Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!!!

As I sit on the morning of another birthday, I reflect on God’s goodness & how blessed I truly am. Most times, we don’t realize how blessed we are until we face & overcome something detrimental. How do we miss the blessings in the “little” things? When in reality, the “little” things aren’t so little after all.

Waking up to another day, being clothed in our right minds is more than a little blessing; it’s momentous! For God to see fit to allow us (& bless us) to do so is amazing. So the gift of another birthday is beyond words; especially since I wasn’t supposed to live beyond a certain amount of time after I was born. I was a preemie who came into the world some months early, but God had other plans than what the doctors told my parents.

As I reflect back on this past year, I feel that I’ve been on a journey to becoming a better me. I’ve been working on things I’ve been putting off doing, cleaning my house (including my mind & soul), God has been removing people from my life, & bringing others into my life. I’m beginning to learn to “go with the flow” a little more, or better yet, to trust God a lot more! I’ve been truly trying to sit still in Him & adhere to His will & ways.

So I ask myself, one year ago would I have imagined myself to be where I am today? No way! Last year I was dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident in which I had severe whiplash, pain from other medical concerns, & even a continuous battle with vertigo. Further, I was still coming to terms with the losses of my Grandpa & my hairdresser. There were many challenges & obstacles indeed. But God brought me through & continues to do so.

For this year, I’m planning to continue to work on living through one of my favorite quotes: “Live, Love, Laugh”.   I want to live fully, love completely, & laugh until my stomach hurts. I want to smile when I feel like crying, love when I feel it’s impossible, & live each day like it’s my last. I want to experience all that God has for me, including growing in Him & my relationship with Him.

I thank God for this past year & all that it has done to change me. Without it, I wouldn’t be in a better place; it doesn’t mean things were easy, but they did make me better.

My advice & prayer for you, as I enter this day & another year: “Live, Love, Laugh.”  Let God do these things completely in you & through you!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

In The Midst of Silence

Happy October!!! It’s my favorite month & time of the year!!!

My apologies for my mini-hiatus from my blog. I’ve been regrouping & focusing on my relationship with God & the things that He wants me to do, as well as the things that He’s working to develop in me.

One of the biggest lessons that I’ve learned in the past few months is that God works in silence. You may wonder what I mean by this----it’s that He’s working in the midst of the times when we feel that He doesn’t hear us, He’s working in the midst of the times where there appears to be “nothing happening”, He’s working when we’re praying & feeling like He’s not providing an answer. Believe me, I know because I’ve been praying on some things for a while now, & just when it looked like I was at the end of whatever rope I was hanging on to, God showed up!

For instance, for the past few years I’ve been going through the most challenging times I’ve faced in a long time—both personally & professionally. I’d been praying for a change, but God had kept me in the same places in some instances. When I got to the point where I “let go & let God”, He answered in a way that I wasn’t expecting, well at least at that time: He blessed me with a promotion. I wasn’t looking for this, mainly due to budget cuts & other occurrences that had gone on. But in the midst of the budget cuts & no new hiring, God showed up. This is exactly how He works; He showed Himself in an “impossible” situation and made things possible.

There are probably many things that you’re praying on where you feel that God cannot hear you or is not answering your prayers. Our God is a God who works, listens, & blesses beyond circumstances & what we can see. He works things out in the silence, He works in the background, & can move some things around that we could never imagine.

Don’t think that God isn’t hearing your prayer, your struggle, your challenges, & so much more. Our God can do all things----one of them being working & moving in the most silent times of our lives.

Believe in Him & trust Him completely.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2014
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