Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/28/13

Scripture: Psalm 136:4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His mercy endures forever (NKJV)

Nugget: There are so many things that happen in life that we can get caught up in the negativity we see & hear on a daily basis. The one thing I try to remember is to not lose sight of God in the midst of it all.

God alone does great wonders---it’s amazing the things we overlook on a daily basis while the negativity surrounds us. These great wonders can come in the smallest of things to the largest of things. Sometimes, I sit outside & listen to the birds singing & going along like they have no worries--this to me is a great wonder; it’s as if their faith is intact from the moment they wake up each morning. At other times, great wonders come in the form of healing--the loved one who is released from the hospital after recovering from an illness.

God’s great wonders; let us embrace them as we continue to embrace & seek Him.

Quote: “The world will never starve for want of wonders.” -Gilbert Keith Chesterton

© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Praise Song: "Happy"

This week's Praise Song is "Happy" by Tasha Cobbs.  Goodness, I love this song!!  Makes me get up & praise our Lord!!  This is truly an uplifting song; thank you Lord for loving me & giving me joy.  Most importantly, thank you for Jesus.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/24/13

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:1-2 1Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, 2“Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name) (NKJV)

Nugget: Sometimes we feel that we’re praying & praying & cannot hear God. We feel as if our prayers are getting nowhere. I began to reflect on the times when I felt this way; I began to think about what I was doing during these times. Was I being still? Was I missing what God was trying to show me? Did He send me an answer through someone & I overlooked it?

In these scriptures, God came to Jeremiah a second time to speak to him & Jeremiah was in prison; it appears to me that God finally had Jeremiah in a situation where Jeremiah could both 1) listen to God & 2) be still! It’s amazing what God will do to get our attention. Yes, sometimes it takes all of this!

Jeremiah was finally in a place to accept what God was saying; our God who made everything, formed everything, & allows things to happen. If you’re currently not hearing God, is He trying to speak to you a second time as well?

Quote: “Normally my mind is racing a mile a minute thinking about my next move, the future, this and that...but today I'm choosing to be still and focus on the now. This moment. Thanking God for it and thanking Him for having already gone before me to work out the next scene in my life.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

You Are Here

 Have you ever been at the mall, not knowing where the store you were looking for was located? You stop at one of the directories in the mall, in search of the store. But first, on the map, you locate the “You Are Here” symbol. This is the beginning to finding where you are going to get to the store. I began to think about this in my Christian walk & my search for God when I feel that He’s not here.
There are so many times that we go blindly in search of things, people, & ourselves, not realizing that God is there, even when we feel that He’s far away. However, God is very much near, we are just unable to find the “You Are Here” spot in our daily walk. God is around, but we are lost. Just think of the times when you’ve stared at the directory in the mall & the store you were looking for was around the next corner. That’s how it is with God---He’s right there.

Are you looking for God in the midst of your circumstances, challenges, daily walk, etc.? Have you checked the “directory” & are unable to see that He’s right there? He’s waiting for you to “find” Him in the midst of being lost. He’s waiting for you to call upon Him in Jesus’ name. Don’t miss that He’s right there looking at you to seek Him.

It’s definitely overwhelming (& at times frustrating) to be lost, looking at a map, & being unsure of where you are going! However, “You Are Here” & able to find God in the midst of being lost--He’s right there waiting for you to find Him in what you’re going through. Similar to when we find that store we’re looking for on the directory & how relieved we become---how much more relieved we’ll be when we realize that God is a consistent part of our map of life, & is right there waiting for us, loving us unconditionally?

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/21/13

Scriptures: I Samuel 2:6-7 6“The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. 7The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. (NKJV)

Nugget: God is both a restorer & one who will remove things from our lives. Although He may remove certain things & people, this most likely serves the purpose of bringing us higher than we were before. Of course, some sort of lesson may be involved, but God’s purpose will prevail.

God does nothing without meaning behind it; even when we don’t understand all the details, we must trust Him. Just think on the things that He removed from you & brought something to you 100 times better than what you had before. God makes no mistakes!

Stand back & allow God to remove & restore aspects of your life that can only be done by Him.

Quote: “As we come to know God better, we will also find it easier to know, follow, and accept His will for our life.” -Elizabeth George

© Lisi P, 2013

Praise Song: "Always"

This week's Praise Song is Jason Champion's "Always".  What an uplifting song!  God is everything that we'll ever need & He loves us unconditionally!  He's there ALWAYS.  We serve a great God!!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/20/13

Scripture: Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nugget: One of the ministers mentioned in his sermon yesterday, “You may know God, but do you trust Him?” Such a profound statement; many of us state that we trust God, but do we really? What do we do when the challenging times arise? When we have some form of doubt? Do we lean closer to Him, or do we question what we’re going through? I can say that I’m guilty of faltering! But thank God He is a forgiving God, a just God.

God is consistently consistent! He knows when we trust Him; He knows when we are in doubt. Sometimes what we are going through is for the purpose of building trust & faith in Him---to experience growth in our relationship with Him.

No matter what you may have going on, no matter what doubt you may be experiencing, your strong hold, our Lord, is there with you. Put your trust in the most consistent part of your life! You can’t go wrong with Him!

Quote: “Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.” -George Mueller

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/15/13

Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 9And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. 10The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. (NKJV)

Nugget: There’s nothing like being a part of church where God’s word is PREACHED & TEACHED. It’s a great feeling to be able to be a member of a church where both of these are occurring; we want to be somewhere where the word is being given to us in order for us to grow, to be fed, & to learn God’s word to face the issues of life & to be witnesses to those around us. I can say that my church is this type of church, & my Pastor is this type of Pastor!

We should all feel that our Pastor is the best Pastor there is (I know mine is)! We want a leader who not only walks the walk, but preaches the gospel of God’s word---someone who challenges us in our actions, thoughts, & growth in the Lord. When he/she preaches, you can say, “Ouch” because he/she is talking directly to you without even knowing it.

May you find this type of church family for yourself (if you haven’t already!). God will guide you there; seek Him & He will point you in the right direction.

Quote: “Give me 100 preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God; such alone will shake the gates of hell.” -John Wesley

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/14/13

Scripture: 1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (NKJV)

Nugget: I’ve always believed that actions speak louder than words. For instance, we can say that we’ll do various things & then do the opposite. This speaks volumes. This scripture reminds me of the exact same thing; are what I’m saying & doing lining up with each other? Most days, I believe this to be the case, others, I admit I still struggle.

As we continue on this Christian journey & draw closer to God, we will experience changes & growth we thought we could never reach. This fellowship & relationship with Him allows us to grow & to seek the truth that can only be found in Him. There will be no more darkness, only the light that comes from Him which will shine in us! Thank you, Lord!

Quote: “Remember: He WANTS your fellowship, and He has done everything possible to make it a reality. He has forgiven your sins, at the cost of His own dear Son. He has given you His Word, and the priceless privilege of prayer and worship.” -Billy Graham

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/7/13

Scriptures: I Corinthians 12:1, 4-6 1Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (NIV)

Nugget: Gifts, lately my thoughts & meditations have been about the gifts that God has instilled in me. These same gifts are ones that I’m using, ones that I’m trying to use, or ones that I haven’t even tapped into yet. Then I came across these scriptures! What confirmation God has given me.

There are so many things that we sit on & do not even activate. Meaning, what is that dream that you had that you haven’t achieved yet (or haven’t even stepped out of the box to begin to achieve)? It’s most likely that you’re sitting on the gifts that God has in you; these are the God-given gifts that only can be activated once you tap into what God has put in you. For me, it’s my writing; I need to continue on the path that God has for me--utilizing the gifts that He’s put in me.

One of the main things that could be hindering you from stepping out & achieving your dreams is that you haven’t tapped into the gift(s) God has in you; your dream & getting started is connected to Him. Most likely, there’s no other way to achieve it until you tap into Him, activate your gifts, & walk in faith.

Take some time today to talk to God, meditate & pray about your gifts; don’t sit on them. Allow God to show you how to walk in Him; don’t sit back on what He’s put in you.

Quote: “The gift is not something we learn. It is something God gave us. It is something we need to discover and then stir up. No one else can activate your gift for you.” -Dr. Myles Monroe

© Lisi P, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Daily Scriptures 5/2/13

Scriptures: Jonah 4:9-10 9Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!” 10But the LORD said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. (NKJV)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, it is apparent that Jonah is angry with God for relenting in His actions to bring disaster upon the people of Nineveh. The people had turned from their evil ways, believed in, & followed God. Jonah’s anger stemmed from God changing His mind about overthrowing Nineveh.

Following God’s decision, Jonah had built up anger as he felt action still needed to be taken on the people of Nineveh; so much anger was built up that he took it upon himself to make shelter on the outside of the city to be by himself. God provided shelter & shade to Jonah during his time in self-imposed isolation; later God took this away, which heightened Jonah’s anger.

Overall, God was trying to teach Jonah the lessons regarding holding anger. Jonah was holding on to anger that he didn’t need to. God reminded him that the things & people he was holding anger towards, weren’t even for him to do. This reminded me of how we sometimes do the same thing; there’s so much that we hold on to that we don’t need to (anger, hurt, pain, etc.), but God is trying to tell us that it’s not for us to do so!

What is God trying to show you regarding the things (& people) that you need to let go of? What are you holding on to that isn’t yours to do so? It’s amazing what we could have if we just let go.

Quote: “Holding anger is a poison...It eats you from inside...We think that by hating someone we hurt them...But hatred is a curved blade...and the harm we do to others...we also do to ourselves.” -Mitch Albom

© Lisi P, 2013
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