Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/29/08

Scripture: Proverbs 26:1 As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honour is not seemly for a fool.

Nugget: There are some things that just do not go together; like snow in summer & rain during the harvest. This is the same with honor being a characteristic of a fool or someone who swears they are honorable & acts completely different.

Do you say you’re a certain way or have a certain characteristic & act completely different? Are things falling in line with what you perceive yourself to be? Sometimes I give myself a “reality check” when various situations arise to make sure I’m holding true to my self-analysis or need to make changes. Very interesting…

Quote: “Actions determine what kind of characteristics are developed.” –Aristotle

© Lisi P, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"For" & "About"

Recently in Bible Study, my Pastor mentioned how we pray "about" things/people & not "for" things/people. I began to think on these 2 words & realized I'm guilty of what he was saying!! How many times did I say I would pray "about" this thing or that thing, etc. & not pray "for" it? For some reason, I'm looking at "for" as taking a little more time to concentrate & focus on what I'm seeking from God. Maybe "for" is being a little bit more specific because it's being exact, it's knowing exactly what I want; "about" seems to be more round-a-about :) A little bit more general.

I looked up the 2 words in Webster's dictionary:

For: used as a function word to indicate purpose; used as a function word to indicate an intended goal

About: on the verge of; reasonably close to

So in looking at these definitions, I began to see that, yes, "for" is being more specific, you're stating a purpose for your prayers &/or requests. While with "about" it's touching on them but not exactly emphasizing that focus. We must take that extra step to zero in on that goal, that wish, that one thing that we're seeking.

And maybe there will be times when all we can do is pray "about" things and God works them out in the long run. Because I know that there are some things that only God brought to my remembrance to pray about!!!

Just some thoughts to think on :) Check out your "fors" & "abouts"!!!!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/27/08

Scriptures: Matthew 7:1-2 1Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Nugget: Oh, how easy it is for us to judge others. How soon we forget the things we’ve done & what God has forgiven us for. Whatever judgment we dish out will be returned in some way (remember we all have to answer to God).

My Pastor says something along the lines of, “we’ve forgotten how we were before we gave our lives to the Lord.” For instance, we’ve forgotten what we went through & what we had to do to get to where we are now. We weren’t always “saved” (& many people state to be & aren’t!!).

I always say, “Treat others how you want to be treated”. Maybe this should also be, “Judge others how you want to be judged”.

Quote: “It is much more difficult to judge oneself, than to judge others.” –Antoine de Saint-Exupery

© Lisi P, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"Fireproof": The Movie

As a b-day gift, a friend treated me to the movie "Fireproof" starring Kirk Cameron (yes, Mike Seaver from "Growing Pains"). I heard so many good things about the movie, so it was on my "must see" list.

The movie was really good. I won't tell the story, but the movie makes you think about relationships, what we take for granted, how people change, what comes with this, & our relationship w/ the Lord. The messages were good & you'll walk away with something from the movie; that little "take-a-away" that will leave you thinking.

If you get an opportunity, check it out whenever you get a chance (whether on DVD or in the theatre). You can check out the trailer here:



Until next time.

Blessings,

Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Friday, October 24, 2008

Learning to Relax...

I've been on "vacation" for the last few days from work. I'm learning the importance of relaxing & sitting still (somewhat). We all need that break from time-to-time to recoup & to release the stress that work & life brings.

Usually when I have a day or two off, the days fly by, but these days have actually gone by slowly (YES!!). I've had time to do me! Get caught up w/ friends & other things. It's amazing how we will let life roll by & wonder what happened to the time.

Don't let life pass you by without enjoying the fruits of your labor. There's a time to work & a time to play; there has to be a balance. Yes, it's okay to want more in life, but enjoy the things you are working towards & for. Sit back & look at that TV you paid big bucks for, take a look in your closet for the outfit you probably have never worn, go to the movies, spend time w/ that person you've been meaning to, & the list can go on & on......

Enjoy life!!

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/23/08

Scripture: Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

Nugget: In scriptures prior to this one, the disciples asked Jesus various questions regarding a fig tree that withered away. They wanted to know why certain things happen, etc. Well, this is how it is with us. At times, we may not understand what’s going on & why, but we must have the faith to know that God understands what’s going on & why. He understands the end-all & be-all. Our faith has to be in the right place to BELIEVE & RECEIVE what He has for us.

I’m not saying that this faith is easy, but I believe that things happen for us to examine, test, & build our faith. Faith is KNOWING that everything will be alright, while hope is THINKING that it will be alright. Which one is it for you?

Quotes: “But every act in consequence of our faith, strengthens faith.” –Aikin Barbauld

“FAITH, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks.” –Ambrose Bierce

© Lisi P, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wow, B-day is Here!!!!


I've been counting down to my b-day on the blog counter & now it's here. Is it any different than yesterday or the day before?? I think the main difference may be that it allows me to reflect on past years & makes me think.

Wow, the big 3-0, the 20+10. Hmmm, so much has happened during this time. First steps, first words, kindergarten, grade school, middle, & high schools. Let's not forget the first love, driver's license, college, graduations, & more. There's so much to think on!!

What will the next milestones ahead bring? I'm sure so much more. Maybe this is some sort of turning point. I mean, the 20s are over; I've learned many lessons there. Not ones that I want to keep relearning & repeating, but ones that I want to carry with me in order to do better, to be better, to continue to grow. Yes, mistakes were made, but mistakes make me who I am & then some.

Yes, birthdays are a time of reflection, but a time of joy as well. There are so many people who haven't made it to the next birthday, so many babies who haven't seen the first birthday. In this essence, so many people should count their blessings rather than seeing a birthday as getting "older" rather than becoming WISER.

I'm grateful to have made it this far. I loved my 20s, although things weren't always good. By the grace of God, I made it through!!! I'm looking forward to what is to come, while remembering what has passed as a blessed part of my life. I couldn't ask for more.

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P



© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/20/08

Scripture: Job 12:15 If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert. If he releases the waters, they flood the earth. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: This scripture reminds me of life, sometimes there’s so much going on & coming at us, that it feels like continual rain. Other times, it feels like nothing is coming our way, so there’s a complete drought. However, this is also a reminder that there is a balance as well: there will be good days & bad days, but God is the balance that brings it all together.

If we don’t have the rain, we don’t appreciate the sunshine. If we don’t have the sunshine, we don’t appreciate the rain. Maybe this is what God wants us to see with life: the bad times make us appreciate the good, while the good makes us remember the lessons of the bad that comes our way. All in all, we truly can’t have one without the other.

Quote: “Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall.” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

© Lisi P, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/17/08

Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: There is power in what we say; as it’s been said “there’s power in the tongue”. The thing is, if we chose to speak life or death into a situation—positivity or negativity. And most of us know, if you give someone enough rope, they will put themselves out of the running. Ex) the person who doesn’t know when to be quiet.

Guard your words, focus on what you speak into your life & the lives of others. There’s a lot to consider when you speak!

Quote: “Know that a word suddenly shot from the tongue is like an arrow shot from the bow. That arrow won't turn back on its way.” –Mevlana Rumi

© Lisi P, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/15/08

Scripture: Psalm 146:2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live. I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: There are so many people who would love to be in your shoes: to be alive one more day! Many just want to thank God one more time, to sing praises to Him, but are unable to do so.

Don’t take your life or the days God gives you for granted. In these times, be sure to praise Him for all He’s done and all that He’s doing. Life is too precious.

Quote: “You have to sing the song of your heart. You have to dance your dance. You have to be utterly individual, not an imitation, not a carbon copy. You have to bring out your original face. The moment you are able to reveal your original face to the world, your life will be fulfilled. Tremendous joy arises out of it.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

For My Singletons, Part 2

I came across this quote recently:

It's not until you learn to truly enjoy being single that the right person will finally come along. –Christina Pagliarulo

It's so true; learning how to be a complete individual before that person comes into your life. I've heard so many times, "he completes me" or "she completes me", but isn't a relationship about 2 complete individuals coming together? So many people think that the happiness doesn't exist until that other person arrives. Aren't you supposed to be "living" and "doing your thang" before they get there???

I think that so many people get caught up in the fairytales they teach & tell us while growing up. Now I love a fairytale, but I completely believe that relationships, let alone marriage, are a lot of work & compromise. AND some people stay focused on that fairytale instead of paying attention to what's really going on: be complete & happy with yourself before you think you can be complete & happy with another person. Because of regardless of what you may think, after the wedding, you have to go home with this person & continue the "fairytale".

I'm all for love & finding the one, but I had to make sure I got myself to a place of being complete within my mind, heart, body, & with God, because until I got to this point, I wouldn't accept what God would send my way.

I could go on & on, but the rest may be for another time. :)

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/13/08

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

Nugget: There’s nothing like wisdom & knowledge. These 2 things will get you far in life; also, the wisdom of wise people around you. That’s why it’s best not to seek advice from everyone. Some people will definitely lead you in the wrong direction. Just think on it, some of the “foolish” decisions you’ve made that dug a deeper hole; well the advice of the foolish will make the hole even deeper.

Follow God, the knowledge & wisdom He’s given you, & the advice of wise people.

Quote: “Knowledge is only powerful when it is applied.” –Jacqueline Rich

© Lisi P, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

"The Game" is Getting Good


One thing I can truly say about one of my favorite shows, "The Game", is that they know how to start a season. Last season ended with the possibility of Melanie & Derwin reuniting. This season began with them getting together. Yes, happy times, for a moment. There is now "baby-mama-drama" on the horizon with Derwin's ex stating that she's pregnant with Derwin's child.

The show is a good one that doesn't get much publicity. We know that the CW cut a lot of shows when the merger occurred, so I'm guessing that this has something to do with it. But, there is the move to Friday nights; this doesn't really help considering most people are not at home on Friday evenings. However, if you've missed the show, try to catch an episode & see what you think!!! Me, loving it :) You can watch episodes online @ http://www.cwtv.com/cw-video/the-game


Until next time.


Blessings,


~Lisi P.


© Lisi P, 2008




Possibilities


I'm learning to be open to possibilities. There are so many things & people that we close out of our lives because it/they may not come in the way we what it/them to. I'm not referring to the things & people that we should remove from our lives because we know they need to go, but those things that we never consider because of close-mindedness or us blocking our own blessings.


For instance, many people did not originally set out to teach, but are wonderful teachers & have found their callings. This is much better than being stuck in a job that he/she does not really like based upon something they chose to ignore in their hearts that they felt was not right from the beginning.


While listening to Steve Harvey on his show the other day, he mentioned, "Are you giving God something to work with?" Meaning, we may be praying for something & want something so bad, but what are you doing to get it? Are you praying & sitting around? Or is your blessing right there while you're choosing not to see the possibility right in front of you?


These are just a few thoughts on possibilities. I know there are many things I've possibly not considered, but when they arrived they were true blessings to me. Don't miss the blessing that could be right in front of you or the possibility that will bring it to you!!!


Until next time.


Blessings,


~Lisi P.


© Lisi P, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/9/08

Scripture: Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Nugget: We know that someone will always talk about us and always have something to say. Some of this talking will consist of lies and other non-truths. The best way to handle a lie is to let it “roll off your back”. I’ve always said, “People should have the tendency to ignore lies, because they already know it’s not true and pay attention to the truth because they know that it’s right.”

Basically, focusing on lies and those that are telling them do not profit in the end!

Quote: “The truth, unlike lies, require no embellishment.” –Michael Mencias

© Lisi P, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thoughts for Today

In thinking on yesterday & this week, I'm reminded of my waiting period: waiting for God to bring His promises to pass. Now, if anyone knows me, waiting is not my forte. However, I'm getting more complacent with it. But my test is my job, so I'm praying for God to teach me what I'm supposed to learn during this period while I'm in the current job situation.

If you're waiting on something to happen, pray for what you're supposed to learn in your current situation(s). There has to be some lesson there, some reason for the wait. Sometimes we get so caught up in the negative aspects of the "wait" that we forget there's something positive in it. Believe me, sometimes finding the good side of it all helps to make it through.

On another note, my prior poll results showed Fall/Autumn as the favorite season :) Yay!! As for the poll on reading the Bible, it was 50/50 for "once a week" and "5+ times a week". Okay guys, we gotta get busy getting God's word in us. That's the only way to make it through everything that's going on today!!!

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

"The Chocolate Nutcracker" is Back!


"The Chocolate Nutcracker" is back this year for performances from 11/21/08-11/23/08. Everyone I know who saw it last year throughly enjoyed it & are looking forward to this year's showing.

The show's website states:

"Southwest United Communities Inc., and Universal Child Care Performing Arts Center are proud to present its annual "Arts In Education Initiative", The Chocolate Nutcracker, a Laverne Reed Production. The performing and visual arts play a major role in the quality of life, the culture and economic enrichment of our community. These performances will enhance civic pride and cultural diversity in the arts, while providing Central Florida with a dynamic multicultural holiday event for the entire family. The Chocolate Nutcracker is back by popular demand in Orlando, Florida for a limited engagement."

This will be on my list of "things to do". You can get more info at The Chocolate Nutcracker's website.

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.


© Lisi P, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/8/08

Scripture: Isaiah 25:1 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

Nugget: God’s hands are working out wonderful things for you. The things He’s already done have come to pass & they were planned out long ago. So whatever He’s planned for you back then will come into play now. It’s all in His timing; He’s faithful & true to His promises.

Quote: “If we are faithful in keeping the commandments of God, His promises will be fulfilled to the very letter.” –M. Russell Ballard

© Lisi P, 2008

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Words of Encouragement

These past few weeks have been a little tough in the workplace. In reading my T.D. Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed Bible, I came across this:

"When It Seems Too Late" by T.D. Jakes

God, I have prayed for years. I have done everything I know to do in order to see my dreams come true. I have had seasons of working hard and seasons of "letting go and letting God" and, still, the things I have believed You for seem like they will never happen. I have had one disappointment after another. And it's almost too late.

I feel like Sarah---like it is impossible for me to ever hold the one thing I long for most.

God, do not let me miss my destiny! But do not let me hope for things that are not a part of Your plan for my life. Let me hear Your voice telling me what You really have for me. Give me glimpses of the gifts You have for me so that I might fight with faith to apprehend Your promises. Help me to understand the difference between what I must go after and what I must wait on You for. When it is up to me, give me the strength to demolish doubt and to march fearlessly into the new day You have prepared for me. When I must wait on You, give me grace and patience. Fill me with the holy anticipation that accompanies a perfectly timed present.

They say You are never, ever late. God, in these days when it seems like time is pressing in around me on every side, keep me firm in faith. Save me from giving up. Do not let me stop short of my blessing. Thank You for being faithful. Always faithful. It is never too late with You.

This was right on time for me. I hope it encourages someone. Wait on God and see what He's trying to tell you & what direction He's trying to allow you to go in. Don't give up! Give it to God.

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/6/08

Scripture: Matthew 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this, the lord/master gave his servants money to make into more. This particular servant doubled what his lord originally gave. Therefore, the lord was pleased.

It’s the same way with God, when He gives us what we consider a little and do well with that, He wants to bless us more. Many don’t appreciate what they currently have or their current status, but expect so much more. Do you want a new car?? Do you keep the current one clean? Do you want a better job?? Do you show up on time for your current job? Do you want a brand new house, but keep your current one in disarray?

God wants us to appreciate our current blessings! Being faithful in small things can definitely produce many things!

Quote: “I remember hearing in a talk that the more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.” –Ezra Taft Benson

© Lisi P, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

"The Game" is Back!!

Friday is here & one of my favorite shows, "The Game", is back on tonight!! I've been waiting for this since the season finale. For those who haven't seen the show, it stars Tia Mowry (of "Sister, Sister") & Pooch Hall as Melanie & Derwin. The basis of the show is their relationship & the trials that come along with it & the football industry. Last season they went through some stuff, so this season should be very interesting. You may be able to catch past episodes online!

Also on the show are Wendy Raquel Robinson (of the "Steve Harvey Show), Brittany Daniels (she played one of the twins on the "Sweet Valley High" TV Show), Hosea Chanchez, & Coby Bell.

So if you like football, the twists & turns of relationships, & laughs along the way, check out the show. It premieres tonight @ 8:30p (eastern) on the CW.

You can check out the show's website here

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/3/08

Scripture: Proverbs 11:1 The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales, but he delights in accurate weights. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: Have you ever gotten on a scale that has been completely off or not in balance??? Imagine how that made you feel, especially if it added more weight on! God is the same way; He doesn’t want us off balance in the things we do, the way we act, the things we say, etc. He looks for accuracy.

What are you doing to get off balance & what are you doing to stay in balance?

Quote: “Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.” -Confucius


© Lisi P, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

October is Here!

Yes, my favorite month has arrived. Okay, it's my birthday month, but it's also the time when the weather changes a little more & if I were up North I would see the leaves changing. That's nothing but beautiful.

So yesterday was the 1st & what a crazy day it was. The day before, my signals (or as I call them "blinkers") went out on my car. A few months ago, a friend backed into my car in the parking lot, so I figured this new glitch could have something to do with the repair that was completed by the shop. Needless to say, it didn't. Therefore my check I just received (refer back to previous blog "A Paid Writer") is now gone due to paying for the repairs. Aaaaahhhhh. I was too frustrated with the turn of yesterday's events. I really wanted to save the money, give to church, & get myself something (at least one thing) nice! As one of my friends once said, that's why they call it "cash flow". Yes all, it comes & goes. Mine definitely went out as fast as it arrived.

During my frustration, I spoke to a few sista friends & my cousin. And that truly helped. I try to be positive most days, so for me to have this crazy day, I was trying to hold onto that. But we're all human! However, they were able to help me see the good in the situation. I had the funds to get the repair done & have other blessings to count.

Wednesday night is Bible Study, so once I got home I was contemplating not going because of the day's events. But I went, and everything Pastor spoke on was speaking right to me. The songs sang by the Praise Team were right on time. I absolutely needed Bible Study! A bit of advice: if you're feeling down, don't have a pity party for too long. Do something &/or talk to someone that will help bring you up. Because in the midst of "crazy" days, there is at least one blessing. I know when the craziness is going on, it's hard to see, but it's so very true & most times, things work out.

Maybe the 2nd day of October will be better than the 1st!! But I'll accept the 1st for what it was & keep moving on. Today wasn't guaranteed & I want to make the best of it :)

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Daily Scriptures 10/1/08

Scriptures: Isaiah 57:20-21 20“But those who still reject me are like the restless sea, which is never still but continually churns up mud and dirt. 21There is no peace for the wicked,” says my God. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: We know that evil exists along with the good. However, with evil there will be no peace; there’s a constant feeling of instability and restlessness. At times it may feel like the wicked and evil are getting away with everything, but those who experience God’s peace know that there’s nothing like it! We have a source of peace that surpasses everything; even the wickedness of these times.

Quote: “The hardest fact in the world to accept is the inevitable mixture of evil with good in all things.” –Austin O’Malley

© Lisi P, 2008
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