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  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, March 28, 2020

    3/28/2020 7:19:47 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 28, 2020 TRANSFORMED During these trying times, it is imperative we remember what is important in life. We have so many distractions with work, family, finances, politics, social media, etc. It is easy to get side-tracked from what is most important. Stephen Covey has a good recommendatio... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, March 27, 2020

    3/27/2020 6:20:17 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 27, 2020 SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR Much has been written and said about gratitude. However, many of us don’t practice having a grateful attitude. It takes effort to think about what we are grateful for on a regular basis; however, with practice we can make being grateful a consistent d... Read more

  • National Crayon Day

    3/26/2020 7:10:58 AM, by CATLOVER110

    This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: National Crayon Day is March 31st. What is your favorite color? Do you enjoy coloring? I love color! My favorite colors are purple, aqua, and green. When I was a child, I spent hours coloring with crayons. Do you remember th... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, March 26, 2020

    3/26/2020 6:22:50 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 26, 2020 TEMPTED TO DO NOTHING?? There is not a better time in this world to do good things than right now. Opportunities are all around us to help others. Satan sees this and tries to tempt us to be lazy and to stay in our own little worlds. This virus was all his idea to keep us from ge... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, March 25, 2020

    3/25/2020 6:33:51 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 25, 2020 BE TRUSTWORTHY Many of us are skeptical. We live in a world where there is so much lying and deceit that it is hard to trust anyone initially. We, ourselves, usually have to earn someone’s trust over time. In order to bear fruit for God, we need to be trustworthy people. The best... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    3/24/2020 6:03:23 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 24, 2020 STABILITY AND STRENGTH UNDER STRESS When we are stressed, we are thinking about the moment and worrying about the future. Our focus is limited to how we feel, what we think we know, or what we have heard. Continuing to focus on these things will continue our stress. However, if w... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 23, 2020

    3/23/2020 6:07:39 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 23, 2020 SOW GENEROUSLY Complaining. Gossiping. Whining. We see and hear it all the time. What good does it do? None at all. During hard times and even good times, someone always has something negative to say about things. We may not can stop them from saying these things but we can stop ... Read more

  • 3.22.20 update

    3/22/2020 2:15:04 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    My breaks in my arm are slowly healing. I went to the doctor on Friday and he said it looks good. I can take my arm out of the sling more. I started therapy and it's hard. I have no idea how long it will take me to get strength back.... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, March 22, 2020

    3/22/2020 9:13:38 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 22, 2020 FAITH OVER FEAR During these times, it is easy to be afraid. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring. We can’t enjoy the day-to-day routine we are accustomed to. But we do have an opportunity to create a new normal. This new normal will give us some structure and routine in our li... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, March 21, 2020

    3/21/2020 7:26:58 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 21, 2020 SELF-CONTROL We have probably all heard about this new thing called mindfulness. It is about being more aware of and appreciative of the moment we are in. It is to help us stress less and be grateful more. It is a great practice to do; however, we need to be sure we aren’t focusi... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, March 20, 2020

    3/20/2020 6:05:22 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 20, 2020 A SAFE PLACE A dwelling is defined as a place of residence. It is somewhere that one resides. We all have a place we reside and many of us are probably in that place right now. We are comfortable in that place and we feel safe. Safety is important to us. We practice it at both ho... Read more

  • Act Happy Day

    3/19/2020 3:59:08 PM, by CATLOVER110

    This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: March is Optimism Month and March 16th is Act Happy Day. Optimism is associated with many benefits in life, including increased health, happiness, and longevity. When someone is happy they are joyful and content, and Act Happy Day w... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, March 19, 2020

    3/19/2020 6:00:18 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 19, 2020 FRUIT BEARING WORDS With technology and social media, there are times when people only just hear our voice or read our words. They may not be able to see our actions or expressions. They can’t ready our minds so they do not understand our motives. They are not able to examine our... Read more

  • 3.18.20 update

    3/18/2020 11:21:42 AM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    GOING CRAZY AGAIN. STILL IN SLING. CANT DO MOST THINGS. THERAPY IS DIFFICULT - NO STRENGTH IN ARM. MISSING HELENA TERRIBLY - I THINK SHE GREW A COUPLE MORE INCHES.... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    3/18/2020 6:38:19 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 18, 2020 GOODNESS AND KINDNESS Despite what news and posts we read about, there is goodness and kindness in this world. There is also something we can do to increase the goodness and kindness in this world. We can create it. We can plant seeds of kindness by doing good to others. We can g... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    3/17/2020 7:29:00 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 17, 2020 THE GOOD AND BAD OF GREEN Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The color green is popular on this day. It is the color of spring and of new things. When we think of the color green, we may think of traffic lights, grass, a green thumb, green cleaning and even the Incredible Hulk... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 16, 2020

    3/16/2020 6:47:56 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 16, 2020 CHOOSE PEACE It seems like every day we are told about something new in this world that can cause problems or issues. There is news of wars, sickness, poverty and destruction. Focusing on these things of the world is not going to do much for us expect keep us uptight and worried ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, March 15, 2020

    3/15/2020 7:50:53 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 15, 2020 GIVE FROM THE HEART We feel good when we give gifts and we want the receiver to be happy with the gift as well. When we give from the heart, it can be felt by others. We see early in the Bible that God appreciates and rewards a giving heart. Abel brought a more acceptable offerin... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, March 14, 2020

    3/14/2020 7:21:49 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 14, 2020 PREPARATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS There are so many things we prepare for in life. Right now it’s tax season and we are preparing to report our income and settle up with our taxes. We also prepare for fun things like vacations and babies. It is said being prepared is the key to a... Read more

  • National Day of Unplugging

    3/13/2020 7:03:49 AM, by CATLOVER110

    This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: The first Friday in March is National Day of Unplugging. This holiday consists of a 24-hour period from sundown to sundown, to unplug, unwind, relax and do things other than using today’s technology, electronics, and social media. C... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, March 13, 2020

    3/13/2020 5:52:28 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 13, 2020 ADD VALUE It is motivating when we see someone one act in love toward another. It is also motivating when we see someone doing good works for another. It not only motivates the one doing it and the one receiving it, but it motivates those who witness it. We are called to think o... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, March 12, 2020

    3/12/2020 5:47:24 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 12, 2020 GETTING THROUGH HARD TIMES We don’t like to suffer. We want to have a good life. However, suffering is inevitable. Everyone has to suffer in some form or fashion. As believers, we know we are going to suffer more because we believe in God. Jesus did and we will as well. However, ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, March 11, 2020

    3/11/2020 5:59:19 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 11, 2020 RESPONSIVE HEARTS If we want to truly bear fruit for God, we need responsive hearts. Our hearts need to be ready to hear God and obey Him. Our hearts should be cleansed regularly by God through repentance and prayer. A responsive heart is also one that is compassionate toward oth... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    3/10/2020 5:57:14 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 10, 2020 CAREFUL THINKING Much has been said about how our thoughts control what we say and do. It definitely something to think about. We can change our thoughts if they are negative and improve them if they are not pleasing to God. If we want to bear good fruit for God, our thoughts sho... Read more

  • after 2 weeks

    3/9/2020 6:32:06 PM, by PATTYMCGRAW

    my arm isn't worse, but not much better. I start therapy this week. good - I can't do anything.... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 9, 2020

    3/9/2020 6:11:48 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 9, 2020 GOOD FRUIT We don’t have to be a farmer to understand the concept of sowing and reaping. We know the results of what we plant depends on what seeds we put in the ground. Sowing and reaping is one thing that has lasted throughout the years. We reap what we sow. Even the Bible talks... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, March 8, 2020

    3/8/2020 8:39:51 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 8, 2020 ANGER We sometimes get angry and blame others for our anger. However, it is not them. It is us. We chose to be angry. Anger is a choice. We can either let things go or we can let things continue to build up as we go over these things in our minds again and again. People aren’t goi... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, March 7, 2020

    3/7/2020 7:32:39 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 7, 2020 SHARING OUR STORIES Everyone loves a good story. Especially a story that teaches something important about life. We often share our experiences with others to help them with what they are dealing with. As we read God’s word and spend time with Him, we begin to see Him work in our ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, March 6, 2020

    3/6/2020 6:32:41 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 6, 2020 BAD FRUIT Remember the Osmond Brother’s song, “One Bad Apple?” It was a number one hit in the early 70’s. And there is also a quote about how one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. Yes, bad can corrupt good. We see that daily in our world. God tells us of those who reject Him. A... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Thursday, March 5, 2020

    3/5/2020 6:31:22 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 5, 2020 LIVING A BLESSED LIFE To grow anything, we have to go to the source or seed in order to make more of that same produce. Planting pumpkin seeds and expecting bananas to grow will lead to disappointment. Many of us go through life reading self-help books and listening to great speak... Read more

  • February Review and March Goals

    3/4/2020 7:33:50 AM, by CATLOVER110

    I only had two goals for February. The first one was to exercise at least ten minutes a day. I ended up exercising only 21 days. That’s more than I exercised in January, though, so that’s progress. My second goal for February was to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. I did b... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    3/4/2020 6:02:17 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 4, 2020 GOD BLESS YOU! Sharing our blessings is one way to bear fruit for God. We should pray for God to bless us as well as those we encounter today. When we make this request, we are asking God to protect us, be pleased with us, be gracious, show us favor and give us peace. Asking this... Read more

  • Sore from my leg and cardio

    3/3/2020 8:04:45 AM, by SIRABE10368

    Yesterday’s workout was great! I’m still a little sore from it. I had to run out and get more protein and collagen as well. I found this delicious protein called isopure and it’s not milky and tastes really good. The collagen I went for a flavor this time and ugh gross. I’ll have to choke it down... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, March 3, 2020

    3/3/2020 5:45:02 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 3, 2020 FAITH REQUIRES ACTION Faith is trusting in something or someone we can’t really see. It is about believing in something that has yet to happen. It is impossible for people to see our faith in God without some type of action. If we are just sitting around having faith in God, what ... Read more

  • This says it all

    3/2/2020 8:49:30 PM, by MMW2LOSE

    This was gifted to me. My bucket list... Read more

  • 9 years since my last entry!

    3/2/2020 10:09:10 AM, by SIRABE10368

    Well its been 9 years since my last entry! Have I met my weight goal no. Are my little babies bigger? yes, they are. Well, in the last 9 yrs I have run my first half marathon. Had "friends" betray me with really harsh words that made me realize they didn't care if I lived or died. I've become ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Monday, March 2, 2020

    3/2/2020 5:55:13 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 2, 2020 THE FRUIT OF WISDOM There is an old saying that wisdom comes with age. That is true for some but not all people. Some old people aren’t wise; yet, some young people are very wise. Wisdom is not about how much we know in this world. Wisdom is being able to discern right from wrong ... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Sunday, March 1, 2020

    3/1/2020 6:43:54 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    March 1, 2020 BEAR FRUIT As believers, we are called to bear fruit. The fruit we bear comes from our outward actions. What we do and the results from what we do. How are we doing these things?? Do we show our faith in God by our actions? Do our words produce good fruit that pleases God? This mo... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Saturday, February 29, 2020

    2/29/2020 6:08:49 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    February 29, 2020 OUR CORNERSTONE No foundation is sturdy without cornerstones. Construction workers know their purpose. Cornerstones join two walls together in a building. A cornerstone is also known as a quality or feature on which something or someone depends or is based. We all have some ty... Read more

  • Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 28, 2020

    2/28/2020 6:26:18 AM, by FRANCESLUCAS

    February 28, 2020 SECURITY MATTERS When someone or something is firm, it is steadfast. It is secure, fixed, steady, and strong. We know it will not be changed. We know nothing would make it waver and fall. Most things (and people) in this world are not built on a firm foundation. We see when ca... Read more