Thursday, January 29, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/29/09

Scripture: Proverbs 14:29 People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness. (NLT)

Nugget: Have you ever realized the way you act out of anger is very different than when you act out of common sense? Anger is one of those emotions that will take over if you don’t watch it!! We can do some crazy things when anger is involved.

This is why it’s so important to learn to control your temper. Acting in anger usually results in some kind of foolishness, while understanding results in controlling the situation(s).

Quote: “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

© Lisi P, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Staying Prayed Up

In reading & watching the news, we come across a lot of bad & disappointing news; job losses, home foreclosures, & businesses closing, to say the least. In the midst of watching all of this, we rarely take time to focus on those who are still employed, those who are able to purchase homes, those who are building their families, & those who are finding jobs. I'm not belittling the impact of this economy on those who are facing losses, but trying to change the focus on some of the good that we can look at each day. In saying this, we really must stay "prayed up" for all things. Thanking God for each moment that we have, each moment that we have food to eat & a roof over our heads, & for those who are working, for those jobs we have.

I know people who are facing the tremendous loss of loved ones to those facing how their bills are going to be paid, but these same people have the best attitudes of anyone I know. They remember to thank God for what they do have & pray for strength during the difficult times.

I'm not saying that it's easy, but am saying that in the midst of this economy, God is in control. I can say this because I know people who are also finding new jobs, buying their first home, getting new cars, & getting promotions.

For these reasons, we must stay prayed up!!! Count your blessings. You may have lost that home, but you have an apartment (think of those living on the streets or in their cars); you may have lost that job, but you found a one that pays less; you may not have all you had before or all you want, but you have health & a healthy family.

We can do all things through Christ who stengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Pray for that strength, pray for others, & look to God. Prayer & faith changes things.

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/26/09

Scripture: I John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: There are many people who profess to know & to speak on God’s word. However, it’s not necessarily that they are who they proclaim to be. That’s why God gives us the power of discernment & knowledge; that’s why it’s important for us to know God’s word for ourselves & to study it!

Don’t let everyone speak things into your life regarding God’s word & His plans for you. Pray, study, & find a good church to worship where you are certain that God’s involved!

Quote: “If nothing is mirrored in Knowledge, then it does NOT exist.” –Sorin Cerin

© Lisi P, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Next Movie: "Not Easily Broken"

The movie "Not Easily Broken" came out earlier this month & had little advertisement. It's based upon the T.D. Jakes novel with the same title. The movie stars Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson, Jenifer Lewis, & a few others. T.D. Jakes makes a cameo appearance.

I went to see the movie & heard it was good. I'm not sure if it was on my list "must-see" movies, but it was one that I thought about seeing at some point. The movie itself is good. There are messages throughout the movie that make you think on what you think you'll do to what you think you'll never do. It's about marriage & the things you never think of happening to you while in a marriage & how you'll handle certain situations. There are other messages intertwined throughout the movie as well.

As always, I won't tell the movie, but I do recommend it for the messages it sends. Whether you see it at the theatre or on DVD, let me know what you think!!

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

For My Singletons, Pt. 4.....

Hey Singletons!! Here's the latest. I recently ran into a guy that I met some months back. He had given me his # & I called & left him a message. Needless to say, he never returned the call. I thought nothing of it & kept truckin'!!!

So I ran into him while out running an errand. I have to tell you, God shows you some things for sure. This same guy is basically doing nothing & somewhat admitted that he didn't have a job. What I mean by this is that most people are running around saying that they have some sort of company or some sort of side-hustle that's not producing too much. So God showed me this in this short "reunion".

With this being said, ladies & gents, keep waiting for God to bring the right one to you. While God is working on you, He has to be working on & preparing that person. For those who don't believe in this, check out Essence magazine's "Will You Marry Me?" proposals. They are too sweet. You can see them here.

Keep waiting & enjoy the single life. Once it's gone, it's gone. Enjoy every state you're in because the next one is on it's way & you can't go back!!!

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/23/09

Scripture: I Peter 2:15 It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: We’ve all met those people who have absolutely nothing positive to say about you or anything else!! However, it seems the more you do, the more they talk. But, when God is a part of your life & you live in a way that’s an example of Him, the more silent these naysayers become.

Not necessarily saying that they stop talking or acting out completely, but when God’s got your back, nothing can get in the way of Him & His chosen people.

Quote: “Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.” –Abraham Lincoln

© Lisi P, 2009

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Florida" Weather

Oh my goodness!!! It's freezing here in Florida. Now I know my northern friends are praying for weather like this that does not include snow, but for us natives, it's COLD.

So I went outside this morning (with gloves & all) to find my car completely covered in ice. Needless to say, the ice remained on my car until well after I got to work. On top of this, we were all witnesses to the frozen grass that was blanketed in frozen dew!!

I don't think I can truly live in the blanketed-snow states of the north; I'm a true native at heart & look forward to the return of the "Sunshine State". Now to my northern friends, yall are troopers!! You can be on & win "Survivor"!!!! Me on the other hand, would've been voted off.

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/21/09

Scripture: Jude 1:2 May God give you more and more mercy, peace, and love. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: After yesterday’s eventful mark in history, we must continue to pray for more mercy, peace, & love. These are the things, along with faith in God, that will help with our future & the outlook we’ve all received with this historic change!!

May we continue to seek the mercy, peace, and love that God bestows upon us.

Quote: “Faith will turn any course, light any path, relieve any distress, bring joy out of sorrow, peace out of strife, friendship out of enmity, heaven out of hell. Faith is God at work.” –F.L. Holmes

© Lisi P, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This Day in History: 1/20/09

Today is a day that I thought I'd never see!! An African-American sworn in as the 44th President of the United States: Barack Obama.

Martin Luther King & those soldiers who stood up for Civil Rights (& some who died) for it, are smiling down from Heaven or cheering on in the crowds from the event itself or in their living rooms. Asking the older generation, such as my grandpa, what they think about today, I hear, "The last will one day be first!" Which is definitely true.

I wonder what I will tell my future child(ren) about today. I got a great answer from a dear friend: "Tell them today is the day is the day America truly became America." This is the America that many envisioned but never thought would come to pass! But it's here.

There's a shift & a change in people. There's no where to look but up & at the possibilities that today & future days bring. There's the hope that change does exist & does happen. What else could we ask for but this togetherness & bonding?

To some, this change happened because of the Obama campaign & the whole campaign in general. However, this was the final catalyst in what has been a long time coming due to those of & in our past. Those who never gave up the hope of the future. The future that included us when we didn't know we would be here. The future that included an African American being President. The future that includes more than we could bargain for.

Now, I know that the road ahead will not be an easy one. Obama is inheriting a bad economy, down-trodden people, & more. But we must remember that God ordained this to happen & we must keep God first. Continue to put that hope & desire for change in the Lord!!

Welcome, Mr. President!! First Lady, Michelle, & our darling First Children, Malia & Sasha. We continue to pray for you as we do America & this world.

Today in history.........What will you say about it????

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Obama's Letter to His Daughters

I came across the letter that Barack Obama wrote to his 2 daughters, Malia & Sasha. This letter makes me think of a true example of what a good man is: a man who stands by his beliefs, loves his family, tries to be an example & more. This is something truly rare now-a-days. I pray that it touches all men & allows them to see that relationships w/ their child(ren) are truly important.

Check out the letter below. May we continue to pray for the Obamas, America, & this world.

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009


January 16, 2009

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me-about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential- schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country-but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free-that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better-and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much-although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This month is 1/2 over...

This month is 1/2 over already!! So, we've made it 1/2 way through the 1st month of the New Year. I pray it's been good for you. Are you keeping those resolutions? Are you looking back @ your "wish list" for this year? Have you accomplished any of the short-term goals you've set? Now, you're probably saying, "it's only been a few days", but the point I'm trying to make is that time passes quickly!! Before you know it, the next season will roll in faster than you think!!

In saying this, I'm learning that many people's worst enemy in life is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of "what if", & more. For instance, have you met a person (or have a person w/in your circle) that remains the same as the first day you met them? Are they growing? Has anything changed for them? Not necessarily saying that they need to go from pauper to millionaire, but are they showing any sort of advancement in the goals that they've set? Better yet, do they have any goals?

In life, I've learned to try something, anything to get you to what's next in your life. It may be getting from Point A to Point B, but show some change from one day to the next. Sure, fear exists, but it can be the thing that pushes you or makes you dwindle away & remain in a rut.

Basically, take fear & run with it. Don't run from it & allow it to run you away from your goals & blessings. Get up & do something!! Remember, we're already 1/2 way through the 1st month of the New Year & life is too short not to enjoy!!!!

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

Why You Should....Pt. 2

Why you should have a Girls Nite's the best thing to get all your friends together & enjoy yourselves. You're away from work, life, significant others, etc. What a way to laugh & have fun.

My friends & I recently did this to celebrate my new job (Yay!!) & what a great time. It's good to have great conversation, fun, & more w/ your Sista Friends. It also reminds me of how blessed I am to have these great women & friends in my life. They are the ones who prayed for me during my difficult journey (& will continue to do so!), who sent me job listings, who had my back w/ a kind ear, & then some.

These are the type of people that we must learn to keep around!!! I pray that I am a blessing to them as well. Thank God for good people!!

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/12/09

Scriptures: II Timothy 2:23-24 23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: Yes, one of the hardest things to do is to get along with difficult people!! I know this through my jobs!! And, at times, dealing with family, friends, etc. The thing we must remember is that most of the time, the type of arguments produced from encounters with these people end up containing some sort of foolishness & waste of time.

“Pick your battles” is what the older generation has taught us; “Learn to walk away”. Take on a servant’s attitude. Not saying that this will be the case every time, but it will help in the long run to avoid a lot of useless conversations/encounters.

Quote: “Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you.” –Jim Rohn

© Lisi P, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

New Job Started Today...

My new job started today. It's going well. Meeting new people & learning new things. It's always good to have a change. I'm excited about putting my degree & experience to use.

I'm not saying that jobs don't have challenges w/in themselves, but I'm saying that the expectation of knowing you can & will do better than before is a great feeling. I'm looking forward to gaining knowledge as well as growing, period.

Yes, once you get out of a crazy job & move on, you realize that every place & everything isn't like the place before. As long as God is in it, it's all good :) There's always that "something better".

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/9/09

Scripture: Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

Nugget: Today’s times are so difficult, that I think it’s easy to forget the simple things. Even things like brotherly love. We get so caught up in our situations, circumstances, & hardships that we forget others. Our brothers, friends, family, etc. could be out there doing worse than we are & need some help. Not necessarily monetary help, but something as simple as prayer & a kind word!!

Don’t get so caught up in you where you forget those around you who you care about. And even those you don’t know, like the soldiers in Iraq. Stop & say a prayer for them or offer a kind word & listening ear to someone!

Quote: “There is only one way by which the nations can be brought into unity and into peace and into brotherhood. This is not through guns, nor might, nor force, but through the power of God and the love of our fellowmen that is in the hearts of this people.” –Melvin J. Ballard

© Lisi P, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ease on Down the Road......

Today is the day!!!! The last day at my current job!!! I've been waiting for this day since I graduated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, leaving the job is one of the most easiest & most difficult things to do. It's easy because it's definitely time to move on, it's difficult because I will miss my co-workers & friends. But with today's technology, there's no reason not to keep in touch w/ someone, unless you really don't want to!

6 years at this job flew by; I spent most of my 20s there & believe me, that's enough :) I did learn a lot during my employment. I learned things that I never would've been otherwise "hip" to, but one of the most important things I've learned is not to get stuck somewhere. My Pastor has said, "If you're not happy w/ where you're at, then that's not where God wants you to be". There has to be that dream or desire you want to achieve; that something that makes you want to do better, to be better.

Now, I'm not saying to leave a job in this crazy economy, but am saying not to lose sight of what you really want to do: your dreams. Don't get so caught up in a job & not work towards the one thing or the things you see yourself doing. That "thing" will be what God has placed on your heart to do.

Although the difficulties of my current job are over, I look forward to the next thing. I'm excited & happy; which I haven't been in a while on a job. I know that God is in this next phase of my life & know that He's working on my behalf!!! I continue to pray for those who I leave @ the job (because it's not an easy place to be), but I know God has something in store for them too (so they better get ready for the job listings I send their way).

With this said, I "ease on down the road" to what's next.......God has my back!
Until next time.
~Lisi P.
© Lisi P, 2009

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/6/09

Scriptures: I Peter 1:6-7 6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (New Living Translation)

Nugget: We go through many things in life; the good, the bad, & the ugly! Some things seem so overwhelming & dire that we wonder if we’re going to make it. The trials are the things that test our faith, that make us stronger, & build our faith.

Just think: if we didn’t go through half the stuff that we do (or have), we wouldn’t turn to God like we do! These tests become our testimonies, the testimonies become our praise.

No matter what you’re going through, continue to give glory & honor to God. Your praise & spiritual growth will outweigh the trial any day.

Quote: “Our duty is to see whether God is with us; whether we expect great things from Him; whether we do not practically place Him far off, forgetting that He is about us.” -Brooke Foss Westcott

© Lisi P, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Daily Scriptures 1/5/09

Scripture: Daniel 2:21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. (New King James Version)

Nugget: There’s nothing too big for God! He’s the one in control of the seasons, has the ability to elevate people to new levels (ex: promotions, etc.). With God being able to do all of this & being in control, He has the power to change your situation &/or circumstance!!

Allow God to work on your behalf. Change is good, but at times, we aren’t allowing God to complete that change in us, our situation, or our surroundings in order to help us! With this understanding in our mindset, our knowledge of Him increases.

© Lisi P, 2009

For My Singletons, Pt. 3

Okay Singletons, why would a 40-something year old divorcee w/ a child want to be "just friends" with a 30-year old? Now, this person lets you know they aren't looking for a thing & has obliviously lived life, but wants nothing from you but friendship & to hang out. If you, on the other hand, want your next relationship (not with him of course) to go in the direction of being serious or have that possibility, why would you waste time with this mess? Hmmmm, warning bells.

Now the man tries to convince you that you're both saying the same thing! Now, we know this isn't the case. For he is saying, he wants a friend (& could have many "friends") & you're saying that you want to spend time with someone who's on your page. LOL. Needless to say, this is not & will not be the one for me.

With all of this being said, ladies & gents, make sure you pay attention to what someone is saying to you. Because in the end, this will be what they return back to; for instance, if something were to happen in this situation, this man would say, "I told you in the beginning I wasn't looking for a relationship, I wanted a "friend". So pay close attention. Because I quickly let this man know, I have enough friends to hang out with & I'm looking for someone who's on the same page as myself & he should find the same for himself. LOL

Wait for God. Don't settle. Don't get caught up in some mess & end up wondering "why" and "what happened" later. God knows what's best & you can see drama & a mess coming at you with warning bells!!

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year: It's 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!! 2009 is here. How blessed we are to see another day, yet alone another year. Someone didn't make it to this point, to this moment, but here we are looking forward to what's coming our way.

Many say, "A New Year, a new beginning." I always say, "Don't wait until the New Year to start". Anyways, for those who do wait, Get To Work!!!! Start doing that thing that you've been putting off, start getting rid of & removing certain people from around you, start doing that thing you would do if you know today is your last day on Earth, START SOMETHING!!

May God bless you this year, better than last year. May you receive all that you are seeking & if you don't receive these things, be grateful for the blessings that you overlook or take for granted. May you enjoy each day as if it was your last. May you keep peace in your life. May you develop a closer relationship w/ God that gives you peace that surpasses all understanding.

May you, may you, may you.........

Until next time.


~Lisi P.

© Lisi P, 2009
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