Friday, January 30, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/30/15

Scriptures: Psalm 30:8-10 8To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy: 9“What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness? 10Hear, LORD, and be merciful to me; LORD, be my help.” (NIV)

Nugget: Silence---it’s the thing that can get us nowhere at times; especially during the times when we know we should take action & speak up. So why be silent with God during the times when He’s needed most? God is an instant prayer away & many times, we go to Him last or we feel that we can’t seek Him in everything.

God is faithful & merciful; His mercy upon us is renewed daily (thank goodness!). Continue to praise God, pray to Him, & know that He’s an always present help.

Quote: “God’s mercies are new every morning. Receive them.” Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/29/15

Scriptures: Matthew 9:20-22 20And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. (NKJV)

Nugget: Faith--we all have a measure of it. Some circumstances & experiences have put us further along in our faith journey than others, but it’s a continuous process. In these scriptures, the woman with the issue of blood knew that her answer came from Jesus---He was the only one who could heal her. She stepped out on faith & touched the hem of His garment & was healed.

How close are we to the hem of Jesus’ garment, but we aren’t taking that step of faith towards Him? Are we that close & missing the opportunity? Don’t be so close to your miracle or breakthrough & leave it there. All it takes is the action faith to believe what Jesus can do.

Quote: “FAITH - Forwarding All Issues To Heaven.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/28/15

Scripture: Romans 8:33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. (NKJV)

Nugget: We’ve all lived long enough to know that people will talk about us, judge us, & even try to condemn us at times. But we also know that we have a God who has the role of protecting us from such things. God is the only one who can justify & keeps a protective hand over His children.

So who are we to judge anyone else, or to even be judged for that matter? Leave it in God’s hands; He can handle it.

Quote: “God has a hedge of protection around you.” -BibleGodQuotes.com

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/27/15

Scripture: Proverbs 18:14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? (NLT)

Nugget: Most times if we’re dealing with a cold or other sickness, there’s something we can take to alleviate them. But when facing a crushed or discouraged spirit, recovery doesn’t come as quickly or as easily.

There are things, people, & occurrences that will come our way, challenging us to the core of our spirit---even crushing it at times. However, our strength & recovery from these instances lie in our relationship with God & continual prayer.

We don’t have the ability to avoid challenges to our spirit & hearts, but we do have the One who can help us endure & prosper during these times.

Quote: “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” -Curiano.com

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/26/15

Scripture: Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. (NKJV)

Nugget: How many times have we thought or said to God, “Where are you?”, believing that He couldn’t hear our prayers, cries, or words to Him? Most times, in these instances, it was probably me who was blocking God & His voice; this blocking probably came from something I was doing (or shouldn’t have been doing!) which caused me to separate from God.

It’s not necessarily that God is hidden from us, as He’s always there, but there are things we do that can allow us not to see Him--completely blocking our view of Him. How many times have we missed something or someone who was right in front of our faces due to our one-dimensional view of things? In this same manner, what we’re doing can block our view of God & to Him.

Don’t allow anyone (including yourself) or anything to hinder your view of God & your relationship with Him.

Quote: “Just trust me. --God”

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/20/15

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away (NKJV)

Nugget: This book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there’s a time for everything. Such are the seasons we face in life; there comes a time we have to reevaluate the people & things in our lives.

As we are more than half way through this first month of 2015, we must continue to examine who & what we allow to go with us on our life’s journey. There are things & people that we’ll gain & lose, but we’ll also keep the good ones & remove the bad. It’s a cycle that allows us to move forward.

God knows the times & seasons that we’re experiencing; He knows exactly what & who are needed as part of our journey. Thanking God for His timing.

Quote: “Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” -Sonia Ricotti

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/13/15

Scripture: Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. (NKJV)

Nugget: “God is….” We can finish this phrase with so many words! The list could continue on until our last day on Earth. That’s the kind of God we have & serve.

In looking at the word infinite, this scripture uses it to reference God’s understanding. No one understands us better than God & no one can be as understanding as Him. Just think on the number of times we go to Him with our concerns, worries, etc. He never gets tired & is always there--He’s that great & powerful.

The infinity of God is never ending--that’s true love.

Quote: “My finite mind can never understand my infinite God.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/12/15

Scriptures: Psalm 71:20-21 20You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. 21You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again. (NLT)

Nugget: We will definitely experience challenges & hardships in life; there’s no way to go through life without them. Some of these will be brought upon by our own actions & other times, God will allow us to go through things in order to develop something in us--strength, faith, trust, etc. But once these challenges end, we most times recognize the purpose for them.

Don’t see your challenges & hardships as things you won’t be able to overcome; see them as God’s way of developing something in you & using these as a way to restore you to even greater things to come. Sometimes we can’t make it to the next level without conquering where we are now.

Quote: “You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” -Shannon L. Alder

© Lisi P, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/9/15

Scripture: Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. (NKJV)

Nugget: This scripture is referring to wisdom. It reminds me to reflect on the benefits of receiving wisdom & wise counsel; basically, not receiving advice or feedback from those who would guide me in the wrong direction.

In having wisdom, & in seeking it, we have understanding, strength, & direction. Through prayer & connecting with God, He will guide us to the right scripture, person, & even experiences that allow us to grow.

Thanking God for all that He’s taught me through His word, life, & people.

Quote: “Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.” -Joan Rivers

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/7/15

Scripture: Psalm 131:1 LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp. (NLT)

Nugget: There are just some things that we’ll never understand or comprehend that God is doing. We may wonder “why” or “how” these things will be or why they were done, but only God will know. This has been something that I’ve been learning over time.

Pride will keep us from realizing God’s hands in certain situations & occurrences. I’m doing better about removing myself from the equation; one of my sayings this year is to “stay in my lane”, which has kept me in check!

What things matters are you concerning yourself with that only God can handle? What haven’t you completely let go of? God is already there, let it go to Him.

Quote: “But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.” -Alan Watts

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/6/15

Scripture: Lamentations 3:39 Why should a living man complain, A man for the punishment of his sins? (NKJV)

Nugget: None of us are perfect, so there will be things that we do wrong; sometimes, these things will not be on purpose & other times they will be. Regardless, there will be times that we face the consequences of our actions. Most times, these are hard pills to swallow.

We do our best to live according to God’s will; in the instances where we get off track, it’s a blessing to know that He’s there for us--forgiving & allowing us to ask for this forgiveness. This doesn’t mean we won’t face things, but that His mercy & grace exist.

Quote: “Go 24 hours without complaining (not even once). Then watch how your life starts changing!” -KatrinaMayer.com

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015

Praise Song: "Dear God"

Tyler Perry sent out an email the other day with the words to Smokie Norful's "Dear God".  It's such a powerful song; I'm so glad that Tyler Perry shared it. 

I pray that this song touches you as well!!  Thanking God for life, happiness, & love.  He's truly a good God!



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2015

Daily Scriptures 1/5/15

Scriptures: Psalm 139:1-3 1O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. (NKJV)

Nugget: We’ve all had the thought, “No one understands me”, at some point in our lives. We felt like people just didn’t “get” us; the understanding wasn’t there. However, there is One who not only “gets” us, but created us & knows us better than anyone. This is our Lord.

God created us just as He wanted us to be, so there is not one thing about us that is an error. There may be things we need to experience in order to develop certain characteristics & growth, but God is acquainted with our paths to get there.

It’s great to know someone who understands us so well!

Quote: “Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He's sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.” -Charles Stanley

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!!



Happy 2015!! It’s a new year with new beginnings. We are blessed to live to see another day, let alone another year.

I spent part of yesterday & this morning reflecting on 2014 & all that it brought to me; pains, aches, tears, but in the midst of these were also blessings, new mercies, growth, renewed friendships & relationships, & so much more. I’m grateful for each part of my journey.

I went through my Blessing Jar for 2014! It was full of so many things: prayers, promotions, daily life occurrences, peace, etc. What a reminder for me to count each day as a gift & all that God has done for me & continues to do.

My anchor verses for 2015 are:

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” -Hebrews 11:1 NIV
 
“5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” -Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

These two verses have been speaking to me throughout the past year & I even found them on a whatnot at the Christian Bookstore (definitely confirmation):

© Lisi P, 2014
This year will be about faith & continually walking with God. He’s working no matter what & I look forward to what He has in store for me as I begin Page 1 of 365!! (The first day of the 365 days of 2015)

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2015
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