Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/28/15

Scripture: Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. (NKJV)

Nugget: Hope--sometimes it’s what gets us through a new day, circumstance, or challenge. It’s the thing that we must remind ourselves to have. Without hope, where would we be?

One of the important things to remember about hope, as stated in this scripture, is to “recall” to our minds. Basically, bringing into remembrance how far God has brought us before & what He can do now. A lot of times, people will wallow in self-pity before focusing on the hope & faith in God that’s gotten them to where they are today.

What’s your focus? What are you recalling?

Quote: "Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” –George Lucas

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/26/15

Scripture: John 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

Nugget: The woman in this scripture refers to the Samaritan woman at the well who was taking to Jesus. In speaking with the woman, Jesus was telling her about her life, all that she was doing, & then some! Basically, Jesus left nothing out; yes, this lady realized that Jesus was a prophet, but that He was “The Prophet.”

In reading this, I began to think on how Jesus speaks to us today: via sermons, Bible verses, songs, & even confirmation from others. But how many times do we overlook His word & what He speaks & sends to us? Most times, we’re still searching & He’s already provided us the answer---it’s been right there all along.

Regardless of what the Samaritan woman had going on, when Jesus started to speak to her, she took heed & listened. He was revealing too much to her; there was no way for her to turn away. So where do we find Jesus speaking to us & in our lives that we’re choosing to ignore?

Quote: “When you choose to follow Christ, you choose to be changed.” -Ezra Taft Benson

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Happy Birthday To Me!

Today, I’m blessed to celebrate another year of life! I’m grateful to see another birthday. Sometimes, we don’t appreciate the gift of each day & what it entails. I remember hearing from my Ma & Grandparents that when I was born, the doctors said I wouldn’t make it. I was a preemie, weighing 3 pounds at birth. BUT GOD had other plans. I’m still here by His grace & mercy!

May we celebrate each day we have the blessing to see. God’s purpose & plan for us will shine through.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/20/15

Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. (NKJV)

Nugget: There are things in life that only the Holy Spirit will get us through. This is why it’s so important for us to stay encouraged & to also encourage each other. This includes reading God’s word, having a praise in our hearts, having that favorite song to lift our spirits, & having a church home.

As we grow in God, the Holy Spirit within us grows as well. It’s something we won’t be able to hide, but will be reflected inwardly & outwardly.

Quote: “The fire of the Holy Spirit puts life into us.” -Reinhard Bonnke

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/19/15

Scripture: Psalm 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

Nugget: Many of us have heard the saying, “What would Jesus do?” To this, we can also add, “What does God’s word say?” In most instances, we’ll look at our circumstances, challenges, or struggles before we take the action to go to God’s word. Not initially realizing that the answers were already readily available!

God’s word is always right & whatever He chooses to do in our lives will be done in truth; His word is something we can always go to. At times, we must remind ourselves to seek Him & His word first, not as a last resort.

What questions are you seeking answers for in which He’s already provided responses for in His word?

Quote: “It doesn’t matter what you think. If it doesn’t match up with the Bible, you are wrong!” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/13/15

Scripture: Haggai 1:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. (NIV)

Nugget: Sometimes we don’t realize that our delayed blessings could be tied up in our disobedience or actions. For example, we could be praying for a better job or career, but not submitting applications. Also, we could be seeking forgiveness, but we ourselves are unforgiving. Even at times, we wonder why others judge us, when we judge others. The list can go on and on.

But what happens when we consider our ways & seek God to evoke the change in us to open the doors for what could be delayed? The change that causes us to develop a new mindset & characteristics that transform us from the inside out--you know the heart & spirit change. I think we would be amazed at how many blessings are linked to us & our ways.

Give careful thought to your ways & what God reveals to you about yourself. There may be a few surprises & blessings there to unfold.

Quote: “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.” -Robin Sharma

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/12/15

Scripture: Psalm 17:5 My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you. (NLT)

Nugget: Have you ever felt that you’ve gotten off track with work, people, life, etc.? At times, I’m sure we all have. There could be a number of things coming at us & things that are making our plates full; before we realize it, we look around & wonder where the time went.

What’s so amazing about all of this is that God hasn’t moved & hasn’t gone anywhere. Even with our plates full, most times, we haven’t strayed far from Him because He’s always present with us. I’m not saying there haven’t been distractions, but majority of the time, our steps are guided back to God & following Him.

Regardless of what we have going on, God’s guidance & His path are within our reach; we mustn’t waver from following Him.

Quote: “With God by my side, the best is yet to come.”

© Lisi P, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/9/15

Scripture: Matthew 13:58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. (NKJV)

Nugget: There is so much tied to our faith; there are things that we’re praying about & for that possibly aren’t happening because of our lack of faith. Is there something you’re praying about that you keep wavering on? One day you want it, the next day you don’t? Is there a decision you want to make that you keep changing your mind about? All of this is tied to faith.

Sometimes the only faith we have is faith the size of a mustard seed, but this amount of faith is better than doubt & indecisiveness. We can’t let our blessings be tied up in unbelief or confusion.

Do a “faith check” to make sure you’re not holding up your blessings or breakthrough!

Quote: “Faith can reach beyond the limits of current reason.” -Rosemary M. Wixom

© Lisi P, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/8/15

Scripture: John 17:15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. (NKJV)

Nugget: Jesus was talking to God in this verse & throughout this chapter about His disciples & believers. Jesus knew that part of His purpose was to instill God’s word in those around Him & to be an example of God on earth. Jesus gave the disciples & believers what was needed to continue on as He wouldn’t always be around.

Jesus knew that they couldn’t be taken out of the world or avoid what struggles/challenges/doubt/etc. to come, but His prayer was for protection---knowing that He’d provided what was needed in order to endure these things. It’s the same way with us---we’re given what we need daily to face what comes our way. God didn’t promise we wouldn’t face difficulties, but He did promise to take care of us & to be there every step of the way. This was even one of Jesus’ prayers!

Quote: “God sent Jesus as an example to see if we could retain and maintain the Holy Spirit in human flesh.” -Benny Hinn

© Lisi P, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/7/15

Scripture: Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. (NKJV)

Nugget: One thing is for certain, I know a lot of hardworking, dedicated people (myself included). We work to provide for ourselves & our families, as well as progression in the workforce & our careers. Truth be told, we spend more hours at work than we do at home. In most cases, those who work hard, play hard. I can say that I’m still working on balancing things out.

So how do we begin to balance it out? One step is to begin to know Who the source of our blessings are. God blessed us with the jobs, careers, homes, & life. If He’s investing in us, we must invest in our relationships with Him. If we invest completely in work/careers, are we taking the time to develop the relationships needed with God in order to feed our spiritual lives?

We mustn’t forget the good things that satisfy our souls as we work to provide for our daily lives. Balance is needed.

Quote: “Don’t let the abundance of God’s gifts cause you to forget Him.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/6/15

Scripture: Psalm 71:16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. (NKJV)

Nugget: I can say that I’ve had a very challenging few months; the things I’ve experienced were definitely unexpected. One thing I did know to do was continue to pray & to seek God through it all. We may never be able to explain some of the challenges we face, but we can share that we’ve made it through in God’s strength.

I’m continually learning about God’s goodness & grace. There’s nothing we experience that will not work out for our good. True enough, this may be difficult to see in the storms, but when they all clear away, we’re left standing with God by our sides. He was there & is there always.

Quote: “Keep your head up. God gives His hardest battles to His strongest soldiers.”

© Lisi P, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Daily Scriptures 10/5/15

Scripture: Matthew 18:18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (NKJV)

Nugget: There are many things & people that we hold on to that we should let go of. These things & people most likely aren’t supposed to have ongoing roles in our lives. True, “letting go” is easier said than done, but once this occurs, it does feel like a weight has been lifted off of our shoulders.

This scripture reminds us that the things we “bind” to ourselves on earth will be bound to us in heaven, but the option to remove these things exists as well.

What extra weight (emotionally, physically, or spiritually) do you continue to carry with you? How can you begin to let go & more importantly, let God?

Quote: “Some of the very things that we hold on to the most are the very things that we need to let go of.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2015
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