Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

Today, I was out-and-about running a few remaining errands before the stores closed tomorrow for Christmas. There definitely was a lot going on in the stores, which is to be expected; however, at some points, it felt like Black Friday all over again! LOL. But my intent about being out didn’t have to do with Christmas shopping, rather than running regular errands that happened to fall on today.

In the midst of all of this, I began to take in my surroundings & what people were saying. Many conversations & actions focused on last minute gifts that were needed. But somewhere in it all, I began to wonder if people overlooked the real meaning of Christmas---the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus. Do we get so caught up on the shopping, that the importance of Christmas is forgotten? Do we thank God for the real gift---our salvation because of Christ? We have the best gift that we can appreciate each & every day we’re alive.

Take time to reflect on Christmas, it’s meaning, & how much God loves us. He gave His only Son for our sins. Take time with loved ones & enjoy every moment, as life is fleeting. Praise more, smile more, appreciate more, & live more. Jesus died for us to live life & to live it more abundantly; He’s the true gift of CHRISTmas.

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” -Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Wishing you & your family a Merry Christmas!!!  May God bless you always.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Invest In You!!

For the past few months or so, I’ve learned the importance of investing in me. It’s still a work in process, but I’m getting there. I’ve had close friends & family remind me how important it is to take the time for myself, to take time away with God, & to meditate on His will & way for my life.

I’m one of those people who takes time for other people, whether it’s to listen or to lend a helping hand, my friends & family will definitely describe me as one who’s dependable & there no matter what. However, sometimes, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in other people & their goings-on, that we can forget the importance of us!

There’s definitely nothing wrong with being there for others, but are we there for the #1 individual in our lives---ourselves? As one of my friends tells me, “Lisi, even on the airplane, in the event of an emergency, they ask you to put on your own mask first before helping someone else.” This is so very true!! How can we help someone else, if we ourselves are not in the place where we’ve helped ourselves first?

Take time to begin with you! Work on yourself, take time with God, & grow & invest in YOU!! In all that is going on, don’t forget how important you are.

What’s the one thing you can do today to begin to do this? Check out this awesome word from Joyce Meyer entitled “You Can Enjoy Your Life – Every Day!” (by clicking on the title)

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Daily Scriptures 12/2/13

Scripture: Proverbs 28:25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper. (NIV)

Nugget: Greed, it’s a characteristic that can bring out a side of people that we couldn’t imagine. Most times, it does result in conflict & strife. Greed can destroy relationships & result in issues we’d least expect.

Greed shouldn’t be the thing that drives us to wanting more or better; we should seek God & trust Him in all that He has in store for us. What one receives from God is lasting; anything else is fleeting.

If greed is a driving force for you, this should be re-examined. Allow God to guide you in all things---trust Him.

Quote: “Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” -Erich Fromm

© Lisi P, 2013
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