Friday, September 28, 2012

Daily Scriptures 9/28/12

Scriptures: Philippians 3:14-15 14I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. (NKJV)

Nugget: Daily, I remind myself (or am reminded by friends & family) to stay focused on God. So many things & people can be a distraction to remaining focused on God. What’s important is that no matter how much we may lose focus, it’s not difficult to find God & to call upon Him----He hasn’t moved. If we stray, God allows us to refocus on Him & to change our mindset. 

If we are going in a different direction, God will reveal this to us. We must seek Him; having the mindset of Jesus---not straying from His will & guidance.

I challenge you to use today to stay focus, or to refocus, on God. Then turn today’s actions into tomorrow’s actions & so forth.

Quote: “Question for God every morning: What is the main event today? What do you want me to focus on today?” -John C. Maxwell

© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Daily Scriptures 9/27/12

Scripture: Psalm 8:9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (NIV)

Nugget: God is a God of the world; I was reminded of this yesterday. I had the opportunity to see a presentation about my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are persecuted all over the world. These fellow Christians are persecuted because of their faith in our Lord, Jesus, & for proclaiming their faith out loud & in public.

We take so much for granted; especially those of us who live in places where we can proclaim our faith & beliefs. Could you imagine not being able to say how majestic & wonderful our Lord is?? Not being able to say His name??

Let us pray for our fellow brothers and sisters; they need our prayers more than anything. God doesn’t just stop here; His name is majestic in all the earth!

Quote: “I have joyfully dedicated my whole life to the object of exemplifying how much may be accomplished by prayer and faith.” -George Mueller

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Daily Scriptures 9/26/12

Scripture: Philippians 3:1 Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. (NIV)

Nugget: We all need the reminder (or reminders) to remain encouraged! Daily, we face many challenges, but an encouraging word comes right on time. Sometimes, the encouraging word is needed over & over again, but it’s needed to keep us going & focused.

Although there’s nothing wrong with hearing the encouragement as needed, don’t take the words & do nothing with them---put them in your mind, actions, & thoughts. This is how safeguards & faith are built.

Thanking God for all those who encourage me!

Quote: "Feed your faith until your doubts starve to death." -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stop Stopping Yourself

Stop Stopping Yourself…
Stop stopping yourself. Stop holding yourself back.

Yes, the world throws all sorts of difficult challenges your way. And you can find a way to transcend every one of them.

Yet you must choose to do so. You must make the commitment, deep within yourself, to live with richness and purpose and fulfillment.

Many events, people and situations will challenge you and impede your progress. However, the only limitations that can stop you completely are the limitations you place on yourself.

See that the doubts and limiting beliefs are of no use to you. Choose to simply and effortlessly let them go, just like that.

Your dreams are calling to you right now, calling for you to begin living them in this very moment. Stop holding yourself back, and let yourself be all you know you can be.

—Ralph Marston

Daily Scriptures 9/25/12

Scriptures: Psalm 130:3-4 3If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. (NIV)

Nugget: No one has forgiveness like God; He continues to forgive us over & over again. In looking back over my life, there are many things that I’ve done that people wouldn’t & haven’t forgiven me for, but God has. If God kept a record of this, the list would never end, BUT God’s forgiveness---there’s nothing like it.

God forgiving us allows us to forgive ourselves & others, to make room to serve Him. If we continue to hold on to unforgiveness, of both others & ourselves, where would we be? We wouldn’t be able to grow & to serve God with our whole hearts. Harboring unforgiveness weighs us down & hinders us.

Let us work to be more forgiving of others & of ourselves; let us adopt God’s attitude regarding this.

Quote: "Forgiveness is God's invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other." -Lewis B. Smedes

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Daily Scriptures 9/24/12

Scripture: Romans 9:16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. (NIV)

Nugget: We sometimes have the desire or want for certain things or people in our lives; however, these desires may not be in God’s will for us. We can pray & pray on these wants, but nothing appears to be happening. The thing is, this could be God’s way of keeping these wants/desires out of our lives as His intended purpose and/or promise is for something or someone else for us.

We must keep in mind that if God doesn’t have something for us, then it will not be. Even if we receive it temporarily, if it’s not in God’s will for it to stay, then it will not be. God’s mercy & grace supersedes anything that we can imagine or think---our request to receive His promises are based upon His will.

Quote: “Sometimes God gives us not what we desire, but what we need.” -Penney Schwab

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Praise Song: "Life and Favor"

This week's Praise Song is John P. Kee's "Life and Favor". I heard this song on the way to church today & it touched my heart. Sometimes we have to look back & remember where God has brought us from. We may not be where we want to be, but God's favor has allowed us not to be where or who we used to be!!

As long as we live, we have life, & by God's mercy & grace, we have His favor!! Thank you, Lord.

May this song touch you as well!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Running Update: Summer 2012

I’m sticking to running! It’s interesting because I didn’t realize I’d like it as much as I do. Maybe it’s the challenge or maybe being around positive & encouraging people (I’m part of a good running group, you’ll have to check out Black Girls Run! to see if there’s a group in your area), but either way, I’m making great progress.

For the Summer, the running group issued a challenge to us---to complete 100 miles running/walking/treadmill/elliptical/etc. by the end of the Summer (June-August). I actually completed 133 miles total! Definitely proud of myself. We have a new challenge for the Fall months---120 miles for September-December! I know I’ll do it.

On another note, I did sign up for to complete a Half Marathon in December; I hope to make it!! LOL. This will be preparation for the “big one” in February!

Keep cheering me on!! Hitting the pavement this week too.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. -Philippians 4:13

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

God's Timing

Do you ever feel that God is trying to tell you something? At first, you’re uncertain, but as time goes on, He continues to send confirmation, reaffirmation, & more concerning the things you’re seeking from Him. Whether it’s making a “small” decision to a “big” one, He’s continuing to tell you something through your doubts & uncertainties. I’ve been feeling this way lately.

I think that every few years or so, we undergo a change or a shifting (as my Pastor is preaching on). This change could actually come every few months or so, but I believe that it’s necessary to remind us to keep moving forward & to keep growing in our faith & in life. There should be no reason we should be in the same situation month after month, year after year. God has instilled in us to do more & to be more, especially in our walk with Him & in utilizing the gifts that He’s put in us.

Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting on my gifts; allowing other things & people to supersede the things that God has put in my heart to do. I’ve been doing self-evaluations (some of them forced self-evaluations!) to recheck myself & the direction that I’m going in. This can be a good thing for us to do because before we know it, time has gotten away from us & we’re no closer to the dreams we originally set out to accomplish.

Time is waiting for no one; furthermore, the next moment isn’t guaranteed. We must not forget this as we’re “waiting for the right time” to get things done & to step out on faith. Sometimes, probably most times, the “right time” is now. Stop putting off the dreams that you have, stop waiting for the “right time”; focus on God’s time & what He’s guiding you to do. There’s so much left for us to get done during the precious time we have here on Earth.

What are we waiting for?

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy 4th Anniversary to Lisi's Place!!

I can't believe my blog has been up & running for 4 years as of yesterday!!  I am grateful & blessed for the 4 years & know that I have so much more to do.

Thank you for anyone who's following my blog, providing comments, & for recommending it to others. I appreciate the encouragement!

May something in my blog encourage you, inspire you, & bring you to greater things in our Lord!!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Daily Scriptures 9/6/12

Scripture: Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

Nugget: Today, I woke up challenging my thoughts of anything negative by combating them with positive affirmation & words. I began to reflect on the power of positive words & how these words can take me further than any situation I am facing.

These same words & action of positivity are what I do my best to show others. At some point, we all need the encouragement of a friend, family member, spouse, etc. to help us along the way. We are here to help & encourage each other; for most times, what we’ve experienced has the underlying purpose of us encouraging & helping someone else.

Take time today to encourage someone; this could make a world of difference for that person.

Quote: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” -Mahatma Gandhi

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Daily Scriptures 9/5/12

Scripture: Psalm 3:5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. (NIV)

Nugget: Daily, I’m reminded of how precious life is. By watching the news, & even within our own families, we learn of the loss of lives. Each day is definitely not guaranteed.

It’s imperative that we appreciate the gift of each day; no matter what the day brings, you’re living! Don’t forget to live each day as if it’s your last.

When we went to sleep last night, there was no promise that we would wake up today. By God’s grace & mercy, his sustained us through the night---allowing us to see another day. He even woke us up clothed in our right minds with the ability to move! Use this day wisely!

Quote: “If you need something to be grateful for then check your pulse. Remember to always be thankful for the gift of life.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012