FRANCESLUCAS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANCESLUCAS FRANCESLUCAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823178 November 26, 2014 OVERWHELMING VICTORY <BR> <BR> It’s great to win. The feeling of being first or winning the prize is like no other. But it is also great to progress. We can learn and progress and grow without really winning. We can improve and get better without being the best of the best. Overwhelming victory is not about being the best or being number one. Overwhelming victory is about having a winning day every day by giving our days (and nights) to God. We have overwhelming victory in ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:15:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822626 November 25, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH POWER <BR> <BR> There are so many times in life when we feel powerless. Things happen that are out of our control. People do things we don’t understand. Situations occur where our lives get out of their normal routines. When we feel powerless, we don’t know what to do. However, there is hope. There is opportunity to be overwhelmed with the power of God if we will only turn to Him, rely on Him and obey Him. All things are possible with God but we have to cho... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:47:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822047 November 24, 2014 OVERWHELMING COMFORT <BR> <BR> For many of us, we are uncomfortable. We are uncomfortable in our jobs because we don’t like what we do or the people we work with. We are uncomfortable in our homes because we don’t have good relationships with the people we live with. We are uncomfortable with our lives because we are afraid of the things of the world and afraid of the future. However, God can help. When we begin relying on Him rather than other people or the things of the w... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:17:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821464 November 23, 2014 OVERWHELMING GLORY <BR> <BR> When we live in this world only focusing on the sin and the issues of the world, we are not focusing on God. When we don’t focus on God, we can’t see His glory. However, when we become true followers of Christ, we will want to stop focusing on the world and completely focus on Him. And He will make us more and more like Him and we will experience overwhelming glory that compares to none we have experienced before. When we remove that veil of si... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:53:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820988 Sorry I missed a few days. I had emergency gall bladder surgery. I am doing better and all glory to God for His healing!!! <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> November 22, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN AWE <BR> <BR> There are times in life where we are overwhelmed in awe. We can’t believe what we have seen. We can’t believe what we have heard. We are simply amazed about what has happened. There are some amazing and wonderful things that happen on earth but nothing compared to what Jesus can do. There is nothi... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:41:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819326 November 19, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN ENCOURAGEMENT <BR> <BR> It’s always a good feeling when we have people around us who are encouraging. It’s good when we have people who care enough to help and encourage so we won’t get discouraged or give up. We can also have encouragement from God’s word. Reading His word every day shows us how others got through hard times because of their faith in God. We need to be sure we encourage others and be encouraged by God’s word. <BR> <BR> 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:05:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818865 November 18, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN BEAUTY <BR> <BR> Despite how our day begins, despite the weather, despite the situation, there is always beauty to behold. Look around. God has created so many wonderful and beautiful things for us to see. Be grateful. God has given us so many beautiful things to enjoy. Be overwhelmed in the beauty of God’s creations. Be thankful He created these things for us to enjoy, not to overlook or misuse. We need to stop focusing on the wrong and ugly things in our li... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:34:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818150 November 17, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH JOY <BR> <BR> We have the ability to control what we think and do. We all have the ability to choose. We can choose sadness or joy. We can choose to focus on God or not. We can choose to live in obedience to Him or do what we want. When we choose to be overwhelmed with joy that only comes from God, we will begin to see the good in life. We will begin to feel God’s presence. We will want to read His word, share it with others and we will overflow with joy so... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:31:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817617 November 16, 2014 WHEN GUILT OVERWHELMS <BR> <BR> We all deal with guilt at one point in our lives. Some of us daily. We feel guilty about everything. How each of us handle guilt is different. Some of us focus on the issue way too much and feel bad about what happened and wonder what we could have done differently. Some try to push the guilt out of our minds and do other things. While some take our guilty feelings out on others by being aggressive and even blaming someone else for what happe... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:17:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817117 November 15, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH SICKNESS <BR> <BR> When we are sick it’s hard to focus. We are in pain. We don’t feel good. We complain. When we are sick we sometimes get overwhelmed with our aches and pains that we forget about everyone else. We even forget about God. We think we should be resting and getting better. That’s true to a point. But we also should continue to put our faith in God, pray and read His word. We can still call out to God and trust in Him to help us when we are ove... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 07:55:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816573 November 14, 2014 WHY WORRY <BR> <BR> Being overwhelmed with worry does so much damage to our minds and bodies. Why be overwhelmed wondering about something that has not even happened when all we have to do is pray? Prayer can replace worry. Our faith in God can move mountains. Let’s stop worrying right now and pray with strong faith that God will take care of our overwhelm with worry and He will solve our problems. <BR> <BR> Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:25:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815975 November 13, 2014 WHEN WE ARE STRESSED <BR> <BR> When we are stressed, we seem to be overwhelmed the most. The things going on in our lives seem unbearable. We can’t think straight so we choose not to think at all. We can’t be happy so we choose to be miserable and lash out at others. We can’t feel joy because we want to dwell on what is wrong rather than thinking about what is right. When we are overwhelmed with stress, we need God. He can remove the overwhelm and give us peace. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:20:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815334 November 12, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH CLUTTER <BR> <BR> Just about everyone has dealt with clutter in their lives. Not just the clutter we can see around our homes or in the yard. We deal with clutter in our minds. We deal with clutter from the news, the Internet and the electronic devices we use. Clutter can consume us and overwhelm us so we do nothing but focus on that clutter. It’s time we removed the clutter from our lives and begin with a clean slate so we can do something in life that wil... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:13:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814673 November 11, 2014 WHEN CHANGE OVERWHELMS US <BR> <BR> There are times we resist change. There are times when we are afraid of change. And there are times when we are overwhelmed with change. There will always be change in our lives. There will be times when someone leaves us. There will be times we have to make hard decisions. There will be times when we need to move on. When change overwhelms us, we need to be sure we first go to God. He plans the changes in our lives and knows exactly what... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:59:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813998 November 10, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN SIN <BR> <BR> It is so easy to follow the crowd. It is so easy to submit to sin and refuse to do what is right. There will always be someone around to encourage us to do wrong. There will always be Satan lurking and tempting us. Even the small things we do wrong are sin. We must choose to do what is right. We must subdue sin and be its master lest we get overwhelmed in sin. The only way to subdue sin is to stay in God’s word and continuously dwell in it and H... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:45:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813475 November 9, 2014 OVERWHELMING TERROR <BR> <BR> God’s love never fails. He can help us when we are overwhelmed in fear. When we are terrified and don’t know where to turn. We can decide to be overwhelmed with God’s love rather than be overwhelmed with the terror of this world. We can choose. And when we allow God’s Holy Spirit to take control, we will no longer be overwhelmed with terror, but overwhelmed with the power of God. Praise His Holy Name. Thank You, Jesus! <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 26:... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 08:59:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812959 November 8, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH ADDICTION <BR> <BR> As we attempt to deal with the things of life or seek ways to help us feel good, we could easily become addicted to something. It may be we just want to have a good time. It may be we are trying to escape from our troubles. It may be we want to have what someone else has. These attempts to seek happiness or to have more worldly things can soon lead to addictions if we are not careful. We could find ourselves with strong desires to indulge... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 07:42:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812405 November 7, 2014 OVERWHELMED AND EXHAUSTED <BR> <BR> When we are tired, really tired, to the point of exhaustion, we can easily get overwhelmed. Sometimes the slightest issues can be blown out of proportion when we are tired. Sometimes just one word can make us get upset when we are tired. Sometimes just one person who does something we don’t like can make us angry when we are tired. When we are overwhelmed with exhaustion, we need to go to God and He will give us rest. <BR> <BR> Matthew 11... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 07:39:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811769 November 6, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN LOVE <BR> <BR> Weddings are always wonderful. Two people in love. Two people committing themselves to each other. When they focus on each other, it is like there is no one else around. Their love for each other seems powerful and they are overwhelmed with love. Love is wonderful and can be overwhelming. Sometimes to the point that we forget about God. Let’s be sure God is first in our lives even when we are overwhelmed with love for someone. <BR> <BR> Song of... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:55:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811151 November 5, 2014 OVERWHELMED IN CRISIS <BR> <BR> It seems like when we are struggling and don’t know what to do, we reach out to whatever quick fix we can find to help us cope. That is the time when the devil is lurking around trying to lead us down his path of destruction. When we are overwhelmed with a crisis, we need God. In fact, before we even get overwhelmed, we need Him. When we stay grounded in His word every day, those times of crisis will not be so overwhelming because we will be s... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:49:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810467 November 4, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH CURSES <BR> <BR> When we refuse to obey God, we are going to suffer. We may think we never just come out boldly and say that we refuse to do what He asks. And that may be true. However, refusing His will isn’t just about saying “no” to Him. It is about ignoring His will. It is about substituting reading the Bible with watching television. It is about making choices to do what we want rather than what we want. And when we choose our will over God’s will, we w... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:54:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809755 November 3, 2014 OVERWHELMED WITH EVIL <BR> <BR> We have often seen or heard about others who have done wrong. We wonder what happened to cause them to lose control. We wonder what made them become overwhelmed with evil. The answer could be due to many things occurring in their lives but the main reason is because their life is not right with God. When we are overwhelmed to do wrong, we aren’t living for God. Those who live for God and follow Him will always want to do right. <BR> <BR> 1 Sa... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 07:00:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809127 November 2, 2014 ON OUR OWN <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes. We all, at times, wander down the wrong path. We all get deeper and deeper into a situation where we feel overwhelmed. When we feel like we are drowning in problems, we have choices. We can continue to sink. We can try and swim. Or we can float. Sinking would require the choice to just let the problem continue to grow by staying on the wrong path. Trying to swim would be the choice to do it on our own. Floating would be choosing to ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:28:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808526 November 1, 2014 WHEN WE ARE OVERWHELMED <BR> <BR> Being overwhelmed can be a good thing or a bad thing. It depends on what we are overwhelmed about. We all get overwhelmed at times. The secret to beating that feeling of overwhelm is to not worry, get upset and stress. Yes, that’s easy to say but how is it possible? It’s possible when we rely on God. We can choose to be overwhelmed with God rather than the worries of the world. We can long for God, focus on God and be overwhelmed with His me... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 08:01:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 31, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807970 October 31, 2014 MAKE DISCIPLES <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to be obedient to Him. We will want to read His word and follow Jesus as He has called us to do. Following Jesus means believing and telling others about Him just as He did while He was here on earth. If we aren’t telling others about Jesus and making disciples every day, then we need to examine our lives and see where our priorities really are. When we are devoted to God, we are praying and focusing on Him, w... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:02:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807365 October 30, 2014 WAY OF LIFE <BR> <BR> Being devoted to God doesn’t work when we are selfish. Being devoted to God doesn’t work when we want to do things our way. To be devoted to God means to be obedient to Him. We must be willing to turn from our ways and turn to His ways. We must. When we are devoted to God, we aren’t thinking about us, we are thinking about Him. We turn from the worldly pleasures and live a devoted life to God. Our way of live should be His way…completely. <BR> <BR> Ti... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:13:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 29, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806791 October 29, 2014 DEVOTED TO SEEKING WISDOM <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to seeking wisdom, we search for God’s word daily. When we are devoted to seeking wisdom, we put into practice what He calls us to do. We devote ourselves to His word, to fellowship, to sharing and to prayer. It starts in the home and in the church. We need to be devoted enough to seeking His wisdom that we treat others as He has called us to treat them. <BR> <BR> Acts 2:42 “All the believers devoted themselves to the ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:09:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806160 October 28, 2014 READY TO SUFFER <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we need to be ready to suffer. The world will reject us because we are not of the world, we are of God. We have His Holy Spirit living in us. We should remain devoted to Him when we are uncomfortable, uncertain and uncaring. When we do, He will give us comfort. He will assure us. And He will show us how to care. When we are ready to suffer for being devoted to God, He will use us and give us peace in the midst of it all. ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:18:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 27, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805482 October 27, 2014 MEDITATE <BR> <BR> We have a lot of people in the world who are devoted to something. It may be sports. It may be drugs. It may be something else. We can tell we are devoted to it because we return to it over and over again. What about God? How often do we return to Him? How often do we look at His word, read it and meditate on it? When we are devoted to God’s word, we will want to meditate on it. We will want to read it over and over again and allow it to sink into our soul... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:29:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 26, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804872 October 26, 2014 DEVOTED TO HOPE <BR> <BR> Hope in God can help us to carry on when we don’t feel like it. The hope we can have in God will give us the strength we need to do what we couldn’t do on our own. When we have hope in God, we can have peace in the midst of the storms. When we are devoted to hope and put our trust in God, we can get through anything. God wants us to put our trust and hope in Him so He can do His work through us. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 6:19 “This hope is a strong and tru... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:10:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804373 October 25, 2014 LEVELS OF DEVOTION <BR> <BR> Some believe there are levels of devotion to God. And they are right, in some sense. There are believers who know God exist and believe in Him. There are those who are devoted to going to church but they don’t read His word outside of church. There are those who read His word and go to church but don’t take action from His word. Then there are those who read, fellowship and obey Him. We shouldn’t pick what level of devotion is most comfortable to... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:05:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803794 October 24, 2014 DEVOTED WHEN TEMPTED <BR> <BR> What we do when we are tempted depends on how devoted we are to God. If we are completely devoted to God, we would not even go where we could possibly be tempted. If we are completely devoted to God, we would not even stay where we are tempted. If we are completely devoted to God, we would leave and take others with us. When we are devoted to God and we are tempted, we will know the right action to take as we trust in Him and do His will. <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:34:06 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803185 October 23, 2014 WE WILL WANT TO MATURE <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to learn more. We will want to grow in Christ. We will want to learn from Him and stand firm in Him. We, as believers, can rejoice knowing God can strengthen us to learn more about Him and do His will. When we are devoted to God, we will want to move from the babies in Christ we are as new believers to the mature Christians He has called us to be. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 5:12 “You have been believers so lon... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:47:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802591 October 22, 2014 BE BLESSED <BR> <BR> There is a saying about what we don’t know and how it won’t hurt us. Well what about what we do know? What things in our lives do we know about yet we still don’t do them? If we know something and we don’t do it, there could be disaster. Not doing what we know God wants us to do will lead to misery. However, being devoted to God and doing the things He has called us to do will make blessings in our lives that we can share with others. <BR> <BR> John 13... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:55:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801934 October 21, 2014 LISTEN <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to listen to Him. We will want to obey Him. We will want to be wise as He calls us to be. When we are devoted to God, we will be wise and spend Him with Him daily. We will pray daily. We will read His word daily. When we are devoted to God, we won’t have to be told to do these things. We will have a strong desire to listen, to learn and to follow. <BR> <BR> Matthew 7:24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:57:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801284 October 20, 2014 PROTECTION <BR> <BR> If we were open up and share with each other our deepest burdens or secrets, we would better understand each other. Sharing with one another helps us grow stronger together and allows us to pray for one another. Many times we don’t want to share with others what troubles we face every day because we don’t want to appear weak. So we keep it in and continue to struggle. However, we can open up and share with God every day. He will guide us and protect us. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:34:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800723 October 19, 2014 WHAT BELIEVERS DO <BR> <BR> When the first churches emerged and the first believers got together, they did what God called them to do. They did it because they wanted to do it. They did it because of the love and devotion they had for God. They didn’t stay home because they felt bad. They didn’t choose to lay in bed all day. No, there weren’t the distractions of television or computers back then but there were just as many temptations. Yet, they chose to worship together eve... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:39:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800211 October 18, 2014 DEVOTED TO BEING AN EXAMPLE <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to live like Jesus did, we will be an example for others to follow. Being devoted to learning about His life and what He did will help us to be a better example to others. If we want to be devoted to Christ and follow Him, we need to study His life. We need to know how He reacted to situations while He was on earth. We need to look for godly examples in others as well so we will know the right things to do. <BR> <BR... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:20:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799679 October 17, 2014 WRONG DEVOTION <BR> <BR> There are time when we are devoted to the wrong things. We get on the wrong path. We seek the wrong things. We work really hard trying to do something that is really not necessary. We may succeed in doing it but it doesn’t further us along as believers and doesn’t help others come to know Christ. What we are devoted to can move us in the wrong direction and away from God. Being devoted to God requires strong discipline in getting to know His will so ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:13:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799089 October 16, 2014 DEVOTEDLY GIVING <BR> <BR> Many of us want to give but don’t. We think about giving but we hesitate. We plan to give but things come up. When we make giving a priority, we are devoting ourselves to God. We are devoting ourselves to be obedient to Him. We are devoting ourselves to putting Him first in our lives. Giving is a commandment and when we don’t give, we are disobeying. God doesn’t want our last. He wants our first. It’s really His anyway. When we give, we are showing... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:01:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798487 October 15, 2014 THOSE WHO ARE DEVOTED <BR> <BR> So many times we look over the needs of others because of the things we, ourselves, are dealing with. So many times we think those who are devoted to God seem to have no problems. However, they do. We need to spend time with those who are devoted to God and ask them how we can pray for them and help them. We should submit ourselves to those who are devoted to God by helping them and encouraging them. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 16:15b-16 “I urge ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:13:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797842 October 14, 2014 SEARCH DEVOTEDLY <BR> <BR> We have all been on a search for something at one time in our lives. It may have been as small as our keys or as important as a lost child. It is not a good feeling to search out something we desperately need and not be able to find it. We desperately need God. We desperately need His understand and wisdom. It’s not hard to find when we go to Him, read His word and are obedient to Him. When we search devotedly for God and the things He wants us to ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:16:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797222 October 13, 2014 NO OTHER FREEDOM <BR> <BR> Freedom, real freedom, is amazing. To be able to go and live where we want. To be able to live a worry-free life. To be able to have peace and freedom is just an amazing feeling. However, freedom doesn’t mean we can do whatever we want. There will always be consequences. That is why we have God’s commandments. That is why we need to devote ourselves to Him and to His commandments. Then we will be truly free. And there is no other freedom like the f... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:58:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796708 October 12, 2014 TAKE ACTION <BR> <BR> Sometimes we get stuck. We don’t do anything. We get nowhere. But what we need to do is take action. Even when we don’t feel like it. There are reasons we don’t take action. We procrastinate. We get side tracked. Or we just don’t want to. But if we are truly devoted to God, we will want to take action for Him. We will want to do His will. We will want to fellowship with other believers. We will want to live as God has called us to live. When we are devo... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:40:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796196 October 11, 2014 REGULAR FEEDINGS <BR> <BR> If we only ate once a day, we would soon find ourselves hungry. If we only ate once a day, we would not get the nutrients we need for our bodies. If we only ate once a day, our bodies and minds would suffer. Just as we need regular feedings of food, we need regular feedings of God’s word. Once a day is great but 3-4 times would provide us so much more. If our attitude is not what it should be and we aren’t who God wants us to be, maybe it’s time we... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:23:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 10, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795662 October 10, 2014 WHOLEHEARTED DEVOTION <BR> <BR> It is true. God will show unfailing love to those who walk with Him and give Him wholehearted devotion. It just makes sense. Those who walk with Him get to know Him. Those who don’t won’t. Those who walk away from Him will not know His unfailing love because they aren’t spending time with Him. That’s one reason many people don’t believe God is in the midst of what they are going through. Because they are not walking with Him and are not wholeh... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:22:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795075 October 9, 2014 ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to Christ, it shows. When our hearts are filled with love and our attitudes are kind and giving, it shows. What we do with our words and actions show others we love the Lord. We all need to live a saved life showing we put God first in our lives. We need to be aware of every action we take. We need to go to God and ask Him to help us resist temptation. We need to memorize scripture and share His word with others. When we are ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 07:22:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794478 October 8, 2014 DEVOTION TO PRAYER <BR> <BR> We usually have to tell someone something in order for them to know how we feel or what we think. But God knows our hearts without us even speaking; however, we are to talk with Him daily. We are to share our worries and concerns with Him .We are to thank Him and show Him the glory and honor He deserves in prayer. We are to pray for others and ask Him to give them peace and comfort. Without being devoted to prayer and having a regular prayer life,... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:16:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793859 October 7, 2014 DEVOTED TO GOD’S WORD <BR> <BR> God’s word has everything we need in it. He has created us and knows what we need. What better person is there to go to for direction than the One who created us? When we are devoted to God’s word, we will know more about Him. We will know more about what to do when problems occur. We will know more about what He is calling us to do. Being devoted to God’s word will help bring peace to our lives, joy to our hearts and love to others. It will br... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:06:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 6, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793220 October 6, 2014 DEVOTION STRENGTHENS US <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, He will strengthen us. When we practice a daily devotion where we read His word and pray, God will reveal to us how we are to apply His word to our lives. God is so good. He know what we need. And our devotion to Him shows we are fully committed to Him. And to those who are fully committed to Him, they will be strengthened. Set aside some devotional time today. Read His word. Feel His presence, His strength and lis... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 07:20:41 EST