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, October 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804373 October 25, 2014 LEVELS OF DEVOTION <BR> <BR> Some believe there are levels of devotion to God. And they are right, in some sense. There are believers who know God exist and believe in Him. There are those who are devoted to going to church but they don’t read His word outside of church. There are those who read His word and go to church but don’t take action from His word. Then there are those who read, fellowship and obey Him. We shouldn’t pick what level of devotion is most comfortable to... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:05:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803794 October 24, 2014 DEVOTED WHEN TEMPTED <BR> <BR> What we do when we are tempted depends on how devoted we are to God. If we are completely devoted to God, we would not even go where we could possibly be tempted. If we are completely devoted to God, we would not even stay where we are tempted. If we are completely devoted to God, we would leave and take others with us. When we are devoted to God and we are tempted, we will know the right action to take as we trust in Him and do His will. <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:34:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803185 October 23, 2014 WE WILL WANT TO MATURE <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to learn more. We will want to grow in Christ. We will want to learn from Him and stand firm in Him. We, as believers, can rejoice knowing God can strengthen us to learn more about Him and do His will. When we are devoted to God, we will want to move from the babies in Christ we are as new believers to the mature Christians He has called us to be. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 5:12 “You have been believers so lon... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:47:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802591 October 22, 2014 BE BLESSED <BR> <BR> There is a saying about what we don’t know and how it won’t hurt us. Well what about what we do know? What things in our lives do we know about yet we still don’t do them? If we know something and we don’t do it, there could be disaster. Not doing what we know God wants us to do will lead to misery. However, being devoted to God and doing the things He has called us to do will make blessings in our lives that we can share with others. <BR> <BR> John 13... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:55:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801934 October 21, 2014 LISTEN <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to listen to Him. We will want to obey Him. We will want to be wise as He calls us to be. When we are devoted to God, we will be wise and spend Him with Him daily. We will pray daily. We will read His word daily. When we are devoted to God, we won’t have to be told to do these things. We will have a strong desire to listen, to learn and to follow. <BR> <BR> Matthew 7:24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:57:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801284 October 20, 2014 PROTECTION <BR> <BR> If we were open up and share with each other our deepest burdens or secrets, we would better understand each other. Sharing with one another helps us grow stronger together and allows us to pray for one another. Many times we don’t want to share with others what troubles we face every day because we don’t want to appear weak. So we keep it in and continue to struggle. However, we can open up and share with God every day. He will guide us and protect us. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:34:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800723 October 19, 2014 WHAT BELIEVERS DO <BR> <BR> When the first churches emerged and the first believers got together, they did what God called them to do. They did it because they wanted to do it. They did it because of the love and devotion they had for God. They didn’t stay home because they felt bad. They didn’t choose to lay in bed all day. No, there weren’t the distractions of television or computers back then but there were just as many temptations. Yet, they chose to worship together eve... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:39:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800211 October 18, 2014 DEVOTED TO BEING AN EXAMPLE <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to live like Jesus did, we will be an example for others to follow. Being devoted to learning about His life and what He did will help us to be a better example to others. If we want to be devoted to Christ and follow Him, we need to study His life. We need to know how He reacted to situations while He was on earth. We need to look for godly examples in others as well so we will know the right things to do. <BR> <BR... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:20:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799679 October 17, 2014 WRONG DEVOTION <BR> <BR> There are time when we are devoted to the wrong things. We get on the wrong path. We seek the wrong things. We work really hard trying to do something that is really not necessary. We may succeed in doing it but it doesn’t further us along as believers and doesn’t help others come to know Christ. What we are devoted to can move us in the wrong direction and away from God. Being devoted to God requires strong discipline in getting to know His will so ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:13:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799089 October 16, 2014 DEVOTEDLY GIVING <BR> <BR> Many of us want to give but don’t. We think about giving but we hesitate. We plan to give but things come up. When we make giving a priority, we are devoting ourselves to God. We are devoting ourselves to be obedient to Him. We are devoting ourselves to putting Him first in our lives. Giving is a commandment and when we don’t give, we are disobeying. God doesn’t want our last. He wants our first. It’s really His anyway. When we give, we are showing... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:01:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798487 October 15, 2014 THOSE WHO ARE DEVOTED <BR> <BR> So many times we look over the needs of others because of the things we, ourselves, are dealing with. So many times we think those who are devoted to God seem to have no problems. However, they do. We need to spend time with those who are devoted to God and ask them how we can pray for them and help them. We should submit ourselves to those who are devoted to God by helping them and encouraging them. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 16:15b-16 “I urge ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:13:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797842 October 14, 2014 SEARCH DEVOTEDLY <BR> <BR> We have all been on a search for something at one time in our lives. It may have been as small as our keys or as important as a lost child. It is not a good feeling to search out something we desperately need and not be able to find it. We desperately need God. We desperately need His understand and wisdom. It’s not hard to find when we go to Him, read His word and are obedient to Him. When we search devotedly for God and the things He wants us to ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:16:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797222 October 13, 2014 NO OTHER FREEDOM <BR> <BR> Freedom, real freedom, is amazing. To be able to go and live where we want. To be able to live a worry-free life. To be able to have peace and freedom is just an amazing feeling. However, freedom doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want. There will always be consequences. That is why we have God’s commandments. That is why we need to devote ourselves to Him and to His commandments. Then we will be truly free. And there is no other freedom like the f... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:58:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796708 October 12, 2014 TAKE ACTION <BR> <BR> Sometimes we get stuck. We don’t do anything. We get nowhere. But what we need to do is take action. Even when we don’t feel like it. There are reasons we don’t take action. We procrastinate. We get side tracked. Or we just don’t want to. But if we are truly devoted to God, we will want to take action for Him. We will want to do His will. We will want to fellowship with other believers. We will want to live as God has called us to live. When we are devo... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:40:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796196 October 11, 2014 REGULAR FEEDINGS <BR> <BR> If we only ate once a day, we would soon find ourselves hungry. If we only ate once a day, we would not get the nutrients we need for our bodies. If we only ate once a day, our bodies and minds would suffer. Just as we need regular feedings of food, we need regular feedings of God’s word. Once a day is great but 3-4 times would provide us so much more. If our attitude is not what it should be and we aren’t who God wants us to be, maybe it’s time we... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:23:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795662 October 10, 2014 WHOLEHEARTED DEVOTION <BR> <BR> It is true. God will show unfailing love to those who walk with Him and give Him wholehearted devotion. It just makes sense. Those who walk with Him get to know Him. Those who don’t won’t. Those who walk away from Him will not know His unfailing love because they aren’t spending time with Him. That’s one reason many people don’t believe God is in the midst of what they are going through. Because they are not walking with Him and are not wholeh... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:22:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795075 October 9, 2014 ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to Christ, it shows. When our hearts are filled with love and our attitudes are kind and giving, it shows. What we do with our words and actions show others we love the Lord. We all need to live a saved life showing we put God first in our lives. We need to be aware of every action we take. We need to go to God and ask Him to help us resist temptation. We need to memorize scripture and share His word with others. When we are ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:22:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794478 October 8, 2014 DEVOTION TO PRAYER <BR> <BR> We usually have to tell someone something in order for them to know how we feel or what we think. But God knows our hearts without us even speaking; however, we are to talk with Him daily. We are to share our worries and concerns with Him .We are to thank Him and show Him the glory and honor He deserves in prayer. We are to pray for others and ask Him to give them peace and comfort. Without being devoted to prayer and having a regular prayer life,... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:16:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793859 October 7, 2014 DEVOTED TO GOD’S WORD <BR> <BR> God’s word has everything we need in it. He has created us and knows what we need. What better person is there to go to for direction than the One who created us? When we are devoted to God’s word, we will know more about Him. We will know more about what to do when problems occur. We will know more about what He is calling us to do. Being devoted to God’s word will help bring peace to our lives, joy to our hearts and love to others. It will br... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:06:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793220 October 6, 2014 DEVOTION STRENGTHENS US <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, He will strengthen us. When we practice a daily devotion where we read His word and pray, God will reveal to us how we are to apply His word to our lives. God is so good. He know what we need. And our devotion to Him shows we are fully committed to Him. And to those who are fully committed to Him, they will be strengthened. Set aside some devotional time today. Read His word. Feel His presence, His strength and lis... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:20:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792651 October 5, 2014 DEVOTED TO DOING GOOD <BR> <BR> In this world of sin and sometimes chaotic activities, those who are devoted to doing good will continue to do good. We don’t always hear about the good others do because the news focuses on the bad things of the world. However, do gooders are around and because of the good they do, they help others in so many ways. And because God is in the midst of the good they do, He blesses them and allows them to create hope for the future. <BR> <BR> Ti... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:25:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792087 October 4, 2014 CRY OUT <BR> <BR> When we are troubled or down and out, there is hope. We often turn to what or who we are devoted to for help. If we are devoted to drinking, we will turn to a bottle. If we are devoted to pills, we will swallow a few. If we are devoted to any sin or anything of the world, that is where we will turn. But if we turn anywhere that is not toward God, we are seeking help in the wrong place. For when we cry out for help, morning, noon or night to God, He will be l... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:02:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791501 October 3, 2014 UNDIVIDED DEVOTION <BR> <BR> Have you ever been busy at work and trying to watch your child’s ballgame at the same time? Have you ever been home with family but out with friends as well? Have you ever been focused on doing your own thing yet following God’s will at the same time? Trying. Yes. Successful? No. Actually it’s impossible. It is impossible to be in one place and another place at the same time. Just as it is impossible to be devoted to God and also be devoted to the... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 06:17:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790873 October 2, 2014 DO NOT LOVE THE WORLD <BR> <BR> We have all heard of devout football fans. We may be one ourselves. We have seen people who will stand in line for hours to watch a certain movie series. There are teenagers who are devoted fans to certain singers and actors and pay large amounts of money to see them. The things we do for who or what we are devoted to are sometimes a little wild and a little scary. But if a devoted believer of God stands up and prays in public, mentions the Bib... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 05:57:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790154 October 1, 2014 COMPLETELY DEVOTED <BR> <BR> Devoted can be defined as being loyal, loving or showing enthusiasm for someone or something. When we are devoted, we are focused on that one person or thing. Our devotion shows through in our words and actions. Everyone knows who or what we are devoted to. It may be a family member. It may be a worthy cause. It may be some worldly object. But it should be God. God should be the one in our minds every day and others should see our devotion to Him ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:53:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789503 September 30, 2014 THOSE WHO ARE LEFT <BR> <BR> It doesn’t matter what we do today if we aren’t doing it for God. We can spend all day wrapped up in our work. We can spend all day mad at the world. We can spend all day thinking about how we want to get back at someone. But if we aren’t living for God, our day is wasted. If we aren’t humbling ourselves before Him and serving others, we aren’t putting our trust in Him. He knows what is best and has a plan for our lives. Let’s start right now s... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:02:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 29, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788837 September 29, 2014 A HUMBLE ATTITUDE <BR> <BR> We all probably know someone with a haughty attitude. Someone who talks over everyone else, knows everything and just has to share what they “think” they know. As we grow older, most of us learn it is better to listen more and speak less. It is also shows wisdom to refrain from being the know-it-all and to give others opportunities to talk. Having a humble attitude will allow us to be better listeners and gain respect. Having a humble attitude ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:46:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788259 September 28, 2014 GRATEFUL TO GOD <BR> <BR> When we humble ourselves before God, we can be grateful to Him for His mighty power, His love and His grace. When we humble ourselves before God and are grateful to Him, we are more willing to give up our lives so Christ can live in us. We are more willing to love God and work for His purpose. Being grateful to God humbles us and allows us to remember why we are here. So let’s not cling to our lives and the things of the world but instead cling to... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:54:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 27, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787750 September 27, 2014 WHEN WE ARE NOT HUMBLE <BR> <BR> When we are not humble, there will be dissension. When we are not humble, there will be trouble. When we are not humble, there will be selfishness, jealous and rage. The war will begin within us because the devil will begin telling us how good we are and how we deserve this and that. Then that war will spread to others who we are jealous of or angry at. When we are not humble, we are not living for God. We are living for our own desires. <B... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:25:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 26, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787177 September 26, 2014 HUMBLE LIKE A CHILD <BR> <BR> Children always seem to know when to ask for help. As babies, they cry when they are hungry, soiled or tired. As toddlers, they come to us when they need something and can’t get it themselves. As elementary children, they watch us to see how to act and tell us their needs. They know as a baby and a child, they have to rely on us to get what they need. They humble themselves before us knowing they need us and we can help them. And, as God’s chi... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:49:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786583 September 25, 2014 ON PURPOSE <BR> <BR> It is true that we make our own choices. Sometimes we feel trapped to do something or say something but we usually have free will to do what we want. That is why it is no fault of anyone but us if we don’t humble ourselves before God. It is no fault of anyone but us if we don’t live on purpose for Him. We should be humble and be careful of the words that come out of our mouths, what we put into our bodies and the actions we take toward others. When we ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:19:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785935 September 24, 2014 HUMBLY SERVE <BR> <BR> Doing good for others is a wonderful thing. We get a good feeling and they are benefiting from what we are doing as well. However, when we do for others and get too proud about what we have done, we aren’t helping them for the right reasons. We should humbly serve others so that we are helping them because it is the right thing to do and not to gain any rewards or recognition. <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympath... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:07:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785312 September 23, 2014 INFINITELY MORE <BR> <BR> So many times we get frustrated with our limitations yet we continue trying to do things on our own. We attempt over and over again and continue to mess up. There is a solution. When we realize we are nothing without Christ, we can humble ourselves before Him, repent and ask Him to forgive us. God can work through us so we can accomplish even more than we could do on our own. We need to realize our limits and know there is no limit to what God can... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:22:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784533 September 22, 2014 HUMBLY ASK FOR HELP <BR> <BR> When we realize we are not capable of doing something alone, we need to ask for help. It may be a large project at home or at work. It may be something we just don’t have the skills to do. It may be something we don’t have the tools we need. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. That is why we should ask for God’s help every day in everything we do. When we humbly go to Him knowing He is way more capable of managing... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:04:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783926 September 21, 2014 BE HUMBLE AND GENTLE <BR> <BR> No one is perfect. People are going to let us down. Everyone messes up at some point in their lives. Just as we do things wrong or make mistakes, we need to remember others do also. Our reactions to them should always be in love. We should be patient, gentle and humble toward them knowing we, too, have made mistakes. Showing our love to them when others have done wrong will allow us to share God’s word and love with them. <BR> <BR> Ephesians... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:34:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783362 September 20, 2014 BE HUMBLE AND FEAR <BR> <BR> We truly should humbly go before God and fear Him. He is powerful. He is Lord. He is Almighty. But we don’t act like we have true reverence and awe for God. We simply go blindly on our merry way trying to do things on our own without thinking about Him. We do what we please and when we please never thinking about what His will is for us. We really need to think about who God is and how great He is every day – all day – and truly humble ourselve... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:30:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782757 September 19, 2014 THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT <BR> <BR> There was an old saying years back, “the devil made me do it!” Well, part of that is true. The devil does tempt us; however, it is our choice whether we do it or not. We can choose to turn from the devil and follow Christ. When we are humble and put God first, give our lives to God and allow Him to work in our lives giving us strength and courage, then we will be able to resist the devil by the power of and in the name of Jesus and He will... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:04:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782112 September 18, 2014 HUMBLE SPIRIT <BR> <BR> Most people want a drama-free life where there are not too many issues. Due to our own action and the actions of others, a drama- or issue-free life probably isn’t going to happen in this world. However, we can know it is possible to strive for it. When we truly submit our lives to God and humble ourselves before Him, the Holy Spirit will guide our lives and we won’t want to do what is wrong. We will want to do right. We will want to follow Jesus. W... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:05:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781402 September 17, 2014 HUMBLENESS HEALS <BR> <BR> We are so blessed to have God who heals. We can humble ourselves before Him and give Him our pain and He will heal us. If we need spiritual healing, He will forgive us when we turn from our sins and repent. If we need physical healing, He will give us comfort and peace. If we need mental healing, He will guide us with His word so our minds will be cleared from all the clutter of the world. If we need financial healing, He will help us when we beg... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:43:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780792 September 16, 2014 GOD USES THE HUMBLE <BR> <BR> This may sound a bit like an oxymoron but we have to be careful not to be proud that we are humble. We have to be careful not to think we are worthy of what other believers have been given from God. We shouldn’t get too proud we are believers and we forget why we are called. When we think we are humble and should receive the same spiritual gifts others have, then we aren’t humble at all. We are envious and seeking to do good for the wrong reas... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:29:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780061 September 15, 2014 TROUBLES HUMBLE US <BR> <BR> It’s true. When we go through trials in life, we realize we need God. And when those troubles come, we usually humble ourselves before Him and ask Him for help. We sometimes wonder why we have to go through hard times but without them we wouldn’t know what God is capable of doing. Without struggles, we wouldn’t learn. Without issues, we wouldn’t grow. Without anguish and grief, we may forget to lean on, trust in and humbly walk with God. <BR>... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:59:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779972 September 14, 2014 HUMBLY OBEY <BR> <BR> Making changes in our lives is something we tend to put off. We get into a routine and we get comfortable. Sometimes we get a little proud of what we are doing and don’t want to change. However, God calls us to humbly obey Him. To humbly obey means to know His will, understand we need to do it and then do it. To humbly obey means we turn away from what we want to do or what the world is doing and we obey God honoring who He is and how powerful He is. ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:52:36 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778971 September 13, 2014 HUMBLE THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> Our actions and words come from our thoughts. If we are constantly thinking negative, we will look negative and sound negative. If we are filling our minds with God’s word on a consistent basis, we will soon be showing love and reaching out to help others. When we have humble thoughts, we will begin to speak and act more humble. And to have humble thoughts, we need to draw close to God. <BR> <BR> James 4:8 “Come close to God, and God will come cl... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:27:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778379 September 12, 2014 HUMILITY REMOVES WORRY <BR> <BR> When we worry, we put the focus on us, not God. When we humble ourselves before God, He can remove our worry and show us ways to help others and share His word. Worrying does nothing but waste time that we should be spending in God’s word, helping others and witnessing to them. So next time we are worried about something in our lives, let’s go humbly to God and let Him handle things so we can focus on doing His will. <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 5:6-... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:06:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777709 September 11, 2014 WE DON’T NEED TRAGEDY <BR> <BR> When tragedy happens, people tend to unite. But what about when there is no tragedy? When things are just normal and routine or when things are going well, what do we do? We really shouldn’t be any different when things are going good. We should always look for ways to help others in good times and in bad. We should humble ourselves before God and ask Him what good things we can do each day that will lift up and encourage others. We don’t ne... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:42:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777059 September 10, 2014 DO GREAT THINGS <BR> <BR> When we humble ourselves before God, He will use us to do great things. When we humble ourselves daily before God, we will be able to help others in both small and big ways. Humility before God means we are giving our lives to Him to use so His perfect plan for us will be done. The great things will not always seem big to us but will have great meaning for others. When we don’t humble ourselves before God, we will miss out on what He is calling us... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:31:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776352 September 9, 2014 WALKING HUMBLY <BR> <BR> Our lives on earth are short. When we lose loved ones, friends and coworkers, we are reminded of this. Our time on earth should be a daily walk with God. We aren’t always going to be perfect in what we do but we can commit to walking with God daily. We can commit to reading His word. We can commit to listening for His will and obeying Him. When we decide to walk humbly with God, He will guide us, walk with us and even carry us when we need it. <BR>... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:35:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775622 September 8, 2014 HUMILITY BRINGS ENCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> When we are humble, we put the focus on others rather than ourselves. Humility brings encouragement to others because we can give them words that will life them up rather than staying busy talking about ourselves. When we look for the good in others and stop trying to prove how good we are, we will find words that will encourage them and we will find opportunities to share Christ with them. He is who we should be boasting about anyway... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 06:55:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775228 September 7, 2014 HUMBLE YOURSELVES AND PRAY <BR> <BR> We have all had promises made to us that were broken. We may have even made a promise to someone and then were not able to follow through on it ourselves. However, one thing we can always rely on is God’s promises. We can always count on what He says to be true. If we want to know what He promises us, then we need to read His word. He tells us what to do, how to live and what to say. He tells us if we humble ourselves and pray, seek Him ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:06:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774394 September 6, 2014 HUMILITY BRINGS GRATITUDE <BR> <BR> If we are one of those people who smile and are kind to others on the outside but are frustrated and judging on the inside, we may need to examine our hearts. God can see our insides and knows when we mutter under our breath about someone who did something we didn’t agree with. He knows our thoughts and is not pleased with we think wrong about others. Those thoughts are prideful thoughts and we can’t be grateful or humble when we think th... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 07:22:21 EST