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, December 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835745 December 20, 2014 ENDLESS TREASURES <BR> <BR> What if we were to get gifts day after day? What if we were to receive endless treasures from now until forever? It would be something to look forward to each morning. We would jump out of bed anxious to see what is in store for us every day. When we know Christ – truly know Him – we do have endless treasures available to us. We don’t deserve them but we receive them as believers because of the grace of God. And that is something we need to be e... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:25:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835263 December 19, 2014 USING OUR TREASURES <BR> <BR> We all have treasures. We all have things God has given us to use but we all don’t use them as we should. Some of us keep our treasures to ourselves and use them so no one else can. Some of us hide our treasures and never use them. Some of us use our treasures for the wrong reasons. However, God tells us what to do. He tells us plainly. We are to use our treasures to help others and build relationships and lead them to Him. If we aren’t doing ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:10:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834788 December 18, 2014 SERVING GOD <BR> <BR> Whatever we think about the most is what we treasure the most. If our thoughts are always on money and things, well, that is where our treasure lies. If our thoughts are always on how good we can look and what we can buy to help us look better, then we are too focused on us. Scripture says, God says to obey Him. God says to love Him. God says to walk in His ways, stay close to Him and serve Him. We can’t treasure money and worldly things and serve God... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:27:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834248 December 17, 2014 DO GOOD WORKS <BR> <BR> It’s a busy time of year where we should be focusing on the birth of Jesus and giving to others but, if we are honest, we are focusing too much on ourselves. We are running around getting things done for Christmas. We are thinking about what we need to do, new ways to do them and how tired we are. We are missing out on opportunities to help those who are really in need because we are too busy buying gifts for those who may not really need anything a... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:06:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833745 December 16, 2014 STORING OUR TREASURES <BR> <BR> Many of us have a place where we keep our special things. We have somewhere we put them to protect them. However, there is no place we can put our earthly treasures that will truly protect them. Eventually they will be gone. That is why we are to store our treasures in heaven where they will last forever. Those treasures can’t be stolen or destroyed and they will never fade away. <BR> <BR> Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on ea... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:18:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833233 December 15, 2014 OTHER GODS <BR> <BR> When our treasures are stored in the things of the world, it shows. People see us with things and hear us talk about everything in the world but rarely hear us talk about God. If our words are all about the things of the world rather than Jesus’ resurrection and God’s love, how are we going to be a godly example to others? When we talk mainly about the things of the world, it would appear we serve other gods rather than our Holy God. <BR> <BR> 1 Samuel... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:13:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832697 December 14, 2014 TREASURING TIME <BR> <BR> There are times when we are way too busy. We have so much going on that when we finally stop, we are exhausted. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. In the winter, spring, summer or fall, we need to take time for God. We can’t continue to use our time for only the things of the world. We need God. We need to put Him first in our lives. First in our mornings, first in our week and first in all we do. When we put Him first in our weeks, He will... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:54:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832271 December 13, 2014 SERVING OTHERS <BR> <BR> When we keep our blessings and gifts to ourselves, we aren’t helping others as God has called us to do. When we shut our ears to those who are poor because we want to keep all our treasures for ourselves, we are being selfish. God wants us to help those who are poor. He wants us to give what we have to Him. When we do, we are giving to Him as well. And when we give, we can share His word and give them hope for an eternal future. <BR> <BR> Luke 12:3... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:49:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831793 December 12, 2014 WHEN WE TREASURE PLEASURE <BR> <BR> It’s fun to have fun. Always is. Always will be. However, when we treasure pleasure all the time, we may have a problem. When we focus on doing fun things and stop being responsible, we will quickly lose respect from others. When we spend time looking for the pleasurable things in life, we will miss out on taking responsibilities to do the hard things. When we treasure pleasure more than hard work, we may lose out on opportunities to do G... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:49:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831212 December 11, 2014 HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives where we struggle. It may be due to health issues. It may be in a relationship. It may be finances. However, we all have struggles at some point in our lives. And get through them. And once we get through them the important thing to remember is what we learned and how we can better ourselves and help others. If we don’t focus on what we learned, we may find ourselves back in the same rut with the same problems aga... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:45:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830687 December 10, 2014 THE GAMES WE PLAY <BR> <BR> We really need to think about all the games we play that consume our time. Not just Internet games or smart phone games, but games in life. We need to look at the games we play with relationships. We need to look at games we play in our health. What chances are we taking because we treasure our “fun” too much and what are we missing out on in serving our God and storing our treasures in Heaven? It’s time we chose God’s wisdom and stopped playing ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 07:26:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830090 December 9, 2014 WORKAHOLICS <BR> <BR> Some of us stay extra-busy. We work all the time. It may be on our jobs. It may be at home. It may be in the church or community or in some organization. The reasons we work hard may be for the money or it may be a way to escape some sort of reality we don’t want to deal with. However, those are no good reasons to work all the time. When we have our priorities straight and our treasures are building up in Heaven, we will want to only work for the Lord. ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 06:25:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829463 December 8, 2014 BE RICH IN GOOD WORKS <BR> <BR> Money. We all need it. But really for just our basic needs. Any money we have that is more than what we need for shelter, food and clothing is extra we should give away. Rather than be rich with the things of the world, we should be rich in giving and doing good works. The Bible says it and we should believe it. When we give away what God has blessed us with, we are showing Him we trust in Him and we will be storing greater riches in Heaven be... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 06:10:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828973 December 7, 2014 WRONG RELATIONSHIPS <BR> <BR> Wrong relationships involve people who don’t care, who are controlling, bitter and evil. Right relationships begin with communication, love and sharing. When we take time to talk with others, get to know them and spend time with them, we will have better relationships. When we realize it is not about us, but about them, we will have relationships that will last. We need to be sure we treasure our relationships with others and especially with God... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 07:40:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828493 December 6, 2014 WHAT’S A BODY TO DO <BR> <BR> Our bodies. They are created unique yet similar. They are different because God created each of us different but they are also different due to what we do to and with them. When we treasure the things of the world and put wrong things in our bodies, we aren’t showing God gratitude for the bodies He gave us. However, when we treasure our bodies and take good care of what God has blessed us with, we will have an eternal prize for being obedient to... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:52:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827949 December 5, 2014 WHO DO WE TRULY WORSHIP <BR> <BR> Our thoughts, our words and our actions tell others who or what we really care about. It isn’t hard to spot someone who is self-centered. It isn’t hard to notice when someone is obsessed with another person. It isn’t hard to tell when a person is totally absorbed in something. It’s times we asked ourselves who we truly worship. It’s time we turned from the things and people of the world and put God number one in our lives. <BR> <BR> Deutero... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 06:50:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827365 December 4, 2014 WHAT WE DO <BR> <BR> The things some people do are unbelievable. There are people who will do things because they aren’t thinking. There are people who will do things because they want attention. There are people who do things in desperation. The actions we take every day reflect what we treasure or what we put first in our lives. It’s time we turned from doing things for the wrong reasons and begin doing things for God. When we are focused on doing what we want to do, we wi... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 07:05:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826774 December 3, 2014 WHAT WE SAY <BR> <BR> There is a saying that sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt us. That is true physically but not emotionally. Our words do hurt. In fact, the words that come out of our mouths are an indication of what is in our hearts. The things we talk about the most is where our treasure lies. If we constantly put out negativity and wrong words, our focus in on the world. However, if we put out encouraging and kind words, others will know o... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 06:10:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826215 December 2, 2014 THE THINGS WE THINK <BR> <BR> If we could read each others’ minds, what would we learn? If someone was to hear our thoughts out loud, how would they feel? If someone were to read our thoughts in the paper or hear them on the news, what kind of person would others believe we were? What we think is who we truly are. We may hide our thoughts from others, but God knows every thought we have. He hears it. We have the ability to change our negative and wrong thoughts to positive a... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 06:58:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825584 December 1, 2014 WHAT WE TREASURE <BR> <BR> We all have something we treasure more than anything else. It could be a person. It could be something in our home. It could be a feeling we have when we do certain things. Whatever we treasure we have to be careful that we don’t get obsessed with it and put it before God. The things and people of the world will not last. They will disappoint. They will fade away. But God will be forever. <BR> <BR> 1 John 2:17 “And this world is fading away, alon... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 06:34:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825035 November 30, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN ACTION <BR> <BR> We can feel the greatness of God when we focus on Him, pray and read His word. When we focus on God, we should be overwhelmed with all He is and want to take action in obedience to Him. We should allow Him to overwhelm us and move us to take action for Him and every day, follow Him. We should take action for God and encourage others to do the same. Knowing God is great. Being overwhelmed by God is awesome. Taking action is obeying and truly f... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 07:52:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 29, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824583 November 29, 2014 OVERWHELMED BY GOD <BR> <BR> His mercy. His grace. His love. His power. We can’t help but be overwhelmed with it all because of who He is and all He has done. He is amazing. We should praise Him. We should feel His presence and be overwhelmed by Him. In all we do. We should long to be with Him. What He has created. What He has done. What He is continues to do. He is amazing. Be overwhelmed with God today! <BR> <BR> Psalm 34:3 “Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 08:04:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824134 November 28, 2014 HELP FOR THE OVERWHELMED <BR> <BR> We need to stop being overwhelmed with the things of the world. We need to stop dwelling on them. We need to stop worrying about them. When we spend time watching the news, talking about the world’s problems and allowing worldly things to keep us from doing what God has called us to do, then we are choosing to be overwhelmed by the world. Allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed with the world will only cause stress and worry. We need to simpl... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:54:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 27, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823665 November 27, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH GRATITUDE <BR> <BR> There are so many things to be grateful for. Not just today, but every day. Not just the good things, but the bad. Why should we be grateful for the bad? Because there is always a lesson to be learned from the bad. There is always something good that will come from the bad. And when we put our faith and trust in God when bad thing happen, He will reward us with blessings. It’s our choice. When we focus on God, in the good and the bad, an... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:24:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823178 November 26, 2014 OVERWHELMING VICTORY <BR> <BR> It’s great to win. The feeling of being first or winning the prize is like no other. But it is also great to progress. We can learn and progress and grow without really winning. We can improve and get better without being the best of the best. Overwhelming victory is not about being the best or being number one. Overwhelming victory is about having a winning day every day by giving our days (and nights) to God. We have overwhelming victory in ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:15:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822626 November 25, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH POWER <BR> <BR> There are so many times in life when we feel powerless. Things happen that are out of our control. People do things we don’t understand. Situations occur where our lives get out of their normal routines. When we feel powerless, we don’t know what to do. However, there is hope. There is opportunity to be overwhelmed with the power of God if we will only turn to Him, rely on Him and obey Him. All things are possible with God but we have to cho... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:47:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822047 November 24, 2014 OVERWHELMING COMFORT <BR> <BR> For many of us, we are uncomfortable. We are uncomfortable in our jobs because we don’t like what we do or the people we work with. We are uncomfortable in our homes because we don’t have good relationships with the people we live with. We are uncomfortable with our lives because we are afraid of the things of the world and afraid of the future. However, God can help. When we begin relying on Him rather than other people or the things of the w... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:17:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821464 November 23, 2014 OVERWHELMING GLORY <BR> <BR> When we live in this world only focusing on the sin and the issues of the world, we are not focusing on God. When we don’t focus on God, we can’t see His glory. However, when we become true followers of Christ, we will want to stop focusing on the world and completely focus on Him. And He will make us more and more like Him and we will experience overwhelming glory that compares to none we have experienced before. When we remove that veil of si... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:53:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820988 Sorry I missed a few days. I had emergency gall bladder surgery. I am doing better and all glory to God for His healing!!! <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> November 22, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN AWE <BR> <BR> There are times in life where we are overwhelmed in awe. We can’t believe what we have seen. We can’t believe what we have heard. We are simply amazed about what has happened. There are some amazing and wonderful things that happen on earth but nothing compared to what Jesus can do. There is nothi... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:41:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819326 November 19, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN ENCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> It’s always a good feeling when we have people around us who are encouraging. It’s good when we have people who care enough to help and encourage so we won’t get discouraged or give up. We can also have encouragement from God’s word. Reading His word every day shows us how others got through hard times because of their faith in God. We need to be sure we encourage others and be encouraged by God’s word. <BR> <BR> 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:05:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818865 November 18, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN BEAUTY <BR> <BR> Despite how our day begins, despite the weather, despite the situation, there is always beauty to behold. Look around. God has created so many wonderful and beautiful things for us to see. Be grateful. God has given us so many beautiful things to enjoy. Be overwhelmed in the beauty of God’s creations. Be thankful He created these things for us to enjoy, not to overlook or misuse. We need to stop focusing on the wrong and ugly things in our li... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:34:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818150 November 17, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH JOY <BR> <BR> We have the ability to control what we think and do. We all have the ability to choose. We can choose sadness or joy. We can choose to focus on God or not. We can choose to live in obedience to Him or do what we want. When we choose to be overwhelmed with joy that only comes from God, we will begin to see the good in life. We will begin to feel God’s presence. We will want to read His word, share it with others and we will overflow with joy so... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:31:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817617 November 16, 2014 WHEN GUILT OVERWHELMS <BR> <BR> We all deal with guilt at one point in our lives. Some of us daily. We feel guilty about everything. How each of us handle guilt is different. Some of us focus on the issue way too much and feel bad about what happened and wonder what we could have done differently. Some try to push the guilt out of our minds and do other things. While some take our guilty feelings out on others by being aggressive and even blaming someone else for what happe... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:17:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817117 November 15, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH SICKNESS <BR> <BR> When we are sick it’s hard to focus. We are in pain. We don’t feel good. We complain. When we are sick we sometimes get overwhelmed with our aches and pains that we forget about everyone else. We even forget about God. We think we should be resting and getting better. That’s true to a point. But we also should continue to put our faith in God, pray and read His word. We can still call out to God and trust in Him to help us when we are ove... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:55:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816573 November 14, 2014 WHY WORRY <BR> <BR> Being overwhelmed with worry does so much damage to our minds and bodies. Why be overwhelmed wondering about something that has not even happened when all we have to do is pray? Prayer can replace worry. Our faith in God can move mountains. Let’s stop worrying right now and pray with strong faith that God will take care of our overwhelm with worry and He will solve our problems. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:25:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815975 November 13, 2014 WHEN WE ARE STRESSED <BR> <BR> When we are stressed, we seem to be overwhelmed the most. The things going on in our lives seem unbearable. We can’t think straight so we choose not to think at all. We can’t be happy so we choose to be miserable and lash out at others. We can’t feel joy because we want to dwell on what is wrong rather than thinking about what is right. When we are overwhelmed with stress, we need God. He can remove the overwhelm and give us peace. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:20:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815334 November 12, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH CLUTTER <BR> <BR> Just about everyone has dealt with clutter in their lives. Not just the clutter we can see around our homes or in the yard. We deal with clutter in our minds. We deal with clutter from the news, the Internet and the electronic devices we use. Clutter can consume us and overwhelm us so we do nothing but focus on that clutter. It’s time we removed the clutter from our lives and begin with a clean slate so we can do something in life that wil... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:13:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814673 November 11, 2014 WHEN CHANGE OVERWHELMS US <BR> <BR> There are times we resist change. There are times when we are afraid of change. And there are times when we are overwhelmed with change. There will always be change in our lives. There will be times when someone leaves us. There will be times we have to make hard decisions. There will be times when we need to move on. When change overwhelms us, we need to be sure we first go to God. He plans the changes in our lives and knows exactly what... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:59:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813998 November 10, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN SIN <BR> <BR> It is so easy to follow the crowd. It is so easy to submit to sin and refuse to do what is right. There will always be someone around to encourage us to do wrong. There will always be Satan lurking and tempting us. Even the small things we do wrong are sin. We must choose to do what is right. We must subdue sin and be its master lest we get overwhelmed in sin. The only way to subdue sin is to stay in God’s word and continuously dwell in it and H... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:45:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813475 November 9, 2014 OVERWHELMING TERROR <BR> <BR> God’s love never fails. He can help us when we are overwhelmed in fear. When we are terrified and don’t know where to turn. We can decide to be overwhelmed with God’s love rather than be overwhelmed with the terror of this world. We can choose. And when we allow God’s Holy Spirit to take control, we will no longer be overwhelmed with terror, but overwhelmed with the power of God. Praise His Holy Name. Thank You, Jesus! <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 26:... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 08:59:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812959 November 8, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH ADDICTION <BR> <BR> As we attempt to deal with the things of life or seek ways to help us feel good, we could easily become addicted to something. It may be we just want to have a good time. It may be we are trying to escape from our troubles. It may be we want to have what someone else has. These attempts to seek happiness or to have more worldly things can soon lead to addictions if we are not careful. We could find ourselves with strong desires to indulge... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:42:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812405 November 7, 2014 OVERWHELMED AND EXHAUSTED <BR> <BR> When we are tired, really tired, to the point of exhaustion, we can easily get overwhelmed. Sometimes the slightest issues can be blown out of proportion when we are tired. Sometimes just one word can make us get upset when we are tired. Sometimes just one person who does something we don’t like can make us angry when we are tired. When we are overwhelmed with exhaustion, we need to go to God and He will give us rest. <BR> <BR> Matthew 11... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:39:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811769 November 6, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN LOVE <BR> <BR> Weddings are always wonderful. Two people in love. Two people committing themselves to each other. When they focus on each other, it is like there is no one else around. Their love for each other seems powerful and they are overwhelmed with love. Love is wonderful and can be overwhelming. Sometimes to the point that we forget about God. Let’s be sure God is first in our lives even when we are overwhelmed with love for someone. <BR> <BR> Song of... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:55:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811151 November 5, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN CRISIS <BR> <BR> It seems like when we are struggling and don’t know what to do, we reach out to whatever quick fix we can find to help us cope. That is the time when the devil is lurking around trying to lead us down his path of destruction. When we are overwhelmed with a crisis, we need God. In fact, before we even get overwhelmed, we need Him. When we stay grounded in His word every day, those times of crisis will not be so overwhelming because we will be s... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:49:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810467 November 4, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH CURSES <BR> <BR> When we refuse to obey God, we are going to suffer. We may think we never just come out boldly and say that we refuse to do what He asks. And that may be true. However, refusing His will isn’t just about saying “no” to Him. It is about ignoring His will. It is about substituting reading the Bible with watching television. It is about making choices to do what we want rather than what we want. And when we choose our will over God’s will, we w... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:54:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809755 November 3, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH EVIL <BR> <BR> We have often seen or heard about others who have done wrong. We wonder what happened to cause them to lose control. We wonder what made them become overwhelmed with evil. The answer could be due to many things occurring in their lives but the main reason is because their life is not right with God. When we are overwhelmed to do wrong, we aren’t living for God. Those who live for God and follow Him will always want to do right. <BR> <BR> 1 Sa... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 07:00:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809127 November 2, 2014 ON OUR OWN <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes. We all, at times, wander down the wrong path. We all get deeper and deeper into a situation where we feel overwhelmed. When we feel like we are drowning in problems, we have choices. We can continue to sink. We can try and swim. Or we can float. Sinking would require the choice to just let the problem continue to grow by staying on the wrong path. Trying to swim would be the choice to do it on our own. Floating would be choosing to ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:28:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808526 November 1, 2014 WHEN WE ARE OVERWHELMED <BR> <BR> Being overwhelmed can be a good thing or a bad thing. It depends on what we are overwhelmed about. We all get overwhelmed at times. The secret to beating that feeling of overwhelm is to not worry, get upset and stress. Yes, that’s easy to say but how is it possible? It’s possible when we rely on God. We can choose to be overwhelmed with God rather than the worries of the world. We can long for God, focus on God and be overwhelmed with His me... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:01:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 31, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807970 October 31, 2014 MAKE DISCIPLES <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to be obedient to Him. We will want to read His word and follow Jesus as He has called us to do. Following Jesus means believing and telling others about Him just as He did while He was here on earth. If we aren’t telling others about Jesus and making disciples every day, then we need to examine our lives and see where our priorities really are. When we are devoted to God, we are praying and focusing on Him, w... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:02:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807365 October 30, 2014 WAY OF LIFE <BR> <BR> Being devoted to God doesn’t work when we are selfish. Being devoted to God doesn’t work when we want to do things our way. To be devoted to God means to be obedient to Him. We must be willing to turn from our ways and turn to His ways. We must. When we are devoted to God, we aren’t thinking about us, we are thinking about Him. We turn from the worldly pleasures and live a devoted life to God. Our way of live should be His way…completely. <BR> <BR> Ti... 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