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
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