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

Saturday, June 16, 2018

2018 Pinky Promise Conference


I recently had the opportunity to attend my first Pinky Promise Conference hosted by Heather Lindsey & her husband, Cornelius Lindsey.  The days were filled with worship, praise, quiet time with God, meeting fellow Sisters in Christ, in addition to sessions on marriage, singles, health, & so much more.

I honestly didn't know what to expect from the conference, yet at the same time, went with the anticipation of receiving confirmation from God on some things, & for Him to reveal things to me that I didn't know.  On the first night, one of the speakers said, "You will get out of this conference what you put into it."  My mindset was to go to every session I could, be open to God & His word, be open to those He put on my path, & to keep my heart & mind open--consistently.  I was not disappointed.  I did not leave the conference the same way that I came.

From Heather, to Cornelius, to the other speakers (including Sarah Jakes Roberts who I never heard preach before), God removed many things from me, while opening my heart to the gift of receiving.  The receiving included people approaching me saying what God put on their hearts to tell me.  As my Pastor always says, "God doesn't reveal to someone else what He hasn't told you first."  My Lord, I received confirmation.

I, of course, purchased books that I know will help me on my Christian journey & continuous growth (anyone who knows me know that I am a book hoarder J).  I also left the conference with the determination that I would not return home the same, while reminding myself to do what God puts on my heart to do---this will be shown in my ability to step out like the people did for me (speaking into my life what God revealed to them), & to do the same for others.  Also, applying what I heard from God & learned from the sessions, worship, & prayer on a consistent basis.  It can be hard to do this when returning to the 'real world' from being on a 'high' from the conference, but my 1st week back has been one where I've passed these tests!!

 
I encourage you to step out on faith & do something that will push you past your comfort zone to grow in your relationship with God & your Christian journey.  One weekend, one conference, one sermon, one word from someone else can change everything.

The next Pinky Promise conference will be in July 2019 in Miami, FL.  I'm certain it will be amazing! 

Check out this video recap from the Pinky Promise Conference (courtesy of Heather's YouTube Channel):



Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2018

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
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