Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/31/12

Scripture: Psalm 86:10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God. (NLT)

Nugget: Most of us had said the prayer, “God is great, God is good” during our meals as youth (some may still say it now, passing it on to their own children). With the simplicity of the prayer, it’s amazing how powerful those few words are. As children, God’s power & might was being instilled in us.

As adults, we must remember & remind ourselves that our God is a great God & He doesn’t fail us----He never has. As adults, we tend to get jaded by the challenges of life & all that life entails. However, remember what God has done for you in the past & remember that He’s in control of the future.

Yes, God alone is God!

Quote: “The more we depend on God the more dependable we find He is.” -Cliff Richard

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/24/12

Scriptures: I Samuel 17:4 & 48-49 4Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! 48As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. (NLT)

Nugget: Goliath was a giant that no one could defeat; he was a 9-foot tall, champion that everyone was afraid of. The people were looking for someone to defeat him. In comes David, a shepherd’s boy with a sling shot & a stone. David had the heart, faith, & courage to fight & defeat Goliath.

That’s the way we should be with the giants in our lives. Sometimes, we let the obstacles, challenges, & “Goliaths” of our lives beat us down, get us down, & defeat us. But we need the same faith as David----he faced a 9-feet tall giant, that no one else could defeat, with his faith in God---knowing that everything would be okay.

What Goliaths are you giving power to? Where’s your faith, sling shot, & stone!!??

Quote: “David was not afraid of Goliath for he saw God as more powerful than the giant.” -Max Lucado

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/23/12

Scripture: James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (NIV)

Nugget: We’ve all heard the saying, “We have not because we ask not.” So why shouldn’t this include asking for wisdom as well?

There are many things we don’t understand, many things we don’t know---sometimes, we can only receive understanding & knowledge by praying for it. For example, during my undergraduate studies, a friend gave me the best advice as a college student: “To pray before each & every test. Ask God for the knowledge & favor to pass the test.” Of course I had to do my part & prepare for the test, but God was with me through it all.

I feel that I learn something new each day; God is good for the promises He makes----let us pray for wisdom & knowledge today. Nothing is too big for our God; all we must do is ask & believe.

Quote: "Begin to weave and God will give you the thread." -German Proverb

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Next Movie: "Good Deeds"

Tyler Perry has a new film coming out soon (February 24th); it’s entitled “Good Deeds”. From the trailer, it appears to be a reminder to enjoy life & to not get caught up in going through the everyday routines we may have. I’m learning more & more about this lesson everyday! Life is so short & we must enjoy every moment we can; of course, we must work, but God wants us to enjoy the fruit of our labor. Be open to the changes that God brings your way!

The movie synopsis (from Imdb.com): “Right before his wedding, an affluent man (Perry) develops complicating feelings for a single mom.”

Here is the film’s trailer:



The movie stars Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Brian J. White, & more.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/18/12

Scriptures: Ruth 2:2-3&5 2And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek. 5Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?” (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us have heard the story of Ruth & Boaz, however, no matter how many times we hear it, it appears that we miss something. Most times, we hear of “Ruth finding her Boaz”. In reality, Boaz found his Ruth.

Ruth was busy working in the fields, picking up leftover grain for her & Naomi to eat. In the meantime, Boaz observed her from far off & he asked his foreman about Ruth. He asked about her, not the other way around.

We, as women, must remember the order of things---if a man is interested in you, he will inquire about you. There’s no need to do the chasing, inquiring, etc. When a man sees someone he’s interested in, he will ask & do the work to get to know the person & to make his interest known.

Remember to keep things in order---Boaz found his Ruth!

Quote: “If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.” -Oprah Winfrey

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/17/12

Scripture: Psalm 26:8 LORD, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells. (NIV)

Nugget: There’s nothing like being in God’s house & in His presence. Having a place to worship & praise the Lord is essential. I just love going to church, fellowshipping with my church family, & praising God. This brings the feeling of praise to another level!!

It’s important for us to have a place to worship & to fellowship with other Christians. We all need each other in this Christian walk & in life. If you have a church home, pray & thank God for it--it’s truly a blessing. If you do not have a church home, pray & seek God’s guidance as you search & choose one. If you have a friend who you know is looking for a church home, extend an invitation to your church.

Let’s all be in God’s presence in the place where His “glory dwells”!

Quote: “Fellowship means among other things that we are ready to receive of Christ from others. Other believers minister Christ to me, and I am ready to receive.” -Watchman Nee

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Trust & Faith

A friend recently asked me to provide feedback on the words trust & faith. To me, these words go hand-in-hand when speaking of my relationship with God. However, I decided to delve into this a little more.

When researching these words, on Merriam-Webster Online, I found the following meanings:

• Trust: a : assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b : one in which confidence is placed

• Faith: a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust

Faith is the complete trust in the confidence we’ve placed in God (faith); so how can we have one without the other? To me, it’s not possible. The definition of faith includes trust!

Many times we allow our faith to waver, but in other words, our trust is changing---most times, this trust is placed in the wrong things or people. For instance, we get up each morning (by God’s grace), go on our way, & for most of us go into jobs. All of these things are possible because of our trust in God, which in turn, is our faith in action. However, when things overwhelm us, our trust shifts & wavers; it can go from God to our stresses at work to the people around us to more. We must stay focused!!

Our faith is what we have to get us from day to day---knowing that God has it all under control. I must admit, the human-side of us does get in the way, but don’t let it stay in the way.

Don’t allow your faith to waver because your trust is shifting, wavering, etc. At these times, the opportunity presents itself for you (& I) to do an evaluation regarding who our complete trust is in.

Faith = Complete Trust. Trust = Confidence in God. Trust & Faith together is complete confidence in God.

Where are your faith & trust? Who is your faith & trust in?

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/11/12

Scripture: Proverbs 18:8 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart. (NLT)

Nugget: Rumors & gossip usually go hand-in-hand. When a rumor begins to circulate, there’s gossip most likely involved. This scripture mentions that rumors “sink deep into one’s heart”, which is so very true.

Just reflect on the times when you listened to a rumor or when one was circulating about you---this can be very hurtful. Also, if you’re listening to & spreading rumors, these are words & actions that are getting into your spirit.

We should do our best to refrain from participating in any form of gossip; being on the receiving or giving end of this cycle isn’t good for anyone.

Quote: “Who gossips with you will gossip of you.” -Irish Saying

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/10/12

Scripture: Judges 3:7 The Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight. They forgot about the LORD their God, and they served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles. (NLT)

Nugget: The Israelites turned away from God & began to worship idols instead of worshipping God. Their focus & praise completely changed. What they forgot was that God is a jealous God; nothing & no one should come before Him.

At times, we can be the same way---allowing our focus to change & letting things & people take precedence over God. For instance, watching TV, surfing the Internet, wasting time on unnecessary things, etc. instead of worshipping God & allowing our focus to be on Him & His will. True enough, we may not be worshipping idols as the Israelites did, but there are other things that can take on these forms.

Check yourself & see what your focus is on----is it on God or are other things & people getting in the way? Keep God first in all you do, don’t lose sight of who continues to bless us & to who our praises should to given to!

Quote: “God’s name is the epitome of who and what He is, and He says His name is Jealous. Jealousy is not merely a passing mood with God. It is the essence of His person.” -from http://bible.org/seriespage/jealous-god

© Lisi P, 2012

"The Game" Returns Tonight!!


My favorite show, "The Game", returns tonight for Season 5 (on BET).  I've been a fan of the show since the first episode & was glad that it returned last season after many petitions, fans asking for the show to return, & more.  As a football fan, it provides a look at the other side of football, what goes on off the field, & the drama behind it.

There's much in store for Melanie, Derwin, & the crew this season!  Check out the clip from BET.com:



It's going to be an interesting season!!!  Game on!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,

Monday, January 9, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/9/12

Scripture: Judges 2:10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us have grandparents, mothers, fathers, aunts, etc. who have impacted our lives & our Christian walk. These people have taught us everything they know about the Lord; instilling in us the lessons they’ve learned in order for us to know all that God has done & all that He’s able to do.

However, there are many who do not take heed to the teachings & lessons of their ancestors; they walk away from these teachings, not knowing the true impact God has had & His will.

Don’t take for granted the generations of ancestors who’ve gone before us in the Christian walk; these individuals are some of our best sources of information in order to continue on our Christian journey. They laid the foundation in order for us to continue on.

Quote: “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” -Billy Graham

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012

My Anchor Verse

A fellow blogger, Beth, recently posted to her blog regarding having an anchor verse for 2012; the verse that will carry her through 2012. I've had a verse that has carried me through the past few years; I didn't know it was called an anchor verse. I've chosen my verse for this year!

To give a little background, the past year was a very challenging one for me; both professionally & personally. God truly taught me many lessons along the way! I can say that I’m doing my best to take heed to the lessons learned.

One lesson that has stood out the most for me is how precious life is & how each day is a gift---no matter what is going on, no matter how stressful things may get. The gift of each day is something that I cannot take for granted.

I made a vow to start each day of this year by saying, “Today is a good day; today is already a good day; & today is going to be a good day.” I want to call this into the atmosphere before I get out of bed & start any portion of my day! I’m calling things into existence.

With this being said, my anchor verse for this year is:

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24 (KJV)

I am determined to see to see the good in each & every day that God allows me to live; I will thank Him for it. I will acknowledge my appreciation for it---knowing that God loves me enough, not only to give me Jesus, but to allow me to make an impact by seeing another day.

With this being said, I won’t let anyone or anything take my joy (praying hard on staying focused & centered in Him), because it’s so easy to let people & things take over.

I’ll end with a Christina Aguilera song that has impacted me (I know you may be thinking, where did that come from?), but the song is entitled, “Keep on Singin’ My Song”. The words are right on time! No matter what goes on, no matter what anyone says, I’m going to keep singing the song that God has put in me!!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/6/12

Scripture: Psalm 26:12 My feet stand on level ground; in the great congregation I will praise the LORD. (NIV)

Nugget: There’s nothing like knowing that you know God is in control of everything; this is an example of standing firm in your faith in Him. Once this is realized, you’re definitely standing on level ground.

Standing on level ground means that, no matter what comes your way, your faith in God supersedes any situation you may face, your own thoughts & challenges, & more. And at all times, you’re praising God!

Don’t let your thoughts or challenges allow your feet to slip---stand on the level ground that is found in our Lord! There’s no better place to be.

Quote: “It’s important to remember as you face each daily challenge that you’ll never be given more than you’re capable of handling with the gifts you’ve been given. Open your heart to your faith and know that He will always be there with the strength you need in a time when you need it the most to get you through. It’s only when you make the choice to go it alone and accept defeat that you’ll believe that you were given a challenge too difficult to work through. Open your heart to His strength and power and He’ll show you success and abundance.” -J. Charest

© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/5/12

Scripture: Amos 4:13 He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the LORD God Almighty is his name. (NIV)

Nugget: God is God, period. There’s no one & nothing like Him. In looking around us, daily, we can see all that God has created! There’s nothing we see that He didn’t create or give someone the ability & knowledge to create.

Don’t underestimate God’s presence & power in your life; at times, we may feel that He’s far away, but in reality, He’s closer than we think--He’s creating the winds, allowing the sun to set & to rise, answering prayers, etc. Our God is good & amazing!

Quote: “It boggles my mind that someone can see life breathed into a baby, watch the grass die and then come to life again, see leaves fall and watch the rebirth of a tree, or gaze on any of the majestic splendor that is this earth and not be overpowered by the presence of an Almighty God!” -Bill McCartney

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/4/12

Scripture: Proverbs 6:2 You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. (NIV)

Nugget: There’s power in everything we say! We must speak positivity into our lives & into those around us. There’s no reason that in each day, there’s not something we can be grateful for, blessed to have, or to say something positive about. Just waking up each day is a gift.

I challenge you today to speak positivity into your life, your situation, & into those around you! Don’t let life pass you by without focusing on the good that God has given you. Don’t be ensnared by your words; be encouraged by them!

Quote: "Don't use your words to define your situation, use your words to change your situation." -Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Daily Scriptures 1/3/12

Scripture: Proverbs 26:27 Whoever digs a pit for others will fall into it. Whoever tries to roll a boulder down on others will be crushed by it. (NCV)

Nugget: We’ve all heard the saying, “What goes around comes around.” This definitely relates to how we treat others & what we put out there regarding our actions & thoughts towards others.

Many people put a lot of energy into treating others badly & also trying to making things difficult for others; they spend so much time & energy trying to “get people back” for something or just disliking people in general. We’ve all had instances in which people have done various underhanded things to us. However, in these situations, these same people will set themselves up for a downfall; they end up trapped in their own actions & plans.

It’s so important for us to be mindful of how we treat others; even those who treat us badly. We must continue to pray about our actions, thoughts, & reactions; allowing God to be our guide.

Quote: “Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you - not because they are nice, but because you are.” -Author Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!


Wishing you and yours a Happy & Blessed 2012!!

Each moment & day are gifts, make every one of them count this year! Don’t take anything with you into 2012 that you were to leave behind in 2011. Some people, things, feelings, etc. do not need to go with you into the new beginnings of 2012 & throughout the year. Let it all go!! Life is too precious to hold on to these things!

Thank God for all the lessons & blessings of 2011 (as my friend Ms. V.A. said) & know that there’s more to come in 2012. God has big plans in store; don’t miss out on anything! The lessons are always part of the process for God to get us to where & to who He wants us to be.

Remember the loved ones that were lost in 2011; they will be missed. Know that God knows His reasons for everything.

Wishing you all of God’s blessings for this year & always!!

Until next time.

Blessings,


© Lisi P, 2012
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