Monday, February 13, 2017

The Moments

There are so many moments in our lives where we look for the next thing to happen. That promotion, the vacation, the next birthday, the holiday, etc. You name it, we expect it. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the gift of expectation in what we’re praying for & seeking from God, while enjoying what He has blessed us with---but what happens in the moments where we realize that we’re where God wants us to be---for now, as part of our life’s journeys. Most times, the next “thing” won’t happen until His timing comes & with His timing comes change as well.

You could be in your current position at work to be a blessing to someone else. You could be the voice of God that they hear daily; they can even see God in you when you walk, talk, & act according to how He wants you to be. Handling the tough situations that arise with what may appear to be “ease” to others, but it’s really God in you, stepping in to intercede on your behalf. But what happens if you handle the job with the looking forward to the next thing, without handling your current season the way that He wants you to? There could be that missed opportunity to reach someone for God.

Sometimes we underestimate the gifts of timing & change by missing the now & living in the tomorrow. Think of the things that you prayed for that didn’t come until His timing. If God gave it to you before you & “it” were prepared, the end result could’ve been something you definitely didn’t need or want---at that time. But in the waiting came preparation, in the waiting came change in you for growth & faith, in the waiting God created open doors & blessings that could only come from Him.

So what happens in those moments where we realize that we’re where God wants us to be? We live in the now---His now---without hesitation, but with the expectation that His timing is always on time & that the changes He’s putting us through are part of His plan for us. The moments aren’t meant to be rushed through at a high speed, but truly LIVED with appreciation for what they are & for who they are developing us to be.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!!!

Happy New Year!!! 2017 is upon us. It’s such a blessing to see another day, yet alone the start of a brand new year! I’m excited about the journey & blessings on the way for 2017. God already has His plans mapped out for us; we just have to step into them!

I look back on 2016 & realize that it wasn’t a “bad” year, but a year of transition & growth for me. It’s a year that brought about change for me & my life’s journey. A part of me sees it as the stepping stone of what’s to come, but at the same time, another part of me sees it as the year that began to show me myself. It’s been some journey; however, both challenging & rewarding on the personal level. I know that 2016 was just the beginning of what God will continue in 2017!!

The foundations of 2016 have taught me that God is developing my faith & trust in Him, my ongoing personal growth, the ability to see myself & things through His eyes, & a stronger relationship with Him. I’ve found that these all come together due to a relationship with Him, based upon faith & trust. I’m not referring to the “drive-thru” relationship where we can quickly say a prayer & roll on through the day, but the relationship where depth is there—time & investment are made to get to know Him, talk with Him, listen to Him, & know that He’s our source for everything! There are so many blessings in our lives that only He can give & I don’t want to look back leaving any blessing or stone unturned. God wants great things for me & for you!

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. I believe these are God’s way of giving me that “gentle nudge” when my focus & thoughts can drift elsewhere. For 2017, these are the Anchor Verses that God has put on my heart to carry with me, walk in, & to further develop me as an individual, but more importantly, my relationship with Him:
  • “Pray without ceasing” -I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV)
  • “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” –Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
  • “5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
This year will be a great one & there’s so much in store. Let your light shine as we begin this journey today—let nothing or no one dim this light. God has already stepped out ahead of us, now it’s up to us to follow, grab His hand, & say, “Hello 2017! Here we come!”

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2017

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!! Love, peace, & joy to you always! 🙏🌟❤️😇

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬ KJV)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Praise Song: "I Need You"

Sharing Donnie McClurkin's song, "I Need You".  A very touching song that no matter what, God is always there when we call.  Our need for Him never diminishes & He's always there.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thankful in the Storms

Most times, it’s so easy for us to praise God & to be thankful when things are going good. The promotion we prayed for has occurred, the bills are paid, & for the parents, the child(ren) you have been praying for are now on the right track. Yes, things are working out in our favor! This is when we can praise God the loudest, shout the most, & share our testimonies. Of course, there is nothing wrong with any of this, but what happens when the storms are rolling in & the blessings & answered prayers seem far off? How do we act in these storms? Are we thankful?

There are so many of us who are facing trying times & difficult circumstances. The storms, as well as challenges, are coming in full force. It’s as if a hurricane has been building & is set to hit our land (home, family, thoughts, prayers, bodies, etc.) at any moment. Do we praise God in this or do we doubt what He can do? Are we as prepared to be thankful spiritually as we are when preparing for a physical hurricane to hit?
To be thankful in our storms is one of our strengths in fighting & overcoming the storms. In Philippians 4:11, Paul states, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (NKJV). Contentment in the storms can be unimaginable when everything is happening, but even in physical hurricanes, the eye of the storm passes over & there is calmness in the air—during this time, it’s as if the hurricane isn’t even around us---the bands are whipping around, but nothing can touch us. This is how being thankful during the storms of life can be---praising God & being thankful for what’s occurring & the “why” behind it! For without the storms, we would remain the same: there would be no growth of faith or trust in God, even our praise life could remain stagnant.

The “eye” of life’s storms develop in us that spirit of thankfulness through trials & tribulations. We must praise God at all times & offer to Him the praise of thankfulness regardless of what is going on. For in the storms, we develop into who He’s calling us to be: thankful, faithful, strong, & unwavering.

As Romans 5:1-5 reminds us: 1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (NKJV)

Give thanks to God at all times, even the storms have a purpose!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Praise Song: "I've Seen Him Do It"

"I've Seen Him Do It" by Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers has been a very encouraging song to me lately!  It's a great one about the reminders of what God can & will do.  We must stay encouraged.  I hope this one helps you through as well!!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Daily Scriptures 9/27/16

Scripture: Proverbs 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. (NKJV)

Nugget: Building & growing, it’s something we all should be doing. However, there are times that we can build up & tear down in the next moment. Just think on the times when you felt encouraged & then someone came along & “burst your bubble”. Rebuilding in the promises of God & His word gets us back to the strong foundation needed.

Don’t allow anyone or anything to deter you from the building up of your house (self, confidence, home, job, etc.); what God has built for you shouldn’t easily fall---He’s too strong for that!

Quote: “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” –C.S. Lewis

© Lisi P, 2016
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