Tuesday, December 30, 2008

“A PLAY YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!!”


If you're in the Central Florida area, here's info for a play that my friend is in!!

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"Laying Where No One Can See" is the story of 4 best friends who move into an apartment together. After meeting two guys who live next door their lives are sent on a roller coaster ride. Tre, the smooth talking ladies man, convinces the girls that he was made just for them. As they begin to fall for him friendships are tested, and lives are changed. Things are done behind closed doors, but they eventually come to the light. Secrets are revealed as the girls struggle with pointing the blame instead of searching themselves.
~Lisi P.


Last Quarter of 2008!!!!


One of my friend's mentioned God answering prayers in the last quarter. Well needless to say, I received the best type of raise: a new job for the New Year!!!! Who would've thought He would've waited until 12/30/08!! God is too good. It's been a complete struggle & trying at many times, but thank God for good people around me to encourage me when I was down, that prayed for me when I couldn't, that sent job listings & referrals my way. There's so much that they have done that I know w/out them, this could not happen!!

I don't know if there is truly a way to thank people who have such a positive impact on my life, but I do know that they are by my side no matter what. When I gave notice of the new job, you knew that they felt like they had to job too! These are the people that you keep around, not because of what they do, but because of who they are & who they are to you. They cannot be replaced & if something happens to them or with them, you know that the feelings are reciprocated.

As for the last quarter, I previously wrote about my new car (which happened a month ago) & now I'm writing about my new job. Both being true blessings & then some. I say to anyone who's seeking something & it's not coming in the way he/she wants it to, to keep praying & to stay strong. Stay surrounded by those who can uplift you & cry when you cry, laugh when you laugh, & rejoice when you rejoice!!!

Those last quarter blessings are the ones you appreciate even more than the ones that are handed to you. Don't give up!!! Keep looking, keep seeking, & keep God first. Also, when you get your blessings, don't forget others that you can be a blessing to as well. God doesn't bless us only :)

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Humble Advice for the New Year & Beyond

My friend emailed this to me & I thought it would be good to share :) Great advice.
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*Go through your cell phone, caller id, calendar, and email addresses and discard all the people and events that mean you no good or don't benefit your life!

*Stop making excuses about your life and make changes! Keep your opinion to yourself! We all know what others should do, but what about you?

*If you are involved w/ a person, job, or circumstance that is doing more harm than good, do yourself a favor - LET IT GO!

*Take care of your kids and devote a weekend or two when you spend "quality" time with them. Who cares if you miss out on an event! You can party anytime!

*If you are not saved....get saved!!!!!

*Get your debt in order! Eventually you'll want a nice home and car in your name!

*Stop spreading senseless rumors and try to get your own life in order!

*Listen more! Talk Less!

*Give without worrying about it!

*Tell him no for once!

*Tell people you love them before your hear about some great tragedy in the world or lose a close friend!

*Speak clearly and not ignorantly! Anyone can be a fool.

*If you are married, stop cheating. If you're guilty of this, ask God to forgive you and don't do it again! Remember the Ten Commandments.

*Stop being someone's mistress; especially if you are aware that you are!!!!

*If you are between the ages of 22-35 please start listening to more than Hip-Hop!

*SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!!!

*Stop waiting on Tax Season and Save Now!

*Eat what you need and not just because you can!

*See how long you can go without checking your cell phone when it's not ringing.

*Be more positive and stop being a grouch!

*STOP HATIN! If you don't like my style, DO YOU!

*Start telling your children that when you're having a "grownfolks"conversation, they need to go play. (Remember back when)

*Appreciate everyone. WHY do we put each other down for the most ridiculous things?!?

*Men and women! Cry more! It's therapeutic.

*Stop tripping about not being where you want to be! What have you been doing to get there?!?

*If you aren't in relationship, it's not the end of the world! Self love is waaaaay more valuable!

*Keep your opinion to yourself! We all know what others should do, but what about you?

*If God delivers you from a messy relationship, friend or situation, why do you keep PULLING THEM BACK? Let it go!

*FORGIVE! FORGIVE! FORGIVE! All of us have been forgiven for some lowlife things! So open your heart! Remember - God forgave you.

*Men, stop trying to be so hard when it comes to relationships. Let that guard down before you lose the one that's meant for you!

*Speak up for yourself!

*Learn a new hobby! Broaden your mind.

*If you're single, start going on more dates with different types of people. Don't just stick to the same type of woman or man!

*Stop forwarding all the text messages you receive; everyone doesn't have unlimited text messages!!!

*Live today like it's your last day, love like God taught us, and laugh like you've never laughed before!

*Lastly, if it's only 5 minutes a day have a little talk with Jesus! Let Him know you want to be better today than you were yesterday and watch Him turn things around for you!

*"God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.

Go into 2009 with more gratitude than attitude......it will keep you healthier!!

No matter what the situation, always SMILE and count your blessings!

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

"The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God." -Luke 1:35 (New Living Translation)


Merry Christmas everyone!!! May you enjoy the blessings today & everyday brings. Enjoy the time with family, friends, & loved ones.

Don't lose sight of what today is about: Christ's birth. This year was a tough year for many. Many people are doing less gift giving & more praying, thanking God, & appreciating life. These are truly gifts; not as materialistic as past years. But more to the heart!!!

May God bless you today & always!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008


Monday, December 22, 2008

"Seven Pounds"

I saw the movie, "Seven Pounds". My opinion is that's it's a good watch. It wasn't what I expected. As I've said previously, the trailer didn't give a lot of info, so I came up w/ what I thought it would be about & how it would go :) However, I had only a little part right!

I recommend it. Will Smith & Rosario Dawson did a great job. I, of course, won't tell the movie :) I'll let you come up with your own opinions!! But, if you catch it, Tom Cruise's son, Connor Cruise, plays a young Will Smith in the movie.

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

photo via wireimage.com

Drama...

Okay everyone, you know I speak on peace & keeping the drama @ bay, so here goes. When you see people bringing drama to you or see that they have drama as part of their aura, run & keep going. I don't keep these type of people around me, but I see them trying to get into my circle.

Here you'll be, minding your own business, & here they come. Well, needless to say, I'm now somewhat of an expert at recognizing this craziness. So, basically, "do not pass Go, do not collect $200, & go to jail"; just like Monopoly.

Yes, everyone, today was one of those days, but you know what? I'm hanging onto the peace & keeping it. As I always recommend, keep an eye on what & who you let around you. Not everyone is meant to stay or enter!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.


© Lisi P, 2008


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Something New...


With 2008 dwindling down, I know that many people make New Years resolutions. Now, I know we see the New Year as a start of something big; it's the something that pushes us to want to start over. Why not? I've done it myself :)

I now think & have witnessed that the New Year doesn't have to always be the new beginning. The something new can occur on a daily, weekly, monthly, or momentary basis. These are the things that happen that make you realize that God is still working in your life. For instance, recently, I got a new car. Now I didn't want to have to do this, but everything happens for a reason. Since this time many other blessings have come along. I appreciate them & am truly blessed, and am trying to sit back & enjoy the ride.

With this being said, don't hesitate to do that something new now. Don't wait until 1/1/09 to get started. I think that my list of resolutions will actually turn into a list of things I've never done & want to do sometime in my life. That way, not only am I enjoying the ride, but growing too. Of course I'll have some things that I want to make right & get right in '09, but I want the "Something New" as well!!!

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.


© Lisi P, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Next Movie: "Seven Pounds"

So the next Will Smith movie, "Seven Pounds", comes out on December 19th. I've been seeing the commericals & will probably go see this one. I usually love his movies, so this should be good as well.

The commericals don't really say too much about the movie, but are just enough to make you wonder what it's about. I found this synopsis online:

"Ben (Will Smith) is an IRS agent who is deeply depressed and guilt-ridden over mistakes from his past. He sets out in his job to help seven strangers. When he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition, he falls in love with her, thereby complicating his plans. Woody Harrelson also appears as a blind pianist who befriends Ben."

Also, here's the movie trailer:



We'll have to see for ourselves!!!

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Articles....

I've been writing articles for Associated Content for a few months. I like the site & you can write just about anything. I like that I can express what I want & also meet other people who are doing the same. It's a great outlet. In addition, you get paid, but have to reach a certain amount of pageviews. You can check out my articles HERE. Please feel free to read them if you aren't on my mailing list :)

Thanks!!!

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/16/08

Scripture: Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (New King James Version)

Nugget: Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger; He was born in one of the most humble beginnings! His earthly father, Joseph, was a carpenter. Yet, Jesus was the Savior of all.

This reminds me that no matter what your beginnings may be, that your future is full of possibilities & growth. There is ample opportunity to become all that you want & more. There are many examples that can be used to show this, but Jesus is the first one!

Quote: “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” –Benjamin Disraeli

© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/15/08

Scripture: Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (New King James Version)

Nugget: Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines rejoice as: to give joy to & to feel joy or great delight. This is how we should be with God. No matter the situation or circumstance, give Him the glory!!!

Whether things are bad or good, there’s something in your life to glorify God about. You may think that you’re broke, but you have a roof over your head & food to eat. You may not like your car, but it gets you from point A to B. You may feel content with how everything in your life is going, Thank Him!!

Continue to give joy and glory to God & let Him know that joy is present in your life no matter what!!

Quote: “We have every reason in time and eternity to rejoice and give thanks for the quality of our lives and the blessings we have been given.” –Howard Hunter

© Lisi P, 2008

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wow, this year has flown by....

Can you guys believe that 2008 is almost over?!?!?! Well, the way I see it, it's been an okay year. I can't complain. There was a lot going on this year for me, some good & some bad, but the good outweighs the bad. I'm looking forward to 2009, but there's still some of 2008 yet, so I don't count God short on the blessings that can still happen & you shouldn't either :) There's still a lot that can happen!!!

This weekend is packed for me: mandatory overtime @ work :( however, the extra $ will come in handy :) . There's the Christmas concert @ church that I'm excited about; this is the first year that I'll be able to go. Past years consisted of conflicting schedules, etc. And, I'm going to a baby shower for one of my friends :) This is her first child, so I'm happy & excited for her; she'll be a great mom :)

Well, my friends, again, don't count 2008 out already. Get in line for whatever good things remain for you in this year!! There has to be something on the way.

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/11/08

Scriptures: Proverbs 24:1-2 1Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. 2For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.

Nugget: Don’t envy evil people; their mindset is set to destroy & they always seek ways to stir up trouble. You know those people I’m referring to; the ones you know who bring trouble with them all the time. Or even those who many seem like they have it all together, but something just isn’t right.

It’s best not to envy anyone, but the worse thing to do would be to surround yourself with those who always bring anything besides peace to your life.

Quote: “It is difficult to say who does you the most mischief: enemies with the worst intentions or friends with the best.” –Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

© Lisi P, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/10/08

Scripture: II Corinthians 12:19 Perhaps you think we’re saying these things just to defend ourselves. No, we tell you this as Christ’s servants, and with God as our witness. Everything we do, dear friends, is to strengthen you. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, Paul was clarifying actions he took & instruction he gave to the Corinthians. The Corinthians appear not to be receptive of what was being done, but Paul’s actions were to strengthen them.

This is how it is with us. How many times have parents, friends, & other loved ones given us (or attempted to give us) good advice that we didn’t take or closed our hearts & minds to? They were doing this to guide us in the right direction or to offer support & strength.

What good advice are you turning away? What sources of strength are you giving up?

Quote: “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” - Sandra Carey

© Lisi P, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/9/08

Scripture: Exodus 12:47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate this Passover festival. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, the Israelites were given instructions on how to celebrate Passover. The community was given instructions on how to participate & what was needed for Passover.

I began to think on how my friends & family will celebrate once one of us achieves something. It’s a community celebration for us all: when one receives something new (job, house, car, baby, etc.), we all receive. Being a part of something so big in another’s life is good to experience. It’s a community celebration as well!

Quote: “Connecting with the people who are meant to be part of your life is much more important than any aspect of business. It's the essence of happiness, the full realization of your potential for joy. By the end of your incredibly arduous, disappointing, stressful journey, you will be your true self, in a place where you belong, with friends who truly understand you and bring all sorts of opportunities your way. Every aspect of your life, whether it's a task or relationship, personal or professional, will be based on love and joy. And when you get right down to it, nothing else really matters.“ –Martha Beck

© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/8/08

Scriptures: Luke 2:6-7 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: These scriptures & the ones prior to this one tell of Joseph & Mary travelling to the inn for Jesus’ birth. There was a lot going on: there was nowhere for them to stay in the inn, Mary was pregnant & engaged to Joseph, but the baby was not his, & more. However, in the midst of the craziness, our Savior was born. This is what Christmas is all about: the birth of Jesus!

Let’s not get caught up in what society is telling us & has outlined Christmas to be. Yes, it’s okay to receive & to give gifts, but more importantly, to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Quote: “Jesus is the reason for the season!” -Unknown



© Lisi P, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Beginning of Doubt....

In some recommended readings from a friend, I came across Pearl Cleage's "I Wish I Had a Red Dress". The main character mentioned this, "The beginning of doubt is the absence of faith". I pondered on this quote & decided to write it down for later :)

Needless to say, the later is now because I wanted to bring it up! So, where does the doubt step in for most of us? It's when we don't see what's going on behind the scenes in God's work. We will never truly see what He's up to, however, we must have the faith to know that He's working anyways; "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).

Is your doubt causing your faith to disappear? Is your doubt superseding your faith? Well, this isn't how things are supposed to be; not when you're believing in something that you know only God can do & only God can bring to pass. This is what makes testimonies so important & imperative to share w/ others. Because once you reach the point where you know the only one who could've done this great thing for you was God, it's when you really want to share it w/ everyone. It's the thing that you want to share because only God could've done it, only God could've gotten you through!!!

So what's the point in doubting when you know that God is at work on your behalf? What's the point in decreasing your faith when you know that God is up to something? What's the point in letting these contrary thoughts take over when you know faith is the key?

Don't let your doubt or the doubt of others keep you from what God has in store for you. Keep your faith intact & know that anything other to the contrary of faith is doubt.

The beginning of doubt is the absence of faith........ -Pearl Cleage

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

2008: New Beginnings

With December already here, I focus on what I thought at the beginning of 2008. It's been said that 8 is the number for new beginnings. So at the beginning of this year, I expected many new things to happen. I expected much from God. Who would've known that a lot of this expectation would've occurred at the end of the year?


For instance, for my Black Friday shopping, I wasn't going out to hit the stores, but I purchased my first brand new car. It was truly difficult in letting go of my old ride. I loved CeCe!!! However, I had to make room for Cecil. But I won't forget the fun of my baby, CeCe. It's time for new beginnings and new stories. Importantly so, new blessings.






(A pic of what CeCe looked like--this isn't her, but a sample)









With this being said, don't count the year over yet. There's still new beginnings on the horizon and for the next year. Don't think that the blessings and answered prayers have to come at some point-in-time; they arrive on God's accord & sometimes when you aren't ready for them. And there are those that come when you least expect.







(A pic of Cecil--not him, but a sample)






Be open for change, be open to what's to come. Expect new beginnings each day--don't wait for the new year!!! I look forward to what's next :)

Until next time.

Blessings.

~Lisi P.


© Lisi P, 2008

Daily Scriptures 12/1/08

Scripture: Proverbs 27:12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

Nugget: It’s very good to be observant of your surroundings and the things that go on around you. When this is done, you’re prepared for what’s next. However, those who chose to ignore or don’t pay attention to what’s going on usually face some consequence. For instance, to go blindly into the darkness without noticing someone following you could bring a dire outcome.

Be observant, focused, and cautious!!

Quote: “Behavior is determined by its consequences.” –B.F. Skinner

© Lisi P, 2008
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