Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!!!


Wishing you a Merry Christmas filled with peace, love, & God's goodness!!

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6 NIV

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Through The Eyes Of A Child

 
One of the greatest honors I have is being a Titi. I love my nieces & nephews (they are my babies!). During their birthdays & Christmas time I love to spoil them; there’s something about seeing & experiencing these events through the eyes of a child.

This got me to thinking on how life & our experiences can change us so much; not that these shouldn’t have an impact on us, but it changes a lot of what we believed as children. For instance, when a child asks a parent (or Titi) for something, the child believes that he/she will receive it no matter what. There’s no doubt about it. Somewhere along the way, we lost this same belief in our prayers with God. Yes, we may believe, but do we believe fully? Do we have doubt? Or can we go back to how we were as children when we asked our parents for something, knowing that we would receive it? Even during the most difficult times, I remember my parents making sure we had a good Christmas & presents under the tree. I never thought that Christmas wouldn’t “happen” for my siblings & I.

I’m blessed for my babies & the lessons they teach me without even knowing it. I don’t like that time continues to fly by with them, but I’m enjoying every moment.

May we learn to take a moment to view life through the eyes of a child; knowing that God is working without reservation.

“Through the eyes of a child all things are possible.” -Unknown

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Encouragement


I received the following quote and scripture in an email the other day:

“New day, new hopes, new life!!”

“Each day brings new life, new strength, new dreams and new hope. May you find courage, confidence and hope to reach out for your dreams.” -Lailah Gifty Akita

Lamentations 3:21-25 (NLT)... Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him.

It came right on time as there have been a lot of things on my plate lately; some of these things have caused me to feel a little discouraged. Many of us have felt like we’re working & working towards something, while at the same time feeling as if nothing is happening. These are the times when our faith is tested, but we need to refocus on God, the faith that we have, & get into His Word.

No matter what you’re facing, be encouraged & refocus on God---not the circumstances or situations you’re facing. God already has everything worked out.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!!!

No matter what you might be facing today, there’s always something to be thankful for. This is definitely a lesson that I’ve learned over the past few years. Just being alive today is a blessing; being able to spend time with friends & family is a gift.

"It is not Happy people who are Thankful. It is Thankful people who are Happy. Thanksgiving is everyday." -Unknown

Live today to the fullest & be thankful in all things---this is my prayer for you!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Urban Mystic - "Feel Good"

I heard Urban Mystic's "Feel Good" on the Tom Joyner Morning Show the other day!  Such a happy song; makes you have no choice but to feel good!

Enjoy!!!




Friday, November 21, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/21/14

Scripture: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. (NIV)

Nugget: God had given Jeremiah specific tasks to do in which Jeremiah’s responses were “I’m too young” and “I don’t know how to speak.” God’s answer was that He would be with Jeremiah & for Jeremiah not to be afraid---God would be with Him.

How many times has God told us to do something, to step out on faith & the strength that can only come from Him, & our response be that we couldn’t do it? How many times has God promised to be with us from beginning to end, but we still let fear keep us from His promises?

We shouldn’t let fear or doubt overshadow what God has put in us to do; or keep us from the things that He’s specifically asked us to do. With God telling us to step out on faith, with Him, the strength to complete anything is with us as well.

Quote: “Frequently remind yourself that God is with you, that He will never fail you, that you can count upon Him. Say these words, "God is with me, helping me." -Norman Vincent Peale

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/19/14

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:19 Today I ask heaven and earth to be witnesses. I am offering you life or death, blessings or curses. Now, choose life! Then you and your children may live. (NCV)

Nugget: Every day that God grants us to see is a gift of life. What we choose to do with these days are up to us. We can mope around, be discouraged, & not appreciate the gift we have; or we can do the opposite, be happy, be encouraged, & show appreciation throughout the day.

We have choice regarding how we react to the things & people that we face each day. As the day passes & time goes on, be careful who & what you give your time & energy to. Don’t let the gift of today be wasted.

Quote: “Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something.” –Ralph Marston

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/17/14

Scriptures: Romans 8:24-25 24We were saved, and we have this hope. If we see what we are waiting for, that is not really hope. People do not hope for something they already have. 25But we are hoping for something we do not have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently. (NCV)

Nugget: Faith & trust—these go hand-in-hand when we’re praying & seeking something from God. True faith is being able to have hope in the things we do not see & knowing that God is working things out for our good. There may be things, people, family members, & circumstances that we’ve prayed about for years, feeling as if there is nothing happening; but we have to know that God is working it out.

Hope doesn’t occur for the things we already have; these things are right in front of us. The things that we wait for God to answer us on are what keep us connected to Him, praying consistently, & awaiting His promise.

Continue to seek Him, waiting patiently for His answer & direction.

Quote: “God makes a promise. Faith believes it. Hope anticipates it. Patience quietly awaits it.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/14/14

Scripture: Proverbs 22:11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend. (NIV)

Nugget: One of my favorite sayings is, “treat people like you want to be treated.” We definitely wouldn’t want to be treated in a manner that we wouldn’t want reflected upon us. To love with a pure, open heart & to speak with grace are things that I continue to try to do.

I believe these things allow for me to be the person & friend that God wants me to be; additionally, what I put out there is reflected back to me with those who surround me. Love, grace, mercy, & true people around us are all something that we seek.

Quote: "Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit." -St. Lucy

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/12/14

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (NIV)

Nugget: An everlasting, unconditional, love--this is the kind of love God has for us. No matter what we do or say, God’s love for us is unfailing. Even when we haven’t forgiven ourselves for things we’ve said or done, God has already forgiven us.

Continually connect with God & the love that He has for you. Don’t ever doubt the endlessness of His love.

Quote: “I’m not perfect but I have a perfect God, that’s loves me perfectly.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/10/14

Scriptures: Jude 1:20-21 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (NKJV)

Nugget: Our walk with God is a continuous process, with continual growth. Daily, we have to renew our minds in Him in order to face what’s coming our way, what we already have on our plates, & even the things of the past. This daily renewal constitutes us praying, reading, & getting so close to God that we know His love & mercy will guide us through.

Keep yourself in the love of God; keep your faith strong. There’s no way to do this without knowing God for yourself & having the closest relationship with Him as possible. Don’t go a day without talking to Him & spending time with Him; this is the most important relationship we have.

Quote: “The most important thing for me is having a relationship with God. To know that the owner, the creator of the universe loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins; that's very empowering. Knowing Him and knowing that He loves me gives me encouragement and confidence to move forward.” –Benjamin Carson

© Lisi P, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/7/14

Scripture: Psalm 89:46 How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire? (NIV)

Nugget: There are many things that I’ve gone through, & some things that I continue to go through, in which I ask God, “How long with this go on?” These circumstances & situations make me question if God is still there. These are the things that challenge my faith, but also develops it. I’ve learned from & prayed on these situations, which have furthered my growth in the Lord & my walk with Him.

Asking God questions is part of our walk & relationship with Him. However, His response may be to stretch us like we’ve never been stretched before; to challenge us like we haven’t been challenged before. He’s creating us into who He’s called us to be.

Quote: “God infused us with strength when He created us. Then He gives us challenges to see how much it has grown.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/6/14

Scripture: Micah 4:12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. (NIV)

Nugget: There are many things we do not understand that God is doing. He does not reveal His plans or final outcomes to us, but regardless, He knows what He’s doing. God does not need our help.

I continuously remind myself of this: I may not understand how things will work out, but I know that God is working it out. There’s nothing too big for Him.

Allow God to work in your situation; even if you don’t understand it all, He’s on the job!

Quote: “You are where God wants you to be at this very moment. Every experience is part of His divine plan.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/5/14

Scripture: Psalm 94:22 But the LORD has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us are experiencing challenges: physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually. Things can get overwhelming, to the point where we feel that we cannot go on. We’re seeking answers, praying, & waiting, but may wonder what God is doing in the midst of our circumstances.

During these times, as challenging as they may be, we must hold steadfast to what God can do & to who He is. He is our fortress & our rock; He is unmoving & strong. He wants to take the burdens from us, if we’ll just hand them over.

Give it all to God; He’s working all the time.

Quote: “God is not an option. He is necessary.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/4/14

Scripture: Proverbs 21:3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. (NIV)

Nugget: When we’re faced with challenges, sometimes the hardest thing is to do what’s right. Just thinking on those who challenge us on a daily basis (work, family, friends, etc.), is enough to make us want to get outside of ourselves & the actions God wants us to take. But we must press on & look to God.

In the daily on goings of life, we must strive to do what’s acceptable in God’s eyes. Let us do what’s right & just; God can & will handle the rest (& so much more!).

Quote: “Your current circumstances are part of your redemption story He is writing.” -Evinda Lepins

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Daily Scriptures 11/3/14

Scripture: Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. (NIV)

Nugget: In most cases, having patience is the best answer. We have the tendency to want to rush God or to question where He is in certain things that we’re praying on, but these things are attached to His timing & His will.

Stepping outside of, or in front of, God & what He’s doing could be detrimental to what He’s trying to do. We don’t want to take over & remove self-control; the results of these actions put on us the wrong path.

Let us have patience in God; knowing that He’s working things out for our good.

Quote: “Just because something isn’t happening for you right now doesn’t mean it will never happen.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

 
As I sit on the morning of another birthday, I reflect on God’s goodness & how blessed I truly am. Most times, we don’t realize how blessed we are until we face & overcome something detrimental. How do we miss the blessings in the “little” things? When in reality, the “little” things aren’t so little after all.

Waking up to another day, being clothed in our right minds is more than a little blessing; it’s momentous! For God to see fit to allow us (& bless us) to do so is amazing. So the gift of another birthday is beyond words; especially since I wasn’t supposed to live beyond a certain amount of time after I was born. I was a preemie who came into the world some months early, but God had other plans than what the doctors told my parents.

As I reflect back on this past year, I feel that I’ve been on a journey to becoming a better me. I’ve been working on things I’ve been putting off doing, cleaning my house (including my mind & soul), God has been removing people from my life, & bringing others into my life. I’m beginning to learn to “go with the flow” a little more, or better yet, to trust God a lot more! I’ve been truly trying to sit still in Him & adhere to His will & ways.

So I ask myself, one year ago would I have imagined myself to be where I am today? No way! Last year I was dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident in which I had severe whiplash, pain from other medical concerns, & even a continuous battle with vertigo. Further, I was still coming to terms with the losses of my Grandpa & my hairdresser. There were many challenges & obstacles indeed. But God brought me through & continues to do so.

For this year, I’m planning to continue to work on living through one of my favorite quotes: “Live, Love, Laugh”.   I want to live fully, love completely, & laugh until my stomach hurts. I want to smile when I feel like crying, love when I feel it’s impossible, & live each day like it’s my last. I want to experience all that God has for me, including growing in Him & my relationship with Him.

I thank God for this past year & all that it has done to change me. Without it, I wouldn’t be in a better place; it doesn’t mean things were easy, but they did make me better.

My advice & prayer for you, as I enter this day & another year: “Live, Love, Laugh.”  Let God do these things completely in you & through you!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In The Midst of Silence

Happy October!!! It’s my favorite month & time of the year!!!

My apologies for my mini-hiatus from my blog. I’ve been regrouping & focusing on my relationship with God & the things that He wants me to do, as well as the things that He’s working to develop in me.

One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned in the past few months is that God works in silence. You may wonder what I mean by this----it’s that He’s working in the midst of the times when we feel that He doesn’t hear us, He’s working in the midst of the times where there appears to be “nothing happening”, He’s working when we’re praying & feeling like He’s not providing an answer. Believe me, I know because I’ve been praying on some things for a while now, & just when it looked like I was at the end of whatever rope I was hanging on to, God showed up!

For instance, for the past few years I’ve been going through the most challenging times I’ve faced in a long time—both personally & professionally. I’d been praying for a change, but God had kept me in the same places in some instances. When I got to the point where I “let go & let God”, He answered in a way that I wasn’t expecting, well at least at that time: He blessed me with a promotion. I wasn’t looking for this, mainly due to budget cuts & other occurrences that had gone on. But in the midst of the budget cuts & no new hiring, God showed up. This is exactly how He works; He showed Himself in an “impossible” situation and made things possible.

There are probably many things that you’re praying on where you feel that God cannot hear you or is not answering your prayers. Our God is a God who works, listens, & blesses beyond circumstances & what we can see. He works things out in the silence, He works in the background, & can move some things around that we could never imagine.

 
Don’t think that God isn’t hearing your prayer, your struggle, your challenges, & so much more. Our God can do all things----one of them being working & moving in the most silent times of our lives.

Believe in Him & trust Him completely.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Praise Song: "I Belong To You"

On Sunday at church, one of my friends sang the song "I Belong To You" by William McDowell.  It's such a beautiful song & truly touches my heart.  There's nothing like God's love & knowing who I belong to!!

I pray this song touches your heart as well.  Know who loves you & know Whose you are!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy 6th Blogiversary to Lisi's Place!!!

 
Happy 6th Blogiversary to Lisi’s Place! Thank you for continuing to stop by, leave comments, & for your encouragement. I pray that my words are an encouragement for you & all that God puts on my heart to share.

I’ve been praying on the gifts that God has instilled in me & one of them is my gift of writing. I want to use it to the fullest & know that God has a plan for this part of my journey. Sometimes we have to let go of fear & act in faith, knowing that God will guide us.

I look forward to another great year ahead; a year of encouragement, growth in God, personally, & professionally as well. I pray that my gift makes room for me!

"A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” –Proverbs 18:16 (NIV)

Please continue to stop by, leave comments, & to be encouraged.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lessons in Growth

 
Over the past few years, I’ve been faced with many challenges & situations that can either cause growth or doubt to occur. I must admit, there are times when I could’ve handled things better, but time allowed me to go through these situations & see what God wanted me to gain from them.

There are some lessons & situations that occur with God’s purpose of producing growth in us. God will allow us to go through things to see how we handle them & how we will depend upon Him & His word during the toughest times we face.

For the lessons in growth I’ve experienced (some I’ve passed & some are a continuous process!), I’ve learned more about myself, God & His word, those around me, & even those I seek advice from. Sometimes, God’s purpose is not only what we see, but those unseen things that allow us to develop above & beyond knowledge, faith, & trust in Him.

Don’t ever underestimate the place you’re in right now. God’s hands are in everything, even when we don’t see Him & even during the times we’ve made situations for ourselves. Our God is ever-present & He will not leave us.

Don’t miss your lessons in growth; some things only come by experience, prayer, & going through the process.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Purpose

 
So many of us are seeking & praying for our purpose in life. That one thing that God has called us to do; the thing He has gifted us to do. With life & everything that’s going on, it’s no wonder what God is trying to reveal to us can get lost within the “crowd”. This is why continual prayer, time with God, & getting into His word are so imperative.

During my seeking & praying, I began to see how “What is my purpose?” has become a desire for so many. I decided to look up “purpose” in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary & the following definitions were provided: “1) the reason why something is done or used : the aim or intention of something, 2) the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something, and 3) the aim or goal of a person : what a person is trying to do, become, etc.”

For each of these definitions, I added “in God” at the end. For instance, “The aim or goal of a person; what a person is trying to do or become in God.” It does bring a new awareness to purpose & what we are seeking, but all of these things can be done in God. Without His guidance & direction, our purpose wouldn’t have his stamp of approval.

I, too, am one who’s looking for & praying for what God has called me to do; a lot of times, He’s told us what to do & we have to “just do it”, by stepping out on faith. For many, this faith can even be mustard seed faith---it’s the only faith that’s carried many through most of the toughest days. Thanking God for the power of mustard seed faith.

Continue to pray & seek God for your purpose in life. He’ll reveal this to all of us; we must be ready to believe, receive, & act on this IN GOD.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/19/14

Scriptures: Lamentations 3:31-32 31For the Lord will not cast off forever. 32Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies. (NKJV)

Nugget: Sometimes we feel that God has forgotten about us; it’s as if our prayers aren’t being heard or we feel that we can’t hear Him. Sometimes we even feel that He’s not blessing us during our circumstances & situations. However, God is still there.

But God is a God of mercy & grace. Most times, what we’re experiencing is to allow something to grow in us; to grow our faith, patience, strength, etc. in Him. Without the trials, we probably wouldn’t grow.

God’s compassion & love are greater than we can ever understand. Although He may hold some things off from us at times, His plan & love will prevail.

Quote: “God's love is like the sun, constant and unchanging, you'll wake up one morning and realize that nothing can take that away.” –Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/18/14

Scripture: Zechariah 10:1 Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone. (NKJV)

Nugget: Faith is asking God for something in the midst of what seems impossible. This scripture reminds us to ask God for what we’re seeking & He will give more. Of course, this will be according to His will, but it all begins with faith & seeking God.

Sometimes in the midst of our asking for something we consider “big” or impossible, God provides & gives more. This scripture states that the people asked for rain, but God will give them “showers of rain” & “grass in the field”. What a great God we serve; He can & will give above & beyond!

Thanking God for being a God of abundance!

Quote: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!” –Audrey Hepburn

© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/14/14

Scripture: Proverbs 19:15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger. (NKJV)

Nugget: We should always be working towards something; laziness should not be in our vocabulary or actions. How would we achieve anything by being idle? This scripture reminds us that an idle person suffers hunger; if we’re not working, we’re not eating. If we’re not working, we’re not achieving dreams, goals, etc. If we’re not working, we’re not growing.

Laziness is not something that should describe us. Of course they’ll be days where we need rest, but idleness shouldn’t be a continuous thing.

Quote: “God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.” –Elisabeth Elliot

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/13/14

Scripture: Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us (NKJV)

Nugget: Regardless what is going on in our lives, God is there. We may be facing challenges, but God…. We may be facing doubts, but God…... We may be discouraged, but God…… The “but God” includes His mercies, grace, & love.

Life can become overwhelming, especially with the things we face, but there’s nothing that we cannot do through God because of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ. When these challenges/etc., come upon us, we must go to God, pray, & seek His continuous love, mercy, grace, & guidance.

Quote: “Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” – St. Augustine

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/12/14

Scripture: Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it. (NKJV)

Nugget: There are many things that we want in life; some of these things we go out on our own to get & others we wait for the Lord to bless us with. There is definitely a difference in receiving what’s in God’s will versus receiving the things that we “made happen”. Even if God leads you to do something, there’s peace that comes with it.

When God blesses us with something, there’s no sorrow, strife, struggle, etc. connected to it. When God answers we usually have the feeling of “everything falling into place.” When we make things happen for ourselves, most times, there’s chaos. I’ve experienced both for sure.

Allow God to bless you in His will & His way; don’t try to make things happen on your own. Even if you’re stepping out on faith, let God be your guide---He knows the way.

Quote: “If you’re not seeing God move in your life right now, one of two possibilities must be considered. Either your requests are not God’s best and will probably not be answered the way you’d like or it must not be the right time. If God were to answer that prayer the way you are hoping, it could interfere with his ideal plan for you.” –Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/11/14

Scripture: Psalm 29:4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (NKJV)

Nugget: God’s voice is powerful, but do we listen for it? Sometimes, we do so much talking & overshadowing God, but not sitting still & listening for Him to speak. I’m doing my best to listen to that “still small voice” that can only be God answering me & talking to me.

When you pray, be still---listen for God to speak to you. His voice is full of majesty, direction, truth, & the answers we seek. God speaks, all we have to do is open our hearts, be still, & listen for the voice that is only His.

Quote: “Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” –Diana Robinson

© Lisi P, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/8/14

Scripture: Haggai 1:7 Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways! (NKJV)

Nugget: This scripture speaks volumes! “Consider your ways!” Do we consider the things we do, our actions, & thoughts when we’re seeking things from God? For example, if we’re praying on something, are we doing our part too? Reading our Bible, going to church, believing, working, etc.? Does this align with God & His will?

Sometimes what we’re seeking is so tied up into what we’re doing (or not doing) that we could be blocking our own blessings. God’s asked us to consider our ways for a reason; self-reflection & realization are a part of this Christian journey.

Don’t block your own blessings.

Quote: “We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” –Francis Chan

© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/7/14

Scripture: Numbers 9:8 And Moses said to them, “Stand still, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you.” (NKJV)

Nugget: Moses awaited God’s response regarding questions concerning the Israelites; they came to Moses with questions in which Moses wanted a clear understanding from God on how to respond & proceed. In doing this, Moses told them to stand still in order for him to hear God’s command.

What a reminder for us to be still in order to hear God; I continually learn the importance of this daily. Many times, we hurriedly pray, rush through the conversation with God, & never hear His response. There was a reason why Moses told the Israelites to stand still in order for him to hear God—there were things going on.

May we pray, be still, & wait to hear & listen what God is guiding us to do. Sometimes, our answers are in the midst of connecting with God in the stillness.

Quote: “We need silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him, to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and transformed. Silence gives us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the energy of God himself that makes us do all things with joy.” –Mother Teresa

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/6/14

Scriptures: Psalm 103:14-16 14For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. 15As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. (NKJV)

Nugget: “Life is short”, it’s something that I’ve said more & more as time flies by. The thing is knowing this & doing something about it. I began to ask myself, “Am I living as if life is short? Like it’s a gift? Like today could be my last day?”, and if not, what could I do to change this?

I’m learning to take time to do the things I’ve been putting off doing. I’ve been taking the time to spend with & to talk to friends & family that mean the world to me. I’ve been taking the time to reconnect & to spend with God. Just the peace in learning to slow down has been a gift!

Don’t let life pass you by; enjoy the journey. As these scriptures state, “We are dust. The wind passes over it, and it is gone.” Powerful words to consider!

Quote: “Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns - the pains and problems they cause you - and enjoy life.” –Bernard Kelvin Clive

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/5/14

Scripture: Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (NKJV)

Nugget: The 23rd Psalm is one that most of us know by heart; it’s the one that is the “go to” Psalm for many occasions & circumstances. It has become so common to many, that reciting it can become routine rather than us paying attention to what it’s saying.

A good friend reminded me of the importance of this Psalm. There are various things I’ve been facing in the past year & my friend gave me this particular verse as a reminder of God & what He can & will do.

As a child of God, surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. God didn’t say that goodness “may” follow me or that it’ll be for “some” days, he said surely & all the days of my life. Now that’s a God promise for sure!

Take time today to really read the 23rd Psalm, not recite it, but to read it in detail. There’s so much in these words regarding God & the promises He’s made to us.

Walk in His assurance today & always.

Quote: “We can never escape God’s lovely essence.” -Sonnett Branche

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/4/14

Scripture: Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (NIV)

Nugget: God didn’t give us the gift of life to just exist, He’s given us this gift in order to LIVE. Daily, I’m reminded of how routine & stagnant aspects of life can become; however, I’m also reminded that this isn’t how God wants things to be. We shouldn’t become so routine that we forget to live, love, & laugh (one of my favorite sayings). We should enjoy this life to the fullest.

God has made our paths known; He fills us with joy in order to walk this journey & its experiences. What more could any Father want for His children?

Don’t become so routine that you’re existing & not living! Enjoy what God has blessed you with; this life is a journey that I don’t want to miss & I don’t want to pass me by!

Quote: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Harold Whitman

© Lisi P, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

Daily Scriptures 8/1/14

Scripture: Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives (NIV)

Nugget: I thank God for those He’s placed in my life that continually pray for me; these are people who I’ve asked to pray for me & even those who pray for me without my asking. Truly genuine people with the intentions of seeing me grow spiritually, by gaining God’s knowledge, guidance, wisdom, & understanding.

There’s nothing like the people who God has placed in our lives to guide us along this journey; everyone & everything has a purpose. With God, these people & things are divinely placed. We are truly blessed.

Quote: “When you pray for others, God listens to you.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Daily Scriptures 7/31/14

Scripture: Psalm 84:5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us are going through & facing so much; each of us has our own battles daily. However, our strength comes from God; we just have to remember this as we face these battles---don’t try to handle things on our own, but give it all to God.

Whose strength are you depending on? Does your heart & mind automatically turn to God?

Quote: "The life of faith is a daily exploration of the constant and countless ways in which God's grace and love are experienced." -Eugene Peterson

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Daily Scriptures 7/30/14

Scriptures: Acts 15:30-31 30So the men were sent off and went down to Antioch, where they gathered the church together and delivered the letter. 31The people read it and were glad for its encouraging message. (NIV)

Nugget: In the scriptures preceding those mentioned above, the elders & apostles decided to send a letter to the brethren who were Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, & Cilicia. They sent the letter by way of their own men along with Paul & Barnabas. The letter was written & sent in order to encourage Gentile believers in these cities.

When those in Antioch received the letter, they were glad & rejoiced over its encouraging message. This letter & the encouragement it provided reminds me of the many times someone sent me an encouraging message “out-of-the-blue”, of the times when I received the perfect quote or scripture right on time, & even of the times I received a phone call when it was needed most.

God definitely knows when & who to send these messages through; just like the elders & apostles chose their own men, Paul, & Barnabas to deliver their message, God choses the right people as well.

Allow God to use you to encourage others as well as allow yourself to be open to receive the ones He’s sent to encourage you.

Quote: “Encouragement from any source is like a drop of rain upon a parched desert. Thanks to all the many others who rained on me when I needed it, and even when I foolishly thought I didn't. (acknowledgements in The P.U.R.E.)” –Claire Gillian

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Daily Scriptures 7/29/14

Scripture: Psalm 108:4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

Nugget: God’s mercy---do we really think about & appreciate how endless it is? Every day, He grants us new grace & mercy that we take for granted. Do we know of anyone else who wipes our slates clean each day, forgetting about what we did the day before? There’s no one like our God.

In God’s infinite granting of mercy, which reaches above & beyond what we could ever imagine, we are blessed; we are renewed each day with new chances. So let go of yesterday, & walk into today with the clean slate of God.

Quote: ”God doesn't owe us anything---yet in His grace, He still gives us good things.” -Billy Graham

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Daily Scriptures 7/28/14

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:1-2, 5-6 1My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 5then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

Nugget: Wisdom & understanding are two things that many of us seek. At times, we search for these in books, websites, friends, & family; however, the one place that they’re most easily obtainable is with God. But do we take the time to spend with God, read His word, & listen to His voice? Do we seek the knowledge & answers that can only come from Him? I know I’m guilty of seeking these things from many other sources first; however, I’m learning that God should always be my first choice.

Take time today to pursue God in the things you are seeking answers for; the time you’d spend doing other things---seeking other people, ideas, etc., go to God for these. Grow your relationship with Him to find the knowledge, wisdom, & understanding that only He can provide.

Quote: “May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.” - St. Patrick

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Daily Scriptures 7/9/14

Scripture: Isaiah 43:1 But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (NIV)

Nugget: Most times, we get so caught up in what other people say about us, what they think about us, what they say we should do, what they say would should’ve done, etc. However, how many times do we turn this around and ask “What does the Lord say?” People tend to put more value in what others say, rather than what God says. This truly shows where our minds can be because who knows us better than the one who formed us?

God’s word, direction, & guidance are complete; there should be no one or nothing we put over Him; of course, He can send wise counsel through others, but we must pray for discernment regarding this.

Remember: “What does the Lord say?” about you, your situation, your prayers, etc. This is what matters; He knows us better than anyone.

Quote: “The only opinion of you that is important, is God's. Focus on living your life, and let the opinions of others be what they are.” –Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Daily Scriptures 7/8/14

Scriptures: I Corinthians 13:5-7 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV)

Nugget: Love, many of us say that we love someone unconditionally, but do we? Do we love them as Jesus loved us? Through the hard times, the growing pains, through faults, forgiveness, & more. Do we love them through disagreements, arguments, & fights? It’s amazing how our view on love can change when facing difficulties in these relationships we have with friends, family, & loved ones.

Love can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, experience of our lives. The love we have for others allows us to see & feel a glimpse of the love God has for us (in giving Jesus for our sins). Love is open, true, forgiving, hopeful, selfless, & trusting.

Don’t sit on the love you have for others; share this with them today. Life is too short do otherwise.

Quote: “This fire that we call Loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.” -Aberjhani

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Two Words: Live Life

 
A few months ago, one of my favorite actresses, Kimberly Elise, tweeted a question. The question was: “What advice would you give your younger self in two words?” What a question, huh? Well, the funny thing is, it didn’t take me long to have an answer. I would tell my younger self to: LIVE LIFE

I was one (& am still one) to be a workaholic. From the time I was old enough to work, I did. Mainly, without me working to support myself, many things couldn’t & wouldn’t get done; there weren’t too many people I could go to for help. This work included getting good grades to get scholarships, to keep scholarships, to pay bills, & more. This is definitely the story for many of us. So I’m sure many can relate. But somewhere along the way, I do think that I forgot to live life & to have more fun. Now don’t get me wrong, I did have great times & great friends, but I looking back, I could’ve “stopped & smelled the roses” more. Maybe slowed down just enough to take it all in & to just breathe.

With this being said, the more mature version of myself now knows to enjoy the journey of life. (As we all know, it definitely passes quickly) For me, living life means to try to do the things I’ve been putting off for years. For me, living life means to love more & to the best of my ability, without restrictions that I subconsciously put on myself. For me living life means to laugh more, to grow more, to forgive more, & to make lasting memories. These are just a few of the things I pray to do.

The past few years have taught me so much about living life to the fullest. Life is one of the best gifts we have; in living to see another day, God’s grace has been granted. I thank Him for it.

Yes, I would tell my younger self: LIVE LIFE. One of my most favorite quotes is: “Live, Love, Laugh”. I intend to do just this.
 
"Live your life while you can." -Pastor Charles Jones, Antioch MB Church, Oviedo, FL
 
What would you tell your younger self?
 
Until next time.
 
Blessings,
 
 
© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Stillness

 
Hello all!! I’m still here. A lot has been going on & I’ve been focusing on regrouping. It’s amazing what God reveals to you in the midst of challenges, struggles, etc. However, I know He’s in control & that He’s developing something in me.

I’m learning the importance of being still; even in the times when I’ve felt that God is doing nothing in this stillness, He is. God has shown me that in stillness I learn to listen to Him, myself, & to gain patience along the way. There’s something about stillness that I hadn’t realized.

In the hustle & bustle of everyday life, take time to yourself & for God. Don’t underestimate how this will impact you. Most times, I’ve always felt that I had to be “doing something”, but the something includes taking time to regroup & to refocus.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms, dads who are filling in for moms, aunts, grandmothers, nieces, adoptive mothers, & surrogate mothers! What would we do without you!?

 

There's no role that compares to yours! Here's a video that demonstrates this well!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Lessons from Light!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing some late Spring cleaning. I’ve been working on my “to-do” list around the house. Needless to say, there was a particular light bulb that needed changing & I was nonchalant about getting this completed for the past few months. The only reason why I could put it off was because it was one of four bathroom lights; LOL. The others were still working.

These light bulbs, including the one that needed changing, are attached to a light fixture. Well in the process of changing the bulb, I went to unscrew it & it came right on! The bulb has been working just fine ever since. My conclusion is that I must’ve loosened the bulb somehow when I was cleaning the fixture last time. After all of this occurred, I began to think on many things.

The most prominent thing in my mind is how we can be attached to something, but not connected to it. For instance, the light bulb was attached to the fixture, but in reality, it was not completely connected to it. Once I screwed the bulb completely in, the light came on---the connection had to occur in order for the electricity to flow from the source to the bulb. Amazingly enough, this made me think of my relationship with God. I’ve been going through so much lately, not only lately, but for the past few years. 

I’ve felt somewhat out-of-sorts with my life, many challenges that have occurred (including loss of loved ones), & the direction I’m praying to go in. I’ve felt that I’ve done a lot of things right, but there’s more that I can do----things I can do better. The #1 “thing” is my relationship with God. It’s not that I don’t know that He’s here, but my connection to Him & being in that quiet place to hear Him have been difficult. Then the light bulb lesson happened!

No matter what you’re going through God is there; we have to remember not to be only attached to God, but connected to Him!! Are you merely going through the motions in your relationship with God or are you connecting to & connected with the source? 

Is your light on or is it off only because the attachment has happened? The source hasn’t changed, but you must be connected to Him in order for the current to flow.

Is your light bulb on?? There’s only 2 ways to get it to come back on: 1) Connect to the source 2) Change the bulb, connect, & start anew.

Thanking God for this magnificent lesson from a light bulb I was nonchalant about changing!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!!!

Happy Easter, Everyone!  Our Lord is risen.  Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us; unconditional love---we couldn't ask for anything more.

 
Until next time.
 
Blessings,
 
 
© Lisi P, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Praise Song: "All About You"

This week's Praise Song is Anita Wilson's "All About You".  Our praise team at church sang this during their concert last month.  Love this song!  It's very uplifting & a reminder of God's plans for our lives---no matter what we do, it's all about Him!!



We can do all things through Christ!!!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Daily Scriptures 4/9/14

Scripture: Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. (NLT)

Nugget: There are many times that we face so much; in these times, our answers & support can only come from God. We cry out to Him & earnestly seek Him in what may be considered our “weary land”; these circumstances can bring upon these feelings: weariness, tiredness, discouragement, etc.

Our hearts, mind, & prayers should earnestly seek God at all times, but definitely during the times indicated above. He’s the only one who can heal our thirsty, weary souls!

Quote: “We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn't come naturally. It's a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.” –Charles R. Swindoll

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Daily Scriptures 4/8/14

Scripture: Psalm 143:11 For the glory of your name, O LORD, preserve my life. Because of your faithfulness, bring me out of this distress. (NLT)

Nugget: There’s so much going on with all of us; from work, to school, to family, to friends, & more. It can all become so overwhelming. Sometimes, we don’t know up from down! At these times, & so many more, I’m doing my best to seek God. I’m trying to refocus on Him, His word, & what He says, rather than my own voice or circumstances.

Allow God to step in & work things out for you & what you are facing; don’t allow the problem, challenge, or circumstance to control your actions & thoughts. God is always working & readily available to deliver you from everything.

Quote: “Life may be tough, but I've got a God that's tougher.” –Sashauni Aaeliyae

© Lisi P, 2014

Praise Song: "Dream"

I've been praying about so much lately; in my worship time, I asked God to send me a song that would minister to me.  After a few songs had come across my AOL Radio station, Shirley Murdock's "Dream" came on.  Oh my goodness!  This song spoke directly to me; may it touch you as well!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. -Jeremiah 29:11



May this week's Praise Song minister to you as well.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Daily Scriptures 4/7/14

Scripture: Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NLT)

Nugget: Sometimes, I sit and reflect on all that God has done for me. The most important of these is that He gave His son, Jesus, to die for me & my sins. I’m sure that many would not give their children, nieces, nephews, etc. to do the same for us. It’s amazing the magnitude that God’s love for us reaches.

In Christ, we are new people; we are no longer who we used to be. Once He’s came into our hearts, newness was created. There’s no reason for us to hold onto the “old” individuals we were, as this has been crucified with Jesus.

Trust in God & who He has called you to be; trust that Jesus is in you & continuing to work a change in you that can only come from his love, mercy, & grace.

Quote: “I am not a Christian because God changed my life; I am a Christian because of my convictions about who Jesus Christ is.” –Josh McDowell

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/12/14

Scripture: Job 1:22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. (NLT)

Nugget: Job’s story is one that is well-known & well-taught throughout our Christian journeys. Job experienced a massive lost of both family/loved ones & possessions. Instead of Job’s faith being dwindled, he praised God in the midst of his circumstances.

Reflecting back on my life, there were many things that I blamed God for; not realizing some things were happening to strengthen me, other things, I caused myself, & some things I may not receive the answer for until a later time.

In spite of my early thoughts & actions, I now know better, instead of blaming God, I praise Him & thank Him through it all. My thought is now, “God is in control. He knows what He’s doing.”

Continue to praise God; look at your circumstance as an opportunity to grow in God, faith, & praise.

Quote: "The Word of God is truthfully faithful, reliable and dependable. It is proven true and worthy in times of desperate need and our darkest hours. You can take them to a bank and cash them. But you must believe." -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/11/14

Scriptures: Romans 1:11-12 11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (NIV)

Nugget: Who God puts in our lives is a blessing! I’m thinking on the various people God has either let stay in my life or those who have crossed my path at some point---these people have imparted gifts into me & have allowed me to grow & become stronger. From those who have sent an encouraging email, those who came into my life for a season, & those who remain here for a lifetime---they have truly been a blessing (& are a blessing) to me.

But this path is also mutual---we should also be encouraging others along our journey! Give back to others what God has given to you! Don’t take this aspect of relationships/friendships/etc. lightly. This journey is not one that we are on alone.

Quote: “Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.” -Maya Angelou

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/10/14

Scripture: Proverbs 6:28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? (NIV)

Nugget: There’s the saying, “If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.” The scripture above reminds me of this saying. How many times have we done something, knowing it wasn’t right, knowing it shouldn’t be done, & faced the consequences behind it? Whether it be from disobeying our parents to staying out/up too late, or more, we definitely felt the results of being burned (or as the scripture states, “scorched”).

God gives us free will---it’s up to us what we do with this free will. We should use wise discernment in the actions we take & if these actions are outside of “what is right to do”, expect the consequences behind them. There’s no way to continue down a dangerous path, expecting it to be easy.

Use the free will God has blessed you with wisely! Try to avoid actions & situations that lead down the path of destruction.

Quote: “We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.” -Ken Levine

© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/6/14

Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. (NIV)

Nugget: There’s nothing like having a core group of people who can pray for you. These are the people you turn to when requesting prayer, guidance, & support. These are the people who can tell you the truth, tell it like it is, & send up a prayer for you with no hesitation. They are a rare find, but when you have them, there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for you & vice versa.

Begin examining your relationships & friendships to determine if you have this core group around you; additionally, are you being the same core to someone else?

Quote: “Having a prayer partner will not take away the bumps on the journey of life, but it can make the experience more tolerable.” -Kenneth Kuykendall

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/5/14

Scripture: Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah (NKJV)

Nugget: Everyday, we’re faced with troubles; those both seen & unseen. There are many things that God continually protects us from as the day goes on. In the troubles that we are aware of, He does the same; even if, at the time, it doesn’t feel like it.

God is our ever-present hiding place & provides the perseverance we need to continue on. AND as we continue through the troubles, God surrounds us with songs of deliverance! Amazing!

Quote: “Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.” -Elisabeth Elliot

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/4/14

Scripture: Psalm 90:1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. (NIV)

Nugget: My heart & thoughts have been on my grandparents lately. They have all passed & have gone on to be with the Lord; the most recent passing almost 2 years ago. I do miss them & have been reflecting on the things they’ve taught me--the things that I’ll take with me always.

I’m reminded of their faith in God & all that He did for them; these things still impact me & my family today. Even then, all those years ago, God was their dwelling place. He was there for them as He is for me now. God has been the one constant in past generations, the current generation, & the future generations to come.

Without the previous generations believing & trusting in God, I don’t know where I’d be today---they laid the foundation. We serve an awesome God; One who is the thread for the past, present, & future.

Quote: “Blessed be the ties that bind generations.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Daily Scriptures 3/3/14

Scripture: Psalm 92:5 O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.

Nugget: I came across this scripture in my devotional time. I began to reflect on it & the impact it has had on me. God’s works are GREAT & His thoughts are VERY DEEP! Now if the Bible says, great & very, we know this is the case. Our God can do all things.

We mustn’t underestimate what God can do for us. Sometimes we get down on ourselves, situations, & circumstances, but God’s works are great & we’re His works! He’s made us for greatness.

Not only this, but God’s thoughts are very deep; for me, this means His thoughts are way beyond my understanding! His thoughts for us go beyond anything we can think, see, or believe.

Let us believe & trust in the endless power of our God!

Quote: "Do not limit the limitless God! With Him, face the future unafraid because you are never alone." -Mrs. Charles E Cowman

© Lisi P, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ask Away Friday with Miss Alison at Embrace The Struggle!!

Grab the button for your blog! Learn to Embrace the StruggleThe Real Housewife of Caroline CountyThe lovely Alison at Embrace the Struggle invited me to participate in my first Ask Away Friday!! Alison’s blog encourages us to “Pray. Wage War. Pray Again!” What a reminder that no matter what is going on, we can face our struggles in the confidence that comes from God---don’t run from them, but grab on to them and grow from them. Check out her blog HERE!

I love the encouragement Alison provides and am glad that God allowed us to meet through blogging. I greatly appreciate this opportunity and Alison’s patience with me in learning about Ask Away Friday.

Alison provided great questions for me and got me thinking outside-the-box. Here we go!!

1. You quoted the golden rule in your Blogger profile. How difficult is it, in your mind, to live up to the standard of doing to others as you'd have them do to you?

I have to admit, some days this can be very challenging, however, I’ve made it a lot easier for myself by trying to put myself in the other person’s shoes. In doing this, it enables me to realize that many of us have “bad days” and most times, when someone isn’t treating me as I want to be treated, this isn’t always directed at me. It’s usually attached to something else. Additionally, treating others like I want to be treated reminds me of the quote, “What would Jesus do?” In doing my best to establish the attitude of Jesus, humbles me and allows me to move forward!

2. What's your favorite hobby? Do you get to spend a lot of time indulging in it? Why/why not?

My favorite hobby is writing! I believe it’s my gift from God. I love to express myself through words, but more importantly, I love to encourage others. Unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time to devote to this recently. My schedule has taken over me! With this being said, on my Prayer List for this year is accomplishing my goals in writing, both personally and professionally! I’m not one who wants to sit on the gift God has blessed me with 

3. Which word or phrase do you use the most in conversation?

*Smile* I should ask my friends and family about this one! Good question! I’m going to go back to my youth and say that this is either “Like” or, as an adult, “God is in control”. I think these factor into the conversation I’m having and what’s being said by who I’m having the discussion with. Yes, either of these will flow in my conversation!

4. Have you had any of your poetry published? Can you share one of your poems with us? I’ve published my writing/poems on my Yahoo! Contributor Page.

One of my favorite poems is “Looking at the Sky”. I wrote this poem after viewing the sky from my office window. It was as if God was painting a picture just for me to see, but I was too busy to enjoy it. Taking a moment to appreciate it resulted in this poem.

Looking at the Sky

Looking up, I see God's master canvas;
Clouds, birds, the sun, and more appreciating God's glory.
These display God's beauty, enjoying it at the same time.
We take this beauty for granted, due to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Do you ever stop and look up, or gaze out a picture window?
Even when the clouds are rolling in, the display is magnificent.
Dark blends with light, thunder roars, and the rain falls.
Our own, live movie in the midst of it all.
The clouds roll away, the sun shines again.
It's as if God has a remote control, surfing through the channels of His favorite shows.
Looking at the sky, what a wonder!
Don't miss the opportunity to see the greatest show on Earth: right above us daily!

By: A. Potter, © A. Potter, 2009
Link: http://voices.yahoo.com/looking-sky-4289115.html

5. I see you enjoy both Tia and Tamera's show and Kerry Washington's Scandal. What are the aspects of both shows that appeal to you?

I love Tia and Tamera! What I love about them is that I grew up watching them on the show Sister, Sister. Through their various shows from Sister, Sister to Strong Medicine (Tamera) and the movies they’ve made, I feel as if I’ve grown up with them; they would be ladies who I’d want in my circle of friends. Although our paths are vastly different, I think our journeys from youth, to young adults, and adults can relate in some aspects. Also, they are Christian and have expressed their beliefs in various mediums. It’s good to see this in Hollywood, because most times, this does not occur. Lastly, throughout their years, I haven’t really seen anything regarding them being involved in some type of trouble/etc. This has to be a blessing in Hollywood!! Being able to grow, express your faith, and make your own path for others to follow.

Regarding Scandal, the acting, writing, and concepts appeal to me! I would love to meet Shonda Rhimes. I feel that her writing and her writing team are superb! Scandal is one of those shows if you’ve never watched it, if you do, you’d automatically get hooked on it. The writing flows so well! I would love to work for Ms. Rhimes! LOL.

Also, the acting on the show is amazing. Kerry Washington is awesome as Olivia Pope (I would love to meet Kerry too). She leads a great cast of characters who work so well together. One aspect I also love about the acting is that you can see the relationships between the characters are genuine. I do feel that with this cast, you do not see color; most times, people focus on this, but I don’t see this with Scandal. I see great, talented people working together and giving a great show that I watch every week! 

6. Which aspects of blogging are the most enjoyable to you, and which are the most difficult? Why?

What I find most enjoyable about blogging are expressing myself through my writing, encouraging others, and meeting new people. Blogging provides an opportunity for us who love to write, or those who are just starting out, to get our thoughts, words, and work out there. It’s a great way for it to be “about me”, in a sense. I say this because there’s no one over my shoulder stating that I cannot write about certain things. There is a certain freedom in blogging. This allows me to encourage others and to meet fellow bloggers all over the world. I couldn’t ask for anything more!

What I find most difficult about blogging is learning about blogging! LOL. By this I’m referring to the widgets, tools, and some of the technical aspects of blogging. All of these play a factor in being able to share my blog, posts, etc. with others, and to obtain followers. I thought I knew something about computers, but I definitely have more to learn! Sometimes, I feel that I need a class on blogging! But as my friends have told me, “If you write it, people will read it”. This has helped me along the way; in the meantime, I’ll continue to learn and to grow.

7. I recently wrote about my "I don't" list: things that I absolutely don't do. What would be your top five "I don'ts"? My Top Five “I Don’ts” would be:

  • I don’t lie: There’s nothing to be gained in this!
  • I don’t like to be late: I’m always early!! My old band director used to say, “To be early is to be on time!” This is truly the case with me.
  • I don’t “do drama”: Life is too short for drama; there are too many good things to focus on.
  • I don’t wake up late: LOL, I’m always up before the sun, getting things done!
  • I don’t like to be still: I’m one who’s always going something!
8. It's been a tough winter for everyone, even for you guys in the South! Describe a perfect winter day for you.

Being in Florida most people don’t think that we have winters, but there are a few cold days down here. Of course, our winters differ from many other places! On the colder days, I love to be at home, on my sofa with a blanket, & my cat sitting next to me. Most times this includes watching TV or reading a book! (I’m a book junkie!) On days like this, I’m learning the importance of being still and taking in breaks!

On the days that aren’t as cold (meaning the day starts off as cold and then temperatures reach the 80s by the afternoon), I take time to enjoy the outdoors: go for a walk, meet my running group, or even ride my bike! To be honest, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else (I’m a Florida native!)

9. What's something that you simply can't live without?

I couldn’t live without God! He’s done so much for me and has been too good to me! I don’t know where I’d be without His love, mercy, and grace. Just allowing His Son, Jesus, to die for me is enough. I’m truly blessed by God’s love and couldn’t imagine my life without Him. The quote, “He’s been a mother to the motherless, a father to the fatherless, a friend to the friendless, etc.” comes to mind---He’s the end all and be all!

10. What song has been playing in your head the most in the last few days? Why do you think that particular song is resonating with you?

The song that’s been in my head for the past few days (and more) is Tramaine Hawkins’ “I Never Lost My Praise”. This song is speaking to me because I’ve been going through so much in the past few years; it’s been more challenging in the past 6 months! But in spite of these challenges, and my own thoughts, I continue to praise God! I’ve been trying to talk to Him more and am working to hear that “still small voice”. I know that He’s in complete control. This song continues to bring a joy to my heart. You can listen to the song HERE.

I absolutely loved participating in my first Ask Away Friday!!! I hope to do this again in the future.

For more information on Ask Away Friday, visit Penny’s blog at “The Real Housewife of Caroline County”.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Overcoming The Fear of New Experiences‏

My friend shared this video with me.  A very encouraging message!  Check it out.....



Until next time.

Blessings,

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/30/14

Scripture: Jeremiah 17:20 “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us have heard people say, “God knows my heart!” Most times, this saying is not necessarily due to an action that had good intentions. In my experiences, people have used it when they were “doing something wrong” or something they definitely knew was not in line with God.

The Lord “searches the heart & examines the mind”; if he searched your heart & examined your mind what would He find? Would your thoughts & feelings be in line with Him? Or are there areas for improvement? God does know our hearts, but He also knows when we’re taking steps & actions to be better & to do better.

Let us work towards lining up with God; allow Him to reward us for our conduct that aligns with being who He’s called us to be.

Quote: “The way to get the mind of God, is seek to know the heart of God!” -Brian Houston

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/29/14

Scripture: Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (NIV)

Nugget: Many of us let our hearts lead us into the wrong things, situations, & people. Most times, we make decisions based upon feelings & not on knowledge. I can say that I’m guilty of this myself! However, God does give us the power of discernment & the power of wisdom in order to seek Him & knowledge in all things.

It’s not necessarily a bad thing to allow emotions to come into play when making decisions, but we have to have a balance in order to achieve a healthy outcome---don’t let your emotions lead you down the path to destruction.

Quote: “Have a strong mind and a soft heart.” -Anthony J. D'Angelo

© Lisi P, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lessons From A Parking Space

 
At my job, if you arrive at work after a certain time, or if you leave to run an errand on your lunch break, the possibility of finding a parking space when you get there is very difficult. Basically, the lot is completely full & you can drive around for 30 minutes or more trying to find a parking space; waiting for someone to leave so you can “grab their spot.”

Needless to say, yesterday I had to leave for a meeting located in another area, so in doing this, I “lost my parking space”. When I returned, I drove around for a little bit trying & hoping that someone would leave in order for me to be able to park.

Somewhere during my going up a row & down another row, I made the declaration, “God, you will give me a parking space!” This made me think on the power of the words I speak, so I spoke this out loud! In the next few minutes, I found a spot. However, the spot was one in the furthest space in a very large parking lot. Then my mind began to think, “This space is way out here.”

I began to think of what God must’ve been thinking: “Lisi, you asked me for a parking space, & I gave it to you. What more do you need?” I felt convicted because God really did answer my request & there was no delay; additionally, there are many individuals who pray to be able to walk across a large parking lot. I politely pulled into the parking space, thanked God for answered requests, & walked into the building with a smile.

How many times does God answer our specific prayers & we react in ungratefulness because, although He answered, we wanted the request to come in another way? Or how many times do we request something of God, but don’t ask fully, & then get upset? For instance, in my request to God, I could’ve said, “God, you will give me a parking space in the first row of the parking lot.” But this isn’t what I requested & then I began to murmur.

Lessons from this experience:
  • Make your requests known to God; be grateful & thankful when He answers prayers. Praise Him, don’t complain.
  • Be specific in your requests. If you want a brand new car, don’t just ask for a car! Ask for exactly what you want.
  • There is power in the words we speak! Speak life, positivity, & gratefulness.
Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

#1000 & To "Just Be"!!

 
Wow, this is my 1000th post!! I’ve been thinking of what I could write about to commemorate this moment! :) As I reflected on this, a great conversation with one of my bestest friends came to mind. As we discussed life, its challenges, what it entails, & just time in general, we realized that we never truly have to chance to “Just Be”.

Just being, in my opinion, is taking the time to be still. It’s taking the time to put aside the “time we don’t have” for ourselves. It’s sitting in the stillness of God & talking to Him about your troubles, thoughts, desires, & dreams. To “just be” is exactly that, being---remembering who you are & whose you are in the midst on the on-goings of life.

I think we get so caught up in life, work, stressors, our daily routines, etc. that we can forget who we are. We lose sight of that person we “used to be”. I’m not saying to go back to old ways that aren’t healthy, but do we take the time to sit & remember the core of who we are? Some of us are moms, wives, employees, sisters, aunts, fathers, sons, etc., but at the core of all of these titles is us---the person we were born as who sometimes gets lost within everything else.

We need the time to just be; the time to do the things we like to do, the time to do the things we’ve “been meaning to do”, & so much more. We need the time to enjoy being “us” & learning who we are without forgetting our true selves.

Take time & make time to “just be”; get back to that person who’s at the core of you! If you’ve lost this person in the midst of life, it’s not too late to find him/her. You’re in there waiting to come out & waiting to re-introduce yourself to YOU!!

Just be!!

“You might say that we use ourselves to discover ourselves.” -Judith Hanson Lasater

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/16/14

Scripture: Galatians 6:17 From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. (NLT)

Nugget: The Apostle Paul was reflecting on the things he experienced for his faith in this scripture; he was reflecting on the struggles & challenges he endured. Although the things he experienced & endured were challenging, what Paul endured showed his faith in Jesus—it showed he belonged to Jesus.

This scripture makes me reflect on the term “battle scars”. We’ve all experienced things that leave us with battles scars, memories, & pains of what occurred. However, enduring these things produce something in us that should strengthen our faith & connection with God. I can now view these “battle scars” as scars that show that I belong to Jesus & am an overcomer! Wow, thanking God for discernment. We are marked with the scars of Jesus.

Quote: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” –Oprah Winfrey

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/13/14

Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:15 Yet the LORD chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And he chose you, their descendants, above all other nations, as is evident today. (NLT)

Nugget: I thank God for my ancestors; they laid the foundation for me & my faith. When I didn’t have a close relationship with God, the foundation was laid for me to develop one with Him. This was based upon those who came before me & those who had relationships with God long before I was a thought to my parents.

I think about my grandmother who I went to church with; even if I didn’t understand everything, I was happy to be there. I think about my grandpa who I would talk to every Sunday about church, God’s word, & prayer. I miss them & those days, & always hold them dearly.

Many of what we have & are experiencing are because of the love God had for our ancestors & their obedience. Thank God for being descendants of them. Without them, where would we be?

Quote: “To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before. ” -Alice Walker

© Lisi P, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/9/14

Scriptures: Philippians 4:14& 15 14Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. 15Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only (NIV)

Nugget: Apostle Paul faced many challenges & troubles along his journey. In these scriptures, he expresses how the Philippians stood by him during these times of trouble. The Philippians were the ones who stood by Paul when “not one church shared” with him.

The scriptures here remind me of our times of trouble & who really stands by us; most times, we have a core group of friends & family who we can truly depend upon. These are the ones who share our troubles, encourages us when we’re down, pray for us, & so much more. These are the people who are the “except you only” (as mentioned in the verse).

Thank God for the “except you only” people in your life. These individuals are priceless.

Quote: “People are in many ways one of our greatest treasures.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/8/14

Scripture: Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. (NIV)

Nugget: Sometimes, when we’re facing many challenges & struggles, we have to remind ourselves of where God has brought us from. When we look back over our lives, there are many experiences that we’ve overcome by God’s grace & mercy. Without God, where would we be!?

Remember the days of yesterday, not to dwell on them, but to refresh your mind with how God has blessed you. If He brought you through those challenging times, He can do it again! Meditate on Him & all that He’s done.

The days of long ago can be used to reflect God’s abundant goodness & unending blessings.

Quote: "Only the Lord can turn that which seems "bad" by earthly standards into a blessing. How I praise Him for that, all the while asking for grace to endure?" -From http://bibleencouragement.org

© Lisi P, 2014
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