Friday, September 30, 2011

Excuses, Excuses

Do you know people who have excuses about everything? I mean those who have a “reason” why so much is not getting completed in their lives? For instance, the friend who “wants to work out”, but “can’t” because he/she “does not like the gym” or “doesn’t like to go walking”. The friend who finds working out “boring”, BUT wants to lose weight? Or the friend who wants a “better job”, but isn’t putting in applications anywhere?? I’m sure we’ve all come across these people in our lives.

Daily, I always continue to learn, but one lesson remains clear: People will do what they want to do & make time for what they really want to do. When it comes to these things, there will be no excuses. However, we must discern what we will allow these people to deposit into our lives (as most times, these people come with some sort of baggage or attitudes).

However, I’ve also learned that in many cases, there’s no reason for me to make excuses why I’m not achieving something I’ve set out to do. Most times, I’m getting in my own way (with my own thoughts or doubts); however, God is so amazing that He continues to put me in check; whether it be through a sermon, advice from friends, quiet times with Him--God continues to show me His will.

So, are you an excuse-maker? Are you not setting out to do something in particular because of your own thoughts & “reasons” behind not doing these things? What’s keeping you? Why aren’t you moving? My advice--do something (besides making excuses). It’s one thing to know that the timing isn’t right, but it’s an entirely different thing to sit back & let life pass us by. Time is of the essence!!

It’s time to put ourselves in check! While the excuses roll out, time is flying by!!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/28/11

Scripture: Psalm 51:15 Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you. (NLT)

Nugget: Most times, when we’re facing challenges & battles, it’s difficult to offer praise to God; true, we may pray and worry, & worry and pray, but praise goes a long way.

Someone recently told me that in order for them to overcome their battles, challenges, & various things that were holding her in bondage, she praised. This person stated that the praise she offered to God got her further in the process of peace than just praying alone.

Unseal your lips & praise God through all things! Sometimes, your praise will get you further than you believe. The advice I received was right on time!

Quote: "Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now." -A.W. Tozer

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/27/11

Scriptures: Psalm 89:47-48 47Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! 48No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. (NLT)

Nugget: Daily, I’m reminded of how precious life is. There is so much left on my “to-do” list; however, time is not on my side. We must remember that each day is a gift; more importantly, that time is a gift from God that we must appreciate. However, time isn’t necessarily always on our sides!

God is the only one who knows when our last days on earth will be; don’t lose sight of how precious life is. Is there something you’re seeking to accomplish? Then work towards it. Are there things on your “to-do” and bucket lists that you haven’t begun to do? Then start. Do not wait until the last minute to get these things done---the time is now.

Quote: "Everyone has the gift of time, but few utilize." -M.K. Soni

© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/26/11

Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

Nugget: As we begin a new day & a new week, I’m reminded that each day brings its own challenges & battles. However, the strength we have in God & His ability supersedes what we face each day. We shouldn’t let these challenges get us down or get the best of us; our God is by our sides, acting on our behalf.

One of the most important things to remember is that some of the challenges & battles that we face are to make us into the people & Christians that God intends for us to be; without these battles, there is no growth. Everything has a way of working out for our good---just live, watch, trust, & believe.

Quote: “God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life.” -Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Praise Song: "I'm Changing"

This week's praise song is William Murphy's "I'm Changing".  There's no way to have a relationship with God, to be in His presence, & not experience change.  The more time we spend with God & get to know Him, the more we should realize we are not the same as we used to be.

Change that occurs through our relationships with God is the best change we can ever experience!!  This change is life & soul changing!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/12/11

Scripture: Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

Nugget: God’s word--there’s nothing like it! It’s our road map to live, our answers to questions, our answers to prayers, life, & challenges, & so much more. This is why it’s so imperative for us to read & to meditate on God’s word. Just think about it, if you didn’t read God’s word, you would have nothing to combat the challenges that face you on a daily basis.

God’s word is alive & we must recognize this; our actions should reflect this. God & His word keeps us, our thoughts, & attitudes in check. It’s up to us to access the gift that God has given to us!

Quote: "It's our faith that activates the power of God." - Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Later...

It’s been 10 years since September 11, 2001!! I can’t believe how the time went by. It’s amazing because the more I think about it, the more I realize some things are the same & some things are very different.

Right after September 11th, the whole environment was different. There was amicability between people, “God Bless America” signs & sayings everywhere, & more. Now it seems as if many of this has passed & faded within that first year. However, the memories of that day will always live on. Many of us were affected in many ways, from the loss of loved ones to the day being imbedded in our brains forever.

If my future children ask me about that day, I would be able to say what I was doing & where I was when the news came through. For many, this day will be similar to the assignations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pres. John F. Kennedy.

I pray for everyone who was affected by this day; I pray for those who live on with the memories, reminders, & loss. I pray for continued peace & for those of us who seek it. I pray for those who continue to fight the war that I may never be able to explain.

No matter how many years go by, we will always remember.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2011

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Faith and Fear

Most of us know that faith & fear cannot exist in the same place. The thing is, I believe that many of us bounce between the two. Rather it depends on our situations or what we’re going through, faith & fear continuously battle.

There are many things that I’ve been praying on & know that God is answering me. However, the “me” in myself is either dragging my feet in taking action or going back & forth between faith & fear. I have to say, that in most cases, I would be moving right along, but for some reason, this is not the case at the moment. I know that God continues to show me the Him in His answers.

With this being said, God’s will & thoughts are truly powerful. No matter what we do, His will & ways will prevail. However, we will either go the path He intends for us to go on or go our way & end up where we’re supposed to in the long run (but our way is most times longer & has a tough lesson attached to it).

Faith & fear cannot co-exist. God continues to show me this. I just pray that the “me” in my situations will move out the way of God. He has so much in store (for all of us).

Is the fear in you getting in the way of God’s plans for you?

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. -II Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Lisi's Place!!!

Happy 3rd Anniversary to my blog! Time definitely flies. I hope that you continue to stop by, leave comments, & refer my blog to friends, family, etc. I will continue to share encouraging words & thoughts!

God truly intends for us to encourage each other & to utilize the gifts that He’s given us. It means a lot to me to share these words of encouragement through my gift of writing. I know that this is what God intends for me to do. I pray that you always feel encouraged upon each visit!

Thanking God for another year & for what’s to come!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/8/11

Scripture: Psalm 31:14 But I trust in you, LORD; I say, “You are my God.” (NIV)

Nugget: Challenging times are usually upon us; they may come & go, but usually we have something that we’re facing. It’s so easy to get consumed with people, things, & our surroundings that our focus can be completely off. During times such as these, I continue to look to God, knowing that His plans will prevail.

No matter what you’re going through, daily, work to build your faith & trust in God. Trust in Him--He knows what you’re facing & how to bring you through it. He’s God!

Quote: “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” -Corrie Ten Boom

© Lisi P, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/6/11

Scripture: Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. (NIV)

Nugget: Grace is something we take for granted on a daily basis! What a true gift it is! Daily, we awaken, able to move our limbs, talk, walk, have homes to live in, & more. Most times, we rush through the days & moments without giving thought to it all.

Today, pause & give thanks to God for His mercy & grace that He’s graciously given us. Let’s not take any moment & any gift for granted that He’s allowed us to see & to have.

Quote: “Grace is what God gives us when we don't deserve and mercy is when God doesn't give us what we do deserve.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Daily Scriptures 9/1/11

Scripture: Deuteronomy 20:1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. (NIV)

Nugget: There are many battles in life that we’re not supposed to fight; we’re to step back & allow God to do His work. Most times, these battles include the ones that involve our enemies. It’s amazing that God can do (that’s better than what we can do on our own).

My Pastor always says, “There are some people who will not like you” (C. Jones); these same people are ones who you never did anything to or have anything against--there’s no pleasing them either way. However, they will work to make your life difficult; enemies truly come in many forms. With this being said, God can handle things & people better than we can!

Let God handle the battles you face with your enemies; step back & allow Him to work. There’s no victory like the one He can obtain!

Quote: "Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done..." -C.S. Lewis

© Lisi P, 2011
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