Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/23/13

Scriptures: Ephesians 5:6-7 6Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7Don’t participate in the things these people do. (NLT)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, advice is given regarding acts that we should not take or participate in; we are to be examples of Christ, what He stands for, & our love for Him.

There are certain things that we shouldn’t do; certain acts & actions that we should not participate in. As adults & followers of Christ, we do know right & wrong, but at times, we do fall. However, no matter how far we may get from God, we always have the chance to return to Him, seek His will, & make corrections.

May we examine our actions, thoughts, & deeds as the day goes on---seeking to correct the areas & actions we need to improve in, while obeying God’s will for our lives.

Quote: “Every action triggers a reaction.” C.G. Watson

© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Historic Day!!!

Today was such a historic day!  Not only was it Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but President Barack Obama was sworn in for his 2nd term as President of the U.S.!

Dr. King would've been 84 years old if he'd lived; I think he would've been proud at how far America has come, but would also feel that we had more to do & to accomplish.  The thing is, we continue to make strides.

I watched the Inauguration from home today; I enjoyed the event. It was great seeing so many people from all across the U.S. & the world celebrating together---regardless of color, nationality, religion, etc.  Yes, Dr. King would've been proud.

Let us continue to pray for our President, each other, & the world!  There are many challenges ahead, but all things are possible through Christ.

Until next time.

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/16/13

Scriptures: Ephesians 1:10-11 10And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. (NLT)

Nugget: There are just some things in life that we’ll have to wait for; this waiting includes God’s timing & having faith in Him. The funny thing is, we get so caught up in our timing, “It hasn’t happened yet; it never will” type of thinking that we forget that the right time is HIS timing. God has a way of bringing everything together for our good.

These scriptures mention that “He chose us in advance”! This is the type of Father we have---He’s planned everything out. From our beginnings to our last days, He already has it all under control.

Today, let’s do our best to focus on God, His plan, & the love He’s shown us through Jesus. With all of this said, know that your life & steps are ordered by Him; there’s nothing happening or to come that He didn’t plan for you.

Quote: “The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” -Elisabeth Elliot

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Running Update: 2012 Summary

Well, 2012 officially ended my first year of running (I haven’t hit my year anniversary in 2013 yet, but it’s on the way!). I feel good about my running accomplishments for 2012.

It began with my first 5K (3.1 miles) in February 2012 & continued from there. I still can’t believe my friend & I did that first 5K cold turkey; no real training, preparation, etc. LOL, looking back, I guess you can say we were determined to see what we were starting with!

The year continued on with my joining my running group! Absolutely love the ladies in my group. I’ve realized that support is always needed & my friends, family, & running group provide this! (As well as the prayers I send up!---thank God for continued strength & determination)

I also completed my first half marathon! Still excited about that! But I do feel that I’m recovering from it; definitely have to be more aware of the surfaces I run on & the affect they have on my body!

One of the ladies in my running group said that the reason you begin running is never the reason you continue to run; what a true statement. I began to run to train for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I gave myself a year to prepare for it, but I can tell you, this isn’t my #1 reason for running today. The lessons I’ve learned about running are numerous, but here are a few of them, in no particular order:
• Support is really important; having positive people to push you & encourage you is key
• Believe in yourself! Don’t think there’s nothing you cannot do. I never would’ve thought I would’ve completed a half marathon (13.1 miles)
• Don’t worry about speed & comparing yourself to anyone else. Your speed is your speed; your goals are your goals!
• Get fitted for proper running shoes; this is vital in the running world
• Continue strength training programs, eat proper meals, & hydrate, hydrate, hydrate; a healthy body is very important
• Keep moving; each run, walk, jog, etc. is a step further than you were the day before
• Running is a good outlet! There are days where I just want to run, jog, wog (walk & jog), just to get out & relieve stress
• Have fun & laugh! There are days where all I need is to hit the pavement & be around my friends who make me laugh
• Be encouraged & never give up (this is with running & everything else in life)

So I ended 2012 with over 811 miles on the pavement! (This is for the months of May-December; I didn’t keep track of my miles for February-April)

Looking forward to my 2013 running season. Praying for more fun, goals to be met, & the positivity that comes with it!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/14/13

Scripture: Zephaniah 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.

Nugget: This scripture is referring to the city of Ethiopia and Assyria; those there were boastful about the city & what it contained. Overall, they felt they couldn’t be touched! However, God continued to remind them who was in control & the city became a desolate place, even a place where animals took shelter.

We must be mindful & careful about a prideful, boasting attitude. This could be very damaging to what God has in store for us; so much so, that the very thing(s) we’re seeking, God can give to us & take away in an instance.

No matter where you’re going & what you’re accomplishing, do not lose sight of the one who continues to be a blessing to you---God should always be our #1 priority.

Quote: “The proud wish God would agree with them. They are not interested in changing their opinions to agree with God's.” -Ezra Taft Benson

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/9/13

Scripture: Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Nugget: I always feel that it takes a special man to be a dad; he goes the extra mile, shows love to his children, is there for his children, & teaches his children about the Lord. Yes, anyone can father a child, but it takes a strong man to be there for his child(ren).

This scripture gives instructions to fathers regarding their children & bringing them up in the discipline & instruction of the Lord; not bringing their children to anger. Sometimes, many forget that this scripture exists; it doesn’t diminish us honoring our parents, but does bring light to what the characteristics of a dad should encompass.

Thanking God for the Godly men He has placed in my life to be father figures & dads to me; they are truly a blessing!

Quotes: “Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” -Anne Geddes

"A Father's Love
A father is respected because he gives his children leadership...
appreciated because he gives his children care...
valued because he gives his children time...
loved because he gives his children the one thing they treasure most - himself."

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/8/13

Scriptures: II Kings 18:5-7 5Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. 6He remained faithful to the LORD in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the LORD had given Moses. 7So the LORD was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did. He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute. (NLT)

Nugget: Putting God first, how many of us say we do this, but our actions show differently? In Hezekiah’s case, he lived, believed, & his actions showed his obedience to God. Hezekiah trusted God & God blessed him beyond measure.

What a reminder to us of God’s presence in our lives; we must trust Him & have the faith to believe that He is with us. There’s no way for us to be truly successful without Him by our sides. Yes, people can achieve success in life, but the success is temporary without God. I definitely wouldn’t want success without God in it!

How is your faithfulness to God demonstrated in your actions, deeds, daily routine, etc.? Do you recognize that God is with you?

Quote: “I thank God for giving me the relationship and faith to believe in Him the way I do.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/7/13

Scripture: II Kings 18:3 He did what was pleasing in the LORD’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done. (NLT)

Nugget: The “he” in this scripture refers to King Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a king who followed God, had His faith tested & continued to have faith, & overcame many obstacles during his reign that he can only contribute to his faith in God.

When I read this scripture, I began to reflect on those ancestors who came before Hezekiah; those who laid the foundation for him. Now it was up to Hezekiah to either adhere to the foundation laid & the examples of his ancestors, or chose to go his own way. Hezekiah chose the former; which definitely allowed his faith in God to grow, while giving him a successful reign as king.

We must thank our ancestors who came before us, laid the foundation for us, & taught us about God. This makes me reflect on my grandparents (even those who came before them) who prayed many prayers, attended many church services, & had the faith to pray for me before I was even a thought! Where would we be without these ancestors?!

Don’t ever underestimate the impact of those who came before us & laid the foundation for us to be where we are today.

Quote: “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

© Lisi P, 2013

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Blessing Jar

My friend shared a great idea with me for the New Year---to start a Blessing Jar!  This is a jar in which you can place the blessings, good things, laugh-out-loud moments, & more that happen throughout the year!  Just write the blessings/events/etc. on a piece of paper & add to the jar as these things happen (I'm going to include the date on my blessings as well).  At the end of the year, you can go back & review all that God has blessed you with this year!  What a great way to focus on Him & all His goodness!

I'm going to decorate & start mine today!!  Definitely excited about seeing the blessings at the end of the year & as they occur!

Here's a sample:

Until next time.

© Lisi P, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/3/13

Scriptures: Numbers 18:12-14 12“All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the LORD, I have given them to you. 13Whatever first ripe fruit is in their land, which they bring to the LORD, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it. 14“Every devoted thing in Israel shall be yours.” (NKJV)

Nugget: God is speaking to Aaron regarding the things promised to Aaron as God’s child. God promised Aaron the best of the offerings from the children of Israel. God wanted & provided the best to Aaron as His child & for Aaron’s obedience.

This is how God is & wants to be for us (if we’re paying attention!): God wants what’s best for us. He doesn’t want to give us mediocre things or have mediocre people around us. God sees beyond what we can see; we must take heed & pay attention. We shouldn’t want any less for ourselves than what God intends for us to have----my friends, God sees, wants, & provides what’s best.

What areas of your life are you settling? Is it work? Relationships? Health (can you work this year to improve working out, etc.)? Etc.? Aim for the BEST; that’s what God is providing & promising to us.

Quote: “God’s blessings come as a surprise, but how much you receive depends on how much your heart believes. May you be blessed beyond your expectations.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Daily Scriptures 1/2/13

Scripture: Philippians 4:17 Really, it is not that I want to receive gifts from you, but I want you to have the good that comes from giving. (NCV)

Nugget: In the scriptures before & after this one, Paul mentioned to the Philippians that they were the only ones who helped him with their giving regarding his necessities; they were the ones who understood Paul’s plight & fight in what he was facing.

It’s good to have these types of people around us; the ones who will stand by our side no matter what. These are the people who understand where we are, where we’re trying to go, & how hard we work----they can see themselves in our shoes.

For these people, we don’t merely want to receive gifts from them; we want the good to be returned to them. In a way, “What goes around, comes right back around”, but in a good way! These friends/family/angels are the ones who deserve so much for standing by us during our time of need, while encouraging us. Very truly rare indeed!

Take time today to thank these people & to thank God for the blessing they are in your life.

Quote: “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” -Henry David Thoreau

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year & Anchor Verses

Happy New Year!!! Wishing you a prosperous & abundantly blessed 2013!!

Last year, one of my fellow bloggers presented the idea of an Anchor Verse for the New Year. Last year, I chose:

“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24 (KJV)

I feel that I did my best to focus on this scripture throughout 2012, but I definitely could’ve done better. 2012 brought many challenges (my Grandpa passing away, my hairstylist passing away, & so many other things); however, I tried to do my best in finding the good in each day & focusing on God. Because as we know, no matter what, He’s in control & each & every day that He gives us is a precious gift.

I feel that 2013 has great things in store; there are a few things on my “must-do” list that I would love to accomplish with God’s guidance & through prayer. These things have been on my list for awhile, year after year. I’m praying that I get things moving & start to make things happen. Prayerfully, this time next year, I’ll have a Praise Report!

So for 2013, my Anchor Verses are:

“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)

I strive to be better & to do better in 2013; especially on a personal note. I’ve learned from 2012 that this is much needed. Focusing on God & my relationship with Him, balance & joy are key for me.

With this said, there are many things, people, thoughts, actions, & more that will remain in 2012; how can I otherwise achieve what God is calling me to do if I’m holding on to the wrong things, or better yet, not learning from the lessons of 2012?

My prayer for you in 2013 is to focus on God, look for the good in each day, no matter what may come your way, & to live each day to the fullest. We are truly blessed to see another day & year!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013
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