Sunday, December 25, 2011

Next Movie: "Joyful Noise"

The next movie on my list is "Joyful Noise" with Queen Latifah & Dolly Parton.  What a pair! The movie looks like it is full of laughs & surprises; also a feel-good film!

The film's synopsis is (from Warner Bros. Pictures):  "Joyful Noise tells the story of an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women (Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton) who are forced to work together to save a small town Gospel Choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down."

Check out the film's trailer:



Looking forward to this film.

Until next time.

Blessings,

Merry Christmas!!!


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy upcoming 2012!!

Let us remember the importance of today and all that it entails. We’re celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Let us also remember those who are less fortunate and those who are experiencing loss during these times. In watching the Weather Channel this morning, they were showing the stories of families who were affected by the wild fires in Texas this year; there was a little girl crying and telling her story of how she missed the toys that she lost---one in particular was her Barbie doll. In driving to church this morning, I saw a homeless man on the side of the road, going along his way. In watching CNN today, they were broadcasting news on churches in Nigeria that were being bombed while conducting their Christmas church services----there were lives lost.

It’s okay to appreciate the gifts and to give them, but let us not lose sight of God in every situation, in every loved one, & in the giving that we do. Jesus is the reason for the season; He’s in the midst of everything.

"This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ." -Frank McKibben

May we pray for each other today & always. We’re in this together!!  Let us take nothing & no one for granted.

"Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." -Oren Arnold

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Daily Scriptures 12/20/11

Scriptures: Ephesians 4:1-2 1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (NIV)

Nugget: Being a “prisoner” of the Lord is a calling that we should take seriously. Many of us are on the Christian walk, but do we have Christian actions that show our walk with God? (Reading our Bibles, praying for others, attending church, being an example of Jesus, etc.). Yes, it’s truly a calling!

We should also consider others in our walk & calling. Our attitudes & actions should be ones of a humble spirit, patience, & love---this is how we should be with each other.

Our walk should line up with God; our walk should demonstrate the calling He has bestowed upon us--let us be worthy in all that God has called us to do.

Quote: “God's calling for a whole heart. Those are His terms. There's no compromise. Go after Him. It's worth everything on that day.” -Bill McCartney

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Daily Scriptures 12/19/11

Scripture: Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (NIV)

Nugget: God knows what we need; as our shepherd, God supplies these needs. There’s no reason for us to fret or to fear--He has it all under control.

In the midst of this Christmas season, keep in mind the differences between wants and needs. It’s so easy to get caught up in the spending, the rushing, & the wanting! Don’t overlook that God continues to provide our needs ALL the time; not just for a season.

Focus on the blessings that God has given you; don’t overlook the great gifts that exist every day. We are lacking nothing! Thanking God for all things!

Quote: “Some people are so cynical about free gifts that they refuse to visit stores that offer such extras. Many in our world reject the free gift from God and they refuse the good things He has to offer. God will provide for your every need, and as you grow in faith and trust, He will fill your heart with the desire for the good things in life. Jesus Christ is the bread of life. He is the Word made flesh. He was sent from heaven to live, die and rise again to new life so we can freely live in the love and glory of the Most High God. It costs us nothing. Eat and drink the gift of eternal life. Partake in the bread and living water that is Christ Jesus, and be satisfied. Thanks be to God.” -Peggy Hoppes

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Daily Scriptures 12/15/11

Scripture: Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. (NIV)

Nugget: Sometimes we think that God has forgotten all about us. We believe that He doesn’t see our work, our diligence, our faith, love, etc. We feel that God is far away & not hearing us at all. This is a feeling that’s relatable to many.

However, we must realize that it’s God who made us--He knows our every step & our every step in the future. He makes no mistakes & knows the work we’re doing, both for Him & for others.

Do not grow faint in what God has called you to do; He’s with you every step of the way. “He will not forget your work & the love you have shown Him.”

Quote: “God is watching us - but not in the way many of us think. God is watching us, so that He may strengthen us and uphold us.” -From http://delmelinscott.blogspot.com/

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Daily Scriptures 12/12/11

Scripture: Luke 1:28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (NIV)

Nugget: The angel, Gabriel, had come to Mary to give her the news that she would be Jesus’ mother. Before he gave Mary the news, Gabriel greeted her----“you who are highly favored.” Wow, what a greeting this was for Mary--in the next verse we learn that she was troubled overall by this initial greeting & meeting. However, Gabriel had come with the best news. Not only was she highly favored, God was with her, & Jesus was to be her son!

How many times have we not recognized the favor of God in our lives? Just look at Mary, her initial reaction was not what one would’ve expected. I believe that we can be the same way at times! We can have doubt, thinking “Why me, Lord?” But why not you? God is in the blessing business.

Recognize, acknowledge, & thank God for the favor He has placed on you & your life. Don’t walk around any other way---you are highly favored & God is with you!! Enough said!!

Quote: “God wants to bless us where we are.” -Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track......
Have you ever had one of those weeks that have turned into a month or so worth of “what is going on?” Well, I’ve felt this way lately. It seems as if I’m being challenged in a lot of ways. Don’t get me wrong, I know that God is in control & with these challenges comes lessons to be learned, but sometimes the process is really difficult!

God continues to remind me of the importance of balance in my life (I’m not saying that I’m passing all of the tests that are coming my way, but I’m learning the lessons within the tests!). I say that to say this---we must realize that we are a work in progress---God sees the final product in the midst of the storms we face. I’m glad that He truly sees it, because being in it, at times, is a difficult place to be.

I’m working to get back on track with my blogging :) Sorry about the lack of Daily Scriptures that haven’t been posted! I know that these are so important for me to share. I’m also working on getting back on track in other areas that I’ve put on the back burner. It’s so important not to lose sight of the gifts that God has given us---I truly feel that I’m sitting back on a few of mine.

With Christmas & the New Year approaching, for many of us, it’s a time of reflection, a time of new beginnings, a time with family & friends. During these times, ask God for direction as to what He wants for you to do in these new beginnings, with the New Year, & with the ones you love. Don’t lose sight of what’s important & all that He’s given you; use this time to reflect on His goodness & direction that only He can give.

I pray that I continue to stay focused on God & what He’s doing in my life. I want to stay on the track that He’s established for me. I pray that you’re doing the same. Don’t let the challenges of life get you down, because no one & nothing has the power that our God has.

Yes, getting back on track may be difficult, but the important thing is knowing that it’s possible.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Daily Scriptures 12/5/11

Scripture: Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. (NIV)

Nugget: Sometimes it’s so easy for us to judge others; saying what we’ll “never do.” However, we truly never know what we’ll do, especially if we were in the other person’s situation or walking in their shoes.

It’s not our role to be the judge & jury for people; our role is to pray for others. God’s role is to do His will & His way.

We all have something that we’re in constant prayer about; don’t let your judgment of others cloud your vision---we’re all a work in progress & seeking God’s will for our lives.

Quote: “We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” -Paul Coelho

© Lisi P, 2011

Praise Song: "I Almost Let Go"

This week's Praise Song is Kurt Carr's "I Almost Let Go."  Listening to the words of this song keeps me in God's presence.  What a reminder of His mercy, grace, & protection!  No matter what we're going through, God is always present---He keeps us.  He knows the plans He has for us!  Don't give up! 



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/29/11

Scripture: II Peter 2:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (NIV)

Nugget: Grace & peace; two things that I pray for & thank God for. Because of His grace, we are here today; because of His grace, we have new mercies every day. This is truly something we shouldn’t take for granted.

Peace---many of us seek it, in many different things. I’ve come to realize that true peace comes from God. Once we give everything over to Him, we have to trust in Him to work out everything for our good.

Grace & peace---allow both to continuously be in your heart & mind---these come through knowing our Lord.

Quote: “Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.” -Author Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wishing my family, friends, & everyone a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!

Let us count all blessings & be thankful to God for all that He’s done.  Please pray for those who are less fortunate & remember to give during the Thanksgiving & Christmas seasons!


"Count your blessings instead of your crosses; Count your gains instead of your losses.  Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears; Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean; Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth; Count on God instead of yourself." -Author: Unknown

God is truly good!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/22/11

Scriptures: Psalm 139:15-16 15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (NIV)

Nugget: God makes no mistakes!! He knew exactly what He was doing when He created each & every one of us. His plans for us included more than what we look like--His plans included & include the path He has set for us.

Sometimes we may not understand all that God is doing & what He’s to do in the future, the most important thing to remember is that HE KNOWS. We don’t need to know His entire plans, but need to have the faith to believe that His plans are final & they’ve been in the works since before we were born.

Isn’t our God amazing!!!

Quote: “Relax, God is in control.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/21/11

Scripture: Psalm 71:14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. (NIV)

Nugget: Hope, according the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “to expect with confidence.” This scripture mentions that “I will always have hope.” Most times, our faith & hope are attached to our excepted outcome of what we’re praying for. For instance, if God is taking “too long” to answer our prayers, we get discouraged. The important thing for us to remember is to always have hope; knowing that God is working things out in our favor.

Do not lose hope in God & what you’re seeking from Him. Praise Him in your waiting, praise Him in your “meantime” season, praise Him for all that He’s done & all that He’s going to do---ALWAYS have hope in Him---God is always on time!!

Quote: “Faith is the God sanctioned ability for man to trust what God can and will do.” -© HopeFaithPrayer.com

© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/18/11

Scriptures: Psalm 139:23-24 23Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV)

Nugget: Lately, I’ve been praying on seeking God’s will for my life; I cannot say that the answer has come quickly, but I know it’s on the way! In the midst of this, I’ve experienced various thoughts & feelings: faith one day, anxiousness the next, both patience & impatience. Yes, there is a rollercoaster going on!

But as each day goes by, I learn more & more that God is in control. He knows the tests it takes for me to be the person He intends--He knows the anxious thoughts as well as the final outcome for things to come. I’m glad that God is in the processing business--removing the things from me that are not needed, while guiding me into His will & way.

What a great leader we have in our Lord!!

Quote: “I may not know what the future holds for me, but I know who holds the future. And because He is on my right side, I will not be shaken.” -Kofi Namoah

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/15/11

Scripture: Psalm 119:143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. (NIV)

Nugget: In life, there will always be challenges & troubles that come our way; these things are inevitable. However, God’s word & commands are what help us in making it through the troubles we face.

Daily, we should take time to talk to God, meditate on His word, & read His word. These are what allow us to face what comes our way. God didn’t say that everything would be easy, but He is with us through it all!

Set aside time to spend with God today & everyday.

Quote: "The Bible is...as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life. There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God." -Jack Hayford

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/14/11

Scriptures: I Corinthians 2:13-14 13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (NIV)

Nugget: There are some things that we learn that are through the Spirit of God; these lessons, words, & teachings are through God’s grace & can only be explained by having a relationship with Him--by being connected to Him. These same things cannot be explained by human wisdom alone. Just think on the things that have happened in your life that can be attributed to God alone--I could name a few myself!

There are many who do not believe in God’s power & all that He can do; it’s unexplainable & not understandable to these individuals. However, we must keep everyone uplifted in prayer. There’s nothing like a relationship with God; this is something everyone should experience.

Quote: “There are two kinds of faith. There is the natural faith. But the supernatural faith is the gift of God.” -Smith Wigglesworth

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Praise Song: "Make Me Over"

This week's Praise Song is Tonex's "Make Me Over".  What powerful words---"Lord, make me over".  I'm so grateful that God is in the making over business.  I'm blessed that He saw fit to make me over---and not only to make me over, but to make me over again!  I'm a continuous work in progress.  Thank you, Lord!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Do You Know?

Do you really know & feel how blessed you are? With the way things are today, it’s so easy to get caught up in the on-goings of life; the negativity that can come your way….however, God is so good---in the midst of it all, He’s still in the blessing business.

Counting blessings can truly supersede the negativity & challenges we face on a daily basis. For instance, the day may not have gone the way we wanted it to, BUT GOD blessed us with another day---someone didn’t wake up this morning, someone woke up & couldn’t move their arms & legs, and the list goes on! We are truly blessed!

We have health, family, friends, & love. Focusing on these things can keep us going in the midst of it all. I work daily to stay focused on the blessings God has given me, rather than the things I think that I “should” have or have not received yet. We shouldn’t take anything for granted.

Don’t let the negativity & the bad days get you down; there’s so much more that God has in store. Don’t let the things you face cloud your vision of what God is doing & all that He has done. Be grateful for each day--knowing that the gift of life is precious & nothing we should take for granted.

Do you know how blessed you are? Do you know that God is in the blessing business? Do you know that your blessings outweigh anything that you’re facing? Even if it doesn’t seem like it, life is good, God is good, & things are good (& as most people say, “things could be worse”).

Do you know???? I do :)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/4/11

Scriptures: II Chronicles 15:3-4 3For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach and without the law. 4But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us have gone through periods of life where we feel lost & alone; most times, we were seeking answers & guidance, feeling that both could not be found. We may have even sought the advice of friends or family, but to no avail, the answers & guidance we sought were unfound.

Israel most likely had the same feelings we’ve had; but in their distress & during their difficult times, they sought God & found Him. Notice the scriptures do not indicate that God was lost, but Israel sought Him & He was there--God was never missing or gone.

In our distress & difficult times, we must turn to God--He isn’t missing, but is always there for us to find Him. Who are you turning to today?

Quote: “Problems can either shove us far from God or drag us kicking and screaming closer to Him.” -Dr. Bob Kellemen

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Daily Scriptures 11/2/11

Scripture: Philippians 3:1 Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. (NLT)

Nugget: Encouragement---we all need it. God definitely provides this through Pastors, sermons, friends, family, etc. The people & things we receive encouragement from are a consistent part of our lives---we receive this encouragement to continue on the road Christianity & to build our faith.

Never get tired of encouraging another person; encourage them in the same manner as those who encourage you. We should be there for each other; the challenges of life will always be present, but there is power in the words we speak to one another!

Quote: “To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.” -John Lubbock

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/31/11

Scripture: Proverbs 20:3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. (NIV)

Nugget: I think we all know someone who loves to argue or to “keep something going.” You know, the person who’s always willing to fight or quarrel to get his/her point across; most times, the “point” is about nothing at all. The best way to handle this type of person is to walk away. This shows true wisdom.

Use wisdom to avoid strife & fighting; most times, the fighting is pointless & can turn into much more than a “simple” conversation. Wisdom is the key.

Quote: “It takes two to quarrel, but only one to end it.” -Spanish proverb

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/26/11

Scripture: Psalm 6:9 The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD will answer my prayer. (NLT)

Nugget: Sometimes we may feel that no one understands or is there to listen to us in our time of need; in the most challenging times, we all need someone to be there for us. The good thing is, when we cry out to God, He’s always there. God hears us & answers prayers.

We truly should focus on our relationship with God, as we would with others. Do you seek God first in challenging situations? Do you put as much stock in His opinion as you would others? He is consistently present…we must seek Him--He hears our cries every time & is in the answering business!

Quote: “In His will is our peace.” -Dante Alighieri

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/24/11

Scripture: II Corinthians 4:7 We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (NLT)

Nugget: A friend recently reminded me that we are to be a light to others around us; this light that shines in us is God & a representation of Him. We should show this light daily; being an example of God & His love, all that He does, & all that He continues to do.

By showing God’s light, we show others that our power doesn’t rest in us, but in Him! Of course there will be difficult & challenging days; however, God’s light should shine through us even in the most challenging moments.

How bright is your light shining today?

Quote: “Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.” -Oprah Winfrey

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wondering & Waiting

Do you ever wonder what God is up to? I know I do; however, I do know that He’s working. I do wonder if this is a reflection of my faith & patience in waiting. Hmmmm.

I think my thoughts of “What’s going to happen next in my life?” are in response to my recent birthday (thanking God for another year!). I think birthdays and New Years make us reflect on what has passed & what’s on the way. It’s a reflection on what direction I intend to go & if I’m on the track that He’s set for me.

I guess I’m thinking on the things that I’ve been praying for & about, the things I’m praying to come to pass, & the things that I don’t know that God is working out for my good! Thank goodness He’s in complete control; because if it were up to me, I would probably go in the wrong direction.

I’m learning that no matter what, waiting is a part of life. There are some things we may wait longer for than others, but the point is---waiting is inevitable. Waiting includes preparation, patience, & faith. Eventually, we discover that most things are “worth the wait”.

I continue to pray that God reveal His plans for me during the period of waiting & preparation. I pray that I don’t get impatient & get in the way! LOL. God knows me well; but I can honestly say that I’m not where I used to be.

Thanking God for the gift of waiting on Him. He knows His plans for us & I am blessed to be His child.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! (NKJV)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/21/11

Scripture: Psalm 40:8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart. (NKJV)

Nugget: What a blessing & challenge it is for us to do God’s will. The blessing exists because of the outcome of following God’s will & way, the challenge exists because we need to get out of God’s way & let His work be done.

By keeping God in our hearts, we tend to seek Him & His will for our lives. In doing this, our mindset changes; this change includes us imbedding God into our actions & words. There’s nothing like following our Lord, who truly knows where He is going & what He has in store for us.

Are you delighting to do His will? Are you seeking Him & His ways? What’s in your heart?

Quote: “The Christian life isn't difficult - it is impossible. If we don't know that, we will try to do things ourselves. Faith is not necessary when we think we can do it ourselves. Faith comes along when we realize that we cannot do it on our own.” -Joseph Garlingen

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/19/11

Scripture: Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (NKJV)

Nugget: Many of us are seeking various blessings & desires from God; however, do we trust Him to give these requests to us? This scripture indicates for us to “delight” ourselves in the Lord; this means to trust Him, believe Him, & to follow Him. For anything we’re seeking must go through Him & He must approve--we definitely wouldn’t want things any other way!

How’s your faith & trust in God? Do you believe that you’ll receive what you’re requesting? Sometimes, God is waiting on us to have that faith (even mustard seed faith) to give us the desires of our hearts!

Quote: “Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.” -Socrates

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/17/11

Scripture: Proverbs 2:10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. (NIV)

Nugget: We should continually seek wisdom & knowledge. Each day is an opportunity to learn & to grow; if you experience a day where you are not gaining knowledge, you should do a double check.

God gives us the gift of each day to do many things: learn, grow, love, work, live, etc. There’s no reason not to utilize the great gift that He’s given us. For once we gain wisdom & knowledge, they should be imbedded in our hearts & souls.

Do a double check today to see where you begin the day & end the day; what did you learn? Did you end the day differently from how you started it?

Quote: “Learn something new. Try something different. Convince yourself that you have no limits.” -Brian Tracy

© Lisi P, 2011

Praise Song: "Can't Live Without Your Love"

This week's Praise Song is Joe Pace's "Can't Live Without Your Love".  I couldn't imagine living without the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.  Everything we have & all we are is because of our Lord's mercy, grace, & love (and what an endless love it is). 

Thank you, Lord, for loving me.



Until next time.

Blessings,

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Quality vs. Quantity

Lately, my battle has included achieving balance. This is a topic that I’ve written about before; truly, I believe God continues to show me that this is a necessity in my life!

In various conversations with friends & family, I’ve realized even more that many of us are existing & not living our lives. Existing, to me, is going day-by-day, doing what we’ve always done, & not living our lives to the fullest extent God has designed us to. Living, to me, is enjoying life to the fullest, living out my dreams, & doing what God has called me to do. So how do I change my mindset to get there?

I think a lot of it has to do with living the quality of life God has designed for me as well. God wants us to live this life to the fullest extent possible. The Bible is full of Scriptures that indicate that he wants us happy (ex: Psalm 118:24 This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. NLT). So are we happy & joyful? Are we living this life with the quality that God wants us to? Some days I feel like “Yes, I am”. Other times, I’ve wonder where the day & time have gone.

Many of us get caught up in the quantity of life; for instance, having the best jobs, spending, wasting time, etc. Of course there’s nothing wrong with living an abundant life, but does the quality equate to the quantity that we have established? Does the quantity demonstrate existing only or living as well? I feel that quantity sometimes relates a lot to existing; it can easily intermingle with my thoughts on merely existing rather than living.

I’m seeking both from God; the balance is there somewhere. But in order to truly live this life to the fullest, He is my guide. He continues to show me the things I must do to get there. As we know, time is precious & we cannot get it back. I want to make the most of what God has for me, truly live, & have the balance that He’s designed for us to have.

So are you living or existing? Are you taking things, people, time, gifts, etc. for granted? Are you focusing on quality or quantity??

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/10/11

Scriptures: Proverbs 6:20-21 20My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. 21Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. (NLT)

Nugget: There are many things that we’ve learned that only our parent(s) (or parental figures) could teach us. These are lessons & words of wisdom that many of us continue to carry with us today.

Parents usually have our best interests at heart; during the times they were sharing these wise words with us, we mostly likely didn’t want to hear them. But, these same words have so much meaning & understanding now.

What words do you continue to carry with you today? Thanking God for the parents & loved ones who have shaped our lives (& continue to do so).

Quote: “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”-Charles R. Swindoll

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Praise Song: "Freedom"

This week's Praise Song is Eddie James' "Freedom".  Because of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, we are free!  We should have nothing holding us back--no shackles.  Jesus died for our sins. What a great love we have because of Him.

Celebrate your freedom!!



Until next time.

Blessings,

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/6/11

Scripture: Isaiah 26:4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. (NIV)

Nugget: Trust in the Lord--many of us say we do, but circumstances & situations may shake our faith. The “shaking” of our faith should make us turn to God, rather than doubt what He is doing. Most times, this shaking is to build something in us or to prepare us for what’s to come.

To trust in the Lord is to give EVERYTHING completely to Him; it’s not giving things to Him & picking them back up again. Trust in the Lord FOREVER; yes, forever is a long time, but there’s no one else who can hold a candle to Him. No one else has the power that our Lord has--God is our Rock & He always comes through.

Quote: “Calmness is the way we show that we are trusting in God.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/4/11

Scripture: Matthew 9:17 Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” (NIV)

Nugget: There are some things that we have to change about ourselves. We cannot do things “the way we have always done” if we’re trying to progress & move forward in the Lord.

For instance, imagine if you were still riding around on the bicycle with training wheels on it; where would you go? Life is similar to this; as time goes on, we should be progressing as well. We shouldn’t be in the same place day after day, with no growth in sight.

This scripture references pouring new wine into old wineskins & how the wineskins will be ruined if this happens. We should continually try to pour something new into our lives, our days, our attitudes, our jobs, our families, etc.

What can you do today to show that you’re progressively moving forward in the Lord?

Quote: “Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness.” -Jean Vanier

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Daily Scriptures 10/3/11

Scripture: Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. (NLT)

Nugget: We have to keep our attitudes in check; for many of us, anything can “set us off.” Most times, our reactions include behavior that is against how God wants us to act & react.

This scripture reminds us to get rid of all the behaviors noted; there is definitely importance in praying on all things--including our behaviors. Just think on the times where you had to pray before reacting to a challenging situation--prayer has definitely helped me to get through a few of these!!

Throughout this week, challenge yourself to check your attitude & behavior; as the saying goes, “What would Jesus do?”

Quote: “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” -Brian Tracy

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Next Movie: "Courageous"

Although I’ve already seen “Courageous”, I’ve been meaning to post about it prior to its release date this past Friday :) The movie is great & has a great message. If you’ve seen the movie “Fireproof”, you’re already familiar with the work of those who created “Courageous”.

A synopsis of the film from http://www.courageousthemovie.com/:

“Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?

Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.”

Here’s the movie’s trailer:



I recommend this movie; you’ll definitely get a lot out of it!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Excuses, Excuses

Do you know people who have excuses about everything? I mean those who have a “reason” why so much is not getting completed in their lives? For instance, the friend who “wants to work out”, but “can’t” because he/she “does not like the gym” or “doesn’t like to go walking”. The friend who finds working out “boring”, BUT wants to lose weight? Or the friend who wants a “better job”, but isn’t putting in applications anywhere?? I’m sure we’ve all come across these people in our lives.

Daily, I always continue to learn, but one lesson remains clear: People will do what they want to do & make time for what they really want to do. When it comes to these things, there will be no excuses. However, we must discern what we will allow these people to deposit into our lives (as most times, these people come with some sort of baggage or attitudes).

However, I’ve also learned that in many cases, there’s no reason for me to make excuses why I’m not achieving something I’ve set out to do. Most times, I’m getting in my own way (with my own thoughts or doubts); however, God is so amazing that He continues to put me in check; whether it be through a sermon, advice from friends, quiet times with Him--God continues to show me His will.

So, are you an excuse-maker? Are you not setting out to do something in particular because of your own thoughts & “reasons” behind not doing these things? What’s keeping you? Why aren’t you moving? My advice--do something (besides making excuses). It’s one thing to know that the timing isn’t right, but it’s an entirely different thing to sit back & let life pass us by. Time is of the essence!!

It’s time to put ourselves in check! While the excuses roll out, time is flying by!!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/28/11

Scripture: Psalm 51:15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. (NLT)

Nugget: Most times, when we’re facing challenges & battles, it’s difficult to offer praise to God; true, we may pray and worry, & worry and pray, but praise goes a long way.

Someone recently told me that in order for them to overcome their battles, challenges, & various things that were holding her in bondage, she praised. This person stated that the praise she offered to God got her further in the process of peace than just praying alone.

Unseal your lips & praise God through all things! Sometimes, your praise will get you further than you believe. The advice I received was right on time!

Quote: "Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now." -A.W. Tozer

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/27/11

Scriptures: Psalm 89:47-48 47Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! 48No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. (NLT)

Nugget: Daily, I’m reminded of how precious life is. There is so much left on my “to-do” list; however, time is not on my side. We must remember that each day is a gift; more importantly, that time is a gift from God that we must appreciate. However, time isn’t necessarily always on our sides!

God is the only one who knows when our last days on earth will be; don’t lose sight of how precious life is. Is there something you’re seeking to accomplish? Then work towards it. Are there things on your “to-do” and bucket lists that you haven’t begun to do? Then start. Do not wait until the last minute to get these things done---the time is now.

Quote: "Everyone has the gift of time, but few utilize." -M.K. Soni

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/26/11

Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

Nugget: As we begin a new day & a new week, I’m reminded that each day brings its own challenges & battles. However, the strength we have in God & His ability supersedes what we face each day. We shouldn’t let these challenges get us down or get the best of us; our God is by our sides, acting on our behalf.

One of the most important things to remember is that some of the challenges & battles that we face are to make us into the people & Christians that God intends for us to be; without these battles, there is no growth. Everything has a way of working out for our good---just live, watch, trust, & believe.

Quote: “God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life.” -Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Praise Song: "I'm Changing"

This week's praise song is William Murphy's "I'm Changing".  There's no way to have a relationship with God, to be in His presence, & not experience change.  The more time we spend with God & get to know Him, the more we should realize we are not the same as we used to be.

Change that occurs through our relationships with God is the best change we can ever experience!!  This change is life & soul changing!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/12/11

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

Nugget: God’s word--there’s nothing like it! It’s our road map to live, our answers to questions, our answers to prayers, life, & challenges, & so much more. This is why it’s so imperative for us to read & to meditate on God’s word. Just think about it, if you didn’t read God’s word, you would have nothing to combat the challenges that face you on a daily basis.

God’s word is alive & we must recognize this; our actions should reflect this. God & His word keeps us, our thoughts, & attitudes in check. It’s up to us to access the gift that God has given to us!

Quote: "It's our faith that activates the power of God." - Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Later...


It’s been 10 years since September 11, 2001!! I can’t believe how the time went by. It’s amazing because the more I think about it, the more I realize some things are the same & some things are very different.

Right after September 11th, the whole environment was different. There was amicability between people, “God Bless America” signs & sayings everywhere, & more. Now it seems as if many of this has passed & faded within that first year. However, the memories of that day will always live on. Many of us were affected in many ways, from the loss of loved ones to the day being imbedded in our brains forever.

If my future children ask me about that day, I would be able to say what I was doing & where I was when the news came through. For many, this day will be similar to the assignations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pres. John F. Kennedy.

I pray for everyone who was affected by this day; I pray for those who live on with the memories, reminders, & loss. I pray for continued peace & for those of us who seek it. I pray for those who continue to fight the war that I may never be able to explain.

No matter how many years go by, we will always remember.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Image from: http://www.goshorty.net/join-shorty-in-remembering-september-11th

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Faith and Fear

Most of us know that faith & fear cannot exist in the same place. The thing is, I believe that many of us bounce between the two. Rather it depends on our situations or what we’re going through, faith & fear continuously battle.

There are many things that I’ve been praying on & know that God is answering me. However, the “me” in myself is either dragging my feet in taking action or going back & forth between faith & fear. I have to say, that in most cases, I would be moving right along, but for some reason, this is not the case at the moment. I know that God continues to show me the Him in His answers.

With this being said, God’s will & thoughts are truly powerful. No matter what we do, His will & ways will prevail. However, we will either go the path He intends for us to go on or go our way & end up where we’re supposed to in the long run (but our way is most times longer & has a tough lesson attached to it).

Faith & fear cannot co-exist. God continues to show me this. I just pray that the “me” in my situations will move out the way of God. He has so much in store (for all of us).

Is the fear in you getting in the way of God’s plans for you?

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. -II Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Lisi's Place!!!


Happy 3rd Anniversary to my blog! Time definitely flies. I hope that you continue to stop by, leave comments, & refer my blog to friends, family, etc. I will continue to share encouraging words & thoughts!

God truly intends for us to encourage each other & to utilize the gifts that He’s given us. It means a lot to me to share these words of encouragement through my gift of writing. I know that this is what God intends for me to do. I pray that you always feel encouraged upon each visit!

Thanking God for another year & for what’s to come!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/8/11

Scripture: Psalm 31:14 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” (NIV)

Nugget: Challenging times are usually upon us; they may come & go, but usually we have something that we’re facing. It’s so easy to get consumed with people, things, & our surroundings that our focus can be completely off. During times such as these, I continue to look to God, knowing that His plans will prevail.

No matter what you’re going through, daily, work to build your faith & trust in God. Trust in Him--He knows what you’re facing & how to bring you through it. He’s God!

Quote: “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” -Corrie Ten Boom

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/6/11

Scripture: Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (NIV)

Nugget: Grace is something we take for granted on a daily basis! What a true gift it is! Daily, we awaken, able to move our limbs, talk, walk, have homes to live in, & more. Most times, we rush through the days & moments without giving thought to it all.

Today, pause & give thanks to God for His mercy & grace that He’s graciously given us. Let’s not take any moment & any gift for granted that He’s allowed us to see & to have.

Quote: “Grace is what God gives us when we don't deserve and mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/1/11

Scripture: Deuteronomy 20:1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. (NIV)

Nugget: There are many battles in life that we’re not supposed to fight; we’re to step back & allow God to do His work. Most times, these battles include the ones that involve our enemies. It’s amazing that God can do (that’s better than what we can do on our own).

My Pastor always says, “There are some people who will not like you” (C. Jones); these same people are ones who you never did anything to or have anything against--there’s no pleasing them either way. However, they will work to make your life difficult; enemies truly come in many forms. With this being said, God can handle things & people better than we can!

Let God handle the battles you face with your enemies; step back & allow Him to work. There’s no victory like the one He can obtain!

Quote: "Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done..." -C.S. Lewis

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/31/11

Scripture: Psalm 27:13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (NIV)

Nugget: You have to be confident in the Lord; wavering should not be in your vocabulary or actions! To “remain confident” means that you were confident to begin with. How confident are you in God’s goodness & in what He does?

Daily, we live to see His goodness; this is only by His mercy & grace. This is enough for us to count all blessings! We’ve all heard the saying, “God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” Act like you see it, live it, & believe it!

Quote: “Faith is a living and unshakable confidence, a belief in the grace of God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.” -Martin Luther

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/30/11

Scripture: Proverbs 21:2 A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. (NIV)

Nugget: There are many things we do & think that are right in our own eyes; however, do these things line up with our hearts, actions, & God? God examines our hearts, not only the actions we take. We should seek Him & His will with all of our heart.

Examine your ways & your heart; no matter your actions or thoughts, God knows the heart. Is your heart for Him?

Quote: “Big-heartedness is the most essential virtue on the spiritual journey.” -Matthew Fox

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/29/11

Scripture: Psalm 69:1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. (NIV)

Nugget: Life & the things we face can definitely be overwhelming; just the day-to-day on-goings of life can bring on the thought of “Am I going to make it?” The best part of going through these days & things is that God is with us. We just have to call on Him.

I’ve faced a challenging few weeks, but keep my eyes, mind, & heart focused on God; He knows what He’s doing & knows the limits of what I can handle. We must always have this mindset when challenges are upon us!

Don’t allow the things you face to be bigger than the God you know & love! God is above all things.

Quote: “God wants us to live like the grass. Even if it's stepped on, crushed, burned and cut; it always persists and grows back even greener and stronger.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, August 28, 2011

For My Singletons, Pt. 16

It’s been a minute since I’ve written to my Singletons out there. I’ve been listening & learning more & more recently about the on goings of relationships. The more & more time passes, & the more & more I learn, I keep coming back to the same thoughts: “Do not settle & allow God to guide you to the right person for you” and “Love yourself more than you love another person.”

I can say that most people I know seemed to not have done any one of the two things above. They are in various situations & relationships that would make one think, “Is God in this?” (Which we know that God is not in the midst of confusion) Also, how can you love someone completely, if you don’t love the “you” in You?? As crazy as it sounds, many people put others over themselves & this can come off in the form of settling rather than living, loving, & learning.

It’s sad in many instances, because our time on Earth is so limited & many chose to spend it in a situation (or situations) in which they are not happy. Believe me, I’m not one to think that all relationships are roses & sunshine (it will be work regardless), but wouldn’t this work be better accomplished with the one God has chosen?

Time truly waits for no one, & time is definitely one of things we cannot get back once it’s gone; we must look to God for all choices & guidance. So singletons: do not settle, know what you want in a person, love yourself, seek God, & allow Him to step in. Be open to what He will bring you, but do not compromise on what you know He intends for you to have. Life is way too short!!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/23/11

Scripture: Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (NIV)

Nugget: We are truly in the last days. From watching TV, hearing the news, & talking to others, we can definitely see that what God stated would occur is happening.

We have to check ourselves & know that we’re on God’s path--we’re living by His word & sharing the Gospel with others. It will be a sad thing to know that there are people we could’ve reached, but we didn’t do so.

This scripture notes “Blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart”; we must do this daily---hear & take His word to heart & prepare for what’s to come.

Quote: “If you are a Christian, you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.” -Vance Havner

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Praise Song: "Do You Know Jesus?"

This week's Praise Song is Hezekiah Walker's "Do You Know Jesus?".  What a beautiful song!  What a reminder that Jesus should always be in our hearts; we should always focus on Him & not what we're facing.  He's with us ALWAYS.



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/16/11

Scripture: II Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. (NIV)

Nugget: There are many people who claim to know & to live God’s word; these same people have hearts & actions that do not line up with God’s word. It’s imperative that we know God’s word for ourselves; refraining from seeking advice & preaching from “false prophets”.

Stay in prayer regarding those who you receive God’s word from; seek God in all things. He will lead you in the right direction.

Quote: “A biblical false prophet was a servant of the devil attempting to lead people away from the truth.” -Walter Martin

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Inspirational Video

Beautiful silhouette dancing to Kirk Franklin's "Imagine Me".  Enjoy!!!



Until next time.

Blessings,




Daily Scriptures 8/15/11

Scripture: Joshua 21:45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. (NIV)

Nugget: God is a promise keeper! ALL of the promises He made to the people of Israel came to pass; this included bringing them to the Promised Land to taking care of them afterwards. If God did ALL things for them, He can definitely do the same for us!

Focus on faith & God. His promises are true & He’s working all the time. Don’t faint & lose sight of what He’s done, what He’s doing, & what’s on the way. Thanking God for always being the one who comes through on His promises!

Quote: “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” -Dwight L. Moody

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/9/11

Scripture: Psalm 40:5 Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. (NIV)

Nugget: Many people tend to focus on their problems rather than their blessings. Have you ever met a person who constantly complains about everything? When I come in contact with this type of person, I remind them to count their blessings. In the midst of counting our blessings, the problems do not seem as big!

Looking back on what God has done & what He continues to do, blessings tend to outnumber any problems or obstacles that come our way. Just think, if we were to start counting our blessings now, we wouldn’t be able to stop! God is so good!

Count blessings, not problems!!

Quote: “The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/8/11

Scripture: Psalm 149:4 For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. (NIV)

Nugget: God delights in His people; He wants to see us do well & wants what’s best for us. God intends for us to be victorious in life, love, careers, etc. We must take hold of His hands & His will for our lives.

Whatever you’re seeking, whatever goals you intend to achieve, & wherever you plan to go, don’t forget that God is always there. The always constant presence who wants more for us than we want for ourselves & who can see the end product as well!!

Quote: “When I walk by the wayside, He is along with me. When I enter into company amid all my forgetfulness of Him, He never forgets me. In the silent watches of the night, when my eyelids are closed and my spirit has sunk into unconsciousness, the observant eye of Him who never slumbers is upon me.” -Thomas Chalmers

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/3/11

Scripture: Proverbs 14:7 Stay away from a fool, for you will not find knowledge on their lips. (NIV)

Nugget: Advice, guidance, friendships, & relationships definitely shouldn’t come from foolish people. Any of the aforementioned things, received from a foolish person, will most likely not last & will not be stable. We have to be mindful of what we take in & who we surround ourselves with.

Seek things & people in your life that bring knowledge & growth. We should always be ready to learn & to growth; anything otherwise is a hindrance.

Quote: “To the foolish, every utterance of nonsense seems like wisdom.” -Joseph P. Martino

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Daily Scriptures 8/2/11

Scripture: Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (NIV)

Nugget: There’s something about calling on the Lord; there’s so much power in His name & all that He can do. Most times, we call on other people first or even give our situations power over us. However, the Lord provides safety & strength. Do not overlook Him & all that He can do.

Whatever you’re facing, hand it over to Him. Whatever you’re struggling with, know that your strength & safety are in Him. As you face today & all that it brings, know that the Lord has everything in control--He’s our strong tower in the midst of everything!

Quote: "God's answers are wiser than our prayers." -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Praise Song: "Press in Your Presence"

This week's Praise Song is Shana Wilson's "Press in Your Presence".  Our Praise Team danced to this song in church today; very inspiring!  God is always seeking us; He wants us to "press in His presence".  We must remember & keep in our hearts & minds that God is always there.  No matter what we're going through & what's happening, we should always seek His presence.  He will help us press through our situations & challenges!  What an undying love our God has for us!!

Enjoy!!!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Good Read: "The Mailbox"

A few months ago, I the chance to hear Mary Beth Whalen speak at a book conference about her novel, “The Mailbox”. After hearing her words & others’ reviews of the novel, I wanted to read it for myself. I recently finished reading the novel, & have to say I was not disappointed. The novel was well-written; it made you want to see how things ended & also what went on in the time between!

The novel tells the story of Lindsey & Campbell; the novel isn’t just about them though--it’s about friendship, love, family, & faith. I think everyone can walk away with something from this book. One of the most important things for me was the importance of God’s grace.

A synopsis of the book (from http://www.goodreads.com/):

“When Lindsey first visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, she has no idea that twenty years later she will still be visiting the mailbox - still pouring out her heart in letters that summarize the best and worst parts of her life. Returning to Sunset for her first vacation since her husband left her, Lindsey struggles to put her sorrow into words. Memories surface of her first love, Campbell and the rejection that followed. When Campbell reappears in her life, Lindsey must decide whether to trust in love again or guard herself from greater pain. The Mailbox is a rich novel about loss, hope, and the beauty of second chances.”

Hopefully, you’ll like the book as I did! More information about Mary Beth can be found HERE.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/28/11

Scripture: James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. (NIV)

Nugget: As Christians, we must guard what we say & what we put out there. Sometimes, we think before speaking, but our words should line up with our actions. We shouldn’t be saying we’re Christians & acting out in another manner.

There are people who “go to church” & who are “religious”, but the actions & words that follow someone who’s truly for God & what He’s about correlate with the actions of what a Christian is to be.

How do your words & actions relate to your relationship with God as a Christian?

Quote: “To be like Christ is to be a Christian.” -Daniel Webster

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/27/11

Scripture: Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV)

Nugget: Daily, we should be spending time with God & meditating on His word. It’s so important for us to spend time with Him & get to know His word. There’s so much written in the Bible that helps us make it through the various challenges we face, while letting us know how much God loves us & the promises He’s made to us.

Set aside time to spend with God, read your Bible--don’t let it be the item that is in or on the nightstand that’s never touched!! It’s one of the most important items we own, that has the most value as well!

Quote: “Reading the Bible without meditating on it is like trying to eat without swallowing.” -Anonymous

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/26/11

Scriptures: Ephesians 6:1-3 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” (NIV)

Nugget: It seems like most kids now-a-days have totally disregarded the respect for their parents! Just looking at the news tells numerous stories of incidences that have occurred to parents because of things their children have done. It’s really sad.

These scriptures state the importance of honoring parents: it’s the first commandment with a promise! How quickly we overlook this commandment in the midst of everything else. These scriptures also state that in honoring parents, “it may go well with you & you may enjoy life on earth.” There’s a lot connected with this commandment! Following it is connected with life on earth & the peace that could come with this life!

Quote: “If you want all to be well with you, you need to show honor and respect to your parents. Not just with your words, but with your actions.” -Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/25/11

Scripture: Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (NIV)

Nugget: We should always seek to understand what God’s will is. Our actions & words should reflect what we’ve learned in Him & because of Him. God guides us in the way of wisdom; not foolishness.

With everything that’s going on daily in our lives, we know that God will not lead us wrong. We must continue on the path that He’s set for us; the path of understanding, wisdom, love, & guidance. God will not lead us wrong.

Quote: “Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet.” -Anonymous

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Work in Progress....

Daily, I’m reminded that I’m a work in progress! But daily, I am also reminded that I am not where I used to be. I am so grateful & thankful to God for allowing change to occur in me.

“Back when” I would view things & people differently; I feel that God has opened my mind to a lot of things: change, time, waiting, & patience. I can admit, patience is something that I continue to work on, but again, there’s growth there.

No matter what you’re going through, thank God for it; everything happens according to His purpose. It’s up to us to take heed & learn what God wants us to learn. God’s intended outcome is for us to become closer to Him & for us to grow in Him.

Remember that you, too, are a work in progress! Don’t give up on what God is doing in you & through you. His work is never done; He will always complete what He started in you!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/19/11

Scripture: Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (NIV)

Nugget: These were the words God spoke to the Israelites so many years ago; these same words hold true today. God doesn’t want us to have fear or to be discouraged. Our strength & guidance come from Him.

If you’re praying on anything & afraid to take that next step, stand on God’s promises. He loves us too much not to be there for us. He “upholds us with His righteous right hand”, giving us continuous strength & help. No one else can be what God is to us---His presence & love are never-ending.

Quote: "Faith is not merely you holding on to God- it is God holding on to you." -E. Stanley Jones

© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/15/11

Scripture: Psalm 7:15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. (NIV)

Nugget: This scripture reminds me of the quote, “If you make your bed, you have to lay in it.” So many times our actions affect us in ways we wouldn’t expect; we react to the “spur of the moment” rather than thinking things through. At other times, we don’t react to the “spur of the moment” & do what we feel we must. However, at all times, we should consider how God would want us to handle the situations of our lives.

Be mindful of the actions you take & the decisions you make; don’t be the one to dig your own hole! The same hole you dig may be the pit you’ll be trying to get out of later!

Quote: “Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world.” -Anso Coetzer

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Next Movie: "The Help"

Next on the list of “movies to see” is “The Help”. This movie stars Viola Davis as “Aibileen”, Emma Stone as “Skeeter”, and Octavia Spencer as “Minny”. The movie is based upon a book by Kathryn Stockett with the same title. More information on the book can be found here.

The movie’s synopsis (from http://www.thehelpmovie.com/):

“Based on one of the most talked about books in years and a #1 New York Times best-selling phenomenon, “The Help” stars Emma Stone (“Easy A”) as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed —even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times.


Deeply moving, filled with poignancy, humor and hope, “The Help” is a timeless and universal story about the ability to create change.”

Here is a trailer for the film:


I plan to read the book prior to seeing the film; I also heard the book is a “must read”. I believe we’ll all see a few nominations for the movie!!

I hope that you get the chance to see the movie; it’s in theaters August 12, 2011.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/13/11

Scripture: Philippians 2:9-11 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (NIV)

Nugget: Jesus, the name above all names!! Our Lord & Savior. As we continue in these last days, we definitely should have our focus on Jesus, all that He’s done for us, & all that He continues to do in our daily lives. We must acknowledge Him! What a great Savior we have the honor to know, love, & serve.

This scripture notes that “every knee should bow”; this does mean EVERY. We may know some people who do not believe & who do not want to believe; we must continue to uplift them in prayer. This journey is one that we’re all on together & when the Bible says “EVERY” it definitely means this. There’s still time to pray & to reach those who do not know our Lord!

Quote: “The name of Jesus is the one lever that lifts the world.” -Author Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/12/11

Scripture: Proverbs 17:20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble. (NIV)

Nugget: Our hearts & minds must align; if we’re thinking the wrong things & reacting in the same manner, most times, trouble is on the way (or we’re already in trouble).

Many of us are guilty of “reacting in the moment” or when we’re upset. The consequences of these actions are usually tough lessons learned. These lessons are ones that we usually don’t forget!

A heart, mind, thoughts, & actions, on the right track, produce the right outcome. What can you change about your thoughts & actions today?

Quote: “Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings lead to actions. Actions lead to results.” -T. Harv Eker

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/11/11

Scripture: Proverbs 11:20 The LORD detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity. (NLT)

Nugget: God looks at the heart of a person; everything starts there. Most times, our actions are determined by what we feel in our hearts. Just think on the times that your feelings ruled your actions & the outcome of those actions.

God detests those whose hearts are crooked; He wants those who have hearts & actions that align with Him! This is why it’s important for us to do a self-check of our actions, hearts, & thoughts. We must aim to be what God intends for us to be.

Quote: “Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!” -Allison Gappa Bottke

© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/8/11

Scripture: Psalm 18:30 God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. (NLT)

Nugget: God is the only one who’s perfect; everything He does & all His promises are true. Sometimes we may feel as if God isn’t working “fast enough” or things aren’t coming in the form what we anticipate, but God knows what’s best. I’ve learned to thank God for unanswered & delayed prayers as there’s no telling what He’s kept me from (or kept from me)!

At times, we may work to achieve perfection; this perfection can only come from our Lord. God’s perfection remains unchangeable & stable—through Him, we are products of His perfection!

Quote: “God doesn’t answer our prayers at a snap of a finger…Remember that God’s delay is not God’s denial…His answers always comes at the most perfect time.” -Mam Nor

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/7/11

Scripture: Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD, my strength. (NIV)

Nugget: Sometimes all we have to do is proclaim the love we feel & have for the Lord. Our words have so much impact! No matter what we’re facing, our love for Him (& His for us) allows us to continue on in the strength that He provides.

Thanking God for the love He gives, the love I have for Him, & being able to proclaim it (in many places, this is not allowed). This love is our strength during all times!

Quote: “There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is God’s finger on man's shoulder.” –Charles Morgan

© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/6/11

Scripture: Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (NIV)

Nugget: Permanent, consistent, never changing—all describe God’s word. His word will never pass away; however, what we see and have on earth isn’t permanent. We must take time out to study God’s word & input it in our minds & hearts. Most times, this is easier said than done; time tends to get away with us, work keeps us busy, & so on. However, nothing should get in the way of our relationships with God.

Take time out for the most permanent part of your life—God and His word. Nothing compares to the relationship we have with Him.

Quote: “In a changing world you can trust God's unchanging Word.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Daily Scriptures 7/1/11

Scriptures: Proverbs 1:8-9 8Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 9They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. (NIV)

Nugget: Parental advice is some of the best advice we can receive; at times, it’s the advice we take for granted. For instance, we’ve all been in the situation where parents have told us things we “just didn’t want to hear”. However, this same advice was so true and valuable to us later on.

Don’t take for granted the wise counsel received from the love of parents (grandparents, aunts, etc.); their advice is detrimental!

Quote: “As long as you have the blessing of your parents, it does not matter, even if you live in the mountains.” -Proverb

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daily Scriptures 6/30/11

Scripture: Zechariah 14:9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name. (NIV)

Nugget: God is God…period. We should put no one or nothing over Him. He’s the one who created EVERYTHING—us, the people we love, the homes we live in, the blessings we have, etc. It’s so sad that many do not acknowledge Him or His existence or even doubt Him.

The thing is we are in the last days. Those who may not know Him still have the chance to get to know Him. The last thing someone would want to do is wait until “that day” to get to know Him. Don’t be in the number of those who are waiting; take the opportunity to get to know Him now.

Let’s keep each other uplifted in prayer along our Christian journeys. We must encourage one another & bring others to His kingdom!

Quote: "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” A.W. Tozer

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Daily Scriptures 6/28/11

Scripture: II Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. (NIV)

Nugget: We are truly in the last days. Many things in the Bible are coming to pass. Many people try to attribute the on goings of today to many other reasons, but in reading our Bibles, we know that these things are happening per God’s word.

It is so vital that we know the Lord & His word for ourselves; that we work on our relationships with Him. Now is not the time for playing games! (As my Pastor says)

If today was the last day on Earth, do you know that you’ll be going to Heaven? If the answer is anything other than “yes”, it’s time to get to work!

Quote: "Though we may not be able to see His purpose or His plan, the Lord of heaven is on his throne and in firm control of the universe and our lives." –Max Lucado

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Daily Scriptures 6/27/11

Scripture: Deuteronomy 28:13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. (NIV)

Nugget: God has plans for us to prosper. He never intended for us to be the tail; we are to be the head, continuing to move forward, lead, & achieve all that He has called us to do.

Pay attention to what God has put in you to do; listen to Him & to His will. By listening to God & following Him, our focus changes. We can look at the challenges we face in a different manner—from the eyes of victory!

Thanking God for leading us & for allowing us to be prosperous; more importantly—for loving us enough to do so!

Quote: "Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you." -Anonymous

© Lisi P, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Praise Song: "Jesus Take the Wheel"

This week's Praise Song is Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel".  How many times in our lives have we asked Jesus the same thing?  What a blessing & gift to know that He's there to always help us!  God gave us His only Son--we truly must count all blessings--there's no love greater than God's love for us.  What a gift we have!!  We can always ask for His help. 



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Daily Scriptures 6/23/11

Scripture: James 2:19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. (NIV)

Nugget: It’s definitely okay to say that we believe in God, but do our hearts, actions, & faith line up with our belief? Even the demons believe that God exists; as we know, their actions differ from that of Christians!

We want to live our lives according to how God wants us to live; both in actions & in spirit. It’s not enough to believe only; we must walk the walk as we talk the talk!

Quote: “Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.” –Mahatma Gandhi

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Daily Scriptures 6/21/11

Scripture: Proverbs 13:21 Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. (NIV)

Nugget: There are some people that trouble follows no matter what. We all have (or have had) the friend who’s always in trouble, who always has something going on, & who never has peace. These people are those we have to pray for, as we’re all children of God. God can work out any situation & change any person.

With God working out the situations for us & for others, the reward is good things! “Good things” from God comes in many forms, but one of the best forms is peace! Thank God for keeping us on the right path; allowing the open door for His good things.

Quote: “Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.” -Henry Ward Beecher

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Daily Scriptures 6/20/11

Scripture: Mark 8:36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? (NIV)

Scripture: Daily, I focus on achieving balance in my life (or getting as close to it as possible!). It’s so easy to get caught up in our various work schedules & being driven to succeed that balance seems far off.

Then I’m reminded that God has given us life to enjoy; this doesn’t consist of work only. Especially since our goals should be to love & praise God, live the life He’s given us to the fullest, & to seek His will for our lives.

“What good is it to gain the whole world?” without having God in our lives. Work, schedules, careers, etc. won’t save our souls, but knowing our Lord & Savior will. We all must seek balance in the lives we’ve been blessed with; God continues to work out the details, we must be willing to let Him lead. Our souls are on the line!!

Quote: “The future depends on what we do in the present.” –Mahatma Gandhi

© Lisi P, 2011

Smile God Loves You!!

A few years ago, I was a cashier at a department store. During this time, I was going through various changes & experiences in my life (just balancing my school & work schedules were challenging). I’m sure I asked God, “Why me?” on more than a few occasions. God has a way of helping all of us when we least expect it, & even through the people we least expect. Of course, I had many friends who were encouraging me & cheering me on, but God sent the confirmation to keep going through someone who didn’t even know she impacted my life.

There was an elderly woman who would come through my line with her daughter’s assistance (I’m assuming it was her daughter). For some reason, I didn’t initially notice the woman, but her daughter (as she was the one who communicated with me the most). Well, what caught my attention about the woman was the pin/button she always wore. She always had a pin/button attached to her blouse/shirt/sweater that stated, “Smile God Loves You.” Even on the most difficult & challenging days, I couldn’t help but to smile.

You see, at this time, I was also beginning to go to church & praying about my Christian walk. There were many things I was learning & many things I didn’t know. So the reminder from the woman’s pin/button was definitely right on time.

Some people never know the impact they will make on us. At times, God sends them fleetingly to us. Some people will walk in for a moment, touch our lives, & God sends them on. The funny thing is, the elderly woman still impacts me now—from the pin/button she wore, with words she wanted for someone to read. Thanking God he allowed me to see & accept the words during one of the most difficult times in my life.

I never got the chance to tell the woman the impact the pin/button made; she did come through my checkout lines a few times after that; the pin/button always visible & always encouraging. Each time, I had no reason not to smile—the reminder that God loved me allowed me to carry on. Not only did it allow me to carry on, I felt that in my heart He loved me no matter what.

Thanking God for the elderly woman He sent to impact my life; she never knew she did, but I am grateful for her impact on my Christian walk.

“Smile God Loves You” too!!

Until next time.

Blessings,


© Lisi P, 2011
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