Friday, August 31, 2012

Rest and Sleep

Lately, I’ve been having various conversations about rest & sleep. The origination of these conversations dealt with my extreme tiredness due to many events that have been going on. To be honest, the events include an accumulation of things that have been going on over a long period of time. I feel that many of these things have caught up with me. Yet, I’m reminded of the importance of rest & sleep.

I know that I’m not one who gets “enough sleep” at night, but most times, I feel that I’m sleeping. However, friends have pointed out to me that I need to get rest! (Thank God for good friends who tell it like it is) It wasn’t until their advice that it clicked to me that there’s a difference between rest & sleep. Being the person I am, I had to look this up……..

My trusty reference, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, states the following:
• Rest: peace of mind or spirit
• Sleep: a state resembling sleep: as a state of torpid inactivity

Rest, it seems that I’m struggling to get this. My mind is always going, I’m working to alleviate this & have been praying on it. But peace of mind & spirit is something that I want. Because I’m learning that with this, sleep is better. There’s no way to sleep with my mind always going.

Sleep, inactivity. Hmmmm, something that I’m not good at. Inactivity?? Wow, I don’t know how to do this, but I’m learning that inactivity is just as important as activity.  Sleep comes with inactivity; otherwise, our minds & bodies are constantly going. And believe me, no rest & no sleep will catch up with you! (It has definitely happened to me)

So what do I do now? I am praying on it, putting my quest for peaceful sleep & rest to the forefront. All things come from God----I know this is achievable through Him. There are many lessons He’s teaching me & this one has truly opened my eyes.

May your rest & sleep be great---don’t take for granted the importance of these elements in your life as God wants us to have the balance we need in order to lead the lives He’s intends for us.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/28/12

Scriptures: Isaiah 66:1-2 1This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? 2Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word. (NIV)

Nugget: God has made everything; there’s nothing we see that He hasn’t created. He sits on His throne & can see all that He’s made. He didn’t just make us & leave us here to fend for ourselves; He made us, continues to love us, & continues to watch over earth until our day comes to be with Him in Heaven.

Thanking God for continuing to look on us with favor; we must continue to possess the humbleness in our spirits & respect for God. We must keep His word in us & continue to display His love daily. Don’t think or feel that God isn’t with you. He is always present.

Quote: “The grace of God is glue.” -Eugene O’Neill

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Praise Song: "It's Not Over"

This week's Praise Song is by Israel & New Breed (featuring James Fortune and Jason Nelson). 

This song spoke to me, loudly! May this song & its word be an encouragement to you & what you may be facing!

God is in EVERYTHING!! Give everything over to Him. He loves you & is always present.



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Fly Above Your Fear

A very encouraging word & message from Mr. Tyler Perry! I pray that it inspires you.



What fear or fears are you allowing to hold you back? It's time to fly above them!

Until next time.

Blessings,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/15/12

Scripture: Job 36:11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. (NIV)

Nugget: Most times, when you ask someone what they would like to achieve in life, the response is, “To be happy.” This would also be one of the answers I would provide for myself. One of the main challenges we face is how to get to this happiness we seek.

Our purpose in life should be to obey & serve God. In doing this, our relationship with Him is strengthened & we obtain the joy that can only come from Him. In this joy, our happiness lies.

Serving God opens the doors to prosperity & contentment. As long as we are focused on Him & His ways, our lives will be according to His plan.

Quote: “Spread out your petition before God, and then say, "Thy will, not mine, be done." The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me.” -D.L. Moody

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/14/12

Scripture: Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. (NIV)

Nugget: This scripture makes me think about the song, “This Little Light of Mine”, & how our lights should be shining always. This “light” is the God in us that people see on a daily basis. Because He is in us, there’s no reason we should be going around showing anything other than His love, patience, actions, etc.

“The glory of the Lord rises upon you”---wow, do we know the power we have in Him? Can we even grasp how good God is to us; how big His light is & should be in us? This light should have people coming to you; there should be “something about you” that people want to be like & to be around. This “something” is our Lord.

Is your light shining today?

Quote: "There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/13/12

Scriptures: Psalm 18:25-27 25To the faithful you show yourself faithful; to those with integrity you show integrity. 26To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the wicked you show yourself hostile. 27You rescue the humble, but you humiliate the proud. (NLT)

Nugget: In reading these scriptures, I’m reminded that people cannot fool God. These scriptures point out that what we put out there is what we get in return. God shows us the same measure of faith & actions that we put into the atmosphere. “The the faithful”, He shows Himself faithful. To the wicked, He shows Himself hostile, & so forth.

This is why it’s imperative for us to have the heart & mind to act in the manner that’s pleasing to God; we cannot allow the action or inaction of others to impact our desire to please God. He sees all & knows all---He will handle everything according to His will.

How are you showing yourself to God? Is it according to His will or your own?

Quote: “Doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.” -George MacDonald

© Lisi P, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Time

Most of us have heard the saying, "Time heals all wounds." Isn't it amazing how easy this saying rolls off of our tongue until we're in a situation where we have to face it?

I recently posted that my Grandpa passed away. It's still surreal to me. At first, I thought I would be able to handle my feelings well; meaning, I would be able to handle things & continue to move forward. However, what I've learned is that the grieving process brings on a different set of emotions. These emotions can range anywhere from remembering the happy times to crying about the happy times & the conversations my Grandpa & I have had. I also find myself crying out of nowhere. Something will trigger tears. This has shown me the importance of letting my feelings out & allowing the emotions to run their course.

What I've learned during this all: you never get over someone passing on. You learn to keep going, but the person will always be a part of you, both in your heart & in your spirit. Additionally, the person would not want us to be sad about them leaving us, but would want us to enjoy the time we have left on Earth, while remembering & rejoicing in the good times we've had with them.

God has also presented me with other realities I must face; these aren't good or necessarily bad, but things that God intends for me to grow from. I can't say that it is an easy process, but I'm definitely not where I used to be!

I usually write about time in the context of appreciating each moment & how precious it is (I definitely believe in this), but I also want to point out the importance of time & how we must allow ourselves time, period. It can be anything from the time to grieve, to the time to take time for ourselves, to time to do absolutely nothing. Whatever this "time" is for you, use it & know the purpose behind it.

In the midst of everything, God is always working everything out for our good.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/9/12

Scripture: Psalm 73:24 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. (NKJV)

Nugget: God is seeking those who trust Him & those who love His son, Jesus Christ. In doing these things, God knows our hearts & minds are focused on Him. In living our lives for Him, in the end, He promises us a place in His kingdom.

Our lives should be a continuous representation of Him & preparation for our place in glory. Our Father expects nothing less.

Quotes: “When we die and go to Heaven, our Maker is not going to say, “Why didn't you discover the cure for such and such?” The only thing we're going to be asked at that precious moment is “Why didn't you become you?”” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/8/12

Scripture: Isaiah 26:12 LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us. (NKJV)

Nugget: There’s something about peace, especially the peace that comes from our Lord. The peace that comes from Him brings us joy, direction, & so much more. Even on the days where we feel that peace is far away, God establishes the peace that we need.

God leaves no stone unturned; we must know that if He’s establishing peace for & in us, that He’s continuing to work to develop something in us---we’re a continuous work in process.

My mom always says, “A peace of mind goes a long way.” This is something that I take with me on a daily basis. Of course, there are days where I have to remind myself, but it’s imperative not to lose sight of it.

Quote: “Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you will know what His will is.” -Amy Wilson-Carmichael

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Daily Scriptures 8/7/12

Scripture: Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD (NIV)

Nugget: In all areas of our lives, God is present. Lately, I’ve been praying about following God’s direction & plans for my life. I came across this scripture & it’s so fitting. We have wisdom, understanding, counsel, & knowledge in the Lord. All of these things come from respecting Him & His plans for us. Everything we need is in God. We must turn to Him & His word to show us where to start.

If you are praying for direction & guidance for the next phase of your life, or any decision for that matter, turn to God first. Don’t let the things that could overwhelm you about changing your direction or plans get in the way of you seeing God’s presence in all things. Everything we need is in Him.

Quote: "If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look "little" or "big." -Elisabeth Elliot

© Lisi P, 2012
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