sometimes the lack of action creates the failure. Other times sin causes us to fail. Whatever the reason, we will experience failure throughout our lifetime. However, we can learn from our failure when we quickly pick ourselves back up, turn away from the sin, and return to Christ. He is merciful and just. He will forgive us and help us get back on the right track. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 4:16 "... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 06:16:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 5, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176749 June 5, 2016 VICTORY IN RELATIONSHIPS <BR> <BR> If we have ever been in a great relationship, we know how it feels to be loved. We know how it feels to share openly, love unconditionally and always be by that person's side. If we have never been in a right relationship with anyone, we can start one today. God wants us to have a right relationship with Him. When we choose to do so, He will love us unconditionally, share His word and always be with us. If we want victory in our relationships, ... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 07:38:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176185 June 4, 2016 BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND <BR> <BR> Those who reach goals know what they want and are driven to do the work to get it. They have dreams, set goals and work to reach those goals. They have an idea of what they want the end to look like. It may be completing college. It may be taking on a leadership role at work. It may be finishing a project at home. Whatever the goal, they begin with the end in mind. Our end on the earth will one day come. Maybe it's time we look at what we wan... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 07:10:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 3, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175581 June 3, 2016 WE AREN'T ALONE <BR> <BR> Many times it feels as if we are fighting our battles alone. We feel as if no one cares. We feel as if no one is on our side. We feel alone and desperate at times to do whatever it takes to fight back or feel better. However, when we attempt to fight our enemies alone, we will fail. We need God. He promises to go with us, fight for us and give us victory. Our faith in Him can reveal His power through any issue we have. <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 20:4 "For t... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 06:59:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174913 June 2, 2016 VICTORY OVER SIN <BR> <BR> We all sin. If we say we don't, we aren't being very honest with ourselves. Sin is all over the world. There is murder, theft, cheating...the list goes on and on. Sin began with Adam and Eve giving into temptation and it isn't over yet. Temptation comes from Satan but it is possible to resist him and win when we keep our focus on the cross. For our victory over sin, Jesus has done the work. He has suffered and died so we are set free! We have victory o... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 05:59:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174201 June 1, 2016 THE FINISH LINE <BR> <BR> The finish line. Race car drivers see the checkered flag. Runners break through the finish line tape. Olympic winners receive gold medals. Those who win the race bask in the glory of victory. We see them in the limelight taking in the applause, getting interviewed and celebrating. However, what we don' see is the hard work that got them there. To enjoy victory, there is work to be done. For us to receive the heavenly prize from God, we must press on to ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 06:37:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 31, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173541 May 31, 2016 WHILE WE ARE WAITING <BR> <BR> While we are waiting on God's timing, we should be praying, planning and preparing. Praying will help us focus on Him and depend on Him. Planning will help us know what options are out there. Preparing will allow us to do the research, get equipped and be ready for when He tells us it is time. Answering God's call in obedience to Him is to be in His will and following through with His plan. It means we are in line with His timing. We are following ... Tue, 31 May 2016 06:43:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172878 May 30, 2016 FREEDOMS <BR> <BR> God gives each of us a certain amount of time on this earth. Each of us have a certain purpose as well. In our lives, He gives us freedom. We have freedom to choose to do whatever we like. However, with wrong choices comes consequences. We all have freedom of choice but we are told not to use our freedom for sin but to use our freedom to serve one another in love. <BR> <BR> Galatians 5:13 "For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. ... Mon, 30 May 2016 07:14:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 29, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172293 May 29, 2016 AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME <BR> <BR> When we have the right relationship with God, the Holy Spirit will move through us at the right time encouraging us to take action. It may be to help someone. It may be to volunteer in a ministry. It may be to speak out about something. Whatever the action, we will know the time is right because of our relationship with God and our complete faith in Him. God will move us to do His will at just the right time as He did when Christ came to die for ... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:49:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171752 May 28, 2016 HOW GOD WORKS <BR> <BR> When we focus on doing God's will and obey Him in faith, He will use us for His glory and prepare us for that next learning opportunity and growth. Sometimes God speaks to us to go and do something we don't understand; however, when we go and do it we see it not only helped us to grow but also helped others to better know Him. Sometimes God speaks to us at the same time He is speaking to another. He brings us together to do even greater things because of ... Sat, 28 May 2016 06:44:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171192 May 27, 2016 A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP <BR> <BR> God's timing is always just right. However, if He is ready for us to do something and we aren't because we are focused on the world or on ourselves, we will miss His timing. That is why we should focus on Him always. Everything we want to do without Him is truly worthless. So we should stay focused on Him so we don't miss out on His call for our lives. When we have a right relationship with Him, we will remain in His teaching. <BR> <BR> 2 John 1:9... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:38:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170576 May 26, 2016 IT WILL BE REVEALED <BR> <BR> When we are watching a movie or reading a book, we don't always have all the facts right away. The writer is really good at giving us just the information we need at that moment. The more we get into the story, the more we learn about the people and the plot. All information is revealed at just the right time. God, our Creator, has written our story. He knows everything about us. He knows the beginning and end. And He will reveal to us just what we ... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:36:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169916 May 25, 2016 SHARING WITH OTHERS <BR> <BR> Through God's timing He teaches us. While we are going through hard times, there are lessons He wants us to learn in patience. There are lessons He wants us to learn in putting our trust and hope in Him. There are lessons He wants us to learn in having faith in Him. We all go through hard times in our career, health, finances or relationships. And in those hard times we can focus on God and know He will make things right in His own time. And as we... Wed, 25 May 2016 06:04:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169268 May 24, 2016 THE SCOPE OF GOD'S WORK <BR> <BR> Many of us have witnessed watching things grow. We have seen our children grow from babies to adults. We have seen buildings come up from where there was dirt to skyscrapers. We have watched flowers and trees grow and bloom. Growth is a part of life. Some growth takes effort while other growth is automatic. However, what we see with our human eyes is just the surface compared to what God has really done. His work in this world is perfectly timed... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:06:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168535 May 23, 2016 TIME TO GIVE <BR> <BR> We all, at times, get too focused on ourselves. We think about what we want, how we are treated and what we are doing without. We desire a lot and sometimes stay too focused on what we don't have rather than being grateful for what we do have. We think about our needs rather than the needs of others. We waste a lot of precious time focusing on us. However, when we focus on God and on helping others, we will have so much more to give, become more grateful a... Mon, 23 May 2016 06:23:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167951 May 22, 2016 SPENDING TIME <BR> <BR> When we give our time to God by reading His word, going to church and praying to Him, we will find that we have plenty of time to do what needs to be done. We will have time for family, friends and fellowship. We will have time for doing His will and sharing His word. However, if we spend our time doing what we want rather than what He wants, we will seem to never have enough time. <BR> <BR> Luke 12:31 "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will... Sun, 22 May 2016 06:52:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167358 May 21, 2016 GOD'S WORD <BR> <BR> God's word is timely. When we read His word on a regular basis, He will reveal to us what we need to know. His word provides comfort. His word provides peace. His word provide instruction. His word provides love. His word provides hope. Through His word, He will reveal to us what we need at just the right time. His word will guide our steps when we allow Him into our lives. <BR> <BR> Psalm 119:133 "Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by e... Sat, 21 May 2016 07:17:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166739 May 20, 2016 RIGHT THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> How many times do we have thoughts or attitudes that are not pleasing to God? We catch ourselves thinking negatively about a person, a situation or even ourselves. Those thoughts are not from God. Those thoughts are from our own human nature. It is easy to think about ourselves and our wants and desires. However, it is freeing to allow God control our thoughts and attitudes. When we humble ourselves before God and realize we can't even think correctly wi... Fri, 20 May 2016 06:58:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166043 May 19, 2016 TALK TO GOD <BR> <BR> Many of us put off praying until we need something. Many of us can't find time in our busy schedule to stop and pray. We think one day we will schedule a regular prayer time. However, we should put prayer first in our lives and in our days. We should spend time talking with God, listening to Him and reading His word. We should pray while there still is time to pray and at just the right time, He will hear us and help us. He is all we need! <BR> <BR> Psalm ... Thu, 19 May 2016 06:14:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165338 May 18, 2016 A TIME FOR SADNESS <BR> <BR> We don't always have the right words to say when someone is grieving or when they are going through hard times. Sometimes there is nothing we can say to make them feel better. Many times our actions of just being there for them helps them get through the hard times. God tells us there is a time to mourn. He says those who mourn will be comforted. When we don't know what to say when someone is grieving, we can just be there for them and show them the ... Wed, 18 May 2016 06:04:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164608 May 17, 2016 A TIME TO HEAL <BR> <BR> Healing comes after we have been hurt. If we want to be healed, we need to recognize where we are hurting. All of us, at some point, have been hurt. Some of us deny it and attempt to cover it up. Some of us run from it and escape by seeking the things of the world. Some of us take our hurts out on others and cause dissension and turmoil. If we truly want to be healed, we need to turn to God. He is the Great Healer and the Great Physician. And He heals in... Tue, 17 May 2016 06:09:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163849 May 16, 2016 TIMELY GOALS <BR> <BR> Part of the acronym of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is "measuring" and "timely." When we set goals and don't measure them, we easily lose track of how far we have gone from point A to B. When we don't put a time frame on them, they may never get done. Setting timely goals is important so we have a deadline to work toward. Measuring and rewarding ourselves along the way keeps us motivated. God doesn't want us wandering around with just a wish that we can get so... Mon, 16 May 2016 05:22:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163217 May 15, 2016 WHY ARE WE STILL HERE <BR> <BR> There are times many of us wonder why we are still alive on this earth. We experience loved ones passing away. We have difficulties in marriage, with finances and our health. We wonder why we have to continue to suffer which will eventually lead to death one day. If we are still on this earth, there is still work for us to do for the Lord. Since He has perfect timing and put us here for a reason, we need to follow through and do the work He has ca... Sun, 15 May 2016 06:42:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162593 May 14, 2016 EVEN IN PAIN <BR> <BR> We have all had pain of some kind. Emotional pain where we have been hurt. Physical pain when our body aches and we don't know when it will stop. Mental pain where our mind isn't working as it should. Pain can be distracting. It can keep us from our regular routine. It can keep us from doing fun things with others. It can sometimes keep us confined to our homes. Sometimes our pain and suffering comes from persecution of unbelievers. However, throughout the... Sat, 14 May 2016 06:37:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161940 May 13, 2016 WE WANT IT NOW <BR> <BR> Due to technology, many of us have developed impatience. We want things now. When someone doesn't reply right away with an answer in a text message, we may get anxious. When we don't get an email response in a day or two, we may get angry with a company. This instant world is hurting us all and teaching us we can have what we want now. However, we need to get back to God's word. He tells us to wait. He tells us to trust in Him. He tells us we will find... Fri, 13 May 2016 06:11:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161278 May 12, 2016 GODLY PATIENCE <BR> <BR> We have probably lost patience with someone in our lifetime. It may have been a friend or co-worker. It may have been a family member. Whoever it was, it wasn't their fault we lost our patience. We allowed ourselves to get out of control and not follow God's direction on being patient. When we follow God's example of patience, we will learn to be patient with the important things as He is. We are so blessed His patience allows times for people to be save... Thu, 12 May 2016 06:18:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160590 May 11, 2016 GET EMOTIONAL <BR> <BR> We all know people who are very emotional. They are either very up and happy or very down and depressed. We have probably experienced our own highs and lows in life as well. God tells us there is a time to laugh and a time to cry. It is okay to get emotional, at times. There will be times in our lives when we need to cry. And times in our lives when we just have to laugh. God wants us to be emotional; however, He wants us to control our emotions as well s... Wed, 11 May 2016 06:11:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159856 May 10, 2016 TIME MANAGEMENT <BR> <BR> Many of us attempt to manage our time but we fail. We try to get all the things on our lists completed but we feel there is just not enough time. The problem we have is we are trying to do too much. We should look at what is most important to us in our lives, focus on those things and delegate or forget the rest. God should be our main focus and our number one priority. We should put Him first in our lives. When we do, everything else will fall perfectl... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:46:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159135 May 9, 2016 WHAT GOD HATES <BR> <BR> The Bible is full of examples of love. God is love. Without Him, we can't truly love. However, there are also examples of hate. We know of the evil examples of hate where there is killing and destroying of God's people. However, there are good examples of hate as well. There are things even God hates. He tells us there is a time to love and a time to hate. When we know what He loves and what He hates, we can better understand how to live in obedience to H... Mon, 9 May 2016 05:53:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158607 May 8, 2016 GOD IS WAITING <BR> <BR> Many times we find ourselves spending a lot of time waiting. We wait in lines. We wait for the weekend. We wait for friends to meet us at certain places. Waiting means we are staying in one place expecting something to happen or someone to arrive. God waits on us to come to Him. If we aren't saved, He is waiting on us to repent and believe. If we are saved and have strayed, He is waiting on us to return to Him. God can't work through us until we go to Him... Sun, 8 May 2016 07:13:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158029 May 7, 2016 LIFE AND DEATH <BR> <BR> No one truly understands why people have to die at a certain time in their lives. Some die at an early age while others live to be over 100 years old. Some die of diseases while others die in an accident. Some die due to the actions of others. No one really knows why we have to deal with death. But God tells us death is a part of life. And each person's birth and death is according to His plan. Death is not something we like to talk about or deal with but... Sat, 7 May 2016 06:45:48 EST