Sunday, July 29, 2012

Take Time

Last Monday, I sent the following message to my friends & family in an email:

"Take time for the people God has put in your life." -Joel Osteen. Everyone, life is so short; let us not forget the blessings God has placed in our lives. Who do you need to call today? Who haven't you seen or talked to in a while? Who are you waiting "until tomorrow" to call? Make time for the things & people who are important. We never know when our last day will be. Blessings!"

This message definitely hit home, because on Wednesday, I loss my Grandpa. I'm glad he knew I loved him; I'm grateful for our almost weekly conversations & the time I had with him. I will miss him, but know that he's with the Lord.

My Grandpa was my only living grandparent. A few years ago, I told myself that I would make & take the time to get to know him (I didn’t meet him until my late teenage years). Although I missed some years with him, the time I had with him will always remain in my heart & be precious to me. Let us take & make the time for loved ones & the people that God has blessed us with. Time is fleeting; life is short. Don’t waste any of it.

Love you, Grandpa! Always in my heart.

Please pray for my family during our time of bereavement. It’s greatly appreciated :)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/25/12

Scriptures: Psalm 119:59-60 59I thought about my life, and I decided to follow your rules. 60I hurried and did not wait to obey your commands. (NCV)

Nugget: There have been many times when I’ve reflected on my life & the question of “What’s next?” At these moments, I realized the magnitude of following God & His will for my life. However, the “me” in myself wants to step in, losing patience with myself & the time it will take for things to happen. I end up wanting to step in front of God.

I thank God for the lessons learned during the times I want to get in front of Him. There’s no point in hurrying God, because everything will happen according to His plans. Most times, we are in preparation for the “What’s next?” in our lives. Let us remember to wait on Him & follow His will for our lives.

Quote: “The most important lesson that I have learned is to trust God in every circumstance. Lots of times we go through different trials and following God's plan seems like it doesn't make any sense at all. God is always in control and he will never leave us.” -Allyson Felix

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/24/12

Scripture: Isaiah 45:3 I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. (NIV)

Nugget: Everything we have is because of God; He’s made everything & everyone on this Earth. However, as humans, many think that what they have & what they’ve accomplished are out of their own will, but it’s not--God has given us all blessings, especially the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ, dying for our sins.

I believe this scripture is a reminder of the times where we can get above ourselves & lose sight of God--thinking we’ve done it all ourselves. God reminds us that there are things that only He can do---He gives us those “hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places”. When this happens, we can attribute it to no one but Him!! Just think on the times that God answered a prayer that you didn’t even pray! He blessed you in spite of yourself; that’s God providing “hidden” blessings & treasures!

What a great & mighty God we serve!!! Keep an eye out for the hidden blessings of God.

Quote: "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." -Corrie Ten Boom

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/23/12

Scripture: Psalm 131:2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. (NIV)

Nugget: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines contentment as: “the quality or state of being contented” (feeling or showing satisfaction with one's possessions, status, or situation). Contentment is difficult for most of us to achieve. For me, I tend to stay “on the go” most days, rather than slowing down & smelling the roses. To me, contentment includes having peace in my life; sometimes, the “on the go” of my day & the stressors of life, remove the peace & contentment that I am seeking.

What do you need to do or remove from your life to achieve the contentment God wants for you? What do you need to do to calm & quiet yourself to have the peace that you’re seeking? The first step is believing God for it; the next step is taking action to get there.

Quote: “Contentment is not satisfaction. It is the grateful, faithful, fruitful use of what we have, little or much. It is to take the cup of Providence, and call upon the name of the Lord. What the cup contains is its contents. To get all there is in the cup is the act and art of contentment. Not to drink because one has but half a cup, or because one does not like its flavor, or because someone else has silver to one's own glass, is to lose the contents; and is the penalty, if not the meaning of discontent. No one is discontented who employs and enjoys to the utmost what he has. It is high philosophy to say, we can have just what we like, if we like what we have; but this much at least can be done, and this is contentment,--to have the most and best in life, by making the most and best of what we have.” -Maltbie Davenport (Mattie D) Babcock

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/17/12

Scripture: Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin. (NIV)

Nugget: There’s so much importance in listening & hearing what someone is telling us. Notice that I’ve stated “listening & hearing”, because to both listen & hear, it takes action. If you do one without the other, most times, nothing gets accomplished.

Let’s not spend so much time talking that we’re missing the lessons that God wants us to learn from those around us. We definitely do not want to be “foolish” as stated in this scripture. To be wise, learning, & growing shows progression in the right direction!

Quote: "There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for. And questions are the breath of life for a conversation." -James Nathan Miller

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/11/12

Scripture: Isaiah 49:4 I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.” (NLT)

Nugget: There are many times we feel the words expressed in this scripture; we feel that we’ve done our best, given everything to the work we complete, the jobs we have, & the people we help, & it seems as if it’s all in vain. During these same times, it’s as if we’ve worked ourselves until we couldn’t work ourselves any more.

I’m learning that there’s nothing in our lives we cannot turn over to God; this includes matters of work (whether this be in our professional or personal lives). There’s nothing God can’t handle for us---we must seek His guidance through prayer, meditation, & spending time with Him. This allows us to trust Him & to leave everything in our Lord’s hands. There’s nothing we shouldn’t seek from Him!

Quote: “All God's revelations are sealed to us until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. Let God's truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it. Obey God in the thing He is at present showing you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. We say, I suppose I shall understand these things some day. You can understand them now: it is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens up and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself till you obey what you know already. Beware of being wise and prudent.” -Oswald Chambers

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/10/12

Scriptures: Obadiah 1:3-4 3The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, ‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’ 4Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD. (NIV)

Nugget: When reading this scripture, the saying, “The same people you see on your way up, you’ll see on your way back down” comes to mind. Pride & loftiness can be the downfall of man; especially those who believe they have received everything they’ve worked for “on their own”. When in reality, all that we have & all that we do is because of God’s mercy & grace.

God can give & He can take away; don’t let pride be your downfall. Give thanks to God in all things; acknowledge His blessings & presence. Don’t take for granted what He’s done, because just as God’s blessing is like no other, God’s wrath is just as strong!

Quote: “The wrath of God is a way of saying that I have been living in a way that is contrary to the love that is God. Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath.” -Joseph Ratzinger

© Lisi P, 2012

For My Singletons, Pt. 19

During my devotional time today, I was reading my T.D. Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed! Bible. (This is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received). I came across this message for my fellow Singleton sisters (this message can also apply to the single male).

God’s Handmaidens

Some of you do not understand the benefits of being single. In reality, while you're not married, you really ought to be involved with God. Single women often forget some very important advantages they have. At five o'clock in the morning, you can lie in bed and pray in the spirit until seven-thirty. You can lie prostrate on the floor and worship the Lord without having to answer to anyone. This time in your life is for you to charge up the battery cells. It's time to pamper-time to take luxurious baths in milk and honey. You can lie there in the bath , praising and worshiping the Lord for as long as you want.

Before you ask the Lord for another man, take care of Him. If you are not ministering to His needs, and yet you are always before Him asking Him to send you one of His princes to minister to, your prayers are not being heard because you are not being faithful to Him. When you become faithful in your singleness, then you will be better prepared to be faithful with a husband.

If you disregard the perfect husband, Jesus, you will certainly disregard the rest of us. The Lord wants you to come home at the end of a day and say, "Lord, I went through so much today. I am so glad You're here. I just couldn't wait to get alone and worship You and praise You and magnify You. Tonight is our night. I'm not so busy that I don't have time for You." If you don't have time for God, you don't have time for a husband.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to be married. Simply take care of the Lord while you're waiting. Minister to Him. Let Him heal you and loose you, and worship Him. Single women ought to be the most consecrated women in the church. You are the ones whose shadows ought to fall on people and they be healed. You are in a position and posture of prayer. The Lord has become your necessary food. While some married women are dependent on their husbands, single women learn to be dependent on the Lord. God told Joel, "...and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit" (Joel 2:29). There is a special relationship between God and the single believer. God has a special anointing for the woman who is free to seek Him. Her prayer life should explode in miracles!

-T.D. Jakes Woman Thou Art Loosed! Bible

I pray this word touches your heart & spirit!

Until next time.

Blessings,

Monday, July 9, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/9/12

Scripture: Ephesians 2:22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (NIV)

Nugget: This scripture reminds me that I’m a continuous work in progress. Although I’m not where I want to be in many areas of my life, I’m not where I used to be!

We “are being built” to become better for God, to be better examples of His spirit here on earth. As a friend reminded me the other day, “As long as we have breath in our bodies, there’s still time.” There’s still time for us to grow, to learn, & to become the dwellings in which God’s spirit lives.

Utilize this time wisely; God is working on you!

Quote: “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.” -Denis Waitley

© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/5/12

Scripture: Proverbs 14:6 The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning. (NIV)

Nugget: There are some people, who no matter what we try to teach them & instill in them, they are not willing to learn & to grow. Most times, these are the people who can make us frustrated by their actions & words. Time after time, we listen to their problems, attempt to advise them, & they continue to end up in the same situations day after day, year after year.

This is why it’s so important for us to continue to learn & to grow. God gives us the power of discernment, allowing us to learn more & to do more. We shouldn’t be in the same situations that we’re dealing with currently next year. We should seek to do better, learning more.

Are you seeking knowledge & growth?? Or are you at a standstill? It’s time for a self-check.

Quote: “Discernment is the ability to grasp, comprehend, and evaluate clearly. It means we can see the true nature of things; it allows us to distinguish between what is real and what is imitation.” -From www.wisdomcommons.org  

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Running Update

Today I completed another 5K run! I beat my old time by a lot; I’m so proud. I’m definitely continuing to prepare for the half-marathon next year. I can’t believe my progress, but I’m happy for sure! Yay!

I’m learning through this preparation that we must continue to challenge ourselves to grow in many areas of our lives; I don’t think that there should be a time where we aren’t looking to better ourselves & work to make ourselves into better people. Growth is a necessity in life. God continues to prepare us & to work within us to make us into the people that He wants us to be.

Never did I think I would take up running (I’m more into aerobics, light weight lifting, Zumba, the elliptical machine, etc.), so running was outside of my element---but I’m doing well in it & enjoying the journey & challenges it presents! Sometimes it’s good for us to think outside-of-the-boxes that we put ourselves in. You never know what you can do unless you try.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Daily Scriptures 7/2/12

Scripture: Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. (NIV)

Nugget: Many times, when we’re stressing or going through things, we find it difficult to rest & to sleep. It’s difficult to clear our minds from all the thoughts & stressors that seem to overcome us.

In reading this scripture, I’m reminded of God’s power & how we must turn everything over to Him---even our own thoughts. When your thoughts, actions, & stressors seem as if they are going to consume you, even putting a good night’s sleep in jeopardy, pray & seek God’s power. He is our refuge of safety & peace.

Quote: “There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012
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