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

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/7/14

Scripture: Psalm 65:4 Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple. (NIV)

Nugget: Do you know how blessed you are? Do you know that you were chosen by God? Do you know about the good things that can only come from Him?

God has chosen us as His children; He wants to bless us & bring us into His presence. We are filled with good things that can only come from God & our relationship with Him. It’s up to us to take notice, acknowledge this, believe it, & act as a child of God.

Fill your thoughts, life, & associations with the good things of God. Strengthen your relationship with Him & walk into the blessings only He can bestow.

Quote: “You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure about you. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.” -Nelson Rockefeller

© Lisi P, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Daily Scriptures 1/6/14

Scripture: Micah 6:8 The LORD has told you, human, what is good; he has told you what he wants from you: to do what is right to other people, love being kind to others, and live humbly, obeying your God. (NCV)

Nugget: In reviewing this scripture, I’m reminded of what God seeks from us. Most times, we’re seeking so much from Him, that we lose focus on what He requires of us. God asks us to do what is right, live & to love others, & lastly, to obey Him.

How many times do we take the necessary steps to reach out to other people? To let them know that we love them, are here for them, & to live the lives that God requires of us? Are we too caught up in our own lives that we forget the importance of acts of kindness & acts of obedience to God?

One of my favorite quotes is, “Treat others like you want to be treated.” I do my best to live this way; sometimes, putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes goes a long way!

What acts can you take today to obey God in this manner?

Quote: “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.” -Og Mandino

© Lisi P, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Praise Song: "We Won't Be Shaken"

This week's Praise Song is Building 429's, "We Won't Be Shaken".  This song is very empowering regarding our faith & trust in God no matter what comes our way.  We can't let things & people shake our foundation & trust in God.  We must hold fast & stand firm in Him, our faith, & what He's done for us through Jesus Christ.

We won't be shaken!! 



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year to you & your family!! God has blessed us with the opportunity to see another year go by & to welcome 2014!! We must not take the gift of life for granted.

2013 (as well as 2012) was difficult for me. I faced many challenges & struggles, but as one of my favorite gospel songs states, “I’m Still Here”. I know in the midst of what I’m facing, there is a testimony on the way; this testimony will show me how God brought me through it all, show me I’m strong in Him, & will help someone else.

Towards the latter half of last year, my heart was so heavy. Not only was I facing my challenges & struggles, but there were a number of deaths that occurred (an older cousin of mine, Nelson Mandela, & Paul Walker, to name a few). I began to ponder on life & its tendency to be very fleeting! As fleeting as it is, I thought of the life that my cousin lived, the examples set by Nelson Mandela & Paul Walker through the actions they took. What an impact we can make if we only tried; sometimes, it’s the simplest of things that go the furthest.

Last year, my Anchor Verses were:

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

As I reflect on last year & these verses, I realized that I want to use the same verses this year. I don’t feel that I fully took these words to heart & acted in them in the midst of my year. I feel that this year will be the year I achieve what the verses are asking of me; using them & my experiences to become a better me--a me who will show growth & faith in my actions & words.

With this being said, my word for this year, to coincide with the verses, is: LIVE. I want to live fully, experience my Bucket List items, stop putting things off for tomorrow (because the next moment is not guaranteed), achieve my dreams & goals, & to be all that God has in store for me. I know this year will bring its own challenges & whatnot, but my goal is to not focus on the challenges, but the good & positive aspects of life, no matter what may come my way.


My 2013 Blessing Jar
Photo credit:
© Lisi P, 2014
Lastly, I did keep my Blessing Jar for last year!! Yay! I’m in the process of going through it & reviewing the blessings that God trusted me with! He’s a good God. Right now, I will mention 2 that stand out for me: 1) The blessing to see another birthday & 2) The opportunity to visit Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, & meet him. My God is good!!

I will continue the Blessing Jar for this year too. I’m excited about what lies ahead & will use last year’s challenges, struggles, & lessons to become a better me for 2014!!!

Live fully, my friends & family!!! Let this year be all that you seek in God!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2014
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