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 Thursday, February 23, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320187 February 23, 2017 BEING THANKFUL IS GOD’S WILL <BR> <BR> When other people thank us or show appreciation for something we have done, it makes us feel good. Sometimes we say you’re welcome. Sometimes we say there is no need to thank us. Sometimes we are surprised they are thanking us because we are really just doing our job. When others thank us we are to tell them to give God the glory rather than us. God’s will is for us to always be thankful. He wants us to acknowledge Him and what He does... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:55:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 22, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319678 February 22, 2017 WE CAN DO GOD’S WILL <BR> <BR> We are to seek God’s will, learn God’s will and know God’s will. We are to obey God’s will and share God’s will. His will is written all throughout the Bible. When we get into His word, we are seeking His will. When we pray and trust in Him, we are learning God’s will. When we make it a practice to spend time with Him, we will know His will. When we step out and do what He calls us to do, we will obey His will. When we speak to others about wh... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:41:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319182 February 21, 2017 SIN BLOCK <BR> <BR> Sin will block us from being able to do God’s will. Joshua was leading his people to conquer their enemies. However due to Achen disobeying the Lord, Joshua’s men were killed in battle. There are consequences to disobedience. One consequence is we will be caught and disciplined on earth. Another is we will not have a right relationship with God. If we want to do God’s will and be successful, we need to be sure we are living as He commands us to live. We ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:10:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 20, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318703 February 20, 2017 IT TAKES PATIENCE <BR> <BR> Doing almost anything takes patience. In this fast paced world, we get impatient when our smart phones don’t go fast enough or when the microwave takes too long. But as the old saying goes “good things come to those who wait.” It’s true. Patience is a virtue. Learning patience will help us so much in our lives. We need to practice patience so we can grow spiritually as we live for God each day. Becoming who God wants us to be is not instantaneou... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:39:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 19, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318198 February 19, 2017 LIVE HONORABLE LIVES <BR> <BR> Knowing God’s will and doing it are, of course, two different things. We can do both but still not be right with God. When we get to know God and His will for our lives, we begin to take action. However, if we are taking action doing His will but not living a right life in the process, we won’t be doing His will at all. God tells us to live honorable lives. God tells us to do what is right and good in His sight. Every day we should pray askin... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:44:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 18, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317750 February 18, 2017 OBEDIENCE <BR> <BR> Obedience is complying with another’s request, law or authority. When we obey someone, we are doing what they ask us to do. For example, there are some laws we may not always agree with or understand but we comply with them because we know we are supposed to obey. To be a true follower of God, we are to obey Him. If we want to know God’s will for us, it is that we obey Him. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Psalm 119:33-34 “Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I wi... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:52:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 17, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317355 February 17, 2017 PRAY <BR> <BR> If we want to know God’s will for our lives, we need to have a right relationship with Him. To have a right relationship with anyone, even God, it requires action our part. We have to take the initiative to get to know Him. We have to spend time talking with Him. We have to share with Him our issues and praise Him for all He has done. It is God’s will is for us to pray to Him. It is His will we pray for His will to be done. When we spend some private time wit... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:11:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316823 February 16, 2017 BELIEVE <BR> <BR> To do God’s will, we have to know what it is He wants us to do. We have to believe in Him and in the future. Both we cannot see. However, when we believe His will to be done, He will work through us. When we step out in faith. He will do great things through us. When we live by believing in Him and not having to see things for ourselves, He will direct our paths, go before us, walk with us and keep us safe. He tells us we can do greater things through Him ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:57:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316318 February 15, 2017 MEDITATE <BR> <BR> To know God’s will means we are to get into His word. Many people think they can know God without reading His word. It’s just not possible. His word is made up of stories about Him and people who had relationships with Him and people who rebelled against Him. We are to read His word but not stop there. Just reading is not understanding. We are to meditate on His word and apply it to our lives. His word will help us build a relationship with Him and help u... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:09:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 14, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315801 February 14, 2017 LOVE OTHERS <BR> <BR> Love is a powerful thing. Because of God’s love, we are created. Because of His love, we are saved. God’s will is that we love one another. First we have to know what love is. God tells us that in His word. Then we need to pray about God helping us to love, really love, others. Next, we put it into action. We are to love others all the days of our lives. It is our responsibility to love others as God has called us to do. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Co... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:05:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315244 February 13, 2017 DO SOMETHING <BR> <BR> So many of us see issues in the world, concerns in the workplace or problems at home, yet we do nothing to make a difference. We complain about them. We get frustrated with them. We even avoid them, if possible. However, if we do nothing we will never know God’s will. If we do something, we may eventually know and understand the specific reason why we are here on this earth. We are all here to serve others and worship God. However, there is a specific... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:08:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 12, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314752 February 12, 2017 HELPING CHILDREN <BR> <BR> Children are very impressionable. They aren’t sure who to listen to or who to trust; however, most of them trust everyone until they learn not everyone is telling the truth. That is why it is so important we teach them God’s truths and His promises and His will. Teaching them God’s will and how to respond to His word is so important. Despite if we have children or not, we can find a way to teach them about God and let them know they can truly trus... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 06:07:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314292 February 11, 2017 DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES <BR> <BR> Sometimes we think so much about what others should or shouldn’t be doing that we forget about our own responsibilities. We shouldn’t compare what others do to what we do. We all can’t do the same things and we all have different responsibilities. We are to have a right relationship with God, focus on the responsibilities He gave us and do all we can to follow through with them. When we accept the fact we all have different responsibilit... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:37:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 10, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313795 February 10, 2017 DON’T BE AFRAID <BR> <BR> When we are called to do God’s will, we needn’t be afraid because He is with us. He planned for us to do His will long ago before we were even born. So when He speaks to us to go and do, we need to go with hesitating. We may be a little afraid like Gideon. We may have had doubt like Moses. We may laugh at what God wants us to do like Abraham. But these men all took action despite how they felt about themselves because they trusted in God and knew H... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:13:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 9, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313365 February 9, 2017 FIRST RESPONDERS <BR> <BR> The people who are first on the scene of an emergency are called first responders. They are ready and prepared to act no matter what the issues. They respond out of duty knowing what they discover and what they do in those first few minutes are critical to the situation. Whether we realize it or not, we encounter emergencies every day. Emergencies not of physical issues but lost souls. There are people all around us who are dying inside and need Go... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:15:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312684 February 8, 2017 STAND FIRM <BR> <BR> We all have gone through some type of suffering. Suffering isn’t fun. When we are suffering, we sometimes take the focus off of God and others and put the focus more on us. We ask why are we suffering? Why have we been singled out? However, God wants us to know even in our suffering we can do His will. Even in our suffering can follow and obey Him. We have many mentors in the Bible who have suffered and even in the present day yet they continue to stand ... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:45:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 7, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312134 February 7, 2017 HIS WILL IS BEST <BR> <BR> We need to be careful we are not swayed by others who mean well when God has given us a task to do. We should stay focused on God’s way and know others will see God’s work when we do. If we give in to others and not do God’s will, others will not see the miracles God can do through us. Both Elizabeth and Zechariah remembered their son should be named John. They followed God’s plan and didn’t listen to others who thought the baby should have a famil... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 06:39:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 6, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311556 February 6, 2017 WE CAN’T DO IT ALONE <BR> <BR> Even when God created Adam, He knew Adam shouldn’t be alone. He created a woman to walk along beside Him, encourage him, talk to God with him and celebrate with him. Part of God’s will for us is that we stay connected with other believers. When we attempt to try to do things alone, we may not be doing God’s will as He wants us to. We could be missing out on so much when we disconnect from other believers. God wants us to belong to a body of bel... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 06:04:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, February 5, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311040 February 5, 2017 PREPARING TO DO GOD’S WILL <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 and prepare for and 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 do to His will. If we want to be prepared, we need to repent of our sin, seek His forgiveness and allow Him to make us pure and ready to d... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 07:05:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 4, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310549 February 4, 2017 EASILY INFLUENCED <BR> <BR> We all live in this world together. However, because of media, because of other people, because of the ways of the world, we could be easily influenced to do what the world is doing. We could be easily influenced to say what the world says. We could be easily influenced to live as the world lives. However, God tells us in His word we are not to copy the behavior and customs of this world. He wants to transform us so we are thinking about Him and k... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 07:29:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 3, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310016 February 3, 2017 EXCESS <BR> <BR> If we want to obey God and do His will, we need to get rid of the excess in our lives. Where we have too many things, give some away. Where we eat too much wrong foods, start cutting back. Where we spend too much money, begin with a plan. When we have excess in anything it keeps us from doing God’s will because that excess is always in the way. We should really look at our lives and see where we spend the most money and time and ask God how we can better liv... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 06:48:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 2, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309442 February 2, 2017 A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP <BR> <BR> Some people don’t know what God's will is because they don't listen. They don’t take time to find out. It's sad but true. People think they can't find out what His will is for them so they do nothing except use that as an excuse not to do His will. However, God has a purpose for all people. His will is written in His word. His plan and purpose for each of us can be discovered with a personal relationship with Him. If we don't know God’s will fo... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 06:04:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, February 1, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308844 February 1, 2017 CHOICES <BR> <BR> Most people can choose what they are going to do every day. We have many, many choices in life. However, if we do things on our own we are choosing to do our own will rather than God's will. Going about our business as if God didn’t exist is the last thing we need to do. To know God’s will we are to stay in His word, pray and connect with other believers. If we don't seek God’s will but instead choose to go our own way, we may never know the true joy and pe... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 05:59:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 31, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308263 January 31, 2017 CONTENTMENT <BR> <BR> Probably the best thing we can remember in life when it comes to wealth is to learn to be content. God tells us godliness with contentment equals great wealth. It may be hard to understand but when we get to know God and His word, we will understand the true meaning of being content. The wealth of this world will never lead to a content life; however, the wealth and riches God gives us will help us to always be content. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Timo... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:16:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 30, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307647 January 30, 2017 OUT OF CONTROL <BR> <BR> We have seen people get out of control. Regarding emotions, they overreact about the smallest things. With food, they eat more than the need to. With regard to money, they spend too much and live beyond their means. Whatever the reason for being out of control, these people are searching for something. They are looking for more in life and trying to fill a void. That void should be filled by Jesus. If we have Jesus in our hearts, spend daily time wit... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:14:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 29, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307071 January 29, 2017 WE ARE CONTROLLED <BR> <BR> There are many things in this world that are automatic. We are born. We grow up. We go to school. We go to work. We have choices about how and when to spend our money. If we are not careful we can become controlled by this world and allow it to dictate how we spend our money. We get wrapped up in the new things and want to use our money to obtain those things. God tells us not to be controlled by the things of the world but instead be controlled b... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:46:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 28, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306585 January 28, 2017 DIFFERENT KIND OF RICHES <BR> <BR> When we say a person is rich, we are usually speaking about the amount of money or things he or she has. However, there are ways we are truly blessed other than money. There are riches from God that are far greater than the worldly riches we seem to hear about every day. These riches from God are sometimes unseen unless we choose to follow and obey Him. These riches are internal and eternal rather than external and temporary. We may never u... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:08:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 27, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306035 January 27, 2017 REALLY HELP OTHERS <BR> <BR> Many of us focus too much on where we can spend our money that will benefit or help us. We budget money for food. We plan out paying our bills. We put a little in savings. However, we are also to seek out ways to use our money to help others. When we are blessed with money from God, He wants us to take some of it and share with those in need. When we do that, God will take care of us. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Corinthian 10:24 "Don’t be concer... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:14:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 26, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305439 January 26, 2017 GIVE FREELY <BR> <BR> There is a saying about if we cling to something too much we will lose it. It's true. The more we hang on to money, the better chance we have of losing it all. However, when we give and give freely, we will become more and more wealthy. Another saying is we can't out give God. For everything we give, He will give us back more than we had before. We should remember whatever we want more of we should give what we do have away. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> ... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:01:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 25, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304854 January 25, 2017 FROM HIS GLORIOUS RICHES <BR> <BR> We can't handle money how God wants us to unless we know Him and spend time with Him. God gives us what we need and wants to show us how to best use it. When we decide to use money how we want, God isn't going to supply all our needs from His glorious riches. He has a plan. He has a program. He has a direction for us to go and we can find His will when we decide to spend time with Him. Yes, spending time with God and getting into His word w... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:00:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 24, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304234 January 24, 2017 IT WILL FADE AWAY <BR> <BR> For many of us, what we hold near to us, talk about all the time or what we save to purchase are all things of the world. Rarely do we hear someone say they are saving for the riches in Heaven. However, all we have on earth and all we desire to have will soon fade away. Riches on earth cannot go with us when we die. Let's seek out what God wants us to do to store eternal riches rather than earthly ones. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> James 1:11 "The h... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:49:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 23, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303543 January 23, 2017 WE REAP WHAT WE SOW <BR> <BR> Many of us seem to have a lot less than others. We shouldn't really focus on that but we do. They seem to have better cars, nicer homes and money in the bank. When we attempt to measure up to what they have, we are focusing on the wrong things. God tells us we harvest what we plant. We also know it as we reap what we sow. While we shouldn't compare ourselves to others, but instead look for ways we can give what we do have to help others. <BR> <... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:06:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 22, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302942 January 22, 2017 SOMETHING TO BOAST ABOUT <BR> <BR> We all have been around people who like to boast. Boasting is an attempt we or others take to make ourselves look good. We may boast about our jobs. We may boast about our family. We may boast about what worldly things we have or the money we make. These types of boastings are not from God and do not make us look good at all. However, the boasting God wants us to do is about Him, what He has done for us and what He can do for others. The ri... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:41:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 21, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302359 January 21, 2017 MONEY AND TEMPTATIONS <BR> <BR> The way we spend our money is basically due to either how we raised, our experiences and habits or our temptations. We can change those bad spending habits we witnessed from our parents as a child. We can learn from our past experiences with money and turn it to positive. We can turn from the temptations in life to spend more money than we have when we focus on God and seek His help. God can help us find a way out. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:51:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 20, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301772 January 20, 2017 EXCUSES <BR> <BR> There probably isn't a day that goes by we don't hear an excuse. We may be the one with the excuse. We may be the one listening to the excuse. Excuses are nothing more than someone trying to reason why they did or didn't do something. Some blame others. Some blame themselves. When it comes to our finances, we probably have a lot of excuses. We have a reason we don't tithe. We have a reason we don't give. We have a reason we don't save. We have a reason why ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:43:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 19, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301142 January 19, 2017 OWE NOTHING BUT LOVE <BR> <BR> Many of us struggle with debt. We try to get out of debt but things keep coming up that get us deeper and deeper in debt. We think if only we could go back to when we didn’t have debt. We wish we didn't have all those bills to pay. We are tired of struggling from payday to payday. There is a way out. We can put our trust in God and look to Him for answers. He doesn't want us to owe anyone anything. When we repent for getting into the mess we ar... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:31:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 18, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300446 January 18, 2017 CRAVINGS <BR> <BR> There are some people in this world who use their money wisely. They don't spend beyond their means. They save. They give. They know what they can afford and don't overspend to get what they want. However, there are some who desire more. They follow their cravings and desires to buy more and more things. They spend beyond their means and get into debt. That debt begins to control them and soon they are more focused on money and things than they are on God ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:15:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299745 January 17, 2017 THE EVIL WHO PROSPER <BR> <BR> Why does it appear those who do wrong seem to get ahead in life? They get the better jobs. They gain more wealth. They accumulate so many great things. Those who prosper but do evil to get what they want seem to have all they need. But they don't. They may have the riches from this world but they are missing the riches from God that will last forever. They are living high in this world but are not guaranteed the riches and blessings from eterna... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:30:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299056 January 16, 2017 POOR AND HUMBLE <BR> <BR> Many see people who are poor and humble as not being very strong. That is because they base their judgment on outward appearance rather than what is on the inside. People who are financially poor may not be able to buy the luxuries of life but they also may not want them. Their focus could be on God and how grateful they are for what they do have. They could be financially poor but spiritually rich. Those who are humble may seem to not have anything... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298408 January 15, 2017 CHANGING OUR FOCUS <BR> <BR> When we choose to really put money in perspective, we will see how unimportant it really is. We do need it to buy the things we need. But we really don't need a lot of it. We can probably get by with a smaller portion than we actually make if we managed our money right. Taking our focus off of money and putting it on God will help us realize He is all we need. When we decide to get enthusiastic about God and work hard only for Him , money will s... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:05:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 14, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297781 January 14, 2017 PRAY ABOUT WHAT WE NEED <BR> <BR> God is able to give to us what we ask for. But first we need to ask. When we spend too much time trying to fix things on our own, we are going to fail. However, when we go to God with what we need, He will answer. He wants to help. Whether it is finances, health or anything else, we need to go right now to God and tell Him how we feel and what we need trusting in Him to hear us and to answer. However, before we go to Him with our needs, we n... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:41:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297153 January 13, 2017 TRUST IN GOD <BR> <BR> Money can be overwhelming. If we don't have enough money, we tend to worry about how to pay the bills. If we have money, we may spend too much of it and put too much focus on what we can buy. God has a plan for our finances. We need to go to Him with what we have and ask Him to help us know what we need to do with our money. He will help us with a plan. We should trust in Him and not money. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> 1 Timothy 6:17-19 "Teach those who ... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:45:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 12, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296479 January 12, 2017 MONEY CAN'T BUY IT <BR> <BR> We all like being happy. Some say laughter is the best medicine. However, we all know being happy all the time is just about non-existent in this world. We all have sorrows, difficulties and pity parties at times. Sometimes we don't even want to be happy. We know there is no amount of money that will truly make us happy yet we continue to search in this world for happiness. God tells us the true source of real joy and happiness. It is knowing Jes... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:41:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295800 January 11, 2017 WHAT TO STORE AND WHERE <BR> <BR> Many of us would do a few hard things to get what we want. We may even do some things that are against God's will just to get a few material things or fame or success. Some people do wrong just once to get something they think they need. And that one time leads to a second and third time. Before they know it they are in a mess and can't get out of it. Those who don't get caught are still riddled with guilt and shame. It only takes one time t... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:51:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 10, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295109 January 10, 2017 THE PLEASURES OF LIFE <BR> <BR> We all have a choice in life on what pleasures we enjoy. Some of us pleasure ourselves with buying new things. Some of us spend large amounts of money on food and enjoy eating. Others of us spend large amounts of money on material things to do what we enjoy. It's good to enjoy life and do things we like to do. However, we need to use some of our money to help others rather than use all of our money just to please ourselves. That is God's will ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:46:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 9, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294347 January 9, 2017 CHANGING OUR HABITS <BR> <BR> Many of us complain about our finances out of habit. We don't have enough money to make ends meet so we just continue to complain rather than looking at the situation and seeing what we could do. We could get rid of the things that cost us money. We may have something that is more of a want than a need and we should stop putting our money in that. In order to have a better financial plan that works, we need to stop with the old habits and start w... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 05:58:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 8, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293668 January 8, 2017 SET ASIDE OUR TITHE <BR> <BR> Many of us struggle with money. We don't know why we can't get ahead. We believe we just don't make enough and especially don't have enough to tithe. Not tithing is the reason we are in a financial mess. When we don't give God back our firsts we receive from Him every month, we are choosing to disobey what He has called us to do. We are telling Him we don't trust Him enough to take care of us and our money because we want to control it ourselves.... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 07:42:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 7, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293011 January 7, 2017 TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE <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, 7 Jan 2017 06:16:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 6, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292380 January 6, 2017 WAY TOO MUCH <BR> <BR> Many of us, if we were honest with ourselves, would confess we have way too much. If we searched our closets, we would find clothes we never wear. If we searched our kitchen cabinets, we would find dishes we don't use and food we may never eat. If we looked in our garages or storage areas, we would find things we are saving but may never use. An abundance is good for us to have in case we run out, but when we have way too much it is probably time to giv... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:42:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 5, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291684 January 5, 2017 WHAT WE'VE GOT <BR> <BR> Many of us wish we had a lot of things. We have lists of things we want to get. We have ideas of better and more organized homes, bigger cars, better jobs, etc. However, few of us have lists of what we already have. Not necessarily a list for insurance purposes. But more like a gratitude list. A list of blessings from God. When we list the things we have that we are grateful for, we will find that we have exactly what we need. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <B... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:26:37 EST