LHLADY517's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LHLADY517 LHLADY517'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/ Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 16-17: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299596 Daily inspiration: The presence of God in us puts a joy in our soul that is beyond our ability to explain. Lord, when I open my self to this joy, I am renewed and peaceful. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way. –Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Believe in God's power to transform you ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:21:11 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for January 15-16: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298891 Daily Inspiration:  Set aside your concerns while you spend a little time in prayer and allow God to be the one who comforts you. Lord, I accept the gift of Your love because it makes me feel safe and secure. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer. Psalm 102:17 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: I believe God embedded the miraculous in the ordinary, and it is our task to discover it and celebrate it. –Kent Nerburn, a... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:10:53 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth Verse for January 14-15: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298283 Daily Inspiration:  We often don't realize how heavy the weight of worry is and how much energy it requires until we are able to let go of it. Lord, I place my trust in You to clear my thinking, help me resolve my concerns and bring me to a place of peace. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: If you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your hear... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:55:11 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 12-13: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296976 Daily inspiration: Keep your mind open to the possibility that things can turn out even better than expected. Lord, I trust in You and graciously accept all blessings that You send to me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. Matthew 10:26 (The Daily Life Bible) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God honors bold prayers because bold prayers ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:57:36 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 11-12: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296330 Daily inspiration: Talking about how busy you are only adds stress to the stress you already feel. Lord, help me complete the tasks of my day and avoid taking on more than I can handle. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Positive thinking is how you think about a problem. Enthusiasm is how you feel about a problem. The two together determine what you do ab... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:30:55 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 10-11: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295628 Daily inspiration: Make few promises and keep the ones you make. Lord, grant me the strength to keep my commitments, especially the ones that I make to myself. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16: 26 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation. –Andrew Murray, writer and pastor <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: F... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:53:29 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 8-9: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294198 Daily inspiration: If you want those around you calm, you must be calm. Lord, when life becomes frantic, help me focus on solutions and restore the peace that the events of the moment try to destroy. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. –Corrie ten Boom, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:58:55 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 7-8: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293557 Daily inspiration: To make no decision can be worse than making a wrong decision. Lord, help me to be an active part of my life and to realize that no decision is so firm that it can't be modified, corrected or improved on as time passes. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts. 1 Peter 4:10 (The Daily Life Bible) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: You can tell the size of your God by l... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 23:10:38 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 5-6: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292116 Daily inspiration: Avoid the tendency to presuppose that things will turn out for the worse. Lord, help me keep an open mind so that I am able to see other solutions to my situations and then give me the determination to make a difference when I can. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30 (NIV) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Enjoy the blessings of a new year, in Christ, one day at a time! –Debb... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:38:57 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for January 4-5: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291582 Daily inspiration: Avoid the tendency to presuppose that things will turn out for the worse. Lord, help me keep an open mind so that I am able to see other solutions to my situations and then give me the determination to make a difference when I can. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Be willing to give yourself, and there will be new life for you in this New... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 23:50:18 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for January 2-3: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289995 Daily inspiration: It's easy to give up, but no matter what the outcome is, if you do your best, you are always the winner. Lord, may I truly realize that it is the way I participate in life that counts for me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven … For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:36:57 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for January 1-2: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289111 Daily inspiration: Avoid distraction by concentrating on the task in which you are presently involved. Lord, much that bothers me is useless to my well-being. Help me identify when this happens and replace these thoughts with thoughts that treat me kindly. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Therefore, don’t be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won’t be revealed, and nothing secret that won’t be brought out into the open. Matthew 10:26 (The Daily Life Bible) <BR> ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:19:11 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 31-January 1: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288191 Daily inspiration: Spend less time trying to understand the behaviors of others and more time on the reasons you do things. Lord, help me to know myself better because then it will become possible to change the habits I don't like and improve on the ones I do. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 19:28:04 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 30: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287693 Daily inspiration: Be easier on yourself and more forgiving so that you can begin to recognize the depth of the wisdom you already possess. Lord, help me look beyond my shortcomings so that I am better able to get through my difficult moments and am able to spend more time enjoying who I am. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20 (NIV) <BR> <BR> A Time to Thin... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:42:59 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 29-30: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287207 Daily inspiration: It is normal to make mistakes, but it is the better person who is able to grow from them. Lord, I am not perfect, but may each day bring me a little <BR> closer. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. –Michael Josephson, law professor <BR> ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:11:25 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 28-29: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286707 Daily inspiration: Enjoy life while you've got the chance. Lord, may I view each day as a gift and a privilege. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Sing to the Lord a new song… Psalm 96:1 <BR> A Time to Think: Let us move into the New Year with a great sense of the thrill of living. –Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author and pastor <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Forget a wrong, remember a kindness. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray: A life of faith is a daily adventure, Lord. Keep us from seeing it ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:31:13 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 27-28: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286194 Daily inspiration: Forgive because we all need forgiving. Lord, may I let go of my hurts and find compassion for the burdens that others carry. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. –Brother David Steindl-Rast <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Offer prayers of gratitude for you... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 21:33:37 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 24-27: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285775 Daily inspiration: Integrity is one of our most valuable assets. Lord, may I live responsibly and never have the need to make excuses for my behavior. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy. Titus 3:4-5 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Christ was born to bring new Life. May the New Year renew new Life in you. –Author Unknown <BR> ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 00:43:31 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 23-24: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284691 Daily inspiration: Set aside time for quiet because it is here that you will come to know yourself and to know God. Lord, the distractions and interruptions of my day are many, but for a few moments each day we will talk. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in Him. Romans 15:13 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. –Wash... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 23:37:27 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 22-23: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284396 Daily inspiration: Don't allow yourself to live in constant anticipation because the time for your happiness is right now. Lord, help me to see that no matter what, there is no better time for me than right now. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth. Luke 1:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. –Charles M. Schultz, cartoonist <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Go out in a sp... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 02:41:48 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 21-22: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283998 Daily inspiration: Trust yourself more than you trust the pressures of society and the ways other people try to influence you. Lord, strengthen me and continue to bless me with wisdom so that I can stand firm on my beliefs and know that how I feel is very important to me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of P... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:23:15 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 20-21: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283521 Daily inspiration: Live with gratitude for all that you are and all that you have because often what looks good on the outside is not really what it seems. Lord, remind me to spend a few moments each day appreciating my life and becoming aware of how good it really is. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Christmas, my child, is love in action. --Dale Evans, a... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:08:44 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 19-20: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283115 Daily inspiration: The best thing to let go of is your past. Lord, the goodness of my past is part of whom I am now, but the rest only serves to pull me away from You. <BR> Help me to keep my thoughts only on this moment. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. Luke 1:30-31 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: All the Christmas presents in the world are w... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 22:20:24 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 18-19: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282666 Daily inspiration: Nothing is more important than your own peace of mind and ability to be happy. Lord, help me to remember that I must take care of myself because only then can I care for others. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. –Anonymous <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:23:30 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 17-18: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282244 Daily inspiration: Ask yourself if what you are spending your thoughts and energy on will matter in a week, a month, or a year. Lord, help me select my priorities wisely and use my time in ways that will make my life and those around me better and happier. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: The most obvious lesson in Christ's teaching is that there is no happine... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 21:09:51 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 16-17: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281911 Daily inspiration: To be successful in the projects you undertake today, you must believe in yourself and your abilities even if you are walking on new ground. Lord, guide me in my endeavors and open my mind to new solutions if things aren't going as I have planned. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" Luke 2:13-14 <BR> ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:26:52 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 15-16: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281531 Daily inspiration: The more generous and kind we are, the more thoughtful and forgiving, the closer we come to awareness of God's powerful love. Lord, let Your love take over in me and lead and guide me to goodness. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: God loves with a great love ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 01:44:39 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 14-15: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281030 Daily inspiration: It is laughter that helps us cope with the upsets and chaos of everyday living. Lord, lighten my spirit so that I will not take myself so seriously and be able to find more moments to laugh. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: You are infinitely dear to the Father, unspeakably precious to Him. You are never, not for one second, alone. –Norman F.... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:44:55 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 13-14: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280574 Daily inspiration: Seek God's guidance, but know that the responsibility to act on it is yours. Lord, may I not be lazy because I have prayed and expect You to do everything for me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! –Author Unknown <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Radiate the glow of Christmastime. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:16:16 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 12-13: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280131 Daily inspiration: Your thoughts can be your worst enemy if you let them run away with you. Lord, free me to enjoy each moment of my day no matter what circumstances surround me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Do you seek any further reward beyond that of having pleased God? In truth, you know not how great a good it is to please Him. –St. John C... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 22:34:08 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 11-12: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279590 Daily inspiration: Your thoughts can be your worst enemy if you let them run away with you. Lord, free me to enjoy each moment of my day no matter what circumstances surround me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son. Galatians 4:4 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. –C.S. Lewis, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Extend your love, share a story, give someone a smile. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:49:20 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 10-11: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279054 Daily inspiration: Even the most difficult of trials is God's way of preparing us for something else. Lord, may I view my challenges as an opportunity to grow rather than as an opportunity to fail. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The cheerful heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and His gifts. Just like the rest of the year. –Author Unknown <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Tell the people you love how muc... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:00:16 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 9-10: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278777 Daily inspiration: Much stress comes from focusing on things over which you have no control. Lord, may I let go of useless worry and enjoy today. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad! Psalm 126:3 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Somehow, not only for Christmas but all the long year through, the joy you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. –John Greenleaf Whittier, poet <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Rejoice during this special se... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 22:11:25 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 8-9: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278330 Daily inspiration: The more you think about the little difficulties in life, the bigger they become and still nothing is resolved. Lord, may I let go of those problems that I cannot solve and resolve quickly those things that I can. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. 1 Timothy 6:12 <BR> <BR> Time to Think: To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle. –Walt Whitman, poet <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:32:23 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 7-8: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277870 Daily inspiration: The more peaceful you become, the easier time you will have living. Lord, bring my life back into perspective. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns! 1 Chronicles 16: 31 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. –Harlan Miller, author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Remember that love shared i... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 00:20:44 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 6-7: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277365 Daily inspiration: Sometimes it is better to remove things from your "to do' list rather than adding to it. Lord, give me the courage to say no to the things that cause me to feel overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, By understanding He established the heavens. Proverbs 3:19 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe. –St. Therese of Lisieux <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Beli... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:01:15 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 5-6: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276784 Daily inspiration: You will be more effective and get to the next thing that you want to do if you concentrate on what you are doing right now. Lord, help me recognize when my mind is jumping forward so that I can refocus. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: So exercise yourself spiritually and practice being a better Christian... 1 Timothy 4:8 <BR> <BR> Time to Think: I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs, and living the Christmas s... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:45:17 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 4-5: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276417 Daily inspiration: To feel good about yourself, do things that really matter to you. Lord, help me to know my priorities and act in a manner that will fulfill them. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: You may pray for an hour and still not pray. You may meet God for a moment and then be in touch with Him all day. –Fredrik Wisloff, Nor... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:37:40 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 3-4: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275901 Daily inspiration: Look beyond people's behaviors and have compassion for what may be causing their insensitivities. Lord, I will not take everything personal because I don't know the weight of my neighbor's cross. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But God made the earth by his might; he shaped the world by his wisdom, crafted the skies by his knowledge. Jeremiah 10:12 (The Daily Life Bible) <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. –Oswald... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:43:08 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 2-3: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275508 Daily inspiration: Sometimes we spend our time demanding that the present moment be different than it is instead of facing the situation and dealing with it. Lord, strengthen my faith because through You I will have enough power to overcome any obstacles. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18 ESV <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Peace i... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:37:17 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 1-2: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275043 Daily inspiration: Expect more of yourself than you do of others and you will save yourself much stress and disappointment. Lord, help me to see how capable that I am. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: What is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 18:27 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.--Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Face every situation with faith in your heart. <BR> <BR> A Time to Pray: Lo... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:10:42 EST Living my "new" normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274486 Things started spinning out of control for me on October 30, 2013 when my youngest daughter was beaten and stabbed. Many of you followed the news about this. I haven't said much since then. The attacker is in prison. My daughter deals with pain daily. And as her mother, I have no way to take away this pain. And so my journey began. Then in January 2015, my health started failing. I went from walking 30,000 plus steps a day to being lucky to even achieve 200. To this day, the doctors can not ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:54:32 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 30-December 1: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274461 Daily inspiration: Too much of a good thing can actually diminish the joy and make it a burden. Lord, help me avoid excess and keep my life simpler and freer. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him. Psalm 100:4 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God. –Brother Lawrence, author and lay brother of ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:13:52 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 29-30: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274042 Daily inspiration: Avoid becoming defensive and possibly causing conflict by taking a moment to think before you respond. Lord, help me to believe in myself strongly so that I am able to turn down invitations that make me feel bad. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture and reflection: He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you." Luke 17:6 <BR> <BR> Time to Think: Have patience with all th... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:44:58 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 28-29: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273574 Daily inspiration: The best way to guide your own behavior is to make a commitment to always be a good example. Lord, may I be a reflection of Your love. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. –W.T. Purkiser, preacher and author <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Offer prayers of gratitude f... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:18:13 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 27-28: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273018 Daily inspiration: Do not be upset by events of the past, rather be upset by the time and energy you are devoting to them. Lord, help me to enjoy each moment by completely letting go of the past. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, "I give up, Lord;... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:09:13 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 26-27: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272584 Daily inspiration: Instead of overreacting, try underreacting because this response shows wisdom, patience and peace. Lord, help me respond to situations in a manner that allows me to solve problems rather than create more. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. –Brother ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:20:06 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 24-25: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272134 Daily inspiration: To be happy, we must live in the present. Living in the past often brings painful memories and living in the future can bring worry and fear. Lord, when my thoughts slip away, help me quickly return my attention to where I am at this moment. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Jesus tends to His people individually. He person... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:50:08 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 23-24: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271338 Daily inspiration: Strengthen your character by knowing which things in life are nonnegotiable to you. Lord, I pray for the strength to say no when saying yes would go against that in which I believe. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives. Ecclesiastes 3:12 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself. –Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> A Time to... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 23:01:49 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for November 22-23: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270949 Daily inspiration: You can keep things in perspective by realizing that not much in life is as urgent as others would like you to believe. Lord, help me to know and stay focused on that which is really important to me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But the Lord is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Jeremiah 20:11 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. –Anonymous <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Practice the Christ-like virtue of giving at every opportu... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:19:14 EST