Monday, August 15, 2016

Encouragement


Many of us have these dreams & goals that we’ve been putting off “until the right time”. We may find ourselves not even putting them off, but coming back to them time & time again. You know, the one thing that if you didn’t get paid to do it, you’d still do because it’s your God-given gift or talent. I’m finding that this is the “thing” that God has called me to do.

The thing is, it may not come easy! We’ve all heard the saying, “Anything worth having is worth fighting for”, but it’s also worth working for. Most times, dreams & achievements don’t just land on us—there’s a process to getting there---there’s a story behind it. One of the things that I love to do is to hear the story behind the person; meaning, their journey to “getting there”. For example, Tyler Perry has a story!! Before he was known to many, he had serious struggles—from sleeping in his car to using his last penny to put on a production where a small number of people showed up! But he didn’t give up & look at where he is today; there definitely had to be times where he faced discouragement. It’s not that our success is defined in the same manner as his, as we seek different dreams from God, but our dreams are obtainable in Him as well.

Earlier this year, I did a posting on my Anchor Verses. I keep coming back to them & reminding myself of the things that I spoke then to remind myself to keep going forward now. One of the verses:

A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. –Proverbs 18:16

Sometimes we get discouraged with the process or the status of our progress, but we must stay encouraged. As the scripture points out, the gift will make room for us! Sometimes these dreams & goals that God has put in us are what carries us in Him & opens the door that needs to be opened. Don’t underestimate the gifts that God has put in you---if you keep coming back to it (or it keeps calling you), know that God has a way of sending confirmation to you during the trying times of walking into your dreams & goals.

His plans for us will prosper---let’s not give up, but push on. Your dream is calling. Can you hear it?

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Daily Scriptures 8/10/16

Scriptures: Jeremiah 8:4-5 4“Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: ‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back? 5Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back? They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around. (NLT)

Nugget: We’ve all gone down the wrong path or road at some point in our lives. Our journeys have taken us through various trials & tribulations that we’ve had to learn from. We usually learn from these instances & grow from them.

However, as noted in these scriptures, there are times where people can stay on self-destructive paths, reliving them over & over. We may have even found ourselves on some too. “Why?” is what we’ve likely asked when this occurs. This is when self-reflection & a talk with God are needed. In seeking Him, He can help in identifying where we need change & growth.

Are there destructive paths or repeated actions you need to turn back from? Something you’re holding on to tightly that needs to be released? Seek God for growth & change in these areas; He’s always working.

Quote: “No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, you can still turn around.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Daily Scriptures 8/8/16

Scripture: Psalm 55:1 God, listen to my prayer and do not ignore my cry for help. (NCV)

Nugget: God hears us; no matter what, His ears & heart are always open when we call upon Him. There are even times when we don’t call upon Him, but He knows that we’re in need of Him & His guidance. Who else would know this? Our God is good!

Release your burdens & heaviness to Him; release the desires of your heart to Him. There’s nothing too big for Him & He’s always there. He recognizes our cries before we even ask. So very grateful that His door is always open.

Quote: “God doesn’t move in your life when you struggle; He moves when you pray.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Daily Scriptures 8/2/16

Scripture: John 15:5 “I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t produce anything without me.” (GW)

Nugget: Jesus---He’s who we should be connected to, the One we should focus on. In connecting to Him & accepting Him as our Lord & Savior, there’s our source of love & connection to God.

In connecting to Jesus, we have the life source that enables us to produce “fruit”—good things, peace, love, happiness, etc. Without it, we’re likely to go down the path of discouragement, doubt, fear, etc.

If we find ourselves getting off-track, it’s possible that our focus has changed from Jesus to something or someone else. Who are you connected to today?

Quote: “Every day, do something that will lead you closer to God.” –GodFruits.com

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Daily Scriptures 8/1/16

Scripture: II Corinthians 3:4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. (NKJV)

Nugget: God gave His son, Jesus, to die for our sins. There’s no greater display of love than this. This also represents the trust we have in God through Jesus. Because of Jesus & His love for us, we can go to God in prayer; also, Jesus intercedes on our behalf.

When our faith, confidence, etc. is wavering, Jesus knows when to step in & guide the way. We just have to give it over to Him, allowing Him to work---we have to give up the reigns & utilize the powerful trust that Jesus has. His bond with God is unbreakable.

What areas of your life can be turned over to Jesus? Where does your trust lay?

Quote: “I am not in control, but I am deeply loved by the one who is.” –Glenn Packiam

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/29/16

Scriptures: Psalm 130:1-2 1From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help. 2Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. (NLT)

Nugget: Through the storms & challenges that we face, we must learn to call on the Lord first. Sure, it’s easy to go to the phone & reach out to a friend or family member, but God is closer than the phone—He’s a prayer a way & knows our voices immediately.

Majority of the time, He’s just waiting for us to call upon Him. Go to the One who will always hear your prayer & your cry. Lean on Him & His listening ear. God is always there!

Quote: “Actually, God does not want to just give us strength, He wants to be our strength.” –Joyce Meyer

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/27/16

Scripture: Job 17:9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger. (NIV)

Nugget: Doing the right thing can be challenging at times, especially when the “wrong thing” seems like an easier path. Just think on some of the times when doing the right thing caused you to go down a path that put you where you didn’t want to be or face something you weren’t ready to. BUT in the end, you grew from it, developing something you never thought you had in you or something you thought unattainable.

Sure, it can be easier to do what’s least challenging, but in the end, what’s the result? Most times, it’s something short-lived or fleeting. In taking the path that connects us to God’s will, we will experience growth, blessings, & strength that could only come from walking this path. It may not always be easy, but we know that all things are working for our good.

We must not let go of when God calls us to do right, standing with Him, without these moments, we could lose out on something that will strengthen us & carry us into more blessings.

Quote: “Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it's hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.” –Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2016
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