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 Thursday, July 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745463 July 24, 2014 UNDERSTAND THEN TEACH <BR> <BR> The best way to remember something is to learn it and then immediately teach it to someone else or at least tell them about it. When we seek first to understand and then to be understood, as Steven Covey says, we will create the opportunity to learn so we can teach or share it later. There are opportunities all around us to share with others. There are things we need to both learn and teach. Remember to listen and seek learning opportunities ever... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:13:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744704 July 23, 2014 UNDERSTAND AND KNOW GOD <BR> <BR> In order to know something, we have to understand it. In order to understand something, we have to learn it. In order to learn something, we have to search for information and study it. If we want understanding, we have to seek it from the Source. God can give us understanding when we commit to learn from Him. When we seek the true God and stop trying to understand the things of the world, we will gain the understanding only He can give. And we... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:58:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743969 July 22, 2014 FOLLOW THE LORD <BR> <BR> If we want to have true understanding of others, we need to follow God. He is the only One who understands. He understands justice. He understands the actions of others. He understands what we need to do to help others. When we follow the Lord, we can totally depend on Him so we can step out in faith doing what He calls us to do even when we don’t completely understand. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 5:2 “Live a life filled with love, following the example of C... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:17:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743193 July 21, 2014 DO WE UNDERSTAND? <BR> <BR> So many times we tell others we understand what they are going through. We understand their feelings. We understand their reasoning. We understand what they are saying. But do we? Do we really understand what they are going through? Only God really knows what others are dealing with. Only He sees what their lives are really like. We can’t always totally understand what is going on in someone’s life, but we can listen, pray and love them. <BR> <BR> C... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:59:36 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741912 July 19, 2014 UNDERSTAND FRIENDS <BR> <BR> We are all busy. We all have our own responsibilities and priorities. So we need to understand there will be friends who are too busy to help us sometimes. There will be friends who let us down. But we shouldn’t take it personally. Instead we should seek to understand them more so we know what we can expect from them. We can understand our friends better when we really get to know them. We can do this by asking them questions and listening. We can l... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:33:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741265 July 18, 2014 NEW FRIENDS <BR> <BR> We all have opportunities to meet new friends. Wherever we go there are people we don’t know. Sometimes we need time to get to know them. Sometimes we need to stop what we are doing and take time to find out who they are, what they do and where they are from. God puts people in our lives for a reason. When we take time to understand more about them, He will show us how we can help them. <BR> <BR> Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 “Two people are better off than one, fo... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:12:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740540 July 17, 2014 UNDERSTAND PERSONALITIES <BR> <BR> Our personalities are what others see quickly. Some of us our quiet and shy. Others are loud and rude. Some are silly and fun. There are many different personalities and when we take time to know others, we will learn more about their personality and understand them better. Understanding the personalities of others helps us to better communicate with them, love them and help them. It also helps us so we can build trust and share God’s word wi... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:03:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739832 July 16, 2014 UNDERSTAND EXPERIENCES <BR> <BR> Since we are all different, we may not understand each other. People come from all walks of life. What they have experienced is not what we have experienced. But we need to seek to understand others. Sometimes we only want to see things our way and we don’t want to think about what someone else may be going through. That is why it is important to get to know them. It’s important to build trust with them. It’s important to share with them so the... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:39:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739135 July 15, 2014 GET HELP <BR> <BR> Ever been in a discussion with someone and you could not make that other person understand your point of view? Ever had a situation where no matter what you said that other person didn’t agree with you? There will be times when others don’t understand what we say, what we do or why something happened. There will be times when we can’t say enough to help them understand. What do we do? We get help. God can help them understand in ways we can’t. We get help by ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:25:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738370 July 14, 2014 MISUNDERSTANDINGS <BR> <BR> Misunderstandings happen all the time. Especially in this new age of technology where texting and other written communication has taken over. With instant messaging we expect the other person to understand us and reply back to us quickly. However, in order to have a better understanding of both the person and the message, face to face communication is best. When we take time to get to know someone, build a relationship and see how we can help them, m... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:01:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737696 July 13, 2014 HOW OTHERS TREAT US <BR> <BR> There are so many times we don’t understand the actions of others. People do things where we feel they have betrayed us. People do things where we feel they have abandoned us. People do things where we feel they don’t care about us. When that happens, we need to be strong. It’s not a time to feel sorry for us. It’s not a time to seek revenge. Instead, it’s a time to go to God and pray for them, pray for the situation and pray for the right attitude... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:53:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737136 July 12, 2014 UNDERSTANDING THE ELDERLY <BR> <BR> How many times do we look at older people and feel sorry for them because of their health deteriorating? How many times do we avoid them or ignore them? How many times do we just tolerate or scoff at them? We need to remember there is knowledge, wisdom and understanding in those who have lived for a long time. They have a greater understanding of this world and of life. Let’s be sure to acknowledge the power of the aged and seek their wisdom ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:08:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736478 July 11, 2014 WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING <BR> <BR> We all know people who others go to for everything. These people always have the right answers. These people always know what to say. These people have both wisdom and understanding. They are well-respected and often asked for advice and help. When we take time to get to know others we will learn quickly who the people are with wisdom and understanding. Getting to know others is key to learn how much they know and how much they really underst... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 06:32:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735797 July 10, 2014 HIS PLAN <BR> <BR> God has a plan for our lives because He understands us. We should be so grateful for God’s plan for us and know that it is perfect. Things may not always seem perfect when we are following God’s plan but part of the plan is for us to learn and grow. And we can’t learn and grow when things are always perfect. Remember the plan is perfect because it is from God but the road to complete the plan will be difficult. There will be barriers. There will be issues. ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:01:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735096 July 9, 2014 GOD UNDERSTANDS WE NEED HIM <BR> <BR> In our lifetime, we will deal with sorrow, disappointment, and death. In our lifetime, we get angry, addicted and lonely. In our lifetime, we suffer, we cry and we have pain. But despite all the challenges we have, God is with us. God understands we need Him when we are suffering. God understands we need Him in all things. God understands we need Him morning, noon and night. If we could only remember that whatever we are dealing with to give... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:53:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734288 July 8, 2014 HE FORGIVES <BR> <BR> There is at least one person in our lives who did something to us that is hard to forget. What they did is actually so bad we can’t forget nor can we forgive. However, if we think about it, we have been forgiven many times. Forgiveness is where healing begins. Where would be without forgiveness? There would be a lot of missed conversations. There would be a lot of hurt feelings. There would be a lot of lost relationships. Forgiveness is possible. Letting th... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:01:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733549 July 7, 2014 OBSESSIONS AND ADDICTIONS <BR> <BR> We all have obsessions or addictions. Some of us like to spending money. Some of us eat too much. Some of us may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. God understands we are tempted by the things of the world and sometimes those temptations can be addicting. God understands when we spend money, eat too much or reach for those pills or bottles, we are seeking some kind of comfort. God understands why and He wants to help. Rather than deal with our o... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:57:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732941 July 6, 2014 THE ACTIONS OF OTHERS <BR> <BR> Parent leaves child in car. Politician caught in scandal. CEO fired for misconduct. We often wonder about the actions of others and what possessed them to do something that we believe was a senseless and crazy act. We may never understand the actions of others, but God does. He knows the “why” behind what others do. He understands their hearts – what we can’t see. So we need to leave the discussions behind and move forward doing what He has called... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 07:55:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732342 July 5, 2014 GOD UNDERSTANDS THE WAY TO WISDOM <BR> <BR> Many times when people go on trips or just around town to an unfamiliar place, they take the wrong turn. Some figure out the right route quickly and turn around while others try to find their way and continue to be lost for a while. When we have the right resources such as a map or GPS, it is easier to find our way. We understand how to get where we want to go. If we want to find wisdom, we need to seek the One who understands the way ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 08:13:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731769 July 4, 2014 SOMEONE TO TALK TO <BR> <BR> There are times when we feel like no one understands. We talk with others and the way the listen makes us feel like they don’t really care. We talk with others and the way the react to us makes us feel like they don’t really understand. No one can understand us the way God understands us. He created us. He knows why we do what we do. He watches over us. It just makes sense to go to Him for comfort and reassurance when we feel like we need someone to ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:56:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731070 July 3, 2014 BY HIS POWER <BR> <BR> By His power, God will give us the wisdom and the understanding we need. We need to seek it but we also need to know we don’t need to know everything. We don’t need to understand everything. We don’t need to see or do everything. Our role in this world is to make a difference as God has called us to do. But we can’t do it all. We aren’t God. So by His power, He will give us understanding on what we need to do according to His purpose. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 06:48:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730338 July 2, 2014 GOD IS UNDERSTANDING <BR> <BR> God’s understanding is far greater than our own. When we feel left out, abandoned, sad or helpless, we can know God understands. No matter how confused we are about a situation, we can know God understands. His power and understanding is beyond anything we can comprehend. We can’t possibly understand what God understands; however, we can draw close to Him, read His word and pray. And from His understanding, He will give us what we need. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:50:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729605 July 1, 2014 SEEK UNDERSTANDING <BR> <BR> When we have understanding, we use good judgment and exercise wisdom. When we seek understanding, we will find it in God’s word. He can give us the understanding we need to live our lives according to His will. When we follow Him, He will help us to better understand the ups and downs in life. And He will help us understand how to best comfort others in times of need. When we seek understanding from God, He will help us develop good judgment. <BR> <... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:06:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728800 June 30, 2014 WE HAVE TO REFUSE <BR> <BR> There are all types of temptations in the world. There are those temptations which cause us to be selfish. There are those which cause us to be prideful. There are those which cause us to be angry or bitter. The things of the world come at us every day. We have to decide to refuse them. We have to decide to turn away from them. We have to decide to refuse to walk on any evil path so we can remain obedient to God. Then, we can be the kind of person He... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:43:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 29, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728164 June 29, 2014 WE DON’T ALWAYS KNOW <BR> <BR> We don’t always know what is on the minds of those around us. We don’t always know what they do in secret. But God knows. And He will judge us according to our actions and our thoughts. He is both kind and severe. To those who believe in Him and trust Him, He is kind. To those who reject and dishonor Him, He is severe. It isn’t up to us to know what others think because that’s God’s job. However, it is up to us to do good and show kindness both in... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:01:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727561 June 28, 2014 WATCH YOUR WORDS <BR> <BR> It is so tempting to want to say exactly what is on our minds. Some people are good at saying exactly what they feel while others tend to hide their true thoughts behind their words. Whether people say what is on their minds or they don’t, most of us speak idle words. We either say what we want others to hear or we say what we feel which doesn’t really help the situation. We need to watch our words and be sure the words we say are encouraging and upl... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:36:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 27, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726850 June 27, 2014 COUNTING ON KINDNESS <BR> <BR> We see God’s kindness in both the good and bad that happen to us. When we do wrong, God is kind enough to teach us and correct us. When we have suffered, God is kind enough to restore, support and strengthen us. When we continue to trust in Him through the good and bad, God will continue to be kind to us. We may not always recognize it as kindness because some lessons will be hard. But we can always know as long as we focus and trust in God, we ca... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:21:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 26, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726130 June 26, 2014 UNDESERVED KINDNESS <BR> <BR> When we receive an undeserved gift from someone, it makes us realize there is good in others and gives us a sense of hope. It brings us joy and gratefulness. God gives us so many things we don’t deserve – but do we recognize them? Do we thank Him? Do we share what He gives us with others? In His undeserved kindness to us, in His grace and mercy, God choses us and gives us life because He sees potential in us and wants us to share undeserved kindnes... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:24:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725417 June 25, 2014 WE WILL HARVEST WHAT WE PLANT <BR> <BR> What we plant begins to grow when we take care of it - when we prune and water and protect it. As we care for it, it grows over time and becomes what it was created to be. It’s the same with life. Whatever we action we take toward others, we get in return. When we plant envy and hate, we will get that in return from them. When we plant goodness and kindness in others, we will see goodness and kindness from God. <BR> <BR> Galatians 6:7 “... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:53:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724633 June 24, 2014 REWARD FOR KINDNESS <BR> <BR> Most of the time when we do a good deed, we don’t want to be recognized or rewarded. We don’t want attention drawn to us. We don’t want to be acknowledged or singled out. And, many times, we can do a good deed with little attention when we do it right. However, even though we want our good deeds and kindness to be solely for others who we are helping, God will reward us with His blessings because of our good. And He knows the goodness in our heart... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:49:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723860 June 23, 2014 ANOTHER KIND OF KIND <BR> <BR> There are many kind of people in the world. There are those who are kind and giving. And there are those that are not. Then there are those who are kind for the wrong reasons. That is another kind of kind. These people show kindness to others in order to lead them down the wrong path. These people show kindness to others in order to manipulate them and get what they want. This kind of kindness is not the kind that works according to God’s will and... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:54:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723236 June 22, 2014 ONE OF A KIND <BR> <BR> Usually when we talk to others, we find something we have in common. We may both like fishing or traveling or certain televisions shows. But no matter how much we find we have in common, we are different in so many other ways. God is One of a kind. He is the One who created us. And He created us in His image. So we are one of a kind as well. Remembering we are different should help us appreciate the power of God and His many talents and abilities. Let’s ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:55:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722564 June 21, 2014 DIFFICULT PEOPLE <BR> <BR> When we disagree with someone, it is so easy to want to tell them they are wrong. It is so easy to try to convince them we are right. It is so easy to argue and prove ourselves right or to just walk away and never speak to them again. However, God tells us not to quarrel but to be kind to everyone…even difficult people. Face it. There are difficult people everywhere. We are to be kind and patient with all people. And never fight. <BR> <BR> 2 Timothy... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:25:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721891 June 20, 2014 KINDNESS BRINGS HOPE <BR> <BR> Many times we have been in deep thought and then distracted by an act of kindness. Many times we have been worried or upset and then distracted by a good deed from another person. These distractions of kindness do make a difference. Kindness can bring hope to someone who is suffering. Kindness can bring hope to someone who is hurting. Kindness can bring hope to someone who is unsure about if God is even listening to them anymore. Let’s never pass ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:26:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721125 June 19, 2014 A CIRCLE OF KINDNESS <BR> <BR> There is a saying “pay it forward” where one act of kindness toward someone reminds them about helping others and they, in turn, do something for someone else. And it repeats again and again. There is a circle of kindness in the world and when we do something kind toward someone, a little chip of worry disappears, a little chip of doubt leaves them or a little chip of hardness in their heart softens. The more we do for others, the bigger the circl... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:42:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720391 June 18, 2014 REPENT <BR> <BR> We all sin. It doesn’t matter who we are. We all do things that are not pleasing to God. What is different about us is how we react to our sins. When we wallow in self-pity about how bad our lives are due to our sins, we aren’t going to accomplish much. However, when we decide to turn from our sins and repent, God will help us do good. When our lives are full of sin and we don’t turn from our sins and repent, we can’t live as God wants us to live. And we certai... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:19:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719576 June 17, 2014 KINDNESS HELPS US LEAD <BR> <BR> When we study about how to be a good leader, we quickly learn it is about building relationships. We learn it is about getting to know people. It is about being a servant leader. One who gives. One who is kind. When we are good to people and show we care, they will want to listen to us. They will respect us and we can teach them God’s word so they can, in turn, become leaders of God as well. <BR> <BR> 2 Chronicles 10:7 “The older counselors re... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:59:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718872 June 16, 2014 SPECIAL KINDNESS <BR> <BR> There are so many rewards for being helpful to others. Although most people aren’t helpful to get rewards – they are helpful because it is the right thing to do – there are still rewards for being kind and helpful to others. One is the self-gratification of knowing we have helped someone. Second is actually doing something that makes someone else’s life better. Third is being able to help them and tell them about God. And the final reward will come w... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 06:24:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718277 June 15, 2014 MAKE THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY <BR> <BR> It can’t be better said or more plainly put. Make the most of every opportunity. That doesn’t mean we shirk away from responsibilities. That doesn’t mean we turn from those in need. That doesn’t mean that we put our own needs before the needs of others. Making the most of every opportunity means to live wisely, be kind and help others. It means to seek God and obey Him. It means to get out of our comfort zone and do more because tha... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:50:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717651 June 14, 2014 FOCUSED KINDNESS <BR> <BR> When we are focused on something, we pay close attention to it. We focus on saving money for a particular trip or item we want to purchase. We focus on eating right and working out so we can stay healthy. We may even focus on a particular person who we really care about. One thing that would always be great to focus on is kindness. When we pay close attention to be kind to everyone we encounter during the day, we are investing in something greater tha... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 07:06:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716989 June 13, 2014 SITUATIONAL KINDNESS <BR> <BR> When we show kindness to others, there will be times when we need to laugh with them. There will be times when we need to cry with them. There will be times when we need to pray with them. Kindness is emotional. Kindness is situational. Kindness is sensitive to the needs of others. The type of kindness we display depends on the person and what is going on in their lives. Kindness to others means giving them what God wants us to give at that moment... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:21:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716272 June 12, 2014 KINDNESS IS REFRESHING <BR> <BR> There is nothing like refreshments. When we are tired and need a drink or a bite to eat, we stop what we are doing and get something to nourish our bodies so we can keep going. When we are home from a hard day’s work and our bodies are tired, we may take a shower or bath to refresh our bodies so we can sleep better. Those things are good for us. However, there is one other thing we can do regularly that is good for both us and others. Kindness.... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:23:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715475 June 11, 2014 A TASTE OF KINDNESS <BR> <BR> When we know God, we know His kindness. When we become Christians, we know God and His kindness. As believers, especially new believers, we should crave His word so we will grow. Once we know God’s kindness, we know how we should live. We know to be kind as He is kind. We know to show love as He shows love. We know to be good as He is good. Once we get a taste of God’s kindness, we are to share that taste with others so they can know Him as well. ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:11:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714730 June 10, 2014 THE GOODNESS OF FRUIT <BR> <BR> We all have our favorite fruits. Some like bananas. Others like apples or oranges. Some like berries. Fruits are good for us and can be used many ways. There are other fruits in our lives which the Holy Spirit produces. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These fruits are also good and can be used in many ways. Kindness, for example, can be shared with others. With kindness we can sh... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:27:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713901 June 9, 2014 KINDNESS IS A GIFT <BR> <BR> When we give gifts to others, it feels good. We take time to think about what they may want. We take time to go and find the right thing. We take time to seek them out and give it to them. And when we give, it feels good. Kindness is a gift we can give that doesn’t cost us anything. We can show kindness to others and do it gladly when we put God first in our lives. When we purposefully go out of our way to be kind to someone, that gift can be greate... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 06:30:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713253 June 8, 2014 A STATE OF MIND TO BE KIND <BR> <BR> Every morning when we get out of bed, we should examine our state of mind. Many of us wake up sore, wake up worried, or wake up still aggravated due to something that happened in the past. When our state of mind is not focused on God when we get up first thing in the morning, we quickly become distracted by our own needs and forget we need to focus on Him. We should have a state of mind to be kind to others despite how we feel and to do that ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:13:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712540 June 7, 2014 TENDERHEARTED <BR> <BR> People often mistake those who are tenderhearted as weak people. Those who are loving and caring and giving could easily be taken advantage of. However, Tenderheartedness is a gift from God and not a sign of weakness at all. Those who are tenderhearted have the ability to love us when others won’t. They give to others when no one else will. They desire to show kindness and forgiveness when we are suffering or have even hurt them. Tenderheartedness is some... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:24:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711852 June 6, 2014 KINDNESS DOES NOT CHANGE SOME PEOPLE <BR> <BR> We live in a fast paced world where we usually get instant results. So it’s no wonder we sometimes give up on being kind to others who don’t react positively back to us. We have to remember our kindness to others isn’t about them. It’s about us. What we do shouldn’t be in an effort to change others but to us help us be better followers of God. It is about being the example, teaching them and leading them to Christ. And when our kind... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:01:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711055 June 5, 2014 PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS <BR> <BR> The bills are due. The children are sick. Our spouse is never home. Problems happen. Things come up. One problem gets solved and another one shows up. It is so hard to focus on being kind to others when we have problems of our own. It’s hard to even think about what issues others are having when we are dealing with things we don’t even know how to handle ourselves. However, there is a solution. When we give our problems and burdens to God, ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:01:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710302 June 4, 2014 DO UNTO OTHERS <BR> <BR> We all know the Golden Rule. It is sometimes so simple we overlook it. It is sometimes so familiar we forget it. It is sometimes so easy we make it hard. However, when we begin to do unto others as we want them to do unto us and we make that part of our day, every day, others will begin to see kindness in us. When we decide to make a change in our words and actions to others, we will begin to see a change in others as well toward us. <BR> <BR> Matthew 7... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:45:41 EST