Sunday, May 13, 2018

More Than You Can Bear

The Bible verse 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV) states:

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

In my years of hearing this verse mentioned by others, they’ve stated, “God doesn’t give you more than you can bear.” However, this appears to be misused as temptations are mentioned, with God not allowing us to be tempted beyond what we are able & providing a way to escape in order to bear it.

This scripture came to my mind due to the many things that I’ve faced in the past few years (& some that I’ve overcome as well). I began thinking, “God, aren’t/weren’t you not supposed to give me more than I can/could bear?”; now this is me asking in the context of the misuse of the scripture. Because I began to realize that God does give us more than we can bear-----BUT the way that we face these things are in HIM, & not in our own power. The struggles, challenges, & occurrences in life go beyond temptations (mentioned in the correct use of the scripture). With the things that we face, come our growth in God, our relationship with Him, & a better understanding of all that can be done through Him & with Him.

God did not intend for us to go at the journey alone or in our own understanding; He provides Jesus, His word, love, guidance, & support. When you feel as if you’re going through too much & that He’s putting more on you than what you can bear, it’s very likely that you do have more on you than what you can bear alone. But if you look at this & open the door for Him to step in, there’s nothing that you cannot do or get through with our God.

Remember God’s word: For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:30 NKJV) Yes, there are times that we are carrying more than what we can bear, but it has a purpose----for us to turn our dependency on God & not ourselves.

What are you carrying that’s more than what you can bear alone? Have you considered our God?

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Where Are Your Energy and Time Being Directed?

There is only so much energy & time that we have in each day; yet, there are those moments where we direct these precious gifts in the wrong direction. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that the stressors of work & life exist, but there is only so much we can control.

Lately, many people I know, including myself, have been faced with the things (& people!) that can take our energy & time if we let them. The minutes of the day are ticking by & we’re focused on the people who’ve ‘done us wrong’ or that thing that keeps us up at night. BUT WHY are we giving the power to these people or occurrences that shouldn’t have the power?

How much of our time & energy should we continue to direct to this?? àZERO. Take back your thoughts, your energy, the precious moments that are ticking by that you can’t get back. Focus on the gifts that time & energy present to us! Use these in a positive manner; work on your dreams, spend time with your family & friends, change your perspective to not giving away what God has given you to anything or anyone who doesn’t deserve it.

When you find yourself handing over these gifts, grab them back!! As 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV reminds us:

4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

So anything that directs us away from God, is taking us in the wrong direction. Our energy & time should be directed towards Him, peace, & grace.


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dust Your Dreams Off

Are there dreams & goals that you've put off? Are there ones that you believe you cannot achieve? These usually consist of the things we continue to come back to in our minds----the things we cannot let go of. The ‘what ifs’ & the ‘maybes’. You know what I’m talking about.


One of the things that life continues to teach me is that it’s never too late to achieve anything that I put my mind to. As long as there is breath in my body, the opportunities exist to step out in faith to work towards my dreams & goals.

Sometimes we get in our own way of taking the steps in the directions that God is calling us to go in. What gets in our way can be anything from fear to doubt to money to you name it, but if it’s something that God is calling us to do, He will equip us to do it. He, of course, knows the purpose He put us each here to accomplish. AND these purposes will all tie back to Him & His will for our lives.
 
So what are the dreams & goals that you’ve put on the ‘back burner’? Just begin…..begin with the first step, which is the hardest one to take, but it will be soooooo worth it as you pursue all that God has in store!


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Count Blessings

Sometimes, it's easy for us to focus on what we don't have, while ignoring the many blessings that we do have.  Don't ignore all that God has done for you by 'looking over the fence' or seeing if the 'grass is greener' on the other side. 

Our God is blessing us right now at this very moment!!


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Letting Go...

Letting go….it’s so much easier said than done; however, God will put us in situations & allow circumstances to happen in order for us to do so. These past few years, & even months, have taught me the strength in letting go & letting God. This includes letting go of people, things I believed as true, & even things I perceived about myself. In the midst of this, I have grown so much. I’m not saying that the tests of letting go don’t occur daily, but I can say that I’m able to recognize the tests & pass them more frequently than I used to.

Whatever it is, whoever it is, or wherever you are at this moment, if God is telling you to let it go, lean on His strength & guidance to do so. In releasing it to Him, we have to know that He has so much better in mind.

God’s better is on the way, but He can’t deliver it, if you haven’t given Him a place for it to be delivered to.


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!!!

Happy New Year!!!  Here we are at the beginning of 2018.  The first page of a 365 page book that we have the blessing to see.  There's so much we can do & experience this year.  Most times, we begin the New Year with resolutions of things we didn't accomplish the previous year, or with resolutions for things we would love to accomplish for new dreams & goals.

Something came to mind when I began to think about the things I have yet to accomplish; whether this is based upon time, life occurrences, or other things, there's a reason for these not happening or being reached.  BUT what if the #1 reason is our own thoughts & mindsets?  In saying this, I was listening to a sermon from T.D. Jakes the other day & he mentioned that although the New Year is upon us, it's not just about it being a New Year, but about us having a new mindset. What's the point in starting a New Year, being excited, but carrying baggage from the past year that does not need to go with us into this new part of our journey?  If we're excited about this New Year, we must also be dedicated to having a new mindset & seeking God through this process like never before; because we all know that the 'little voice' of whatever was hindering us can turn its ugly head!  This is something we do not need to give power and/or energy to!

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 2018, I'm including one from 2017 & a new one as well:
  • “Pray without ceasing” -I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) 
  • "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)
There are many things that I'm seeking for myself that I know will only come from God; of course, I have to do my part (faith without works is dead -- see James 2:14), continue to spend time with Him, & be open to the lessons that He's putting in my life that allow me to grow & stretch beyond anything I could imagine.

New Year, new mindset!!  Keep the faith & give it over to God.  2018 is the year of new beginnings, resurrection, & regeneration!!  Thank you, Lord!

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017

For My Singletons, Pt. 24

For any Singleton who has been asked the question, "Why are you still single?", here's a great response from Devon Franklin!



Sharing this in case you need it!

Until next time.

Blessings,

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