Friday, December 28, 2012

Lesson From A Washing Machine

In the past month, my washing machine (which I’ve had less than 4 years) stopped working properly. The machine would run, but the spin cycles were not happening like they used to. I called around to a few repair people & was told that it could be this or that, but in the meantime it appeared that the repair would cost just as much as a new machine. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed that this “new” machine had something wrong with it! However, I had options.

I ended up going to the laundry mat (with the help of a friend to find one!) to do my laundry. This didn’t bother me in the least because I was reminded of where God brought me from. I was reminded of how growing up, our machine broke at some point, & we were going to the laundry mat to do laundry for our entire family. God brought things into remembrance for me to give Him thanks & praise.

I’m beginning to never underestimate the things that God allows me to go through. Everything has a lesson and/or purpose; even if I don’t understand it at the time. In the midst of the storms I’m facing & have faced, I am learning more & more to look back to see where I came from, where I am now, & know that God is always in control. He’s handled things then & He continues to do so now.

The lesson(s) from the washing machine: thank God for where He has brought us from & where He’s taking us. Don’t get so caught up in things because they can be very temporary & will let you down, but God never will. Sometimes, He wants to remind us of just this!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Praise Song: "What's Going On"

This week's Praise Song isn't necessarily a praise song, but is one that is so relevant in today's times as it was when originally written. Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". This song has transcended it's time. Amazingly, we can relate to this song with the events going on today.

With everything that's been recently going on in the U.S. and the mass shootings, may we continue to pray for each other---looking onto God. There may be things that happen that we'll never understand, but we must remember & know in our hearts that God is ALWAYS in control.

May your heart be at peace today & always.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Daily Scriptures 12/10/12

Scriptures: John 15:18&20 18“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 20Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. (NKJV)

Nugget: Jesus was talking to His disciples in these scriptures. He was letting them know what was to come & what had already passed. The thing is, Jesus reminded them that what they would be experiencing was something He already had been through.

Most times, when we’re going through something, we feel as if we’re all alone or the only one who’s ever experienced it. At these times, I catch myself & say, “If I’m going through this, Jesus definitely went through more & has already experienced it.” These scriptures remind me of this.

No matter what you’re going through, Jesus has been there; He’s “been there & done that”. If they did it to Him & He’s experienced it, why wouldn’t we have some of those same things happen to us? So why not lean on Him, His mercy, & strength to make it through it?

Quote: "Once we recognize our need for Jesus, then the building of our faith begins. It is a daily, moment-by-moment life of absolute dependence upon Him for everything." -Catherine Marshall

© Lisi P, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Daily Scriptures 12/5/12

Scripture: Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. (NKJV)

Nugget: There are many things on our “to-do” lists that could be in the process of happening or have yet to happen. Could we be hindering the process of what’s on our lists? Are we being diligent in the things we seek, desire, & dream about accomplishing?

Diligence is the key to making many things happen; most times, diligence & determination go hand-in-hand. If we’re determined enough to make something happen, then we’re diligent enough to get out there with a plan & keep things moving along.

Let our diligent actions lead us to the plenty that God has for us & only for us. Let’s not be hasty or lackadaisical in making things happen!

Quotes: “It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.” -Claude M. Briston

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.” -Tommy Lasorda

© Lisi P, 2012

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Daily Scriptures 12/4/12

Scripture: Isaiah 49:8 Thus says the LORD: “In an acceptable time I have heard You, And in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give, You As a covenant to the people, To restore the earth, To cause them to inherit the desolate heritages (NKJV)

Nugget: Do you ever have the feeling that you’re supposed to be somewhere else? Doing something else? Does it feel as if you’re not exactly where God wants you to be? At least, not just yet; it’s as if you’re in preparation for the next thing to come.

These are feelings that I’ve had in recent months; the hard part is, waiting on God’s timing & allowing preparation to occur. However, God’s timing is just that---His timing. We must know that anything He’s doing is for an intended purpose & plan. There’s nothing that we’re experiencing that He isn’t a part of.

As you pray & wait on God to allow His will for your life to come into being, do not lose faith in yourself & most importantly, in Him. He is preserving us & preparing us for our inheritance to come!

Quote: “Delays are not refusals; many a prayer is registered, and underneath it the words: "My time is not yet come." God has a set time as well as a set purpose, and He who orders the bounds of our habitation orders also the time of our deliverance.” -Anonymous

© Lisi P, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Running Update: I Did It!!!

Today, I did it---ran my first Half Marathon!!! I’m definitely proud, tired, excited, & then some. I have to admit, at some point during the race I thought, “What did I get myself into?” LOL. But the push of my friends, family, running partner & running group kept me going. I also began to imagine the finish line!

This is definitely encouragement for anyone who thinks they cannot do something, but would like to try. I’m by no means a runner, but one of my friends suggested we train for a Half Marathon (that particular race is coming up next year); I wanted to try to do a race a little earlier to see where I was & where I needed to improve. I thank this friend for bringing up the idea---I’ll continue training for both of us & make us proud! :) (She’s been unable to train due to an injury).

My first Half Marathon results:

Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Total Miles: 13.8
Prize: Self accomplishment & great achievement!

My 1st Pom Poms!!
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My 1st Medal!!
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Until next time.


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