Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy 2019!!!


 
Happy New Year!!!  2019 is upon us!!  I’m still trying to figure out where 2018 went.  In looking back on 2018 & my post for last year, I reflected on my Anchor Verses to see if I stuck with them.  I can say that I actually did; they kept me in line with God’s word on many tough days & allowed me to focus on Him. 

2018 was a stretching year for me; in saying this, I mean that it was one that stretched me beyond my boundaries & comfort zone both professionally & personally.  However, the stretching showed me if my faith was where I said that it was or if I needed to grow in some areas.  Needless to say, it was a bit of both.  I do come out of 2018 stronger than I had been. 

I still have so much that I want to accomplish, but I know that this cannot occur without God.  However, I must do my part & stay consistent regarding my dreams & goals.  It can be easy to get sidetracked on things that come up, & let’s face it, life-is-life.  BUT this does not eliminate the purpose of what God has put us here to do.  It’s so easy for another year to go by where we can end up saying, “I wish that I XXX.”  Let’s not do this in 2019.  Spend time with God, get into His word, & see what He’s revealing to you about how to make the things happen that you’ve been put here to do.  In doing what we need to do, He always does what He needs to do.  There’s no reason this time next year for us to be wishing that something happened that didn’t. 

Every year I choose Anchor Verses to guide me throughout the year; they are verses that I focus on, pray about, & have as reminders to help me along the way. For 2019, I'm including one from 2018 & a new one as well:
  • "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" -Ephesians 3:20 (NKJV)
  • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” –Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
For this year, I’m also choosing a word to take action on regarding my walk with God.  This word is release.  When I looked up release in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, its meaning is as follows:

  • To set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude & to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses
The reason I chose this word is because I began to examine if there are dreams, things, people, actions, thoughts, etc. that I need to truly release to God.  It’s easy to say that I have, but in reality, I have not.  Especially when certain situations or circumstances arise showing that I am holding on tightly to something or someone that I need to release & allow God to handle on my behalf.

There is so much that I accomplished in 2018; I’m proud of who I became in 2018.  I am focusing on growing further from this starting point, continuing with what God has begun.  He will finish His work!  (See Philippians 1:6)

2019 is the year of continued beginnings, growth, & walking fully in purpose!! 

Until next time.

Blessings,


 
© Lisi P, 2019

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Closed Doors

Over the past few years, God has closed various doors in my life, both personally & professionally. In some of these instances, I cannot say that I originally saw the doors closing or that the closures would be blessings later on. Truly, how many of us can say that when God removed things or people from our lives that we saw these as blessings during those times?

In many cases, we tend to hold on, thinking that the outcomes would be different; or we hold on to what’s comfortable. In looking back now, I can, of course, see how many times God was putting up roadblocks in these relationships & occurrences, but my heart & mind wanted what they wanted! Yet, our God, had other plans, better plans. The results of the closed doors have been blessings & growth I would not have had otherwise.

Most times, it’s easy to hold on with a tight fist to what we want for ourselves, the difficulty lies in us letting go & letting God do His thing. The easy thing is to hold on to what we know: things, people, that familiar job, the same route to work, etc. (the list can go on & on). The hard thing is truly believing & committing our desires & wishes to God & His will. Why not do this if we say that we are His children & believe Him for what we’re praying for? He knows us better than anyone & knows what’s best for us.


As a New Year is quickly approaching, there should be things, people, & mindsets that we don’t carry with us. As difficult as it may be, close the doors that we want to leave open & walk through the doors that God has opened. He’s standing their waiting for us to step through them. What’s on the other side of those thresholds are only what God can create & has designed specifically for us. His will for us is beyond our imaginations. What are we waiting for? The blessings are on the other side of obedience.

18“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. –Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Happy Birthday To Me!

Every day is a blessing & so are birthdays! I’m grateful to have lived through another year of life; both the ups & downs continue to make me who I am & allow me to grow.


One of the main things this past year has taught me is that I’m stronger than I ever knew. It’s one thing to be told that I’m a strong person, but it’s another thing to actually see it for myself. There are various things that I’d put on the backburner & chose to ignore that I decided to face this past year. I can tell you that the steps to get to this point were not easy, but they were worth it in the end. Every situation didn’t turn out as I would have expected, but I grew in spite of not getting ‘what I wanted’, knowing God has something greater on the other side. Oh & what a reminder that He’s always in complete control!

I also learned the importance of continuing to move forward; one of my co-workers always reminded, “Just keep swimming”, like in the movie, Finding Nemo. And I truly kept swimming, even if I felt like I was drowning at times!

In seeking God & His direction for the processes I’ve went through, He spoke & provided answers. The most resonating one being from the Bible verses Philippians 3:13-14. These verses came to me a number of times within the past few weeks! There’s no way I couldn’t pay attention to the message God was sending me.



Moving forward can be difficult to do. We want to move forward, at times, while looking back, but this isn’t possible. I came to the realization that sometimes it’s just time to let go & move forward in God. In moving forward in Him, He directs us, guides us, & shows us His way along the journey. For anyone who needs this: God’s got you covered the entire time! Don’t let doubt or fear or any other emotion keep you from what God has for you. Obedience is a key factor as well; if God says do something, we must take heed to His guidance & follow Him completely.

Every day that I get to see is a miracle---I know that I’m a walking miracle. My friends & family, so are you! As I continue to enjoy this day, with the anticipation of a new year, I pray for you that your hearts & minds are open to His will, His direction & His voice. Live well! Live in Him & with Him!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy 10th Anniversary to Lisi's Place!!!

Wow!  I cannot believe it's been 10 years since my blog started!  I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has read my blog, shared my blog, shared a word of encouragement with me, dropped in with a comment, & anyone who has been along for the Lisi's Place ride.  If you were not reading my blog, there would be no audience for me!

I pray that the words I've shared are a reflection of God & what He's put on my heart to share with you.  I pray that the blog has been an encouragement for you & that you continue to stop by.

There's more to come & I'm looking forward to what's next!!


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Hard Stuff

Have you prayed for something a long time & feel as if nothing is happening? Sometimes, wondering if God truly hears you. It could be that He’s answered & His response is missed. Or His response includes taking an action that you really do not want to. What I’m referring to is the action of doing the hard stuff. What does the hard stuff entail?

The hard stuff entails the things that we really do not want to do! You know what I mean! We may be praying for someone to change, but God wants us to give that person Godly wisdom that we could be afraid to share. Or we are wanting someone to apologize to us, but God is requesting that we be the first to apologize for something we did, but “it’s their fault.” There could be prayers that include seeking a new job, but leaving the old one is required too! Another example is to face the things that are the hardest for us to deal with, yet we think that these things “will go away” if we ignore them enough, but God keeps bringing them back up in order for us to face them in Him (& not alone). Or facing the past & things & people that have hurt you, but you need to do this to move forward.

The hard stuff is just that---HARD. BUT hard doesn’t mean impossible. On our own, yes they are hard, but in God all things are possible. What are the things that hinder you & are holding you back from that prayer being answered? Is there something God is requesting that you do before He leads you to the next step, the next answered prayer? Is there something or someone you’re avoiding, but know that God is asking you to trust Him in your Hard Stuff?

Don’t let your doubts or fears keep you from facing the hard stuff. You aren’t on the journey alone; God is there the entire time. If nothing is happening with that prayer, ask God if there is something He’s requesting of you in order for the prayer to be fulfilled.

Face the hard stuff one step at a time---in God. He’s got you!


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Challenges

There are experiences that challenge us consistently. We may pray that God take these challenges away, but where would we be without them? We definitely wouldn’t pray as much! We likely wouldn’t grow as much either. These challenges & what come with them push us towards God’s word (hopefully) & draw us towards Him.

Don’t underestimate your ‘now’ & what you’re going through. Although it may not be easy, there’s a reason behind this part of your journey. There’s a process that’s occurring to develop something in you & to take something out of you. There may be people that God needs to remove from your circle too.

Even if you’re feeling lonely, God is with you. Even if your best friend deserted you, God is with you. Even if you feel that no one understands, God is with you. If you’re feeling weak, God provides strength—He loved us all to give His only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins, so surely, He will carry you through your current season.

Some things don’t come without going through pain & getting to the other side. Allow yourself to get to the other side of that struggle, challenge, or circumstance. Don’t stop now because right when you think the end is near, it could be God’s way of creating a new beginning.

There’s a purpose in the process.


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Growing

Many of us have heard the saying, “Everyone can’t go with you.” Basically, the place where God is preparing us to go to & what He’s doing in us will likely require letting some people & things go. As my journey continues, I’ve realized that some people can’t go with me, but they also cannot grow with me. There are times when people do not understand the process of what you’re going through, nor what you’re being developed for. That’s between you & God & what He’s revealed to you during your time with Him.

It’s not that the individuals didn’t serve a purpose along the journey; it’s just that their part in the journey has ended. They’ve imparted something in us & likely things that we’ll carry as we continue into the calling God has on our lives. AND we know that God has a plan for them, so the relationships were likely two-fold.

When God is taking you through your process, it can be tough, as well as stretching you to what He has next for you---spiritually, emotionally, physically, & mentally. The process is not an easy one, but don’t lose sight that God has an overall purpose & plan in mind---He’s developing you for His glory & what He has called you to do.

No, everyone can’t grow with you---it’s a part of life. Growth & maturity require the circles that we’re in to get smaller, which broadens our visions & mindsets to listen to God. Let God clear the way for what’s next. It’s going to be amazing!


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018
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