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
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