Friday, July 29, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/29/16

Scriptures: Psalm 130:1-2 1From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help. 2Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. (NLT)

Nugget: Through the storms & challenges that we face, we must learn to call on the Lord first. Sure, it’s easy to go to the phone & reach out to a friend or family member, but God is closer than the phone—He’s a prayer a way & knows our voices immediately.

Majority of the time, He’s just waiting for us to call upon Him. Go to the One who will always hear your prayer & your cry. Lean on Him & His listening ear. God is always there!

Quote: “Actually, God does not want to just give us strength, He wants to be our strength.” –Joyce Meyer

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/27/16

Scripture: Job 17:9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger. (NIV)

Nugget: Doing the right thing can be challenging at times, especially when the “wrong thing” seems like an easier path. Just think on some of the times when doing the right thing caused you to go down a path that put you where you didn’t want to be or face something you weren’t ready to. BUT in the end, you grew from it, developing something you never thought you had in you or something you thought unattainable.

Sure, it can be easier to do what’s least challenging, but in the end, what’s the result? Most times, it’s something short-lived or fleeting. In taking the path that connects us to God’s will, we will experience growth, blessings, & strength that could only come from walking this path. It may not always be easy, but we know that all things are working for our good.

We must not let go of when God calls us to do right, standing with Him, without these moments, we could lose out on something that will strengthen us & carry us into more blessings.

Quote: “Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it's hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.” –Joel Osteen

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/25/16

Scripture: Psalm 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. (NKJV)

Nugget: Renewing our minds---this is a daily occurrence as we face the various things, people, & challenges that come our way. Sometimes, it’s easier to feel defeated versus taking the steps to find an encouraging scripture, quote, or prayer to lift us up.

What’s important to remember is that the things we face are temporary in comparison to God. His mercies are new every day, regardless of how we feel, the challenges upon us, etc. His lovingkindness & truth are what preserves us. God’s mercies aren’t withheld from us, even on the days that we don’t recognize them, but it’s still imperative that we seek out God & speak to Him. He continually sustains us.

Quote: “God sometimes allows us to see the depths of what we are capable of, so we can see the heights of what He is capable of.” –Rebecca Bartow Jordan

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/20/16

Scripture: Genesis 1:27 So God created humans in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. (GW)

Nugget: We can be our own tough & worst critics, spending time & energy wishing we looked a different way or had “this over that.” There’s always something we would want to change about ourselves to make ourselves look “better”. But during these times, have we paused to think that God knew exactly what He was doing when He made us?

God puts thought into everything & makes no mistakes. He took the time to create the Earth & all that’s in it; this also includes choosing our parents to making the last hair on our heads. We’ve been created in His image, therefore there’s nothing out-of-place. We’re God’s masterpieces & reflections of Him.

Don’t be critical of yourself, wishing something was different about you. God’s hands created you & His signature is a part of the finished product! You have His stamp of approval.

Quote: “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation.” –Pope Francis

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/19/16

Scripture: Psalm 30:2 LORD, my God, I prayed to you, and you healed me. (NCV)

Nugget: We can look all over & seek answers from various places or people, but these answers cannot be found there. They can only be found in God. Are we looking for answers in all the wrong places, or are we seeking God in prayer for healing, peace, direction, etc.?

Seek God in prayer for the answers/etc. that you need. He’s closer to us than anyone we’ll ever meet & He has the power to do all things.

Quote: “Prayer is the most important conversation of your day. Take it to God before you take it to anyone else!” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/18/16

Scripture: Romans 1:17 The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself—that it begins and ends with faith. As the Scripture says, “But those who are right with God will live by faith.” (NCV)

Nugget: God’s word---it’s what lines us up with Him & what He calls us to do. His word allows us to grow in Him & in faith. Without reading His word, seeking Him, & getting to know Him, it’ll be very difficult to live by faith & have His presence in our lives.

I’ve heard someone mention, “We can’t only open our Bibles on Sundays & Wednesdays for service, we must read God’s word daily & spend time with Him.” This includes praying & seeking God on a daily basis. Could you imagine being in a relationship with someone & not spending time with them or getting to know them? There would be little to the relationship. Just an example of why we need to nurture our relationship with God.

Daily, we have the chance to spend time with the one who not only created this Earth, but who created us. This is one relationship we can’t take for granted.

Quote: “One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is time alone with God.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/15/16

Scripture: II Corinthians 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! (NLT)

Nugget: Most of us have heard the saying, “The struggle is real!” We really go through some things!! This struggle can be to the point that one thing continues to happen after another; we wonder if it’s ever going to end.

Things to remember: 1) We’re going through the struggles; meaning, at an appointed time, they will end. God is pushing us through. 2) There’s something on the other side of the struggles & troubles; the scripture mentions that they produce a glory for us that outweighs them! So God is always working on blessings no matter what we’re experiencing.

Troubles are a part of life, but they are small in comparison to our big God. And what God has for us, He stamps with His approval & there’s no blessing that can compare to His!

Quote: “From dark clouds we get precious water…from dark mines we get valuable jewels…and from our darkest trials come our best blessings from God.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/13/16

Scripture: II Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!” (NKJV)

Nugget: Asa cried out to God to help him in battle & what he was facing. Asa realized that God was the only one who could help prevail in this matter. Not only this, Asa spoke that it was nothing for God to help & that those against him did not have a chance with God on his side.

Regardless of what you’re facing & who may be against you (we all have battles on a daily basis), God is more powerful than these challenges & the people that bring them. Sometimes, our victory lies in our obedience & willingness to cast everything on God. Let’s not give over victory to these battles, when victory is with us turning it over to God.

God is God!! There’s nothing He cannot do!

Quote: “I wonder how much of what weighs me down is not mine to carry.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/12/16

Scripture: Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light. (NLT)

Nugget: There are many seasons that we go through in life: seasons of increase, seasons of drought, seasons of change, seasons of growth, etc. We many not understand these seasons when they’re occurring, but there’s something God wants us to get out of each of them. These seasons stretch us & change us, allowing us to be stronger & to change. 

God stretches us during these times & pushes us as well; this is when we grow in Him. He understands what lies beneath the seasons & the mysterious things we do not. I’ve learned that the seasons have a purpose; regardless of how difficult they may be.

Don’t underestimate your seasons---grow through them & push (pray until something happens) through them. Remember, even Winter changes to Spring to Summer & back to Fall. Our darkness will change to light & our drought will change to overflow. Our changes are coming!

Quote: “God already knows what we're made of, but perhaps He wants us to learn what we're made of. I think we would all agree that we learn more from our tough times than from our easy times.” –John Bytheway

© Lisi P, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/11/16

Scripture: Psalm 25:5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (NLT)

Nugget: God’s truth---most times, this His truth is very different from our own. When we try to lead ourselves, we usually end up going down the wrong road, but when we step back & put our hope & trust in God, where He leads us is limitless.

There shouldn’t be any decision we make or step we take without going through God first. With Him, we learn, grow, gain patience, & so much more. Now God’s timing may be different from our own; however, when He makes things happen, there isn’t room for doubt. God is the God who saved us, so He’ll never lead us wrong.

Quote: “Faith in God includes faith in His timing.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/8/16

Scripture: Proverbs 16:7 When people’s lives please the LORD, even their enemies are at peace with them. (NLT)

Nugget: This past year has taught me a lot about challenging people & the processes of dealing with them. Most times, this learning included me speaking up for myself & other times, knowing when to be quiet, allowing God to do His work.

By walking as an example of God, in these situations & in life, I’ve also gained how to have peace with these individuals & even have them be at peace with me (at times). Yes, we cannot change people & only can control ourselves, but there’s something when God’s protection is around us! “Enemies” & the challenges they bring can show us just how strong we are & how to walk in a peace that God can give.

Quote: “What’s coming against me is only training for where God is taking me.” –Steven Furtick

© Lisi P, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/7/16

Scripture: John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NLT)

Nugget: Jesus knows us, regardless of how far we may drift from Him. The thing is, are we listening to & for His voice when He calls us & in our daily lives? It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of life & even the other things that may drive us away from Jesus, but He’s still there.

As tough as some things may be & no matter how far away we may go, Jesus’ voice & His call aren’t far away. In what we’re experiencing, we can still hear the voice that’s above all---AND He knows us----in spite of how much time has passed, how many things we’ve done incorrectly, etc.

Listen for His voice, follow Him today---He hasn’t moved & He’s waiting for you!

Quote: “To hear Jesus’ voice, you must turn down the world’s volume.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/6/16

Scripture: Psalm 118:13 My enemies did their best to kill me, but the LORD rescued me. (NLT)

Nugget: It’s a part of life that we’ll have people that don’t like us. No matter how “good” we may be or how well we treat others, there is someone who will find something to dislike about us. The funny thing is, some of these same people won’t even know us or haven’t even talked to us.

But God has a way of moving these people from our paths, or not even allowing them to cross our paths. God’s ways include fighting the battles for us to rising us to a higher level to go beyond the enemies that exist. This is how we get promoted regardless of what “people may say”; this is how we’ve learned that “favor ain’t fair”. God always has our backs, no matter what.

Quote: “I say, don’t try to fight your own battles because God will do it.” –

© Lisi P, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/5/16

Scripture: Psalm 136:2 Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. (NKJV)

Nugget: Forever….it’s a long time! How many people or things can we attach this word to?? There are not too many that we can name, but God definitely has this attribute! Along with God being with us forever, He gives us the gift of mercy.

One of the definitions of mercy is “an act of kindness, compassion, or favor” ( Mercy has a lot of other things attached to it, but even if we stop to recognize these three items on a daily basis, we’re able to see just how far-reaching God’s mercy is.

God’s kindness, compassion, and favor are what get us through. With these, we welcome His endurance and presence with us along life’s journey. Thanking Him for always being there no matter what.

Quote: “God’s grace and mercy in the midst of it all.” –

© Lisi P, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Daily Scriptures 7/1/16

Scripture: II Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. (NKJV)

Nugget: Many times I’ve heard that the battle we are in is a spiritual one; definitely not one that’s physical, meaning hands-on, when we come against the devil. If he gets into our minds & our thoughts, pretty much, he can bring us down. We begin to wonder how our thoughts ended up “way over there”, and “way over there” is usually not a good place.

Prayer, seeking God, & having that relationship with Him are what keeps us focused on fighting the battle from a spiritual aspect. We mustn’t let the devil get into our thoughts & we must guard our hearts & mind, staying focused on what God says; even ignoring our own thought processes when we go astray.

Guard your thoughts & heart; don’t allow yourself to give up the battle with your thoughts being in the wrong direction.

Quote: “The hardest prison to escape is your mind.” -Unknown

© Lisi P, 2016
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