Sunday, September 22, 2019

Release & Happy 11th Anniversary to Lisi's Place!


I came across the above quote & had to share it. It resonated with me so much & it made me reflect on my post from the 2019 New Year. The post contained my word for 2019 (release) & what it meant for me as the New Year rolled in. Also, how I would apply it to my journey.

There has been so much that I’ve gone through this year from the professional standpoint; many moments where I’ve felt overwhelmed & discouraged. I had to remind myself to release whatever it was that was allowing me to permit these feelings to enter my mind & actions. I also asked myself, “Are you fully releasing to God what you need to let go of?” In most cases, I can answer “yes”, but in others, the answer is “no”. If I truthfully examined what I was still holding onto in my actions & in my mind, I hadn’t “let it go.”

However, last week, I had a series of confirmations reveal this to me. Whether it was during my prayer time, my devotional time, conversations, or in sermons, God showed me that I hadn’t truly let it all go. I was still holding on to these things while trying to go forward. Most of us know that it’s not possible to go forward & backwards at the same time; a tug-of-war ensues! Yet, we remain in the midst of this because the release hadn’t occurred.

After one conversation in particular, I felt the weight that I was carrying remove itself from me. I hadn’t realized how heavy it’d been until I hadn’t felt it any longer. I literally felt my body change & peace come over me. I had one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time.

Take some quiet time with God & look into the areas of your life where you continue to be in a tug-of-war about what you’re holding on to that needs to be released. I’m not saying it will be easy, it may be a day-by-day process, but it’s necessary! I’m reminding myself to not pick things back up that I don’t need to, while at the same time, examining the instances where I haven’t truly put faith & trust in God in these areas. He doesn’t want any of us carrying anything we shouldn’t. He’s got it under His control; it must be released fully to Him.


I’d also like to shout out a Happy Belated 11th Anniversary to Lisi’s Place! Thank you for taking the time to read, share, & comment on my blog over the years! I am blessed to share this journey with you all.


Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Why Me, Lord?

“Why Me, Lord?” This is a question I’ve asked God as I’ve gone through difficulties & hardships. There were many times where I blamed God for what was happening to me & what was going on in my life. Have you ever asked God the same?

 
The circumstances that brought upon this question ranged from me having to work three jobs to the loss of loved ones to the loss of a beloved pet to so much more. Yet, there were times where God’s response was etched in silence, but I have to admit that with the silence answers came. The answers weren’t necessarily right away, & at times, displayed in personal growth & in the growth of my Christian journey.

The growth was shown when I stopped asking God, “Why Me, Lord?” & started saying, “Why Not Me, Lord?” What I was facing & the challenges that I was going through were to develop something in me, to encourage someone else, for the benefit of someone else, & most importantly to build my relationship with God & faith muscles.

Although in the midst of the experiences, we want to question God & His motives behind it all, our perspectives may be skewed because what is happening to us is actually happening for us! God isn’t doing something to you, but for you. He has your best interest at heart. He knew His plans for you from the beginning. As Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV states, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 1:5 NKJV declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

So surely God knows what it takes for us to get to where He needs us to be for His glory, our growth, & to edify each other.

Be encouraged! In the “Why Me, Lord?” moments, know that His plans are bigger than what you see & know!

Consider, “Why Not Me, Lord?”

Until next time.

Blessings,



© Lisi P, 2019