FRANCESLUCAS's SparkPeople Blog FRANCESLUCAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 27, 2016 August 27, 2016 GOD'S WORD BRINGS STRENGTH <BR> <BR> When we feel tired or drained we really don't want to do anything else and can't seem to concentrate. Sometimes lack of sleep will make us that way. Sometimes too much stress can do it. Other times just having too much to do will cause us to feel tired or drained. Then there are times we are afraid and feel weak because of our fear. However, there is a remedy for feeling weak, tired or drained. That remedy is God's word. His word can bring... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:47:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 26, 2016 August 26, 2016 THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY <BR> <BR> So many times we don't have the right words to say to others. When others are suffering, we want to help but don't know what to say. When others are doing wrong, we want to guide them back to God but don't know how to do that. When others are feeling sorry for themselves, we want to encourage them but don't what words will work. That is why we need to lean on God to give us the right words to say. He wants to help us and speak through us. <BR>... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:34:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 25, 2016 August 25, 2016 WORDS ALONE <BR> <BR> Our words are not always taken seriously. It may be because we sometimes say one thing and do another. If we are honest, our actions do not always back up our words. Sometimes even our body language does not match what we are saying. Words are good to use in communication but to really get things done, we need to take action. Our action is what makes things happen. It is the same with discipline. When God speaks to us to change our ways, we don't always ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:09:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 24, 2016 August 24, 2016 WHEN WE HEAR THINGS <BR> <BR> When we hear news through the rumor mill, the television or social media, we probably have different reactions. Some believe what they hear and wonder how it could have possibly happened. Others don't believe at all what they hear and seek the facts of the story. While some just dismiss it because it doesn't affect them and they have no time to worry or research. However, when God speaks, we can count on His word to be true, relevant and timely. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:38:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 23, 2016 August 23, 2016 GOD’S WORD <BR> <BR> Many times when we are in a conversation with someone they will say something that reminds us of something else. When they are done talking, we share what we remember about that subject and our conversation continues. When God speaks to us through His written word or through other ways, He reaches our inner thoughts so we are thinking about what message He is sharing with us. Taking time to really dig in to His word and dwell on it will help us allow Him ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:09:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 22, 2016 August 22, 2016 DEEPER MEANING <BR> <BR> Jesus told many parables and used stories with deeper meanings to His disciples and to those who followed Him. Sometimes His disciples as well as the others received the wrong message. They were focusing on the words rather than the meaning behind the words. Jesus had to repeat His words and then the disciples understood. There will be times when we don't understand the meaning of God's message to us. We should be ready to listen again and pray about ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:38:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 21, 2016 August 21, 2016 WORDS TO GOD <BR> <BR> Prayer is about going to God for help. Prayer is about worshiping God. Prayer is about having a conversation and a close relationship with our Creator. Prayer changes things. Prayer moves us. Prayer helps us to keep the needs of others in our hearts and minds. Pray for others. Pray for self. Pray for leaders, pray for servants. Prayer needs to be a constant conversation to God. Pray this way: <BR> <BR> Matthew 6:9-13 "After this manner therefore pray y... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:38:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 20, 2016 August 20, 2016 BLASPHEMY <BR> <BR> Whenever someone shows disrespect to God, it is called blasphemy. Disrespect can be in many forms but a common form is with our words. There are some television shows that mock the name of God. There are some people who use His name in vain. We are told if we misuse the name of our Lord, we will not go unpunished. We are told blasphemy is a sin that will not be forgiven. That is why it is so important we think about words carefully so every word is pleasin... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:43:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 19, 2016 August 19, 2016 THOSE WHO BOAST <BR> <BR> We can pick up quickly those who like to talk about themselves. It sometimes is okay because it fills the conversation when everyone else is silent. It sometimes doesn't bother us because we want to hear their stories or situations. However, more often than not, it can be annoying especially when they are boasting and bragging about their lives and how wonderful they are. We know nobody's life is perfect. Especially if they aren't in a close relatio... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:53:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 17, 2016 August 17, 2016 HURTFUL WORDS <BR> <BR> We all have someone in our lives who seems to have hurtful words to say. For some reason they want to put us down, be negative or attempt to destroy our happiness with their words. People who enjoy saying hurtful and demeaning words aren't really the people we need to be listening to. Unfortunately, they don't take a hint when we stop hanging around them. It doesn't even stop them when we come right out and tell them they are saying hurtful words. If w... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:53:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 16, 2016 August 16, 2016 WISE WORDS <BR> <BR> We all probably have someone we go to when we need some wise words and good advice. Sometimes others will come to us for clarity on an issue they are dealing with because they know we will offer some wise advice. We usually go to those who are willing to listen and give us godly advice that will help us remember to lean on God. Those who are wise understand God's word and will use their words to help others understand it as well. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 22:17... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:43:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 15, 2016 August 15, 2016 TALKING DIRTY <BR> <BR> We have all been around those who feel the need to talk dirty or use wrong language. It is uncomfortable to some but just comes natural to others. We have guidelines from God about our words. There is no need to make a point using offensive language or rude and vulgar jokes. They do nothing but show others how foolish the speaker is. Talking dirty is not something we want our children to do. So why do feel like we need to do it? <BR> <BR> Ephesians 5:... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:43:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 14, 2016 August 14, 2016 WORDS OF WORSHIP <BR> <BR> There are many types of worship. Some just stand in God's presence and pray. Others raise their hands in the air and sing. Some use words to worship God in gratitude and love. There are some who worship by fasting and prayer. There is no one way to worship but it is important that we do worship God. Worshipping is important to God showing Him we acknowledge who He is and love Him. Worshipping in prayer is important in our lives to keep us focused on... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:28:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 13, 2016 August 13, 2016 THOSE WHO LIE <BR> <BR> Some people have a way with words. They can say things that are not true but people believe them. The speak lies and are not willing to speak the truth. Those people are usually hiding behind the truth for a reason. They are running from the truth because they are afraid or they are just plain evil. We can't speak for others or even force them to be truthful but we can pray and ask God to help us recognize when others are lying. We can pray for them an... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:04:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 12, 2016 August 12, 2016 KISS <BR> <BR> K.I.S.S. is an acronym for "keep it simple, stupid" or "keep it super simple." There are other versions of it out there but the main idea is to keep things simple. Sometimes we can overcomplicate life because we make big promises we can't keep. We sometimes overpromise and under deliver. However, God tells us when we reply to a request to keep it simple. A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice. We don't have to overpromise because that could lead to broken promises... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 06:46:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 11, 2016 August 11, 2016 WHY ARGUE? <BR> <BR> Sometimes the words of others hurt us. It's possible that we want to respond back in a hurtful way so we can make them feel like they made us feel. But if we think about it, what does that really accomplish? In the Bible, we are told we are to speak only kind words to others. We are told not to waste time arguing with others. We are told to spend our time training ourselves to be godly. When we focus on God and His word, we will learn how to argue less an... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:16:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 10, 2016 August 10, 2016 SPEAKING OUT <BR> <BR> If only we could remember one thing when we are about to say something we shouldn't. If only we could remember what the consequences would be from our words. Many times we think we shouldn't hold things inside because it is not healthy. Many believe we should speak our minds and get things out in the open. That is true to a point; however, the words we say should always be pleasing and kind because evil and lies do not help the situation at all. <BR> <... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 06:36:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 9, 2016 August 9, 2016 NO NEED TO BE PERFECT <BR> <BR> Those who are successful in getting things done may not be the most skilled. They are successful because they keep on trying and don't give up. They aren't concerned if they mess up a few times while they are trying to accomplish a goal because they know mistakes are opportunities to learn. They aren't worried about running into problems or dead ends because they know when they put their faith in God, He will help them succeed. <BR> <BR> Psalm ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:33:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 2, 2016 August 8, 2016 WHAT DEFILES US <BR> <BR> God tells us what we put into our mouths is not near as important as what we put into our hearts and minds. We can't help others or set the example for others when our lives are not right with God. Let's examine our lives today and ask God if we are putting anything in our minds and hearts that we need to allow Him to remove so we can better live for Him. Let's be sure our words are pleasing to God and encouraging to others. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 4:29 ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 06:36:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 7, 2016 August 7, 2016 WRITTEN WORD <BR> <BR> When we write something down it becomes more concrete. We are told to write our goals down if we want to truly reach them. We are told to document things that happen to us at work so we can go back and use them as proof when we have been wronged. We are told to write down our feelings and thoughts as therapy to help us cope with difficult situations. Writing everything down can help us sort things out. God knew that and that is why He provided us with H... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:19:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 6, 2016 August 6, 2016 OUR WORDS <BR> <BR> So many times the things we say are taken the wrong way. So many people get upset about what was said for the wrong reasons. That is why communication is so important. When we take time to clarify what has been said rather than assume it was meant a certain way, we will better understand what the other person is saying. When we make sure others understand us and we understand others, our communications will not be taken wrong and there will be less dissensi... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:53:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 5, 2016 August 5, 2016 QUESTIONS <BR> <BR> Many times it is good to ask questions to clarify something or get more information. Other times we have to ask for what we want because if we don't ask, no one may know we want it. Questions are always helpful to learn or obtain more. God wants us to know we can ask Him anything. He wants us to know we shouldn't be afraid to ask. He will always hear our requests when we are living for Him. <BR> <BR> John 15:7 "But if you remain in me and my words remain i... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 06:10:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 4, 2016 August 4, 2016 NO WORDS <BR> <BR> Although words can help certain situations, there are times when there are no appropriate words to say. There are times when we are to just be quiet and wait. There are times when we are to be silent and listen. There are times when we are to sit still and think. Words don't always solve situations. However, prayer and meditation and faith will help. We can listen to God, take time to listen to others and take time to sit and think about what it is God wants... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 06:57:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 3, 2016 August 3, 2016 THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY <BR> <BR> There are so many times we don't have the right words to say. It may be when we want to comfort someone in need. It may be when we are trying to present a proposal to our manager. It may be when we need to tell someone bad news. Whatever the reason, when we don't have the right words to say, we can turn to God. He always knows what we should say and do. When we pray and have faith He will answer, we can trust Him to give us the right words to s... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 06:54:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 2, 2016 August 2, 2016 PLEASANT WORDS <BR> <BR> We may can hide what is in our hearts from others but we can't hide it from God. And He is the one we need to be sure we are pleasing - not anyone else. Our words are more out there for all to hear. We may not realize who all is hearing them when we blurt words out without thinking. Sometimes little ears pick up on words we say. A good rule to live by is to let our words and our thoughts be pleasing to God. That way we are sure to always say and think ... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 06:54:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 1, 2016 August 1, 2016 OUR WORDS <BR> <BR> If we were truly honest with ourselves, we would admit most of the words that come out of our mouths aren't completely thought through. We sometimes say things we don't mean. We sometimes robotically say what should be said rather than the truth. We use idle words that are useless and do not bring forth any good fruit for God. Rather than just saying what others expect us to say, why not make each of our words we speak lift up others and honor God? <BR> <B... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 06:41:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 31, 2016 July 31, 2016 THE LORD'S WORK <BR> <BR> In our jobs we all have specific tasks to do. Although we may think these tasks are small, they are not. All work done on the job is important to the company. If we omit any details, there could be problems later down the road. We should never believe what we do at our companies is not important. Same with God. The work He has assigned us to do is very important. The little details and small jobs do matter. God wants us to do His work with a clear mind... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 07:35:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 30, 2016 July 30, 2016 HUMILITY <BR> <BR> Most people on the job want to be recognized. They attempt to hang out where the managers and executives hang out. They talk about their accomplishments and who they know. They tend to brag more than they actually work. However, on the job, humility is extremely important. We may see those who are humble as weak but that is far from the truth. Those who are humble and meek actually have the power of God and are promised to inherit the whole earth and be lifte... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:11:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 29, 2016 July 29, 2016 JOB SECURITY <BR> <BR> We hear of job layoffs almost every week. Some of us have been affected by layoffs due to companies downsizing, having shortage of money or even going under. It's certain we can't put a whole lot of faith in the fact we will have jobs tomorrow because we just never know. Job security isn't a reality at all. Even the best companies make changes due to the economy or other factors that affect us. However, we can always put our hope in God knowing there is ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:34:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 28, 2016 July 28, 2016 ENCOURAGING AT WORK <BR> <BR> Most companies encourage teamwork in order to get the work done. It has been proven a diverse team works well together because each person has a strength in a different area and can help the team succeed by focusing on that strength. Another good reason for a great team is encouragement. When we strive to encourage one another on the job, we have better relationships, greater communication and a positive work group. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 10:24 "Let u... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:16:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 27, 2016 July 27, 2016 BECAUSE HE SAYS SO <BR> <BR> Many times at work we do things because our management asks us to. Sometimes we are volunteered for certain projects. Other times we are placed on committees or given special work assignments. We have those extra work assignments because our management feels we are the right person for the job. There will be time when God will tell us what we need to do as well. And when He does, we are to step out in faith because He tells us to and He knows best. ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:40:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 26, 2016 July 26, 2016 DO WHAT IS RIGHT <BR> <BR> There will be times when we are working and have situations where we have to make tough decisions. The manager asks us do to something unethical. Our coworkers want us to take a longer lunch break or keep quiet about something they did wrong. Someone outside the company asks us for a personal favor that we know is against company rules. When we have these tough situations, we should always do what is right. Even if no one else is doing what is right, ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 05:39:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 25, 2016 July 25, 2016 FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS <BR> <BR> There are people in this world who are clearly working against Jesus. They mock God's word and discount everything He has done. Just as Jesus reminded the Pharisees He was working for God and not man or Satan, we are to do the same. If we aren't working for God, we are working against Him. When we strive to work only for God, we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus. <BR> <BR> Matthew 12:30 "Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn'... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:25:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 24, 2016 July 24, 2016 WORK IN THE CHURCH <BR> <BR> When we become Christians and make a profession of faith, it doesn't stop there. It is just beginning. A new life in Christ means a change in our lives. We don't accept Jesus into our hearts and then keep on living like the world. No. We change. He changes us. His Holy Spirit enters and makes us new. We are empty of the world and sin and He fills us with His Holy Spirit. We will want to change and live in obedience to Him. If we don't allow Him to c... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 07:54:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 23, 2016 July 23, 2016 VOLUNTEER WORK <BR> <BR> Words can be spoken by anyone. Anyone can recite something that sounds really great. Anyone can "talk a good game" as they say. However, we need to be willing to walk the talk. We need to be following through with what we are telling others to do. When we say we are believers and followers of Christ, we need to show it. We show it in our work for God. We show it when we get out in the community as Jesus did and help others. We need to examine our lives ... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:34:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 22, 2016 July 22, 2016 LOVE AT WORK <BR> <BR> Most people think the last place to show love is at work. However, it is possible to show love to those we work with. It is not the same love we have for our family. But it is godly love as described in the Bible. This godly love can be shown to anyone and everyone. When we show love to those at work as God has called us to do, we will begin to see a positive change in the workplace because we are being obedient to God. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 "Lo... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:39:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 21, 2016 July 21, 2016 WORK ENTHUSIASTICALLY <BR> <BR> Sometimes we feel as if our jobs just don't matter. We may think others don't notice what we are doing. We may feel like we aren't appreciated. We may feel like our work is useless. At times, it does feel like we are just working away and no one cares and we aren't making progress. However, God knows what we are doing. No one else may seem to care but He does. And He tells us nothing we do for Him is ever useless. Seems like we would want to do m... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:10:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 20, 2016 July 20, 2016 WORTHY WORK <BR> <BR> Many of us have jobs where at the end of the day, we are done with our work. Others of us have work that carries over into the next day. Some of us work on projects that last weeks, months or even years. When we take pride in our work, we want to stick with it until it is accomplished. We want to do our best and give it our all. That's what God wants out of us. He wants us to give everything in our work for Him and continue until we are finished. Because w... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:31:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 19, 2016 July 19, 2016 STRENGTHS <BR> <BR> In the workplace, we all have different strengths and weaknesses. A good team is comprised of people who complement one other with various talents and skills. God created our skills and talents to be used on the job and to help others. He wants us to focus on using them rather than focusing on our weaknesses. God has given us talents to use and He will show us how to develop them on and off the job. And when we grow weary or times get tough, we can put our t... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:31:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 18, 2016 July 18, 2016 STAY IN CONTROL <BR> <BR> Emotional intelligence has been a buzz word in the workplace for a while. Some didn't completely understand it. Others didn't care to. However, emotional intelligence is not only being aware of the emotions of others but controlling our own emotions as well. With all the issues in the work place, it is easy to fly off the handle in anger, grow impatient or get upset and cry. But God wants us to control our emotions and we can do that when we keep our f... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 06:38:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 17, 2016 July 17, 2016 PRIMARY CONCERN <BR> <BR> With all the events and issues in this world, we really need to look at what our own personal values are and what is our primary concern. We can't possible fix this entire world with our words and actions, but we can make a difference right where we are. And if we truly want to make a strong impact, we need to put God first in our lives. He should be our primary concern. Then He will give us what we need from day to day to live out the purpose He creat... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:16:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 16, 2016 July 16, 2016 SERVICE WORK <BR> <BR> Every successful company has customers who keep them in business. The employees are taught how to treat customers well so they will continue to do business with them. Without customers, the company would eventually go broke. It's all about service. Just as businesses are to serve customers, we are to serve one another. When we fail to serve others, we will feel broken. We will feel like something is missing. Serving others is why we are here on this earth... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:42:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 15, 2016 July 15, 2016 COMMIT YOUR WORK <BR> <BR> Many of us feel like we are working tirelessly for others and don't get the recognition or pay we deserve. For most people, they will never earn enough money. There will always be a desire to make more money and get more recognition. The desire to get ahead, to work for ourselves, to make more money are common with so many people. That is why we should commit our work to God. The only way to succeed and get past the desire to have more is to commit ou... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:41:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 14, 2016 July 14, 2016 TROUBLE AT WORK <BR> <BR> There are so many things we can get overly concerned about at work. There are possibilities of layoffs, mergers, strikes, etc. Economy in this world is never consistent and we see people losing their jobs more often than we would like. When we have trouble or worries at work, we should pray. We should continue to thank God for the job we have or the next opportunity He will provide. We should continue to bring glory to His name. He promises if we call ... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:59:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 13, 2016 July 13, 2016 PEACE AND ENCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> Whenever there is opposition in the workplace or even in the world, we need to remember it is Satan wanting to pull us away from focusing on God. We get wrapped up in the latest happenings at work or in the news about the world and we forget we are here to serve God. There are many things we can't do to help others especially when things happen out of our control. But one thing we can do is continue to follow Christ, pray and be a godly example... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:12:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 July 12, 2016 GET BUSY <BR> <BR> Many of us stay busy all day. So busy that we are tired at the end of the day. However, looking back some of us don't really see a lot we have accomplished. We may have been busy but not doing what we should have been doing. We may have been busy doing things unimportant to God. We may have been busy occupying our time but not producing good deeds as God calls us to do. When we have faith in God, we need to follow through with good works. Otherwise our busyne... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 06:08:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 11, 2016 July 11, 2016 ACTIONS, WORDS AND THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> There is so much we have to do in life, it's hard to make sure we get it all done. We have to work. We have bills to pay. We have people to meet. So many things to do. With all the things there are to do, it is only a matter of time before something gets forgotten. It's only a matter of time before we get tired. It's only a matter of time before we begin slacking. However, whether we are busy or not, our actions, thoughts and words need to ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 06:29:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 10, 2016 July 10, 2016 OUR THOUGHTS AND WAYS <BR> <BR> Many of us have seen how people in our company make things hard on themselves. We have seen where they try too hard to get approval from the boss. We see where they may twist the truth to attempt to get ahead. We may see them think they can get promoted or get a raise by doing what their management wants; however, they have it all wrong. To move ahead, we need God. Our thoughts and ways are nothing compared to His. He can help us get ahead in ou... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 07:29:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 9, 2016 July 9, 2016 MOTIVATED ANGER <BR> <BR> There are times when whatever we do tends to make others angry. We may not intentionally do it to make them angry but they get angry anyway. Then there are times we intentionally do things to anger others. We stir things up a bit and say things we know will get them riled up. Motivating others to anger will not do any good for anyone. We need to careful with our words so we are not stirring up anger at home, in the community and in the workplace. <BR> ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:19:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 8, 2016 July 8, 2016 THESE EVIL DAYS <BR> <BR> It's hard to imagine but even before we were born, there was evil in the world. There were bad business deals. There were crooked politicians. There were even false prophets trying to sway people away from God. Even though we think things have changed a lot with people treating others wrong, things really haven't changed much at all. Sin is in the world now as much as it was thousands of years ago. However, how we deal with it and react to it is what is... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 06:39:24 EST