Monday, August 26, 2013

Daily Scriptures 8/26/13

Scriptures: I John 2:15-17 15Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (NKJV)

Nugget: Daily I’m reminded that life & what’s in it are temporary. Most days, we can easily start our day thinking that things & life can go on forever. When in reality, each moment, & all that God blesses us with, is temporary. This is why it’s so imperative for us to enjoy the time & life we have. Counting all blessings along the way.

Let us not get so caught up in the material things, dealings of the flesh, pride, & lust. If we truly examine ourselves & these things, we’ll realize that God wants our focus & love to be on Him; not the temporary things of the world. But love for Him, showing & demonstrating that we know our time here is but a precious gift, where all roads lead to Him.

Quote: “The fact that we were created to enjoy God and to worship Him forever is etched upon our souls.” -Jim Cymbala

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sometimes It Is Time

In various conversations with close friends I’ve found a theme: the need for change to occur in our lives. There have been too many things that we’ve put off doing or even situations that we’re in that need to change. As time continues to pass on, we’re beginning to realize the preciousness of time & the fragility of life. Both of these realizations are pressed upon us as life continues on, but some things have taken a backburner to the daily going-ons of life.

I began to ponder on the things that are no longer important, the things & people that are, & the people who have taken a different role in my life. Sometimes this role consists of no role at all (letting go & moving on)

What happens when change is needed? We need to clean house, get rid of some things, lighten our loads, & so much more. There are so many things & people that we continue to carry with us that don’t need to go with us. What is God telling us to do & who is He telling us to hold on to?

Is your closet cluttered?
An analogy that came to my mind was one regarding cleaning out the closet & getting rid of clothing that no longer fit or even clothing that may fit that we no longer want to wear (just because something fits doesn’t mean it’s right for you at this time in your life). For instance, why wear that outfit you wore at 23 at 33? You may no longer go to the club & that “club outfit” should no longer be a part of your wardrobe.

So why do we continue to hold on to the things, people, thoughts, & such that no longer fit into our lives? Why don’t we clean out our lives similar to how we clean out our closets? There are things that don’t fit anymore, because remember as time goes on we should be changing & growing. 

• Sometimes it is time to let go; it is time to move on. 
• Sometimes it is time to re-examine ourselves to see where we are & where we’re trying to go. Are we on the right track?
• Sometimes it is time for us to clean house, knowing it’s okay to let some people go & lighten our loads.
• Sometimes it is time for us to let go of our current situation & work to achieve the dreams that we’ve been putting off.
• Sometimes it is time to realize that changes occur to make us better.
• Sometimes it is time to clean out our closets of life.
• Sometimes it is time for us to realize that all of the above are okay to do!

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” -Ecclesiastes 3:1(NIV)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013

Daily Scriptures 8/12/13

Scripture: Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. (NKJV)

Nugget: There are some things that God will ask us to do that we may feel that we aren’t ready for. In this chapter, God was asking Jeremiah to go out & speak to His people. Jeremiah felt that he was too young to perform such a daunting task (in his eyes). But God let Jeremiah know that Jeremiah was being called by Him to perform the task. God would be with Jeremiah from beginning to end; allowing Jeremiah not to act in his own strength, but in the strength of God.

This is how it is with us & God at times. God will ask us to do things we feel we aren’t qualified for, aren’t educated enough to do, or things we feel that aren’t in our “time” to do. But God has other plans. If He’s telling us to do something, calling us out of our comfort zones, & more, God will always be there with us through it & He will give us the gifts, talents, & words to make things happen! Whatever God asks us to do will be completed with Him by our sides.

What is God calling you to do that you’re hesitating about?

Quote: “What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” -Oprah Winfrey

© Lisi P, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"I Am"

A good friend shared this quote with me. It's right on time! May it encourage you as well!!

“I am unique. My journey has been filled with experiences that have built my resiliency, defined my character and made me a better woman.

I am ready to cash in on my greatness, my brilliance, my God-given possibilities and my prosperity.

I will turn my valleys into my mountaintops, my obstacles into my opportunities, my tests into my testimony.

I am a masterpiece of humility, gratitude, godliness and divinity. My beauty is real. My heart is good, and my strength has been confirmed.

I will show the world how to treat me—and it's my job to give the world the best example possible.

I have turned my crawl into a walk, my walk into a run, and I'm now turning my run into my soar.

I am unapologetic about my brilliance, untamed in my quest to discover me.

I am no longer asking for permission to be me. I'm giving notice!”

-Lisa Nichols

Until next time.

Blessings,

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Daily Scriptures 8/8/13

Scripture: Psalm 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. (NKJV)

Nugget: We spend so much time trying to fight the battles of life, challenges, broken spirits, & more on our own. These battles cannot be won in our own might, but only with God by our side. Just think about the things that we take on for ourselves & how much easier they are when we trust Him.

Every day has its own worries, challenges, & more, but with God we can do all things. If we remind ourselves of what God can do, trust in Him, & lean not onto our own understanding, we can get so much further than we ever expected. God can turn the challenges we face into words of praise & into testimonies of His goodness with blessings.

The Lord is strong when we are weak & mighty in every battle; give your challenges to Him.

Quotes: “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.” -Norman Vincent Peale

“No matter how hard they try to keep you down, always remember that, with God you can overcome any obstacle that life throws at you. You just have to believe...” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Daily Scriptures 8/7/13

Scripture: Hebrews 8:1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens (NKJV)

Nugget: Lately, I’ve had a lot of heavy things weighing on my heart. These things can definitely affect my daily routine & thoughts! I am learning to re-focus on God & all that He’s done & continues to do.

I feel that it’s so easy for us to let things & thoughts consume us; at these times (& at all times), it’s best to lean on God, His word, & promises. Today’s scripture reminds us that we have a High Priest who’s right there with God, our Lord, Jesus! He intercedes on our behalf as we face challenges, struggles, & obstacles. He’s there to offer praise with us as well.

When you get to the point where you feel that life & what it’s bringing to you is heavy or overwhelming, turn to God. Continue to stay uplifted in prayer, the power of His words, & the love we have through Jesus. Better yet, don’t wait until things get so overwhelming to do this---make it a daily habit.

Quote: “Anything under God's control is never out of control.” -Charles Swindoll

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Daily Scriptures 8/6/13

Scriptures: Proverbs 3:1-2 1My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. (NKJV)

Nugget: In reading these scriptures, “length of days” & “peace” stood out for me. These stood out for me because they are connected to knowing God’s word & keeping them in my heart. We can go through so many things & experiences, but everything is connected to God & His word. What a reminder for me to set aside time with God each day to stay in His word.

Don’t let life & challenges beat you down; we have a source of strength that can get us through anything: God. We must take the time to develop our relationships with Him, while growing in Him & His word.

Let’s aim to obtain the “length of days” & “peace” that come from Him & Him alone.

Quote: “So long as we are occupied with any other object than God Himself, there will be neither rest for the heart nor peace for the mind. But when we receive all that enters our lives as from His hand, then, no matter what may be our circumstances or surroundings--whether in a hovel or prison-dungeon, or at a martyr's stake--we shall be enabled to say, "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places" (Ps. 16:6). But that is the language of faith, not of sight nor of sense.” -A.W. Pink

© Lisi P, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Incompletes

On a recent episode of Iyanla Vanzant’s show, Iyanla: Fix My Life, she interviewed Real Housewives of Atlanta former cast-member, Sheree Whitfield. The show focused on Sheree’s life & various aspects of it. One thing that stood out for me about Sheree’s interview was Iyanla’s statement regarding the incomplete aspects of Sheree’s life. Iyanla brought this up in order to point out how the incomplete elements of life can reflect on other areas of life as well. This was interesting to me because it allowed me to ponder on the things I hadn’t completed & why.

Why are there things that we don’t complete, but keep coming back to? Maybe there’s a dream or goal that you’ve set for yourself; although it hasn’t happened yet or you’ve procrastinated on it, you keep coming back to it? Why is this? For me, I began to focus not only on the incomplete aspects, but the “Why?” behind them. What is really keeping me from doing the things I really want to do? (Especially if these things are to promote God, allow personal growth, & to help others)

We can truly be the ones to get in our own way, or to put it another way, to get in the way of what God has for us. We can let our own doubt, lack of confidence, & our own self-induced roadblocks keep us from our God-given gifts & dreams. We have to get out of our own way!

I’m in the process of reading Joel Osteen’s I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life. Today’s reading stated, “You can still become everything God created you to be.” -Joel Osteen. It’s never too late for us to do this; however, what are we doing to become that man or that woman God has called us to be? Are we working on ourselves? Are we growing in Him? Are we living life & enjoying the journey? OR are we accumulating a growing list of “Incompletes”, allowing time to pass us by?

It’s time. Don’t wait to do what God has called you to do, especially when you’re able to begin doing this now. As long as we have breath in our bodies, we should be aiming to be who God has called us to be.

How can you begin today to complete the incompletes in your life?

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2013
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