Thursday, March 29, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/29/12

Scripture: Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. (NKJV)

Nugget: In our reading, learning, & studying of God’s word, we definitely should be praying for understanding of it. Sometimes, it’s easy to get discouraged in the midst of our studies that we lose focus. God can definitely guide us to understanding.

Understanding brings action; in our understanding, we take God’s word into our hearts & implement these in our daily interactions, thoughts, & more.

Definitely do not underestimate seeking God’s guidance for understanding of His word.

Quote: “Bible reading is an education in itself.” -Lord Tennyson

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/28/12

Scripture: II Corinthians 4:13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke” (NKJV)

Nugget: There’s truly power in the words we speak; we can call many things into existence. But are we speaking positivity or negativity? Are we speaking in faith or in doubt? I’m learning daily to think & to speak out loud positivity to myself & to those around me.

No matter what the day may bring, “believe & speak” the right things into your life & into the lives of others. There shouldn’t be a day that goes by where there isn’t something positive to say. God is too good to think, speak, or feel otherwise!

Quote: “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” -Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/27/12

Scriptures: Matthew 18:21-22 21Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. (NKJV)

Nugget: My Pastor has been giving a great series on forgiveness. The series has been very eye-opening. It truly allows us to examine ourselves & to see where we have unforgiveness in our lives & hearts. It allows us to see where we hold onto unforgiveness & how it can hinder us; as my Pastor says, “Cripples us."

Peter asks Jesus how many times we should forgive those who sin against us; the answer, “seventy times seven.” This is a lot of times! I have to admit, I’m working on the area of forgiveness with some people, but I’m happy to admit that God is in the process & He truly continues to change me & my heart.

Don’t let unforgiveness cripple you & all that God has in store for you.

Quote: "When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free." -Katherine Ponder

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/26/12

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:8-10 8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (NKJV)

Nugget: Daily, I count my blessings, the #1 being that I accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior. It definitely has been a journey, but it’s great to be out of the darkness & walking in the light of His love, mercy, grace, & so much more.

In going from the darkness & into His light, a person changes; we should definitely display & have the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit. Walking with Him changes us from who we used to be to allow us to be more like Him.

Thanking Him from bringing us into the light from the darkness that we used to walk in. Each day is a blessing & a gift to walk in His light!

Quote: "May Jesus bless you as you walk with Him each day." -Glenna M. Baugh

© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Running Update

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I few weeks ago, I posted about my friend & I training for a half-marathon next year. I must admit that I haven’t been on a strict training schedule these past few weeks. My schedule has been hectic & busy, but I’m really working towards getting that “me” time in.

However, I do have a few upcoming 5Ks and other runs/walks coming up. I’m excited about those. Also, I’ve been back in Zumba (gotta love Zumba!) & doing a lot of walking. I feel that everything will come together, but I’m still determined to get on track with everything. I definitely want to achieve the goal of running/walking the marathon next year.

I hope that you’ve set some goals for yourself as well :) If you’ve gotten “off track” there’s still time to get back on; every day is another opportunity. Don’t let time pass you by & definitely remain encouraged!

I know that many of us set these goals at the beginning of each New Year, but they tend to fade around mid-February to March, but I definitely believe that goals can be made & set throughout the year; we mustn’t limit ourselves to the New Year only.

Just a few words of encouragement for you & me!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/20/12

Scripture: Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. (NKJV)

Nugget: We’ve all had people in our lives where we “couldn’t tell them anything”; the people who just wouldn’t listen to wise counsel or advice. These same people are noted here has being foolish; they only hear what they want to hear & only express what they feel is right.

It’s not that the people have to always agree with you, but seeking & hearing wise counsel are characteristics of those who seek to grow & to change. We all must be receptive to growth & understanding.

Are you trying to grow today, seeking delight in understanding? Do a self-check. Let’s stay on the path to growth: both learning & sharing wisdom.

Quote: “A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.” -Confucius

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

For My Singletons, Pt. 17


Wow, Singletons, I haven’t posted to us in a while. Hmmmm, I’ve had a few interesting conversations over the past few weeks or so, with both Singletons & married friends.

Let’s begin with the people who ask, “When am I going to come to your wedding? I mean, you’re such a good person & so pretty.” But in the next sentence, they state, “But there aren’t really good quality men out there.” Now, isn’t this a bit contradictory? The “me” in me wanted to say something smart in response, but the Jesus in me said that “God knows what He’s doing. Everything in His time.” :)

Then you have people who feel that you should be a miserable Single, but in reality, most of my friends & I aren’t in this category. I feel that most of us are pretty happy people & enjoying the “single life”. This is definitely a time for us to work on ourselves in order to be prepared for the “one” that God is bringing our way. Additionally, while God is preparing us, He’s preparing that “one” for each of us.

I believe that God is constantly at work & knows His plans; if He taken care of us so far, He’s definitely going to continue to do so. He’s not wrong, He’s a Father, & He wants what’s best. So why not wait for the best?

My friend & I were talking the other day & we were reflecting on the scripture: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)

So, just imagine what you’re wanting from God; not only does He answer prayers, but He can do exceedingly abundantly above this! I began to think on what & who I’m praying for & God can do this PLUS some!

Definitely do not put a limit on God; He will give each of us exactly what we need----the person He’s designed for each of us.

I’m not saying the time of waiting & preparation is an easy time, but it doesn’t have to be a time of “in the meantime”, as some people make it out to be. It’s definitely a time for you to wait, trust God, be ready, & to enjoy you!! Because if you aren’t ready for what God is bringing, then what’s the point? Your other ½ would want a complete person too.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/19/12

Scripture: Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (NLT)

Nugget: Every day God blesses us to be here is another day for us to give thanks to Him for all that He’s done, all that He continues to do, & everything that’s to come. God’s love endures forever; not only this, it’s faithful. We definitely cannot say this about everyone---there’s nothing like the forever & faithful love that comes from our Lord.

Throughout your day, reflect on God & His love; don’t let the on-goings of the day take away from giving Him thanks & appreciation of the blessings He gives.

Quote: "The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love." -Blessed Julian of Norwich

© Lisi P, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Bravo"

I'm loving this song, "Bravo", by Ledisi!  Sometimes, we have to give ourselves a pat on the back!  Celebrate, give yourself a round of applause :)



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Praise Song: "I Won't Go Back"

This week's Praise Song is William McDowell's "I Won't Go Back".  What an encouraging & powerful song.  I'm reminded of how much God has changed me & how much He continues to do so.  We're all a work in progress & must remember that each day is a chance to change for the better; we must also remember where God has brought us from & that we're not going back!!

I pray that this song blesses you.



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/13/12

Scriptures: II Kings 4:1-4, 7 1The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the LORD. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 2Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?” “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.” 3Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” 7She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.” (NIV)

Nugget: The widow went to Elisha for help; she had few belongings & assets, however, what she did have was a small jar of olive oil. She did as Elisha had instructed regarding the olive oil & was blessed with an abundance of olive oil in order to pray off her debt & more.

These scriptures remind me about complete faith; the widow went to Elisha for help, had faith, & did as he instructed. We must be the same way with God. Additionally, we mustn’t think the “little” we have isn’t enough for God to bless us. If he blessed us with “little” & we’re obedient over this, He will bless us with more. God’s abundance is more than we could imagine!

Appreciate all you have, trust God---there’s more to come. Faith is necessary in order to get to the next level.

Quote: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” -Mother Teresa

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/7/12

Scripture: I Kings 21:25 There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, urged on by Jezebel his wife. (NIV)

Nugget: King Ahab allowed his wife, Jezebel, to control him & his actions; these actions included manipulation by Jezebel to get what she wanted & actions in which he acted outside of God’s will.

This says a lot---we must seek God’s guidance in our actions & definitely regarding those we surround ourselves with. The closest person to a husband is a wife & the closest person to a wife is a husband. This is why it’s so important for us to allow God to lead us to the right person He has in store for us; otherwise the closest person to us could end up being detrimental to us & can be our downfall.

Let God do the choosing; allow His will to be done.

Quote: “God is the perfect matchmaker because He is All-knowing, All-Seeing, and everywhere.” -Janelle Rollins

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/6/12

Scripture: Proverbs 29:1 Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery. (NLT)

Nugget: We all know someone who will not take criticism; usually this person (or persons) is so stubborn that they won’t listen. In the end, the only person he/she ends up hurting is him/herself.

We definitely do not want to be like these individuals; we should always seek criticism (constructive criticism at that). In receiving this criticism, be mindful of who you receive it from; it should come from someone who has your best interest at heart & whose words are backed by God’s guidance.

Always be open to growing & to being a better person. Don’t let the “you” in yourself get in the way of any areas of potential growth in your life.

Quote: “Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.” -Margaret Chase Smith

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Confidence

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Do you ever feel that you confidence wavers? Even if it depended on the situation or circumstance at hand? For instance, you may be very confident in your duties at work, but waver in your confidence regarding losing weight. Does wavering confidence actually reflect faith, or lack thereof?

I’ve been thinking on these things lately because it feels as if my confidence is being tested in more areas of my life. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but allows me to know that there are areas that need improvement; which is good because I know that growth is a continuous process.

I guess the “funny” thing is, some of the things that I’ve been tested in recently have been the things that I figured I had the most confidence in about myself, but this obviously isn’t the case :) However, I’m glad for the other challenging areas that present a chance to learn & to grow.

I’m not by any means saying this revealing of my confidence levels has been easy, but it allows me to think further than I originally imagined I could. It also allows me to examine my heart & mind about where I want to be & what I want in many areas of my life. At times, I do find myself fearing a few things along the way, but I check my faith, knowing that God is working on me. He’s in complete control.

If you feel your confidence wavering, don’t dwell on your confidence being shaken, but focus on what God is trying to teach you & get you to know about yourself in the process. Although the challenge may be tough, don’t allow it to overcome you to the point you don’t see the opportunity (or opportunities) in the challenge. I’m continuously reminding myself that God has so much in store & this is the process to get me there.

Sometimes, the shaking of our confidence is just what we need in order for God to elevate us. However, don’t let this shake your foundation in God or the faith that you have.

Welcome the challenges ahead!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Daily Scriptures 3/1/12

Scripture: Proverbs 12:22 The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us have come across people, or have people in our lives, who do everything but tell the truth. You know who I’m referring to, those who, no matter what they say or do, there’s no truth to the words they speak.

God delights in those who are trustworthy & those who actions reflect such character. This is why we must be mindful of who we surround ourselves with, who speaks into our lives, & who we seek advice from.

Are you surrounded by the right kind of people? Does trustworthiness follow you & those around you?

Quote: “A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.” -Author Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012
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