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  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 22, 2019

    8/22/2019 5:51:27 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 22, 2019 “IF ONLY” Many times we think things are going to get better “if only.” If only we had a better job. If only we had a nicer spouse. If only we could lose weight. We are burdened by our “if only’s.” We are burdened by choosing to be miserable in the moment thinking we need a chan... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    8/21/2019 6:23:37 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 21, 2019 THANKFULNESS There are many reasons not to look back in life. When we look back to the past, we may remember emotional hurts, difficult times and physical pains. However, when we choose to look back in the past to review what God has done in our lives, we can see how we have bee... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    8/20/2019 5:36:26 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 20, 2019 A PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS While a lot of times we wonder what is on the minds of others, we really don’t need to know what others are thinking. Our thoughts are sometimes critical of others and even ourselves. Our thoughts can bring us down or make us doubt ourselves. Our though... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 19, 2019

    8/19/2019 6:05:55 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 19, 2019 SERVING OTHERS Yes, we have troubles and issues in life but God did not intend for us to wallow around in our own pity feeling sorry for ourselves and doing nothing. The best things we can do is pray, read His word, worship Him and serve others. When we begin to serve others, we... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 18, 2019

    8/18/2019 6:31:34 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 18, 2019 BURDENS OF THE FAMILY Families are filled with fun, joy and burdens. There are some in the family who always seem to have fun and enjoy life while others go around always sad and depressed. There are those who are seeking to learn and grow while others just want to be negative a... Read more

  • Unashamed about my neediness

    8/17/2019 5:05:35 PM, by GRALAN

    Even when I ran my own successful business up in Seattle, worked for a State's Dept of Health, worked for resolving payable accounts West of the Mississippi for the Federal Government, taught Sunday School for adults and preached even for the Evening services to the English-speaking disciples who ga... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 17, 2019

    8/17/2019 6:37:21 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 17, 2019 GOOD JOB! WAY TO GO! Encouraging words are always meant to be helpful. When we receive an encouraging word, we feel a little better about what we did or said. When we give an encouraging word, we are benefiting others by helping them be more confident about their decisions, word... Read more

  • Doing well with exercise and food...

    8/17/2019 4:57:19 AM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    on holiday. Nothing fried or full of fat and over sauced (a lot of heavy sauce) so far! I had tofu and chicken so far mostly, salads, soups and even pizza! Earlier for dinner I had a sandwich and baked potato fries.Been having grits, eggs, fruit and yogurt for breakfast with coffee. I'm fairly ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 16, 2019

    8/16/2019 6:27:07 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 16, 2019 INTEGRITY It is so easy when we are going through hard times to complain. It is so easy to get upset, to get depressed, and to have a pity party about our problems. However, with Jesus in our hearts we are to remember to have integrity in all we do. That means, despite what is h... Read more

  • About An Article I Wrote

    8/15/2019 5:53:10 PM, by ON_A_DIET

    I recently submitted an article about how Sparkpeople May Keep A Writer Healthy. Next, I highlighted every feature of Sparkpeople. Then, the grand finale were the teams specifically for writers. Guess what? The article sold! So, I am super happy. The next article you as... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 15, 2019

    8/15/2019 6:58:23 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 15, 2019 CHILL Have patience. Really? Patience? When we are struggling with issues in life, we want an answer NOW! How can we possibly wait? Waiting, to some, means doing nothing; however, we feel we have to do something. We can do something. We can wait. While we are waiting, we can pra... Read more

  • Outta Boston now in Providence, Rhode Island

    8/14/2019 9:52:25 PM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    then onto Connecticut, New York and briefly New Jersey. At another time we will do Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. If we had the full two weeks here then we would have done those 3 states and also Pennsylvania. We flew from Boston to Providence just to be careful of the time frame we are on... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    8/14/2019 7:19:32 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 14, 2019 FIRST FORGIVE A life with no worries or burdens is a dream for us all. It would be great to get up and enjoy every day with no worries about finances, relationships, work or health. However, due to sin and brokenness, we have troubles in life. We deal with something just about e... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    8/13/2019 6:12:50 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 13, 2019 BURDENED FOR BELIEVING As believers, we are not protected from having burdens or suffering. In fact, we will possibly have more than those who are of this world. We have read and heard about believers who suffered for believing in God. They were courageous for God. They lived to... Read more

  • I am in Boston

    8/12/2019 9:14:47 PM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    The flight was fine this morning and slept about 3 hours during the flight according to the SO. Did a fair amount of walking earlier and now we are having dinner. I am having baked chicken and a salad pretty much and the SO and Young Lady are having steak and shrimp and a baked potato. That is ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 12, 2019

    8/12/2019 6:20:12 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 12, 2019 NO NEED TO BE ANXIOUS Anxiety is a problem in this world. Who can really blame us for being anxious? Everything is fast moving and constantly changing. There is much to do...at least it seems that way…and we don’t want to miss out on anything. And that’s not all we have to worry... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 11, 2019

    8/11/2019 6:46:13 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 11, 2019 PLUG IN The best way to stay out of trouble is to join a small group of believers for support. Many don’t like to meet with small groups because they feel they will be judged. Many don’t want to join a small group because they don’t want to talk about their issues. However, grea... Read more

  • Exercise Plan for the upcoming week~Travel Monday

    8/11/2019 4:32:57 AM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    Sun-TnT #1, Upper Body; Walk, Yoga, Swim Mon-Walking, Yoga Tue-TnT #2 Core, Yoga, Walk Wed-Yoga, Walking Thurs-TnT #3 Lower Body, Yoga, Walking Fri-Walk/Hike, Yoga, Sat- Yoga, Walking, TnT #4 Arms- ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 10, 2019

    8/10/2019 6:53:05 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 10, 2019 KEEP WORKING When we have problems come up in life, we either overreact or we do nothing. We either keep it to ourselves or we tell everyone about it. We may let problems bother us so much we stop doing what we need to do. However, we should give our problems to God and stay bus... Read more

  • Considering the final frontier

    8/9/2019 3:43:01 PM, by GRALAN

    I looked at the Hubble image put out by Nasa, and imagined a smoke signal rising into the sky. I turned the image upside down and imagined its resemblance to a popular icon for steaming cup of hot coffee. I turned it sideways and I thought of the Star Trek episode where the Enterprise was being drag... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 9, 2019

    8/9/2019 6:54:34 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 9, 2019 BURDENED BY CONFLICT So many times we want to say what is really on our minds. However, hopefully, we do not. But just as saying something in anger is not good for us neither is holding it in. Either of these choices will cause us burdens. Speaking out against others can hurt rel... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 8, 2019

    8/8/2019 6:05:30 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 8, 2019 WHO CAN WE REALLY TRUST? If we were to list all the people we really trusted in our lives, it would sadly be a short list. Unfortunately, people let us down. And after so many times of having someone say one thing and then do another, we lose trust in them. People are human. We a... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 7, 2019

    8/7/2019 6:11:19 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 7, 2019 JUST TAKE IT! When we have burdens in life, we don’t have to deal with them alone. When we attempt to handle things ourselves we could easily end up facing depression or some type of addiction. Why? Because we can’t do it alone and we will quickly get disappointed when we try. Go... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    8/6/2019 6:13:41 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 6, 2019 SUFFERING HARDSHIPS Suffering is unavoidable. If we haven’t had financial issues in our lives yet, they will come. Same with health problems, relationship troubles and job woes. Everyone experiences real life at some point. Hardships happen. But there is good news! We have a God ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, August 5, 2019

    8/5/2019 6:18:54 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 5, 2019 WHERE DO WE FOCUS Problems happen. We can’t escape them but we can stop focusing on them. We should, instead, focus on God. Focusing on God doesn’t mean we won’t have problems. We will still have burdens. However, focusing on God will make the hard times easier. Whatever we focus... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, August 4, 2019

    8/4/2019 7:23:32 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 4, 2019 IN THE PIT There are many types of pits. There are barbecue pits, fire pits, and orchestra pits to name a few. There are times when we use problems, issues and troubles (P.I.T.) to dig our own pits. If we stay in that pit long enough, we become pit-iful. We get so deep in the pit... Read more

  • Exercise Plan for the upcoming week~ Excessive Heat Warning

    8/3/2019 2:15:34 PM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    We are under an excessive heat warning through Monday-over 110F so caution is in order! Went hiking and did Yoga already early since at 6am it was near 100. Swimming will be later on after 7pm because its just too much out right now! Sat-Swim, Hike, Yoga Sun-TnT #1, Upper Body; Walk, Yoga ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, August 3, 2019

    8/3/2019 6:49:59 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 3, 2019 BE REAL AND CONFESS If we want to ease our burdens in life, we should confess our sin. Unconfessed sin causes so many issues. First, it keeps God from hearing us when we pray. Second, it blocks us from hearing God. Third, we will continue to have struggles from our burdens becaus... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 2, 2019

    8/2/2019 6:19:07 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 2, 2019 HAVE FAITH Many of us struggle and pray about our struggles but we still feel the burdens of those struggles. We still worry about them. We still talk about them. We still try to fix them. However, prayer is the answer. When we pray and give our burdens to God, we need to have fa... Read more

  • Living life while distracted

    8/2/2019 2:17:53 AM, by GRALAN

    A favorite account of mine from the Old Testament is about doing what we know is right to do. It involves two kingdoms, two altars, two prophets, a donkey and a lion. It is found in 1Kings 13. From reading the account we can draw several conclusions that are most needful to grasp if we are to be suc... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, August 1, 2019

    8/1/2019 6:12:29 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    August 1, 2019 WANT REST? When we think of burdens, we think of heavy loads. We may have physical burdens. We may have financial burdens. We may have emotional burdens. Life isn’t easy. We all deal with some type of issue on a regular basis. However, there is a way to deal with these burdens. G... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    7/31/2019 6:08:15 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 31, 2019 FOLLOW AND OBEY GOD The meek know the key to a great life is to follow and obey God. When we chose to follow God, sincerely read His word and desire to be like Him, we will have joy and want to praise Him. We will have understanding of who we are and His purpose for us. When we fe... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 30, 2019

    7/30/2019 6:08:46 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 30, 2019 HUMBLE AND MEEK Those who are humble and meek know their abilities but don’t have to brag about them. They don’t use their strengths to exploit others. They don’t use their strengths to gain power or prestige. They live to please and honor God, not man. God does not like us to be ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 29, 2019

    7/29/2019 6:21:50 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 29, 2019 EVIL PLEASURES When we become physically or mentally dependent on something, we are addicted. We can be addicted to food, drugs, sex, or alcohol. We can be addicted to certain activities or particular things. When our addictions begin to control us, we lose control. We feel as if ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, July 28, 2019

    7/28/2019 6:29:17 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 28, 2019 WORLDLY WORRIES One thing the world and worry have in common is they won’t last. They will pass. There will always be something new in the world and there will always be new worries to take the place of old ones. Focusing on any particular issue in the world and worrying about it ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 27, 2019

    7/27/2019 6:48:19 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 27, 2019 WHERE WE ABIDE If we want to do anything well, we have to put our whole heart into it. Doing too many things at one time only gets us a little good at a lot of things. Focusing on one thing and doing it well gives us strength in that area. Half doing anything just don’t cut it. Go... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, July 26, 2019

    7/26/2019 6:18:26 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 26, 2019 APPLICATION WITHOUT HESITATION Paying attention pays off in dividends whether we are in a training class, reading a book or even listening to a friend. We all have the ability to pay attention to something. But our responsibilities go a little bit further than that. We are to take... Read more

  • This morning I went to a funeral...

    7/26/2019 1:41:14 AM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    for my cousin who died about a week ago...She was well loved and it was a lovely service for her. It was nice to see cousins who I haven't seen since the Reunion in 2015! I haven't stepped foot in a catholic church in years (no comments please) it was a lovely mass service and I could follow al... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 25, 2019

    7/25/2019 6:16:39 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 25, 2019 DON’T BE SO CONCERNED Many people stay concerned about the wrong things. They get wrapped up in the media, focused on the news, and engaged in gossip. Some are concerned about buying the right foods, having the best clothes and updating their home. Their concern is about the world... Read more

  • Being a global human with a long food history, or a member of a current myopic clique.

    7/24/2019 10:15:47 PM, by GRALAN

    My DNA lineage is Scandahovian -- our mix is Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish; My grands settled in America in Michigan for the wooden boat builders and North Dakota for the farmers. But while I love pickled herring (either sauce), flatbrod, lefse, potatskorv, etc., I do despise some heritage s... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    7/24/2019 6:30:53 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    July 24, 2019 CONTROLLING OUR THOUGHTS A great thing about those who are meek is they are able to control their thoughts. We can’t see or hear what they think but we can tell by their actions. Having great thoughts is something we are not born with. Over time we may find our thoughts have taken... Read more