FRANCESLUCAS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FRANCESLUCAS FRANCESLUCAS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 19, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422889 October 19, 2017 RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE OF FAITH <BR> <BR> Righteousness is the state of living and doing the right things all the time according to God’s law and His word. It is something we can strive for on our own but can’t truly be acquired because we are all sinners. Our faith in God will help us be counted as righteous in God’s eyes. Our humility and obedience to God will help as well. Will we always be perfect? No. We never have been. Never will be. However, by the grace of God we can hav... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:02:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 18, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422588 October 18, 2017 WHEN THE PROUD ATTACK THE GODLY <BR> <BR> Most of us have been bullied or made fun of at one time or another in life. It doesn’t feel really good when it is happening but it eventually passes and the bully leaves us alone. When the proud attack the godly, it is really useless for two reasons. First, it makes them look foolish in the eyes of the godly and in the eyes of God. Second, it only makes them feel good temporarily. Just like those who choose to bully others, the ungo... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:36:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422292 October 17, 2017 PROUD AND POWERFUL <BR> <BR> There are those in this world who are proud and powerful. They appear to have everything they need and are proud of what they have and what they do. Their conceit is obvious as they show off all their things. They choose not to associate with people “beneath” them. However, in God’s eyes, all of us are wonderful. There is no one on earth greater than the other. We are not greater because of what we have or what we do. God will one day humble the ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:55:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421938 October 16, 2017 PATIENT WITH THE PROUD <BR> <BR> Sometimes other people can really try our patience. We see people who are doing wrong in this world because of their own pride. They want what they want. They do as they please. We see this on the news. We see this in our communities. We see this sometimes in our own homes and churches. When others are proud, they will eventually find themselves alone and discouraged. We can choose to ignore them and let them go their way or we can choose to ... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:28:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421605 October 15, 2017 PRIDE IN THE HEARTS OF OTHERS <BR> <BR> Pride in the hearts of others is sometimes hard to see. The actions of others can send confusing signals. To find out why others don’t serve, we need to take time to get to know them. When a person is not getting involved in doing something at church, it could be because they are too quiet and shy. They may need a little encouraging. Another reason is they may feel they are not qualified. They may also need a little encouraging. Howeve... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:32:52 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 14, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421308 October 14, 2017 BETRAYING FRIENDS <BR> <BR> We all know no one is perfect. We all have our faults. We are human. We all mess up. One reason we do mess up is pride. We think a lot of ourselves and we think of ourselves all the time. Possibly because we are with us all the time. We know what we want. We know how we feel. We know what makes us happy and what hurts us. However, one thing that probably hurts us the most is when someone betrays us. We feel deceived. We feel crushed. We feel anger... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:25:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421004 October 13, 2017 WHEN OTHERS LEAVE US <BR> <BR> There has been a time in our lives when others have left or abandoned us. It may have been our parents. It may have been our children, a spouse, or a friend. People leave. People give up. People go their own way. Mostly because of pride. When someone is too proud to care about others enough to admit they are wrong, they leave. When someone is too proud to help others, they go where they can do for themselves. When someone is living without love... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:38:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 12, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420658 October 12, 2017 THOSE WHO WANT ALL THE GLORY <BR> <BR> Possibly a day doesn’t go by when we encounter people who want all the attention. They may attempt to get the attention by talking too much. They may act in certain ways to draw attention to themselves. They may do something good and talk about it constantly to get praises from others. They are proud. They want attention. However, those who want all the glory only speak for themselves. Those people are not pointing others to God. They a... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:51:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420307 October 11, 2017 THOSE WHO DO WRONG <BR> <BR> We all know people who have done wrong. We know it is very hard to tell these people about the wrong they have done. They may be too proud to admit they did wrong so they choose to lie about what they did. They may be too proud to acknowledge we are right and choose to stop talking to us. Conversations with those we love who have done wrong or are doing wrong are hard. However, God wants us to have those conversations with them. Their pride may g... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:31:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 10, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419955 October 10, 2017 DON’T BE ASHAMED <BR> <BR> There is a saying that we become who we hang around the most. If we have good friends who are doing wrong and we continue to hang around them, guess what? We will become like them. However, if we have close friends who are doing good, we will be encouraged and lifted up to do good as well. One thing to be careful of, however, is not to forget we are to have other friends in our lives. If we are too closely involved with our good friends, we may for... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:28:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 9, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419603 October 9, 2017 SELFISHNESS <BR> <BR> In this world, selfishness is a way of life. We are taught selfishness by this world. We hear advertisements stating we deserve to buy something. They tell us to take care of our own needs. We hear some tell us to sue those who do us wrong. Satan wants this to be a “me, me, me” world. He wants us to want things of the world so we become selfish and prideful. He wants us to move away from God and he tries to entice us with the things and power this world ... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 06:21:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 8, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419272 October 8, 2017 PRIDE IN THE CHURCH <BR> <BR> Many people who do not go to church sometimes think the people who do go are hypocrites. Others believe those who go to church think they are holier-than-thou. Unfortunately, there are sinners in the church. We all sin. We go to church because we sin. We go to church because we want to be closer to God and worship Him. If anyone appears to be prideful because they go to church and others don’t, they are sinning as well. Pride in the church is wr... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 06:42:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, October 7, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418947 October 7, 2017 SELF-EXAMINATION <BR> <BR> It is pretty easy to do a self-examination of our lives. But it is not always accurate. The reason being is we may miss something because it is familiar. We may make excuses and say it isn’t a huge problem. We may believe everyone else is doing it so why can’t we. We may feel we deserve whatever it is we are doing because of everything we have to go through. <BR> <BR> When others examine us and give us feedback about our actions and words, we may b... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 06:33:32 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 6, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418607 October 6, 2017 PRIDE HINDERS COMMUNICATION <BR> <BR> Sometimes our pride keeps us from communicating well with others. When we are focused on ourselves and what we look like, what we are going to say next, or what others are thinking about us, we aren’t communicating well. Real communication comes when we focus on the other person. When we are full of pride, we are only focusing on us. When we allow God to speak through us, we are focusing on God. <BR> <BR> SCRIPTURE: <BR> Proverbs 14:3 “A... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 06:24:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 5, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418259 October 5, 2017 LOVE AND PRIDE <BR> <BR> When oil and water are put in the same dish, they don’t mix. The oil pushes the water away. We can stir and stir but they just don’t mix together. When we have pride in our hearts, it is like the oil. It pushes love away. We can’t completely love others when our hearts are full of pride. When we love ourselves and are puffed up about all we do, we can’t take actions to show others we love them. God wants us to love deeply with all our hearts. That mea... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 06:00:17 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417902 October 4, 2017 ANGER AND PRIDE <BR> <BR> There are so many times when others say or do things we don’t particularly like. Rather than letting it go and moving on, our pride gets in the way. We get angry. We hold grudges. We say or do things in order to hurt them back like they hurt us. Sometimes, no, many times we allow pride to cause us to hold bad feelings toward others because of something they did or said. However, God says to forgive. We are to forgive others as He forgives us for the ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 06:36:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 3, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417550 October 3, 2017 IF WE WANT TO FAIL <BR> <BR> We all know there will be times in life when we fail. In fact, we fail more than we succeed. If we are wise, we can learn from our failures and see what we need to change so next time we can do a little better than before. However, there is one sure way to fail in life. Every time. It has been proven since the beginning of time. If we truly want to fail in life, we need to do all we can to keep pride in our lives. When we are proud, we can be guar... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 06:15:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, October 2, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417171 October 2, 2017 TOO GOOD <BR> <BR> Many of us may not believe we are prideful; however, we may want to seek God’s input on that. He knows our innermost thoughts and desires. We possibly have thoughts and desires we feel we can justify when we believe that we deserve a promotion, an award or some type of recognition. Those thoughts may, in fact, be our pride seeping in just a bit too much. <BR> <BR> We are not deserving of anything on this earth. When we go through life believing we deserve... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 06:14:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, October 1, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416829 October 1, 2017 GIVE GOD THE GLORY <BR> <BR> There are many definitions of pride and what causes pride. There is even a good pride where we have accomplished a goal or our family member has received an award. However, most of the pride mentioned in the Bible is referring to pride that is wrong. Wrong pride is when have confidence in ourselves rather than God. Wrong pride is when we give ourselves the glory rather than God. Whatever the reason for the pride we have in our hearts, we need to r... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 07:07:15 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 30, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416515 September 30, 2017 FOLLOW JESUS <BR> <BR> Babies learn to follow at an early age. They first follow with their eyes and then with their feet as they begin to walk. When they grow older, they begin to follow with their actions. We all know children will quickly repeat what they see and hear. But what about as we grow into adulthood? We tend to follow the crowd. We tend to follow where our emotions and desires lead us. But don’t we know better? Don’t we know our emotions and desires lead us do... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 06:39:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 29, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416218 September 29, 2017 SELF-CONTROL <BR> <BR> There are many ways we can choose to work on our self-control. We may be tempted to spend money we don’t have. We may have a strong desire to eat something that isn’t really good for us. We could be swayed to go to the lake rather than church. The list goes on and on. When we are tempted or get strong desires to do what we really shouldn’t do, we need to practice self-control. <BR> <BR> However, practicing self-control in God’s word means to do what... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:34:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 28, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415888 September 28, 2017 FOLLOWING ADVICE <BR> <BR> We tend to receive a lot of advice. Some of it we ask for. Some of it we don’t. We can get advice, but the ultimate decision is up to us. The best advice we can get is from God. If we listen to God, He will give us peace. If we listen and are obedient to Him, we won’t need to be afraid. When we follow through with what He asks us to do, He will keep us safe and protect us. We need to remember to choose wisely the advice we follow and let God be ... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:20:28 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 27, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415527 September 27, 2017 JOY TO THE HEART <BR> <BR> There are times when we have had instructions or directions that just were quite right or perfectly clear. When we did what we thought we were supposed to do, things just got off track. Either we created something wrong due to bad instructions or got lost due to unclear directions. The end results was frustration and maybe chaos. One thing we can be sure of and that is God’s commandments are right and clear. When we follow what He asks us to do, ... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:21:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 26, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415164 September 26, 2017 A RIGHT HEART <BR> <BR> This world can sometimes focus on the negative way too much. Even those who are truly trying to do good works are hammered by the media for every little fault they have. Then there are those in this world who focus on outward appearance stating a person looks like the right man or woman for the job. First, everyone is going to make mistakes in life. Even those with a right heart. Second, those who have a right heart may not always have a pleasing ap... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:29:21 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 25, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414775 September 25, 2017 KINDNESS <BR> <BR> Kindness. Looking out for the interest of others. Helping those who we can help right now. Kindness is an act of doing good for someone without expecting anything in return. Kindness is what we do to others no matter if they are a friend, stranger or enemy. Acting in kindness is what we are called to do by God. We have all been treated kindly by someone in our lives. We know how it feels. We know God commands us to be kind. So why is it so hard to be kin... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:25:20 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 24, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414431 September 24, 2017 ACT IN LOVE <BR> <BR> We have all been in love at one time or another. New love feels so good. We find no wrong and we want to spend every day with them. We think about them non-stop. When we are in love, others can see it as well. It’s easy to pick out two people who are in love because of their actions. Love is an action. It’s not just a word. Many people say they love but they don’t show it. If they don’t show it, they don’t love. Because of God’s love for us, He sent H... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:04:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 23, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414112 September 23, 2017 PATIENCE <BR> <BR> Many people avoid praying for patience because they know situations will come up that will require them to practice patience. But guess what? Issues are going to come up no matter if we pray for patience or not. There are always going to be problems in life so why not pray for and practice patience now so when those issues do come, we will be ready? If we truly want patience, we need to choose to follow God. Only by following Him and doing His will can w... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 07:10:42 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 22, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413774 September 22, 2017 SLOW DOWN <BR> <BR> Most of the time after we slow down from all our busyness, we realize we have stopped following Jesus. We have stopped sitting at His feet, reading His word and being still listening to His guidance. He wants us to be still. He wants quiet time with us. When we are still with God, we know what to do to best follow Him. We can’t see the needs of others when we are always hurrying around. God wants us to slow down, spend quiet time with Him and seek ways ... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:26:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 21, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413425 September 21, 2017 BEING PRODUCTIVE <BR> <BR> There are people we know who always seem to be busy. They are rushing here and there but it seems as if they get nothing accomplished. Then there are others who do nothing and it is obvious because we see them sitting around on their electronic devices, sleeping or just being lazy. Busy people and lazy people may have problems getting things – the right things – done. Being productive means we are doing the right things. Being productive for God ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:16:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413075 September 20, 2017 FOLLOW HUMBLY <BR> <BR> On job interviews, many people have a hard time understanding how to share what they have done with others and be humble about it. We feel if we brag on ourselves too much about what we are doing, we aren’t showing humility. But on the other hand, we feel if we don’t say anything at all, no one will know. Humility isn’t something we can strive on our own because then it would cause pride rather than humility. Humility comes from submitting our lives... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:05:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412738 September 19, 2017 FOLLOWING FEAR <BR> <BR> Many times we avoid the things we fear. We don’t follow through with something because we are afraid. Those very things we fear are the things that will help us be free. When we don’t do something because we are afraid of what others may say or think, we are following fear. When we avoid someone or something because we are afraid we will get hurt, we are following fear. However, when we are doing God’s will, we are to never be afraid. We can trust ... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:55:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 18, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412347 September 18, 2017 LEARN WHAT IS GOOD <BR> <BR> From the time we are born, we are taught what is right and wrong. Depending on our parents and their values and beliefs, we learn the right way to do things and what is truly good in this world. However, the world eventually interferes with our parents’ teachings and we begin to learn other things from people who are really not so good. If we want to know what is truly good and always will be, we need to get into God’s word. It teaches what is ... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:11:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 17, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412029 September 17, 2017 COMMITMENT <BR> <BR> If we have ever walked on a shaky bridge at a theme park or over a large body of water, we know what it feels like to be unstable. We get a little nervous. We hurry through so our chances of falling are lower. We may think too quickly or make rash decisions. In real life, instability causes bad decisions. Being unsure of what we want or what we believe causes wrong decisions or no decisions at all. Being indecisive leads to doing nothing. God tells us ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:08:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411709 September 16, 2017 WHO DO WE FOLLOW <BR> <BR> We may not realize it but the things we choose to do and the people in this world we decide to follow could easily lead us astray. It may start with a quick night out with the girls for happy hour. It may be an innocent game day with the guys with beer and snacks. It may begin with someone at work who gives us attention we don’t get at home from our spouse. These things, if we allow ourselves to do just once, could easily be something we want to... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:13:09 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411382 September 15, 2017 PAUSE <BR> <BR> We all have things we have to get done every day. Some of us have things to do for our company to succeed. Others work at home and have to complete certain tasks every day. Some stay busy all day long doing both. However, we also need to rest. We can’t expect our bodies to continue to go, go, go all the time. We have to rest at night to get the sleep our bodies need. <BR> <BR> It has also been proven when we stop some time during our day and just sit and ... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:25:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 14, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411033 September 14, 2017 EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE OKAY <BR> <BR> As children, when something went wrong in life or when we were scared, our parents or another adult gave us comfort to remind us everything was going to be okay. And, as it turned out, they were right. We got through the small issues children have to deal with. As we grew older, our issues and worries got to be a little bigger. As adults, we don’t always share our issues with others so it builds up inside. Other people don’t always k... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:55:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410684 September 13, 2017 COMFORT ZONE <BR> <BR> Know if we want to do God’s will, we need to be willing to get out of our comfort zone. It should become normal for us to do what is not normal for us. We are human and tend to want to do things our way or not do what we really should be doing. Our thoughts should be on doing what is not comfortable for us as humans. Our thoughts should be on doing God’s will knowing when we follow His direction, He will help us grow. Following God and growing in His... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:18:49 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410316 September 12, 2017 WHAT WE NEED <BR> <BR> Most of us have realized that creating plans is pretty easy. Dreaming and getting ideas happen just about every day. However, following those plans and dreams is another story. Following through with what we know we need to do requires determination, patience and perseverance. When we choose to follow God’s will for our lives, we need the same. The difference is we have God’s Holy Spirit living in us to work through us. The Holy Spirit helps us so we... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 05:52:31 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 11, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409920 September 11, 2017 SERVE OTHERS <BR> <BR> Many times after we spend time helping others, we have a great feeling. When we share with them what we have, when we give to them or when we just help them out, we walk away feeling good that we were able to help. Why is that? It’s because we were doing what God called us to do. We were feeding off the will of God. God tells us we will be nourished when we do His will. That’s why we feel good and our lives feel complete when we follow the will of Go... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 05:53:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 10, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409566 September 10, 2017 INTENTIONAL LISTENING <BR> <BR> In anything we do, listening is super important. When learning a new job, we need to listen out for the expectations and the specific instructions about what to do. When helping out a friend in need, we need to listen out for what their needs are so we can better help them. Listening helps us understand. Listening helps us learn. When we decide to listen to God and those who follow Him, we will have a better understanding of what He wants us... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 07:07:53 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 9, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409248 September 9, 2017 SEEK TO FOLLOW <BR> <BR> We often seek people to follow when we aren’t sure which way to go. If we get lost while driving, we may stop for directions. If we aren’t sure about a project we are working on, we get someone involved who knows more than we do. Whenever we are unsure about what to do or where to go, we seek help so we will take the right path. We don’t seek people who don’t know. We go to the source. We go to the experts. We go to those who know what it is we need... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 06:41:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 8, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408920 September 8, 2017 PROTECTION <BR> <BR> It isn’t too hard to figure out that everyone in this world is different. There isn’t much we can do to make everyone the same. Why? Because God created us all different. Sure, we have some similarities but we have more differences. Despite the fact we know we are all different, we still see the actions and hear the words of those who can’t accept others’ differences. The news is filled with those who want to act violently towards those who are differen... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 06:55:02 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, September 7, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408542 September 7, 2017 HOW TO SUCCEED <BR> <BR> A lot of success books and speeches discuss the idea that if we want to succeed in a certain area, we need to find someone who is already successful in that area and emulate them. It’s true to a point. There are some people who are living a right life and doing the right things so we could definitely use them as mentors. However, if we want to truly do what is right and succeed in life, we need to follow Jesus. We should follow His example of the li... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 06:20:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408183 September 6, 2017 WAYS OF THE WORLD <BR> <BR> More often than not, we are in this midst of those who want to gossip or talk negatively about a situation. It may be at work. It may be at school. Sometimes even at church. Sometimes it is us who speak wrongly about others. We are human. We mess up. We forget we are all sinners and get wrapped up in the world’s ways. We are often swayed to follow the ways of the world when we choose to gossip, judge or do things that are not part of God’s will. ... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 06:43:12 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407804 September 5, 2017 DON’T BE TROUBLED <BR> <BR> We all have a friend or two who we know we can depend on. We know when we give them something to do, it will get done. We don’t have to ask again. We don’t have to wonder. It will get done. Once we hand over the issue or project to our friend, we can forget it and move on. That is how it is with God. We can give Him the worries, doubts, struggles we are going through and never have to think of them again knowing He will handle them. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 06:26:13 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, September 4, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407438 September 4, 2017 THOSE WHO LABOR <BR> <BR> Many of us work for a living. We work to get paid so we can take care of ourselves and our families financially. Some of us work in the home and reap the rewards of raising our children by spending time with them all day teaching them what is right and good. Whatever our work is, we will benefit from it when we put God first. When we work and toil for the things of the world, we will never be satisfied; however, when we work and choose to follow Je... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 07:02:19 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, September 3, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407107 September 3, 2017 HOW TO FOLLOW <BR> <BR> Contrary to what some believe, we aren’t born knowing how to do everything. We grow in knowledge as we learn how to walk, tie our shoes, read, etc. If we think back, doing these things weren’t easy at first. We had to do them often to get good at them. It was a struggle to learn the alphabet and we would mess up at times, but we kept on until we got it. Even though we got stuck, we started again and kept going. <BR> <BR> Many people who want to know... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 07:04:14 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 2, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406737 September 2, 2017 WHEN TO FOLLOW <BR> <BR> Just as a plane will end up at the wrong destination if they get off track just a little bit, we will end up at the wrong destination if we choose to follow Jesus only some of the time. We can follow Jesus sometimes or when we want to but that will take us in the wrong direction. We are called to take up our cross daily. That doesn’t mean sometimes, every other day or just when we feel like it. If we choose not to follow Jesus every moment of every ... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 07:24:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, September 1, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406388 September 1, 2017 FOLLOW JESUS <BR> <BR> Follow means to go behind or come after. Sometimes who or what we follow is automatic. For example, we follow in our ancestry line behind our parents and grandparents. Other times who or what we follow is a choice. We follow behind someone in our car because we don’t know where we are going. Or we follow the example of someone we admire. However, if we want to go the right direction in life, we need to follow Jesus. God clearly tells us that in His wo... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 05:59:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 31, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406001 August 31, 2017 TELL OTHERS <BR> <BR> Yes, we do all have talents and skills given by God to use that will help others. We have abilities within us to build relationships with others. We have opportunities daily to talk to others and encourage them with God’s word. We can do all these things as we live in obedience to God; however, we truly please God when we tell others about Him. Our ultimate goal is to use our talents, words and actions to please God by telling others what He has done for... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:18:38 EST