Proverbs Challenge Day 27 Being the Light

19 As water reflects the face,  so one’s life reflects the heart.

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Even when we think no one is watching someone is watching.  When we behave poorly there is someone that sees.  Unfortunately, if someone sees us behaving poorly, it takes a long time to undo the damage.  This is true even if it was an isolated incident.

We are no longer able to positively influence those that have seen or heard about an incident where we have behaved in a less than Christian manner.  It is sad if it is our kids.  We are charged with bringing up our children as Godly people.  If our example is not Godly how can we raise them correctly?

I know that it is impossible to be perfect, and one oops doesn’t put our Light out.  However, we need to strive to Godly examples.  If people see that we are good examples most of the time, they will still see God in us.

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Proverbs Challenge Day 26 Gossip

Can you believe how quickly this  challenge is going ? 😗

20 Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

Ever live in a small town?  Then you understand that news gets spread faster than a wild fire.  We lived in a small town, my neighbor, the doctor’s wife, knew I was pregnant before I could tell my husband.  She ruined the surprise for me. She meant well.

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If the news is bad, everyone looks at you out of the corner of their eye and starts whispering. Unless it is a death the person, family feels as if they are shunned.

I would like to suggest an alternative idea.  Instead of gossiping about them and giving them side long glances, how about being a shoulder.  Maybe you could bring them a meal. Maybe you could be a friend

 

Proverbs Challenge Day 25: Forgive

My apologies this is a day late. But I actually chose a verse about this.  self-control also know as self-discipline.  Often when we fail it is our own fault.  We plan well, we have a good idea, but we lack on the execution. Yesterday’s failure was a lack of planning.         forgive

How to have  a much needed family fun day, and still post the daily proverbs challenge?  The answer is easy take a some time before the event. But see I let the day take itself and  blew off this challenge. Instead of beating myself up and dropping it because I failed; I forgave myself because we all make mistakes.  When we make a mistake, we look at it decide what went wrong and then pick it back up.  If the plan or idea was bad, we adjust.  However, if the reason is poor execution, then we pick up were we left off and fix the problem.   Remembering that is what the cross is about: FORGIVENESS

28 Like a city whose walls are broken through  is a person who lacks self-control.

Proverbs Challenge Day 24 lying

26 An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. 

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Everyone hates to discover that they have been lied to.  It is a horrible feeling when someone tells you a lie. Especially if they are someone that you love, you know the inner circle.  Yet we justify lies all the time.  I didn’t want to hurt their feelings.  I would rather you tell me the truth. The worst is when someone is pretending to be your friend, but they are plotting behind your back.  

So if God doesn’t like for us to lie, and we are supposed to treat others the way we want to be treated; then why do we tell lies?

My challenge for you is to face a situation where you would normally lie, and tell the truth.

Proverbs Challenge day 23 (long read)

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,  and do not despise your mother when she is old.

I want to also include this passage from Mark 7: 9-13, because it helps what I am going to say. In today’s world, we just expect our teenage children to be disrespective.  This is wrong. Our teenage children should not disrespect us.

I knew a teenager that fought with his parents over everything, but he had some adults in his life that told him he was right.  They supported his right to disagree but never took the time to teach him logically disagree. By telling this teen that his opinions were right, they unwittingly helped to create the rift that grew in this family.  His way was to yell and call his parents lazy.  They didn’t make enough money.  They should make what his friend’s parents earn. They should buy all the stuff that his friend’s parents buy. (at least that is the way he saw it) Amazingly enough when trouble came the adults that supported him  while he disagreed with his parents were no where to be found.  See God tells us to avoid people that lead us astray.  Unfortunately for us most of us need to figure things out the hard way.  The teen paid a heavy price for his own folly.  He listened to many people that lead him astray.  The Bible tells us to honor our parents, listen to their instructions – over any instructions except for the Bible. Why? Your parents have your best interests at heart. Parents love their children more than anyone else. We want the best for our kids. This is why God tells us to listen to them. Only God loves them more.

I know that there are parents who are addicts, alcoholics, or maybe have serious mental health problems.  Even these parents want the best for their child, they are just stuck in a place that what is best for them may not be with the parent. This does not mean that these parents do not have value do not deserve the help to become good parents. Once they have turned their lives around, they deserve a chance. Some sadly may never reach the point where they are able to care for their children, but they will still be the ones that love their children more than anyone else is able to love their children. They should not easily be cast aside.

Although a teenager might have a good argument from their point of view, they do not have the wisdom to make some decisions.  But if your child has sound logical reasoning, then build from there for a compromise. But all this about letting children decide for themselves is not good parenting. As parents, we have to teach our children how to make good decisions, push them in the right direction when they make poor choices without condemning.

Mark 7:9-12:

And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’ 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

Proverbs Challenge Day 22 live generously

The generous will themselves be blessed,  for they share their food with the poor.

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I am poor, how do I live generously?  Do you remember the widow and the two mites? (Luke 21:1-4)  The old widow lived generously.  She learned that when we help others, God always blesses.  Sometime when we need it, God’s blessing will come back to us. Our job is to give and have faith that God will always provide.

Proverbs Challenge Day 21

31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,  but victory rests with the Lord.

Every day we are at battle.  The Evil one would love for us to put down our guard and allow him to rule with fear, anxiety, hate, and leave us feeling powerless.

Ephesians 6:10-18, describes the “Armor of God” horse that we must pick up daily to prevent the evil one from taking over our lives.  We must be diligent because he diligently seeks ways into our life.  As some of you may remember, I was recently diagnosed with AFIB. I became afraid of doing anything. My digestive track even stopped working, this combined with the pain from muscle spasms caused me to one seek help and two realize that although I thought I was leaning on God, I was allowing fear to rule my life.  It has been a long couple of months.  I was living minute by minute afraid that my pulse would elevate (and it was) and then I would die a horrible painful death.  It has only been a few weeks since I realized that my fear was making me worse and I m feeling tons better.  My fasting blood sugar is back down to under 100 which although I am still not able to check it without fear striking, I am certain that my blood pressure is lower.  My digestive track is starting to function normally.  I have returned to putting on the ARMOR OF GOD.

Proverbs Challenge Day 20

27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being.

lamp-lightWe are called to be the Light of the world. But how can I be a good light to the world, when I feel so miserable?

It starts with one tiny act of kindness at a time.

Perhaps today you smile at someone that you wouldn’t normally even acknowledge.

Perhaps you allow the person with one item in the line in-front of your cartful.

Perhaps you tell someone that that blouse makes their eyes shine.

Perhaps you offer to help one person.

Here is the thing, when we feel miserable, it helps us feel better when we help someone else. As we show God’s love to others, we let our light shine.  After-all, it is Jesus shining through us.

Proverbs Challenge Day 19

20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.

 

Don’t you wish that you could discipline your adult children? I know I do.  Sometimes even though we have instructed our children well, they stray.  But God promises that if we instruct out children well, they will return.  We learn that with the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) 

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When our children stray, as a parent, we wonder if we went wrong, what we could of done better.  We disciplined them, made them graduate high school, helped them go to college, but most of all we took them to church.

The hardest thing to accept is that we can’t control anyone especially not our children, we can nurture them, guide them, but we can’t make them behave the way we want them to behave. We can’t even make them believe in Jesus.

There is one thing we can do,

PRAY.  God answers the prayers of the righteous (James 5:16.)

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