Proverbs Challenge Day 17

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the Lord detests them both.

Justice is supposed to be blind, but lately it seems as if people are guilty until you can prove that you are innocent.  And the “innocent” always have money.  As Christian, we have a responsibility to stand for justice.  I am sure that there are many who feel this way, but are not willing to do anything for justicefear a target may be painted on your back.  I have this fear too.  But as a Christian, when our government is broken, we are to pray and leave it to God. He will heal our land.  He will restore justice.

2 Chronicles 7: 14: if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

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Proverbs Challenge Day 16 Gray-hair

As we grow older, we dread getting gray hairs, it means we are old.  Bu Proverbs tells us that Gray Hair is a crown of Splendor.   Yet we dye our hair to keep looking younger.  All because we see ourselves not as God does but by man’s design.  When we look at ourselves as God sees us we realize that we are marvelous creations. After all isn’t she beautiful?

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Proverbs 16: 31: Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs Challenge Day 15

Proverbs 15:18, is a verse whose message has been repeated throughout Proverbs.  I have had to correct this in my own life.  My husband, by the way, is the calm one,without his calmness and ability to correctly deal with my hot-temperateness; we would not be celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary this month.   I was guilty of being the woman that tore down her house (Proverbs 14:1).  However, ugly we may become, there is always hope when we read the Word of God, He works within our heart and changes us.  #FRESHSTARTS #SECONDCHANCES

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel

Proverbs Challenge Day 14 Helping Others

soup kitchen     31   Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,    but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

 

It can be hard to determine who are needy.  A few years ago in our town, there was a man that made it hard for anyone that might really be needy.  He stood at a corner day after day panhandling. Finally the news did a story. He had a nice home and truck.  He didn’t have a job, but he took advantage of people’s generosity. Does that mean that we should stop giving? Or stop helping others? No, the truth is most people that ask for help need help.  More often than not people don’t ask for help. Sometimes help is just a small hand.  Anyone want to help me get my yard cleaned? I have some volunteer trees that need to go.

 

Proverbs Challenge 13

When I started this challenge, I was certain that I would be able to get a post done every day, early in the morning. I was mistaken.  However, just because I was mistaken, and sometimes posted real late (even the day after) doesn’t mean I give up.  One thing I have learned from reading Proverbs is hard work pays off.

Life requires hard work, to hold my tongue, and God does it when we are dishonest or lazy.  But as it says in chapter 13 verse 11, the light of the righteous shines bright.

My prayer Lord is this, at the end of my days, may God say that my light shone brightly and my efforts bore good fruit.

Proverbs Challenge day 11

Proverbs 11: 1-2:   Recently I attended the Global Leadership Summit, (highly recommend)  We learned a few things one thing is that everyone is an influencer.  You don’t have to be a leader to learn how to be a better influencer. Afterwards, as I read Proverbs 11; these verses sung out to me as other things that we learned.  They said be honest and humble.  I am pretty sure someone said that wisdom comes from the word of God.  It resonated with me, because God has been showing me similar scripture.  

1 The Lord detests dishonest scales,  but accurate weights find favor with him.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs Challenge Day 10

There are days when I wonder why I try so hard to be good.  So often it feels as if it I am losing. But then I remember The Cross.  In my heart, I know that God is there and will provide a path for me.  I know that in the end Evil loses and God kicks him to the Lake of Fire.  We are called to stand up for righteousness, and how can we do that if we are consistently and intentionally doing the wrong thing? proverbs challenge 10

Proverbs Challenge Day 9 Mockers

All most everyone has experienced being mocked.  You know someone laughing at you in a mean way.  I am talking about when you do something goofy in front of family or  friends and everyone starts laughing.  I am talking about the person that thinks what you are doing is foolish or won’t work. Recently I had this mocker on one of my social networks.  At first I thought their question was just that curiosity.  So I explained my post, they responded with another question, this time rather ridiculous. It was then that I realized they were just trying to anger me.  I ended the conversation.  It is true, a mocker doesn’t really want the truth, they just want to create waves. But the wise ask questions real questions and they want answers.  Which means if someone asks a question I will still answer, but I won’t be surprised if I encounter another mocker.

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Proverbs 9:7-9

 

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.   8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.
Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; each the righteous and they will add to their learning.

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