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 Wednesday, July 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207452 July 27, 2016 BECAUSE HE SAYS SO <BR> <BR> Many times at work we do things because our management asks us to. Sometimes we are volunteered for certain projects. Other times we are placed on committees or given special work assignments. We have those extra work assignments because our management feels we are the right person for the job. There will be time when God will tell us what we need to do as well. And when He does, we are to step out in faith because He tells us to and He knows best. ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:40:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206804 July 26, 2016 DO WHAT IS RIGHT <BR> <BR> There will be times when we are working and have situations where we have to make tough decisions. The manager asks us do to something unethical. Our coworkers want us to take a longer lunch break or keep quiet about something they did wrong. Someone outside the company asks us for a personal favor that we know is against company rules. When we have these tough situations, we should always do what is right. Even if no one else is doing what is right, ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:39:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206201 July 25, 2016 FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS <BR> <BR> There are people in this world who are clearly working against Jesus. They mock God's word and discount everything He has done. Just as Jesus reminded the Pharisees He was working for God and not man or Satan, we are to do the same. If we aren't working for God, we are working against Him. When we strive to work only for God, we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus. <BR> <BR> Matthew 12:30 "Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn'... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:25:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205699 July 24, 2016 WORK IN THE CHURCH <BR> <BR> When we become Christians and make a profession of faith, it doesn't stop there. It is just beginning. A new life in Christ means a change in our lives. We don't accept Jesus into our hearts and then keep on living like the world. No. We change. He changes us. His Holy Spirit enters and makes us new. We are empty of the world and sin and He fills us with His Holy Spirit. We will want to change and live in obedience to Him. If we don't allow Him to c... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:54:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205202 July 23, 2016 VOLUNTEER WORK <BR> <BR> Words can be spoken by anyone. Anyone can recite something that sounds really great. Anyone can "talk a good game" as they say. However, we need to be willing to walk the talk. We need to be following through with what we are telling others to do. When we say we are believers and followers of Christ, we need to show it. We show it in our work for God. We show it when we get out in the community as Jesus did and help others. We need to examine our lives ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:34:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204712 July 22, 2016 LOVE AT WORK <BR> <BR> Most people think the last place to show love is at work. However, it is possible to show love to those we work with. It is not the same love we have for our family. But it is godly love as described in the Bible. This godly love can be shown to anyone and everyone. When we show love to those at work as God has called us to do, we will begin to see a positive change in the workplace because we are being obedient to God. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 "Lo... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:39:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204152 July 21, 2016 WORK ENTHUSIASTICALLY <BR> <BR> Sometimes we feel as if our jobs just don't matter. We may think others don't notice what we are doing. We may feel like we aren't appreciated. We may feel like our work is useless. At times, it does feel like we are just working away and no one cares and we aren't making progress. However, God knows what we are doing. No one else may seem to care but He does. And He tells us nothing we do for Him is ever useless. Seems like we would want to do m... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:10:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203564 July 20, 2016 WORTHY WORK <BR> <BR> Many of us have jobs where at the end of the day, we are done with our work. Others of us have work that carries over into the next day. Some of us work on projects that last weeks, months or even years. When we take pride in our work, we want to stick with it until it is accomplished. We want to do our best and give it our all. That's what God wants out of us. He wants us to give everything in our work for Him and continue until we are finished. Because w... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:31:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202988 July 19, 2016 STRENGTHS <BR> <BR> In the workplace, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. A good team is comprised of people who complement one other with various talents and skills. God created our skills and talents to be used on the job and to help others. He wants us to focus on using them rather than focusing on our weaknesses. God has given us talents to use and He will show us how to develop them on and off the job. And when we grow weary or times get tough, we can put our t... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:31:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202363 July 18, 2016 STAY IN CONTROL <BR> <BR> Emotional intelligence has been a buzz word in the workplace for a while. Some didn't completely understand it. Others didn't care to. However, emotional intelligence is not only being aware of the emotions of others but controlling our own emotions as well. With all the issues in the work place, it is easy to fly off the handle in anger, grow impatient or get upset and cry. But God wants us to control our emotions and we can do that when we keep our f... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:38:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201837 July 17, 2016 PRIMARY CONCERN <BR> <BR> With all the events and issues in this world, we really need to look at what our own personal values are and what is our primary concern. We can't possible fix this entire world with our words and actions, but we can make a difference right where we are. And if we truly want to make a strong impact, we need to put God first in our lives. He should be our primary concern. Then He will give us what we need from day to day to live out the purpose He creat... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:16:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201322 July 16, 2016 SERVICE WORK <BR> <BR> Every successful company has customers who keep them in business. The employees are taught how to treat customers well so they will continue to do business with them. Without customers, the company would eventually go broke. It's all about service. Just as businesses are to serve customers, we are to serve one another. When we fail to serve others, we will feel broken. We will feel like something is missing. Serving others is why we are here on this earth... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:42:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200768 July 15, 2016 COMMIT YOUR WORK <BR> <BR> Many of us feel like we are working tirelessly for others and don't get the recognition or pay we deserve. For most people, they will never earn enough money. There will always be a desire to make more money and get more recognition. The desire to get ahead, to work for ourselves, to make more money are common with so many people. That is why we should commit our work to God. The only way to succeed and get past the desire to have more is to commit ou... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:41:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200198 July 14, 2016 TROUBLE AT WORK <BR> <BR> There are so many things we can get overly concerned about at work. There are possibilities of layoffs, mergers, strikes, etc. Economy in this world is never consistent and we see people losing their jobs more often than we would like. When we have trouble or worries at work, we should pray. We should continue to thank God for the job we have or the next opportunity He will provide. We should continue to bring glory to His name. He promises if we call ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:59:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199615 July 13, 2016 PEACE AND ENCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> Whenever there is opposition in the workplace or even in the world, we need to remember it is Satan wanting to pull us away from focusing on God. We get wrapped up in the latest happenings at work or in the news about the world and we forget we are here to serve God. There are many things we can't do to help others especially when things happen out of our control. But one thing we can do is continue to follow Christ, pray and be a godly example... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:12:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199042 July 12, 2016 GET BUSY <BR> <BR> Many of us stay busy all day. So busy that we are tired at the end of the day. However, looking back some of us don't really see a lot we have accomplished. We may have been busy but not doing what we should have been doing. We may have been busy doing things unimportant to God. We may have been busy occupying our time but not producing good deeds as God calls us to do. When we have faith in God, we need to follow through with good works. Otherwise our busyne... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:08:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198458 July 11, 2016 ACTIONS, WORDS AND THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> There is so much we have to do in life, it's hard to make sure we get it all done. We have to work. We have bills to pay. We have people to meet. So many things to do. With all the things there are to do, it is only a matter of time before something gets forgotten. It's only a matter of time before we get tired. It's only a matter of time before we begin slacking. However, whether we are busy or not, our actions, thoughts and words need to ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:29:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197902 July 10, 2016 OUR THOUGHTS AND WAYS <BR> <BR> Many of us have seen how people in our company make things hard on themselves. We have seen where they try too hard to get approval from the boss. We see where they may twist the truth to attempt to get ahead. We may see them think they can get promoted or get a raise by doing what their management wants; however, they have it all wrong. To move ahead, we need God. Our thoughts and ways are nothing compared to His. He can help us get ahead in ou... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 07:29:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197379 July 9, 2016 MOTIVATED ANGER <BR> <BR> There are times when whatever we do tends to make others angry. We may not intentionally do it to make them angry but they get angry anyway. Then there are times we intentionally do things to anger others. We stir things up a bit and say things we know will get them riled up. Motivating others to anger will not do any good for anyone. We need to careful with our words so we are not stirring up anger at home, in the community and in the workplace. <BR> ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:19:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196814 July 8, 2016 THESE EVIL DAYS <BR> <BR> It's hard to imagine but even before we were born, there was evil in the world. There were bad business deals. There were crooked politicians. There were even false prophets trying to sway people away from God. Even though we think things have changed a lot with people treating others wrong, things really haven't changed much at all. Sin is in the world now as much as it was thousands of years ago. However, how we deal with it and react to it is what is... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 06:39:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196278 July 7, 2016 ON AND OFF THE JOB <BR> <BR> Many of us have jobs where we have to leave the house and are gone most of the day. At those jobs, we can definitely do our work for the Lord. We can pray during our time at work, we can witness through our words and actions, and we can make wise godly choices. But what about off the 9-5 job? When we arrive home, we should still work for the Lord. All we do from morning until night should be done according to His will which means giving thanks, prayi... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 06:39:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195663 July 6, 2016 HOW WE WORK <BR> <BR> Work, at times, can be very stressful. So many differences of opinion. So many different ideas. So many people who want to gossip about other coworkers. Stress in the workplace is all too common. Rather than being the center of the stress, we need to work at living in peace with others. We need to work at living a holy life. We should work in a way that proves we belong to God. It is possible when we put our trust and faith in Him. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 12:14 ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 06:11:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 5, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195029 July 5, 2016 MOVING AHEAD <BR> <BR> Many of us want to progress in our jobs. We would love to make more money and maybe have more responsibility. Some of us want to be the boss one day. However, we need to be careful about wanting what others have on the job. Sometimes the grass isn't always greener in the other job. Sometimes our thoughts take over about how another person is working and we want to be like them. God tells us to keep our thoughts on Him and to work only for Him. <BR> <BR> R... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 06:29:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194458 July 4, 2016 WORKING FOR FREEDOM <BR> <BR> Many men have worked hard for our freedoms in America. They gave up the comfort of their homes. They gave up time with their families. They gave up the luxuries we have in this country. Many gave up their lives. They worked hard for the freedoms we sometimes take advantage of. We have another kind of freedom. It is the freedom from eternal death. When we believe in Jesus, we receive God's promise of freedom. And that is something we don't have to wo... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:23:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 3, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193944 July 3, 2016 THE WORKERS ARE FEW <BR> <BR> Management knows the work that needs to be done and the number of people required to get that work done. It takes good business sense to ensure there are enough workers on the job so the company will complete the work in a timely manner and for the company to profit. In life, there are many people who are lost. Jesus tells us the harvest is great but the workers are few. There are few who are truly doing something for God. We can pray for more work... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 06:54:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193429 July 2, 2016 WORK ENTHUSIASTICALLY <BR> <BR> Most people aren't too thrilled about going to work every day. They struggle to get out of bed. They drag into work thinking about what all they are going to have to deal with. They look forward only to break or lunch or going home. Many live for the weekend. However, God tells us we are to work with enthusiasm and we are to work willingly at whatever we do. We are to work as if we are working for the Lord rather than people. That should change ou... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 07:12:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192814 July 1, 2016 WHY WE WORK <BR> <BR> It's pretty obvious we work to make a living for ourselves and our families. However, looking back to the beginning of time, we see the real reason for our labor. Because of Adam and Eve's sin, they were removed from the Garden of Eden and had to work for food from the land. Since then, we work to make a living for ourselves as well. We don't all work the land but we have other responsibilities we are paid to do so we can buy the necessities of life. It is ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 06:56:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192209 June 30, 2016 VICTORY WITH GOD <BR> <BR> We have often heard we become like the people we associate with. We have probably experienced it ourselves. We may have hung out with the wrong crowd in school and began doing the things they did. We may have associated with some party animals as teenagers and partied hard like they did. However, if we want to live right, love others, have peace and show mercy and grace to people, we need to associate with God and those who follow Him. God can give us... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:43:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 29, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191589 June 29, 2016 LIVING IN VICTORY <BR> <BR> What if someone told us it would be possible to win in life every day? Would we laugh? Or ask how? Living in victory is possible when we give our lives to God. When we ask Him what is important to Him for us to do right now, we will make better decisions. When we focus on Him and stay in His word, we will have victory. We can have victory over sin, victory over death, victory over those who want to do wrong to us...victory in everything when we give ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:41:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190980 June 28, 2016 VICTORY OVER FEAR <BR> <BR> So many people live their lives in fear. Some are afraid of losing their jobs. Others are afraid of death. Some fear the future. No matter whether we think their fear is big or small, it is real to them. Fear can take over a person's life so they are consumed with it and unable to think, work or even live. Satan loves for us to be afraid. He wants us to worry. However, God says we can have victory over fear when we pray and put our trust in Him. <BR... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:42:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190335 June 27, 2016 BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH <BR> <BR> Every day is a battle about something. For some, it is just getting out of bed. Others have to work at getting their children up and off to school. Some have issues with health or battle with depression. Every day brings new battles and new temptations to sin. However, we can win this battle against the world. God tells us how in His word. When we believe Jesus is the Son of God and have faith in Him, He will bring us victory. <BR> <BR> 1 John 5:... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 06:06:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189759 June 26, 2016 GIVE TO GOD <BR> <BR> If we want victory in handling our finances or any areas of our lives, we need to put God first in them. Even the woman with only two small coins gave all she had to God. We think we don't have anything to give so we just continue to use our money our way. However, when we choose to give up what we do have to God, He will bless us and multiply what we have given so we can give more to others. <BR> <BR> Mark 12:43-44 "Jesus called his disciples to him and ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:59:57 EST 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