Monday, July 29, 2013

God Believes In Us

 
A good friend of mine emails these very encouraging quotes on a daily basis. One day last week, she emailed the quote:

"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Very powerful words, right? And what a reminder of the power of words & what we speak into our lives. We must speak life into ourselves, those around us, & into the dreams, etc. that we may have.

In response to this quote, a friend of mine wrote me back after I sent it to her. Her response was, “How great it is to know that God believes in us.” I was surprised by her response, as I didn’t initially view the quote this way, but as I began to ponder on it & the further meanings it could have, this became apparent.

Most times, we don’t think about how much God truly believes in us. We know & think about how much He loves us (He gave His son, Jesus, to die for our sins), but do we focus on how much God believes in us to?

He’s instilled gifts, talents, knowledge, & so much more into us; these various elements are to glorify Him. He loves us enough to equip us with so much to do on His behalf; so He has to believe in us in order for us to use these gifts. It’s amazing how God sees us, even when we don’t see ourselves this way. We have an amazing Father!

So in the midst of all my deep thoughts & prayers regarding how much God believes in me, further confirmation was received. My friend sent another quote (unbeknown to her my thoughts on the first quote). The next quote/thought was the following:

God is Cheering for You - Max Lucado

If your God is Mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that He is mighty enough to light your path?

God is for you. Not “may be,” not “has been,” not “was,” not “would be,” but “God is!” He is for you. Today! At this hour! At this minute! As you read this sentence. No need to wait in line or come back tomorrow. He is with you. He could not be closer than He is at this second. His loyalty won’t increase if you are better nor lessen if you are worse. He is for you.

God is for you. Turn to the sidelines; that’s God cheering your run. Look past the finish line; that’s God applauding your steps. Listen for Him in the bleachers shouting your name. Too tired to continue? He’ll carry you. Too discouraged to fight? He’s picking you up. God is for you. God is for you. Had He a calendar - your birthday would be circled. If He drove a car - your name would be on His bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, He’s carved your name in the bark. We know He has a tattoo, and we know what it says. “I have written your name on my hand,” He declares…

My goodness! Not only does God believe in us, He’s cheering us on! He’s continuously in our corner, being our #1 cheerleader. He loves us just that much.

Be encouraged my friends; don’t let something or someone else tell you differently about how God feels about you. Do you believe in yourself & what He’s given you? Who He sees you to be & who you’re becoming? He loves you & believes in you. Enough said!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Daily Scriptures 7/23/13

Scripture: Psalm 135:5 For I know that the LORD is great, And our Lord is above all gods. (NKJV)

Nugget: God is God, period! There’s no one or nothing like our God. Sometimes, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in our day-to-day routine, & the busyness of life, that we need to take a few moments (or more!) & reflect on the goodness of God.

It’s so easy for us to say that “God is good!”, but do we do this out of routine, or out of reflection on how good He’s been to us? I’m learning more & more about breaking routine, slowing down, reflecting on life, & enjoying the journey. Yes, God is truly great & above all!

Quote: “God is good. God is great. We need to stop what we are doing. And thank Him each day. AMEN!” -Jennifer Vickers

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fear Doesn't Live Here

 
During my undergraduate college years, I was a part of this program to enhance my leadership skills. For some reason, recently, I began to reflect on my experiences in the program; it’s funny how God will bring some things back to us.

As part of this program, we took various classes regarding leadership, service, etc. At the end of one of the classes, we were to give a summary of what we’d learned during the term. I remember trying to figure out what I would discuss with my fellow classmates regarding this; I mean, what would I have used to summarize the term & my experience? One thing stood out for me, & this thing was: FEAR.

I brought up to my classmates how fear can be the thing that either hinders us or pushes us forward. It can propel us to step outside of our comfort zones or stay where we are. At the time, I was still growing in my relationship with the Lord, so I didn’t fully understand how lack of faith allowed the presence of fear to step in, but it did.

As I ponder on my thoughts back then today, it’s amazing how something will come back up when it’s time for me to step outside of my comfort zone. Of course, I’m more mature in my faith today than I was at that time, but sometimes our initial reaction is fear, & definitely fear of the unknown. But the Bible says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (II Timothy 2:17) What peace this brings!

I’m happy to be in a place where I’m working more & more to replace any fears with faith. I’m happy to be reminded of where God has brought me from, knowing He can take me further than I’ve ever dreamed. Getting there will be a journey, but prayerfully & faithfully, I will lean on God’s understanding for the journey. I feel that He’s trying to teach & to tell me something; now it’s time to step out on His word & promises.

My prayer for us today is to not let fear have reign over our goals, dreams, & lives. Our God is bigger than any fear or challenge could ever imagine. So what’s holding you back?

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Daily Scriptures 7/15/13

Scripture: Isaiah 60:5 Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. (NIV)

Nugget: This scripture reminds me of things to come; the things that will come after the darkness, after the crying, after the frustration, etc. We all face many things that weigh us down, sometimes, we get so caught up in the things & the difficulties that we forget there’s another side to the coin. This is the side of the things to come.

What’s on this other side? Blessings, continued life, happiness, joy, peace, & God’s love that was always there. “You will look and be radiant, your heart will swell with joy.” These are the things that I’m looking forward to after experiencing some difficulties; I am beginning to focus on these things.

Don’t dwell on your problems, hurt, pain, etc. too long. Think about the great things that are coming on the other side of these situations. I continually remind myself that God’s plan is for me to prosper & to have hope! Thanking Him in advance for the joy & happiness that’s on the other side!

Quote: “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” -Haruki Murakami

© Lisi P, 2013

Cleaning House

Not too long ago, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith shared great advice about Cleaning House on her page. What she usually shares is very wise & brings clarity to situations that we may be facing & to other situations that we may not know of. I wanted to share it with you:

Cleaning House

I have been setting new boundaries and CLEANING HOUSE. I have often made the mistake of giving too much of myself, of my space, and of the things around me. So much so...I had created a circle of entitlement that had me STUCK. I'm in the process of creating psychic change, taking more responsibility for what I CREATE, and removing those from my space who have no desire to change with me.

It's hard to let go, but we have to remove old ways of thinking and people who won't gravitate to the new in order to make room for new friendships, new experiences, and a more fulfilling life.

-J

What a great reminder for us to clean house every now-and-then. We must be mindful of who we surround ourselves with, what we're holding on to, & what/who we need to let go of.

May you be blessed by these words as well.

Until next time.

Blessings,

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Daily Scriptures 7/9/13

Scripture: Psalm 18:19 He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. (NKJV)

Nugget: Many of us are facing things, or have faced things, in which we find ourselves being overwhelmed. This has been the case with me lately; however, I’m learning that being still in God’s presence & seeking Him are the best ways to handle the situations before me. Because once I begin to focus on the situations only, I can lose sight of what God is trying to do & what He will do.

The scripture above reminded me of these situations; “He brought me out of a broad place”. This makes me think about all the things I have on my plate & I face daily, but during the day & at the end of the day I can reflect on God bringing me through it all. He never promised that everything would be easy, but He loves me that much to be there for me regardless of what is going on.

God is a deliverer of many things; we just have to move out of His way to allow Him to step in. Let God bring you out of the broad place (or places) today. He loves us so much & doesn’t want us to stay there.

Quote: “No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness -- or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Daily Scriptures 7/5/13

Scripture: Jude 1:24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless, Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy (NKJV)

Nugget: Yesterday I took some quiet time to reflect over things I’ve accomplished & the things I still want to accomplish in life. At some point, I can say that I became a little overwhelmed with remaining items on my list of dreams & goals. For some reason, I began to think about the things that have affected my confidence over time. It’s amazing how the mind can be!

In this process, I also began to think about the things that God has brought me through, the goals & dreams He’s helped me to achieve thus far, & how He can continue to do the same in the future. God is the one who will keep me from stumbling; He will do the same for you as well!

There are times in life where we will feel that we just can’t get to where we are trying to go; however, this feeling is one that we’ve probably had before, but God helped us to make it. As the saying goes, “What God has for me is for me.” He will continue to be there through our good times, trying times, days when we’re up & days when we’re down; helping us to reach what He intends for us to have, with great praise & a joyful heart.

Quote: “Confident people do not concentrate on their weaknesses; they develop and maximize their strengths.” -Joyce Meyer

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Daily Scriptures 7/3/13

Scripture: Psalm 107:29 He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. (NKJV)

Nugget: In thinking of hurricane season & the various daily rain storms we’ve had recently, there has been some very tough weather. It’s as if the sky opens up & God is sending down His tremendous rain showers. But as soon as the storm is over, the clouds have rolled away, & most times, the sun comes back out. This is how it is with life.

Although we face challenges & “stormy weather” in life, the sun does come back out. We do see light again. God allows us to face storms, but He also allows us to see the goodness after the storm & what we experienced.

In life, we face many ups & downs; good times & bad times. In the midst of life’s challenges God is there. No matter how things may seem & what is going on, God is in complete control. In spite of the storms we face, He’s there during the storms & afterwards. Instead of looking at what you’re facing, look to Him to bring you through it all.

Quote: “God has not promised you smooth sailing, but a safe landing.” -John Hagee

© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Daily Scriptures 7/1/13

Scriptures: Habakkuk 3:17-18 17Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— 18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. (NKJV)

Nugget: There may be times in our lives where we feel like nothing is going right. We try to get this done, try to achieve that goal, it can even be something as simple as wanting to clean the house, & yet, our “to-do” list still goes uncompleted. But regardless of how things may seem or what is going on, there’s still a reason for us to praise the Lord & to thank Him for wherever we are right now.

I’ve had a tough couple of weeks regarding certain things I’ve been praying on; it seems as if nothing is happening. But as I’ve learned in past situations, God is consistently & always working. Our “nothing” means God is up to something. We may not know what that something is right now, but all things will come to pass! I don’t doubt that.

Don’t complain about where you are right now; these scriptures mention many things that were not happening & it would’ve been easy to get down about this. However, Habakkuk rejoiced in & praised the Lord anyways!

In the midst of your situation & circumstance, praise God, rejoice in Him. Everything is working out if you only believe.

Quote: “God knows what you’re going through, after the storm comes sunshine.” -From www.2praisegod.com  

© Lisi P, 2013

Praise Song: "Bethel"

A few weeks ago, at church, this awesome youth group came to peform at our church.  This group, Make a Joyful Noise Performing Arts Youth Outreach Ministry, was awesome.  The children performed skits, sang, & danced.  What an amazing group of young Christians.  The group itself is funded by donations only & travel throughout the States to promote Christ; it was an awesome feeling to see the youth do this from their hearts.  Please see their site for more information by clicking HERE.

This week's praise song is Shana Wilson's "Bethel".  This is one of the songs the youth mimed to during their performance & let me tell you, it was powerful!! They definitely did some ministering to us. 

May we aim to be the place where God lives; in heart, mind, body, & soul!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2013
Related Posts with Thumbnails