Monday, September 30, 2013

Daily Scriptures 9/30/13

Scripture: Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (NIV)

Nugget: Pride is the characteristic that can make us stand up for what we believe (ex: our country, our school, our military, etc.). But pride can also be the characteristic that represents a character flaw or a down fall. Most times, the most prideful individual is one who does not listen, especially to wisdom or direction from others. It’s the person who’s “hard to get through to”.

Of course there are times when we must display pride, but don’t let these be the times in which humility disappears & we lose the chance at gaining wisdom, or even displaying wisdom.

These characteristics are ones that we’ll need to balance accordingly.

Quote: “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” -C.S. Lewis

© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Daily Scriptures 9/25/13

Scriptures: Isaiah 32:16-17 16The LORD’s justice will dwell in the desert, his righteousness live in the fertile field. 17The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. (NIV)

Nugget: Peace is something I’ve been praying about lately (well more than lately!). I’ve been trying to take the time to reflect & regroup, knowing that God is the center of peace. In God, there’s no confusion & He wants His children to lead peaceful & fulfilling lives.

Even in our toughest & most challenging times, God is there. The peace that can only come from Him is what we need to seek. God wants us to walk, live, & be in peace. Why would we allow anything or anyone to take this peace away?

My mom would always say, “A peace of mind goes a long way.” How these words ring true now! In the peace of God, we find quietness, confidence, & so much more, even when things can be hectic around us.

Allow God to come into the places & situations you haven’t given over to Him completely; this is the only way to have true peace. The peace with Him & through Him is never ending!

Quotes: “Man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself; he is not at peace with himself, because he is not at peace with God.” -Thomas Merton

“Peace is the deliberate adjustment of my life to the will of God.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Daily Scriptures 9/24/13

Scripture: Isaiah 32:18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places (NKJV)

Nugget: A good friend pointed out this scripture to me; it’s a great reminder to me about having peace at home. Home should be the one place that we all go to in order to have peace, rest, & calmness. It’s our habitation that should be a reflection of us & more importantly, a reflection of God & His blessings to us.

God says, “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation.” Do these words describe your home? Or are you bringing the workday home? Carrying the stressors of those around you with you? Your own stressors? If so, what can you do to make your home the “quiet resting place” that God intends for it to be?

Don’t underestimate the importance of having the peaceful place to come home to. I am guilty of bringing the workday/etc. home, but I’m going to do my best from now on to leave work at work, leave other stressors where they are, decorate my surroundings, & focus on making my home the peaceful dwelling that God intends for it to be.

Won’t you do the same?

Quote: “Peace---that was the other name for home.” -Kathleen Norris

© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Daily Scriptures 9/23/13

Scriptures: Romans 5:3-5 3And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (NKJV)

Nugget: These scriptures speak to me & my current situations; they’ve been ones that I’ve said to myself as I go through challenging times. I’m learning that challenges are what God uses to develop something in us; by testing us, we’re growing in our walk with Him, faith, & definitely within ourselves.

Tribulation produces perseverance (we learn about being steadfast in God & in ourselves); we build character (we develop something in ourselves that we didn’t know we had, further, our character grows to new levels from where they currently are); our hope grows (our hope & faith in God are stronger, this hope that only God can provide does not disappoint us, but shows his unyielding love for us).

In your struggles, challenges, & tough times, God is there. Don’t lose sight of the good that can come out of these instances, because what we’re going through isn’t in vain. It’s to build something that can only come from these situations. The best part is we aren’t alone through any of it! God is always there.

Don’t give up; there’s a blessing in the midst of every storm.

Quote: “While you are going through your trial, you can recall your past victories and count the blessings that you do have with a sure hope of greater ones to allow if you are faithful.” -Ezra Taft Benson

© Lisi P, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Faith Tested

Have you ever had so much going on that you wondered what God was up to? You’ve prayed your prayers, read your Bible, & even have your favorite Scriptures memorized to help you along the way, but still you wonder what is going on? Well, needless to say, that’s how I’ve felt lately.

For certain, a lot is happening. I feel that last year’s challenging year is carrying over into 2013 far too long. However, my heart knows that God is working on something big for me. Part of that something is knowing in the midst of these tests & trials, there is a TESTIMONY to come. But does it take all of this to get there? LOL. Sometimes, it just may.

I’ve had people ask me “How are you doing?” in the past few months. I can tell you, it’s one of the hardest questions that I’ve had to answer in recent months. The true answer is one that’s hard to formulate, when there’s so much happening, but I’m so grateful for the true family & friends that God has placed in my life. I’ve learned about those who are by my side no matter what.

I’m learning more & more about the saying, “God doesn’t put more on you than what you can bear.” He does this to test us, to bring something out of us, to develop something in us, & to remind us that He’s in complete control. Most times, our faith isn’t where we truly believe it to be (it’s easier to trust God when things are going good). Also, maybe God wants to take us to the next level, but getting there means experiencing the things that are uncomfortable, challenging, & downright heartbreaking. BUT GOD is always there.

I’m praying for the shift to the next thing He has for me. In the meantime, I must experience these challenging times in order to get there. Continued strength & guidance from Him will get me there; also, having the right people around me who have my back no matter what. In the midst of it all, no matter what, I’m blessed & will remain so.

May we continue to encourage each other & pray for each other during our challenging times as we do during our triumphs.

1I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? 2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. -Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

2My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. -James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
Until next time.
© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy 5th Anniversary to Lisi's Place

Happy 5th Anniversary to my blog (9/10/13)!!!

Thank you to everyone who's followed me over the years & continue to do so.  It's greatly appreciated.  Your comments are always welcomed & I am grateful that God has allowed me to use my gift of writing to reach & to encourage others.

I'm blessed to have you along this journey!!!  Keep visiting, leaving comments, & sharing my encouraging words with others. 

I look forward to what God has in store for Lisi's Place!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Praise Song: "Overcomer"

Lately, I've had a lot going on, in the midst of it all, I'm doing my best to stay encouraged in God & His word.  One of my friend's sent me Mandisa's "Overcomer" via email & it came right on time.  I pray that this week's Praise Song gives you encouragement as you face what comes your way!

We are overcomers through Him that strengthens us!!

Unil next time.


© Lisi P, 2013
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