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.

Blessings,



© 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.

Blessings,



© 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.

Blessings,



© 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

Friday, September 23, 2016

Daily Scriptures 9/23/16

Scriptures: II Corinthians 3:16&18 16But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 18So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (NLT)

Nugget: When searching through emails the other day, I came across one that I wasn’t searching for. It was filed away & I’d honestly forgotten about it; the exchange wasn’t a bad one, but not a good one either. In reading the email now, I could see it differently. I could see where the exchange revealed to me that the friendship was winding down & the next part of my journey had already started. Yet, there were things that were unresolved with this individual & I had outgrown the situation, that season was over.

That’s how it is in life; there will be times when we don’t understand why something is happening or why a change is occurring, but God has a way of changing us in areas we don’t realize---He removes the veil that blocked us from Him & at times, from others, who become part of our growing process.

Most times, we don’t realize how much we have changed, becoming more like Him, until something triggers us to reflect on it. I know I’m guilty of thinking I still have so far to go, but fail to recognize how far I’ve come.

Don’t only reflect on what you have yet to do, thank God for the transformation that has already occurred.

Quote: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.” -Socrates

© Lisi P, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Daily Scriptures 9/22/16

Scripture: Daniel 10:12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. (NKJV)

Nugget: God is always there & is the same God He was back then; from generation to generation & century to century, He’s remained consistent. The changing aspect of our relationships with God is us! We’re consistently learning & growing, we go from babes in Christ to children to adults, etc. (& in some instances, we may repeat a few steps in the growth process!)

In this scripture, Daniel had to not only open his mind but his heart to understanding God & His will in order to be heard. It wasn’t that God was absent, it was that Daniel wasn’t open---once this occurred, God’s presence became known.

How many times have we been blind to what’s right in front of us? Whether it be God trying to get our attention & we missing the neon lights that He’s shining, or even that love who’s been present that we chose to ignore. God is waiting for our hearts & minds to open to understanding---He’s waiting to step in, if we would recognize Him.

Quote: “Some people complain they don’t feel God’s presence in their lives. The truth is, God manifests Himself to us every day. We just fail to recognize Him.” –QuotesEmpire.com

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Daily Scriptures 9/21/16

Scripture: Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (NKJV)

Nugget: We’ve all heard the saying, “God is good!” & for many of us, it’s something that we say on a consistent basis. It’s not that we don’t believe it, but there can be times when we say it out of habit & it becomes routine. Unfortunately, this can easily happen in our day-to-day lives.

Maybe one way we can change the routine up a little is to really think & focus on the goodness of God when we make the statement. Take those moments to reflect on how good He is from waking us up this morning to giving His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Even putting on shoes each day is a blessing! (There are many people all over the world who are unable to do this---they live in poverty, have health issues, etc.)

Let’s not only say that “God is good”, but let’s walk in the truth of His goodness, renewing our “routine” on a daily basis.

Quote: “Every good thing in my life exists because of God’s goodness.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016
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