Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Family Time & Time Flies

I had an awesome time visiting my family for Christmas. What a great trip. I got the chance to spend time with my Grandpa, cousins, uncle, & aunts. I really believe that Christmas is my favorite time of the year (my favorite season remains the Fall!), but the Christmas season helps to remind us of the little things that are important in life. From hearing my little cousins laugh to watching movies with them; in addition to sitting with my Grandpa for a little while chatting. It's a reminder of the simple things that happen to us that we take for granted; or better yet, the things we need to keep in our memory banks as a reason to smile on the tough days!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Christmas & took something away from the time spent with family & friends. As we approach a New Year, I think we're reminded of how fast 2009 has flown by & look forward to what 2010 may bring. I know that there will be lessons to learn, things to do, & battles to overcome, but the anticipation of it all is exciting. 2009 was a good year for me. I know that 2010 will be a good one as well. Looking forward to what God has in store & praying to be able to take it all in.

So with this new year on the horizon, write down goals & what you plan to accomplish. I'm not necessarily referring to resolutions, but things you haven't done, want to do, put off doing, etc. There's a lot to do & as we know, time waits for no one!

Expect big things, daily!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Praise Song: "Close to You"

This week's Praise Song is BeBe and CeCe Winans' "Close to You". It's a really nice song & easy listening. It reminds you of more than a Gospel Song, but it also reminds one of that deep relationship with God. Enjoy!!

I just want to be close to you.
sunshine, moonlight, delight just a couple words describing who you are.
lovely, so lovely - want everyone to know why I'm in love with you

patient and strong, always, no matter what I face you've been there to bring me through.
just right (right on) on time, it took a while to see that your love was true.

now no one can (undo)
cause I belong (to you)
until the end (of time)
good to know (good to know you're mine)
and all I want (to say)
until my dying (dying day)
I just want to be close to you

honest and sweet
heaven is where I want to be
where I am when I'm with you
perfect, yes perfect
it took a while to see that this love was true now no one can (undo)
cause I belong (to you)
until the end (of time)
it's good to know (you're mine)
and all I want (all I want to do is say - til my dying day)
I just want to be close to you

now following me sis...
say dah dah, u say (dah dah)
say dah dah
dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah dah
dah dah (mmm,mmm) dah dah
it took a while to see, now we know the truth

now -no one can (undo)
I belong (to you)
until the end (of time)
good to know (good to know you're mine)
and all I want (how long will you stay- till my dying day)
I just want to be close to you
ya ya ya ya (how long will you stay)
I just wanna be close to you



Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!!



"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"—which means, "God with us." -Matthew 1:23 (NIV)

I want to wish you & your family a Merry Christmas and a great New Year!!

May we remember the importance of Christmas Day--Jesus. He died for our sins, so we could be saved. Enjoy every moment of your day with your family & friends. Make great memories, as they are so precious!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Open the Box

Have you ever checked your closet or belongings & found that item that still has the sales tag on it? The item that has yet to be used?? Well the other day, I “found” this brand new rice cooker I had yet to use. When I say “brand new”, I mean still in-the-box, yet to be opened (& I won't share with you how long it's been in the box). Now I don’t know why I hadn’t used this item yet, but the fact is, it was still in the box! Which is amazing considering how much I love rice & using a rice cooker would make it so much easier to prepare :)

What exactly was I waiting for? Needless to say, I took the advice of a friend who reminded me previously not to leave anything unused. She reminds me constantly that there’s nothing in her closet that has a tag on it & that hasn’t been worn. Basically, if you don’t use it, who will? I was thinking this about the rice cooker! LOL. If something happened to me, then someone will feel like they’ve gotten a brand new item to use. Boy, this was somewhat of an eye-opener. Not because someone else would have it, but because I didn't enjoy what was given to me.

What tagged items do you still have? What box needs to be opened? Use these items! Don’t wait for another day, as it’s not guaranteed. The next moment isn’t promised to us, but yet we live on the pretense that it is.

So as we head into Christmas & some receive the gifts that we’ve been looking for (& a few surprises too), don’t put off enjoying the time, gifts, & such with your family & friends. If you get that bike, ride it! If you receive that new sweater, put it on! If you get plane tickets to go somewhere, go on that trip. More importantly, if you’re spending time with loved ones, remember the memories you make!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Praise Song: "I Call You Faithful"

This week's Praise Song is Donnie McClurkin's, "I Call You Faithful". This song reminds me of the power in the name of Jesus! He's all of the things mentioned in this song and more: faithful, awesome, holy, healer, Savior, and all that!!

This is definitely something for us to remember, especially during the Christmas season!! CHRISTmas!!! What an awesome God we serve.



Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

Today's the Day!

Today's the day that I submitted my last grades for my 1st semester teaching. Wow, it has been interesting and enjoyable. I can say, I've learned a lot from my students & I am glad that they've walked away from the course with a better understanding of the subject! The next semester doesn't begin for a few weeks, so on hiatus I go!

I will also attempt to get all of my Christmas cards ready to be mailed today; I've sent out a few, but more need to go out in the mail by tomorrow or Tuesday in order to get there by Christmas. Wow, time waits for no one. I feel like the month of December has gotten away from me!

I'm sure that there are many out there still on the hunt for those last minute Christmas gifts; I'm thinking that I may hit up some after Christmas sales to make up for those I haven't bought gifts for yet.

Good luck with the preparations and shopping everyone! I'm looking forward to Christmas day & spending the time with family. That's what it's all about, afterall: Jesus & family. Focusing on what's truly important!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Praise Song: "Never Gonna Break My Faith"

This week's praise song is "Never Gonna Break My Faith" by Aretha Franklin featuring Mary J. Blige. This song is so powerful! It's from the movie "Bobby" about Robert F. Kennedy. This song is a reminder to hold onto faith, no matter what we see going on in the world around us. It reminds us that unanswered questions may exist, but we cannot lose sight of God. © Lisi P, 2009

My Lord, I have read this book so many times,
But nowhere can, can I find the page that says what I experienced today has any grace

Now I know that life is meant to be hard,
That's how I learned to appreciate my God
Though my courage may be tried,
I can tell you I wont hide,
Because the footprints show you were by my side

You can lie to a child with a smiling face,
Tell me that color aint about a race
You can cast the first stone,
You can break my bones
But you never gonna break,
You never gonna break my faith
Faith and hope aint yours to give
Truth and liberty are mine to live
Steal a crown from a king, break an angels wings
But you never gonna break ,
You never gonna break my faith

My Lord, wont you help them, help them, help them to understand
That when someone takes the life of an innocent man
Well they never really won
Because all they really done is set the soul free
Where it's supposed to be

You can lie to a child with a smiling face,
Tell me that color aint about a race
You can cast the first stone, you can break my bones
But you never gonna break,
You never gonna break my faith
Faith and hope aint yours to give
Truth and liberty are mine to live
Steal a crown from a king, break an angels wings
But you never gonna break,
You never gonna break my faith

For those we lose before their time,
I pray their souls will find a light
I know that the day will surely come, when it will be done
You never gonna break my faith
You never gonna break my faith




May we continue to pray for strength to continue!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Princess and the Frog

Today is the day!!! "The Princess and the Frog" debuts today. I am excited about the opportunity to see the full movie (back in August, at my conference, we had a sneak preview of the first 30 minutes of the movie).

This is truly history for many African American/Black women and girls who dreamed of seeing a princess that looks like them. It definitely is a good thing to see a princess that "looks like us". I'm still amazed that it's taken this long for it to happen. I already went out and purchased my "Princess Tiana" doll :) Which was definitely a hard find; they are flying off the shelves.

Well, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will definitely have a big audience in store for them. With the voice talents of Anika Noni Rose ("Dream Girls"), Oprah, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, and more, we're in for a treat! Let's not forget the music and the setting being in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Here's a preview of the movie:



I truly think this will be a movie for everyone.

Enjoy!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Daily Scriptures 12/9/09

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Nugget: In this particular scripture, we see that those who wait around for the wind to shift in the right direction do not sow and those who wait for the clouds to shift do not reap. This also refers to things in life---we have to pray (seeking God’s guidance), step out and “go for it”, knowing that God always has our back. Sometimes, we try to wait until the “perfect” opportunity to step out and get things done. What we fail to realize is that for some things, there is no “perfect” time. We must step out on faith and let God do the rest.

Quote: “What exactly does it take to live the life of your dreams? Perfect timing? Fortunate opportunities? A million dollars in the bank? Not even close. It takes a decision; a simple decision that will ultimately test the strength of your commitment and the depth of your faith.” -Karen Wright

From I&A

Monday, December 7, 2009

Praise Song: "Help Me Believe"

This week's Praise Song is Kirk Franklin's, "Help Me Believe". Sometimes we go through things that test our faith; we are seeking that desire to believe God, in spite of our situation. We reach out for that faith, even mustard seed faith. Keep seeking God for that desire and for that will to continue on. He's there through all situations. © Lisi P, 2009

"I just want to write you a letter. I have to be very honest with you right now. I don't really know how to say this..."

Verse 1:
I wanna believe
But I'm having a hard time seeing past what I see right now, I see right now
I wanna be free
But when I try to fly I realize I don't know how, no one showed me how
Wish I could see that this mess I'm in will really work out for my good, you said it would
so, if you can hear me, can you give me a sign cause I dont feel you like I should, please if you could
my faith is almost gone, I can't hold on much longer, take this cup from me

Chorus A:
Help me Believe
Can I believe
Let Me believe
I wanna believe
I'm no good on my own, please give me another chance
It's hard to believe in what I can't see
to give you my will cause you're what's better for me
you can look in my eyes and see I wanna believe, believe, believe, believe

Verse 2:
(I want you to know)
I wanna believe
if I never hear I'm sorry I can let it go, gotta let you go
cause, it's killing me. Jesus you know how it feels cause you've been hurt before, don't wanna hurt no more
I'm trying to hear you speak, but my heart is growing weaker, take this cup from me

Chorus B:
Help me Believe
Can I Believe
Let me Believe
I wanna Believe
I've been here before and can't take that hurt again
It's hard to believe in what I can't see
to give you my will cause you're what's better for me
you can look in my eyes and see I wanna believe, believe, believe, believe

Bridge:
Believe_________
Believe_________

Verse 3:
I wanna believe when I close my eyes on this side I'll wake up with you, more in love with you and, and finally, you will say my race it is over and my work is through, cause I believed in you
I know dark nights will come and some days there'll be no sunshine and you're too far to see

Chorus A

Believe____ repeats and inverts...




Be encouraged!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

One of Those Days....

We've all had one of those days! You know, the days where things and people agitate you. Monday was that day for me. My agitation stemmed from the furniture place not delivering what I ordered for the 3rd time!! It boggled my mind as to how a company could come and bring not once, not twice, but three times, the item I did not want and had repeatedly stated this. Needless to say, later that evening I showed up at the store, spoke to the manager, & finally got things straightened out. Maybe on the next delivery it will be correct. LOL

Other than the craziness of the delivery, things are well. Thanksgiving was great and Christmas is on the horizon. I remind myself daily to count all blessings in the midst of what's going on. I'm learning not to let the little things (and some big things) get to me. I think this is a continuous work in progress! LOL. But progress is good, right?

So hopefully, my lessons of dealing with the furniture place have paid off. I don't like to repeat the tests that God presents me :) So maybe, just maybe, He's looking down saying, "She finally got it".

So my friends, learn from lessons, they are presented daily. Take the good with the bad & know what to focus on. There's a solution somewhere in there & most times, a lesson in the process!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Daily Scriptures 12/1/09

Scripture: Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Nugget: As we begin December and Christmas approaches, let us not lose sight of what Christmas is all about. It’s easy to get caught up in the shopping and spending, but Jesus is the reason for the season!!

We are saved because of Him! Our Savior was born in a manger with the most humble beginnings, but is the most important being/person/element/etc. in our lives! Don’t celebrate CHRISTmas without Him in it!

Quote: “CHRISTMAS is C-hrist's H-istoric, R-emarkable I-ncarnation S-tory, T-elling M-essiah's A-waited S-alvation.” - Jose B. Cabajar

© Lisi P, 2009

Praise Song: "He's Able"

This week's Praise Song is Darwin Hobbs' "He's Able". God is truly able to do all things!! He's able to do exceedingly above all that we can ask or think. We must believe and have faith. May this song bless you and encourage you!!! © Lisi P, 2009

(Darwin Hobbs)
exceedingly
abundantly
above all
all you can ask from him
according to the power
that worketh in you

(Bridge)
God is able to do just what he said he would do
He's gonna fullfill every promise to you
don't give up on God
cause He won't give up on you
He's able

(Chorus)(2x)
God is able to do just what he said he would do
He's gonna fullfill every promise to you
don't give up on God
cause He won't give up on you
He's able(2x)

(Darwin Hobbs)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
He's Able

(chorus)(3x)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
He's able

(Darwin Hobbs)
He's Able

(chorus)
He's able
He's able(3x)
Yes he is
i tried it
anybody tried it
He's able(2x)
whatever he says
he's gonna do it
whatever he promise
he's gonna do it
he's able(4x)
i tried it
he's able(3x)
somebody sing it
He's able
yes he is
He's able
yes he is
He's able
how many know
He's able
whatever he says
he gonna do it
don't give up on God
don't give up on God
anybody ever wanted to give up
has anybody ever wanted to throw in the towel
anybody know God to be able
don't give up on God
cause he won't give up on you
He's able
if you know he's able tonight
everybody say oh
oh(till fade)




Until next time.

Blessings,

~Lisi P.
Related Posts with Thumbnails