Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!!!

Happy New Year!!!  Here we are at the beginning of 2018.  The first page of a 365 page book that we have the blessing to see.  There's so much we can do & experience this year.  Most times, we begin the New Year with resolutions of things we didn't accomplish the previous year, or with resolutions for things we would love to accomplish for new dreams & goals.

Something came to mind when I began to think about the things I have yet to accomplish; whether this is based upon time, life occurrences, or other things, there's a reason for these not happening or being reached.  BUT what if the #1 reason is our own thoughts & mindsets?  In saying this, I was listening to a sermon from T.D. Jakes the other day & he mentioned that although the New Year is upon us, it's not just about it being a New Year, but about us having a new mindset. What's the point in starting a New Year, being excited, but carrying baggage from the past year that does not need to go with us into this new part of our journey?  If we're excited about this New Year, we must also be dedicated to having a new mindset & seeking God through this process like never before; because we all know that the 'little voice' of whatever was hindering us can turn its ugly head!  This is something we do not need to give power and/or energy to!

Every year I choose Anchor Verses to guide me throughout the year; they are verses that I focus on, pray about, & have as reminders to help me along the way. For 2018, I'm including one from 2017 & a new one as well:
  • “Pray without ceasing” -I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) 
  • "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" -Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
There are many things that I'm seeking for myself that I know will only come from God; of course, I have to do my part (faith without works is dead -- see James 2:14), continue to spend time with Him, & be open to the lessons that He's putting in my life that allow me to grow & stretch beyond anything I could imagine.

New Year, new mindset!!  Keep the faith & give it over to God.  2018 is the year of new beginnings, resurrection, & regeneration!!  Thank you, Lord!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

For My Singletons, Pt. 24

For any Singleton who has been asked the question, "Why are you still single?", here's a great response from Devon Franklin!

Sharing this in case you need it!

Until next time.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Things 2017 Has Taught Me

A friend posed the question, "What has 2017 taught you?"  It's one of the questions where I took some time to reflect & decided upon the top 3 lessons (in no particular order):

  • That I Am Stronger Than I Know: 2017 brought upon many personal challenges that I had to realize, face, & walk through.  It's one thing to think about something, but it's another to acknowledge it, deal with it, & walk the journey to what it entails to grow from it.  These all contain different growing pains, even crying times, & sleeplessness.  However, once I began to pray, release things & people over to God (including myself), the path became lighter & a little easier.  I still have 'my days', but these are becoming less & less.  If there is something you're facing or afraid to face, seek God, pray, & see what He's guiding you to do.  It may not be easy, but the end results are worth it.
  • That God Loves Me Unconditionally: Okay, so this may seem like something that I should already know, but I began to walk in this as well.  Most times, it's easier to say something, but a whole different journey begins when it is taken to heart, soul, & mind.  Once these aligned, I got the chance(s) to open my eyes to God's unconditional love & receiving it completely.  Sometimes, it's something that we say, but must feel too!  May your heart, soul, & mind be open to all that God sees in you, has for you, & is doing in your life!
  • Who My True Peeps Are: When the journey was tough, & the road was hard to see, God showed me who would stand by my side no matter what.  One of the 'funniest' things is that some of the ones who I thought would be there until the end were the ones who faded away & the ones who I didn't know would be there, stood by me, prayed, & were (& are) unconditional. I learned that God gives me continuous blessings in people I didn't initially recognize.  Or if I did recognize them, I did a better job of showing my appreciation to them.  Be sure to be open to who God may bring into your life; your answers may come in the packages you least expect; & for those who are there & have hung in there with you, don't forget to let them know that you love & appreciate them.
2017 was a year of growing pains, but I wouldn't be where I am at this moment without it or them!  However, I can say, that I'm looking forward to 2018 & growing throughout it.

Keep your heart & mind open to God's will for you!  I'm praying for you & your journey.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing you, your family, & friends a Merry Christmas & Blessed New Year!!!  Remember, you can't have CHRISTmas without Christ!

Enjoy Christmas & all that it brings, but most importantly, the important things such as faith, love, & hope.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

Happy Birthday to me!! I am so grateful for the blessing to see another birthday. It’s amazing what the past year has brought me. I feel that it’s been one of my toughest, but best years in the terms of growth that I’ve had. I pray that I am able to apply what I’ve learned & continue to grow in God. He has shown me so much about Him & about myself.

As I reflect today, I’m reminded of God’s plans for my life. When I was born, the doctors told my parents that I wouldn’t live, BUT GOD had other plans-----I’m still here & seeing Him reveal what He has called me to do, while developing me into who He wants me to be. So no matter what someone may say about you, what does God say? What do His words reveal to you? Because if my parents & family went by what the doctors said on my birthday those years ago, I wouldn’t be typing this for you to read.

This year has taught me that things go, people go, I’ve stressed about things & people I can’t change, & so much more. But as I wind down this last quarter of 2017, one of my most important lessons & revelations is to LIVE. Live the life that God has called me to, knowing that He has EVERYTHING under control. I think the act of completely surrendering everything we are & all that we wish to be to God is a tough thing for many of us---but I believe that God has a way of putting us in the mindset & situations to do so, especially when we’re seeking Him with all our mind & heart.

So for this upcoming year, I’m looking for amazing things; the things that only God can do. For these things happen for us to give Him all the honor, credit, & glory---they bring us closer to Him. There’s nothing He won’t do for us according to His will.

Here’s to another amazing Born-Day! I’m grateful for the blessing of it & all that these years have taught me.

God’s plans are amazing! Don’t let anyone (even doctors) speak otherwise over your life.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

And The Winners Are.....

Hello Everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read and follow my blog! The winners from the anniversary contest drawing are: Jess B. and K. Sheen!

I will be reaching out to them regarding their prizes.

Until next time!


© Lisi P, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Letting Go

Years ago, when I left home for college, I was leaving a lot behind. From a crazy home life to family members to friends, college was an open door for me. By no means am I saying the college journey was easy; I would always tell people that, “College is more than about the classes; you learn more about yourself than anything.” The sad thing is, many of us who have gone to college & made it out, didn’t have much support from those back home. What I mean by this is that many of us were the first in our families to go to college, to seek the degrees, & had to ‘figure out’ how to make it in this new world that no one in our families were ever exposed to. There was no way I could go & call my parents to ask them for help in the Calculus class that they never took.

I loved my college years (not that the classes weren’t HARD or that I didn’t cry many tears), but they made me who I am today. In the midst of not having the full support, or understanding of the college journey, of those at home, God gave me awesome people along the way who have helped me through it all & many of whom I am in contact with today. I wouldn’t have made it through those years without them or God. He knew exactly what I needed & what He was doing!

But with being the ones who have ‘gotten out’ of the past situations at home & being the ones who’ve ‘made it’ there are many expectations that we didn’t see coming. For instance, various family members, & maybe even some friends, may think that ‘you’ve got it.’ Fill in the blank for whatever the ‘it’ may be for these people & their expectations. However, most of the time, IT is MONEY. They are looking for you to bail them out of some situation that they have gotten themselves into or that they have always been in for years. Little do they know, or care, that you may have bills of your own, or even college loans that you are paying back because you had to do what you needed to do in order to ‘make it’ through college because there was no help back home.

Somewhere along the lines, the hard work that many of us did in order to make a better lives for ourselves became the saving of everyone else who saw the dreams of doing better for ourselves their rescue. I’m not sure why or when this began to happen, but I do see it as an on-going pattern for many of the people in my circle.

Don’t misunderstand what I am saying, I am one of the people who will give & give until I can’t give anymore, but a line has to be drawn & an awakening occurs when this giving or ‘helping’ is at your expense (whether it begins to impact your health, budget, or own household). When do you know when to take the step back & stop, or even for some, what I call the “Survivor’s Remorse” of getting out not to impact you? Believe me, God will show you. You cannot feel guilty for being ‘the one’ who made it through your tears, late night studying, paying back student loans, & living the life you prayed for & worked for to keep pulling up those who won’t change or are doing the same thing year after year, looking for you to help them. In letting go, we truly have to let God step in & do His will in the lives of the people we love & care about. We also have to get out of His way in order for Him to help us. (I’m praying about this daily!! I’m still a work in process)

A few scriptures on letting go & moving forward:

  • God will give you the peace when you step back and let go: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” –Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
  • Look forward & stay focused on God & His calling on your life. He’s established everything for you & will continue to do so: 25Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. 26Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. –Proverbs 4:25-26 NKJV
  • Look to God: “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” –Colossians 3:2 NKJV
  • God’s plans for you were established long before you were born. There is a reason He chose you for your journey! God’s plans are amazing: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” –Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

I pray that this helps someone!!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2017
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