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 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971811 August 4, 2015 FAMILY MATTERS <BR> <BR> The people we live with really know us. They know when we are upset. They know when we are excited. They know what really gets to us. We should examine our emotions and be sure they are pleasing to God and a good example to our family. Positive words and actions in our homes will make a greater impact to our loved ones and even to those who they connect with during the day. We should treat our family as God as commanded us to do. <BR> <BR> Ephesians 6... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:47:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971193 August 3, 2015 OUR WORDS <BR> <BR> So many times the things that are said are taken the wrong way. So many people get upset about what was said for the wrong reasons. That is why communication is so important. When we take time to clarify what has been said rather than assume it was meant a certain way, we will better understand what the other person is saying. When we make sure others understand us and we understand others, our communications will not be taken wrong and there will be less d... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:17:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 2, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970646 August 2, 2015 HIDING ANGER <BR> <BR> Many times when we attempt to control our anger, we hide it. We keep it to ourselves. We get steamed up and let it simmer inside. Well, we all know what a closed pot does when it gets to a boiling point. It blows. And things get messy. When we hide our anger it will consume us. We may vent to others so they can get angry with us. We may think about what happened over and over again. However, it never does any good to hide our anger. The best thing to do ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:27:03 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970105 August 1, 2015 OUT OF CONTROL ANGER <BR> <BR> Despite what we may feel or think, emotions can be controlled. As children, babies cry and get a response from their parents so they learn to cry to get what they need. As they grow to be toddlers, we begin teaching them the right way to handle emotions and let them know it is not necessary to cry every time they want something. We teach them when they are young so their emotions won’t be out of control. But what about us? What wrong emotions d... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 06:54:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 31, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969582 July 31, 2015 WE HAVE ALL WE NEED <BR> <BR> If we have ever attempted to make something without all we needed we know the end result turned out differently than it should. When we make a cake without eggs, it’s not a cake. When we put together a toy with a part missing, it’s not going to work correctly. Same with us. If we don’t have all our parts, we aren’t going to function fully as we are called to do. Not just body parts but godly parts as well. However, we can have all we need t... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:53:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 30, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969021 July 30, 2015 GOD WILL LIFT US UP <BR> <BR> When we think about God creating this world, watching it fill with sin and then allowing His Son to save it, it is hard to fathom the greatness, the goodness and the power of God. However, God has that power. He is able to keep us from eternal death. He is able to save us from the power of sin. He is able pick us up when we fall down. Because of who He is, He certainly deserves our love, our attention and our glory. <BR> <BR> Jude 1:24 “Now all ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:22:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 29, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968411 July 29, 2015 LOVE BRINGS GLORY TO GOD <BR> <BR> Love brings glory to God. When we love Him, we bring Him glory. When we love others, we bring Him glory. Love is the greatest command from God. However, it isn’t easy to love others. There are times when people do things we don’t agree with. There are times when others treat us wrong. There are times when people use us and emotionally hurt us. How is it possible to love them? It is possible when we love God first. Then His love will flow t... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:15:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967786 July 28, 2015 WE ALL HAVE A MINISTRY <BR> <BR> There are some things we can do to help others that may never get noticed. There are some times when we attempt to help someone but they don’t want to receive our help. Then there are times when we do something in obedience to God and others are blessed. The actions we take for God in obedience to Him will bless others and, because of our dedication to God, others will give God the glory. We can make a positive impact on others when we decide ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:13:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 27, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967236 July 27, 2015 IN TROUBLED TIMES <BR> <BR> We are not here to bring glory to ourselves. We are here to find out why God put us here, work for Him and allow Him to use us to bring glory to His name. We shouldn’t ask for our will to be done but for His will to be done. No matter if we are troubled or if we are happy, God’s will is what we need to seek, every day. In our hurts, we need to know He loves us. In our hates, we need to seek His love. In our hearts, we need to accept His love and ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:52:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 26, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966720 July 26, 2015 PEACE IS POSSIBLE <BR> <BR> World peace was a common wish for those who were interviewed in beauty pageants. It always was a good answer and sometimes brought hope for a while but the reality is until Christ returns again, world peace just isn’t possible. With the sin in the world, the selfishness of people and the devil continuing to tempt us to do wrong, peace can’t happen…in the world. However, peace is our own hearts is possible. Peace in our hearts is possible when w... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:05:55 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 25, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966320 July 25, 2015 GIVE GLORY <BR> <BR> Our thoughts, actions and words reveal to God and others what is first in our lives. If we are troubled by something in our lives and we focus on it, we aren’t focusing on God. If we are worried about our family life and stay consumed with that, we aren’t putting God first in our lives. If we are consumed with another person rather than God, we can’t give Him glory. Giving glory to God means we pray, we read His word, we obey Him, we have faith and we... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:29:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 24, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965801 July 24, 2015 WHY WE SAY AMEN <BR> <BR> The word amen brings glory to God. When we say amen in the church, we are agreeing with what the preacher is saying. When we say amen after a prayer, we are showing God we have faith in Him and we glorify Him. It’s a small word but it brings encouragement to godly speakers and glory to God. It pleases God we are agreeing with His word and we are speaking out. It acknowledges we know God’s promises and are encouraged by them. When we say amen, we ar... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:25:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 23, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965267 July 23, 2015 CAREER <BR> <BR> There is a lot that could be said about our jobs. Most people are not happy about something in their career. They work the wrong hours. They don’t make enough money. They aren’t appreciated. Their benefits aren’t good enough. We could easily find things wrong with our jobs. However, if we want to bring glory to God, we need to begin looking for things that are right with our jobs. We need to start focusing on the people and building the right relationshi... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:39:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 22, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964791 July 22, 2015 FINANCES <BR> <BR> Money is sometimes tight and we don’t always know how we are going to pay all the bills. However, when we put God first in our finances, He will bless us and we will bring Him glory. We may feel like we don’t have anything to give because our money is stretched out so much already; however, we are to give the first of our fruits. Our tithe is an offering to God to let Him know we put our trust in Him with our money. And He will help us prosper because of ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:35:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 21, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964180 July 21, 2015 MINISTRY <BR> <BR> Since everyone is different and has different skills and talents, it would make sense their ministry would be different as well. Ministry is not just for those who preach or work in the church. Ministry is for all believers to do. We are to build relationships with others to help them move from where they are now to the place God wants them to be. As a result, we can all bring glory to God. If we aren’t currently doing anything to minister to others, it’s... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 07:20:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 20, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963582 July 20, 2015 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT <BR> <BR> If we want to truly bring joy to God, we need to be obedient to Him. He gives us the ingredients for a good life. He tells us how to obey Him and what to do to bring Him glory. If we want to bring glory to God, we should strive to live as He calls us to live. Our lives should show love to others, promote peace, encourage patience, kindness and goodness. We should be faithful in all things. Show gentleness and self-control. We can bring glory to G... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:53:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963093 July 19, 2015 OUR BODIES <BR> <BR> If someone loaned us something for a short period, we would probably take good care of it. Since it didn’t belong to us and we had to give it back to them, we would treat it with care and make sure we didn’t destroy it. We would want to return it in the same condition it was loaned to us. Our bodies are not our own. We may thing they are. We may disregard what we put in them and what we do to them; however, they belong to God. And He tells us to treat t... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:42:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962615 July 18, 2015 RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS <BR> <BR> There is much to be said about having right relationships with others. Too much to put in this short message. However, relationships are a key part of everything we do. We need to have the right relationships with those in our homes, in our careers, in our communities – everywhere we go. Right relationships begin with God. Any relationship without God in it doesn’t bring glory to Him. <BR> <BR> Romans 15:7 “Therefore, accept each other just... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:34:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 17, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962116 July 17, 2015 ACTIONS, WORDS AND THOUGHTS <BR> <BR> There is so much we have to do in life, it’s hard to make sure we get it all done. We have to work. We have bills to pay. We have people to meet. So many things to do. With all the things there are to do, it is only a matter of time before something gets forgotten. It’s only a matter of time before we get tired. It’s only a matter of time before we begin slacking. However, whether we are busy or not, our actions, thoughts and words ne... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:45:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961562 July 16, 2015 ATTITUDES <BR> <BR> We have probably all seen sour-faced people. They look as if they ate a few lemons and their face froze that way. Despite what we think, our attitude shows on our face. If we are happy, of course, people will know it. And when we are negative, others will see that as well. Our attitudes reflect who we are…especially when the pressure is on. If our attitude is sour, we can’t effectively share Christ with others and we certainly can’t glorify God. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:54:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 15, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961042 July 15, 2015 THOSE WHO HATE <BR> <BR> Most of us aren’t really exposed to true hatred. Hatred comes from someone who is not of God and who does not seem to care about others. If a person is consumed with hate, they obviously do not bring glory to God. Our response to those who show hatred to us should not be the same. We are called to love all people. We are called to love because God first loved us. We are called to give God glory for His unfailing love and show unfailing love to others... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:03:00 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 14, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960500 July 14, 2015 APATHY <BR> <BR> Apathy is a lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern. If we have ever been around teens, we have experience a bit of apathy in them. Their growing bodies and their desire for independence causes them to care less about what others want and more about their own needs. It seems to be a part of their growing up process. As followers of Christ, apathy is the opposite of how we are supposed to act around others. Apathy shows we don’t care, we aren’t interested a... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:01:27 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 13, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959903 July 13, 2015 GLORY IS GREATER <BR> <BR> Loved ones are sick. Job is a hassle. Bills are past due. It seems when one bad situation gets better, there is another one right around the corner. How we deal with tough situations will either help us grow stronger or leave us drained. It’s all about perspective. When we keep our eyes on God and give Him the glory in all things, we will see the troubles in our lives differently. When we take time to put things in perspective, we will understand ou... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:32:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 12, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959426 July 12, 2015 FEAR AND WORRY <BR> <BR> Sometimes we allow fear and worry to consume us. We are afraid of what others will do. We are afraid of what may happen tomorrow. We are afraid of getting hurt. Many times fear leads to worry. Because we are afraid, we worry about what is going to happen. All these thoughts consume and keep us from doing what God has called us to do. Instead of fearing the things of the world, we are to only fear God. We are to only glorify His name because He is holy. ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:26:40 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 11, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958928 July 11, 2015 TOO PROUD <BR> <BR> When children learn new things, they beam with joy because they are growing up and becoming independent. A child learns to tie his shoe. Another learns to ride her bike. These things deserve praise but we should be careful we don’t teach them to be too proud about accomplishments. We need to be the example to our children not to be too proud but to give God the glory in all things we accomplish. Our actions should reflect humility and honor God and our bo... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07:37:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 10, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958441 July 10, 2015 TELL THE TRUTH <BR> <BR> No one wants to be lied to. When we are lied to too many times, we begin to lose trust in that individual. When others choose to lie rather than tell the truth, they tend to continue to cover up their first lie with more lies. We can’t give glory to God when we don’t tell the truth. We should always tell the truth and be encouragers of the truth. When we tell the truth, we bring glory to God. <BR> <BR> Joshua 7:19 “Then Joshua said to Achan, ‘M... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:54:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 9, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957968 July 9, 2015 WE ARE FREE <BR> <BR> We can debate all day long about who is right or wrong. We can speak our minds about what others are doing or not doing. We can listen to the opinions of others about the sins in the world. However, if we focus on the wrong in the world too much we soon lose sight of what is important. We soon forget God has everything under control. We soon stop giving God the glory for the freedoms we do have. Let’s focus on God today and remember our freedom comes from... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:51:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 8, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957350 July 8, 2015 WHAT A PRIVILEGE <BR> <BR> If we have been in a hotel and had the opportunity to stay in a suite, we know the luxuries of the added extras. There has possibly been a time when we requested a regular room but were put in a suite because they upgraded our room or there were no more regular rooms. When those opportunities occur, we feel privileged and special. However, there is a privilege we all have as children of God that we can do anywhere or anytime. And that is sharing His wo... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:54:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 7, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956764 July 7, 2015 ON THE JOB <BR> <BR> On the job there are different types of people. We have different backgrounds, different attitudes, and different beliefs. Some of us work hard all day wanting to do the right thing. Some of us do what we have to do to get by. Sometimes we get frustrated with those who do very little work but still continue to draw a paycheck. However, we have to remember despite our differences we are all working for the Lord. In the end the reward is not our paycheck but i... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 06:56:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 6, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956192 July 6, 2015 SUFFERING <BR> <BR> We don’t like to see others suffer and we don’t particularly like suffering either; however, suffering is a part of life. We suffer when we are ill. We suffer when we are struggling. We suffer when we are ridiculed or treated wrong. When may suffer because of what others say and do to us because we are followers of Christ. However, we can bring glory to God when we suffer through hard times by not giving into the things of the world. We can choose to foc... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:35:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 5, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955713 July 5, 2015 OUR FIRST <BR> <BR> We have all had firsts in our lives. We had our first day at school. We had our first love. We had our first day on the job. The excitement from those firsts and many more was pretty special. Our firsts are good memories and we often share those memories with others. There is another kind of first that is special – even more special than those. That is giving God our firsts. He wants the first of our time, our money and our talents. And when we give God our... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 07:42:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 4, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955285 July 4, 2015 GOD IS WORTHY <BR> <BR> With all the debates in this country about who is right about what, the facts remain the same. Our freedoms exist because of the foundation of this country. Our forefathers dedicated this land to God and God blessed them. He is the one who gives us freedom and if we continue to turn from Him, our freedoms will be gone. Not because of who did what but because the devil is of this world and when we choose to be of the world, we are not glorifying God and we... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 08:42:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 3, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954835 July 3, 2015 BECAUSE OF FAITH <BR> <BR> Anyone who exercises knows when we just exercise once we aren’t going to see many results. However, when we consistently exercise we begin to see changes in our body over time. Most habits are the same. In order to create a good habit, we need to practice it daily. In order to get rid of a bad habit, we need to practice not doing it daily. Over time, we will see results. Our faith in God is the same. We need to make a daily practice of putting our fa... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:03:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 2, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954304 July 2, 2015 IS THAT GIVING GLORY? <BR> <BR> There are many people in the world who claim to know Jesus but their actions don’t show it. There are people who believe in God but don’t live like it. There are even those who profess to be Christians but don’t go anywhere to fellowship with other believers nor do they tell others about what Jesus did for them. There is a time coming for us all when we won’t be able to give God the glory here on earth. We will be gone. Life will be over. ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 07:26:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 1, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953756 July 1, 2015 GLORY <BR> <BR> Glory is defined as magnificence and great beauty. It is also defined as praise or worship offered to God. We can bring glory to God by our actions and words. Our actions and words should not be of the world but should be pleasing to God. We are here to bring glory to Him. We bring glory to God when we tell the truth, do what is right and share His word with others. We should live our lives every day with the goal to bring glory to God. <BR> <BR> Romans 6:13 â€... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:01:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 30, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953193 June 30, 2015 GOD FORGIVES <BR> <BR> Without forgiveness, we would be lost. Forgiveness is one thing that helps us to continue on. When we repent to God, we are forgiven. We can start again. We have a clean slate. We are restored and renewed. We have hope. That is why it is so important to forgive others. Because God forgives us and allows us to start over, we should forgive others and start a new relationship with them. God’s forgiveness is why we have hope for the future and why we have... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:57:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 29, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952572 June 29, 2015 GOD IS WAITING <BR> <BR> God’s word talks about destruction but there is also hope. God told people many times He was ready and waiting for them to repent, to recognize what they were doing wrong and turn back to Him. He told them He was ready to bless them and restore them. What a great promise the people had and we have that same promise today. We need to earnestly search for what sin is in our lives, be ashamed of it, repent and turn to God. We need to ask for His blessin... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:22:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 28, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952087 June 28, 2015 BRIEF ENCOUNTERS <BR> <BR> We tend to treat people differently. We may not realize it. We may not do it on purpose. We just do. Think about those who we encounter briefly. We may smile and put on our best face. We may nod and have polite conversation. Or we may get upset with their rudeness or abruptness and decide right away we don’t like them for whatever reason. Then there are those we are with for a short time in life and those we will know all our lives. How do we treat ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:41:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 27, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951654 June 28, 2015 REPENT AND FORGIVE <BR> <BR> If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit we mess up every day. There is something we do wrong in our lives each day. We may have a bad thought. We may take a wrong action. We may misuse our words. However, one great thing about doing wrong is that God forgives. When we realize the wrong we have done, repent, He will forgive us. Every time. He knows we are not perfect. He knows we mess up. And He loves us anyway. And forgives. How awesome is th... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:12:30 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 26, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951171 June 26, 2015 COVETING <BR> <BR> Someone we know gets a new car. We start thinking about getting one. Someone we know gets a new cell phone. We like it and want one too. Someone we know gets new clothes, a new house or even gets married. We want what they have. We may not openly say it but in our minds we possibly think it. We covet or desire it. Sometimes the desire consumes us. When we take our focus off God and put it on the things of the world, we are coveting. God can forgive us for dis... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:53:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 25, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950643 June 25, 2015 I’M SORRY <BR> <BR> When there are others who are not able to forgive us for whatever reason, we can’t make them forgive us. It has to be their decision. However, we can do a few other things that will help. First, we can pray. We can pray asking God to forgive us first. Then we can pray for strength to live a better life for Him. We can pray for those we hurt to forgive us. Second, we can go to that person and sincerely apologize. Third, we can communicate. Talking and lis... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:58:50 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 24, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950119 June 24, 2015 BITTER JEALOUSY <BR> <BR> No matter what we do in life or what we have, there will always be someone who appears to have it better. There will always be someone who enjoys life more. There will always be someone who has a better family life. There will always be someone who has a better job, gets more pay or has more things. Rather than being bitter towards them because they have more, we are to love them. If we are carrying any bitter jealously toward another today, we need to... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:20:34 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 23, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949590 June 23, 2015 A FORGIVING HEART <BR> <BR> If we are seeing signs of the end of time, why aren’t we reaching out to more people to tell them about Jesus? Why do we continue to give into worldly things? Why don’t we go to Jesus every morning and submit to Him so we can be a better witness to others? We can’t teach others about God if we aren’t willing to forgive them for what they have done. Pray for a forgiving heart and talk with those who we have not talked to in years. Reach out in... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:21:05 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 22, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948993 June 22, 2015 TURN FROM SIN <BR> <BR> When we see people talk one way yet act another, we can see right through them. We can tell pretty quickly their actions don’t match their words. God wants our actions to match our words. God wants us to turn from evil and seek Him. God wants us to humble ourselves and pray. And when we decide to turn from sin and turn to Him, He will help us to live the holy life He has called us to live. <BR> <BR> 1 John 3:19 “Our actions will show that we belong ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 06:35:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 21, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948506 June 21, 2015 ATTITUDE <BR> <BR> Attitude is a little like integrity because we should have the right attitude even when no one is looking. We should have an attitude that is positive and always looking toward God. Things are going to happen to try and knock us down. That’s Satan’s way. However, we can choose God’s way and choose to be lifted up. We can choose God’s way and choose to be joyful. We can choose God’s way and choose to have a great attitude despite what others do or sa... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:34:46 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, June 20, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948093 June 20, 2015 APATHY <BR> <BR> There are some people who just don’t care. They don’t care what they say. They don’t care what they do. They don’t care that their words and actions hurt others. Some don’t care to show kindness and love because they are all wrapped up in their own lives and feel they don’t have time for others. Apathy means indifference, lack of concern or lack of feeling. When we become apathetic towards others, we are telling them we don’t care about them. Itâ€... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 08:01:08 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, June 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947603 June 19, 2015 ANXIETY <BR> <BR> We can’t sleep. When we finally do, we wake up with issues on our minds. We can’t focus. It’s affecting our work and our family life. We can’t be happy. We are consumed with worry and anxiety about our lives and the issues in the world. Anxiety is a real problem. When we dwell too much on our problems or on the issues in the world, we are consuming our minds with anxious thoughts. And being anxious is not allowing God to have control. He wants to forgi... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:37:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, June 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947030 June 18, 2015 ADDICTIONS <BR> <BR> We all like to be in control. We like the feeling of doing what we want when we want. We like having freedom and choices. However, many times, our choices for freedom, or escape, will lead us to addictions. We are all controlled by something or someone whether we want to admit it or not. When we attempt to be in control we tend to lean on something to help us – our addiction. However, God is who we need to lean on. God is who we need to take control. When... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 06:51:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, June 17, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946483 June 17, 2015 ACTIONS <BR> <BR> Actions speak louder than words. We see people who say one thing and do another. And, if we are honest with ourselves, we would admit we tend to do the same. However, since our actions do speak much louder than our words do, we need to be more cautious about the actions we do take. What right things are we doing that reveal we are followers of Christ? What wrong things are we doing? When our words and actions don’t match up, we are setting the wrong example ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 06:50:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, June 16, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945931 June 16, 2015 DIRECT OTHERS <BR> <BR> It’s always good to have someone with us when we are attempting to do something difficult. They can help us by seeing things we may not see. They can help us be safe by looking out for us so we don’t hurt ourselves. Also, in our spirituality, we are to be watchmen for those around us. We are to ask God to guide us to warn others when they go the wrong way. We can direct them and give them hope. We can ask God today to show us what words and actions H... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:20:14 EST