I've been listening to Jon Courson...my online pastor from Applegate Christian Fellowship in Oregon....and I'm loving his clarity! He reintroduced me to my new favorite Proverb #15....I love it so much I'm going to dedicate two days to this Proverb this week.......so for now check out the first 17 verses down at the bottom of this post and you can tell me which is YOUR favorite verse for today!
There are some doozies as far as convicting me of how I SHOULD react to things....but also some rays of sunshine.....reminders of God's mercy to me just where I'm at.
I just love how God wove so many of my hats into these 33 verses....my mom hat, my teacher hat, my nurse hat, dang I think v. 1 works for my wifey hat too!....
v. 13, 14 & 17 Hollered at me
13A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
Application for me as a mom/wife/friend: Smile more.....and FEEL that smile from way down deep in my toes.....if I'm not smiling then WHY not? I have SO much to be GLAD for.....it should show on my face.... I am no longer lost without hope and mindlessly wandering this earth....there is SO much purpose in life, I can't let myself get bogged down with worries, or frustrations......
14A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.
Application for me as a person: Um, what am I eating? I read this note in a friend's Bible: "What we hungry for ....that is what we worship"..... is it that show, that snack, that hobby, what is my distraction.....where is all my time/energy going? Am I feeding on trash- the things that are NOT beneficial to growth in my life, be it spiritual, physical, or mental?
17 A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
Application for me as a mom: I can treasure even these sickie days....because a cold WILL pass (praise God!)....I can't even list all the things that are worse than this fleeting nurse duty time......but getting to snuggle my feverish little ones for a few days....having the opportunity to serve them at their humblest......that's actually a gift. And yes, I can say that I'm grateful for days like this! I was created to love and be loved and right now that love is being tested by oodles of soiled laundry, batches of soup, cold compresses and tepid baths, medicine and countless games of cards.
So that's just the tip of the iceberg for me.....feel free to comment on which verse in Proverbs 15 talks Right OUT LOUD to you!Pro 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness.
The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.
There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.
The LORD hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
The LORD despises the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.
Whoever abandons the right path will be severely punished; whoever hates correction will die.
Even the depths of Death and Destruction [fn] are known by the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!
Mockers don't love those who rebuke them, so they stay away from the wise.
A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.
For the poor, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
It is better to have little with fear for the LORD than to have great treasure with turmoil.
A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
Comment away and we'll Bible study together........fun, huh, it could be dinner time, midnight or some other random time.....and the Word promises to deliver something to each of us! Cool :D