Proverbs Challenge Day 8

Sorry this is a day late.  Yesterday was a prime example of how The Evil one can push and pull to take you away from what is important.  God and seeking His wisdom.  I apologize.

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Proverbs 8: 1: Does not wisdom call out?  Does not understanding raise her voice?

Wisdom is there for the finding we just have to seek it.  It is on the path  in front of our feet.  That is one thing I learned about God long ago, He wants us to seek Him. It requires stillness.  I know what you are thinking, I barely have time to read the word, let alone still and be still thinking nothing or Okay God.  I started the same way I get back on track with reading His word, a verse a day, or a minute a day.  Then gradually increasing how much I read, or in this case; how long I stay still and listen for God to guide me.  On some occasions God guides me immediately.  On other occasions, I have to wait days even weeks to hear His Guidance. It depends on how quickly I need to know.

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Proverbs Challenge Day 6 The Ant

Proverbs 6: 6-11:  Talks about not being lazy.  Which given my current condition, is a struggle.  I have been dealing with some health issues for some time now.  I felt that God was telling me to focus on my health. Take some time.  But then I think about verses such as these, talking about doing. And I feel as if I am being lazy.  Neither my husband nor God saw me that way. I was allowing Satan to influence my thought pattern. God sees me as following his instructions.  However, I was used to going 100 mph and prayed to God to give me something so I don’t feel so worthless. When you are used to caring for everyone and then all of a sudden you can’t; it is easy to feel worthless. (Don’t give in to Satan’s jabs)

It is how I started writing this blog.  I am working on taking it a step further. Finding a way to make money that allows me to exercise and go to all my doctor appointments.  I am working on it.  But God has a plan and I will wait for his plan to unfold.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard?  When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—11 and poverty  will come on you like a thief  and scarcity like an armed man.

 

Proverbs Challenge Day 5

Today,  I decided to share several verses from chapter 5, the message is incomplete without them.  When reading, the reader should replace the word WIFE with SPOUSE.  Adultery in a marriage is horrible.  It hurts both parties, the husband and the wife.  It hurts the person that cheated with a married person. Instead of looking outside the marriage to find happiness, fix the problem inside your own marriage.  Marriage is hard.  We don’t always agree with one another. Since we work long crazy hours (a whole other topic) our schedules often clash.  Money may be a problem. Maybe one partner is sick.  I am so thankful that my spouse is supportive through my health issues.  I am so thankful that he makes good money. But if he didn’t, during this period where it would be hard to work; money could become a problem.  We forget that we say for better or for worse.  For those that are faithful in their marriage,  God will bless.  As you read the word, you discover that when we follow as God leads, he blesses our lives. Not just monetarily, but in other areas as well.

18 May your fountain be blessed,
    and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
    may her breasts satisfy you always,
    may you ever be intoxicated with her love.
20 Why, my son, be intoxicated with another man’s wife?
    Why embrace the bosom of a wayward woman?

21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
    and he examines all your paths.
22 The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.
23 For lack of discipline they will die,
    led astray by their own great folly.

Proverbs Challenge Day 3

Hello  Today’s post is late. It has just been that type of day.  A Day when nothing went exactly wrong, things just took longer than expected so here I am glad it is Friday, otherwise late for me, posting a verse for today’s Proverb’s challenge day 3.       Sometimes life works that way.  This is a verse that is true.  Honor God with your money and see what he will do. In Malachi chapter 3, God challenges us to pay our tithes to the church and what how he blesses us. proverbs challenge day 3

Day 2 Proverbs 2

Proverbs 2:7-8: He holds success in store for the upright,  he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just  and protects the way of his faithful ones.

What does it mean to be blameless?  Colossians 1:22 tells us that once we accept Salvation from Jesus, we become blameless.

22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you  holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

Ephesians 1:4:  tells us that He chose us to be Holy and Blameless in His sight.

We are Chosen to follow Christ and therefore we are blameless

But what exactly does Blameless mean? Well the dictionary definition means to not be guilty of wrong doing. Which of course brings up the fact, “All have sinned…” So how can I be innocent?  on your own, you can’t but by accepting Christ as your savior you become blameless.  Does that mean we can do what ever we want? No because to be good witnesses for Christ we have to strive to do what is right. Which is what the Proverb is trying to say.  We trust in the Lord to guide us and show us the right path. When we work towards following God, he will protect us.

 

Concerns of Bullying at School?

It is August and in a few short weeks, students return to school.

  • There will be new students
  • There will be new cliques
  • There will be students that don’t fit

There are things as parents that we should teach our children.

Besides respecting the teacher which by the way, is on the decline; we need to teach our children to be polite.  Dear Emily Post, I am sorry you wrote lots of rules on politeness (etiquette), but somewhere along the way we lost.  Most of us don’t even have a clue as to who you are.

We need to explain to them why bullying is wrong.  The problem is most children don’t realize that they are hurting someone’s feelings.  I know the students that called me alphabet or worse because of my long last name did not realize how hurt it made me feel. Or called me greasy because of my Sicilian heritage didn’t realized I washed my hair three times a day.  I know when they asked me what I got for Christmas or my Birthday they were just trying to be polite.  How do you tell someone who you didn’t get anything except maybe a nicer meal?  Or that this year for Thanksgiving dinner we had hot dogs, mac-n-cheese, and baked beans?  Or when the cafeteria is serving liver on Monday and you eat yours and your friends that won’t touch it, everyone is saying eeew.  But it is the first meal you ate since last Friday’s lunch?

But there were those kids that maybe didn’t understand; but they were taught how to be polite and never said a word. Or pulled me away when someone was saying something mean to me.

Today, there are kids whose life is just like mine was all those years ago. If you teach your child to be polite, they won’t say anything. They might even reach out to help. They might pull the person away when someone is being mean.

There is one girl, that I remember, she had one of those friends that was mean, she was always trying to pull her friend away from me.  Her parents must have taught her how to be polite. Oh, sure we can add empathy to the list, of things we should teach our children.  But the truth is if we instruct them on the rules of etiquette all those other things will follow.

All the things that we need to improve the ever-increasing problem of bullying in our school

Empathy

The idea of Sharing

Etiquette

Kindness

The list goes on and on but it can be wrapped up with one tiny skill: Etiquette.

 

Proverbs Challenge Day 1

Here it is August first, 2018; I promised my #Proverbs#Challenge would begin today.

Reading Proverbs is easy, the chapters are short. 

  • Please be sure to leave a comment especially if you read a chapter and don’t understand something.  

I want to share this verse:

proverbs 1 chapter 1

Wisdom is out there, we just have to look for it.  The Bible is full of Wisdom.

 

Proverbs Challenge: 31 chapters- 31 days

Proverbs 1:1-7:  Proverbs starts out telling us that it’s purpose is to help the reader gain wisdom.  There is one thing that I have learned about reading anything, but particularly the Bible, you have to give yourself time to digest the message.  Every Author has a message that they want the world to hear. Whether they write fact or fiction there is almost always an underlying message.  Well, the message of Proverbs is to gain wisdom. 

Here is the challenge there are 31 chapters in Proverbs and 31 Days in August, Can you find a few minutes to read a chapter of Proverbs a day?  But don’t just read it, think about what it is teaching.  Yes, some of the lessons are repeated, but let them sink in and see if it changes your heart.

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs is full wisdom and if you allow it to sink into your head and your heart, it will bring you wisdom.

On that note for each of the 31 days of August I will help you walk through Proverbs by taking a verse and exploring it through writing.

See you there.

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