Monday, April 20, 2015

Try vs. Will

As 2015 continues to fly by, I’m reflecting on the things I’m praying to accomplish & the steps I’m taking to get there. I do realize that things won’t happen overnight, but I’m grateful for the progress I’ve made.

Recently, I became a part of this training class at work. One of the things that the trainer highlights is not saying “try to” or “trying to”. Most times when we say we’ll “try to” do something, it doesn’t happen. It’s a safe place to put ourselves, sort of like saying “may be”. With this being said, I’ve been focusing on “I will” do this or “I’m going to”, versus saying “try to”. It does make a big difference because it’s a way of holding myself accountable.

As this year continues to fly by, what are the things you’ve been “trying to” do? This could be anything from your dreams or goals, to cleaning the garage, to starting a workout program, to catching up with that friend or family member, etc. What are the steps you can take to hold yourself accountable to make these things happen?

Are you trying to do these things or will you do these things?

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Daily Scriptures 4/13/15

Scripture: Luke 11:28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (NIV)

Nugget: In this scripture, Jesus was providing a response to a woman’s praise indicated in the scripture before. He was reminding the woman about those who are blessed---the ones who hear God’s word & obey it.

Hearing & obeying God’s word is a daily walk for us. There are many days in which I pray for my way & will to decrease & for God’s to increase. There are many times where I can get in God’s way. As long as I’m following Him, & remind myself that He’s in control, I can get back on track.

God isn’t asking us to be perfect, but to follow Him. Even if this is something we have to remind ourselves daily, we’re continuing to grow in Him & through Him.

Quote: “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” -Jim Elliot

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

Daily Scriptures 4/6/15

Scripture: Hebrews 10:32 Remember those days in the past when you first learned the truth. You had a hard struggle with many sufferings, but you continued strong. (NCV)

Nugget: For many of us, our earlier days of walking with God were full of faith & confidence in what God could do. We were new in faith, wide-eyed & saw things wide-opened. Many times, we thought that giving our lives to God removed a lot of the struggle. However, most of our challenges came after our walk with Him began, but in spite of this, we continued to hold strong in God & what He called us to do.

In looking back at our pasts, we mustn’t look back to bring up tough memories or to dwell there, but we must look back to see how far God has brought us & to remember that we made it through. We are so much stronger than we give ourselves credit for; we are especially strong in God.

Continue strong; there’s nothing we can’t do without Him. Our strength & growth are in God.

Quote: “Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.” -JJ Packer

© Lisi P, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Praise Song: "No Greater Love"

Happy Resurrection Day!!  We are truly blessed that God gave His only Son for us.  What greater love than the love of Jesus?!  May we never forget the ultimate sacrifice, but also remember there's no love like the Lord has for us.

The Praise Song I'm sharing this week is "No Greater Love" by the Georgia Mass Choir.  Enjoy!

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Daily Scriptures 4/3/15

Scripture: Mark 14:50 Then they all forsook Him and fled. (NKJV)

Nugget: When the high priest & the multitude came to take Jesus for the crucifixion, Judas had just betrayed Him. Additionally, there were many who were with Jesus who forsook Him & just left. It’s amazing that Jesus was abandoned by those who walked with Him, who He loved, & those whom He did so many things for. He would’ve stood by them until the end.

This made me reflect on the relationships & friendships that I have; those people & connections that are so important to me. We’ve all experienced challenges & struggles in our lives, but there’s nothing like the support of a strong foundation to help us through. True enough, these relationships may experience ups & downs, but no matter what, we know these people will be there for us--these are the ones we must hold on to.

Even though Jesus had people abandon Him, He had those who came back (His mother, Mary, & Mary Magdalene). As with Jesus, those who are a part of our foundation will always come back & remain.

Quote: “The best relationships in our lives are the best not because they have been the happiest ones, they are that way because they have stayed strong through the most tormentful of storms.” -Pandora Poikilos

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Daily Scriptures 4/1/15

Scripture: Psalm 126:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” (NKJV)

Nugget: Laughter--the cure for many things. It’s a way to release things that can be heavy on our hearts. It’s also a way for us to catch up with family & close friends; just think on the times when you’ve caught up with a longtime friend & the joy it brings--there are some people who make us smile no matter what.

See laughter & smiling as ways of praising God; these are smiles in your heart. Definitely another way to show God’s blessings & that He does great things for us.

Quote: “I think one of my favorite feelings is laughing with someone and realizing half way through how much you enjoy them and their existence.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015
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