Thursday, February 26, 2015

Life Is Beautiful!!

“Life is beautiful!”, such a short statement with so much impact. Do we really realize how beautiful this journey is? How beautiful the gift of each moment is? I know I’ve taken it for granted many times.

We can allow each day to slip away without thinking about the gifts, people, & moments that have impacted us in so many ways. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stressors, the stresses, & honestly, the things we have to do to make it through each day, that before we know it, the day is over & has completely passed us by!

Don’t let today slip by without focusing on the beauty in it & the beauty of it. It’s too precious to ignore.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/24/15

Scriptures: Psalm 19:7-8 7The teachings of the LORD are perfect; they give new strength. The rules of the LORD can be trusted; they make plain people wise. 8The orders of the LORD are right; they make people happy. The commands of the LORD are pure; they light up the way. (NCV)

Nugget: Anything from the Lord is solid & unmovable. From His teachings, rules, orders, & commands, they all have an outcome that is good for us. They are a demonstration of His love. There’s nothing God is doing, has done, or will do that doesn’t have some blessing for us.

These scriptures also indicate the results of God’s hands: strength, perfection, wisdom, happiness, & light. Who else can give us all of these things as a result of our experiences with them?! Even if the journey can be a rollercoaster at times, once everything settles, the end results are everything God intended them to be.

Quote: “Have faith, keep praying, and be thankful! Remember: God’s answers are wiser than your prayers.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/20/15

Scripture: Psalm 66:5 Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men. (NKJV)

Nugget: When we opened our eyes this morning, got up, & were clothed in our right mind (as my Grandparents would say), we were already blessed. Sometimes we take arising every morning for granted, but there was so much that occurred to get us there. God kept us through the night, kept our homes safe, kept us breathing, & so much more. These are testaments to His goodness.

God’s works come in many forms; we just have to pause & recognize them. He is awesome in all that He does for us. Even if He does nothing else for us today, He’s already done more than enough.

Quote: “God is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. He is Always Working Extraordinary Supernatural On-time Miracles Everyday.” -Sommer Ellison

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/19/15

Scriptures: Matthew 13:3-8 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (NIV)

Nugget: Jesus used various parables to explain things to people. In this parable, he gave an example of seeds being provided & what was done with them. Some of the seeds were scattered, others landed in rocky places, some fell in thorns, & others landed on good soil.

What an example to explain what many are doing on a daily basis. Are we using the gifts, talents, & blessings that God has given us or are we letting them fall by the wayside? Could there be seeds that we are giving away, or even letting slip away?

A friend posed a question to us the other day, “Where are you going?” The question was to allow us to refocus on what is important in the midst of running throughout our daily lives.

This question brought another question to mind, not only where are we going, but “What are we doing with what God has provided to us; are we planting on solid ground?”

Quote: “All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds that we sow today.”

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Be You!


One of the toughest & best things I’ve learned over this past year is that we can be the hardest on ourselves. So many times we wish “we could do this better” or we “wish we were that/this way”, but in reality, we are not giving ourselves enough credit. Really, we aren’t giving God enough credit. He made us exactly as we are to be!

Don’t get me wrong, there are growing pains & things we must experience in life to continue to develop into everything God has called on our lives, but we mustn’t underestimate the experiences we’ve had to get to where we are now.

Give yourself a pat on the back, keep praying, & growing! 

"I am who God says I am and He made me one of a I must be pretty amazing."

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/17/15

Scripture: Numbers 11:23 The LORD answered Moses, “Is the LORD’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.” (NIV)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to this one, Moses posed many doubtful questions to God regarding his role in leading the people out of Egypt on their journey to the Promised Land. Not only was Moses posing his own doubtful questions, the people were continually questioning him & complaining along the way.

Although we were not on that particular journey, we are all on journeys in which we’ve posed doubtful questions to God, possibly complaining along the way. As God responded to Moses, “Now you will see….what I say….will come true….” God reminded Moses that it didn’t matter what the circumstances “said”, what Moses himself or the people were saying, but what He was saying----His arm & vision reach beyond our limitations. That’s God!

Quote: “Faith looks to God, hopes in God, and believes in His promises, regardless of our actual circumstances.” -Wendy Blight

© Lisi P, 2015

Praise Song: "It's Working"

My Pastor recently finished a great series for the New Year, "A Season of Change".  As always, God's word comes right on time. 

We've all experienced seasons in which we feel like nothing is happening, but then we have seasons of overflow at the right time.  As seasons change, the seasons of our lives change as well. 

No matter what season we're in, God is always in the blessing business! 

May you be blessed by William Murphy's "It's Working".

Until next time.

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/16/15

Scriptures: Psalm 142:1-2 1I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. 2I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. (NIV)

Nugget: There are things that we’re experiencing & going through that only God can help us with; He’s the way out of our troubles. Too many times we go to others first, but God is always there, readily available.

Take your prayers, struggles, complaints, & troubles to God---pour these things out to Him & release them. He’a always working it out for our good; we just have to believe & trust that He will.

Quote: “Don’t worry about hard times because some of the most beautiful things we have in life come from changes and mistakes.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/5/15

Scripture: Psalm 143:4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; My heart within me is distressed. (NKJV)

Nugget: Many of us have felt the stressors of life, work, & other elements that are occurring, or have occurred, in our lives. The feelings of being bogged down & stressed can overcome us, impacting us in so many ways.

So what does one do when this happens? As simple as it sounds, I’ve learned to take a step back & take a breather---releasing things & thoughts to God. He can handle things better than anyone & knows how to lead us to peace.

Quote: “Those who leave everything in God’s hand will eventually see God’s hand in everything.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/4/15

Scriptures: Psalm 37:30-31 30The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just. 31The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip. (NIV)

Nugget: Have you ever been around someone who just says anything; says anything without rhyme or reason? There’s really no thought behind it. Well, I hope many of us aren’t that way! I do my best to offer others words of wisdom & pray about having meaning & justification behind it; this attached with care & concern usually leads them (& myself) in the right direction.

I’ve been told that I’m a “heart” person (can’t argue this one!); anything I do is attached to this. I pray that God’s law & word are always reflected in my actions. With Him in my heart, I’ll always have a strong foundation.

Quote: “Whenever your foundation is laid in God, there will be nothing that can shake it, no matter how strong the storm is.” -Angelo M. Swinson

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/3/15

Scripture: Philippians 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing (NKJV)

Nugget: Have you ever been around a complaining person? Have you ever been the complaining person? The ones, who no matter what is going on, can say nothing good or even release a word of praise?

Each day challenge yourself to complain less & praise more. There are so many people who would love to be in our shoes, yet we can go each day & not fully appreciate our blessings.

Quote: “Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.” -Dennis Prager

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Daily Scriptures 2/2/15

Scripture: Proverbs 24:29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.” (NIV)

Nugget: One of the most common reactions to when someone has done wrong to us is to retaliate in the same manner. A person would likely want the other individual to have the same hurt, pain, etc. inflicted upon the individual as well. This reaction can take both an emotional & physical toll on all involved.

“Two wrongs don’t make a right” came to mind when reading this scripture. It’s something wise adults would tell many of us growing up. Basically, do we need to go to that level too?  Let’s work daily not to “do to others what they have done to us”; there are other positive things & reactions we can do instead.

Quote: “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine brighter.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015
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