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/ Taking A Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240982 Good morning! Hope you all have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> I am prayerfully taking a break from posting for a while on Spark. If you want to know how to continue to get my devotionals, message me and I will send you the link. <BR> <BR> Not sure how long I will be gone. Prayers are appreciated! <BR> <BR> Thank you, <BR> <BR> Frances Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:40:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240487 September 23, 2016 WHEN WE AREN'T HONEST <BR> <BR> When we aren't honest with others, we are doing wrong. It can cause us to want to avoid them. We get tangled up in our lies and deceit and soon we are feeling guilty about what we did but don't know how to fix things. If we aren't careful, we will destroy a perfectly good relationship with another person because of one small lie. When we aren't honest, we can destroy lives, harbor bitterness and cause others to have hard feelings toward us. ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:26:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240036 September 22, 2016 TAKING AN OATH <BR> <BR> An oath is a solemn promise that is witnessed by others and involves a future act or behavior. We often think of oath when we are put on the stand to testify. We swear to tell the truth or we will face punishment. Why do we have to take an oath and promise to tell the truth? Shouldn't we be truthful all the time? Because of sin. Because of this fallen world. We have to promise to tell the truth by taking an oath agreeing we will be punished if we l... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:19:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239461 September 21, 2016 IT TAKES DISCIPLINE <BR> <BR> Those who follow Jesus may appear to others as if they have the perfect life. They may seem to have it all together. They may look as if they are flawless and dedicated. However, that is far from the truth. They still sin. They still mess up. They still have some issues. We all do. The difference is their attitude. They seem to have it together because they have the attitude of Christ and know God is in control. Another difference is their dis... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:02:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238908 September 20, 2016 STOP THE FACADE <BR> <BR> When we put on a front, we may think we are fooling others and may even fool a few but we aren't fooling God. A facade is when we act one way but hide who we truly are. A facade is concealing our true feelings in order to pretend to be something we are not. A facade is an act of being a hypocrite meaning the person is phony, untruthful and possibly deceiving. If we find ourselves living any of these ways it's time for us turn from sin and turn bac... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:00:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238290 September 19, 2016 HOW TO BE HONEST <BR> <BR> For some of us it is hard to tell the truth. It is hard to be honest. It may be because we have lied for so long, we don't know how to stop. It may be because we stretch the truth because we think our lives are boring. It may be because we just want to shock people and tell things that are not true to get a reaction from them. Whatever the reason, there is a way we can turn from the lies and begin being honest today. God can help us when we focus... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:35:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 18, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237755 September 18, 2016 SPEAK AND TEACH THE TRUTH <BR> <BR> All around the world there are people who teach others. They may teach school. They may teach at work. They may teach in church. When others teach things that are not right, it creates confusion and chaos. At work, things won't get done correctly and profits could decline. At school, children won't learn the right things to help them in the real world. In church, when people are not taught God's truth, they will not know God's true word... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:19:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237256 September 17, 2016 PROMISE KEEPER <BR> <BR> As time has passed over the centuries, a promise is just not as trustworthy or guaranteed as it used to be. We sometimes say what others want to hear with no intentions of following through with what we promise. We give our word but don't do what we said. We find excuses or reasons not to do what we said we would do. Honesty is about keeping promises. Not only do the people we are talking with hear our promises but God does as well. We need to be a... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:13:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236701 September 16, 2016 HONEST WITH OURSELVES <BR> <BR> So many people go through life believing they are different than they really are. Some believe they are a great employee yet they do little work and waste a great deal of company time. Some believe they are good at communicating but fail to talk to their own families and ignore their friends. Others believe they are strong in their faith yet they fail to go to church and worship God and fellowship with other believers. In order to be the pe... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:47:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236144 September 15, 2016 TO GOD BE THE GLORY <BR> <BR> We get a promotion at work. We are recognized for a job well done. We accomplish a project or close a deal with a great outcome. It is easy to soak up the glory when success comes and others congratulate us. However, if we were honest with ourselves and others, we would want to give God the glory for the great things He did through us. When we are honest about giving God the glory in all things rather than taking the praise selfishly, others w... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:53:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235586 September 14, 2016 HONEST RELATIONSHIPS <BR> <BR> In an ideal world, we would all enjoy honest relationships with others. An honest relationship is one that is free from lies. An honest relationship has no hidden anger, bitter resentment or nasty jealousy. These may be harsh concepts but are, unfortunately, reality. There are some relationships where we are a little happy bad things happen to others because we are jealous. There are some relationships where others resent us because of what w... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:56:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235001 September 13, 2016 LYING TO LOOK GOOD <BR> <BR> There are times in our lives where we all want to look good. It may be a particular event we are going to. It may be on the job where we have a big presentation. It may be a certain area of our life we try to control so it doesn't seem like it is falling apart to others. Whatever the reason, we may find ourselves leaning on our own understanding rather than God's to look good to others. We may be listening more to others on what we should do ra... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:39:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234405 September 12, 2016 GREAT PROMISES <BR> <BR> There are times when we want to do the right thing and make promises to others. However, as good as our intentions are, something happens and we don't quite live up to our promises. Many times we lose credibility for not living up to what we say we are going to do. We must think carefully about what we say and not make promises we can keep. We must remember how great God's promises are and know He always keeps His promises. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 46:4 "... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:50:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233762 September 11, 2016 THEY COME TO DESTROY <BR> <BR> It's unfortunate what some people believe to be real in this world. It may be they are taught from birth and that is all they know. It may be they have lost hope in everything else and are clinging to this one last thing that, in reality, isn't true at all. It may be they're just looking to get ahead and will do whatever it takes to succeed. Whatever the reason people believe things in this world that are not actually true, their beliefs can ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:02:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233247 September 10, 2016 BEING HONEST WITH GOD <BR> <BR> It is important to be honest with ourselves and with others. However, what is most important is that we are honest with God. He already knows everything about us but we need to be sure we don't think we are fooling Him or claiming we know Him when we don't. Our actions reveal how we really feel about Him and how we feel about obeying Him. When we say one thing but do another, God knows we aren't truly committed to Him. He wants us to belong ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:11:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232675 September 9, 2016 SET FREE <BR> <BR> There are times when we feel down and out because we are burdened by untruths. When we are hiding something that needs to be revealed, when we are carrying something that needs to be let go of, or when we are feeling pinned down because of someone else's lies that are ruining our lives, we can't have the freedom God desires for us to have. It's time to let go of the hurts, the untruths and the burdens and get into God's word and remain faithful to His tea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:38:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232118 September 8, 2016 LEAN ON EACH OTHER <BR> <BR> When we are honest with others, listen to them and take time to make right relationships, we are able to share our problems with them without fear of them judging us. We can learn to trust them and they will trust us. We can lean on each other to be a sounding board when we just want to talk and when we need someone to pray for us when we are going through hard times. When we take time to confess our sins to each other and pray for each other, o... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 06:28:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231544 September 7, 2016 STRETCHING THE TRUTH <BR> <BR> Many of us know people who say things we want to hear or to make themselves look good. They tend to stretch the truth. We may, ourselves, be guilty of slipping and saying things that aren't completely true. We think it would be easier to tell a small lie. We believe it will be okay to stretch the truth a bit. We don't want to upset others so we hide things instead of getting them out in the open. However, godly people should be honest and wan... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:00:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230892 September 6, 2016 ENCOURAGED TO DO WRONG <BR> <BR> There will be times when others will tell us it is okay to stretch the truth a bit to get what we need. They will tell us it's okay to be dishonest in our taxes because we deserve that money we worked for. They will tell us to go ahead and tell a little lie about something we did on the job so we will look good. There will be those who will encourage us to lie but we must hold on the God's truth and remain faithful to Him. If we want to be s... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 06:17:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 5, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230375 September 5, 2016 WHO ARE WE FOOLING? <BR> <BR> Most of us don't like to admit we are having a bad time. Many put on social media all is well and we are just as happy and blessed as we can be. However, our lives indicate otherwise. Those who we live with know who we truly are and what we are going through. And God knows. We may post about how wonderful our lives are, but who are we really fooling? Maybe it's time we be honest with ourselves and ask God for help. When we confess our feelings ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:07:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 4, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229881 September 4, 2016 HONEST TEACHINGS <BR> <BR> We have all possibly heard people who teach things we know aren’t right. It may be at school where we hear a teacher say something we know can’t be true. It may be at work when we are given wrong information on purpose. It may be at church where the teacher or preacher is stretching God’s word to make a point. Dishonest teaching from God’s word is wrong. We need to be sure we know God’s word well enough to recognize His truth when we hear it. <BR>... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:21:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 3, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229331 September 3, 2016 WILLING TO LIVE HONESTLY <BR> <BR> Many of us, if truth be told, would admit we have told a fib now and again. We may even have a habit of stretching the truth a bit just to sound more interesting or important. Some of us may feel like our lives have gotten out of control because of our lies. However, there is good news. Despite our past, we can make a decision now to live honestly for the rest of our lives. When we repent and turn from our sin, God will forgive us and help... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 07:38:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228767 September 2, 2016 HONESTY BRINGS PEACE <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is hard to live honestly in all things. We have stress that causes us to lie just to keep the peace in our home and keep the stress down. We have pride that creeps in and tempts us to lie so we look good to others. We have doubt or worry where we lie as a way to control things so we can perhaps feel better. However, being dishonest doesn't make us feel better. It makes us feel worse. But honesty can bring peace. <BR> <BR> 2 John ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 06:12:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 1, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228174 September 1, 2016 HONESTY <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. <BR> <BR> Psalm 32:2 "Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 06:44:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 31, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227530 August 31, 2016 GOD'S WORD BRINGS DIRECTION <BR> <BR> How many times in life have we felt like we didn't know which way to turn? How many times have we felt alone and lost? How many times have we felt like we didn't know what to do? There are so many times we just throw our hands in the air because we feel like giving up. Instead, however, we need to throw them up to God and ask for His help. His word will bring us the direction we need to help us do what needs to be done. Every time. <BR> ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:41:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 30, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226922 August 30, 2016 GOD'S WORD BRINGS FOCUS <BR> <BR> There are times when we are distracted, lost, confused, angry, afraid or just flustered. We may not have the right words to say. We may feel what we want to say isn't exactly what should be said. We may feel inferior or unimportant to speak out. When we feel that way, we need to remember God's word. He tells us He created our mouths and will instruct us on the right things to say when we focus on Him. <BR> <BR> Exodus 4:10 "But Moses pleaded... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:20:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 29, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226308 August 29, 2016 GREATEST TREASURE <BR> <BR> Over 17 million people purchased $2 lottery tickets in an attempt to win a $142 million jackpot this past week. In days gone by, pirates have murdered, lied and stolen to find buried treasures. Hundreds of years ago, gold rushers gave up everything in hopes to find riches. People seem to always be searching for that next big win or find. Some people give up everything in hopes of winning. Most are left with nothing. If only they knew the greatest t... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:53:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225781 August 28, 2016 GREAT PEACE <BR> <BR> There are few places in this world where we can go to for peace. We may attempt to get away to a certain area of our homes but we may still have turmoil in our minds that we can't escape. There are few words others can say that will bring us peace when we are going through hard times. We know they mean well but some things just can't get better with human words. However, God's word promises peace. Not just the peace we think about when we want to get awa... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:27:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225243 August 27, 2016 GOD'S WORD BRINGS STRENGTH <BR> <BR> When we feel tired or drained we really don't want to do anything else and can't seem to concentrate. Sometimes lack of sleep will make us that way. Sometimes too much stress can do it. Other times just having too much to do will cause us to feel tired or drained. Then there are times we are afraid and feel weak because of our fear. However, there is a remedy for feeling weak, tired or drained. That remedy is God's word. His word can bring... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 07:47:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224709 August 26, 2016 THE RIGHT WORDS TO SAY <BR> <BR> So many times we don't have the right words to say to others. When others are suffering, we want to help but don't know what to say. When others are doing wrong, we want to guide them back to God but don't know how to do that. When others are feeling sorry for themselves, we want to encourage them but don't what words will work. That is why we need to lean on God to give us the right words to say. He wants to help us and speak through us. <BR>... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:34:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 25, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224146 August 25, 2016 WORDS ALONE <BR> <BR> Our words are not always taken seriously. It may be because we sometimes say one thing and do another. If we are honest, our actions do not always back up our words. Sometimes even our body language does not match what we are saying. Words are good to use in communication but to really get things done, we need to take action. Our action is what makes things happen. It is the same with discipline. When God speaks to us to change our ways, we don't always ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:09:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 24, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223534 August 24, 2016 WHEN WE HEAR THINGS <BR> <BR> When we hear news through the rumor mill, the television or social media, we probably have different reactions. Some believe what they hear and wonder how it could have possibly happened. Others don't believe at all what they hear and seek the facts of the story. While some just dismiss it because it doesn't affect them and they have no time to worry or research. However, when God speaks, we can count on His word to be true, relevant and timely. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 06:38:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 23, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222968 August 23, 2016 GOD’S WORD <BR> <BR> Many times when we are in a conversation with someone they will say something that reminds us of something else. When they are done talking, we share what we remember about that subject and our conversation continues. When God speaks to us through His written word or through other ways, He reaches our inner thoughts so we are thinking about what message He is sharing with us. Taking time to really dig in to His word and dwell on it will help us allow Him ... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:09:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 22, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222323 August 22, 2016 DEEPER MEANING <BR> <BR> Jesus told many parables and used stories with deeper meanings to His disciples and to those who followed Him. Sometimes His disciples as well as the others received the wrong message. They were focusing on the words rather than the meaning behind the words. Jesus had to repeat His words and then the disciples understood. There will be times when we don't understand the meaning of God's message to us. We should be ready to listen again and pray about ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:38:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 21, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221785 August 21, 2016 WORDS TO GOD <BR> <BR> Prayer is about going to God for help. Prayer is about worshiping God. Prayer is about having a conversation and a close relationship with our Creator. Prayer changes things. Prayer moves us. Prayer helps us to keep the needs of others in our hearts and minds. Pray for others. Pray for self. Pray for leaders, pray for servants. Prayer needs to be a constant conversation to God. Pray this way: <BR> <BR> Matthew 6:9-13 "After this manner therefore pray y... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:38:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 20, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221305 August 20, 2016 BLASPHEMY <BR> <BR> Whenever someone shows disrespect to God, it is called blasphemy. Disrespect can be in many forms but a common form is with our words. There are some television shows that mock the name of God. There are some people who use His name in vain. We are told if we misuse the name of our Lord, we will not go unpunished. We are told blasphemy is a sin that will not be forgiven. That is why it is so important we think about words carefully so every word is pleasin... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:43:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 19, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220729 August 19, 2016 THOSE WHO BOAST <BR> <BR> We can pick up quickly those who like to talk about themselves. It sometimes is okay because it fills the conversation when everyone else is silent. It sometimes doesn't bother us because we want to hear their stories or situations. However, more often than not, it can be annoying especially when they are boasting and bragging about their lives and how wonderful they are. We know nobody's life is perfect. Especially if they aren't in a close relatio... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 06:53:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 17, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219472 August 17, 2016 HURTFUL WORDS <BR> <BR> We all have someone in our lives who seems to have hurtful words to say. For some reason they want to put us down, be negative or attempt to destroy our happiness with their words. People who enjoy saying hurtful and demeaning words aren't really the people we need to be listening to. Unfortunately, they don't take a hint when we stop hanging around them. It doesn't even stop them when we come right out and tell them they are saying hurtful words. If w... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:53:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 16, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218819 August 16, 2016 WISE WORDS <BR> <BR> We all probably have someone we go to when we need some wise words and good advice. Sometimes others will come to us for clarity on an issue they are dealing with because they know we will offer some wise advice. We usually go to those who are willing to listen and give us godly advice that will help us remember to lean on God. Those who are wise understand God's word and will use their words to help others understand it as well. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 22:17... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:43:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 15, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218183 August 15, 2016 TALKING DIRTY <BR> <BR> We have all been around those who feel the need to talk dirty or use wrong language. It is uncomfortable to some but just comes natural to others. We have guidelines from God about our words. There is no need to make a point using offensive language or rude and vulgar jokes. They do nothing but show others how foolish the speaker is. Talking dirty is not something we want our children to do. So why do feel like we need to do it? <BR> <BR> Ephesians 5:... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:43:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217633 August 14, 2016 WORDS OF WORSHIP <BR> <BR> There are many types of worship. Some just stand in God's presence and pray. Others raise their hands in the air and sing. Some use words to worship God in gratitude and love. There are some who worship by fasting and prayer. There is no one way to worship but it is important that we do worship God. Worshipping is important to God showing Him we acknowledge who He is and love Him. Worshipping in prayer is important in our lives to keep us focused on... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 07:28:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217114 August 13, 2016 THOSE WHO LIE <BR> <BR> Some people have a way with words. They can say things that are not true but people believe them. The speak lies and are not willing to speak the truth. Those people are usually hiding behind the truth for a reason. They are running from the truth because they are afraid or they are just plain evil. We can't speak for others or even force them to be truthful but we can pray and ask God to help us recognize when others are lying. We can pray for them an... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 07:04:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 12, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216548 August 12, 2016 KISS <BR> <BR> K.I.S.S. is an acronym for "keep it simple, stupid" or "keep it super simple." There are other versions of it out there but the main idea is to keep things simple. Sometimes we can overcomplicate life because we make big promises we can't keep. We sometimes overpromise and under deliver. However, God tells us when we reply to a request to keep it simple. A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice. We don't have to overpromise because that could lead to broken promises... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 06:46:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 11, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215952 August 11, 2016 WHY ARGUE? <BR> <BR> Sometimes the words of others hurt us. It's possible that we want to respond back in a hurtful way so we can make them feel like they made us feel. But if we think about it, what does that really accomplish? In the Bible, we are told we are to speak only kind words to others. We are told not to waste time arguing with others. We are told to spend our time training ourselves to be godly. When we focus on God and His word, we will learn how to argue less an... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:16:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 10, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215350 August 10, 2016 SPEAKING OUT <BR> <BR> If only we could remember one thing when we are about to say something we shouldn't. If only we could remember what the consequences would be from our words. Many times we think we shouldn't hold things inside because it is not healthy. Many believe we should speak our minds and get things out in the open. That is true to a point; however, the words we say should always be pleasing and kind because evil and lies do not help the situation at all. <BR> <... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 06:36:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214724 August 9, 2016 NO NEED TO BE PERFECT <BR> <BR> Those who are successful in getting things done may not be the most skilled. They are successful because they keep on trying and don't give up. They aren't concerned if they mess up a few times while they are trying to accomplish a goal because they know mistakes are opportunities to learn. They aren't worried about running into problems or dead ends because they know when they put their faith in God, He will help them succeed. <BR> <BR> Psalm ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:33:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214108 August 8, 2016 WHAT DEFILES US <BR> <BR> God tells us what we put into our mouths is not near as important as what we put into our hearts and minds. We can't help others or set the example for others when our lives are not right with God. Let's examine our lives today and ask God if we are putting anything in our minds and hearts that we need to allow Him to remove so we can better live for Him. Let's be sure our words are pleasing to God and encouraging to others. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 4:29 ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 06:36:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 7, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213572 August 7, 2016 WRITTEN WORD <BR> <BR> When we write something down it becomes more concrete. We are told to write our goals down if we want to truly reach them. We are told to document things that happen to us at work so we can go back and use them as proof when we have been wronged. We are told to write down our feelings and thoughts as therapy to help us cope with difficult situations. Writing everything down can help us sort things out. God knew that and that is why He provided us with H... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 07:19:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213096 August 6, 2016 OUR WORDS <BR> <BR> So many times the things we say are taken the wrong way. So many people get upset about what was said for the wrong reasons. That is why communication is so important. When we take time to clarify what has been said rather than assume it was meant a certain way, we will better understand what the other person is saying. When we make sure others understand us and we understand others, our communications will not be taken wrong and there will be less dissensi... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:53:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 5, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212541 August 5, 2016 QUESTIONS <BR> <BR> Many times it is good to ask questions to clarify something or get more information. Other times we have to ask for what we want because if we don't ask, no one may know we want it. Questions are always helpful to learn or obtain more. God wants us to know we can ask Him anything. He wants us to know we shouldn't be afraid to ask. He will always hear our requests when we are living for Him. <BR> <BR> John 15:7 "But if you remain in me and my words remain i... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 06:10:47 EST