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 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169916 May 25, 2016 SHARING WITH OTHERS <BR> <BR> Through God's timing He teaches us. While we are going through hard times, there are lessons He wants us to learn in patience. There are lessons He wants us to learn in putting our trust and hope in Him. There are lessons He wants us to learn in having faith in Him. We all go through hard times in our career, health, finances or relationships. And in those hard times we can focus on God and know He will make things right in His own time. And as we... Wed, 25 May 2016 06:04:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169268 May 24, 2016 THE SCOPE OF GOD'S WORK <BR> <BR> Many of us have witnessed watching things grow. We have seen our children grow from babies to adults. We have seen buildings come up from where there was dirt to skyscrapers. We have watched flowers and trees grow and bloom. Growth is a part of life. Some growth takes effort while other growth is automatic. However, what we see with our human eyes is just the surface compared to what God has really done. His work in this world is perfectly timed... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:06:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168535 May 23, 2016 TIME TO GIVE <BR> <BR> We all, at times, get too focused on ourselves. We think about what we want, how we are treated and what we are doing without. We desire a lot and sometimes stay too focused on what we don't have rather than being grateful for what we do have. We think about our needs rather than the needs of others. We waste a lot of precious time focusing on us. However, when we focus on God and on helping others, we will have so much more to give, become more grateful a... Mon, 23 May 2016 06:23:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167951 May 22, 2016 SPENDING TIME <BR> <BR> When we give our time to God by reading His word, going to church and praying to Him, we will find that we have plenty of time to do what needs to be done. We will have time for family, friends and fellowship. We will have time for doing His will and sharing His word. However, if we spend our time doing what we want rather than what He wants, we will seem to never have enough time. <BR> <BR> Luke 12:31 "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will... Sun, 22 May 2016 06:52:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167358 May 21, 2016 GOD'S WORD <BR> <BR> God's word is timely. When we read His word on a regular basis, He will reveal to us what we need to know. His word provides comfort. His word provides peace. His word provide instruction. His word provides love. His word provides hope. Through His word, He will reveal to us what we need at just the right time. His word will guide our steps when we allow Him into our lives. <BR> <BR> Psalm 119:133 "Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by e... Sat, 21 May 2016 07:17:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166739 May 20, 2016 RIGHT THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> How many times do we have thoughts or attitudes that are not pleasing to God? We catch ourselves thinking negatively about a person, a situation or even ourselves. Those thoughts are not from God. Those thoughts are from our own human nature. It is easy to think about ourselves and our wants and desires. However, it is freeing to allow God control our thoughts and attitudes. When we humble ourselves before God and realize we can't even think correctly wi... Fri, 20 May 2016 06:58:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166043 May 19, 2016 TALK TO GOD <BR> <BR> Many of us put off praying until we need something. Many of us can't find time in our busy schedule to stop and pray. We think one day we will schedule a regular prayer time. However, we should put prayer first in our lives and in our days. We should spend time talking with God, listening to Him and reading His word. We should pray while there still is time to pray and at just the right time, He will hear us and help us. He is all we need! <BR> <BR> Psalm ... Thu, 19 May 2016 06:14:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165338 May 18, 2016 A TIME FOR SADNESS <BR> <BR> We don't always have the right words to say when someone is grieving or when they are going through hard times. Sometimes there is nothing we can say to make them feel better. Many times our actions of just being there for them helps them get through the hard times. God tells us there is a time to mourn. He says those who mourn will be comforted. When we don't know what to say when someone is grieving, we can just be there for them and show them the ... Wed, 18 May 2016 06:04:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164608 May 17, 2016 A TIME TO HEAL <BR> <BR> Healing comes after we have been hurt. If we want to be healed, we need to recognize where we are hurting. All of us, at some point, have been hurt. Some of us deny it and attempt to cover it up. Some of us run from it and escape by seeking the things of the world. Some of us take our hurts out on others and cause dissension and turmoil. If we truly want to be healed, we need to turn to God. He is the Great Healer and the Great Physician. And He heals in... Tue, 17 May 2016 06:09:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163849 May 16, 2016 TIMELY GOALS <BR> <BR> Part of the acronym of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is "measuring" and "timely." When we set goals and don't measure them, we easily lose track of how far we have gone from point A to B. When we don't put a time frame on them, they may never get done. Setting timely goals is important so we have a deadline to work toward. Measuring and rewarding ourselves along the way keeps us motivated. God doesn't want us wandering around with just a wish that we can get so... Mon, 16 May 2016 05:22:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163217 May 15, 2016 WHY ARE WE STILL HERE <BR> <BR> There are times many of us wonder why we are still alive on this earth. We experience loved ones passing away. We have difficulties in marriage, with finances and our health. We wonder why we have to continue to suffer which will eventually lead to death one day. If we are still on this earth, there is still work for us to do for the Lord. Since He has perfect timing and put us here for a reason, we need to follow through and do the work He has ca... Sun, 15 May 2016 06:42:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162593 May 14, 2016 EVEN IN PAIN <BR> <BR> We have all had pain of some kind. Emotional pain where we have been hurt. Physical pain when our body aches and we don't know when it will stop. Mental pain where our mind isn't working as it should. Pain can be distracting. It can keep us from our regular routine. It can keep us from doing fun things with others. It can sometimes keep us confined to our homes. Sometimes our pain and suffering comes from persecution of unbelievers. However, throughout the... Sat, 14 May 2016 06:37:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161940 May 13, 2016 WE WANT IT NOW <BR> <BR> Due to technology, many of us have developed impatience. We want things now. When someone doesn't reply right away with an answer in a text message, we may get anxious. When we don't get an email response in a day or two, we may get angry with a company. This instant world is hurting us all and teaching us we can have what we want now. However, we need to get back to God's word. He tells us to wait. He tells us to trust in Him. He tells us we will find... Fri, 13 May 2016 06:11:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161278 May 12, 2016 GODLY PATIENCE <BR> <BR> We have probably lost patience with someone in our lifetime. It may have been a friend or co-worker. It may have been a family member. Whoever it was, it wasn't their fault we lost our patience. We allowed ourselves to get out of control and not follow God's direction on being patient. When we follow God's example of patience, we will learn to be patient with the important things as He is. We are so blessed His patience allows times for people to be save... Thu, 12 May 2016 06:18:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160590 May 11, 2016 GET EMOTIONAL <BR> <BR> We all know people who are very emotional. They are either very up and happy or very down and depressed. We have probably experienced our own highs and lows in life as well. God tells us there is a time to laugh and a time to cry. It is okay to get emotional, at times. There will be times in our lives when we need to cry. And times in our lives when we just have to laugh. God wants us to be emotional; however, He wants us to control our emotions as well s... Wed, 11 May 2016 06:11:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159856 May 10, 2016 TIME MANAGEMENT <BR> <BR> Many of us attempt to manage our time but we fail. We try to get all the things on our lists completed but we feel there is just not enough time. The problem we have is we are trying to do too much. We should look at what is most important to us in our lives, focus on those things and delegate or forget the rest. God should be our main focus and our number one priority. We should put Him first in our lives. When we do, everything else will fall perfectl... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:46:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159135 May 9, 2016 WHAT GOD HATES <BR> <BR> The Bible is full of examples of love. God is love. Without Him, we can't truly love. However, there are also examples of hate. We know of the evil examples of hate where there is killing and destroying of God's people. However, there are good examples of hate as well. There are things even God hates. He tells us there is a time to love and a time to hate. When we know what He loves and what He hates, we can better understand how to live in obedience to H... Mon, 9 May 2016 05:53:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158607 May 8, 2016 GOD IS WAITING <BR> <BR> Many times we find ourselves spending a lot of time waiting. We wait in lines. We wait for the weekend. We wait for friends to meet us at certain places. Waiting means we are staying in one place expecting something to happen or someone to arrive. God waits on us to come to Him. If we aren't saved, He is waiting on us to repent and believe. If we are saved and have strayed, He is waiting on us to return to Him. God can't work through us until we go to Him... Sun, 8 May 2016 07:13:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158029 May 7, 2016 LIFE AND DEATH <BR> <BR> No one truly understands why people have to die at a certain time in their lives. Some die at an early age while others live to be over 100 years old. Some die of diseases while others die in an accident. Some die due to the actions of others. No one really knows why we have to deal with death. But God tells us death is a part of life. And each person's birth and death is according to His plan. Death is not something we like to talk about or deal with but... Sat, 7 May 2016 06:45:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157403 May 6, 2016 WE AREN'T READY <BR> <BR> Ever wonder why we have to deal with the things we are dealing with? Why we aren't rich? Why we aren't married? Why we don't have children? It may be because we aren't ready. It may be because God has something for us to do to prepare us for that next big opportunity in our lives. It may be because we need to draw closer to Him and change some things in our lives. If we want to know why, we need to go to Him and ask. And be ready to act on His answer. Wh... Fri, 6 May 2016 06:44:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 5, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156692 May 5, 2016 WHY ME <BR> <BR> So many times we get bombarded with issues. We get sick. We get bills. We get angry. We wonder why this is happening to us. Everyone else seems to be doing fine but we have this enormous amount of problems. We wonder why me? We may never know why we have to deal with things in our lives but God has the answer. He may be teaching us something in the midst of our problems. He may be working on us so we will grow strong in His word. When we wonder why me, we need to... Thu, 5 May 2016 05:22:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156039 May 4, 2016 PREPARE FOR HARVEST <BR> <BR> This time of year many people have planted flowers. Many have put seeds in the ground for various type of fruits and vegetables. Plans were made long before now to get the ground ready for planting. There will be work to be done to ensure everything grows just right for harvest. Those who plant seeds do not tire of taking care of them because they want a good harvest. They don't give up. Nor should we when we are called to do good. We should never ti... Wed, 4 May 2016 07:02:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 3, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155317 May 3, 2016 HELPING OTHERS <BR> <BR> How many opportunities have passed us by to help others because we were too busy? Because we had other plans? Because we didn't notice they needed help? God puts us in places where there are needs. There are people all around us in need. They may need a kind word. They may need a helping hand. They may need someone to listen and give encouragement. God's timing is perfect when He puts those in our path who are in need. We should be more aware of this and ... Tue, 3 May 2016 06:23:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154497 May 2, 2016 WHICH PATH TO TAKE <BR> <BR> Ever wondered how life may have been different if something would have happened at a different time or we made different choices? Maybe after graduation from high school or accepting a certain job. Or the people we chose to spend the rest of our lives with or certain friends. When we take one path in life, we may never know how it "would have been" if we had made another choice. However, we can know when we take God's path, His timing is perfect. Goin... Mon, 2 May 2016 06:26:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153816 May 1, 2016 THE TIME IS NOW <BR> <BR> Many people have missed out on God's blessings because of their own selfishness in attempting to seek what they believed was right for them. So many people will go out of their way to get something they want. They will spend more than they have. They will allow their time to be consumed by it. They will forget about everything else for that one thing. However, what they should be seeking is God. Without Him we are nothing. His timing for us is perfect an... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:11:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, April 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153250 April 30, 2016 FORGIVENESS <BR> <BR> Forgiveness is such an important part of healing. When we forgive, it allows us to let go of the past and the pain so we can move on. Forgiveness from others allows the healing to begin in the relationship. We are to forgive because God is willing to forgive us and pardon us of our sins when we repent to Him. Even though we may have to be disciplined for our wrong actions, we can always have hope and rejoice knowing God forgives and restores so we can mov... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:52:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, April 29, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152618 April 29, 2016 ROCK BOTTOM <BR> <BR> We may have all experienced a time when we had done wrong for so long that we hit rock bottom. Those times are when we may have felt we had nowhere else to turn. We were broken. We were humbled. We realized we had done too much of our own thing and not enough of God's will. When we hit rock bottom, God is there to take us back in. We should understand there will be consequences for our sin but know God can help us deal with them when we turn back to Him. ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 06:32:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, April 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151937 April 28, 2016 DISCIPLINED TO GROW <BR> <BR> We all grow physically as we age through the years. We have changes in our bodies we like and some we don't like. However, growing spiritually takes more effort. To grow spiritually, we have to be willing to learn. To grow spiritually, we have to be willing to listen. To grow spiritually, we have to be willing to obey. God wants us all to grow spiritually but it is ultimately our choice. We need to be disciplined and take steps to do what we can t... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 06:49:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, April 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151215 April 27, 2016 COURAGE EVERY TIME <BR> <BR> When we get through hard times by the grace of God, we are to give Him glory and share what He has done for us with others. However, that doesn’t mean our troubles are over. If we get sick and He heals us, that doesn’t mean we will never be sick again. If He helps us through a tough situation in our relationship, that doesn’t mean we won’t have another one. If He gives us a financial blessing, that doesn’t mean we will forever be financi... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 06:18:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, April 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150547 April 26, 2016 IN HIS KINDNESS <BR> <BR> We see God's kindness in both the good and bad that happens to us. When we do wrong, God is kind enough to teach us and correct us. When we have suffered, God is kind enough to restore, support and strengthen us. When we continue to trust in Him through the good and bad, God will continue to be kind to us. We may not always recognize it as kindness because some lessons will be hard. But we can know as long as we focus and trust in God, we can count on... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:48:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, April 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149773 April 25, 2016 DISCIPLINED HUMILITY <BR> <BR> It doesn't take much for us to feel proud. When someone pats us on the back for a job well done, we feel good about ourselves. When our children do something great, we become proud parents. We boast and show off what good we have done or what things we have acquired on Facebook and other social media. However, God tells us to be humble. God tells us to pray. God tells us to be grateful and give Him the glory in all things. He says the proud are w... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:59:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, April 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149096 April 24, 2016 DISCIPLINED RELATIONSHIPS <BR> <BR> A good relationship takes hard work. We can't just expect to have a relationship with someone without putting some effort into it. There are going to be times we have to make the first move. There are going to be times we have to forgive and there are going to be times we should ask for forgiveness. Our relationship with God is one we need to put first in our lives. We can have a right relationship with God when we put our faith in Him. <BR>... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 08:17:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, April 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148431 April 23, 2016 LEAN ON GOD <BR> <BR> Ever been disappointed? It never fails, when we attempt to use our own wisdom or understanding to get something done, we will soon find we don't have all the answers. We won't have all the answers. Only God does. When we humble ourselves before God and lean on Him for His wisdom and understanding, we will know better what to do and when to do it. Why not be sensible and let God guide us rather than attempting things on our own? <BR> <BR> Proverbs 3:5-6 ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 06:16:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, April 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147717 April 22, 2016 USE IT OR LOSE IT <BR> <BR> We have all heard and know God created each of us for a purpose. We all have a particular skill or talent God wants us to use to honor Him and give Him glory. When we don't use what God has blessed us with and continue on doing what we want, we will find ourselves living miserable lives. We may be doing what we want, but we won't be happy. We won't be happy because we aren't doing what God designed us to do. When we are disciplined and living a life... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:28:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, April 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147015 April 21, 2016 HIDING BEHIND A VEIL <BR> <BR> We have all met people who are living a lie. They say things that just don't match up with what they do. Some people wear a veil hoping no one will really know how they are living. They may can hide their secret lives from others but cannot hide from God. In all we do, we need to be sure we aren't attempting to hide our sins from God or others. When we aren't living as we should, hiding behind a veil isn't going to make things right. When we remo... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:33:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, April 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146220 April 20, 2016 ON THE JOB <BR> <BR> When we are on the job, we have many choices. We encounter people of all religions, backgrounds and nationalities. We are open to meet people from all walks of life. How we conduct ourselves around them is extremely important. We may meet them once or see them every day. When we are disciplined in God's work and allow Him to help us on the job, we will be able to be a witness for Him. And we will be able to endure living for Him despite what those we meet ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:34:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145465 April 19, 2016 PRACTICE PATIENCE <BR> <BR> The definition of patience can be confusing. Patience is not acting like we are calm when provoked. Patience is not appearing to be okay with the situation because we are not complaining. Patience is actually having a calm spirit when waiting for a long time or dealing with difficult people. Patience is more than just an appearance. It begins from within. When we pray for patience, things are not going to all of a sudden be great. Things are going ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:32:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, April 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144676 April 18, 2016 PLANNING FOR CHANGE <BR> <BR> When it comes to money, some of us try to save our change so we can accumulate more money over time. Some use it for mad money to spend on something we couldn't usually afford. Others put it in the bank to allow our savings to grow. While others use it for everyday things because we don't make enough for our spending habits. Rather than just getting by financially, we need to change our spending habits. We need to learn to spend less than we make,... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 06:48:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, April 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144017 April 17, 2016 FIX OUR THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> Sometimes we get lost in our thoughts and we can think ourselves into something that isn't even real. If we could only be more aware of what we are thinking and change our thoughts to keep us from worrying, hurting, getting angry or feeling sorry for ourselves. It is possible. All we have to do is fix our thoughts on God. All we have to do is give Him our burdens and our issues of the world. He will keep us in perfect peace when we decide to fix our ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:57:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, April 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143353 April 16, 2016 SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE <BR> <BR> It is good we want to be physically strong enough to do what we need to do, but we also need to be spiritually strong. It takes commitment to decide to work out every day to build our muscles and to have healthier bodies. It also takes daily commitment to make the decision to strengthen spiritually. We have to make the decision to be closer to God through prayer, reading His word and removing all that keeps us from doing His will. He gives us the... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:27:03 EST Thought and Prayer For Friday, April 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142670 April 15, 2016 DISCIPLINE TO BE IN CONTROL <BR> <BR> Self-control means to be able to control ourselves from doing things we shouldn't do and be strong enough to do what we should. It means to be thinking about the consequences and end result of our actions to help us have the self-control to do the right thing. If we need more self-control in our lives, we need to give up control to God. We need to get more into God's word and know He can help us to make better decisions. He can help us wit... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 06:07:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, April 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141965 April 14, 2016 HEALTH ISSUES <BR> <BR> Many of us didn't realize, in the past, what we did as young people would hurt us later on. However, we learned the things we ate, drank and smoked would cause wear and tear on our bodies. The results of our bad health may have been discipline from God or just consequences of our choices. Either way, when we have health issues - especially severe health issues - it catches our attention. When our health takes a turn for the worse due to our poor choices... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 07:02:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, April 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141227 April 13, 2016 TRUTH OR LIES <BR> <BR> There is a story of a man and woman in the Bible who wanted others to believe they were giving God more than what they were really giving. God had one of His people call them out and they continued to lie about what they gave. They were attempting to trick others to make themselves look good. Because of their lies, their lives were ended. God does not tolerate sin. He cannot. However, when we confess our sin and turn back to Him, we have another chance.... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:43:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140454 April 12, 2016 RESPONSIBILITIES <BR> <BR> If we did what we felt like doing all the time, what would we be doing? Many of us would stay in the bed a bit longer. Many of us would eat a lot more. Some of us may stay home more while others go on trips all the time. Without responsibilities, our opportunities are limitless. Without having to do what God calls us to do, we could do so much more for us. However, if we stay on the path of doing what we want to do, where we end up will not be pleas... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:42:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, April 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139627 April 11, 2016 WE NEED OTHERS <BR> <BR> Self-discipline is possible in some cases but not all because most of us have areas where we are weak. We sometimes give up. We sometimes fail. That is why we need others to hold us accountable. That is why we need God to lean on for help. It is so easy for us to talk ourselves out of doing what we should be doing. However, with an accountability partner we can talk with them when we need a little boost or an encouraging word. Also, we can talk with Go... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:41:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, April 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138953 April 10, 2016 IT'S IN THE MESSAGE <BR> <BR> Many of us don't go to church because we are afraid. We are afraid of hearing something in the message that will convict us. We are afraid of having to face the fact we are sinners. We are afraid of what others will say. Whatever the reason, church is the place to go to hear God's word. There will be messages that hit home to us and that is God's way of reminding us to get back on track for Him. Those who go to church are not perfect nor do they t... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 08:07:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, April 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138282 April 9, 2016 GOD'S PATH <BR> <BR> It is difficult to talk about discipline or punishment without someone taking it negatively. Discipline sounds like a word that would make others believe we are being negative; however, that is not the case. Discipline is needed daily. We need discipline in the schools for children to learn. We need discipline in order to care for our bodies. We need discipline from God so we can experience spiritual growth. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 15:32 "If you reject discipl... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 06:40:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, April 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6137628 April 8, 2016 THOSE WHO REFUSE <BR> <BR> We all know some who are rebellious. They do the opposite of what they are supposed to do because they may not like to be told what to do. They may be rebellious because they like the attention. They may be rebellious because they don't like authority figures. Whatever the reason, there are those who reject the law. There are even some who reject God's law and they refuse to obey Him. Those people who are determined not to be corrected will one day fa... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 06:56:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, April 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136857 April 7, 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 li... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 06:28:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, April 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136074 April 6, 2016 PAYING THE PRICE <BR> <BR> We all know there are consequences when we choose to do wrong. When we break the law, we could go to jail. When we lie or cheat, we could lose the trust of a good friend. When we abuse our bodies with too much food, alcohol or drugs, we could have health issues. The list goes on and on. The consequences we face from our wrongdoing should be reminders we need to get back on the right path. God allows us choices to do what we want but He wants us to do ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 06:19:44 EST