Friday, June 28, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/28/13

Scripture: Isaiah 65:23 They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, And their offspring with them. (NKJV)

Nugget: Many times when you ask someone how they are doing, the answer will be “I’m blessed”. It’s awesome that they know this & are speaking it aloud. Because at times, many others do not know how blessed they are.

One of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definitions of blessed is, “bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune“. So understanding & feeling we’re blessed means we have pleasure, contentment, and/or good fortune in the Lord. These are all things that a relationship with Him brings.

In the scripture prior to this one, it’s mentioned that God’s people will enjoy the work of their hands; we won’t labor in vain. Our children are blessed because of our actions & how we’re blessed. We’re blessed because of those who came before us.

This scripture doesn’t say that we might be blessed due to those who came before us; it says that we shall be blessed! The same goes for our children. Don’t ever go around thinking that you aren’t blessed or do not having blessings in your life. It is written, so walk in it! When someone asks you how you are doing, reply “I’m blessed” & mean it.

Quote: “The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.” -Eric Hoffer

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/26/13

Scripture: Psalm 18:28 You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. (NIV)

Nugget: We all have good days & bad days. Definitely, the good outweighs the bad; however, some of the bad days can seem endless & have lasting effects on us (ex: stress, restlessness, etc).

The scripture above indicates God keeps our lamps burning & turns darkness into light. I love the words here; I think of the days where I felt as if I couldn’t go on & was able to do so. Most people would say to us, “Look for the light at the end of the tunnel”. Sometimes we don’t think about that light being God!

God’s way of turning darkness into light is demonstrated through His love for us; a love that is so great that He gave His only son, Jesus, to die for us & our sins. What a love this is!

On your dark or darkest days, do your best not to focus on what you’re facing that could be overwhelming: focus on the best source of light we have during these dark moments.

Quote: “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” -William Feather

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/25/13

Scriptures: Esther 4:13-14 13And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 14For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (NKJV)

Nugget: Esther was Queen (married to King Ahasuerus) at the time much turmoil was going on in the land. Her people, the Jews, were being plotted against & killed. Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, came to warn her of what was occurring. Although Esther was Queen, she was still a Jew & Mordecai reminded her that she would still face the same fate as the rest of their people.

It was up to Esther to realize that God put her in a certain place at a certain time to perform a certain action. She had to decide whether or not to do something to help her people, regardless of her title. She acted upon the steps to take in order to help her people.

How many times have we doubted we’re here for a purpose or for a particular reason? Little did Esther know she would become Queen one day & be the one to save her people. Just as Esther, we were created for such a time as this! God has us all here for a specific reason at this specific time in history. It’s up to us to seek His wisdom & understanding regarding our lives.

Don’t ever underestimate your gifts, talents, purpose, & life. You’re here for a reason---God says so.

Quote: “God has a great plan for your life! You are here not just to take up space or make a living. You are on this planet at this time in history for a unique purpose.” -Olga Hermans

© Lisi P, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/21/13

Scripture: Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. (NKJV)

Nugget: One of my friends often reminds me of how “like attracts like”. For instance, we may wonder why someone is friends with a certain person, or in a relationship with a certain person--most times feeling that they have nothing in common. However, there is usually something that bonds the individuals together.

We must not take lightly the relationships we have. The above scripture mentions wise men contending with foolish men; in situations such as this, peace usually cannot be found. Just think on the times you’ve argued or disagreed with someone who had foolish actions or thoughts; the discussion usually ends up going nowhere.

Our associations in life are really important; go in the direction of peace. Don’t allow anything or anyone to steal your peace.

Quote: “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/20/13

Scriptures: Psalm 106:24-25 24Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word, 25But complained in their tents, And did not heed the voice of the LORD. (NKJV)

Nugget: Moses was doing as God called him to do in leading the people to the Promised Land. However, along the way, Moses faced many challenges, especially those coming from the people in form of overall complaining. This truly was not an easy task; especially while staying focused on what God had called Him to do.

So many times we complain & complain about our situations or circumstances. How many times do these complaints take us further away from God & all that He has blessed us with? The other day, I asked a friend how he was doing, his response was, “I can’t & won’t complain.” This stuck with me; I can’t & won’t complain, instead I will focus on God & the blessings, as well as lessons, He has for me.

Regardless of what we see & face on a daily basis, don’t let your complaints overshadow or supersede any praises that you can give to God. Your complaints could be the things that are keeping you from hearing God’s voice.

Challenge for today: When you find yourself complaining, counter this with a statement of praise about a blessing!

Quote: “Life is better when it's spent being grateful that you're alive instead of complaining how bad it is.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/19/13

Scripture: Judges 13:1 Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. (NKJV)

Nugget: Obedience; this is something that many individuals struggle with. I remember growing up, when being disobedient, getting punishment for my actions. Those definitely were hard lessons learned, but ones I haven’t forgotten!

The children of Israel were being evil in the sight of the Lord, & faced the consequences of their actions---they were in the hands of the Philistines for 40 years. We may look at them and wonder, “Why in the world did they act that way & face 40 years for their actions?”, but in reality, there are things we do & actions we take that we have let entrap us as well. It may not have lasted 40 years, but it has had a lasting impact on us.

If you’re praying about something & God is giving you direction on it, be obedient & follow Him; He will guide you to what it is you’re seeking. If God is telling you not to move, don’t move; stay put until He tells you want to do next. Obedience is stepping out of God’s way & making room for Him to step in.

Quote: “God's commands are designed to guide you to life's very best. You will not obey Him, if you do not believe Him and trust Him. You cannot believe Him if you do not love Him. You cannot love Him unless you know Him.” -Henry Blackaby

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/18/13

Scripture: Proverbs 18:16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. (NKJV)

Nugget: Many of my recent prayers have been about using the gifts that God has blessed me with in order to achieve dreams & to help others. I want to make sure I’m in God’s will & am not sitting on the gifts that He has placed in me. Too many times I believe that we let things, life, people, etc. get in the way of this.

In this process it’s easy to get caught up in what I may or may not have, but truth be told, what God has put in me (& in us) will make room for doors to open. This scripture speaks about our gifts making room for us. It’s funny because I don’t remember seeing this scripture before!

The first step is having the dream that God put in you, the next step includes acting on this dream & having faith in God regarding the gifts in you. These gifts will make room for you to meet the right people, for doors to open, & for you to do things you never thought possible. God will not give you the dream & gifts without allowing the path to achieve them to be present. Of course there may be bumps along the way, but faith in God & in yourself will get you there.

Quote: “God gives hope to those who dream. Gives miracle to those who believe. He never lets down those who trust and never leaves those who walk with Him.” -Nishan Panwar

© Lisi P, 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/6/13

Scriptures: Genesis 12:4-5 4So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they came to the land of Canaan. (NKJV)

Nugget: In the Daily Scriptures from 6/4/13, it was mentioned that Abram stepped out of his comfort zone to do what God asked him to do---leave his country, his home, & the people he knew. Abram did follow God’s command, but he partially followed it---Abram took Lot, his brother’s son, with him. This wasn’t a part of God’s request.

There are so many times that I feel that I’m obeying God, but am I partially obeying Him? Am I picking & choosing what I want to do? I can admit, at times, I’ve fallen short in this area. Then I’m reminded of a saying I’ve heard numerous times, “Everyone cannot go with you.” And maybe this is what God wanted Abram to learn; Lot was not to be a part of God’s plans for the next phase of Abram’s life.

If God is telling us to do something, there is definitely purpose & meaning behind it. We may not know the whole plan, but He does. Don’t hold on to things, people, etc. that God is asking you to let go of. When it’s time for you to “depart” & move forward, know that God has blessing coming your way.

Quote: “It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.” -BJ Miller

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Daily Scriptures 6/4/13

Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-2 1Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family, And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2I will make you a great nation; I will bless you, And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. (NKJV)

Nugget: During my Bible reading time today, I was looking for confirmation regarding stepping out in faith---stepping out of comfort zones. How many times have I read the scriptures above & overlooked one of the important meanings here? God asked Abram (Abraham) to leave the place he knew, to get away from the people he knew, & to leave his home. Abram did just this & went to where God asked him to go.

For Abram, he needed to leave what he knew in order to get to where God wanted him to be. In order to grow, Abram had to go to new places, experience new things, & to let go of what he knew. How many times has God tried to tell us to do the same thing? Sometimes, we try to hold on to the things & people that God wants us to let go of in order to get to that next level. AND we even say we’re moving forward while looking back.

I’m not saying that you have to move to another place to get to where God wants you to be; this stepping out will be different for all of us. But we all know what God is asking us to do in order to move forward in life.

I continue to pray for change & growth; I pray that we not to miss what God is trying to show us regarding stepping out in faith & moving forward! Doing this without looking back; our blessings are tied to our obedience.

Quote: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be what you’ve always been.” -Pastor Charles Jones, Antioch MB Church

© Lisi P, 2013
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