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 Friday, June 22, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6502634 June 22, 2018 CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION <BR> <BR> If we have ever felt bored with life, we may have experienced dissatisfaction. When we are bored, discouraged, frustrated or disappointed, we aren’t satisfied. There are few things in this world and few people who can truly give us satisfaction. There will always be people who let us down and things that will expire or break. Many times we make decisions based on whether or not we are satisfied. When we do this, we make poor decisions. If we ... Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:19:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 21, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6502352 June 21, 2018 DECIDE TO DO MORE <BR> <BR> It has been said by many who are successful that we need to do more. We may believe we can’t possibly do any more than we are already doing because we feel as if we are stretched too thin. However, what we need to do more of is what is truly important in in life. When we do more or seek to add value to others, we are doing what God is calling us to do. Doing more or going that extra mile to help someone will be a blessing to us and to them. <BR> <B... Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:39:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 20, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6502098 June 20, 2018 GOD SHOULD BE FIRST <BR> <BR> There seems to be more opportunities in this world than ever before. We have many things we can do and see. The world appears to have so much to offer. Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decide what to do, where to go or who to see. However, as believers, the choice should be simple. God should be first in our lives. We are to choose to put Him first because He created us and He loves us. He has opportunities for us far greater than what th... Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:00:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 19, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501805 June 19, 2018 DECISIONS OUT OF GUILT <BR> <BR> So many people suffer from guilt. Guilt is not something we think about as a health issue but many are in bad health due to guilt. Those who are dealing with guilt are less confident, have bad relationships and are stuck in the past. Focusing on what we have done wrong or think we have done wrong keeps our focus off of God. We can even make wrong decisions when our hearts are full of guilt. However, we can get past that guilt by confessing our s... Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:57:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 18, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501501 June 18, 2018 DECIDE TO OBEY <BR> <BR> There are some in this world who are confused about the meaning of the word “obedience.” Many believe if we obey someone, we are saying we are weak and need guidance. Some believe living according to the law means we can’t think for ourselves. Others attempt to change the law in order to take a stand for a cause they believe is right (in their opinion). However, God’s law should be our guideline. His law is always right. Living in obedience to God means... Mon, 18 Jun 2018 06:51:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 17, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501258 June 17, 2018 FATHER’S DAY <BR> <BR> In most households, the father is the head of the house. This day in age, unfortunately, it is not always the case. But we need to remember, God intended this when He created man. Fathers were created to lead the family to worship, to discipline their children and to teach them about God. When a father strays from doing God’s will, he isn’t bringing up his children as God called him to do. Today, we honor all fathers everywhere and we pray they will be th... Sun, 17 Jun 2018 07:53:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 16, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6501000 June 16, 2018 PLAN AHEAD <BR> <BR> So many times we make wrong decisions because we don’t plan ahead. Of course, we do some planning in life – maybe in the big choices; however, we need to be sure we plan ahead in all decisions. Why? Because wrong choices will eventually lead us away from God. Planning ahead for all things will ensure we are making the right choices. The best way to plan ahead so we can make right choices is to get into God’s word and know what His will is. His word will gui... Sat, 16 Jun 2018 07:22:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 15, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500764 June 15, 2018 DECIDE TO BE WISE <BR> <BR> There are so many people in this world who believe they are wise. Many of them like to share their wisdom with us. Some of them are very proud of all their wisdom and talk about how wise they are. However, those who are truly wise know when to speak and not speak. Those who are truly wise know not to brag but to humbly serve. Those who tend to brag seem to have wisdom from this world or no real wisdom at all. Those who are really wise have wisdom fro... Fri, 15 Jun 2018 07:32:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 14, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500488 June 14, 2018 CHOOSE INTEGRITY <BR> <BR> When asking others to define integrity, we would get a variety of replies. Some may say integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Others may say integrity is following through with what we say we will do. God tells us when we are honest and fair and follow His word and direction, we will have integrity. When we do what we are supposed to do, others will know we are people who stand by our word and follow God’s will. We will gain trus... Thu, 14 Jun 2018 06:24:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 13, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6500203 June 13, 2018 SEXUAL SINS <BR> <BR> Sexual sin is nothing new in this world. From the beginning of time, people were misusing their bodies with sexual immorality, lust and impurity. God is very clear on His law about sexual sins. Whether we are thinking sexual thoughts about another person, viewing pornographic material or in the act of sexual sin, we are doing wrong. Even watching a show with sexual innuendoes could put thoughts in our heads that are against God’s will. That is why we have ... Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:19:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499908 June 12, 2018 SELF-CONTROL <BR> <BR> Self-control is all about making decisions. Right decisions. We have opportunities daily in our lives to do what is right. We can choose to do the right thing or the wrong thing. With our bodies, we may choose to exercise and eat right. With our money, we may choose to save and control our spending. With our spirituality, we may decide to read God’s word more and memorize it. When we practice self-control we are telling God we want to do what is right bec... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 06:05:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 11, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499643 June 11, 2018 UNDER PRESSURE <BR> <BR> If we have ever cooked a meal with a pressure cooker, one of those old timey ones that makes a loud noise and shakes as it cooks, we have seen how the pressure of the steam causes the pot to get really hot and the food to cook more quickly than normal. Pressure has that affect. It can make us do something more quickly than we normally would. When we make decisions under pressure, we could easily make the wrong ones. If we are feeling pressure about maki... Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:12:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 10, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499360 June 10, 2018 NEVER GIVE UP <BR> <BR> It is so easy to give up. It is so easy to get down on life when things aren’t going well. When we face challenges in life, rather than giving up we should view them as opportunities to increase our faith. We should remember our troubles are only temporary. We should focus on decisions that will matter in eternity rather than in this world. God loves us and wants us to grow as believers. We can’t grow if we give up when faced with difficulties. However, ... Sun, 10 Jun 2018 07:49:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 9, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6499104 June 9, 2018 IN ALL THE EXCITEMENT <BR> <BR> There are times when we get pulled in to all the excitement going on around us that we make a bad decision. We don’t take time to think things through. We don’t seek all the facts so we can determine the best decision for our circumstance. We see others doing it and we decide to jump in as well. We need to be sure we make calm and knowledgeable decisions having all the facts so we don’t make wrong and quick decisions because we are carried away by... Sat, 9 Jun 2018 07:41:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 8, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6498825 June 8, 2018 PRAYERFUL DECISIONS <BR> <BR> Many times we don’t know the right answer because we don’t ask the right questions. And, even more importantly, we don’t ask the right people. When we talk to others about decisions we need to make, we will get a plethora of answers and advice. Sometimes it just confuses us more. However, when we pray asking God what to do, we will receive answers that will help us to make the right decisions. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Samuel 30:8 “Then David ask... Fri, 8 Jun 2018 06:36:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 7, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6498554 June 7, 2018 DO RIGHT <BR> <BR> It seems like such an obvious statement. Do right. We all know in our hearts what is right yet we don’t always do it. What gets in the way? Sometimes it is our emotions. Rather than doing what is right, we do what we feel like doing…which isn’t always the right thing to do. Sometimes it is greed. Rather than doing what is right, we get selfish and want our own way. Sometimes it is pressure. There are people who pressure us into doing wrong for their selfish re... Thu, 7 Jun 2018 06:27:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 6, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6498273 June 6, 2018 CHOOSE RIGHTEOUS LIVING <BR> <BR> It has been said we become like those we hang around the most. We try to tell our children this and get aggravated when they don’t listen. However, are we following that advise ourselves? We may not realize it but the people we are around the most are influencing us. Just think about it. If we are not getting the things done that God wants us to do, it may be due to the company we are keeping. God calls us to make the choice to obey Him and surr... Wed, 6 Jun 2018 06:52:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 5, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497981 June 5, 2018 MONEY MATTERS <BR> <BR> We make decisions about money on a regular basis. We decide whether to spend it or save it. We have to decide if we want to borrow to make a purchase or wait until we have the cash. We take on jobs to make more money so we can have a better life. However, it is important we don’t make money a high priority when it comes to our decisions because we may find ourselves making wrong decisions so we can have more money. And the more money we obtain, we could f... Tue, 5 Jun 2018 06:39:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 4, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497647 June 4, 2018 RIGHT DECISIONS <BR> When we were very young and still living with our parents, we learned from them what things are right and what things are wrong. As we grew, we tried new things and learned we had choices. We may have found out that some of the popular things to do weren’t really the right things to do. We may not have anyone at home now holding us accountable but God is with us always and wants us to do the right thing. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Deuteronomy 29:29 “The Lord ... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 05:49:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 3, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497356 June 3, 2018 SECRET MOTIVES <BR> <BR> A motive is a reason or intention which causes us to make a decision to do something. For example, when we want to help others our motive may be we are doing it because it is God’s will or motive may be we are doing it to make ourselves look good. God knows our secret motives behind all the decisions we make. Before we do anything, we should examine our motives to be sure our decision to do it is based on God’s will and not our own secret desires. <BR> ... Sun, 3 Jun 2018 07:14:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 2, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6497085 June 2, 2018 HURRIED DECISIONS <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives when we are hurried. We may want things right away or we may be pressured to make a quick decision. Most of the time quick decisions are not good. Many times God wants us to wait before making decisions. He wants us to know His will. He wants us to calm our minds and allow Him to speak to us so we make right decisions. Let’s be sure we are not too anxious to make decisions today and allow time for God to help us make right... Sat, 2 Jun 2018 06:31:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 1, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6496760 June 1, 2018 DECISIONS, DECISIONS, DECISIONS <BR> <BR> Some resources say we make 35,000 decisions a day. Wow. Really? Some decisions are easy and repetitive such as getting out of bed, what to wear, and what route to take when we drive to work. Other decisions require more thought such as food to buy at the store or other purchases we may make. Still other decisions are life changing. Some require we make them in order to have a better life. No matter the decision, big or small, God wants t... Fri, 1 Jun 2018 07:20:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 31, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6496394 May 31, 2018 GREAT VICTORY <BR> <BR> We have all been to sporting games where we experienced a great victory over another team. It feels great to be on a winning team, doesn’t it? However, as well all know, the winning is only temporary. The team has to practice to remain on top of their game. The next week may or may not be the same victory. Winning isn’t always consistent in sports. However, if we want true great victory, we need to be on God’s team. He calls us to be His children. He want... Thu, 31 May 2018 05:47:31 EST Thought and Prayer For Wednesday, May 30, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6496053 May 30, 2018 GREAT LOVE <BR> <BR> Looking back on the past, there have been many great movies and books written about love. People buy stories about love because it makes them feel good. Great love stories stir up emotions within us and make us feel pain, sorrow and joy all in the same story. However, the greatest love story of all is about God and His Son, Jesus. Because of God’s love for us, He gave up His Son to come to earth to live and to die so we may have eternal life. God’s story can... Wed, 30 May 2018 06:27:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 29, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495732 May 29, 2018 WE ARE TO BE HOLY AS GOD IS HOLY <BR> <BR> Many of us don’t know how to be holy. That is because we can’t be holy on our own. Without God in our lives, we can’t live a holy life. When we become believers of Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in us and then we are holy. Living a Christian life in obedience to God will allow His Holy Spirit to work through us so we can be holy. If we want to be great in God’s eyes, we need to strive for holiness. We are called to be holy because God i... Tue, 29 May 2018 06:30:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 28, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495392 May 28, 2018 GREAT FREEDOM <BR> <BR> We have been fighting for freedom since our forefathers came to this country. Some who fought left their families and never came back. Others left and came back forever damaged mentally or physically. A few came back and enjoyed the freedoms they fought for. It is important we remember those who fought for our freedom. And we should also remember we are called to serve one another. We don’t have to serve in the military to make a difference for our countr... Mon, 28 May 2018 07:38:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 27, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6495057 May 27, 2018 GREAT LEADERS <BR> <BR> If we asked some to define leadership, we would get many qualities of what they believe to be important in a great leader. Some may say integrity. Others may say honesty. Many may say courage or strength. God defines a great leader as someone who is willing to serve. He also says a great leader is one who is following Him and has a close relationship with Him and teaches His word. If we want worldly leadership, we can continue to look to the world. Howeve... Sun, 27 May 2018 07:27:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 26, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494741 May 26, 2018 JUST RIGHT <BR> <BR> As parents, we want our children to do what is right. We teach them right from wrong. We do our best to be a good example for them. We know when we do what is right they will see it. We also know children tend to copy what they see. And what they do as children will help them grow into better adults. God wants us to do what is right. He calls us to help those in need, set a great godly example and love others as He love us. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Jeremia... Sat, 26 May 2018 07:57:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 25, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494456 May 25, 2018 GREATER AND GREATER <BR> <BR> As humans, part of us wants to be great. There are some, in the world, who want to be greater and greater. The more control the get and the more things they obtain, the more they want. However, the wisest man on earth, Solomon, says we can have all the things in the world and still be unhappy. Greatness from this world does not guarantee happiness. Greatness from God, however, is where our focus should be. His greatness is what we need for true peac... Fri, 25 May 2018 06:55:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 24, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494166 May 24, 2018 STRUGGLING WITH SIN <BR> <BR> It is a constant struggle knowing what is right but tempted to do wrong. Even when we know what is right, we continue to do wrong. It’s the sin in us. However, knowing the right thing to do will help us to recognize sin and reach out to God to help us resist it. And we are blessed God has given us Jesus who died for our sins. When we choose to believe in Him and turn from sin, we are made clean again. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Romans 7:25 “Thank Go... Thu, 24 May 2018 06:45:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 23, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493881 May 23, 2018 PLAY FAIR! <BR> <BR> When we face hard times there will be temptations. There will be temptations to take a quick temporary path to get what we think we need. We may be tempted to do wrong, follow the wrong people or treat others unfairly. However, God wants us to know there is no reason to do wrong when we are His children because He will always take care of us. When we show partiality to others because we are trying to get what we want, we are treating other people unfairly. L... Wed, 23 May 2018 06:54:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493618 May 22, 2018 GREAT STRENGTH <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives when we feel like we just can’t go on. We have lost a loved one, gone through a divorce or had to deal with a financial loss. We feel as if our lives are forever changed and our “normal” has been disrupted. We may be physically tired. We may have emotional issues. The things we have to deal with in life seem to come at us at the most inopportune times. However, God in His infinite wisdom has what we need. He has the power, t... Tue, 22 May 2018 07:00:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 21, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6493285 May 21, 2018 A GREAT SPIRITUAL LIFE <BR> <BR> One of the problems with our lives is we are seeking a great life depending on what others say or do. We want them to like us, buy from us or recognize and reward us. We seek recognition from others and are disappointed when others don’t do what we think they should do. God’s word reminds us we are human. We mess up. He wants us to know if we want a great life, we need Him. We need His Holy Spirit in our lives. We need His word. Without the Holy ... Mon, 21 May 2018 06:30:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 20, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492984 May 20, 2018 GREAT WORSHIP <BR> <BR> Most of us have been to a great worship service where we truly felt God’s Holy Spirit moving in our hearts. It may have been at our church or even a revival. Great worship comes from within us. Our spirit connects with the Holy Spirit and we feel God’s presence. We can worship in song, by shouting or by raising our hands. There are many ways to worship but when we have true worship, we know it because there is no other feeling any greater than true worshi... Sun, 20 May 2018 07:20:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 19, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492732 May 19, 2018 RIGHTEOUSNESS <BR> <BR> We may have heard someone call another person righteous. Their intention may have been to say the other person seems to believe he or she is better than others. However, that is the world’s definition of self-righteousness. God’s definition of righteousness is when we live to obey Him and choose to do what is right because we love Him. If we want to be great in God’s eyes, we need to strive to be righteous. We need to do what is right according to His wor... Sat, 19 May 2018 07:19:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 18, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492457 May 18, 2018 MAKE LIFE GREAT AGAIN <BR> <BR> Remember when we were little? Life was pretty great, right? We were excited about everything. We really had no worries as children; however, as we got older we wanted to be grown up so we could do whatever we wanted to do and not be controlled by our parents. And, as life went on and we began to do what wanted, we found life wasn’t so great. <BR> <BR> We may have gotten ourselves into things that caused difficulties for us. We may have gotten to... Fri, 18 May 2018 07:13:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 17, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6492161 May 17, 2018 GREAT IN GOD’S EYES <BR> <BR> As children, we wanted to please our parents. We wanted to do the right things so they would be proud. And when they praised us for a great job, we would feel good. That praise felt so good we continued to seek ways to be rewarded for doing good things. As we grew older, we continued to seek praise from others. And when we didn’t get it, we got disappointed. Some of us may have turned to doing wrong because we felt like it didn’t matter if we did ri... Thu, 17 May 2018 06:47:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 16, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491841 May 16, 2018 GREAT SUCCESS <BR> <BR> Success in this world can be achieved many ways. We can have great friends. We can be extremely wealthy. We can have a fulfilling job and a loving family. Success for each person is different. However, the world tends to define success as riches and fame. But even those with all these things are not truly successful. They may have all they need from this world but their hearts may not be right or they may still feel empty inside. God is what we truly need... Wed, 16 May 2018 06:50:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 15, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491582 May 15, 2018 SHOW FORGIVENESS <BR> <BR> Probably one of the hardest things we have to do is forgive. And when we do forgive, it is even harder to forget. But forgiveness is possible. God wouldn’t have told us to forgive others if it weren’t possible to do so. When we remember how God has forgiven us for all the things we have done, it will be helpful to us when we seek to forgive others. He knows we are not perfect and we should remember others aren’t either. If we want to get great at forg... Tue, 15 May 2018 07:06:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 14, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491260 May 14, 2018 GODLY KNOWLEDGE <BR> <BR> As the world continues to spin and people continue to discover things, there will always be new things to talk about and to learn. Just in the past 100 years, our world has made miraculous discoveries that have changed the way we live. As great as it may seem, all the newness of the world is simply that…of the world. If we want great knowledge, we need godly knowledge. It is true. It is perfect. And it is real. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 2 Peter 1:2 “Ma... Mon, 14 May 2018 07:06:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 13, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491004 May 13, 2018 GREAT MOTHERS <BR> <BR> If we were to seek out reasons for great mothers, we would possibly say they are caring, loving and giving. We may also say they are gentle and kind but firm. Great mothers may have to give up their wants and needs so their children can have happy and healthy lives. Great mothers also know the importance of training up their children in a loving and positive way. God’s word and guidance can give mothers what they need to teach a child and bring him or her... Sun, 13 May 2018 07:06:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 12, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490735 May 12, 2018 STOP EXPECTING <BR> <BR> If we stopped to count how many times we have been disappointed in life, we would lose count. Just about every day someone in our lives disappoints us. They break a promise. They don’t show up. They let us down. It may not be intentional but it still hurts. After a while we lose trust with those people. Sometimes we break away from them because we can’t depend on them. People are human and mess up. While their intentions may be good, some may never meet ... Sat, 12 May 2018 07:08:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 11, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490495 May 11, 2018 GREAT WISDOM <BR> <BR> If we were to think back in time about some wise individuals throughout history, we could all come up with a few names. The people may have been wise because of an invention, investment or inspiration. People are called wise for many reasons. There are many worldly definitions of wisdom; however, true wisdom only comes from God. God’s wisdom can be found in His word and His wisdom is available to those who choose to live for Him. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR>... Fri, 11 May 2018 06:30:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 10, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490238 May 10, 2018 GOD’S GREAT LOVE <BR> <BR> The Bible is filled with information about God’s love. God is love. God created us because of love. And nothing can separate us from God’s love. We may never understand it completely, but the greatness of God’s love is real. It is eternal. It can be felt. His love is all we need yet we continue to seek love from others knowing it will do nothing but disappoint us. God’s love will never disappoint. When we focus on Him and His love, we will have all we ... Thu, 10 May 2018 06:53:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 9, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489947 May 9, 2018 CREATION <BR> <BR> There are so many references in the Bible about God’s creation that it would take a while to describe all He has made. But we can look around and see the beauty of His work. It is everywhere! God is great because He is able to create great things in a way we simply don’t understand. God created everything. He created things we see and we can’t see. God is great because He is Creator of all things big and small. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Colossians 1:16b “He ma... Wed, 9 May 2018 06:13:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 8, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489649 May 8, 2018 GOD’S WAYS <BR> <BR> We all have our ways we do things. Some of us are really good in some areas while others are good in different things. Our ways differ from one person to another. And, at times, we change our ways depending on the situation and the outcome we want. However, God’s ways are nothing like ours. We act on feelings a lot of times. But God is greater than our feelings. He knows our thoughts even before we think them. God knows everything and we will never completely... Tue, 8 May 2018 06:13:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 7, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489311 May 7, 2018 JUST AND FAIR <BR> <BR> In this world where so many things don’t seem to be fair, we can get discouraged. We can feel as if the whole world is against us. And it’s true. This world is full of sin and most people are only focused on themselves. They don’t think about what is fair and right for others. We see it in the news every day and often experience it firsthand. However, when we focus on God rather than this world, we can see fairness and justice prevail. What a great promise... Mon, 7 May 2018 06:27:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 6, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6489031 May 6, 2018 PRAISE OUR HOLY GOD <BR> <BR> God is great because He is holy. God’s holiness is like no other. We are to fear and revere God because of His greatness and His holiness. When we put in perspective who we are compared to who God is, we can understand the greatness of God. His holiness deserves our praise and worship. He is, was and will continue to be our God who is holy, mighty and deserving of our praise. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Revelation 4:8b “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Go... Sun, 6 May 2018 07:14:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 5, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488753 May 5, 2018 GOD PROVIDES <BR> <BR> God provides. He does. But we don’t just give Him a list of what we want and expect to get it. We need to take action for Him. We need to take action in faith. We should be sure we are tithing, taking care of our bodies, serving and encouraging others, giving to the poor, making the best use of our money, praying and reading His word. When our focus is on obeying God and living for Him, He will give us the answers we need to our problems. We need to take th... Sat, 5 May 2018 07:02:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 4, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488472 May 4, 2018 GOD IS OUR SECURITY <BR> <BR> Ever felt really safe? Probably as children, even though we didn’t realize it, we felt safe. We knew our parents or teachers were close by and would help us if we had any issues. However, as we got older we realized that someone wasn’t going to always be around to help us feel safe and secure. We, as adults, have probably failed a few times, lost our way and became anxious or insecure. However, we can count on God to help us feel safe and secure. God... Fri, 4 May 2018 06:39:46 EST