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Psalm 56 & Proverbs 25

Psalm 56 & Proverbs 25

Psalm 56 & Proverbs 25

This set of Scripture, Psalm 56 & Proverbs 25, is the last set of Psalm and Proverbs I will be doing.  I started on day 26 when I began doing my Scripture reading.  So, as of today, I will have read through the book of Proverbs.

I am not sure if I will just finish out the rest of Psalm, by itself, or add in another book with it.  Still pondering.  Frankly, both of these books, though I have read them so many times, has kicked my tail.  We shall see.

Psalm 56

O God, have mercy on me,
    for people are hounding me.
    My foes attack me all day long.
I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
    and many are boldly attacking me.
But when I am afraid,
    I will put my trust in you.
I praise God for what he has promised.
    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?

Thoughts

Trust in you.  I trust in God.  Trust in you.  I trust in God.  Geez, how much more do I need to hear that before I apply it to my life?

Section 2

They are always twisting what I say;
    they spend their days plotting to harm me.
They come together to spy on me—
    watching my every step, eager to kill me.
Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
    in your anger, O God, bring them down.

You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.

Thoughts

Stop.  It.  I had forgotten about verse 8.  He keeps track of my sorrows.  Collected my tears in His bottle.  He has recorded each one in His book.  The sorrows that are so deeply seeded in my heart and mind.  Then there are the countless tears over those sorrows.  He has them all written and all my tears saved.  Oh, how He loves me so.

Section 3

My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
    This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
    yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?

12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
    and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
    you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
    in your life-giving light.

Thoughts

Some of the most beautiful verses I have ever read.  God is on my side.  I should trust in Him.  Why should I be afraid?  He is on my side.  Hunter’s illness, that enemy will retreat.  God is on my side.  School issues, that enemy will retreat.  God is on my kids’ sides.  In a couple of difficult situations, that enemy will retreat.  God is on their sides.

He keeps me from falling.  As long as I trust and walk in His presence, He saves me.  Lord, may I always remember these verses

Proverbs 25

1These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.

It is God’s privilege to conceal things
    and the king’s privilege to discover them.

No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,
    or all that goes on in the king’s mind!

Remove the impurities from silver,
    and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
Remove the wicked from the king’s court,
    and his reign will be made secure by justice.

Don’t demand an audience with the king
    or push for a place among the great.
It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table
    than to be sent away in public disgrace.

Just because you’ve seen something,
    don’t be in a hurry to go to court.
For what will you do in the end
    if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?

When arguing with your neighbor,
    don’t betray another person’s secret.

Section 2

10 Others may accuse you of gossip,
    and you will never regain your good reputation.

11 Timely advice is lovely,
    like golden apples in a silver basket.

12 To one who listens, valid criticism
    is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.

13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
    They revive the spirit of their employer.

14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it
    is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

15 Patience can persuade a prince,
    and soft speech can break bones.

Section 3

16 Do you like honey?
    Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!

17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
    or you will wear out your welcome.

18 Telling lies about others
    is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
    or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble
    is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
    is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather
    or pouring vinegar in a wound.

Thoughts

Here it talks about lies.  How lies are as harmful as things like hitting people with an ax, stabbing them with a sword, or shooting them with an arrow.  The tongue is a powerful thing.  It can bring harm and good.  I know I struggle with my mouth.  Seems like when I focus more on Scripture and praying for others that I am more attacked and more on edge.

Those are the days that I can pop off, at the mouth, easily.  Sadly, I can hear that still soft voice saying “stop.”  More times than not, I do not listen and then once I finish, I am so convicted and sad.  I pray that the Lord continues to convict me and soon, I will no longer struggle with my tongue.

Section 4

21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
    If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
    and the Lord will reward you.

23 As surely as a north wind brings rain,
    so a gossiping tongue causes anger!

24 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
    than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

25 Good news from far away
    is like cold water to the thirsty.

26 If the godly give in to the wicked,
    it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.

27 It’s not good to eat too much honey,
    and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.

28 A person without self-control
    is like a city with broken-down walls.

Thoughts

Here we are again with verse 24 LOL

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Psalm 55 & Proverbs 24

Psalm 55 & Proverbs 24

Psalm 55 & Proverbs 24

Knowing that in these verses of Psalm 55 & Proverbs 24, that the Lord will soar me away so I may fly away and rest, comforts me.  May it comfort you, as well.

Psalm 55

Listen to my prayer, O God.
    Do not ignore my cry for help!
Please listen and answer me,
    for I am overwhelmed by my troubles.
My enemies shout at me,
    making loud and wicked threats.
They bring trouble on me
    and angrily hunt me down.

My heart pounds in my chest.
    The terror of death assaults me.
Fear and trembling overwhelm me,
    and I can’t stop shaking.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove;
    then I would fly away and rest!
I would fly far away
    to the quiet of the wilderness. 
How quickly I would escape—
    far from this wild storm of hatred.

Thoughts

Overwhelmed by my troubles is an understatement.  That goes back to a lack of trust, which I am working on.  Yet, it is a problem for me.  With all that goes on with Hunter’s illness, a couple of my kids, some tense things that have been going on, adjustments with school…the trouble seems like it is my bedfellow.

Lord, may I obtain wings like a dove and fly far away to rest.  If I could blink my eyes and blink my troubles away, I would. Yet, I remain steadfast.  Knowing that I’m going to be refined and shaped into the image of His Son.  Now, I need strength to endure the fires of refinement.

Section 2

Confuse them, Lord, and frustrate their plans,
    for I see violence and conflict in the city.
10 Its walls are patrolled day and night against invaders,
    but the real danger is wickedness within the city.
11 Everything is falling apart;
    threats and cheating are rampant in the streets.

12 It is not an enemy who taunts me—
    I could bear that.
It is not my foes who so arrogantly insult me—
    I could have hidden from them.
13 Instead, it is you—my equal,
    my companion and close friend.
14 What good fellowship we once enjoyed
    as we walked together to the house of God.

15 Let death stalk my enemies;
    let the grave swallow them alive,
    for evil makes its home within them.

Section 3

16 But I will call on God,
    and the Lord will rescue me.
17 Morning, noon, and night
    I cry out in my distress,
    and the Lord hears my voice.
18 He ransoms me and keeps me safe
    from the battle waged against me,
    though many still oppose me.
19 God, who has ruled forever,
    will hear me and humble them. 
For my enemies refuse to change their ways;
    they do not fear God.

Thoughts

It is easy to call on God and praise Him when you are in trouble.  Trials come, we hit our knees in prayer.  These trials ensure that we keep our lifeline to God open.  As His children, He will always be there BUT He has always *been* there.  We just choose to turn our heads and not thank Him during the good times.  I hope I can remember to praise Him in the storms of life, as well as, the cloudless days.

Section 4

20 As for my companion, he betrayed his friends;
    he broke his promises.
21 His words are as smooth as butter,
    but in his heart is war.
His words are as soothing as lotion,
    but underneath are daggers!

22 Give your burdens to the Lord,
    and he will take care of you.
    He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

23 But you, O God, will send the wicked
    down to the pit of destruction.
Murderers and liars will die young,
    but I am trusting you to save me.

Proverbs 24

1Don’t envy evil people
    or desire their company.
For their hearts plot violence,
    and their words always stir up trouble.

A house is built by wisdom
    and becomes strong through good sense.
Through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

The wise are mightier than the strong,
    and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.
So don’t go to war without wise guidance;
    victory depends on having many advisers.

Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
    Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say.

Thoughts

I pray that we can continue to build our house on wisdom.  We move 2 steps forward and then 5 steps back.  Yet, we are moving.  I want to inspire my kids to always turn to the Word to find their wisdom, knowledge, and strength.  Honestly, I pray that for myself and Big Daddy as well.

Section 2

A person who plans evil
    will get a reputation as a troublemaker.
The schemes of a fool are sinful;
    everyone detests a mocker.

10 If you fail under pressure,
    your strength is too small.

11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
    save them as they stagger to their death.
12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
    For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
    He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

Thoughts

Oh, verse 12…God understands ALL hearts.  He SEES you.  He who guards your soul KNOWS you KNEW.  Can you even?  I cannot even.  He who guards my soul knows that I knew.  Oh, Lord forgive me for what I knew and made excuses for it.  May I always be convicted?

Section 3

13 My child, eat honey, for it is good,
    and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.
    If you find it, you will have a bright future,
    and your hopes will not be cut short.

15 Don’t wait in ambush at the home of the godly,
    and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
    But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

17 Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
    don’t be happy when they stumble.
18 For the Lord will be displeased with you
    and will turn his anger away from them.

19 Don’t fret because of evildoers;
    don’t envy the wicked.
20 For evil people have no future;
    the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

21 My child, fear the Lord and the king.
Don’t associate with rebels,
22     for disaster will hit them suddenly.
Who knows what punishment will come
    from the Lord and the king?

More Sayings of the Wise

23 Here are some further sayings of the wise:

It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
24 A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”
    will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.
25 But it will go well for those who convict the guilty;
    rich blessings will be showered on them.

26 An honest answer
    is like a kiss of friendship.

27 Do your planning and prepare your fields
    before building your house.

28 Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;
    don’t lie about them.
29 And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!
    I’ll get even with them!”

30 I walked by the field of a lazy person,
    the vineyard of one with no common sense.
31 I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.
    It was covered with weeds,
    and its walls were broken down.
32 Then, as I looked and thought about it,
    I learned this lesson:
33 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
34 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
    scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

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Psalm 54 & Proverbs 23

Psalm 54 & Proverbs 23

Psalm 54 & Proverbs 23

Psalm 54 & Proverbs 23 are pretty straightforward.  There are some sections, amongst these verses that I will address.   so I will just let them speak for themselves!  Quite often, in Proverbs, you will see verses related to disciplining children.

I would like to note that not all kids are the same.  First, there are kids who are biological and come from a “normal” home.  Then, there are kids from homes where divorce has occurred.  Next, you have kids that are, sadly, in foster care or orphanages.  Lastly, there are kids that are adopted.  I’m sure there are more groups.  Well, now that I think of it, there are many other groups.  Like a lot of other groups because my mind is now swirling and twirling.

Let’s just put it this way, take each kid and each situation on a case by case basis.  Do not “blanket” parent or discipline your children because no two children are the same.  I feel like that made sense in my head but rereading this, I’m confusing myself.

Psalm 54

Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!
    Defend me with your might.
Listen to my prayer, O God.
    Pay attention to my plea.
For strangers are attacking me;
    violent people are trying to kill me.
    They care nothing for God. 

But God is my helper.
    The Lord keeps me alive!
May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them.
    Do as you promised and put an end to them.

I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you;
    I will praise your name, O Lord,
    for it is good.
For you have rescued me from my troubles
    and helped me to triumph over my enemies.

Thoughts

God is my Protector, Defender, and Rock on which I stand.  Honestly, whom shall I fear?

Proverbs 23

1While dining with a ruler,
    pay attention to what is put before you.
If you are a big eater,
    put a knife to your throat;
don’t desire all the delicacies,
    for he might be trying to trick you.

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
    Be wise enough to know when to quit.
In the blink of an eye wealth disappears,
    for it will sprout wings
    and fly away like an eagle.

Thoughts

Verse 5 needs to be embedded in my heart.  I don’t want an abundance of money.  That isn’t something that I desire.  However, I do want to be able to not worry.  For instance, I know that we have enough to pay our bills.  Then, we save what we can to get out of debt.  However, there are things that I feel we *need.*  Then, I realize that we don’t necessarily *need* it, it is more of a want.  In the end, God provides for all those needs.  When it aligns with His will, maybe just maybe, He will give us the desires of our hearts.

Section 2

Don’t eat with people who are stingy;
    don’t desire their delicacies.
They are always thinking about how much it costs.
    “Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it.
You will throw up what little you’ve eaten,
    and your compliments will be wasted.

Don’t waste your breath on fools,
    for they will despise the wisest advice.

10 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;
    don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.

Section 3

11 For their Redeemer is strong;
    he himself will bring their charges against you.

12 Commit yourself to instruction;
    listen carefully to words of knowledge.

13 Don’t fail to discipline your children.
    The rod of punishment won’t kill them.
14 Physical discipline
    may well save them from death.

15 My child, if your heart is wise,
    my own heart will rejoice!
16 Everything in me will celebrate
    when you speak what is right.

Thoughts

Don’t fail to discipline your children.  This phrase is also used, quite often, in the book of Proverbs.  Bart and I have never shied away from disciplining our children.  Yet, each child has required something a little bit differently.  We thought we were so smart in doing things equally amongst our children.  Then, we were blessed with kids from hard places.  Wow, that changes everything.

Section 4

17 Don’t envy sinners,
    but always continue to fear the Lord.
18 You will be rewarded for this;
    your hope will not be disappointed.

19 My child, listen and be wise:
    Keep your heart on the right course.

20 Do not carouse with drunkards
    or feast with gluttons,
21 for they are on their way to poverty,
    and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
    and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
23 Get the truth and never sell it;
    also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy.
    What a pleasure to have children who are wise.
25 So give your father and mother joy!
    May she who gave you birth be happy.

26 O my son, give me your heart.
    May your eyes take delight in following my ways.

Section 5

27 A prostitute is a dangerous trap;
    a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.
28 She hides and waits like a robber,
    eager to make more men unfaithful.

29 Who has anguish? {Who} has sorrow?
    Who is always fighting? {Who} is always complaining?
    Who has unnecessary bruises? {Who} has bloodshot eyes?
30 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,
    trying out new drinks.
31 Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
    how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;
    it stings like a viper.
33 You will see hallucinations,
    and you will say crazy things.
34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,
    clinging to a swaying mast.
35 And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.
    I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up
    so I can look for another drink?”

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Psalm 52 & Proverbs 21

Psalm 52 & Proverbs 21

Psalm 52 & Proverbs 21

Within my thoughts on Psalm 52 & Proverbs 21, it talks about the “uglies” we have stored in our heart.  I have those uglies and as the Lord is refining me…He is cleaning out those parts.  It is painful.

Psalm 52

Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?
    Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?
All day long you plot destruction.
    Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;
    you’re an expert at telling lies.
You love evil more than good
    and lies more than truth. 

You love to destroy others with your words,
    you liar!
But God will strike you down once and for all.
    He will pull you from your home
    and uproot you from the land of the living. 

The righteous will see it and be amazed.
    They will laugh and say,
“Look what happens to mighty warriors
    who do not trust in God.
They trust their wealth instead
    and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.
    I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.
I will praise you forever, O God,
    for what you have done.
I will trust in your good name
    in the presence of your faithful people.

Proverbs 21

1The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord;
    he guides it wherever he pleases.

People may be right in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their heart.

The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just
    than when we offer him sacrifices.

Haughty eyes, a proud heart,
    and evil actions are all sin.

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity,
but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

Thoughts

Though we think we have it all right and all those uglies are safely tucked away, the Lord looks at our hearts and He sees.  I had a hard conversation with a kid tonight.  It was a conversation I never intended on having with my children.  Yet, a situation forced my hand.

I had to reveal a part of my heart that I have kept tucked away for 13 yrs.  This child saw the hurt, anger, and I could even say hate in my eyes.  The part of my heart that stored these thoughts and memories have no reason to surface, yet…God has a different story.

I am faced with a task that will require more brainpower, energy, forgiveness, and mercy then I have shown in a long time.  He did not want all of my heart except for a couple of “rooms.”  Honestly, He wants it all.  This “examining” part of my journey really does suck.

Section 2

Wealth created by a lying tongue
    is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap.

The violence of the wicked sweeps them away,
    because they refuse to do what is just.

The guilty walk a crooked path;
    the innocent travel a straight road.

It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
    than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

10 Evil people desire evil;
    their neighbors get no mercy from them.

11 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded become wise;
    if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

12 The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked;
    he will bring disaster on them.

13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor
will be ignored in their own time of need.

Thoughts

I giggled at verse 9.

Section 3

14 A secret gift calms anger;
    a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

15 Justice is a joy to the godly,
    but it terrifies evildoers.

16 The person who strays from common sense
    will end up in the company of the dead.

17 Those who love pleasure become poor;
    those who love wine and luxury will never be rich.

18 The wicked are punished in place of the godly,
    and traitors in place of the honest.

19 It’s better to live alone in the desert
than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.

Thoughts

Is He trying to hammer in a point with verse 19…seems like a lot of Proverbs talks about this complaining wife.

Section 4

20 The wise have wealth and luxury,
    but fools spend whatever they get.

21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love
    will find life, righteousness, and honor.

22 The wise conquer the city of the strong
    and level the fortress in which they trust.

23 Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut,
    and you will stay out of trouble.

24 Mockers are proud and haughty;
    they act with boundless arrogance.

25 Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin,
    for their hands refuse to work.

26 Some people are always greedy for more,
    but the godly love to give!

27 The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable,
    especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

28 A false witness will be cut off,
    but a credible witness will be allowed to speak.

29 The wicked bluff their way through,
    but the virtuous think before they act.

30 No human wisdom or understanding or plan
    can stand against the Lord.

31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
    but the victory belongs to the Lord.

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Psalm 51 & Proverbs 20

Psalm 51 & Proverbs 20

Psalm 51 & Proverbs 20

Psalm 51 & Proverbs 20 definitely has a little “cut Brandi to the core” theme going on!  The Lord completely put me in my place.  Now, if I can heed His warning and behave!

Psalm 51

A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, O God,
    because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
    blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt.
    Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion;
    it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
    I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
    and your judgment against me is just.
For I was born a sinner—
    yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb,
    teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again;
    you have broken me—
    now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins.
    Remove the stain of my guilt.

Section 2

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
    Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
    and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
    and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
    then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
    that my mouth may praise you.

16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
    You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
    You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
    rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
    with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
    Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.

Thoughts

I love verse 10.  It is such a hopeful verse.  Create in me a clean heart.  Our hearts are nasty.  Sadly, I keep lots of locked doors, “do not enter” signs, cobwebs, and more in certain spots.

But God.

He jumps in the most sensitive parts that no one can see…yet He sees.  Not only does He see, but He gets to work cleaning out those parts.  I have an issue of unforgiveness that looms over me.  I have harbored BAD feelings for over a decade.

This person would not know me if I bit him on the butt, yet I can’t stand him or anything he touches.  I keep that door locked uptight and on occasion, I bring it out and I shame him more.

But God.

He has orchestrated, since before He created the Earth, a moment in time where I will have to come face to face with this person.  I mean, it is imminent.  This person is going to see my eyeballs and we are going to shake hands.  The first thing that I want to come out of my mouth is “I absolutely cannot stand you and what you have done.”

Probably not the best thing to say, but that is what I want to say.  I would love to close my eyes and have the knowledge that this person just dropped off the face of the planet and that I didn’t have to ever see him.

But God.

He jumps in, gets some of those channel locks and He rips the lock off that room.  Right now, He is all up in my business, cleaning out the corners of that room.  Soon, I will shake this man’s hand.

I have no idea what will come out of my mouth.  God knows…He knows every thought in my head and word on my tongue before I speak it.  Honestly, makes me wanna throw up a little.

Proverbs 20

1Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
    Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.

The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar;
    to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
    only fools insist on quarreling.

Those too lazy to plow in the right season
    will have no food at the harvest.

Though good advice lies deep within the heart,
    a person with understanding will draw it out.

Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?

Thoughts

Friends, true friends, are hard to come by.  I am a “keep you at a distance friend.”  Sadly, I have been made aware of that by some people in my life.  It is what it is.  I am very loyal and forgiving, but making an effort is hard sometimes.

Luckily, He sent me a few friends that I have had for eons.  Then there was Ms. Jo.  Now, He has blessed me with a friendship that started 30 years ago.  He is reintroducing us, as adults, and we are having such a good time.

Good things come to those who wait…once the wolves in sheep’s clothing are identified.  Man oh man, there have been some wolves.  God is bigger!

 

Section 2

The godly walk with integrity;
    blessed are their children who follow them.

When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence,
    distinguishing the bad from the good.

Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart;
    I am pure and free from sin”?

10 False weights and unequal measures—
    the Lord detests double standards of every kind.

11 Even children are known by the way they act,
    whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.

12 Ears to hear and eyes to see—
    both are gifts from the Lord.

13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
    Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,”
then brags about getting a bargain!

 

Section 3

15 Wise words are more valuable
    than much gold and many rubies.

16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.
    Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,
    but it turns to gravel in the mouth.

18 Plans succeed through good counsel;
    don’t go to war without wise advice.

19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
    so don’t hang around with chatterers.

20 If you insult your father or mother,
    your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.

21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
    is not a blessing in the end.

22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.”
Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.

 

Thoughts

Well…does verse 22 just speak to my above thoughts from Psalm 51.  I guess I got my answer as to what I need to say or do.  Dangit.  Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.  How much more clear can one be.  Dangit.

23 The Lord detests double standards;
    he is not pleased by dishonest scales.

24 The Lord directs our steps,
    so why try to understand everything along the way?

25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God
    and only later counting the cost.

26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat,
    then runs his threshing wheel over them.

27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit,
    exposing every hidden motive.

28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
    his throne is made secure through love.

29 The glory of the young is their strength;
    the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil;
    such discipline purifies the heart.

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Psalm 50 & Proverbs 19

Psalm 50 & Proverbs 19

Psalm 50 & Proverbs 19

Here are my thoughts on Psalm 50 & Proverbs 19.  Judgment, discipline, sin, foolishness.  Maybe I learned a thing or two.

Psalm 50

The Lord, the Mighty One, is God,
and he has spoken;
he has summoned all humanity
from where the sun rises to where it sets.
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines in glorious radiance.
Our God approaches,
and he is not silent.
Fire devours everything in his way,
and a great storm rages around him.
He calls on the heavens above and earth below
to witness the judgment of his people.
“Bring my faithful people to me—
those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.”
Then let the heavens proclaim his justice,
for God himself will be the judge. 

Thoughts

Why do these verses make my stomach hurt a little bit?  It speaks of His Awesomeness.  All the Earth yields to his “not silent” approach.  Fire devours everything in His way and then He calls His people.  For judgment.  Instantly, my heart sinks.

Judgment. Judgment means “the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion.”  As His child, my sins are thrown as far as the east is from the west.  That gives me comfort.  What doesn’t give me comfort is when I shut my eyes and see/hear myself living in a free-will moment.

Those moments pretty much suck.

Section 2

“O my people, listen as I speak.
    Here are my charges against you, O Israel:
    I am God, your God!
I have no complaint about your sacrifices
    or the burnt offerings you constantly offer.
But I do not need the bulls from your barns
    or the goats from your pens.
10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
    and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains,
    and all the animals of the field are mine.
12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for all the world is mine and everything in it.
13 Do I eat the meat of bulls?
    Do I drink the blood of goats?

Section 3

14 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God,
    and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
15 Then call on me when you are in trouble,
    and I will rescue you,
    and you will give me glory.”

16 But God says to the wicked:
“Why bother reciting my decrees
    and pretending to obey my covenant?
17 For you refuse my discipline
    and treat my words like trash.
18 When you see thieves, you approve of them,
    and you spend your time with adulterers.
19 Your mouth is filled with wickedness,
    and your tongue is full of lies.
20 You sit around and slander your brother—
    your own mother’s son.
21 While you did all this, I remained silent,
    and you thought I didn’t care.
But now I will rebuke you,
    listing all my charges against you.
22 Repent, all of you who forget me,
    or I will tear you apart,
    and no one will help you.
23 But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
    If you keep to my path,
    I will reveal to you the salvation of God.”

Thoughts

Thankfulness is all He wants.  Just be thankful for all that He has provided for you.  We don’t have to make these grand gestures of sacrifices or deals.  I cannot say that I haven’t done that in the past because, well, I don’t know why.  Yet, He never wanted that or wants that now.  He just wants a relationship with us where we talk to Him and thank Him for what He has done for us.

Proverbs 19

1Better to be poor and honest
    than to be dishonest and a fool.

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good;
    haste makes mistakes.

People ruin their lives by their own foolishness
    and then are angry at the Lord.

Wealth makes many “friends”;
    poverty drives them all away.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
    nor will a liar escape.

Many seek favors from a ruler;
    everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts!

The relatives of the poor despise them;
how much more will their friends avoid them!
Though the poor plead with them,
their friends are gone.

Section 2

To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
    people who cherish understanding will prosper.

A false witness will not go unpunished,
    and a liar will be destroyed.

10 It isn’t right for a fool to live in luxury
    or for a slave to rule over princes!

11 Sensible people control their temper;
    they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.

12 The king’s anger is like a lion’s roar,
    but his favor is like dew on the grass.

13 A foolish child is a calamity to a father;
    a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping.

14 Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth,
    but only the Lord can give an understanding wife.

15 Lazy people sleep soundly,
but idleness leaves them hungry.

Section 3

16 Keep the commandments and keep your life;
    despising them leads to death.

17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord
    and he will repay you!

18 Discipline your children while there is hope.
    Otherwise you will ruin their lives.

19 Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty.
    If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.

20 Get all the advice and instruction you can,
    so you will be wise the rest of your life.

21 You can make many plans,
    but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.

22 Loyalty makes a person attractive.
    It is better to be poor than dishonest.

23 Fear of the Lord leads to life,
    bringing security and protection from harm.

24 Lazy people take food in their hand
    but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson;
    if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother
    are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.

27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child,
    you will turn your back on knowledge.

28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice;
    the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

29 Punishment is made for mockers,
    and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.

Thoughts

Discipline your children while there is still hope.  I have never been one to shy away from disciplining a child.  That is not a very popular statement, I know.  My poor first child was my guinea pig and we learned a lot about parenting through her.  Bless, she is a good girl.  That first kid thing is a real thing.  You are both learning as you go.  Each kid after that gets the benefit of more wisdom LOL.

For those of you with younger kids, we LIVED by the If/Then Chart and the Blessings Chart.  Do not spank out of anger.  Also, be mindful of not taking their actions personally.  You have got to handle kids with the knowledge that they are tiny people with BIG emotions that they do not know what to do with.

Godspeed 🙂

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Psalm 48 & Proverbs 17

Psalm 48 & Proverbs 17

Home from the hospital.  All kids back to school, thank God.  Freshly showered and eating a sucker in bed.  Now, I reflect on Psalm 48 & Proverbs 17.

Psalm 48

How great is the Lord,
    how deserving of praise,
in the city of our God,
    which sits on his holy mountain!
It is high and magnificent;
    the whole earth rejoices to see it!
Mount Zion, the holy mountain,
    is the city of the great King!
God himself is in Jerusalem’s towers,
    revealing himself as its defender.

The kings of the earth joined forces
and advanced against the city.
But when they saw it, they were stunned;
they were terrified and ran away.
They were gripped with terror
and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.
You destroyed them like the mighty ships of Tarshish
shattered by a powerful east wind.

Thoughts

I am having my own praise moment reading these verses and listening to Strong Tower.  My Refuge.  He is my Defender.  My Strong Tower.  Though the enemies surround me, they can NEVER get to me.  This, I know.

Section 2

We had heard of the city’s glory,
    but now we have seen it ourselves—
    the city of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
It is the city of our God;
    he will make it safe forever. Interlude

O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
    as we worship in your Temple.
10 As your name deserves, O God,
    you will be praised to the ends of the earth.
    Your strong right hand is filled with victory.
11 Let the people on Mount Zion rejoice.
    Let all the towns of Judah be glad
    because of your justice.

12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem.
    Walk around and count the many towers.
13 Take note of the fortified walls,
    and tour all the citadels,
that you may describe them
    to future generations.
14 For that is what God is like.
    He is our God forever and ever,
    and he will guide us until we die.

Thoughts

We had heard…now we have seen it ourselves.  This is reminiscent of Job 42:5.  That, to me, is one of the most powerful Scriptures.  It strikes me in a way that I yearn for that knowledge.  I had heard.  Now, I see.  Lord may I SEE.  There is so much I want to SEE.  I want the scales to fall off my eyes, Lord.  Let me look and find where You are so I can be Your hands and feet.  Please, let me SEE and serve.  Let me SEE my children, husband, and myself.  I have heard and now I want to SEE.

 

Proverbs 17

1Better a dry crust eaten in peace
    than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.

A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son
    and will share the inheritance of the master’s children.

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
    but the Lord tests the heart.

Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
    liars pay close attention to slander.

Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
    those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;
parents are the pride of their children.

 

Thoughts

Okay, Bug and Ben…verse 6 is clear as to His calling on grandchildren.  Now that I have read that, I am ready when you are!  I mean, no rush and all 🙂

Section 2

Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool;
    even less are lies fitting for a ruler.

A bribe is like a lucky charm;
    whoever gives one will prosper!

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
    but dwelling on it separates close friends.

10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding
than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

Thoughts

Guilty.  Verse 9.  I am guilty. There is a struggle within me in letting go of a fault.  I dwell and in that, it separates us (me and whomever).  Forgiveness is such a part of my life that it is almost an extension, with most people.  I have a few that I have held onto.  Yet, as those people come to mind…they somehow cross my path.  Currently, I am faced with a situation that is over a decade old and I still hold onto anger and hurt.  Now, I’m fixing to have to face this situation because the Lord is cleaning out that chamber of my heart.  It hurts.

Section 3

11 Evil people are eager for rebellion,
    but they will be severely punished.

12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
    than to confront a fool caught in foolishness.

13 If you repay good with evil,
    evil will never leave your house.

14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
    so stop before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
    both are detestable to the Lord.

16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool,
    since he has no heart for learning.

17 A friend is always loyal,
    and a brother is born to help in time of need.

18 It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt
    or put up security for a friend.

19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.

Thoughts

Verse 14 is good for all people in any relationship.  Keep the floodgates CLOSED.  When you feel anger coming up…what behavior in another has triggered the emotion of anger in you.  Likely, it is an issue that is insecurity within you and not the person who triggered that emotion.  Ask yourselves these questions before you continue yelling:

  • What behavior is triggering this emotion?
  • Will this issue matter in 5 years?
  • What if I let her rip and rip into someone?  How would I feel if I (or they) stormed out and something happened to that person?
  • How would Jesus respond?
  • Is there a viable compromise?
  • What about my pride?  Is it in check?

Section 4

20 The crooked heart will not prosper;
    the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.

21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
    there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

23 The wicked take secret bribes
    to pervert the course of justice.

24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
    but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.

25 Foolish children bring grief to their father
    and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.

26 It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
    or to flog leaders for being honest.

27 A truly wise person uses few words;
    a person with understanding is even-tempered.

28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
    with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

Thoughts

Standing up with a hearty HALLELUJAH and AMEN to verse 28.  At the end of the day, just shut your mouth.

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Psalm 47 & Proverbs 16

Psalm 47 & Proverbs 16

It has been a LONG few days.  Hunter came down with a simple cold on Wednesday afternoon.  By Sunday, we were in the ER.  Something so minor can affect a child with a life-altering condition so deeply.  So, I’m writing about Psalm 47 & Proverbs 16 from room 7525 while waiting for him to be released.

Psalm 47

Come, everyone! Clap your hands!
    Shout to God with joyful praise!
For the Lord Most High is awesome.
    He is the great King of all the earth.
He subdues the nations before us,
    putting our enemies beneath our feet.
He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance,
    the proud possession of Jacob’s descendants, whom he loves. Interlude

God has ascended with a mighty shout.
    The Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King over all the earth.
    Praise him with a psalm.
God reigns above the nations,
    sitting on his holy throne.
The rulers of the world have gathered together
    with the people of the God of Abraham.
For all the kings of the earth belong to God.
    He is highly honored everywhere.

Proverbs 16

1We can make our own plans,
    but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their motives.

Commit your actions to the Lord,
    and your plans will succeed.

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests the proud;
they will surely be punished.

Thoughts

Oh, I have lots of words to say about ALL these verses.  Making our own plans…is that not a human thing or what?  There is another set of Scripture in James that talks about this subject.  It talks about making plans for tomorrow or next year…but who knows what is going to happen at that time?

Confusing Wisdom

There is a lady at my church who said the secret to learning to hear God speak is to not move till you have direction.  Okay. Well, that sounds easy enough.  She said that she would say “Lord, do you want me to do the dishes or not?”  Then, she would wait for an answer.  For the love…that would drive me bonkers.  Yet, she is 86 and is the most peaceful woman I know.

Getting Out of My Own Head

Maybe, just maybe I should give that a try.  There are days when I’m constantly on the go.  No rest for the weary.  Then, there are days when I do nothing but nap, read, and sit.  Idle.  We all know what the Lord says about being idle.  Honestly, I think it isn’t going to work and He isn’t going to speak that directly to me.  In the end, that is my lack of trust shining through.  Free-will sucks sometimes.

Verse 2

There are a few people that appear like they are the ultimate person in their relationship with Christ.  I mean, they do it all.  They FB or IG all these thought-provoking things, read all the books, go to church all the time, involved in church, just do all the things right.  Then, you get to know a different side of that person.  You “cross” their path in a not so Christlike way and BOOM those innards are as black as tar.

What do you do in a situation like that?  Let it go?  Shake the dust off your feet?  Smile more when your insides are aching at what the truth is?  Confront them in love?  I don’t know.

For Me

I’m not saying I have not had my moments because I absolutely have.  I am not proud of those moments, at all.  Sadly, I have worn “masks” depending on who I am around a good part of my life.  Then one day, I said enough was enough.  I try, very hard to be authentic, blunt (as a doctor just told me), and true to who I am.  Somedays, it is a challenge.  On those days, I stay at home and eat cheese.

Section 2

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.
    By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

When people’s lives please the Lord,
    even their enemies are at peace with them.

Better to have little, with godliness,
    than to be rich and dishonest.

We can make our plans,
    but the Lord determines our steps.

10 The king speaks with divine wisdom;
    he must never judge unfairly.

11 The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;
    he sets the standards for fairness.

12 A king detests wrongdoing,
    for his rule is built on justice.

13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.

Thoughts

There He is, again, talking about our plans.  He lets us make them (free-will) yet He will determine our steps.  To me, that is pretty awesome.  My plans usually suck pond water.  I had someone tell me, once, that I was like a reed in a hurricane.  On occasion, I would just bend, yield, and blow wherever the wind would take me.  I pray that my roots are that of an Oak tree!

Section 3

14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
    the wise will try to appease it.

15 When the king smiles, there is life;
    his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    and good judgment than silver!

17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
    whoever follows that path is safe.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
    and haughtiness before a fall.

19 Better to live humbly with the poor
    than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
    those who trust the Lord will be joyful.

21 The wise are known for their understanding,
    and pleasant words are persuasive.

22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
    but discipline is wasted on fools.

23 From a wise mind comes wise speech;
the words of the wise are persuasive.

Section 4

24 Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

25 There is a path before each person that seems right,
    but it ends in death.

26 It is good for workers to have an appetite;
    an empty stomach drives them on.

27 Scoundrels create trouble;
    their words are a destructive blaze.

28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
    gossip separates the best of friends.

29 Violent people mislead their companions,
    leading them down a harmful path.

30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
    with a smirk, they plan their mischief.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
    it is gained by living a godly life.

32 Better to be patient than powerful;
    better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

33 We may throw the dice,
    but the Lord determines how they fall.

Thoughts

I guess I will never have a “crown of glory.”  When I see a beginning to my “crown,” I immediately go and get it fixed.  Mainly pink.  There is usually an absurd amount of pink in my hair.

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Psalm 46 & Proverbs 15

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! 

Thoughts

I love these verses. The power of them is just enough to possibly explode my brain.  He is our refuge and our strength.  No matter what I am not to fear.  I live in fear, sometimes.  There is the fear of Hunter’s illness.  Fear of a couple of my kids’ future.  Oh, then there is the judgment of other’s fear.  Fear of losing people close to me.

My fear shows that I struggle in the trust department. Though I know to put my full trust in Him, I don’t.  If I said I did, I would be lying.  We saw from yesterday’s Scripture that He does not care for liars.

I do choose to do my best to *not* live in fear and to trust in Him.  One would say that I’m a work in progress, I guess.

Section 2

A river brings joy to the city of our God,
    the sacred home of the Most High.
God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
    From the very break of day, God will protect it.
The nations are in chaos,
    and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
    and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel is our fortress. 

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
    See how he brings destruction upon the world.
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
    He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.”

11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel is our fortress. 

Proverbs 15

A gentle answer deflects anger,
    but harsh words make tempers flare.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
    but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.

The Lord is watching everywhere,
keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

Thoughts

He is watching everything.  God knew each human before the Earth was created.  He knew that person’s beginning, middle, and end.  All thoughts, words, actions, desires…He knew.

Why does that make my stomach hurt a little bit?

Section 2

Gentle words are a tree of life;
    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.

The lips of the wise give good advice;
    the heart of a fool has none to give.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
    but he delights in the prayers of the upright.

The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
    but he loves those who pursue godliness.

10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined;
    whoever hates correction will die.

11 Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the Lord.
How much more does he know the human heart!

Section 3

12 Mockers hate to be corrected,
    so they stay away from the wise.

13 A glad heart makes a happy face;
    a broken heart crushes the spirit.

14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,
    while the fool feeds on trash.

15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
    for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.

16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.

Thoughts

Verse 16 goes back to me and my thought process of money.  That is literally what popped into my mind when I read that verse.  I don’t want to be rolling in money, that is not my desire.  My desire is just to be able to get what we think we need.  To know, our dryer died, a deer went through a windshield, garage doors won’t open/close, the chicken coop is falling apart, air conditioners are on their last leg of life, a mobility dog for Hunter, college for our kids…all of that costs MONEY.

What I am working through is what is a need, a want, and a desire (is that the same thing as want?)  The Lord will always provide for my needs but not always my wants or desires.  He knows the desires of my heart.  Also, He knows the intentions behind the desires of my heart (how humbling is that?).

So, when I read that…I think I possibly just need to shut up and let God do His thing.  Money very well causes inner turmoil, but for me, right now, the lack of causes inner (and outer) turmoil.  I hope that makes sense.  This is something I need to work through with Jesus.

Section 4

17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
    is better than steak with someone you hate.

18 A hot-tempered person starts fights;
    a cool-tempered person stops them.

19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,
    but the path of the upright is an open highway.

20 Sensible children bring joy to their father;
    foolish children despise their mother.

21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense;
    a sensible person stays on the right path.

22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
    many advisers bring success.

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
    it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

24 The path of life leads upward for the wise;
they leave the grave behind.

Section 5

25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
    but he protects the property of widows.

26 The Lord detests evil plans,
    but he delights in pure words.

27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,
    but those who hate bribes will live.

28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
    the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.

29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
    but he hears the prayers of the righteous.

30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
    good news makes for good health.

31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
    you will be at home among the wise.

32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
    but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;
    humility precedes honor.

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Psalm 45 & Proverbs 14

Psalm 45

Beautiful words stir my heart.
    I will recite a lovely poem about the king,
    for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

You are the most handsome of all.
    Gracious words stream from your lips.
    God himself has blessed you forever.
Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!
    You are so glorious, so majestic!
In your majesty, ride out to victory,
    defending truth, humility, and justice.
    Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!
Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.
    The nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
    You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

Section 2

Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.
    In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.
Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.
    At your right side stands the queen,
    wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.
    Forget your people and your family far away.
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The princess of Tyre will shower you with gifts.
    The wealthy will beg your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious
    in her golden gown.
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,
    accompanied by her bridesmaids.
15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession
    as they enter the king’s palace!

16 Your sons will become kings like their father.
You will make them rulers over many lands.
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.
Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

Note:

This passage is called A Song of Love.

Proverbs 14

1A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;
those who take the wrong path despise him.

A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,
but the words of the wise keep them safe.

Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

An honest witness does not lie;
a false witness breathes lies.

A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,
but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

Stay away from fools,
for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

The prudent understand where they are going,
but fools deceive themselves.

Fools make fun of guilt,
but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

Thoughts

It is impressed upon my heart that Robert Frost poem that I have talked about throughout a lot the past few days.  I have read through the Word, more than once.  The last time I read it, Deuteronomy came to life!  I know!  Seriously, I was shocked too.

While reading through Psalm, this time around, I see a theme between that poem, Deuteronomy, and some of Psalm.  That got me curious as to whether or not Frost was a proclaimed believer.

Don’t get me wrong, no one can no or write about another’s salvation.  They can judge their fruit.  Yet, as my Oak says “if you don’t see it, smell taste it, or touch it don’t count it as truth.”

This is part of the info that I found on Robert Frost.  There are other articles that state he was agnostic, atheist, etc.  I simply don’t know.  Maybe I am looking too much into it all.  That is probably the case, but still.  When I see, so clearly, Scripture talks about the 2 paths or the 2 roads…makes you wonder.

Section 2

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can fully share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the godly will flourish.

12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.

13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.

Thoughts

Verse 13 flashes me back to about 10 years ago.  We had just left our church and we were visiting another church. At that time, I knew very few people as we stayed to ourselves.  Our last church was a “megachurch” for our area and let’s just talk wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Or maybe I shouldn’t.

Anyway, there was a retreat and I went.  I don’t like doing things like this but Big Daddy encouraged me.  Trying.  I was trying.  We were all in one room, just talking.  I knew a couple of ladies in that room but that was about it.  If I remember correctly, I was sitting across the room in a corner, some women were on their beds.  We were all just talking.

Then There was Diane

I don’t even remember the conversation but I said something and the ladies laughed.  Then, from across the room, this woman who was in her bed looked over at me.  I could see her eyes narrowed in my direction.  She was not mean, hateful, or rude when she spoke.  Yet, what she said pierced me.

She looked at me and said, “You use laughter and humor to mask your pain.”  I just looked at her and I could not speak.  No words exited my mouth.  Yet, my brain was going a thousand miles a second.  It was swirling around with words bopping around in my head.  “How does she *see* me?  Does she know me?  How did she know that?  Who is this person?  I have got to get away from her…she *sees* me.”

She was Right

This woman, Diane, nailed me.  We had never met, she didn’t even know my name and I didn’t know her name, at the time.  Yet, she knew.  We have become sweet friends over that statement.  I so enjoy her and the knowledge that when I see her, she knows.  When she asks me how I am, I cannot just say “I’m good.”

She will cock her head to the side and go “really?”  Then, I stop and verbally have diarrhea all over her.  It the most bizarre God moment ever.  And here it is, written in Scripture all these years later.  I read it and that memory floods into my mind.  Cool, huh?

Section 2

14 Backsliders get what they deserve;
good people receive their reward.

15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their steps.

16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

17 Short-tempered people do foolish things,
and schemers are hated.

18 Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evil people will bow before good people;
the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors,
while the rich have many “friends.”

21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
blessed are those who help the poor.

22 If you plan to do evil, you will be lost;
if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

23 Work brings profit,
but mere talk leads to poverty!

24 Wealth is a crown for the wise;
the effort of fools yields only foolishness.

Section 3

25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is a traitor.

26 Those who fear the Lord are secure;
he will be a refuge for their children.

27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
it offers escape from the snares of death.

28 A growing population is a king’s glory;
a prince without subjects has nothing.

29 People with understanding control their anger;
a hot temper shows great foolishness.

30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but helping the poor honors him.

32 The wicked are crushed by disaster,
but the godly have a refuge when they die.

33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart;
wisdom is not found among fools.

34 Godliness makes a nation great,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king rejoices in wise servants
but is angry with those who disgrace him.

Thoughts

Honesty versus Lying.  It is woven all throughout Scripture and this set of passages is no different.  What do you do when a child or spouse constantly lies to you?  Their lies are evident, you have proof of the lie, yet they lie time after time.  There are no peaceful hearts in this house.  I mean, I can see why I have been feeling bad lately.  Verse 30 clearly says why.  There is no jealousy, but there is everything else.

I’m rambling, I know.  Sadly, I am struggling immensely right now.  Sigh.  Just struggling.

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