FRANCESLUCAS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANCESLUCAS FRANCESLUCAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094812 February 13, 2016 COUNTING ON 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 ... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:25:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094100 February 12, 2016 GOD’S GOODNESS <BR> <BR> Showing God’s goodness requires we do the hard things sometimes. Being good isn’t always easy. There will be difficult conversations. There will be actions to take where we stand alone and no one else will stand with us. But God will. God will help us through those hard conversations. He will help us take those difficult actions. When we stand alone for God, He is with us and we are never alone. He is with us because we are His chosen people and He... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 06:41:38 EST Thought and Prayer For Thursday, February 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093275 February 11, 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 goi... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 06:17:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6092445 February 10, 2016 PEACE ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY <BR> <BR> We have all had times in our lives where we were content. We have felt peace and joy about how things were going in our lives. God’s peace for us is even greater than the peace we feel on our own. We need to be sure we turn over everything to Him and allow His peace to fill us so we don’t worry about anything but we know He will take care of everything. We should be responsible and choose peace over worry. We should have peace about our ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:17:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091534 February 9, 2016 CHOOSE JOY <BR> <BR> No matter what is going on in our lives right now, we can choose joy. No matter what our situation is, we can be joyful. Making the decision to choose joy in all we do will not only benefit us to grow stronger in our walk with God, but it will help our relationships with others. We will find ourselves encouraging others. We will live in more harmony and peace. We will be a better example to others. Today, choose joy. <BR> <BR> 2 Corinthians 13:11 “Dear ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:22:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090630 February 8, 2016 RESPONSIBLE LEADERS <BR> <BR> We all have read of those in the Bible who did the right things such as Joseph, Daniel and David. The leaders in their day were evil yet these men did not waiver. It is easy to follow the godly leadership of those who do right; however, what about those leaders who are sheep in wolves’ clothing? We can still thrive and know God is our true leader. Remember Daniel? His king was wrong and yet Daniel thrived. Why? Daniel became a leader because he... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:56:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089804 February 7, 2016 RESPONSIBILITY TO PRAY <BR> <BR> Strained relationships. Financial issues. Job hassles. Health challenges. We all have them. Many of us are struggling. Many of us are suffering. Some of us don’t know where to go or what to do. It’s hard to be responsible and do the right thing when we are knocked down in life. When hard times come and we aren’t sure how the day is going to end, we need to pray. When we don’t know which way to go or what to do, we should pray. When we are hap... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:32:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089077 February 6, 2016 RESPONSIBLE WORDS <BR> <BR> Whoever said sticks and stones would break bones but words would never hurt them probably was talking about physical pain and not the suffering that comes from hurtful words. Words can hurt. People can say things that cut like a knife into our hearts. People can say things that stab others in the back. Hurtful words and gossip are destructive. Complaining, arguing and criticizing are useless ways to use our words. Let’s decide to respond to other... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:24:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 5, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088269 February 5, 2016 NO MORE EXCUSES <BR> <BR> When we get up in the morning and things aren’t going our way, we find reasons not to do what we are supposed to do. For example, if we wake up and realize we didn’t get our work out clothes ready for the gym, we decide not to go. If we get stuck in traffic we may lose focus on having a good day and let the situation control us rather than us controlling the situation. If we arrive at work and things aren’t going as we believe they should, we decide... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 06:21:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087394 February 4, 2016 SINS OF THE PEOPLE <BR> <BR> We all know some who have sinned. We may think of them as irresponsible and uncaring; however, those who are irresponsible are not the only people who sin. We are all sinners and have done things that are not right in God’s eyes. However, focusing on God, reading His word and applying it to our lives will help us be more responsible to Him and will help us to sin less. Being a responsible believer causes us to think more about the consequences be... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 06:30:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 3, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086495 February 3, 2016 DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES <BR> <BR> Sometimes we think too much about what others should be doing and we get so wrapped up in their responsibilities that we forget about our own. We shouldn’t compare what others do to what we do. We all can’t do the same things and we all have different responsibilities. We are to have a right relationship with God, focus on the responsibilities He gave us and do all we can to follow through with them. When we accept the fact we all have di... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 06:19:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085531 February 2, 2016 WHAT GOD WANTS <BR> <BR> Responsibility is about responding to others as God calls us to do. We should be responsive to the needs of others and show them we care. We should be responsive to God’s call regarding what He wants us to do with our lives. Being a responsible believer means we have put our faith in God and are ready to obey and follow Him. What God wants us to do isn’t easy when we take our focus off Him; however, when we are responsive to His call and ready to do ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 06:14:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084546 February 1, 2016 BEING RESPONSIBLE <BR> <BR> Responsibility is about doing what we say we are going to do. When we know what is right and we do it, we are being responsible. When we are responsible, others know they can depend on us. Responsible people do what needs to be done despite how they feel or what they want. They do things because they are the right things to do. Some things which keep us from being responsible are be laziness, greed and indifference. It’s time we examined our live... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:59:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 31, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083686 January 31, 2016 DIG DEEPER <BR> <BR> If we want to get really good at something, we usually practice. We sometimes take a class and study what we need to know in order to grow and develop that skill. Knowing God’s word and having a relationship with Him is the same. If we want a firm foundation, we need to get deeper into His word, spend some quality time with Him and practice what we learn from Him. He is the expert on life. And, once we learn more about Him, we are to share His word, His ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:10:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082883 January 30, 2016 GRACE BRINGS FAVOR <BR> <BR> Favor from God comes because of His grace and His mercy. When we are shown favor, God is extending His grace to us because He wants to teach us something. He is giving us an opportunity to learn from the situation and to share our stories with others. By sharing our stories of how God favored us and extended grace to us, we can help others know how great He truly is. Because of God’s grace, we are loved and we are favored. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthia... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 07:27:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 29, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082130 January 29, 2016 DON’T MISUSE FAVOR <BR> <BR> Having a good heart and wanting to care for the poor is great; however, we shouldn’t favor them because they are poor by doing something that is wrong or illegal. Nor should we show partiality to the rich and powerful because of their wealth. We are not to misuse favor with injustice. Being poor or rich is not an excuse for wrongdoing. Wrong is wrong despite a person’s social status or financial state. We need to remember to always treat all peo... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:53:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080339 January 27, 2016 NO GUARANTEE <BR> <BR> There are many products, services and programs we can purchase which have guarantees. They may guarantee us we will be successful in a certain area of our lives if we buy their product. They may guarantee us theirs is bar none to all the rest. They may guarantee us our money back if we are not satisfied. However, we know not all guarantees are true. Sometimes there will be issues with the company that don’t get resolved. There are no worldly guarantees... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:38:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079390 January 26, 2016 ASK FOR WHAT WE NEED <BR> <BR> No one is a mind reader. Usually we have to ask for what we want. There are times when we get frustrated because another person doesn’t do what we think they should do but the real issue is we assumed they knew. We can easily get all worked up about someone who doesn’t do what we want but we need to remember they can’t read minds. God knows what needs to be done and what we need or want; however, He still wants us to ask. It isn’t to remind H... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:08:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078448 January 25, 2016 HE KNOWS OUR NAME <BR> <BR> We have all probably forgotten someone’s name in the past. For many of us it is a daily struggle. Using a person’s name is the best to show them we care and to help us remember it. When people hear others call out their name in conversations, it really makes them feel special. It makes them feel favored. God has that ability to make us feel special and favored because He knows us by name. When we are obedient to Him and seek Him in all we do, He w... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 06:38:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077607 January 24, 2016 LET GOD <BR> <BR> When we allow God to take control over our lives, we will find God’s favor. He wants us to stop trying to do things for ourselves and let Him take control. When we attempt things without Him, we are doing things all wrong. God wants us to submit to Him and step out in faith knowing He is in control and we are not. When Abraham was told to leave His home, his riches and his routine, and later in life offer up his son as a sacrifice, he had faith and he allow... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:28:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076808 January 23, 2016 THOSE WHO GIVE <BR> <BR> If we want to find favor with the Lord, we need to give. All throughout God’s word He talks about giving. He Himself gave up His only Son to save us from all the wrong we have done. Those who give will be favored by God. It has been said we can’t out give God meaning whatever we give, we will be given much more in return. It’s the law of God and of His creation. Think about the seeds we plant and how much comes from one little seed. So in life, whate... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 07:03:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076005 January 22, 2016 SEEK GOD’S HELP <BR> <BR> When we ask God to help us do what is right, He hears our cries and He answers. We don’t always get a reply right away. But we have to have faith. We have to trust. We have to continue to pray knowing He will answer. We can always seek God’s help knowing He will always answer. He answers because He loves us and wants to help us succeed. He answers because He wants us to seek His will in all things. When we seek His help sincerely, He will show us fa... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:12:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074255 January 20, 2016 GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE <BR> <BR> There are many songs about love. One says love is all we need. Another is about being addicted to love. Yet another says I want to know what love is. Love is an important part of our lives. Because of love, we live. Because of God’s love. Because of His unfailing love. His love is all we need. We should be addicted to loving Him. We should be seeking His love because it is unfailing and He can do more for us than anyone or anything else on this... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:28:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073339 January 19, 2016 NO FAVORITES <BR> <BR> As children, we saw those who were favored by teachers and even by their parents. As we grew older, we learned some other students tended to favor certain students to be in their clubs, play on their teams and go to special events. As adults, we saw managers favor certain employees to get promotions, bonuses and other perks. God favors those who delight in His word and choose to obey Him but He has no favorites. He doesn’t pick and choose who He likes ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:47:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072376 January 18, 2016 FAVOR BRINGS JOY <BR> <BR> We all know people who are joyful all the time. Even in the toughest situations, they continue to show joy and gratitude. The reason they are joyful is not because they are uncaring about the situation or the people involved. They are joyful because they have put their trust and hope in God. They are joyful because of God’s favor on them due to their obedience to Him. Real joy comes from God. When we obey God and put our faith in Him, He causes us ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:11:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071571 January 17, 2016 GOD CAUSES FAVOR <BR> <BR> There has possibly been a time in our lives when someone showed us favor. There may have been times when others did something for us for no other reason than to be nice. Even in the direst circumstances when we feel all is lost, God can cause others to treat us favorably. When we put our faith in Him when we are struggling, those who would normally be against us will show favor to us because of God. So when we are in trouble, we should rejoice and... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 06:41:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070757 January 16, 2016 FAVOR BRINGS BLESSINGS <BR> <BR> We all mess up. We all do things we regret. We say things we shouldn’t have said. We do things we shouldn’t have done. We all have done wrong. However, God forgives. God loves. God shows mercy and grace to us even when we don’t deserve it. Because He loves us, He forgives. When we turn to Him and away from sin, He is merciful and blesses us. Because of our godly choices, God’s favor brings blessings. <BR> <BR> Psalm 67:1 “May God be merciful... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:38:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069932 January 15, 2016 FAIR FAVOR <BR> <BR> There are so many times in life when we feel like we have been treated unfairly. We see others at work or home or school who are favored because of many reasons. Not always the right reasons. Some are favored because of their race. Others because of their money. Some because of their personalities or education. There are many reasons people are favored. However, God’s favor is always fair. He is fair in His favor because He only does what is right. He fa... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:09:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069062 January 14, 2016 NEVER FEAR <BR> <BR> Fear isn’t fun. We have all probably been afraid of something. As a child, we may have been afraid of the dark. As teenagers, there may have been someone at school we were afraid of. As adults, we may have feared being broke, getting sick or losing a job. Fear is overwhelming and can, at times, immobilize us from getting anything done. However, when we put our trust in God and fear Him rather than man, we will have favor. Fear evaporates when we trust Go... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:21:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068217 January 13, 2016 TREATED SPECIAL <BR> <BR> There are many people who are seeking a good time in this world. They want to be entertained. They want to feel good. They want to be acknowledged and be treated special. If we don’t spend a good deal of time focused on others and what they want, they tend to move on to someone who will. People desire attention and want to know someone cares. Their search for good, however, is in the wrong place. We are all sinners and can’t give others the good the... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:32:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067385 January 12, 2016 WISDOM BRINGS FAVOR <BR> <BR> Every now and then we all do something stupid. If we deny it, we are lying to ourselves. Random things we do without really thinking it through are done because we are human. We may have done something on an impulse that hurt us financially or physically. We may have acted out due to our feelings that may have hurt others physically or emotionally. We may have just wanted to do something we thought would make us feel better but it backfired and ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:17:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066416 January 11, 2016 ACTIONS BRING FAVOR <BR> <BR> We all know people who are good. They help others. They do the right thing. They make good choices, hold their temper and use good judgment. Some may believe that will get them to heaven. But it won’t. Only believing in Jesus and that He died for our sins, repenting of those sins and accepting Him as our personal Savior assures us we will go to heaven. However, good works does bring favor and sets the example for others. And we need to recognize... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:15:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057710 January 2, 2016 HOPE <BR> <BR> When we put our hope in man or in the things of the world, we are soon disappointed. People let us down. Things are destroyed or disappear. We can’t really rely on people or the things of the world unless we want to be constantly disappointed. However, when we put our hope in God, we will have favor that lasts a lifetime. We will have eternal blessings and abundance. When we put our hope and confidence in God, we will be truly blessed and favored. <BR> <BR> Ps... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:42:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056755 January 1, 2016 SEEKING FAVOR <BR> <BR> We have all had a teacher, a family member or a friend who were favored over the others due to their words or actions. Many of us have been favored at work, at home or in the community. Favor is a great thing because we are shown kindness or goodwill and sometimes even special treatment. However, most favor we receive from others is material favor and temporary. What we should want to seek is spiritual favor which comes from God. God’s favor comes in s... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:19:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 31, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055856 December 31, 2015 SEEK GOD’S HELP <BR> <BR> There are times in life when we all need help. Some people are smart enough to ask for help while others continue to try on their own. It is okay to seek help when we need it. Often others will want to help us but they won’t know we need it unless we ask. However, God knows we need His help. God knows our issues and troubles. God wants us to seek His help and put our faith in Him. We can be encouraged because whatever we face in life, God can and w... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 06:32:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 30, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055174 December 30, 2015 ENCOURAGEMENT WHEN WE ARE AFRAID <BR> <BR> Fear is a powerful thing. It can keep us from doing what we need to do. It can stop us in our tracks and get us off track. It can even make us sick physically. When we are afraid, we need to know God can help us become calm again. We need to know God is able to give us encouragement through His word and the Holy Spirit. We need to know we can lean on God when we are afraid and He will help us get past the fear so we can move on. Wh... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:07:36 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 29, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054442 December 29, 2015 ENCOURAGEMENT STRENGTHENS <BR> <BR> We all need strength. Without it we would be weak and helpless. Some of us need strength and willpower to get things done because we procrastinate. Some of us need strength and willpower to eat right and exercise so we will be healthier. Some of us need strength and willpower to save money, build better relationships or work harder on the job. Whatever our weakness, God can help. His grace and eternal encouragement can work in our hearts... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 06:25:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 28, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053772 December 28, 2015 ENCOURAGED IN PRAYER <BR> <BR> There are times in life where we get discouraged. It could be around a certain holiday. It could be during a certain time of year. It could be when things just don’t seem to be going our way. However, there is a way we can move from being discouraged to encouraged. And that is through prayer. When we sincerely pray, God hears us and will answer. The best kind of encouragement we can do for ourselves is to pray and draw close to God. <BR> <BR... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 06:13:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 27, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053262 December 27, 2015 ENCOURAGED IN WORSHIP <BR> <BR> Most public places of worship have a leader or teacher who gives a message, leads in singing, etc. We are encouraged by those leaders because of the time they take to prepare and study for us to learn more about God. Since they are men and women of God, and we are encouraged by them, we should encourage them as well. They give up so much of their time for God and help us learn more about Him. Let’s be sure we take time to thank and encourage ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:13:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 26, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052762 December 26, 2015 HOLY SPIRIT <BR> <BR> Most people believe there is a power greater than our own which is able to make things happen we can’t explain. That power can cause people to do the right things even when there is nothing but turmoil going on the world. Some call it the power of the universe rather than acknowledging it is God. However, those who believe in God know the Holy Spirit is able to move through us and encourage us to do what is right. When we share what God’s Holy Spirit h... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:09:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 25, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052375 December 25, 2015 WE HAVE A REASON <BR> <BR> As believers, we know what Christ has done for us. We have felt His Holy Spirit move us. We have seen what God has revealed to us. We are witnesses for Christ and have a purpose to tell all people about Him. This day is one where we celebrate the Child born who was created to save the world. He is the reason for the enthusiasm and encouragement we should have. He is the reason we are saved. He is the reason we should encourage others to know Him a... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 07:16:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 24, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051964 December 24, 2015 BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED <BR> <BR> Those who choose to believe Jesus was born as a baby, lived on this earth as a man and died for our sins can be encouraged in so many ways. We can be encouraged by the prophets in God’s word who claimed the Savior was coming. We can be encouraged by the blessings God gives us because of Jesus’ birth. We can be encouraged by eternal life and God’s forgiveness of our sins. We can be encouraged because He chose to save us with His only Son. <BR> ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 06:12:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 23, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051516 December 23, 2015 ENCOURAGED BY GOD’S PLAN <BR> <BR> When we depend on someone to do something for us and they seem to know what they are doing we feel more assured the job will be done well. If they have experience and a plan of how to help us handle our situation, we are encouraged by their knowledge and expertise. There is no reason all of us can’t be encouraged by God’s plan. His plan was created before the beginning of time. It is perfect with no flaws. His plan is for all who choose to... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:13:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 22, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051038 December 22, 2015 GOD WILL KNOW <BR> <BR> There will be times we are encouraged to do wrong. We will be encouraged to participate in things we know are against God’s will. As believers, we have to stop acting on our feelings and begin seeking out the Truth before we take any action. There is no reason to rush into doing wrong things in desperate hope thinking things will get better. It is much better to pray and be encouraged by God’s word because although no one on earth may ever find out w... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:58:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 21, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050543 December 21, 2015 WHY DO WE COMPLAIN? <BR> <BR> If we want to focus on being encouraging to others, we need to think about what we say and the attitude we have. If we concentrate on our words before we speak, we could probably stop the complaining words from coming out of our mouths. Complaining and criticizing has no place in encouraging others. This time of year it is easy to complain about traffic, long lines and stress. So instead of doing what is easy, let’s decide to have the attitude ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:37:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 20, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050097 December 20, 2015 ENCOURAGED BY SALVATION <BR> <BR> If we want to truly be encouraged every day, we simply need to focus on God. He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to come to earth and live as a man. He sent Him to suffer and die for us so that we may be saved. We should be encouraged by that. We should be joyful because of that. We should honor and praise God for all He has done and all He is going to do. His promises are our true encouragement while we are here on earth because ... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 07:31:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049664 December 19, 2015 WHEN WE SUFFER <BR> <BR> No one likes suffering. We may suffer with our health. We may suffer with finances. We may suffer in bad relationships. No matter the situation, suffering is no fun. However, we can be encouraged when we are suffering for doing the right thing because God tells us He will restore us. So in the midst of suffering we need to examine the reason for the suffering. If it is something we can change, God can help. If it is because we are doing right and ar... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:24:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049222 December 18, 2015 BAD THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> When our hearts are not right with God, we can’t be too much encouragement for others. When we are in need of some refreshing or renewing, we need to go to God first and get right with Him before we attempt to encourage others. Bad thoughts can creep into our minds tempting us to think we are no good or we deserve more or we need to seek the things of the world. We can’t allow those bad thoughts in and the best way to keep them out is to seek God and ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:53:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 17, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048729 December 17, 2015 BAD HABITS <BR> <BR> We all have things keeping us from focusing on God. We all have something we do that consumes our time when we should be focusing on God and helping others. How do we get past the time wasters and focus more on God and helping others? God can help. We need to go to Him in prayer. We need to identify what is taking up most of our time. We need to seek out those who need help in our communities, in our churches and our work and use our time to help and en... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 06:25:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048256 December 16, 2015 ENCOURAGE THROUGH GIVING <BR> <BR> With all the choices in the world for gifts, there are going to be some we give to others they just don’t like or need. With all the people we give to, there are going to be some who lose their gift or break it. However, there are some gifts we can give that everyone needs and will never break. In fact, there are some that will never be stolen or destroyed. The gifts given with love, the gifts given with time and the gifts given from God w... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:42:46 EST