FRANCESLUCAS's SparkPeople Blog FRANCESLUCAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 25, 2015 November 25, 2015 BAD NEWS <BR> <BR> Many of us have had bad news in our lives. If we haven’t, we can just turn on the news for a few minutes. Bad news can quickly change our outlook on life if we allow it to. However, as believers, we should not fear bad news but confidently trust in God to take care of us. We can choose how we are going react to bad news around others and decide not to hold grudges, treat people badly or get offended. We can put our trust in God and the bad news in life wi... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:05:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 24, 2015 November 24, 2015 A CHANGE IN OUR FEELINGS <BR> <BR> We can’t live based on our feelings because our feelings can change at the drop of a hat. We need to be disciplined and focused by putting our confidence in God who never grows weak or weary and never changes. We need to realize the greatness of God. We are human and don’t do right because we can’t fully understand God’s greatness. We need to stop being self-absorbed and start being God-centered. God is all we need and we should give Him a... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 07:07:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 23, 2015 November 23, 2015 CONFIDENTLY BELIEVE <BR> <BR> It takes a lot for us to put our confidence in others…and to even be confident in ourselves. People let us down. People do what they want. Sometimes we even doubt our own actions and words wondering why we did what we did. However, when we confidently believe in God, that is really all we need. When we put our trust in Him, we will never be alone or let down. In fact, we can confidently know God will personally go ahead of us and He will always... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:49:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 22, 2015 November 22, 2015 WORSHIP BRINGS CONFIDENCE <BR> <BR> Most of us have our “feel good” songs that pick us up a bit when we are down. Studies have shown music is therapeutically good for us. There is mention of feasts and celebrations throughout the Bible where music plays a big part. God can use music to bring us closer to Him and to draw us to worship. Let’s surround ourselves with spiritual music that brings us closer to God and gives us confidence in Him. <BR> <BR> 1 Chronicles 13:8 “Davi... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 07:27:57 EST Thought and prayer for Saturday, November 21, 2015 November 21, 2015 MORTAL DANGER <BR> <BR> When we think about all the destruction in the world, we see most of it is due to the actions of others. There are people in the world who we can’t trust. There are people in the world who want to hurt us. There are people in the world who are ready to kill for what they want or what they believe in. So rather than us feeling sorry for ourselves or worrying or getting offended by what others do or say, we need to start diligently putting our confiden... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 07:12:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 20, 2015 November 20, 2015 LESSONS FROM GOD <BR> <BR> There are so many lessons we learn in life. We see people who are successful in the world and learn how they gained success. We learn about how we can get ahead if we desire to climb the corporate ladder or start our own business. We believe money can buy us what we think we need so we want to make more so we can have more. However, the lessons we need to focus on shouldn’t be about fame or fortune as worldly things don’t bring us true confidence ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 07:06:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 19, 2015 November 19, 2015 CONFIDENTLY GO <BR> <BR> Before we go anywhere, many of us want to be sure of where we are going and what we are going to do before we actually leave. If we are going on a vacation, we make reservations for a place to stay. If we are traveling by car, we want to choose the best route. If we are going to a movie or play, we look up where and when it is playing. We want to be confident of where we are going, how we are going to get there and what we will do when we arrive. We... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:01:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 18, 2015 November 18, 2015 FOCUS ON TRUTH <BR> <BR> Most of us can recall a time when we have been let down. It may have been by someone on television. It may have been by a close friend or relative. We may have lost trust in them because they said one thing and did another. We may have caught them in a lie and a part of us lost confidence in them. When we put our trust in man, we will be disappointed; however, when we put our trust in God, we will never be disappointed. We can always have confidence... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:58:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 17, 2015 November 17, 2015 THOSE WHO ARE LAZY <BR> <BR> Laziness is being unwilling to do what needs to be done. People who are lazy find many excuses why they can’t do something. They have gotten in a rut of doing very little or their focus is on the wrong things. They may or may not be confident. It’s hard to tell because of their inactivity. However, lazy people should be warned their lack of activity is just as bad as those who purposefully disobey God. We can help those who are lazy to be confid... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 06:41:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 16, 2015 November 16, 2015 PITY PARTIES <BR> <BR> We all know people who are down and out. They have no confidence in themselves. They always have issues and rarely see them as opportunities. We can help them gain confidence and stop feeling sorry for themselves. First, we should pray for them. God knows why they think like they do. We don’t. Second, we can continue to be kind and encouraging to them. Third, we can help them be more confident about their lives by showing them what is good in their li... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:41:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 15, 2015 November 15, 2015 REACH OUT <BR> <BR> We all know people who say they are believers but don’t attend church. If want to succeed at leading people to church, we need confidence in God. When we are friends with those who don’t attend church regularly, God can help us remind them the importance of fellowship with other believers, growing in His word and worshiping Him. To encourage them to attend church requires we be patient and be prepared. We can’t expect them to want to come if all we show ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:09:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 14, 2015 November 14, 2015 THOSE WHO ARE NOT CONFIDENT <BR> <BR> When others are not confident in what they do it affects them as well as the people around them. Lack of confidence keeps people from getting things done. We can help others become more confident. We can show them how to be more confident by sharing God’s word with them. We can teach them how to be stronger and bolder by drawing strength from God. We can remind them God has a plan for them and He is confident they can carry out that pla... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 07:26:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 13, 2015 November 13, 2015 THOSE WHO ARE UNRELIABLE <BR> <BR> Probably the thing that frustrates most reliable and responsible people are those who are unreliable. People who say they will do something but don’t do it cause others to lose trust quickly. When we put our confidence in the unreliable people, we will end up disappointed and hurt. We may give them second and third chances believing they will change; however, we will continue to see no change and eventually lose confidence in them. It hurt... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:45:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 12, 2015 November 12, 2015 THE PROUD AND POWERFUL <BR> <BR> We all know people who appear to be confident. We know some who are too confident and a bit on the arrogant side. We know people who are powerful and tend to make things go their way. We shouldn’t put our confidence in the proud and powerful people nor desire to be like them. The proud have something else on their minds rather than us. They are mostly thinking of themselves and not God. The powerful will do wrong to us in a heartbeat so we s... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:20:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 11, 2015 November 11, 2015 EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE <BR> <BR> When others do things that confuse or trouble us, we usually get emotional. We show our emotions by getting angry or sad. We allow their actions or words to control our feelings. We may not all have emotional intelligence but it is possible to obtain it. Emotional intelligence means we are able to handle our emotions in a positive way despite what others say or do to us. We can have emotional intelligence when we focus on God. When we pract... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:05:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 10, 2015 November 10, 2015 WHEN WE DO RIGHT <BR> <BR> All of us have experienced a time when we chose the wrong thing to do. We have all gone through hard times due to our choices. Making choices to do wrong is easy. It is easy to say harsh things to others. It is easy to give into temptations of the flesh. It is easy to follow the direction the world wants us to go. What is hard is turning from wrong and doing what God calls us to do. Once we do, however, we will find our burdens have been lifted an... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 05:52:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 9, 2015 November 9, 2015 ENDURANCE BRINGS CONFIDENCE <BR> <BR> Physical work is hard. It requires us to use our bodies to get things done. When we are young, it is much easier to work all day without much pain or trouble. However, as we grow older, our bodies tire much easier. God’s plan for us is to work. He wants us to use the bodies He has given to us to do His will. We shouldn’t worry we are tired but put our trust in Him. Rather than worry, we need to continue to work for God and worship Him. D... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 06:41:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 8, 2015 November 8, 2015 REVERENCE BRINGS CONFIDENCE <BR> <BR> Everyone wants to be respected and cared about. When we show respect to someone, we are telling them we trust them and we care about what they say. Reverence is about respect. It is also about having a submissive attitude toward another – wanting to serve rather than be served. Our reverence should show in our actions. When we show reverence to God, we are being submissive, obedient and faithful to Him. Our reverence to Him will bring co... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 08:01:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, November 7, 2015 November 7, 2015 BE CONFIDENT, NOT PROUD <BR> <BR> Confidence is not about being self-centered or selfish. That is pride. Confidence may come across as pride if we are not careful. To be sure we are showing confidence but not in a proud way, we need to show others we care and help them. We need to stop talking about us and start listening to them. We need to have confidence in what we do but not brag about it. There is a fine line between the two but with God’s help we can learn to practice ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 07:17:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 6, 2015 November 6, 2015 BOLDLY CONFIDENT <BR> <BR> To be bold we need to be a little confident about the outcome. When we are bold and stand up for what we believe in, we are certain of our beliefs and sure we are correct in our words and actions. When we study God’s word and accept Him as Lord, we can put our faith in Him and be bold in our conversations with Him. When we go boldly to God, we are putting our trust in Him knowing He will show mercy on us and show us grace when we need it. When we h... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 07:27:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, November 5, 2015 November 5, 2015 PERSISTENT CONFIDENCE <BR> <BR> We all grow tired at some point. We may grow tired during the day from lack of sleep. We may grow tired when we have so much to take care of at home. We may grow tired from having to manage finances, relationships, etc. Many times when we have so much going on and we grow tired, it affects our health. The best cure for tiredness is to lean on God. He can help us with His strength and give us the confidence we need to carry on. We can put our c... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 06:00:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 4, 2015 November 4, 2015 MENTALLY DRAINED <BR> <BR> Many times when we are tired, we stop and rest. Many times when we feel we can’t go on, we take a break. That is because our physical bodies and minds are human and we do tire easily. However, our spirit is of God and we can keep going with our spiritual growth because He is with us and can help us to endure. So when we feel mentally drained, we need to remember not to make decisions without God’s help. When we are emotionally distraught, we need t... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:32:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, November 3, 2015 November 3, 2015 CONFIDENT HOPE <BR> <BR> So many of us have hard times in life. Sometimes the only thing we have to hold on to is hope. Hope in God, of course. If we put our hope in man, we will be disappointed. If we put our hope in ourselves, we will be discouraged. If we put our hope in God, we can be confident His will shall be done. We can rejoice in confident hope in Him. We can be patient as we put our hope and trust in Him and we should always keep on praying knowing He will hear us... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:42:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 2, 2015 November 2, 2015 CONFIDENT FAITH <BR> <BR> If we want to fulfill God’s plans for us, we have to have faith in Him. Faith is being sure what we hope for will happen even though we can’t see it happening in our lives. When God gives us plans, He knows the outcome. He knows what we need. He knows when we need to take action. When we have confident faith in Him knowing He is on our side and wants us to succeed, our attitude and outlook will change. We will be assured by faith He is with us, He... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 06:39:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 1, 2015 November 1, 2015 HUMBLY CONFIDENT <BR> <BR> Confidence is a belief or feeling we can rely on something or someone. When we are confident, we feel as if things are going to work out. When we are confident, we feel certain what we are doing is for the best. When we are confident, we know we are doing the right things for the right reasons. The key is to be sure our confidence is not being arrogant but being humble instead. Drawing our confidence from God’s truths will help us be humbly confide... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 07:10:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 31, 2015 October 31, 2015 AS NATURAL AS BREATHING <BR> <BR> The bottom line is we should go to God in all we do. We should tell others about Him and how to better serve Him. Our daily actions should be godly. When we learn spiritual discipline it will become as natural as breathing. Our actions and words will bring glory to God. We need to grow spiritually so we can do the work God created us to do and bring Him glory just as Jesus did. Just as we breathe now without thinking too much about it, we sh... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 08:38:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 30, 2015 October 30, 2015 SPIRITUAL WISDOM <BR> <BR> If we want to become a subject matter expert on a particular topic, we have to study and learn as much as we can. In fact, we have to continuously study to keep up with the latest and greatest trends. However, studying is just a part of it. We also have to apply what we learn to gain experience. It is very difficult to be an expert when we don’t have the experience. Knowledge is good but experience makes us wise. However, spiritual wisdom comes fro... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:13:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 29, 2015 October 29, 2015 WE HAVE WHAT WE NEED <BR> <BR> When we are cooking or cleaning or working on a project and are missing something, it is harder to fully complete our work. We usually have to stop before we finish and get what we need or we may just put it off until later. We are very fortunate, in our spiritual life, God has given us all we need. We don’t have to go and get it. We don’t have to buy it. We don’t have to put off doing His will because we are missing something. He has given us ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 07:13:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 28, 2015 October 28, 2015 SPIRITUAL TRAINING <BR> <BR> Training for anything takes times. Just like with creating new habits, training should be done consistently. We may not see results for a long time during our physical training because it takes time for the benefits to show. It is the same with spiritual growth. Our training to become more godly takes time. It is not going to happen overnight but we should never give up. We will have hard times and we will have set backs; however, in the long run... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:42:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 27, 2015 October 27, 2015 WITH PURPOSE AND PRACTICE <BR> <BR> No one is perfect. Except, of course, Jesus. But if we understand we are not perfect and not be so hard on ourselves, we won’t give up. It is easy to give up when we mess up saying we just shouldn’t do something for God. However, He wants us to keep going. He wants us to practice self-control. He wants us to live on purpose and know, over time, when we are consistent, we will continuously improve in our spiritual growth. <BR> <BR> 1 Cori... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 06:58:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 26, 2015 October 26, 2015 RESIST TEMPTATION <BR> <BR> Many live by the saying “if it feels good, do it!” However, things that sometimes temporarily feel good are not always good for us in the long run. Things that feel good can give us some relief and delight but that soon goes away and we are looking again for that good feeling. When we realize we don’t have to give in to temptation but can get real peace from God, we will stop looking for what worldly things make us feel good and look to Him for et... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:41:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 25, 2015 October 25, 2015 WE NEED GOD <BR> <BR> Despite how hard we try, we still sin. We may have a bad thought. We may spend a little too much time gossiping. We may tell a few lies here and there. Our sins may not be a big deal to us but they are still sins. Recognizing our actions and words and confessing our sins to God is one big reason we need Him. He can reveal things to us we are doing wrong that we may not see ourselves. We should have a daily checkup to go through what we have done so we r... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 07:34:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 24, 2015 October 24, 2015 PRAYING FOR OTHERS <BR> <BR> There is something powerful about sharing our troubles with others. Rather than keeping things all to ourselves, we should share our burdens and confess our sins to one another. If we want to truly grow spiritually, we need to build relationships with other believers. The best way to build relationships is to open up about what is in our heart and on our minds. Another way is to really listen and show compassion and grace to others. Finally, pray... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:06:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 23, 2015 October 23, 2015 SEARCH FOR GOD <BR> <BR> A good athlete knows to stay focused on the goal and/or the ball in order to be win. When driving, we should stay focused on where we want to go if we get into an uncontrollable skid. To succeed, we keep our eyes on the end result when working a project. We focus because of the rewards of doing a good job. So if we want to live right and have a successful life, it just makes sense we keep our eyes on Jesus. We search for God and His purpose for us so... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:10:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 22, 2015 October 22, 2015 WORDS <BR> <BR> Words are used to express many things to many people. It is impossible to know how many words there are in any language because one word could mean many things. Also words, over time, may become obsolete or change meanings. Reading and deciding what a word means in its’ particular context is something that takes time and we begin to learn that at an early age. God’s word, however, never changes. Its’ meaning is the same now as it was thousands of years ago. ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:12:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 21, 2015 October 21, 2015 PRAYER AND PATIENCE <BR> <BR> To create a relationship with others, we need to spend time with them and talk with them. If we want a relationship with God, we need to spend time with Him and talk with Him. Taking time to pray strengthens our relationship with God. This relationship doesn’t happen quickly. God doesn’t answer prayers instantly. He wants us to grow so there are going to be times when we have to wait. We have to be patient. And as we wait and pray, we should spe... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:24:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 20, 2015 October 20, 2015 OBSTACLES FOR OTHERS <BR> <BR> We all know people who claim to be Christians but do not act like it. They may have had some hard times and moved away from God. They may have gotten in with the wrong crowd and caught up in the things of the world. They may have allowed pride or jealousy or bitterness to take over their lives. However, our job is not to judge them but to help them. Part of our mission for Christ is to help other believers to stay on track for God. We are to e... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:51:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 19, 2015 October 19, 2015 WE ARE LUKEWARM <BR> <BR> The movie “War Room” is a great reminder of how we can become lukewarm in life. It is really an awesome movie and there are parts of it that really hit home to us because they are so true to life. Being lukewarm means we are not on fire for God but we are not completely turned away from Him either. We are just sitting by and watching things happen without doing anything. We are living in our own world rather than getting out and making a godly impac... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:55:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 18, 2015 October 18, 2015 WE NEED WARNINGS <BR> <BR> There is something about being with a body of believers that helps us spiritually grow. Being around people who God wants us to be like will help us be like Him. Part of our spiritual growth is to know when we should or shouldn’t do something. We don’t always see the warnings ourselves and that is why we need other believers to warn us so we aren’t deceived by sin. We also need to be brave and warn those around us when we see they are doing wrong. ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:31:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 17, 2015 October 17, 2015 ADMIT WE ARE BROKEN <BR> <BR> If we have ever had a broken bone, we know the pain it can cause. We know it also requires medical attention so it can grow back as it was before. However, despite the fact it will become whole again, there will still be scars, pains and memories that will never disappear. Because of sin, our bodies are broken. When we do things we shouldn’t, we break away from God. That brokenness can be repaired by admitting our sin and turning back to God. An... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:57:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 16, 2015 October 16, 2015 WORK HARD <BR> <BR> Despite our intentions, perception is everything. If others perceive us as lazy, it’s pretty hard to change their minds. If someone perceives us as a goof off, we can try to tell him we aren’t but we may not be able to convince him. Perception is the way we think about or understand someone or something. It is one of those things we can’t control in others – only in ourselves. However, the good news is we don’t need to worry about what others think. We sh... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:22:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 15, 2015 October 15, 2015 LOVE OTHERS <BR> <BR> We have all known people in our lives who thought they could get what they wanted with force. They would use their power to create fear in others to get things done. While that is one way to get things done, it is not the best way. When we do everything in love, we are living God’s way. It is much better for all involved when we discipline with love. We could be doing all the right things to help others and we could know the Bible inside and out but if ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 07:25:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 14, 2015 October 14, 2015 LOVE GOD <BR> <BR> Just as we need to accept God’s love, we need to love Him back. That is the greatest commandment of all. Loving God with all our hearts means giving our hearts to Him and living in obedience to Him. Loving God with all our soul is trusting and having faith in His will for us. Loving God with all our mind is to dig deep into His word, pray and learn as much as we can about Him. He wants us to love Him with every part of our being. When we love Him completel... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 06:15:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 13, 2015 October 13, 2015 ACCEPT GOD’S LOVE <BR> <BR> As children grow, they learn about love from their parents. They observe their parents take care of them. They watch their parents buy them food, clothing and protect them from harm. The actions of their parents show their love for their children. As children of God, we know He loves us. He created us. He gave us this beautiful world to live in. He sent His only Son to die for us to have eternal life. We can’t imagine how great God’s love is for ... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:31:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 12, 2015 October 12, 2015 LET THEM GROW <BR> <BR> With cooler weather coming, many of us will start up our fireplaces and/or have a bonfire outside to keep warm. We know if we start the fire and then walk away, it will soon die out. To keep a fire going we have ensure it gets enough oxygen. We have to fan the flames to keep it burning and growing. With our spiritual gifts, we also need to look for ways to keep them going and growing for God’s purpose in our lives. We need encouragement. We need resou... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 06:33:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 11, 2015 October 11, 2015 WE NEED TO LEARN <BR> <BR> Watching children grow up and learn new things is such a blessing. They are so eager to learn and find out how things work. However, as parents, we have to be sure what they are learning is true and right. Because of their eagerness to learn, they could easily be tricked with clever lies that sound like the truth. God wants us to learn His word and His way. When we stray from Him, we could easily be deceived by lies and those who want to hurt us. W... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:57:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 10, 2015 October 10, 2015 SPIRITUALLY DULL <BR> <BR> When something becomes dull, it is either because it was used a lot or it was ignored and not used at all. Preventive maintenance helps us to keep our cars going, our appliances working well and our bodies strong. To stay strong and sharp spiritually, we need to do some preventive maintenance on our minds, hearts and souls. God’s word will help us stay focused and understand what we need to do. When we ignore His word and choose not to listen, we w... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:56:35 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 9, 2015 October 9, 2015 ENLARGE OUR TERRITORY <BR> <BR> If we want to grow spiritually, we have to live honorable lives and cry out to God for help. An honorable life begins with reading God’s word, praying and worshiping Him. We also need to know His will for us and be obedient to Him and put our trust in Him. God tells us when we have faith, we are able to do far more than we can without faith. God wants to enlarge our territory but He may be waiting on us to give up something we continue to cling... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:02:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 8, 2015 October 8, 2015 ACCEPT GOD’S GRACE <BR> <BR> God’s grace is undeserved and free. He gives grace to us all the time but we have to accept it. He offers us salvation by His grace. He offers us eternal life by His grace. He offers us His Son by His grace. By grace we are saved. God’s grace can teach us to turn away from the things of the world that we can’t turn away from on our own. God’s grace can help us live self-controlled and godly lives as we live in hope for Jesus’ return. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:18:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 7, 2015 October 7, 2015 OBSTACLES AND OPPORTUNITIES <BR> <BR> If we want to have a deeper spiritual life, we need to not only recognize opportunities but act on them. We should also be able to recognize obstacles which keep us from moving forward in our spiritual life and have a plan to get past those obstacles. We can’t just continue to miss opportunities and get stuck by obstacles and expect to grow spiritually. We need a plan that will move us forward so we are doing God’s will in both oppor... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 08:00:58 EST