proverbs July 25

Praiseworthy

Scripture: Proverbs 27:21 (Message Version) “The purity of silver and gold is tested by putting them in the fire; The purity of human hearts is tested by giving them a little praise.” As fire refines and brings forth the impurities of the metals, so does a public opinion of someone – the good, the bad […]

proverbs July 24

Patience

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 15:18, 16:32 I’m going to be honest with you. Patience is really REALLY REALLY hard. Being slow to anger is so tough. Especially when I am living. Seriously, is there anything harder than patience? Yes, probably…but not many things. It starts really young. Getting impatient and snappy with people. Like basically from […]

proverbs July 23

Beauty without Discretion

Scripture Readings: Proverbs 11:22 “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is beauty without discretion.” A bit of a harsh word, wouldn’t you say? The writer of Proverbs knew how to cut right down to it.  This vivid imagery tells us a lot about ourselves and the way the world works! Proverbs has a lot […]

proverbs July 22

Loyalty

#Loyalty. A #lesson from #David and #proverbs.

proverbs July 21

Peaceful

Scripture: Proverbs 16:7, Matthew 5:9, 2 Peter 3:14 I have a really hard time being around people who are yelling. The hair on the back of my neck bristles, my chest tightens, and I try to discreetly figure out how to hide or run away. Unfortunately, I am pursuing a career in mental health counseling […]

proverbs July 20

Unmerciful

People have told me that I have the gift of mercy.  I kindly thank them, all the while thinking they have it all wrong.   I usually put myself before others.  I often spend money on myself instead of giving it to the poor.  I have jumped to incorrect conclusions about people according to the way […]

proverbs July 19

Kindness

Scripture: Proverbs 11:16-17, Proverbs 25:21-22 “Kill them with kindness” I was told this frequently growing up, and can still flashback to the angry teenage version of myself yelling back, “They were mean, they were rude, and I didn’t do anything wrong why on earth should I be kind?” It doesn’t make sense. It’s unnatural. Why […]

proverbs July 18

Integrity

Scripture: Proverbs 11:3, 28:18 Simply put, integrity is doing what you say you will do and being faithful at it. Jesus asks us for our “yes to be yes, and no to be no”. Integrity is so crucial to any healthy relationship – whether that be in friendship, marriage, dating, or parenting. When integrity is […]

proverbs July 17

Faithful Love

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 19:22, 20:6 Psalm 6:4, 1 John 3:19-20 Divorce rates are at an all time high. The very sanctity of marriage is questioned by our society. Children are growing up without fathers and without mothers. Our world is desperate for a faithful love. A love that is sustained, even if all the odds […]

proverbs July 16

Dishonesty

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 16:28, 19:5 Take a moment and think back to elementary school and when you heard those all too familiar phrases… “Liar, liar pants on fire!” “Secrets don’t make friends!” “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” Words are powerful. If we are honest with ourselves we know this. […]

proverbs July 15

Humility – the Fight of Love.

Scripture reading: Prov 11:2, Prov 16:19, Prov 25:6-7, Prov 29:23, Romans 12:3   Well, I’m trying to figure out why I’m the one writing the post on humility.  I am by no means an expert on the subject, nor am I a seasoned craftsman of that trade.  But everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned because I was […]

proverbs July 14

Generosity: An attitude of the heart.

Scripture: Proverbs 22:26; Proverbs 22:9 Reading the book of proverbs reminds me of reading a book of children’s fables.  ‘A wise man does….’, ‘But a foolish man….’  Except, Proverbs was written by King Solomon, who was said to know the wisdom of God.  Okay, so maybe these recommendations have more value than a fable.  I’d think I’d […]

proverbs July 13

Blaming God

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 19:03, John 11:1-44 Blaming God. It’s never a good choice. I have been there. It kept me from walking with The Lord. And it hurts. It hurts to be angry, hurt, even betrayed by God. Bitterness. Don’t get me wrong, God wants our honesty, he can take it. But blaming and grudge […]

proverbs July 12

Diligence: A little more is a big lie.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 6:6-13, 12:24, 27, 13:4 Diligence is used throughout the Old and New Testament to describe earnest behavior, watchfulness, a willingness to exert, and a hastening to do. In our first reading we see a figurative example of what diligence does, and does not look like. The author examines an ant and prods […]

proverbs July 11

Avoiding Strife: Be the peacemaker.

Scripture: Proverbs 20:3 “It is honorable to refrain from strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel” The word “Strife” is a noun meaning angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict. This usually is referring to a situation that happens in your community. I am sure you have seen this, just bring up the […]

proverbs July 10

Self-Righteousness and How the World is Turned Upside-Down

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:27; Proverbs 30:12   Self-righteousness is a beast.  There are only two verses listed above, but there are hundreds throughout the whole Bible that remind us of the emptiness of seeing yourself as better than you really are.  To be self-righteous is to think that you’ve got it all down, that you […]

proverbs July 09

Self-control: strong walls

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:28, 2 Timothy 1:7 When I was 18 and had moved off to college, I joined countless other college freshmen in determining one major goal to top off my college bucket list: I was going to get a tattoo. I had chewed on this idea for quite a while and was set […]

proverbs July 08

Righteousness: Do the next right thing.

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 4:26-27, 11:5-6, 11:30, 12:28, 13:6, 29:2 When I think of the call to be righteous it sounds so distant, hard and impossible. Like someone who is holier than thou. But I remember being at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp and hearing a speaker say, “It’s as simple as doing the next […]

proverbs July 07

Jealousy: Let’s just get rid of it.

Scripture: Proverbs 27:4, Ezekiel 8:1-6 We live in a time where it has never been easier to welcome jealousy into our hearts. Our lives are plastered all over social media–our thoughts, our schedules, and our photos. And a photo is simply a capture of a moment. All it takes is a different angle, or a […]

proverbs July 06

Strength: Oh, to endure!

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 20:29, 24:10 I work in an environment that has a fairly significant burn-out rate. Recently, a co-worker (nearing retirement) came by my office and said, “Amanda, for being as old as I am,  I sure am glad that I’m still on the side of kids. You are too, but you’re young and […]

proverbs July 05

Teachable: Crowned with wisdom

Scripture: Proverbs 15:31 “The ear that heeds wholesome counsel will lodge among the wise.” Having a teachable spirit is so important in our walk with the Lord and with others. It requires a dose of humility and wisdom. We can only learn deeper levels of our faith and how to walk in righteousness if we […]

proverbs July 04

Contentment: Life or Death

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:30, 15:27, 19:23 Contentment, like any virtue, can come and go. We can think about our wants, our needs, our desires…but are they met? Are we truly satisfied? Have we sought God to be our everything and meet every need? Proverbs says that a lack of contentment, jealousy, envy, and greediness can […]

proverbs July 03

Anger: Check it with Jesus

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 29:22, 19:19 Anger is somewhat of a mystery to me. It can result in wars, death, cheating, and abuse. It can also fuel passion, spark a fight against injustice and signal to our bodies that we are being violated. In my own life, I have a tendency to avoid anger at all […]

proverbs July 02

Truthfulness

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 12:19, 22; Proverbs 23:23 If you read both of these passages, it’s obvious that honesty and truthfulness are important in wisdom.  In fact, both of these verses show that living the truth is a key ingredient in wisdom.  It will prosper you, bless you, and make your family proud. I don’t know […]

proverbs July 01

Proverbs Intro: Seeking wisdom

Scripture: Proverbs 1:1-7; James 1:5 “The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know.” I don’t know if that’s the exact phrase, but it is something similar. Basically, it’s whatever is the opposite of the mindset I had as a teenager. *grin* It quite honestly boggles my mind to know that one could spend […]

prayerDevo June 30

Paul & the Posture of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21 When I was asked to write about prayer, I nearly turned it down.  I wasn’t sure that these lady bloggers had chosen their guest writer correctly. I don’t feel like one of those people that’s really good at prayer.  My preconceived idea is that ‘good’ prayer is for stronger, more disciplined […]

prayerDevo June 29

Jesus in Gethsemane

Scripture Reading: Luke 22:39-44 Why do we love this so much? Jesus praying in The Garden of Gesthemane. This picture of a son praying to His father. Because it’s us. It’s you and me praying. It’s you when the police show up at your door saying there’s been an accident. It’s you when you got […]

prayerDevo June 28

Solomon

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:1-15 Praying for wisdom.   I love hypothetical questions. This passage makes me think of being snuggled up on the couch, surrounded by friends, and a question surfaces, “If you could ask for anything and receive it, what would you ask for?   I imagine my response would depend a lot […]

prayerDevo June 27

David

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2:18-29, Psalm 51   Do you ever feel the need to apologize to God for the fact that your walk with him more often looks like a rollercoaster ride? Switching from mountain top highs to valley lows all within a 4 minute window. A little thing called hormones can sure make […]

prayerDevo June 26

Daniel – A Life of Prayer

Scripture Reading: Daniel 6:10-11; 9:20-23 Maybe it’s because I have a two-year-old, but, whenever I think of Daniel, my mind immediately conjures up this cartoony image of a bearded guy sitting in a cave chilling with some ridiculously friendly-looking lions. I see the caption at the bottom: “Daniel in the Lions’ Den” and it sounds […]

prayerDevo June 25

Ezra

Scripture Reading: Ezra 9:5-15   Have you ever thought much about your posture while praying? I remember a few years back, Kylee mentioning that at that point in time, she was needing to pray with her hands open and palms facing up. I forget what her reasoning was, but I have never forgotten that. And […]

prayerDevo June 24

Jesus: All Believers

Scripture Reading: John 17:20-26; Romans 8:26-27   This prayer of Jesus’ is one of my favorites in the whole Bible. It is so incredibly honest, heartfelt, and sincere.  And when I am feeling lost or disconnected, this prayer reminds me of where I belong. Jesus is praying fervently on behalf of those He loves…specifically, those […]

prayerDevo June 23

Jesus: Himself/ Disciples

Scripture Reading: John 17:1-19 “You and I, and me and You.” I’m always struck by how many of those pronouns Jesus uses when talking with His Father in John 17.  The way his words flow back and forth from himself to focus on His Father makes this passage like a woven tapestry with threads too […]

prayerDevo June 22

God’s Character

Scripture Reading: Psalm 23:6 & 27:13, Hebrews 13:8  “God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.” If you’ve spent much time in church, you may have heard this common refrain. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I heard it often, but never thought about its truth or significance. Now, however, God’s […]

prayerDevo June 21

God Knows Us

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:1-6, Galatians 5:1 I love that I get to write this post. I am grinning from ear to ear just thinking about how to describe this to you. You guys, I’m weird. I mean, really weird. And I’m not here to try and talk you into being weird like me. […]

prayerDevo June 20

Seek Him

Scripture Reading: Romans 7:14-25, Psalm 63 There are certain places or ideas of places that really freak me out. i. e. being on a little boat in the middle of the ocean where you can’t quite make out the land; or thinking of the immeasurable vastness of space, and the thought of our tiny little […]

prayerDevo June 19

Confess Sin

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:1-12 We all have those moments – that “what the ‘H’ was I thinking?” when we feel shame, guilt, oppression, agony, or pain because of an action, thought or circumstance we happened to get ourselves into. And often even that sin, or whatever thing we did that doesn’t aline with God’s Word or heart, may provided […]

prayerDevo June 18

Strength

Scripture Reading: Psalm 18; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Looking back on my life, there has not yet been a time where I’ve had to rely on the Lord’s strength more than the last three years since becoming a parent. And to be quite honest? As each moment, day, week, month, and year goes by, I’ve needed […]

prayerDevo June 17

Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd

Praying scripture can have so many growing effects on our hearts and our relationship with our Father. Praying these verses can form roots in us of truth and knowing more of who He is. It’s not just for us though; He delights in us telling him who he is and what he has done for […]

prayerDevo June 16

Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 3   Fear is our oldest, most formidable enemy.  It strips us of joy, makes us forget all the good and true things, and weakens us to our very lowest.  And you know what? It’s not even a real threat.  Lions in your face are a real threat (they can eat you). […]

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