Friday, July 31, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/31/15

Scripture: Psalm 67:7 God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him. (NKJV)

Nugget: God is blessing us every moment of every day! Even when things aren’t going “our way”, or as we’ve envisioned them to, He’s blessing us. There’s no need for us to worry, fret, or stress because God is able to go above & beyond the moments we’re experiencing. He sees & knows the final outcome.

God’s got us every step of the way!

Quote: “Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.” -Maltbie D. Babcock

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/28/15

Scripture: II Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. (NIV)

Nugget: Paul was addressing the Thessalonians in this letter to them & all that they were enduring. It was a letter of encouragement for them to stay on the path that God had set & what He’d called them to do. Paul also wished them peace & reminded them that God would be with them.

Peace---something we all seek. At times we attempt to find it in everything but God. There’s nothing like having peace in God. Peace to be still in Him, peace to trust Him, & peace to know that everything will be okay according to His will & plan. God is with you at all times & in all circumstances. Additionally, His peace is present; you just have to step into it.

Quote: “Peace doesn’t mean troubles are absent, peace means God is present.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/27/15

Scripture: Psalm 66:19 But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. (NKJV)

Nugget: God hears us; every prayer, praise, & shout that we send up to Him. God’s ears are always open for us to turn to. We are each so distinct to God; He can tell the difference between us & anyone else.

There are times when God doesn’t answer us right away, but this doesn’t mean He’s absent. God has a way of working through the silence. With certainty, we must know that He hears our prayers & is working everything out for our good.

Quote: “The work that God does in us when we wait is usually more important than the thing for which we wait.” -Erwin W. Lutzer

© Lisi P, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/24/15

Scripture: Psalm 102:27 But You are the same, And Your years will have no end. (NKJV)

Nugget: This verse reminds me of God’s consistency from generation to generation. My grandparents & great grandparents prayed to the same God I am praying to today. Not only this, God is the same God who those long before my grandparents prayed to as well.

God doesn’t change---there are so many things that He’s done before us that He has control over today. He can do it again. God has a proven track record!

Quote: “Don’t worry. Everything you have been through, or currently going through has a far greater purpose---God.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/22/15

Scripture: Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” (NKJV)

Nugget: Trust is one of the things that many of us say that we have until we’re put in a situation or circumstance that tests our trust; especially the situations that test our trust in God. Sometimes this trust in God entails us leaning on the people He’s placed in our lives to help us along the way.

In the situations or circumstances you’re facing, give it over to God. Allow Him to provide the answers you need, the refuge you’re seeking, & the people to assist you along the way. Don’t take on the battle that can only be fought with & through Him.

Quote: “The more you trust God, the more He amazes you.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/21/15

Scripture: Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. (NKJV)

Nugget: One of the most difficult things for us to do is to wait. We wait in lines, we wait for vacations, we wait for the right time, & we definitely wait on the Lord for many things that we’re praying about/for. Basically, there’s no way to go through life without some form of waiting!

While waiting, we will face difficult circumstances & challenging people. There’s no doubt about it. However, we must focus on God & the end results & blessings He has in store. The benefit of waiting on God is to see what He was preparing for us & through us all along---we shall see it. Keep the faith!

Quote: “If you feel like you’ve been waiting forever, remember that God’s perfect blessings always come in God’s perfect timing.” -OnForeverFaithful

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/20/15

Scripture: Psalm 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.

Nugget: God is God. In looking back over our lives, we can say that He’s done great things for us, but not only this, He is great because of who He is. If God does nothing else, He’s already done enough.

Daily, we must take time to praise & thank God for who He is. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routines we have, but to stop & give God a “thank you” is a way to show our appreciation to Him.

Quote: “Learn to pray not because you need something, but because you ought to thank Him about everything.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/17/15

Scripture: John 2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (NKJV)

Nugget: The scriptures prior to this one indicate that Jesus’ mother, Mary, was at a wedding; Jesus & the disciples were invited as well. At some point, they ran out of wine at the wedding. Mary posed this to Jesus, & He responded, “What does your concern have to do with me?” However, He did take steps to alleviate the issue.

In order to help Jesus do this, Mary informed the servants to do whatever Jesus asked them to do. The end result was new pots of wine that were better than the first wine served.

What a reminder for us to do exactly what God tells us to do. If He gives us specific instructions/guidance about a thing, person, situation, work, etc., we should follow it. Of course this comes by listening, fasting, & prayer---building a relationship with Him in order to determine what He’s saying. By being so focused on God, this removes our own opinions & those of others. God will not lead us wrong.

Quote: “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/16/15

Scripture: James 5:12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment. (NKJV)

Nugget: Our word is our bond. We shouldn’t say one thing & end up doing another. There is power in the words we speak, the things we promise, & what we proclaim. Just think on the times you were disappointed or hurt by someone not coming through on his/her promises; we wouldn’t want to do the same thing to someone else.

There will be times when circumstances will impact our original promise/etc., however, these changes can be communicated as well. Life happens, things happen--but do a self-check in these instances to back your word up with your actions. These should line up.

Quote: “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” -Miguel Angel Ruiz

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/15/15

Scripture: Genesis 31:49 Also Mizpah, because he said, “May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from another.” (NKJV)

Nugget: God has a way of bringing certain people into our lives. For some of them, when we originally meet, we may think that these people are to be a temporary presence in our lives, but God makes them permanent. On the other hand, there may be people who we thought would be permanent, but they had a temporary presence in our lives. God knows the purpose of who He brings to us.

For these lifetime people, we may not see them all the time, or even speak to them all the time, but we know that they are there and vice versa. Lifetime people are rare and hard to find--but God watches between us all while we’re apart. Life, distance, and time do not remove the blessing of these relationships/friendships.

Quotes: “Distance means nothing when someone means everything.” -Unknown

“Friendship isn’t about whom you’ve known the longest…it’s about who came, and never left your side….” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/14/15

Scripture: Job 23:14 For He performs what is appointed for me, And many such things are with Him. (NKJV)

Nugget: There are things in our lives that only God can do. No matter what plans we may have, if it’s not in God’s will or His plan for our lives, it’s not meant to be. The things He has appointed for us are in His hands & can only come through Him.

God will bring to pass what He has in store in His time; He will perform it---He hasn’t forgotten.

Quote: “God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself.” -QuoteDiary.Me

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/13/15

Scripture: Job 22:28 What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways. (NIV)

Nugget: Clarity is a good thing; clarity in God & His ways is even better. Once we get a clear mind, through prayer & our relationship with God, our path becomes clearer. God has a way of showing us what to do & how to do it. Sometimes, clarity & direction come from Him, His word, a sermon, & even people He’s blessed us to have in our lives.

With God in it, His light will shine in you & through you. The path that you’re on will be lit by Him; there’s no way not to be going in the right direction with God. He will shine in all your ways. Just allow Him to be a part of them!

Quote: “Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/9/15

Scripture: Psalm 71:1 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.

Nugget: Trusting in God eliminates confusion. It’s not that confusion doesn’t exist in our lives, but we know that God isn’t in the midst of confusion. If confusion is brewing, seek God’s wisdom & direction through prayer. He will send confirmation.

Don’t let people or situations take your focus or trust off of God. Put your complete trust in Him in all situations & what you’re facing.

Quote: “The struggle is part of the story.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/8/15

Scripture: Psalm 90:4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (NIV)

Nugget: God’s timing--it’s so different from our own! Many are praying for changes: new jobs, direction, goals, dreams, relationships, family, etc. Some things appear that they will never come together or happen. However, what may seem like a “long time” to us is just fleeting to God. The way He allows things to come together, most times, is vastly different from how we would do things.

As part of God’s process & timing, it’s possible that He’s removing people from your life, ending friendships or relationships, allowing new ones to start, or even creating that job you’ve been praying for. There’s so much that He’s working on when we feel like there’s “nothing happening”.

Keep praying & be encouraged. God is working it out according to His will & timing.

Quote: “Timing is everything. The things you are praying for will show up when you are most ready for them.” -from TrustGodBro

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/7/15

Scripture: Psalm 61:1 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. (NIV)

Nugget: In reading a Beth Moore devotional the other day, I came across a statement she made about believing in God versus believing God. I pondered this for a little bit; wasn’t this the same thing? Definitely not. There are many who believe in God, but do they/we/us also believe Him for what He says He’ll do in our lives, for us, & through us? For instance, many people “go to church”, but where are their hearts? It’s definitely easy for many to go through the motions, but are the motives clear?

When we seek God & cry out to Him, do we believe that He will listen to & adhere to our prayers, etc.? Or do we only believe that He’s there as we call? Yes, God is there whenever we call, but why call upon Him if we do not believe Him for what He said He will do?

Go beyond believing in God; develop a relationship & connection with Him to believe Him, all that He is, & all that He promises.

Quote: “I didn’t ask you to believe in Me. I asked you to believe Me.” God interrupted my comfortable pace with the theme of belief. Think of any stronghold you face. Does your stronghold require more power than it takes to raise the dead? I don’t think so. God can do it, fellow believer.” -Beth Moore

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Daily Scriptures 7/6/15

Scripture: Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (NIV)

Nugget: A number of us are experiencing various challenges in our lives. Although there’s a reason & purpose for everything, going through these things can test faith, relationships, & us as well. Sometimes, it’s God’s way of stretching us beyond what we believe---another way to develop something in us. At times, I wonder if it takes all of this to do so----the answer to this is probably “yes”.

One of the blessings in & during this time is that God is always there. Not only is He always there, He has the right people in our lives, at the right time, to help as well. God has a way of bringing us out on the other side better than before.

Quote: “Sometimes the end God has in mind is to exercise our faith, so He brings us into straitened circumstances so that we might look up to Him and see His deliverance.” -Jerry Bridges

© Lisi P, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For My Singletons, Pt. 22

As a Singleton, the most resounding advice that I've been given recently is to wait on the Lord.  To wait on Him in all things, especially concerning a relationship and what it entails.  To me, this is a reflection of Paul's words in Philippians 4:11:
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I'm learning that many people aren't this: content. But also in this learning, I know that there's a reason & purpose for why God has each of us in the seasons we're in.  Most of this deals with His timing & His preparation of what's to come.  Sometimes we're just not ready yet, sometimes there's something (or some things) still left for us to learn, & other times, it's just as simple as Him preparing that other person as well.  Regardless, have we truly taken this time to develop our relationship with God, to listen to Him, to build upon His words?  The relationship with Him should be first & foremost. 
Don't worry about what hasn't happened or what may happen.  Live today for what it is & grow in God.  In the meantime, He'll leave no stone unturned as part of His preparation & timing.  Also, we mustn't lose sight of "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord." (Proverbs 18:22)  It isn't the other way around.  Ladies, he will find you.  Fellas, you will find her. 
Allow God to work.  No one can do this better than He can!
Until next time.

© Lisi P, 2015
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