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, February 21, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6465250 February 21, 2018 DAILY LIVING <BR> <BR> Family, work, and hobbies are just a few things we seem to be involved in. We get up, go to work, come home, get everyone fed, bathed, and homework done. We get everyone in the bed, finish up our lists, and get in the bed ourselves. Next day. Do it all again. It isn’t a surprise we can’t find time for God every day. However, God wants to be part of our daily lives. When we sincerely seek Him in all we do: the running around, the getting things done, e... Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:38:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 20, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464918 February 20, 2018 SINCERE HELP <BR> <BR> We all need help at some point in our lives. Some are certainly blessed with friends and loved ones who are willing to help. However, some don’t have friends or loved ones who can help them. Everyone needs someone to help them in life at some point or another. The best help we can get is from God. When storms come in our lives, God wants to help. Not everyone understands us like God does. And He can give us the best help in the world. When we feel lik... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:59:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 19, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464553 February 19, 2018 SINCERE WORDS <BR> <BR> The words that come out of our mouths are not always good. In fact, if we heard others say what we sometimes say we would probably tell them not to talk that way. We often hear children repeat the words we say and are shocked they heard them from us, right? What words do we say that are not sincere and caring and kind? <BR> <BR> There is gossip where we are always talking about someone whether it is true or not. There is belittling where we judge o... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:19:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 18, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464230 February 18, 2018 SINCERE WORSHIP <BR> <BR> We all have priorities in life. Sometimes we do them regularly and on time. Other times we find ourselves running from one fire to the other trying to put them all out because we don’t have the right focus. The main focus we should have, as believers, is on God. Despite the fires we have to put out, we need to take time to worship Him in our day. We are created and called to worship God. God tells us in His word we are to worship Him. When we put o... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 07:12:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 17, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463914 February 17, 2018 PERSUASION SKILLS <BR> <BR> There are some really persuasive people in this world. Just watch an infomercial or a video with someone who is trying to convince their service or product is what we need. Sometimes these people are believable and other times they are not. What skills do we need to be a sincere persuader? There is one book we need. It’s the Bible. God tells us how and why we need to persuade others about what is right and good. He wants us to be sincere, truthfu... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:58:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 16, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463611 February 16, 2018 PRACTICE SINCERITY <BR> <BR> We all know if we want to get good at something that we need to practice. We just can’t wake up one day and be an expert in anything. If we want to live a sincere life, we have to be persistent, stay focused, and practice daily. Living a sincere life for God means we are honest in our dealings and we need to practice that daily. A sincere life for God means we are open about how we feel and talk with God daily. Practicing sincerity means we go t... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:33:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 15, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6463302 February 15, 2018 SINCERELY FORGIVE <BR> <BR> When people do wrong to us, we need to go to God. God will give us the right response. He tells us we should seek to forgive others. And we should sincerely forgive them. It goes against our human nature and that is why we can’t forgive on our own. Sincere forgiveness toward another is only something God can help us with. If we attempted it on our own, we wouldn’t be able to get past the hurt and pain in order to let go. However, when we do since... Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:50:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 14, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462931 February 14, 2018 SINCERELY LOVE <BR> <BR> If we don’t know the real meaning of something, it is hard to imitate it. Many of us know someone who doesn’t know how to show love. They may have never been exposed to love. They may have issues in their lives where love is not easy to give. When we are around people who have a hard time loving others, we need to show them love. When we show love to others, we can truly make a difference. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is pa... Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:35:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 13, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462574 February 13, 2018 GETTING THROUGH THE WOODS <BR> <BR> We all have some type of issues in life. And when things start working out, another problem arises. We are never out of the woods. There will always be issues, but we can get through the woods in peace when our focus is on God. Those who don’t have God are attempting to get through the woods alone and are miserable looking for every way out. However, God is the only way. We should seek God and humble ourselves before Him and He will help ... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:33:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 12, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6462230 February 12, 2018 RIGHTEOUS LIVING <BR> <BR> When we think of righteousness, we sometimes think of people who believe they are better than everyone else. We tend to call righteous people those who think they are the greatest in all they do. That’s really self-righteousness. The righteousness God wants us to pursue is when we live on purpose for Him. He wants us to live a sincere life, live intentionally for Him, and be honest in how we deal with others. When we seek God daily, we will know h... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:07:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 11, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461879 February 11, 2018 SINCERE BELIEF <BR> <BR> If we have ever wished or dreamed something would happen and it didn’t, then we have experienced lack of faith. Lack of faith is when we don’t truly believe God will answer our prayers. We think we aren’t good enough. We think God doesn’t care. We think good only happens to others and not us. However, God tells us in His word if we have faith, it will happen. When we sincerely believe in God will give us what we need, we will see great things happen... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 06:52:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 10, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461574 February 10, 2018 BE A UNIQUE MESSENGER <BR> <BR> We can be unique and different while we are being sincere. Sincerity doesn’t mean to blend in with the crowd and agree with everyone else. We have our own voice, our own stories, and our own message to share that will point others to God. We can be genuine and real while we are different and unique in the way we speak, act, and think. Sometimes it is the differences we have that cause others to pay attention to what we say. Our uniqueness wil... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 07:33:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 9, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461235 February 9, 2018 STAY PURE <BR> <BR> Any food that is not thoroughly cooked is not going to be edible. Any building that is not set up correctly will fall. Anything we do where we don’t plan properly or follow the directions will probably not be worth much when we are done. Doing God’s will is the same. We have to plan and prepare to do His will. We can plan by reading His word daily, remembering it, and applying it to our lives. If we want to be prepared, we need to repent of our sin, seek... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 06:23:36 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 8, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460887 February 8, 2018 FALSE PROPHETS <BR> <BR> We all know when something is wrong when we hear it. Don’t we? Well, some things we do. We know when some say the world is flat; that is wrong. When others say, 2 plus 2 is 5; that is wrong. There are obvious things we hear and we know they just can’t be true. However, what we need to be mindful of are those who seem to be speaking the truth but really aren’t. There are those who are not sincere in their speaking and actions but are doing them for pu... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 06:43:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460509 February 7, 2018 BE HONEST <BR> <BR> Being honest means we are free from deceit and untruthfulness. It means we are sincere in our dealings with others. Honesty builds relationships where we can gain trust with others. Those who choose to lie usually lose trust; however, being honest helps us gain trust so we can build relationships with others and share God’s word with them. Joy is promised to those who choose to be honest. Let’s choose to live an honest and sincere life today. <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 06:32:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 6, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460145 February 6, 2018 BREAK FREE <BR> <BR> When we are sincere, we are free. Why is that? Because when we are sincere, there is no pretending to be something we are not. There is freedom in truth. There is freedom in being real. When we pretend, we are doing nothing but setting up a barrier around us because we are hiding from the truth. Pretending and lying moves us away from what God wants in our lives. And we can’t be free when we aren’t sincere with others and with God. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE:... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 07:08:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 5, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459739 February 5, 2018 SINCERE HEARTS <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, there are people in this world who tend to be in it for themselves. There are those who will stop at nothing to get what they want or think they need. Those people go from place to place trying things to get others to buy in to what they want to do. Their hearts are not in the right place and they are trying to convince others to do wrong for worldly gain. So what do we do? <BR> <BR> We need to remember we were not created for this wo... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 05:54:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 4, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459356 February 4, 2018 SERVE SINCERELY <BR> <BR> There are many ways we can be sincere with others. One way is how we serve. Many of us work or stay busy doing something all day. We feel we don’t have to time to serve. We feel we don’t know what we can do to serve. We sometimes think when we serve others, they will just want more. But God calls us to give freely and to serve others. And He wants us to serve with sincere hearts because we want to. When we serve others, God will make sure we have al... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 06:45:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 3, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459006 February 3, 2018 IT’S OKAY TO SHARE <BR> <BR> What keeps people from being sincere? What things do people not want to be real about? The thing is that people don’t want to be real for many reasons. One, for sure, in vulnerability. People don’t want others to know what they are truly dealing with. They don’t want others to know they are having troubles or going through hard times. They aren’t being sincere about their feelings or what they are dealing with in life. When they put up these barr... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 06:46:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 2, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458664 February 2, 2018 BE AN EXAMPLE <BR> <BR> So this sincerity thing. Why do we need to be sincere? What does it matter if we tell a lie here or there? Or if we pretend to be something we are not? Who is it really hurting? The reason is all comes down to being trustworthy and credible. If we have pretended in the past and others found out about it, we aren’t going to be a credible witness for God. If we aren’t sincere with others when they are in need, they aren’t going to listen to us and we ar... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 07:06:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 1, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6458257 February 1, 2018 BE REAL <BR> <BR> Being sincere is being real. We all hope to be real to others but many of us fail. We fail because we are human. We fail because we are usually involved seeking what is in it for us. We aren’t bad people. Just human. However, we can be better. It is possible to live a sincere life being real to others and not living under false pretenses. We can be real when we put God first in our lives and allow Him to live through us. God is real. He is sincere. He truly... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 06:35:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 31, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457861 January 31, 2018 AN ACCOUNTABILITY BUDDY <BR> <BR> So how are your goals going this year? It’s always good to have an accountability buddy with us when we are trying to improve ourselves. Having someone we can count on to push us to do more is great. We are more likely to get things done and also help others to reach their goals. We also have an accountability buddy in God. Yes, He is our Lord and Savior. But He is also our friend who we can talk with about anything. <BR> <BR> The best thi... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 06:36:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 30, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457513 January 30, 2018 PRACTICE FORGIVENESS <BR> <BR> There is one easy way to learn to forgive others. It is so simple that we sometimes forget it. This one thing is something we can remember to do on a regular basis and it will be easier to practice forgiveness when we keep this in mind. We need to remember other people are not our enemy. We need to remember those who work against us or do wrong to us are doing so because they are under the control of Satan. Satan is the enemy. When we practice ... Tue, 30 Jan 2018 06:19:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 29, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6457116 January 29, 2018 PRACTICE CONSISTENCY <BR> <BR> There are many people in this world who are doing nothing consistently because they say they don’t know what God’s will is for them in their lives. However, we need to be consistent in what we know is true right now – today. And that is praying and reading His word. Regarding the things we are not certain of, we can try different things until He reveals to us what to be consistent in. When we are consistent with anything we are doing for God, w... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 06:39:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 28, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456740 January 28, 2018 PRACTICE RENEWAL <BR> <BR> If we want to be strong in anything, we need to practice. However, after a while the practice we do may become a routine and seem ineffective. That is why we need renewal. We need to take some time away from the practice so we can be refreshed and ready for the next practice. So it just makes sense that we practice renewal. How do we practice renewal in the Lord? We actually need daily renewal from God to keep strong in this world. Daily renewal ... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 06:45:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 27, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456410 January 27, 2018 UNITY AND HARMONY <BR> <BR> There has been division since the beginning of time. There was Cain and Able. There was the war between the north and south. There is the Democrats and Republicans. The list goes on and on. As long as there are people in the world, there will be differences of opinion, disagreements, and even discord. We can’t control what everyone does, but we can practice something to make a difference. If only people would point each other to God, obey Him, and... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:41:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 26, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6456056 January 26, 2018 PRACTICE DISCIPLINE <BR> <BR> Flat tires. Lost keys. Traffic issues. These are just a few of the things in life that throw us a curve ball. These things delay us a bit and could possibly get us frustrated enough to ruin our day. And these are really little things. There are problems much bigger like divorce, bankruptcy, and cancer. Life is full of turns we hadn’t planned on at all. Rather than seeing them as burdens, let’s choose to see them as opportunities for drawing clos... Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:21:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 25, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455681 January 25, 2018 STORING TREASURES <BR> <BR> To be truly rich in life, to some, means to have more than we need. We have extra cars, more room in our house, and more money than we can spend. To be rich in God’s eyes means something totally different. To be rich in God’s eyes means we live a live in obedience to Him. We are to make deposits daily into our eternal home storing treasures that will last forever. Doing this is far more valuable than the riches we obtain on earth. When we practice... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 06:40:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 24, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455288 January 24, 2018 CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT <BR> <BR> We all have heard about those who do miraculous feats. There are athletes who beat prior records because of their skills and abilities. There are researchers who discover some breakthrough that will make huge changes in the world. There are people who stretch themselves and work toward learning more and more in their field so they can help others. We can strive to do great things when we seek God every day. He promises us that. We can be grea... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:31:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 23, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454892 January 23, 2018 ALL DAY LONG <BR> <BR> There are so many things that happen just in one day it’s no wonder we get distracted. One minute we are thinking about what to wear to work; then a song comes on the radio and we are thinking about a moment in our past that brings up even more memories. Our thoughts fly past us so quickly because there is so much going on around us. <BR> <BR> If we want to slow our thinking, we need to practice. If we want to be better focused, we need to practice. ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:03:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 22, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454492 January 22, 2018 PRACTICE PRAYING <BR> <BR> When we pray, God prepares us. Prayer helps us to focus on a specific need. Prayer helps us to call on God to show us His way. Prayer helps us to prepare for a situation or problem we or someone else may be facing. We all have a call to pray, a commitment to pray, and should have courage to pray knowing God will answer. We should all pray without ceasing as a way to prepare for things to come and to prepare us to be ready to do God’s will. <BR> <B... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:58:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 21, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6454066 January 21, 2018 PRACTICE HOLINESS <BR> <BR> Despite what some believe, holiness has not changed over the years. Holiness is not something only the past believers did. Holiness is not just about who God is. To be holy means we are set apart from the world. To be holy means we are living righteously for God. To be holy means we are turning from what is wrong and living for what is right. Practicing holiness is a daily thing. We are commanded by God to be holy. If we aren’t sure how to do that... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:17:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 20, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453701 January 20, 2018 PRACTICE THROWING <BR> <BR> Many of us have been on trips where we don’t know exactly what to pack so we may have over packed and took too much stuff. We were weighted down with heavy bags and probably ended up not even using everything we put in our bags. If we examine our lives we may find we have material and mental things that hinder us and weigh us down as well. They sometimes entangle us and cause us to move away from God’s will. It’s time we look at our lives and see ... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:46:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 19, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453312 January 19, 2018 GOOD RELATIONSHIPS REQUIRE EFFORT <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. There are going to be times we have to seek forgiveness. Our relationship with God is one we need to put first in our lives. We can have a right relationship with God through our faith in Him. He ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:03:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 18, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452915 January 18, 2018 PREPARE <BR> <BR> If we think about what practicing is – it is really getting prepared. When soldiers practice their work over and over, they are getting prepared in case of war. When artists practice their painting, singing, or writing over and over, they are getting prepared for a performance. Practicing is what makes preparation a reality. Without practice, we will not be as prepared for whatever we will face in life. We can think of reading God’s word, praying, and obeyi... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:25:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 17, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452535 January 17, 2018 PRACTICE BEING JOYFUL <BR> <BR> With all the struggles and issues in the world, how does one practice joy? Seriously, there are so many people who disappoint us. There are so many problems we face. There is sadness and sorrow due to those who having tough times. How are we supposed to practice joy in times like these? There is a way. Get into God’s word. Seek how to find joy from Him. He gives us many promises of joy and true joy can only be found in Him. If we want joy, we ... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:54:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452114 January 16, 2018 LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES <BR> <BR> Every day is a learning opportunity for us. When we get up and get ready, we have an opportunity to read or listen to something that will help us during the day. Perhaps a motivation talk, inspirational song, or scripture from God’s word. We can also learn as we are getting ready. During the day, we have other opportunities to learn. We can learn about our jobs, other people, past history, etc. The list goes on and on. When we practice learni... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:09:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 15, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451650 January 15, 2018 PRACTICE SELF-CONTROL <BR> <BR> Self-control is all about making decisions. Right decisions. We have opportunities daily in our lives to do what is right. We can choose to do the right thing or the wrong thing. With our bodies, we may choose to exercise and eat right. With our money, we may choose to save and control our spending. With our spirituality, we may decide to read God’s word more and memorize it. When we practice self-control we are telling God we want to do what ... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:13:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 14, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451272 January 14, 2018 WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED <BR> <BR> There are many times we read a book or hear a good speech and we get motivated by it. It feels as if the speaker or writer is speaking directly to us. That isn’t a coincidence at all. There is a reason for it. And there are actions we should take. Rather than letting it go in one ear (or eye) and out the other, we need to put into practice what we have learned that will help us grow and add value to others. God wants us to put into practice wha... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:16:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 13, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450909 January 13, 2018 PRACTICE OBEDIENCE <BR> <BR> We all make decisions in life. Some say we make thousands of decisions a day. Our decisions are based on many things. Some decisions may be due to personal preferences. Other times we have to decide to do what is right. Then there are times we have to make hard decisions. However, there is one right decision we all should make daily. And that is to obey God. When we make the right decision in life by doing God’s will, it isn’t always going to be ... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:23:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 12, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450536 January 12, 2018 PRACTICE GIVING <BR> <BR> Some of us don’t give because we don’t believe we have the right things to give. Others of us don’t give because we don’t believe we have enough to give. Still others don’t give because we don’t want to give. Whatever the reason, not giving is wrong. We are called to give to one another. We are promised when we give to others we will still have enough and we will be blessed. God gave His Son to us. He gave to us the ultimate sacrifice to save us. We... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:01:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 11, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450132 January 11, 2018 GRATITUDE <BR> <BR> Gratitude is powerful. When we choose to practice gratitude, we can change so many things. For example, when we are grateful for things in our lives we will begin to see blessings in those things. When we show gratitude to a friend or loved one, we can help them be encouraged. When we show gratitude to God for His blessings and promises, we become more aware of all He is and does. Gratitude can change lives. It can change our lives and the lives of others... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:15:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 10, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449729 January 10, 2018 PRACTICE GOOD THINKING <BR> <BR> We may think we are safe in our thoughts. We may believe no one knows what we are really thinking. However, we are wrong. First of all we know what we are thinking and those negative thoughts we have about ourselves and others will make an impact on what we do. Second, others can see in our actions and words what we are really thinking. Finally, God knows every thought before we have it. Bad thinking hurts us and others. Bad thinking doesn’t ... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 06:31:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 9, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449296 January 9, 2018 LIVE WISELY <BR> <BR> There is such a vast variety of wisdom in this world. There is wisdom of the ages, wisdom of the old, wisdom from a mentor, etc. The list could go on and on. Wisdom is great when we receive the correct wisdom and apply it to our lives. The wisdom we need to reflect on daily is God’s wisdom. His word is filled with wise words, meaning, and direction for our lives. Practicing wisdom means we seek God’s will, study His word, and live our lives according to ... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 06:25:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 8, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448819 January 8, 2018 A NEW LIFE <BR> <BR> Sometimes new is a little scary. When we get a new job, it takes time to get to know the company policies, the employees, and the actual work we have to do. When we get into a new relationship, we are a little cautious about what we say and do because we don’t yet know the person very well. With anything new, we treat it a little differently than we would normal treat it because change is involved. <BR> <BR> Maybe it’s the change that is a little scary.... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 06:18:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 7, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6448377 January 7, 2018 PRACTICE FAITH <BR> <BR> Many gadgets we use in this world today are here because someone had faith. They believed in something that wasn’t yet created. They had faith their idea was going to turn into something that would be helpful to the world. Believing something before we actually see it or experience it is called faith. It is easy to believe in something we see or something we have done before. However, we are called by God to believe in Him and His promises even though... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 06:58:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 6, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447957 January 6, 2018 SHOW LOVE <BR> <BR> If someone was to beat us over the head with a two-by-four and then say he or she loved us, it would be a little hard to believe. If others in our lives constantly belittle us with words or actions but say they love us, we may doubt that a little bit. Our words are good but the actions we take toward others truly show them we love them. What action are you taking to show others and God you love them? <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 06:55:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 5, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447499 January 5, 2018 DAILY READING <BR> <BR> Despite our feelings about how well we read or our desire to read, there is one Book in this world that is not only the bestselling Book but it is a Book we should read and study daily. There has been over five billion Bibles sold. However, according to studies, out of 80% of the people who own Bibles only about a fourth of them actually read it regularly. Reading God’s word is something we should do daily. We should do it in obedience to God. We shoul... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 06:39:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 4, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447036 January 4, 2018 PRACTICE TOGETHER <BR> <BR> So many of us attempt to do things on our own. We may do this because we feel we have no one else. Some of us do this because we want things done right and don’t believe others can do things like we can. Others may feel like they would be burdening someone else by asking them for help. Whatever the reason, we do need others in our lives. God created us all differently and there are some who can actually do some things better than we can and they en... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 06:28:36 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446525 January 3, 2018 PRACTICE GOOD HEALTH <BR> <BR> As we grow older we realize the importance of taking care of our bodies. We may have health issues right now due to some bad choices we made when we were younger. We may have hereditary health problems we have to deal with. The great thing about our bodies is we can start now. We don’t have to just sit back and endure our suffering due to poor health choices or due to any other reason. We can begin today treating our bodies as God’s gifts to us ... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 06:19:43 EST