Friday, January 22, 2016

The List

We all have it---The List. The List of things we really “want to do”. You know, The List that keeps growing or the one that has stayed the same for years---it addresses the things we haven’t “gotten to yet.” We want to find a better job, accomplish certain goals, talk to the friend we haven’t spoken to in a while, see the friend we haven’t seen in a while, visit family, go on vacation, & The List can go on & on!

As the 1st month of 2016 quickly passes by, have we taken the chance to examine the things that we’ve carried over from 2015 into 2016? I’m not referring to the Resolutions List for the New Year, but the items that never tend to go away?

I began to think of why The List continues to be with many of us; definitely myself included. What are the things that keep us from tackling those things that we carry over & leave on The List? Some realities of this include, many are afraid of success, some are fearful of everything, some are comfortable “exactly where they are”, there are hectic schedules we can’t get past, & so forth.

But the thing is, if these are the things that are keeping us from what we want to accomplish, how hard is it to really face them? What is the attachment that we have to keep The List going & putting off for another day what can be done now or sooner? A lot of the revelations that we need to realize will come through prayer & deep soul searching. We can’t wait forever to do these things & also, if we’re waiting & not doing, something to consider is if these are things we really want…..tough but true, but most times, we go for the things we really want to do—no matter the circumstances or challenges.

Take time to examine The List you have in your life. Take time to do the soul searching & praying to see if these are things you really want & what it is that’s keeping you from beginning & completing The List. God will reveal to you what & how to begin.

Don’t let time continue to fly by with The List either growing, not changing, & no movement occurring.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Daily Scriptures 1/7/16

Scripture: Philippians 2:2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. (NLT)

Nugget: Having a clear mind & a clear heart are difficult to accomplish at times. Just achieving the balance that results in this is an ongoing process. However, along the way, the process can assist us in being on one accord with those around us---making us “check our attitude”, resulting in things we could only imagine.

This verse mentions to agree, love, & work together with one mind & purpose. But this begins with us, our attitudes, thoughts, & actions. We don’t exist on the planet alone, but can control ourselves & how we react to things—being our piece of the puzzle to contribute to being better & to doing better.

Quote: “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change by merely changing his attitude.” –Oprah Winfrey

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Daily Scriptures 1/6/16

Scripture: Proverbs 15:14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash. (NLT)

Nugget: Something I continue to realize is that I learn something new each day. Every day is an opportunity to grow from where we were the day before. We just have to be aware & open regarding the opportunities around us.

This is why it’s so important for us to be careful of who we surround ourselves with, what we take in, & who we allow speak into our lives. The wrong things & the wrong people can have us feeding on the wrong things—bringing feelings & actions we didn’t intend on having or taking.

Continuous wisdom reflects growth; don’t become stagnant.

Quote: “We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” –Max DePree

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Daily Scriptures 1/5/16

Scripture: Genesis 7:5 And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. (NKJV)

Nugget: God gave Noah specific instructions when Noah was told to build the ark. Noah did what God told him to do; regardless of what people, family, or friends said. Noah had to stay focused on God & the task at hand.

Many times God has given & told us to do something, but we’ve chosen to do what we wanted. Or at times, listen to people rather than to God. We modify God’s direction in order for it to fit our own agendas. However, with Noah as an example, we can see his results in following God’s directions specifically.

In following & listening to God, we cannot go wrong. He will always lead us to where we need to be---according to His will.

Quote: “To walk out of God’s will is to step into nowhere.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Daily Scriptures 1/4/16

Scriptures: Mark 2:3-5 3Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. 5When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” (NKJV)

Nugget: In the scriptures prior to these, it’s mentioned that Jesus was preaching & word was getting out that Jesus was present. This, however, drew a large crowd that made it difficult for the 4 men to get through with the paralytic who needed healing. These 4 men took another route & broke through the roof to get their friend into the house where Jesus was preaching. Because of their faith & persistence, Jesus healed the man.

These actions made me think of the friends & family who’ve carried me when I couldn’t carry myself. A lot of times, it’s the people around us that both push & carry us through life’s most difficult challenges & circumstances. Where would we be without their faith, encouragement, & persistence? Looking back, there are definitely things that could’ve played out differently.

Sometimes our blessings can be found in those around us & their ability not to give up on us.

Quote: “Hold a true friend with both hands.” – Nigerian Proverb

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy 2016 & Anchor Verses

Wow, where did 2015 go? It was a blur of a year! It definitely was a year that presented challenges, loss, & blessings to me. As with many of us, I could’ve done without the loss, but am realizing that God makes everything happen for a reason. This by no way belittles or takes away the pain, struggle, etc. I felt, but I am growing through it---most times one day at a time.

A few years ago, I began to select an anchor verse to reflect on throughout the year. This would be the verse that I would go back to when things were getting away from me or challenges would come up; also one that would encourage me for the year. Last year I selected two. For 2016, 2 verses have also resonated in my heart & mind. These are:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. –Jeremiah 29:11

A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. –Proverbs 18:16

It’s time for me to start refocusing on God & His plans for me. It’s truly time for me to grow in my purpose & the gifts He has placed in me. So many times, it’s easy to get sidetracked or brought down by things & people, but these shouldn’t be the things that any of us allow to keep us from the goodness & blessings that God has for us.

Someone told me a few weeks ago, “The thing that will make 2016 different is YOU. It will be different because you’re different.” I agree completely.

How can your 2016 be different? How are you different?

May 2016 be YOUR year to grow in God, to be a better you, & receive your heart’s desires.

Until next time.


© Lisi P, 2016
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