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
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