Monday, June 25, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/25/12

Scriptures: Jeremiah 23:23-24 23“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. (NIV)

Nugget: There are times when we go through so many things, that we feel that God is not near us or that He cannot hear us. There are other times, that we’ve done so many things & feel that we can hide the things we’ve done; sometimes, we attempt to block these things out or even hide them from God.

In a recent conversation with a dear friend, we were discussing just how much God loves us---not matter what, He loves us. God is not so far away that we can’t reach out to Him; He hasn’t moved, He hasn’t gone anywhere, & He knows our every move.

There are no secrets or secret places with God---He’s ever present. If you focus on nothing else today, remember that God loves you.

Quote: “Even while confined to this earth, you can be confident that your Father is watching over you. The devil took away Job's purse and left him temporarily destitute, but Job had a God in heaven who replenished his account. As a saint, you have some collateral: your stock of faith, and your deed of inheritance as a citizen of heaven. These are great security both now and for the future. Satan knows it, and will do his best to snatch them away from you. But no matter how hard he tries...he cannot annul your faith, make void your relationship with God, or dry up the spring of your comfort though he may dam up the stream for awhile.” -William Gurnall

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

For My Singletons, Pt. 18

Most times, as Singletons, we have a list of the qualities we seek in our future mates. The lists can range anywhere from tall, dark, & handsome to having good credit & more. The funny thing is, lately, I’ve been thinking on those who say they want certain qualities in their mates, but in turn, do they possess the qualities themselves? And on the other hand, there are some people who want a mate who do not know what they want. They just want “somebody to be there.” It’s an interesting predicament for sure.

There’s a Lyfe Jennings song called “Statistics”; one of the verses in the song states, “Don’t be a nickel out there looking for a dime.” This basically means, “Are you looking for the qualities in someone that you don’t have in yourself?” Are you putting requirements on someone that you don’t have yourself? For instance, are you looking for someone with good credit, but your credit isn’t where it need to be? Are you seeking someone who’s physically fit, but need improvement in this area yourself?

Regarding the list of qualities that you’re seeking in someone, have you reviewed your list lately? Are updates needed? There may be things you need to compromise on. Please note, I’m not stating to settle, but compromise. You may be seeking someone who’s 6 feet tall, but God has someone who’s 5 feet 9 inches tall. You may want a doctor, but God has a manager in store for you.

Relationships definitely aren’t easy, & I’m not one who will take on the attitude of having on rose-colored glasses when God brings my mate to me, but I want to make sure that I’m in preparation for this person. I want to be the best person I can be for him; because I want him to find his future wife in me, just as I’m seeking my future husband in him.

Complete a self-examination, re-evaluate your list of qualities. Seek God in all things regarding your future mate & be specific about what you’re seeking. We are in preparation, just as our future mates are.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Praise Song: "Time to Believe"

This week's Praise Song is Forever Jones' "Time to Believe". This song contains powerful, yet simple, words regarding believing in God & all that He's promised. Do you believe Him for what you're praying for? Is your faith in tact? Do you have the patience of Job to allow God to bring to pass what He's promised?? Just believe; have faith! God can do & will do all things!!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/21/12

Scripture: James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (NKJV)

Nugget: Daily, we’re in the battle of our lives. We may not realize this, but it’s very true. The devil is always on the prowl, looking for ways to get to our hearts, minds, & souls. The wonderful thing is----God is always on His job too!

Don’t give room to the devil; He comes in many forms---the co-worker who “gets on your nerves”, the child who doesn’t want to obey, the tough boss who’s critical, those negative thoughts that sometimes just “pop into your mind”, & the list goes on & on.

One thing I always say is, “Don’t give room to the devil; if you give an inch, he’ll take more.” (Lisi P.)  Stay focused---submit all things & all people to God. The devil will surely flee.

Quote: “I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face, and tell him that through God I am more than a match for him.” -Martin Luther

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/20/12

Scripture: Job 12:13 To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. (NIV)

Nugget: There are many things I’ve tried to do & have tried to understand in my own might; at these times, my focus was on everything & everyone but God. I can say, during some of these times, I’ve sought counsel in the wrong people. It’s funny how we can turn to everyone but God in many circumstances in our lives.

God is all powerful & all knowing; there’s nothing we cannot go to Him for. Let us remember where our strength & understanding are--no one can handle our circumstances better than our Father.

Quote: “Every uplifting of the heart is a looking up to The Father.” -George MacDonald

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/18/12

Scriptures: Psalm 37:5-6 5Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. (NIV)

Nugget: God is a good God! He really doesn’t ask too much of us: trust Him, love Jesus, give tithings, follow Him, adhere to His word, & to love others just to name a few. In doing these things, we are demonstrating our love for Him as well as showing His continuous presence in our lives.

The things that God rewards us with far exceed anything that He could ask of us. Commit yourself to God & trust Him---His reward to you is endless.

Quote: “God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine of religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus.” -Max Lucado

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Time for Change

I'm one of those people who feels that change can be difficult at times. I mean, most of us view the idea of change as scary & against the normalcy of our every day lives. However, in recent years, months, & days (yes, this is an ongoing process), I've come to realize that change can be good.

Not that I'm against the routine of life that I've established; I just feel that the time has come to make adjustments in various areas of my life. Just think about it, if we didn't experience change, there would still be children riding bikes with training wheels attached, right? Could you imagine still being on the bike you had when you were younger, rather than advancing to the "big bike" you later grew into?? LOL

This post is a reminder to not go against God & the change that He's trying to make happen in your life. Allow His will & work to be done. There's so much more for us to grow into; we just have to step back & allow God to do what He intends for us. Our part---follow Him without reservation.

What change are you resisting? What are you blocking from happening in your life due to fear? Where are you not allowing God to step in?

It's time for change---the change that God is planning.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/14/12

Scripture: Proverbs 30:32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth. (NKJV)

Nugget: We’ve all had the instances where we’ve been prideful and/or exalted ourselves. At times, this included “putting our foot in our mouths”---as the saying goes. There have also been instances where people have used their words to devise evil. In either case, we must learn the skill of keeping our mouths shut; there are definitely times when things should be said, but there are also times when our prideful, or even deceitful, words can get us into trouble.

There’s power in words & the intent behind them; we must weigh our words heavily & use them wisely.

Quote: “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” -Pearl Strachan

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/13/12

Scriptures: Luke 9:59&62 59He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” 62But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (NLT)

Nugget: Following Jesus---how difficult is this for some of us to do? Jesus asked the man in this scripture to follow Him, but the man wanted to do something else first (in the scripture following this one, the other man mentioned wanted to do something else first as well). How many times have we done the same? I remember before giving my life to the Lord, I wanted to “get right”. Whatever “right” was, I could never obtain it without Him in my life!

Let’s examine our walk with the Lord; are we completing following Him? Have we truly let certain things & people go---giving ourselves to Him? We cannot follow Him & look back at the same time. We should be following Him & God; we shouldn’t be straddling the fence.

Quote: “Christ is not valued at all, unless He is valued above all.” -Augustine

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/12/12

Scriptures: Psalm 22:9-10 9Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. 10From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. (NIV)

Nugget: I once had a co-worker tell me, “God has His hands on some people from the womb, and you’re one of them.” Little at the time did I know of today’s scriptures. God is truly amazing! He knew us before our parents knew us, before we were even a thought to them!

In saying this, God’s hands were on us before we were even born; His plans for us began way before we can imagine. These scriptures tell us that He made us to trust in Him; in His eyes & through His love, we were Christians before we were in earthly existence!

Our God is so magnificent that He left no stone unturned---so if He knew to instill all of this in us before we came to be, then He truly can handle all things now. God made us to “trust in Him”. Let’s do this---without reservation.

Quote: “To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way.” -C.S. Lewis

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/11/12

Scripture: Revelation 3:8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. (NIV)

Nugget: There are doors that only God can open & only doors that He can shut. But in either instance, when God does it, He does it & no one can change what His divine hands have done.

I think back on the many doors that God has both opened & closed for me & His continuous hands in my life. These were the doors that people would say that I couldn’t walk through & would say that this “would never happen.” But God…..He’s too amazing not to let His plans for my life prevail. In the instances where the doors were closed, it was a blessing I didn’t understand at the time.

We must have the faith to know that whatever God will bring to pass will happen; His open & closed doors are indicators of His plans & will for our lives. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Quote: “The closed door is a blessing. It is significant to understand that the shut door is just as much a move of God as the open one. That doesn’t mean the door cannot be opened. It just means that no human can open it.” -T.D. Jakes

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Daily Scriptures 6/4/12

Scripture: Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (NIV)

Nugget: Paul was speaking to the Romans in this scripture & in the proceeding scriptures of this chapter. He was reminding them of their obedience to God & being wise in the things that concerned them---this included focusing on what was good & being mindful of the things that were evil.

Our obedience to God will carry us a long way---this combined with our faith is what allows the peace of God to crush the devil under our feet! Most times, we give too much power to the devil (& to our own thoughts), rather than focusing on the power we have in God & because of Him.

What peace are you giving away? What power do you need to take back? Allow God’s grace & strength to be your guide. The devil only has the power that you give over to him.

Quote: “We must be determined, work hard, and refuse to quit or give up — drawing strength from God and not depending on ourselves. If we will do these things persistently, we will eventually have victory.” -Joyce Meyer

© Lisi P, 2012
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