Sunday, September 22, 2019

Release & Happy 11th Anniversary to Lisi's Place!


I came across the above quote & had to share it. It resonated with me so much & it made me reflect on my post from the 2019 New Year. The post contained my word for 2019 (release) & what it meant for me as the New Year rolled in. Also, how I would apply it to my journey.

There has been so much that I’ve gone through this year from the professional standpoint; many moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed & discouraged. I had to remind myself to release whatever it was that was allowing me to permit these feelings to enter my mind & actions. I also asked myself, “Are you fully releasing to God what you need to let go of?” In most cases, I can answer “yes”, but in others, the answer is “no”. If I truthfully examined what I was still holding onto in my actions & in my mind, I hadn’t “let it go.”

However, last week, I had a series of confirmations reveal this to me. Whether it was during my prayer time, my devotional time, conversations, or in sermons, God showed me that I hadn’t truly let it all go. I was still holding on to these things while trying to go forward. Most of us know that it’s not possible to go forward & backwards at the same time; a tug-of-war ensues! Yet, we remain in the midst of this because the release hadn’t occurred.

After one conversation in particular, I felt the weight that I was carrying remove itself from me. I hadn’t realized how heavy it’d been until I hadn’t felt it any longer. I literally felt my body change & peace come over me. I had one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time.

Take some quiet time with God & look into the areas of your life where you continue to be in a tug-of-war about what you’re holding on to that needs to be released. I’m not saying it will be easy, it may be a day-by-day process, but it’s necessary! I’m reminding myself to not pick things back up that I don’t need to, while at the same time, examining the instances where I haven’t truly put faith & trust in God in these areas. He doesn’t want any of us carrying anything we shouldn’t. He’s got it under His control; it must be released fully to Him.


I’d also like to shout out a Happy Belated 11th Anniversary to Lisi’s Place! Thank you for taking the time to read, share, & comment on my blog over the years! I am blessed to share this journey with you all.


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Why Me, Lord?

“Why Me, Lord?” This is a question I’ve asked God as I’ve gone through difficulties & hardships. There were many times where I blamed God for what was happening to me & what was going on in my life. Have you ever asked God the same?

 
The circumstances that brought upon this question ranged from me having to work three jobs to the loss of loved ones to the loss of a beloved pet to so much more. Yet, there were times where God’s response was etched in silence, but I have to admit that with the silence answers came. The answers weren’t necessarily right away, & at times, displayed in personal growth & in the growth of my Christian journey.

The growth was shown when I stopped asking God, “Why Me, Lord?” & started saying, “Why Not Me, Lord?” What I was facing & the challenges that I was going through were to develop something in me, to encourage someone else, for the benefit of someone else, & most importantly to build my relationship with God & faith muscles.

Although in the midst of the experiences, we want to question God & His motives behind it all, our perspectives may be skewed because what is happening to us is actually happening for us! God isn’t doing something to you, but for you. He has your best interest at heart. He knew His plans for you from the beginning. As Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV states, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

So surely God knows what it takes for us to get to where He needs us to be for His glory, our growth, & to edify each other.

Be encouraged! In the “Why Me, Lord?” moments, know that His plans are bigger than what you see & know!

Consider, “Why Not Me, Lord?”

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

Writer's Life & Dreams

I’ve been in the process of writing my first novel! It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. The dream that I’m working towards turning into a reality. One thing is for certain, it’s a process that I’m growing & learning from.


Writing entails revealing a part of myself that sometimes can stay hidden; however, you’ve been exposed to this part of me by reading my blog posts, commenting, & encouraging me to continue on. Some think that writing is an easy process, but this isn’t necessarily the case. There’s a process that exists for every writer & what may work for one may not work for another.

I’ve been finding my rhythm, best writing times in the midst of a crazy schedule, finished the UCLA Extension Writers Program a few years ago (an amazing experience, I highly recommend this program), & joined a new writers group, The Redbud Writers Guild (another amazing experience).


I’m being stretched & pushing during this part of my writing journey, but in a good way. I’m not allowing myself to get stuck in doubts, fears, old mindsets, & the like. When I do find myself in the moments of hesitation, I keep going. I’m writing the book one sentence at a time, with the end goal in mind. Not only looking at how far I have to go, but most importantly, how far I’ve come.

As you pursue your dreams, what realistic goals are you setting to accomplish them? Have you broken down the lengthy tasks into smaller ones? Are you researching what it would take to get to where you need to go? Met others in the field who have travelled the path already? (Make those connections)

We all have to begin somewhere along the journey to where we want to be. Start with a plan & proceed from there. Be willing to make the adjustments you need to in order to keep moving forward, but don’t give up! No matter what, your gifts & talents will make room for the doors to open & the right people to come. Do your part!

A man’s gift makes room for him,
And brings him before great men.
Proverbs 18:16 NKJV

Don’t give up!! But be sure to do what you need to do to make your dreams come to fruition. Our Father God has your back!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Change It!

There are so many things in life that can hold us back: fear, anxiety, choices, people, etc. On this list, we can also add lack of change. It’s so easy to say that it’s difficult to change ourselves or something around us, but it’s difficult to work on that change & to do what needs to be done to grow in spite of the difficulties. Many focus on the difficulty rather than the path it takes to change & what’s on the other side of the change.

It can also be said that people are afraid to look at what’s hindering them from changing; that ‘thing’ that hurt them, the person who left them, the love that was never returned, the truth that needs to be faced, & so much more. It’s ‘easier’ to stay with the known rather than go into the unknown. But do we realize that the unknown can contain so much freedom that only God can bring? Do we really want to stay stagnant? Why not see what God is going to reveal to us while He peels away the layers that have accumulated over time?

If there is one thing you could change in your life at this moment & have chosen not to, what is that thing? Is it getting in shape? Apologizing to someone? Working towards that dream? What is it? Then guess what----change it! Don’t remain in a place today where you wouldn’t want to see yourself next year. If you find yourself continually complaining—stop. Change your focus.

Do the thing that can get you to begin to change. Take the first step. Begin. Do something. Take action. Nothing can keep you from doing what needs to be done but you.

“Don’t live in your limitations.” –Trent Shelton

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Don't Give Up!!!

It’s never too late to achieve your dreams & goals. If you feel as if you’re at a standstill, re-examine the steps you’re taking towards achieving your dreams & goals. Do you have a plan? Are you working daily, weekly, monthly, to tackle the tasks associated with walking into your purpose? Are you being proactive to accomplish your part so God can do His part? Faith is action & action is needed.

I truly know how hard it can be to stay focused on what you’re seeking, especially if life & circumstances throw a curveball at you, BUT GOD has the answer to any curveball that can come our way. He knows all & sees all, so He knows what it takes for us to get to where we need to be.

Do not give up on what God has called you to do; your dreams & goals are tied to your God-given purpose & why you’re here. No one else can do what you’re called to do! Stay encouraged & remind yourself of all that God has done in your life thus far; re-focus & do your part---one step at a time.


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Growth Requires Effort

Growth requires effort. The effort to not only want to change, but to take & make the steps to do so. It’s so easy to say that we want something, but what are we really doing about it? Is there some action being taken in order to grow or step outside the comfort zones that we create?

I came across the following quote recently:


At first, I didn’t grasp the full concept of what it was saying. I was thinking, “Why would I want to lose me & who I am?” However, in this, God revealed something to me: That I would be losing who I put myself in the box to be. Meaning, releasing myself fully to God to allow Him to reveal to me the aspects of myself that I was holding on to that He wanted to change. In losing me, I was finding the ‘me’ He saw versus what I perceived myself to be.

It’s so easy to get caught up on the labels that others put on us as well. Think on the time that some teacher spoke something negative over you or possibly the parent who didn’t encourage you the way that you needed to be. These can create labels that are carried way into adulthood; yet, we know that God designed us to be so much more than labels & the limitations that they can create.

In your growth process, what do you need to lose in order to find the ‘you’ that God sees you to be? What are you holding on to that needs to be lost? Is your growth being hindered by the effort that isn’t being made? Just some questions to consider during the process.


God has so much in store for us! Remove any & all limits.

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

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