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.

Blessings,



© 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!

Blessings,



© 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.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2017

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Happy 9th Anniversary to Lisi's Place!!!

Happy 9th Anniversary to Lisi’s Place!!! Can you believe that my blog has been around for this amount of time?!?!?! It’s been an amazing journey. Thank you for taking the time to read, comment, & forward my posts. I hope & pray that my blog can be a continuous encouragement for your Christian journey.




In honor of my 9th Anniversary, I’m doing a give-a-way----1 CD & 1 book. I will pull 2 names from my followers/readers who FOLLOW my blog & COMMENT on this posting. On September 30th I will pull names---1 follower will win the book & 1 will win the CD. The items up for grab are Heather Lindsey’s book Silent Seasons and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard’s CD Heart.Passion.Pursuit!



These items a part of the give-a-way as they have impacted me in some way during the current season of my life & I pray that they inspire you! I recently completed a blog posting on Silent Periods & unbeknownst to me, Heather Lindsey was releasing her new book Silent Seasons shortly after my posting! God does send a confirming word. Also, Tasha Cobbs Leonard is one of my favorites, & her new CD just came out.

 
Remember, follow & comment on this posting by September 30th, I will pull 2 winners on October 1st. Be on the lookout for the announcement of the winners.

Here’s to many more inspiring, blogging years ahead.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Silent Periods

Sometimes we can’t hear God because we have too many things going on. These things include people who take our focus away from or off of God. God does have a way of changing our focus, especially when we’re seeking Him. However, if we aren’t seeking Him, He does have a way of “tapping us on the shoulder” to get our attention.

I’ve learned that God getting my attention comes with silence. It could appear that “nothing is happening”, but yet God has a way of showing us Himself in the silent areas of our lives. In the silence, God redirects our focus. There’s usually nothing to focus on & what’s around you can’t remove the silence: there’s no TV that can drown it out, no Social Media page that can take precedence, & no phone call that can supersede it. The only solution is God. It’s Him that just wants a moment or two with us to show us what only He can. Maybe He wants to give you an answer to that prayer you think He’s ignoring, but you’ve been clouding His response with clutter.

Yes, God talks to us, but we can miss His voice. His voice can be in a scripture, a still quiet whisper, a sermon, but we miss it, because it’s not coming in the manner we expect. God’s voice will bring confirmation, but don’t think that the confirmation may not include the responses of “not now” or “wait for Me”, because He will say these too!

Know that God is working, my friends. If He has you in a silent period, His silent periods come with PURPOSE. He’s bringing something out of you & developing you. Seek Him in all seasons---including those of silence.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Accepting Change

Myself, along with many of those in my inner circle, are going through the process of changing; whether it be things that we’re seeking to change about ourselves, professions, walk with God, & even relationships, these changes are occurring.

This thought came to me today regarding change: what happens when the changes we’re praying for come about in a different manner than we’re seeking? For example, there are changes that we want to happen, but God may make these changes happen in such a way that is difficult or challenging for us. We usually want something to happen the way we want it to, at the time we want it to, but we know that God doesn’t work this way.

Think of those who want to lose weight; sure it sounds like a great idea, but what about the hard work that comes with it? Many do not want to get up & hit the gym at 5am to get it done, but if there is some magical way for the weight to fall off, this route would occur in high numbers!

God has a way of forcing change to happen, getting us in that uncomfortable place that puts us out of the comfort zones what we’ve created. You may have outgrown your job & now it’s time to apply elsewhere, but when you prayed for the change, it seemed that the answer would come in the next promotion---God is stretching you to try something new. You may have been praying on certain relationships to turn out or work out in a certain way, but the relationship could now be hindering you from the next step God is directing you; it’s time to let go & move on.

Someone once told me that “sometimes we want the blessings without the sacrifice.” Well, sometimes we want the change & growth to occur without the sacrifice, but, at times, it’s part of the process. God’s forced changes could be the only way we can get to where He wants us to be.

Yes, be open to change, but also open to seeing that it may come in a manner you least expect. Be open to God’s will in the forced changes, knowing that He already has the outcome in His hands.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Take Care Of Yourself

One of the things many of us do not do well is taking care of ourselves. We’ll run, volunteer, work, & over-commit ourselves to everything & everyone, but ourselves. Does this sound familiar? Believe me, I know. This got me to thinking about being on an airplane & how they make the announcement regarding in the event of an emergency, put your own mask on before assisting someone else. Wow, how rare this is in other areas of our lives.

Of course there will be times in which we won’t have a choice in helping someone before ourselves (ex: I know many who are caring for elderly relatives). But are more of your times helping someone else before checking on yourself, your health, your home, etc.? Many are so stressed by what’s going on around them & their full plates that the warning bells are being ignored until that doctor’s visit with some news that opens eyes.

Also, take a step back to see if you’re the only one or the main one in movement in these situations and/or relationships. For example, are you the main one going here & there, investing your time & energy? Are you the only one calling, making the effort? Are you bone-tired, or drained, after doing all of these things? If yes, you’re likely on the road of not putting your own mask on first; & very likely the only one investing in these situations or people. Don’t let people take advantage of you & especially do not ignore your own well-being in the process.

On the seventh day, even God rested & said let there be rest: And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. –Genesis 2:2 (NKJV)

In the midst of being there for everyone & everything else, be sure to take care of YOU! If you don’t, no one else will.



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2017
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