Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/31/12

Scripture: Mark 9:29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (NKJV)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, Jesus removed a spirit out of a person. His disciples questioned why they themselves couldn’t get the spirit out of this same person. Jesus’ response, some things come by “prayer & fasting”.

This scripture made me think about how many things we’ve missed out on, or questioned God about, & why they haven’t been received. It is possible that we haven’t received these things because we aren’t both praying and fasting. Most times, we’re probably doing one without the other, but not both. It may take both things happening to bring things into action.

In your prayer life, take time to add fasting to it. This can be a challenging act for many of us, but God calls us to do it as well. It may be the action that allows us to grow into the next level with Him & what He’s preparing us for; some things only come by prayer and fasting.

Quote: “Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.” -Andrew Murray

© Lisi P, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/25/12

Scripture: Psalm 66:20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! (NIV)

Nugget: We’ve all gone through the times when we feel that God isn’t listening to us or that our prayers are falling on deaf ears. We wonder, “Is anything happening?”

During these times, I’ve learned, & am continuing to learn, that it’s not that nothing is going on; it’s during these times that God is working things out in my favor. Whether it be that He is preparing me for what’s to come or preparing that place, thing, person, opportunity, etc. for me to receive, He’s still working.

God loves us too much not to listen to our prayers; even if we think that He’s rejecting our desires, He knows what is best. His love for us doesn’t allow for Him to reject us, but allows for His will & ways to be the driving forces to answer our prayers---all according to His plans.

Quote: “Trusting God is the greatest benefit we have as believers.” -Joyce Meyer

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/24/12

Scripture: Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught. (NKJV)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, we’re reminded not to be afraid & to have peace in our lives. There are many things in life that bring upon the emotion of fear in our minds & hearts. However, these things shouldn’t be what rule us; God knew that we would have fear & face things that would put this emotion in us, but He also knew that He would be there for & with us through it all.

May your prayer today be to trust God through whatever you’re facing; may the fear dissipate & your confidence shine through because of Him. There’s no fear in the Lord, but strength beyond our belief.

Quote: “It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” -Gordon B. Hinckley

© Lisi P, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me!!

Thanking God not only for the gift of another day, but of another year!! He's too awesome. Looking forward to what He has ahead.

My friend sent me this cute video for my bday! Love it :)

Blessings all!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/17/12

Scripture: John 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” (NKJV)

Nugget: In this chapter (& in the ones before & after), Jesus was telling His disciples of the things to come. However, there were some things He didn’t mention during this time. These were either the things that it wasn’t the time for the disciples to hear, or they weren’t prepared to hear & receive these things just yet.

This is how it is with us; there are some things we aren’t ready to hear or to know yet. We are either in preparation for these things or God is waiting for His time to reveal it to us. Sometimes, we may wonder “why this” hasn’t happened yet, or “why that” didn’t work out like I wanted it to? We must realized that there are things we aren’t ready for, they/it could not be in God’s will, or we still need to grow to receive them.

Thank God for the preparation; we don’t want to receive anything, or anyone, before it’s time. God leaves no stone unturned---this includes preparing us for what lies ahead & providing us protection in the process.

Quote: “How often we expect big things from God without preparing for big things from Him.” -Beth Moore

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/15/12

Scriptures: Psalm 121:5-6 5The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. (NIV)

Nugget: Lately, I’ve been focusing more & more on God’s presence in my life. Of course, I know that God is there in the midst of everything, but at times, the human side of me can focus on other things & people. Sometimes, my initial reaction can be to focus on these things, people, & even myself before God, but in recent months, my initial reaction is God.

God is always watching over each & every one of us. There’s nothing that we experience that His hand isn’t a part of in some form (whether it’s to grow our faith or to strengthen us), God is there. He is our Father, protector, healer, & so much more.

Quote: “All that I have seen teaches me to trust God for all I have not seen.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012

Praise Song: "The Greatest"

This week's Praise Song is James Fortune & FIYA's "The Greatest". What an amazing song for our great God. This song puts into words the love God has for us! Awesome!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/10/12

Scripture: Isaiah 44:8 Do not fear, nor be afraid; Have I not told you from that time, and declared it? You are My witnesses. Is there a God besides Me? Indeed there is no other Rock; I know not one.’” (NKJV)

Nugget: Fear, it can be the thing that consumes us--the thing that we allow to get in the way of our faith. Sometimes, fear can even be the thing that pushes us into the unknown--in the sense that we step out on faith in the midst of our fear(s). Either way, faith in God should be our driving force.

This scripture points out a characteristic that we must all grow in; although our fears differ, our faith in God should still be intact. God says, “Have I not told you from that time and declared it?” Not only has He told us something, but He has declared it will happen! There’s no one like our God who keeps His promises---all in His time.

When the voice (or voices) of doubt & fear come your way, or are even present in your daily thinking, remove them with thoughts of God & what He has declared on your life. If God says something will happen, it will happen. He is our Rock, our promise keeper!

Quote: “A promise is a powerful thing, for it does not usually meet an immediate need but it inspires us to persevere present sufferings knowing something good will eventually come. A promise has the power to transform the present even if it doesn't come into existence until the future. What promises keep you going, are you really standing on God's promises?” -Rev. Dennis Marquardt

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Praise Song: "Take Me To The King"

This week's Praise Song is Tamela Mann's "Take Me To The King". Tamela has such an amazing voice! I've loved her music since seeing her in Tyler Perry's plays.

May this song inspire you! Strong words for those of us who are going through things & seeking God's face in the midst of it all!

Take me to the King
I don’t have much to bring
My heart is torn in pieces
It's my offering Take me to the King
Truth is I’m tired
Options are few
I’m trying to pray
But where are you?
I’m all churched out
Hurt and abused
I can’t fake
What’s left to do?
Truth is I’m weak
No strength to fight
No tears to cry
Even if I tried
But still my soul
Refuses to die
One touch will change my life
Take me to the King
I don’t have much to bring
My heart's torn in pieces
It’s my offering
Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon
Your glory
And sing to
You this song
Please take me to the King
Truth is it’s time
To stop playing these games
We need a word
For the people’s pain
So Lord speak right now
Let it fall like rain
We just ran
We’re chasing after You
No rules, no religion
I’ve made my decision
To run to you The Healer that I need

Take me to the King
I don’t have much to bring
My heart’s torn to pieces
It’s my offering
Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon Your glory
And to sing to You this song
Take me to the King
Glory in the way
We keep making mistakes
Glory is not for us
It’s all for You
Take me to the King
I don’t have much to bring
My heart’s torn to pieces
It’s my offering
Lay me at the throne
Leave me there alone
To gaze upon Your glory
And sing to You this song
(x3)Take me to the King

Until next time.


Daily Scriptures 10/8/12

Scriptures: Psalm 107:42-43 42The righteous see it and rejoice, And all iniquity stops its mouth. 43Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. (NKJV)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to these, the various blessings given to God’s people are mentioned. There are so many things that God had done for His people & these were being acknowledged.

These scriptures are reminders to me to count my blessings daily---no matter what is going on or how the day may seem, God is always present & is always in it. The scripture mentions, “all iniquity stops its mouth”---to me, this means to stop the negative talking & thoughts in order to allow positivity in.

There shouldn’t be any part of our day that we don’t seek God & thank Him for His mercy, grace, & favor. We should be wise & observe the things of God that He has blessed us with. He loves us too much not to provide a blessing (or blessings) in each & every day.

Quote: “A good memory is one that can remember the day's blessings and forget the day's troubles.” -Irish Blessing

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/3/12

Scriptures: Proverbs 3:13&17 13Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding 17Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. (NIV)

Nugget: Wisdom is something we all seek & seek to grow in. There shouldn’t be a day where we don’t learn something new or grow in some area of our lives.

I’m learning that the more wisdom I gain, the more peace I have. With wisdom comes the peace & knowledge that everything will be okay, especially okay according to God’s plans. In this understanding, I’ve learned to step back & get better at taking things as they come.

Today, set out to learn something new or to grow more in some area of your life. It could be starting with something simple, but start somewhere & work to get an understanding in order for your wisdom & peace to grow.

Quote: “Knowledge must start with someone or something, whether it be self knowledge or taught to us by others.” -Robert M. Hensel

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/2/12

Scriptures: Psalm 86:12-13 12With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, 13for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death. (NLT)

Nugget: “With all my heart” I should praise God. There should be no reason that I give Him a half-hearted praise. God has done so much for me & within me; He deserves all praise.

Our praise life should be just as strong as our prayer life. Of course God wants us to seek things from Him & through Him, but are we always asking Him for something without acknowledging Him through praise? Just think, if you were (or are) a parent & your children consistently ask you for things without giving you thanks, how would this make you feel?

God’s love for us is so great; no one loves us like He does. Offer God praise & thanks today.

Quote: “It's a poor frog who doesn't praise its own pond.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Daily Scriptures 10/1/12

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (NKJV)

Nugget: Many of us can speak words & take actions to justify the things we do. We can do wrong & make a statement or justification as to why it was a “good” thing & in reality it was not. We can see the “right” in anything if we justify it by our thoughts, & sometimes, our desires to make it right.

This can also be said for those we surround ourselves with & those we seek advice from. For instance, have you ever gone to someone for advice because you knew they would agree with your actions, even though you knew your actions would be wrong? You tend to avoid advice from the person who would “tell it like it is” or “call you out” on what you planned to do.

In reality, in any of these scenarios, we know right from wrong; we know good from bad & light from darkness. Plus, if we have to “justify” what we’re doing, most likely it’s something we should step back from.

May we stayed prayed up about our actions & decisions---knowing what’s right & wrong in God’s eyes.

Quote: “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” -Tony Robbins

© Lisi P, 2012