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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Live Fully


Throughout the past year, I’ve read Shonda Rhimes’ “Year of Yes”. The book journeys readers through Shonda’s year of saying ‘yes’ to the things she normally would’ve said ‘no’ to. In many ways, I found it to be a journey of self-discovery for Shonda & what are some of the things that can hold us back from what we really want to do or really fear to do. Soooooo, I decided to make this past year, my “Year of Yes”. Not that my journey was like Shonda’s, but there seems to be a similar thread that prevents us from stepping out of that comfort zone. What is that thread?

Fear. Yep, it’s the thing that can keep us from the yeses in life. I’m not saying that this is the case for everyone, but it appears to be the case for many. Fear of rejection. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of the unknown. Being scared. You name it, the roadblock that keeps us from moving forward is most times attached to fear. There were many things I faced this past year that in previously saying ‘no’, I wouldn’t have taken many steps forward. This includes applying for a promotion at work to dealing with past issues attached to certain relationships. It was very eye-opening to see many things begin to unfold that in my mind I had made to be the biggest obstacles & fears ever. I’m definitely not saying the journey was easy, but on the other side of those fears, were blessings & at times, a bit of calm. These things & journeying into them weren’t as ‘bad’ as I made them out to be. At times, I could say that the individuals in the relationships I had a bit of fear attached to them as well.

This “Year of Yes” brought upon another thought (among others): Do I/we live fully?? Living fully---enjoying the journey without hindering ourselves. Releasing ourselves from the things, people, or past that keep us complacent or even attached to the fear that paralyzes us. I don’t think that I’ve been living fully, but am on the continuous journey to do so. It’s as if the realization started with saying ‘yes’, & even this saying ‘yes’ included “saying ‘yes’ to saying ‘no’” as Shonda states. My Pastor C. Jones has even mentioned, “Saying ‘no’ is not a bad word.” To live fully encompasses many things, but to begin with a single step is what kicks things off! Maybe, you can start by saying ‘yes’ to at least one thing that you fear the most. That first step is difficult, but believe me when you take it, on the other side of it you’re likely to find, “That wasn’t so bad.”

Live fully for yourself. Take the journey to saying ‘yes’ to the next thing God is guiding you too; keep in mind that the next thing may include facing a few past things & people, but it’s going to be okay!


It all has to start somewhere; don’t let fear keep you from living fully. There’s a ‘yes’ around the corner with your name on it.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Daily Scriptures 4/4/17

Scriptures: Proverbs 7:1-3 1My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. (NKJV)

Nugget: God’s word & wisdom go hand-in-hand. The more we seek God’s word & the clarity it brings, the more they change us & our hearts. We begin to see things & people through God’s eyes. Yes, some things may take time to understand, but as we look to Him, His promises, & guidance through His word, we have to admit there are days when things get a bit easier.

Are God & His word where you seek wisdom to bind within your heart & mind; or are these coming from elsewhere? There’s nothing like living for God & His word. There’s no way for the ‘changing effect’ not to occur—it’s binding.

Quote: “The best way to gain wisdom is by applying God’s word to your life.” –Dr. James Dobson

© Lisi P, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/27/17

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (NIV)

Nugget: We are blessed beyond measure! Even during our toughest days, there is always something & someone to be thankful for. The blessings that God has given us go beyond what we can see & feel. Jesus dying for us was the ultimate gift, but also the most timeless blessing we could’ve received.

I can definitely admit there are days that I struggle with getting out of bed (we’ve all had the Monday ‘blues’), but then I think of all of the blessings that occurred while I slept throughout the night: I slept through the night, in a bed, in a home, & then God even blessed me afterwards! I woke up, clothed in my right mind, & then moved my arms & legs without an issue!

God continues to bless us in every area of our lives. Our blessings reach to heavenly realms! Just watch & see what God can & will do!

Quote: “Thankful every day. Blessed beyond measure.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daily Scriptures 3/24/17

Scripture: Romans 1:6 And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ. (NLT)

Nugget: We are God’s children & belong to Him! He gave His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. We definitely know that there are many who wouldn’t do this to demonstrate their unconditional love!

On those days where we feel down & defeated about what’s going on around us, & even the things that are occurring in our own lives, reflect on God’s love & Jesus’ sacrifice for us. With this love on our side, nothing can keep us down & defeated for long!! We are more than conquerors through Him!

Quote: “The world’s love says, “I love you IF”, but God’s love says, “I love you EVEN IF”. -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2017
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