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 Tuesday, June 27, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380232 June 27, 2017 LEARN TO FOCUS ON TODAY <BR> <BR> Most of us spend some time planning. We may be planning for work, getting ready for vacation or preparing for a big event. There is a need for planning so we are more prepared when the day arrives; however, we need to be careful to not constantly live for tomorrow. We need to be sure we are enjoying the day we have and taking time to be grateful in the moment we are in right now. Too much planning and scheduling and preparing causes us to lose... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:16:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 26, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379784 June 26, 2017 LEARN TO STAY HEALTHY <BR> <BR> Probably the greatest issue most of us deal with is our health. Not necessarily our physical health. That is part of it. But also our mental and spiritual health. What we think, what we do and what we put into our bodies affect our all over health. For example, when we don’t get enough sleep it affects our physical health. When we don’t keep positive thoughts in our minds, it affects our mental health. When we don’t stay in God’s word, it affec... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:32:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 25, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379380 June 25, 2017 LEARN TO WORSHIP <BR> <BR> Many of us have gone to church with the wrong attitude. Some of us haven’t gone to church because our attitudes are wrong. Either way, our attitude is something we can definitely change. We go to church for many reasons. One of them is to worship God. We can learn how and why we worship when we go to church. We can learn to worship when we read God’s word. God knows our hearts. Does He see our hearts are willing to serve and ready to worship? Or does... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:40:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 24, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379003 June 24, 2017 LEARN NOT TO WORRY <BR> <BR> Telling someone to do something or not do something is much easier for us to say than to do. Many times we find ourselves telling others how to live when we aren’t even practicing what we preach. Learning not to worry takes times. It takes a whole lot of prayer and faith. It takes repetitive actions such as reading God’s word, trusting in Him and forgetting about that “what if’s.” Taking things one day at a time and trusting in God will help elimin... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:44:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 23, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378617 June 23, 2017 LEARN TO ENJOY LIFE <BR> <BR> We have all experienced those who brighten up a room when they leave it. We have friends, coworkers and acquaintances who tend to grumble and moan about everything. They walk around like they have lost their best friend. They gripe, complain and just don’t enjoy life. Some take life way too seriously and don’t want to have a little fun. God wants us to enjoy this life. He says it is good to enjoy life. Our lives are a gift from Him that He wants us... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:12:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 22, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378194 June 22, 2017 LEARN TO FOCUS <BR> <BR> Most people believe it is a strength that they are able to multitask. However, it has been discovered that multitasking isn’t really a good thing after all. Think about it. If we are doing one thing and want to do it well, why would we try to do something else at the same time? Many times, when we are multitasking, we miss things, we lose focus and we sometimes get frustrated and overwhelmed. Focusing on one thing at a time will help us do what we need ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:38:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 21, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377762 June 21, 2017 LEARN TO CONFESS <BR> <BR> As adults, we have learned from past experiences it is better to get things off our chest than to allow them to linger. The burdens and sins we continue to roll around in our minds lay heavy on us and when we don’t confess them, they will do damage to our lives. Sometimes it takes daily confession of things we just can’t stop doing right away. Sometimes it takes us asking God what we need to confess because we can’t see it ourselves. However, if we le... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:50:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377346 June 20, 2017 TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES <BR> <BR> Most of us probably know we are to take care of ourselves. If we have even had a situation where we had bad news about our health, we quickly begin a new routine of eating right and exercising so we will live longer and feel better. God wants us to take care of our bodies not only for a healthier life but because He created these bodies as a precious gift for us. We are blessed with these bodies from God and should be sure what we do with them a... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:43:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 19, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376916 June 19, 2017 LEARN TO SERVE AND GIVE <BR> <BR> Success means many things to many people. Some feel success is having enough money in the bank. Some feel success is making it to the top in their career. Some feel success is family or health. However, God has another definition in mind. To Him, for us to be successful we are to give. His definition of success is to follow, obey and believe in Him. And that means serving Him, giving to others and sharing His love. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 2... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:26:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 18, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376555 June 18, 2017 LISTEN TO THE FATHER <BR> <BR> Many of us may remember the show “Father Knows Best” from long ago. A father is head of the household and the leader of the family if he is truly doing his job. We should obey our earthly fathers and honor them. However, we have another Father. We have a Heavenly Father who always knows best. He is able to teach us right from wrong if we are willing to listen and obey. He can put His law in our hearts and minds so we can learn what is right. He wa... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:54:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 17, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376190 June 17, 2017 LEARN TO WATCH OUR WORDS AND ACTIONS <BR> <BR> There are times when we say or do the wrong things and those around us join in. We may have meant to just be venting or letting off some steam but the people around us took it a little more seriously. Our words or actions may have been just enough to set them off the deep end. We need to learn to be more mindful of what we say and do. Anything we say could trigger others to do things that are not according to God’s will. If we show... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:34:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375786 June 16, 2017 GET REAL <BR> <BR> Lip syncing is where the music and words are playing and it appears the entertainers are singing but they are merely moving their lips as if they are singing. This could also be applied to our lives. Some of us read God’s word out loud but we don’t obey it. Others of us take action according to God’s word but we aren’t sincere in our action. Anything we are not doing fully for God is fake. If we want to learn to be real, we need to stop faking our way through... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:33:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375380 June 15, 2017 ADD VALUE <BR> <BR> If we were really to think about how we spend our days and nights, we would find much of our time is spent on things that are not really adding value. In other words, what we do most of the time is not furthering the Kingdom of Heaven. Where we spend our time is not doing what God wants us to do. If we want to add value to others, we should strive to build a relationship with them, encourage them with God’s word and share the Good News with them. Then we wil... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:41:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 14, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374950 June 14, 2017 MAKE ALLOWANCES <BR> <BR> So many times we are too quick to judge. We don’t take time to stop and think about why others act the way they do. We are too quick to get angry or upset about what others do. However, God wants us to stop and think about the situation and the person. God want us to remember that no one is perfect. Not even us. God wants us to remember and learn to make allowances for each other’s faults and to forgive them just as He has forgiven us. <BR> <BR> SCRIP... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:25:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374487 June 13, 2017 LEARN TO CONNECT <BR> <BR> As we go through life, we eventually find people who know the same people we do. We may even find people who have similar backgrounds as us. We meet some who have the same likes and dislikes as well. When that happens, we connect with them. We bond because we have something in common and we remember them. These worldly connections are important to us because we feel a part of something bigger. However, God calls us to connect with Him as believers. Wh... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 06:11:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 12, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374030 June 12, 2017 LEARN LOVE <BR> <BR> There are just some things this world doesn’t teach us. In fact, there are many good things we can’t learn from this world. One of those good things is love. When we seek the things of the world, we learn what the world teaches. We learn greed, lust, hate, envy…and many more evil things. However, when we seek God’s word, we will learn more and more about love. God is love and when we seek Him, we will know love and He will teach us to learn more about His l... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:09:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373613 June 11, 2017 LEARN FROM THE PAST <BR> <BR> We have probably heard or read that we shouldn’t dwell on the past or live in the past but it is definitely okay to learn from the past. Although we could really learn a lot from our own past on how to live more for Christ, we can also learn from the people in the past who are in the Bible. The people in the Bible dealt with the same temptations we deal with today. Their lives are examples to us and warnings as well. We can definitely learn from th... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:25:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 10, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373241 June 10, 2017 LEARN CONTENTMENT <BR> <BR> This time of year we hear our children talk about how bored they are. The days are getting longer and school is out. We probably remember those days ourselves where there wasn’t enough to do to be entertained all day and we felt like someone should entertain us, take us some place great or buy us something. As adults, we sometimes grow bored as well. We feel like we want more out of life but are not sure what that “more” is. When we feel that way, we... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:12:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 9, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372822 June 9, 2017 DON’T BE A FILLER <BR> <BR> A filler does nothing but take up space. When we act as fillers, we are occupying space but not doing anything to further God’s Kingdom. God wants us to learn our purpose in life, discover the strengths and talents He has given to us and set out to do His will in our own unique way. People who are not fillers seek ways to make a difference by building relationships to help others. We should ask ourselves today if we are seeking ways to help others and... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 06:39:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 8, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372400 June 8, 2017 LEARN NOT TO STRAY <BR> <BR> Many of us get off track on a regular basis. We stray from what we are supposed to be doing because we get distracted. We get off track in getting things done because others interrupt us. We lose focus on what is important because we get tired or bored. However, one area we need to be sure we are not straying from is in our daily time with God. When we stray from building a relationship with Him, we are putting other things or people before Him. Doin... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 06:10:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371954 June 7, 2017 STINKING THINKING <BR> <BR> Stinking thinking is anything we think that is not good for us or others. We can learn to have better thoughts about ourselves and others when we choose to pay more attention to what we read, watch or listen to. We should protect our minds from negative things like certain television shows, gossip, news, etc. We need to fill our minds with good things we want to do to serve God and help others. Reading and meditating on God’s word will give us better ... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 06:42:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 6, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371504 June 6, 2017 LEARN TO OBEY <BR> <BR> Obedience is something we learn as children. We are taught what we should and should not do at an early age. We learn to be obedient to our parents, our teachers and other adults. We learn respect and manners. As we grow older, we learn to obey the law. We find out how government enforces the law and what we should do. However, throughout our lifetime, our number one lesson in obedience should be how to obey God. We can learn how to obey Him by getting to... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 05:47:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 5, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371007 June 5, 2017 LEARN TO KNOW GOD <BR> <BR> If we want to learn something we have to purposely seek out information. For example, we get something new that needs to be assembled. If it has a lot of parts, we don’t usually attempt to put it together without reading the instructions. If we want to successfully begin a new hobby, we normally read or study about what we need to get started and how to do the right steps in the right order. So, to live a full life and to understand what our purpose i... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 06:05:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 4, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370583 June 4, 2017 LEARN TO FEAR <BR> <BR> The world teaches us not to be afraid. Never fear. There are many acronyms for fear such as “false evidence appearing real, face everything and rise, forget everything and run.” We shouldn’t fear anything in this world. Even the Bible tells us that. However, we should learn to fear God. Fearing Him is the beginning of knowledge and understanding about who He truly is. How do we learn to fear God? By reading His word, praying and obeying Him. When we work ... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 06:36:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 3, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370198 June 3, 2017 FROM STRUGGLES TO SUCCESS <BR> <BR> So many of us struggle about doing what we truly want to do. We are unhappy in our jobs. We feel like we aren’t making a difference in our communities. We feel as if we are going day by day doing the same thing and getting nowhere. However, God has a purpose for our lives. He created us for a unique reason. He gave us special talents. He wants us to succeed. If we want to know God’s purpose for our lives, we need to learn to put Him first. Lea... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 07:05:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 2, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369780 June 2, 2017 WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make huge ones that take a while to fix and come with a cost. Other times we may make small ones that many other people make. Mistakes so small and easily fixed we don’t think too much about them. However, no matter the mistake, we should confess it to God, seek His forgiveness and look at what we can learn from it. There is always something to learn from our mistakes and God can help us. When we mess up, we shoul... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 06:40:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 1, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369341 June 1, 2017 SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER <BR> <BR> As children, many of us couldn’t wait to get out of school. Whether it was just for the day, for spring or winter breaks or for summertime, we were anxious about doing our own thing and not having to sit and learn all day long. However, as children, what we didn’t realize is learning doesn’t stop at school. We are always learning. We learn from our parents. We learn from our own mistakes. We learn from God’s word. It takes a lifetime of learning... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 06:22:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 31, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368895 May 31, 2017 WHAT WE SHOULD DO <BR> <BR> There are many times in life where we are unsure about what our next step should be. Decisions come daily to us about what to eat or wear. Other bigger decisions come to us about who to marry, where to work and how to live. What we should do is written in God’s word. He has listed many instructions in His word for all people. His word is solid. His word is true. His word will help us make right decisions every time. What we should do is go to God and ... Wed, 31 May 2017 06:39:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 30, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368404 May 30, 2017 TEACH ABOUT REAL BATTLE <BR> <BR> Studying history will teach us about the past battles in our country and in other countries. From the beginning of time there has been hate, jealousy and greed which seem to cause wars for power and victory. These worldly wars will continue for as long as there is a world because of sin. However, the real battle each of us have to face is with Satan. God shows us how to be ready to resist him in His word. We should read, learn and practice how t... Tue, 30 May 2017 06:13:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 29, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367991 May 29, 2017 TEACH ABOUT FREEDOM <BR> <BR> So many have died for our freedom in this world. So many have been brave and gave up their lives so that we may be free. We are to remember them and thank God for them. However, before our country even began, Jesus died for us. He gave up His life like no other. He died for our sins. He took on all the sins of the world and carried them to the cross. He died so we could ultimately be free from sin and live forever in His Kingdom. When we remember t... Mon, 29 May 2017 07:44:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 28, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367577 May 28, 2017 TEACH WHAT IS GOOD <BR> <BR> Despite what is going on in the world, there are still many good things to enjoy. There are new babies being born every day. The sun still comes up each morning. New opportunities surface that bring new hope. There is a lot of good around us if we choose to see it. God’s word is good. God’s word is for us to read, accept and teach. He tells us what is good and what we are to do. We are to plant good seeds so that we are living in obedience to Him and... Sun, 28 May 2017 07:31:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 27, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367162 May 27, 2017 TEACH GOD’S PROMISES <BR> <BR> All of us know someone who failed to follow through with a promise in life. We were let down and perhaps even lost trust in that person. A great thing about God is He always comes through with His promises. We can always count on His promises. There are over 7,000 promises in the Bible. God has given them to us. He wants us to remember them. He wants us to share them. He wants us to succeed in life by obeying Him and trusting in Him. When we rememb... Sat, 27 May 2017 06:32:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 26, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366756 May 26, 2017 HOW GOD TEACHES US <BR> <BR> Throughout our lifetime, we have many encounters with all types of teachers. We have had some who were funny, some who were mean and some who taught with gentleness and love. Each teacher is unique in the way he or she teaches. Some effective. Some not. However, God teaches us with love. He connects with our hearts. He is gentle. He is kind. He is loving. He wants us to find rest in Him. He wants us to have gratitude for what He does. God can teach u... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:17:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 25, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366336 May 25, 2017 TEACH ACCEPTANCE <BR> <BR> As we were growing up we strived to be accepted. We wanted our friends to like and accept us. We wanted to do what we wanted as teenagers but still be accepted by our parents. Even as adults, we want to be accepted and to “fit in.” Jesus came to this earth to live and to die so that we may be accepted. Not accepted by this world but accepted by God. God created us to be like Him. We are accepted by Him because He created us and loves us. No one will ev... Thu, 25 May 2017 06:11:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365914 May 24, 2017 TEACH ABOUT LIGHT <BR> <BR> With our unpredictable weather, a storm could easily knock our power out. Without power, we sometimes feel lost because we can’t do the normal things we do each day. At night, with no power, it gets completely dark and there is usually nothing to do but go to bed and listen to the quiet. Physical darkness is something we all have to deal with at some point; however, being in Spiritual darkness is something we can control. If we want to get out of the ... Wed, 24 May 2017 06:20:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 23, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365483 May 23, 2017 SO THEY WON’T TRUST IN THE WORLD <BR> <BR> Many people in this world really don’t know where to turn when they are lonely, depressed or upset. They go to the things of the world for temporary help but end up back in the same situation as before. Sometimes things are even worse the second time around. It gets to be a vicious cycle as they search continuously for something better that will help the cope. Some even seek money as their way out. Our job, as believers, is to seek out ... Tue, 23 May 2017 06:32:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 22, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365009 May 22, 2017 SO THEY WILL PASS IT ON <BR> <BR> All of us have probably heard a rumor or gossip at some point in our lives. We hear things from others who even admit they don’t know if what they are sharing is actually true. We listen with intent in hopes we hear something that will shock us or relate to us or that we can even share ourselves. However, we need to be careful about the things we choose to listen to and the things we choose to share. If these things are not from God, we can’t al... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:13:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 21, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364595 May 21, 2017 TEACH LOVE <BR> <BR> Just about the best way to teach anyone is to show them and then allow them to do it themselves so they can better learn. When we tell them, they hear it but may not understand. When we show them, they see it and understand it a little more. However, when we allow them to do it they get the full experience and better learn, remember and understand. How can we help others by teaching them about love? Tell them and show them but most importantly allow them to ... Sun, 21 May 2017 06:28:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 20, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364237 May 20, 2017 WHAT WE NEED <BR> <BR> Just about every successful entrepreneur and CEO of a company knows their top priority is to meet the needs of their customers. When they meet the customer’s needs, the customer is happy and chooses to continue to do business with them. Successful speakers know to find out the needs of their audience and speak on how they can get their needs met. We are needy people. We are always searching for something we believe we need. However, when we teach others th... Sat, 20 May 2017 07:04:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 19, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363824 May 19, 2017 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 t... Fri, 19 May 2017 05:54:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 18, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363402 May 18, 2017 WHY WE TEACH <BR> <BR> As children, we learn so much. We have parents, grandparents, teacher, aunts, uncles, etc. who are with us and teaching us many things. Those role models we have teach us right from wrong. They help us by giving us what we need to live. They love us and care for us. We begin to trust them as they teach us because we see they truly care. God cares for us. He loves us. He created us and wants to teach us to trust in Him. When we decide to read His word and a... Thu, 18 May 2017 06:13:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362974 May 17, 2017 TAKE THE FOCUS OFF US <BR> <BR> When we spend time teaching others, we are taking the focus off us and our issues and helping them. Teaching others helps us forget our own problems so we can help others with theirs. God calls us to help others. We can help them by building them up in the Lord. Jesus came to this earth not to be served but to serve. We are to live as He did. When we take the focus off of us and put it on Jesus, we will better know how to serve others and desire t... Wed, 17 May 2017 06:39:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362550 May 16, 2017 TEACHING THROUGH FORGIVENESS <BR> <BR> It is very hard to have a relationship with someone we can’t forgive. It is hard to even be around that person. We have probably experienced someone in our lives who was hard to forgive or who would not forgive us. However, we can’t be effective in our relationships when we don’t show forgiveness. In fact, we can’t effectively teach them about God’s word and love when we aren’t forgiving others as He forgives us. Rather than holding a grudg... Tue, 16 May 2017 06:43:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362085 May 15, 2017 TEACHABLE MOMENTS <BR> <BR> There are countless times where we are dealing with issues and we just don’t understand how they happened. Real life tends to sneak up on us at times. But rather than feeling sorry for ourselves or getting mad, we need to look at these times as teachable moments. There is a lesson buried in our situation. A lesson from God. He is teaching us something about ourselves. He is revealing to us a behavior we may need to change. He is showing us an action w... Mon, 15 May 2017 06:09:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 14, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361680 May 14, 2017 TEACHING BRINGS BLESSINGS <BR> <BR> We have probably discovered (some of us the hard way) that it is much easier to assemble something when we read and follow the directions. The outcome is much better as well. Just as following directions makes our work easier and the outcome better, we are more blessed when we hear God’s word and put it into practice. We are reminded in God’s word how many blessings we can have when we share with others and when we obey His word. He loves us a... Sun, 14 May 2017 07:02:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361292 May 13, 2017 PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH <BR> <BR> If we want to be successful in teaching anything, we need to practice what we preach. This is true for so many situations. When we practice what we preach, or teach, then we will learn more about what to do and what not to do. We will learn from our mistakes and we can share what we have learned in our teachings. We can learn from reading God’s word and applying it to our lives. We can pray asking God what to share and what not to share. Pract... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:12:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 12, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360898 May 12, 2017 DESIRE TO TRAIN OTHERS <BR> <BR> Many of us don’t believe we have the ability to train others; however, we have possibly been training for a very long time without realizing it. We train by our actions. We train when we show or tell someone something they don’t know. We train when we share something that helps another person. Training is about sharing knowledge to help others. Once we begin sharing, we begin helping. Once we begin helping, we are doing God’s will and our desire ... Fri, 12 May 2017 06:11:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, May 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360465 May 11, 2017 TRAIN TO ENCOURAGE <BR> <BR> We probably don’t know anyone who wants to hear discouraging words all the time. We possibly have friends who don’t mean to but tend to speak down to us and discourage us with their word. They may be talking bad about themselves, others or even us. Eventually those discouraging words will rub off on us and cause us to be discouraged as well. The good news is we don’t have to listen. We can choose to walk away or interrupt the speaker and counter offe... Thu, 11 May 2017 06:09:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 10, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360041 May 10, 2017 STRETCH OUR MINDS <BR> <BR> We all have heard about how stretching our bodies daily can be very beneficial to our health. Stretching our bodies helps our balance, our mood, our alertness and our physical well-being. Stretching also helps our bodies to be more flexible and better able to handle stress. We also should stretch our minds. If we leave our minds stagnant without training anything new, we will soon get bored, depressed and lack motivation to do what we need to do. Read... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:43:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, May 9, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359593 May 9, 2017 TRAIN OURSELVES TO CARE <BR> <BR> There are many people in the world who care. The trouble is they care only about themselves. They begin the day thinking about what they want. They go through the day focusing on their needs. They end the day determining if it was a good day based on what they achieved for themselves. However, we are called to put ourselves last and to care for others. If we don’t know how, it’s time we began to train ourselves to care and God can help. Want to t... Tue, 9 May 2017 06:14:11 EST