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Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:41:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 31, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866347 January 31, 2015 GOD’S PERFECT PLAN <BR> <BR> Our ways and not God’s ways. Isaiah 55:8-9 says God’s ways and His thoughts are greater than our ways and thoughts. That is why it is so important the plans we make are in line with what God wants for us rather than what we want. God’s plan is perfect. His plan for this world is great. His plan for each of us is just and right. In Hebrews 10:16b, God says “I’m writing out the plan in them, carving it on the lining of their hearts.” God’s perfect... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:37:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 30, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865734 January 30, 2015 THE SCOPE OF GOD’S PLAN <BR> <BR> We will never understand or know all God knows. We may participate in a small part of His big picture. We may know what His will is for us and what we are responsible to do. We may read His word and listen to those who study His word to grasp the wisdom and scope of His plan. However, we are a part of His plan. Our parts are small compared to the bigger picture. But our parts and important for us to do and necessary for us to do so we can re... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 07:55:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 29, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864986 January 29, 2015 PROMISES <BR> <BR> God gives us so many promises in the Bible. If we focused on only one a day or week, it would take many years to read them all. Have we ever thought about looking at God’s promises to help us with our goals for our lives? God has a plan for us and we can rest in His word knowing He will help us do His plan. We can use His promises to help us stay strong, follow through and gain the wisdom we need to complete the tasks He has put before us. <BR> <BR> 1 C... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 06:39:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 28, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864233 January 28, 2015 SLOW AND STEADY <BR> <BR> Consistency pays off when athletes win a race or a game. Dedication and hard work pays off when someone gets promoted or recognized on their job. Continuous improvement helps us to not necessarily see progress every day but we will see results over a period of time. When we are growing in God’s word, we are going to have some rotten days along the way because of the world and the sin in us; however, with consistency, dedication and continuous improv... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:12:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863496 January 27, 2015 HOW DO THEY DO IT? <BR> <BR> When we see others who are focused on God and doing His will, we wonder how they always seem to be happy and caring. We wonder how they always are so giving and loving. It is possible they do have their down times but we just don’t see it. It is possible they do have their troubled times but we just don’t hear it. It is possible they have their times where they cry out to God because they are confused and worried, but we don’t know about it. The ... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:09:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 26, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862698 January 26, 2015 UPS AND DOWNS <BR> <BR> Everyday brings new opportunities for us. We won’t always see them. We won’t always want to act on them. We won’t always feel like reaching out and making a difference. We all have times when we are down about something. We all have times where we feel rejected, bored or lonely. Our feelings can keep us from doing God’s will. The best way to get rid of those feelings quickly is to give them to God. He can move us from our down feelings and bring us cl... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:10:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 25, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862032 January 25, 2015 TALENTS AND SKILLS <BR> <BR> We don’t have to be eloquent or use big words to fulfil God’s plan for our lives. He created us all different and we should never compare ourselves to others. We should never let naysayers bring us down. We should never let Satan destroy our minds with the thoughts he attempts to put in our heads saying we aren’t good enough. God’s plan for us is unique and He gives us what we need to do it. His plan requires our unique talents and skills. His pu... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:24:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 24, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861419 January 24, 2015 WHAT PATH TO TAKE <BR> <BR> When people are not being real, it is so obvious. When others pretend to know something they don’t know or pretend to be someone who they really aren’t, it is easy to recognize. When others try to be like someone else, they aren’t being who they really are. When they aren’t who they really are, they can’t be who God created them to be. God made each of us a certain way and gave us certain abilities. When we try to do other things rather than what... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:56:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 23, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860760 January 23, 2015 SUFFERING <BR> <BR> God’s plan for us isn’t always what we think it should be. Most of us want to live a healthy, prosperous and full life. Most of us want to have a problem-free and loving family. Most of us want to work with people who are kind and caring. However, that is not always God’s plan. We can’t grow and learn when things are always going right. And this world is full of sin so there will always be issues in every area of our lives. Sometimes we will have to suffe... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:12:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 22, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860022 January 22, 2015 ARE WE PREOCCUPIED? <BR> <BR> There are many times we walk right by someone we know without seeing them. There are other times when we miss our turn even when driving to a familiar place. There could be many reasons for these things but the most common reason is we are too preoccupied with us and what we want. We aren’t looking for that friend at the gym or we aren’t focusing on the turn to take to go home. Do we do that with God? Is there something right now He is wanting u... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:09:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 21, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859258 January 21, 2015 WE ARE CALLED <BR> <BR> God wants us to be obedient to His plan because He created us for a purpose and that purpose is what we were meant to do. We can’t be happy when we continue to try and do things our way rather than God’s way. It is so important we take action for God doing what we are called to do. When we take wrong actions or when we don’t do anything at all according to God’s purpose, we are only hurting ourselves and others. We are called to do God’s will. That is... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:15:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858446 January 20, 2015 WHEN WE ARE TEMPTED <BR> <BR> Everyone gets tempted. We get tempted to do things that are not of God. It is not God tempting us. It is Satan. God’s plan is for us to follow Him and do good. He wants to guide our lives. He wants us to stay away from sinful cravings. It’s hard. But it’s possible. We can have planned discipline. We can make better choices and plan ahead of time what to do when we are tempted. By having a plan to be disciplined and to do God’s will when we are t... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:05:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857683 January 19, 2015 WHAT WE WANT <BR> <BR> If you have ever been around a two year old you know they tend to want what they want. If they don’t get it, they either pitch temper tantrums or they pretend to cry to get our attention. As we grow older, however, we learn we can’t always get what we want. Yet we continue to try to get things our way rather than listen and obey God. We are God’s children and when we continue to act like a toddler by doing as we please, we are going to get hurt, we are... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:41:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856910 January 18, 2015 NO EXCUSES <BR> <BR> There is not a day that goes by that we don’t hear excuses. We are guilty of making excuses ourselves. We may call it reason but we are simply reasoning a way to get out of doing something we need to do. When we are called to take action for God and help someone in need and we make excuses, we simply don’t want to do it. People find a way to do what they really want to do. If we have excuses, we may be lying to ourselves. Excuses keep us from doing what ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:37:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 17, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856257 January 17, 2015 PLANNING OUR TIME <BR> <BR> We all have different responsibilities in life but we all have the same amount of time to do them. We all have 24 hours a day to get things done. How we manage our time for God is extremely important. God doesn’t want us spend all our time on the things of the world. When we do that we don’t put Him first. God wants us to spend our time on what His will is for us. So planning our time well means putting aside the things we do that wastes time and ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:20:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855583 January 16, 2015 ALL DAY LONG STRONG <BR> <BR> We all have our times of day when we are not at our best. Some of us are morning people and by the end of the day, we are exhausted. Some of us get that lull in mid-afternoon and just don’t want to work any longer. Others may be night owls and get their energy and ideas late at night. God knows when we are weak and when we are strong. And, when we keep our focus on Him – all day long – we can be all day long strong doing His will. So rather than... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:50:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 15, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854811 January 15, 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 w... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 06:48:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 14, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854038 January 14, 2015 COMMIT TO GOD <BR> <BR> To commit means to carry out an action or pledge to something or someone. What we do on a regular basis, we are committed to doing. We may be committed to work. We may be committed to a particular sport. We may be committed to staying healthy. When we are committed, we stay focused and give it our all until we succeed. However, first and foremost, we should be committed to God. We should be committed to His commands and our actions should be His will ... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:28:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 13, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853254 January 13, 2015 GOD’S GREAT PLANS <BR> <BR> God had a plan when He created the universe. He had a plan when He created us. He had a plan when He sent Jesus to die for us. His plans are too great to understand at times. His plans are too numerous to list. Sometimes when things seem to be going wrong in our lives, it is part of God’s plans. Not for us to suffer and be miserable but for us to praise Him in the midst of the storms. 1 Peter 3:17 says it is better to suffer for doing good if that... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:58:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 12, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852405 January 12, 2015 NO MATTER WHAT <BR> <BR> We have all had times when we felt as if doing right was not working out. We continue to do the right thing but nothing seems to be going right in our lives. We continue to do the right thing but no one notices. We continue to do the right thing but we are being ignored and others just don’t seem to care. However, when we do right, God notices. When we do right, we are doing His will and we can know He will finish His work in us despite how the world... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:56:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 11, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851571 January 11, 2015 STAY THE COURSE <BR> <BR> It’s a continuous thing. Doing God’s will. We just don’t do it for a little while and quit. It’s not a once a week thing we do to check off our list. It’s all day – every day. It’s every week – all week. It’s every month – all month. God’s plans for us don’t end when we are done volunteering for a project. His plans don’t end when we get married, have children or retire. Our entire life is meant to be spent honoring God and doing His will. And those... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:28:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 10, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850828 January 10, 2015 WRAPPED IN WORRY <BR> <BR> When we spend time worrying about things, we can’t do God’s work. Worry keeps us from stepping out. Worry keeps us from seeing what to do next. Worry immobilizes us so we can’t do anything. When we worry, we are not allowing God to be in charge. When we worry, we are not letting Him be in control. God tells us not to worry but seek Him first and His righteousness and He will give us everything we need. So instead of worrying about money or relation... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:26:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 9, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850016 January 9, 2015 ACT ON OPPORTUNITIES <BR> <BR> When we miss an opportunity to take action on God’s plans for us, it is our loss…not His. He has a plan for this world and for each of us. If we choose to not follow through on an opportunity He gives us, He will simply use someone else to accomplish what He needs to be done. And other times when we don’t take action on opportunities, our lives will be miserable until we do. Let’s not be the one who misses an opportunity from God to serve Him an... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 06:10:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 8, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849228 January 8, 2015 SHOW LOVE <BR> <BR> God has a plan for our lives. It is not a plan to trick or manipulate us or others but a plan to show love. All past and modern-day believers who have followed God’s plan had different talents and skills but they all showed love. Why is that? Because God is love. Doing His will requires us to show His love. We can’t be a part of His plan if we aren’t showing love to others. How do we know if we are doing God’s will? The first clue is if we are showing love... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:50:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, January 7, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848298 January 7, 2015 SHORTSIGHTED OR BLIND <BR> <BR> It’s hard to do the will of God when we are not close to Him. We can’t be close to God when our hearts are full of sin and we are focused on the things of the world. We can’t be close to God when we don’t even pray or read His word every day. However, it is easy to be close to God when we decide to go to Him, ask Him to reveal our sins and turn away from them. It is easy to ask Him to forgive us and lead us from temptation and deliver us from e... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 06:36:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, January 6, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847340 January 6, 2015 BE DETERMINED <BR> <BR> The best way to follow through with God’s plans is with His help. We can’t do it on our own. We can’t do it without help from Him. We also can’t do it without being dedicated to Him and being determined to follow through. We need to decide ahead of time before temptation comes that we will stay on His course. We have to decide ahead of time that when we don’t feel like following through, we will dig deeper into God’s word and allow Him to work through... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:31:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 5, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846345 January 5, 2015 OUR FIRSTS <BR> <BR> If we want to know God’s plans for our lives, we have to give Him our first. We should give Him the firsts of our time, the firsts of our treasures and the firsts of our talents. God doesn’t want what we have leftover. He wants to use our best we give Him to fulfill His plan for our lives. When we give God our leftovers, we are disappointing God. When we give Him our firsts, we are showing Him we have faith in Him to lead us, guide us and direct us to ful... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 07:14:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, January 4, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845394 January 4, 2015 WHAT IS REQUIRED <BR> <BR> If we really want to know our purpose in life and God’s plan for us, we first have to do what He requires of us to do. Having the right relationship with God and being obedient to Him will draw us closer to Him and help us know His will for us. God tells us to do what is right – even if no one else is doing it. God tells us to love mercy which means to forgive and to help others. God tells us to walk humbly with Him meaning we should put Him first a... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 08:04:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, January 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844634 January 3, 2015 GOD’S PLAN FOR MAN <BR> <BR> Throughout history, God has given man His plan. God has told man over and over again what He wants us to do. There are many instructions in the Bible about what we are to do while we are here on earth. But the one that is the focal purpose for eternal life is to follow Jesus and make disciples. If we aren’t doing that in the work we do for the Lord, we aren’t living according to His plan. It’s time we made some positive changes in our lives so we ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:10:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 2, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843678 January 2, 2015 GOD’S PLAN FOR THE EARTH <BR> <BR> God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was created for living things, both animals and people, to live. He planned this creation long ago as part of His master plan for people to be born, serve Him and help others. On this earth He put all the things we will need to live. On this earth He gave us just what we need to survive. Everything extra we have created for pleasure which sometimes consumes us. But we need to remember God crea... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 09:09:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, January 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842549 January 1, 2015 GOD HAS PLANS FOR US <BR> <BR> Everyone makes some type of plans. We plan weddings, funerals, vacations, projects, etc. The list goes on and on. Our plans are usually for temporary and worldly things. But planning is important so we will have some idea of what is needed to finish what we want to start. God’s plans, however, are far greater than ours. In the beginning, He had plans for the earth, for man, for eternal life and we read about them in the Bible. He has plans for u... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:11:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 31, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841711 December 31, 2014 DO NOT FORGET <BR> <BR> With so many things in this world and even more to come, it is easy to get caught up in the things of the world. When we have so many distractions from these things and so many issues in life dealing with others, it is easy to forget that all things come from God. And not just things but people. And not just people but power. All we have and all we are capable of doing is from God. The power we have is not from us because we are easily hurt, broken a... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:33:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841043 December 30, 2014 WE ARE GOD’S TREASURE <BR> <BR> Treasure is defined as something we keep carefully. It is something we cherish and hold dearly. It is also defined as something of quantity as metal, gold or other valuable objects. However, God says we are His own special treasure. We are who He holds dearly and cherishes. He does not treasure objects. He treasures us. And because He does treasure us. He wants us to love Him. He wants us to succeed. He wants us to have a relationship with Hi... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:14:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 29, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840329 December 29, 2014 GOD’S LAW <BR> <BR> When someone speaks to us about something important, we tend to remember it. Good or bad. If it is dear to our heart, we remember those words. The good words we treasure. We think about the words and the person and we get a good feeling from that memory. God’s word, His law, should be treasured by us as well. We should think on them day and night. We should remember them and meditate on them. We should treasure them because they are good and they are fro... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 06:07:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839707 December 28, 2014 TREASURE KNOWLEDGE <BR> <BR> Many of us know people who believe they know it all. They correct us when we are wrong. They talk more than they listen. They truly believe they have the answer for everything. However, those who are truly wise treasure knowledge. They listen more than they talk. They read God’s word and seek ways to learn from Him and help others. God’s word will get us further, help us deal with problems and lead us away from temptation. Knowledge from God is ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 07:11:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 27, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839189 December 27, 2014 ILL-GOTTEN GAIN <BR> <BR> The things we have in life sometimes consume us. They sometimes control us. They sometimes create in us the desire to get more. Some of us have a desire so strong that we are willing to get whatever we need by doing whatever it takes. Some of us cheat, lie and use other dishonest measure to get what we want. Those actions are of the world and show we are treasuring earthly things. If this is anything like us, we need to turn from our wicked ways an... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:40:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 26, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838658 December 26, 2014 HIDDEN TREASURE <BR> <BR> When we have things to do we normally get all the resources we need to do them before we get started. We usually have a plan and then begin work. When God has something for us to do, He will give us the resources we need to do those things. He gives us those hidden treasures or secret riches to help us succeed but also to know that He is God and we should give Him all the glory. We need to seek the hidden treasures God wants us to do to fulfill His... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 07:23:59 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838264 December 25, 2014 CHRISTMAS TREASURE <BR> <BR> What do we treasure most at Christmastime? Is it the decorations? The food? The parties? What lessons are we teaching our children and our children’s children? The birth of Jesus is the sole purpose of Christmas. The Savior was born. God’s plan was carried out. Our hope was found. Our treasure during this Christmastime should not be on the gifts, the parties, food or decorations. It should be on the fact that Jesus was born and came to save us f... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:21:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837823 December 24, 2014 WHY NOT NOW? <BR> <BR> Most of us are about to embark on a time of year where we get lots of things. Some of us get more things than others. They are gifts of love from others who care about us and that is nice. But sometimes the gifts are a bit much. Many times the gifts are more than what we really need. We already have so much. Maybe it’s time to take what we already have and give to those who are really in need. We should want to be obedient to God by giving all we have... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:01:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 23, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837293 December 23, 2014 TREASURE RELATIONSHIPS <BR> <BR> If we treasured relationships as much as we treasured the things of the world, what a better place we would live in! If we spent more time with family talking with them and doing things with them that showed we care, we would have a better home life. If we spent more time with friends sharing our hearts and listening, we would have deeper relationships. If we spent more time with God reading His word, getting to know Him and obeying Him, we ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:23:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 22, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836666 December 22, 2014 FEAR OF THE LORD <BR> <BR> We all have something we are afraid of. We have situations in our lives where we may panic and overreact because we are afraid. That fear is worldly fear and is not at all of God. The fear of the Lord should be our treasure. Meaning we should put God first and lift Him up and spend time with Him every day. We should fear Him because of who He is, what He has done and what He is able to do. Fear in the world and in man means we are focusing too muc... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:46:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 21, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836204 December 21, 2014 WHEN WE GIVE UP OUR EARTHLY TREASURES <BR> <BR> It sounds a little odd for someone to give up their homes or give up their families. But people have. They didn’t give it all up because of foreclosure on their home or fights among the family, but they give it all up to follow the will of God. God has a plan for each of us. Some are called to leave homes and families and go do His will. And when they do, they are not left alone without anything. God provides them with all th... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 08:00:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835745 December 20, 2014 ENDLESS TREASURES <BR> <BR> What if we were to get gifts day after day? What if we were to receive endless treasures from now until forever? It would be something to look forward to each morning. We would jump out of bed anxious to see what is in store for us every day. When we know Christ – truly know Him – we do have endless treasures available to us. We don’t deserve them but we receive them as believers because of the grace of God. And that is something we need to be e... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:25:43 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, December 19, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835263 December 19, 2014 USING OUR TREASURES <BR> <BR> We all have treasures. We all have things God has given us to use but we all don’t use them as we should. Some of us keep our treasures to ourselves and use them so no one else can. Some of us hide our treasures and never use them. Some of us use our treasures for the wrong reasons. However, God tells us what to do. He tells us plainly. We are to use our treasures to help others and build relationships and lead them to Him. If we aren’t doing ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:10:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, December 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834788 December 18, 2014 SERVING GOD <BR> <BR> Whatever we think about the most is what we treasure the most. If our thoughts are always on money and things, well, that is where our treasure lies. If our thoughts are always on how good we can look and what we can buy to help us look better, then we are too focused on us. Scripture says, God says to obey Him. God says to love Him. God says to walk in His ways, stay close to Him and serve Him. We can’t treasure money and worldly things and serve God... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:27:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, December 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834248 December 17, 2014 DO GOOD WORKS <BR> <BR> It’s a busy time of year where we should be focusing on the birth of Jesus and giving to others but, if we are honest, we are focusing too much on ourselves. We are running around getting things done for Christmas. We are thinking about what we need to do, new ways to do them and how tired we are. We are missing out on opportunities to help those who are really in need because we are too busy buying gifts for those who may not really need anything a... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:06:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, December 16, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833745 December 16, 2014 STORING OUR TREASURES <BR> <BR> Many of us have a place where we keep our special things. We have somewhere we put them to protect them. However, there is no place we can put our earthly treasures that will truly protect them. Eventually they will be gone. That is why we are to store our treasures in heaven where they will last forever. Those treasures can’t be stolen or destroyed and they will never fade away. <BR> <BR> Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on ea... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:18:51 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, December 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833233 December 15, 2014 OTHER GODS <BR> <BR> When our treasures are stored in the things of the world, it shows. People see us with things and hear us talk about everything in the world but rarely hear us talk about God. If our words are all about the things of the world rather than Jesus’ resurrection and God’s love, how are we going to be a godly example to others? When we talk mainly about the things of the world, it would appear we serve other gods rather than our Holy God. <BR> <BR> 1 Samuel... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:13:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 14, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832697 December 14, 2014 TREASURING TIME <BR> <BR> There are times when we are way too busy. We have so much going on that when we finally stop, we are exhausted. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is. In the winter, spring, summer or fall, we need to take time for God. We can’t continue to use our time for only the things of the world. We need God. We need to put Him first in our lives. First in our mornings, first in our week and first in all we do. When we put Him first in our weeks, He will... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:54:25 EST