Saturday, September 20, 2008

proverbs 24

Father God, I love and adore you. Thank you for your many words of wisdom. Thank you for your guidance. I come to you today in search of your truth and ask you to speak to my heart once again. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 24:3-4 "Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established; By knowledge the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches."
Our foundation should be built upon God's wisdom. We need to fill our minds and our homes with knowledge. We need to continue to learn and grow. Change is hard. It really sucks sometimes. But it is essential to our lives and our lively hood.

Proverbs 24:5-6, 14,17-18,29-32
As you increase your knowledge then your strength increases. I think this goes for mental and physical things. As you increase your mental knowledge then you are more prepared for situations that life throws at you. We are slower to anger, slower to judge, able to assess a situation from a more calm and informed prospective. Just like as you increase your knowledge about health you make healthier decisions and your physical body becomes stronger. There are studies after studies about people that were ill or thought that their better days were over that after some education and applying the right methods they are healthier than they were ten or even twenty years ago.

Do not rejoice in the downfall of our enemies. Instead pray for them. (it will help you as well as them). I know that asking for God to bless them is a hard thing to do and you're thing "I don't wanna!" But praying for them will bring you peace. At first it may seem to be just lip service as you mumble "God bless so and so." But eventually it will get easier. Trust me, I prayed for my ex after my divorce (which was after his affair) It stinks at first but after awhile you will feel at peace and the pain will go away.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Proverbs 23

Lord, I praise you and thank you for the many blessings you have given me. I pray that you will guide me through your word. Help me to understand what you would have me to learn. Open my heart and pour you wisdom over me. In Jesus name Amen.

Proverbs 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, And you ears to words of knowledge.
Once again I am reminded to keep my eyes on God's word and His instruction. To look and listen to wisdom and apply it to my life.

Proverbs 23:13 Do not withhold correction from a child, If you beat him with a rod he will not die
No I don't think that God wants us to beat our children. However I do think that we should discipline them. I think that is what this verse is talking about. We must discipline our children for their own good. They are not going to die if they have to clean their rooms or take out the trash.

Proverbs 23: 17,21,22
We should not envy those who have material possessions and do not have the Lord in their heart. Actually we shouldn't envy anyone. We need to look to the Lord for our needs and our wants( yes, it's okay to ask God for stuff that we want. God wants us to be happy and prosperous. It is not a sin to want to succeed. I promise it's not.)

Remember, though, that gluttony is gluttony. Whether by drink or by food. So those who sin by drinking too much are the same as those who sin by eating too much. Verse 21 says that those who are gluttonous will come to poverty. Hmmmm. Let's see, I stay drunk and I lose my job. Or perhaps you keep your job but you spend half your check on booze or perhaps you just never get a raise or a better job. Same thing for eating (of which I am very guilty). It is Very easy to spend way too much money on food. Especially if you buy a lot of fast food and such. (again guilty). When you sit down and determine how much it would cost if you ate only the food needed to survive and be healthy versus what you eat now, what is the price difference? Mine is something to be ashamed of. Also, how hard or easy is it for an obese/overweight person to get a job, keep a job, move up in a job? I am pointing this out because I think a lot of people don't consider this as gluttony. I have been a thin, healthy person and I am currently an overweight out of shape person. I know the difference. I know the difference in how I look, how I feel about myself, how I am treated, and about the amount of money I spend. So God isn't talking strictly about poverty in money terms but in your personal life, professional life, relationships, and in your very soul.

Most of us, no matter how much we like the taste of food (that's my problem, I love food) we don't like what our bodies look like or how we feel. So poverty can come in many forms.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Proverbs 22

Lord, help me to live this day with the wisdom I have learned and open my heart to what you have to teach me. In your name I pray, Amen

Proverbs 22:6,9,15,17,29

God has been teaching us all about collecting His wisdom and now He says "Go out and use it" He wants us to train our children and teach them wisdom. If we are generous with others then we, in turn, will be blessed. We should apply our hearts to the wisdom we have learned. If we excel at our work then we will be greatly blessed and be led to stand before kings.
Did you catch that? It applies to Proverbs 21. If we do our work and do it as best we can, strive for excellence, then we will STAND BEFORE KINGS. Pretty neat,huh?
So off I go to work on my excellence in my housework. I pray that you will find peace and understanding for your soul.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Proverbs 21

Lord, Enter my heart and give me the words that you need me to hear. Give me the guidance so that I may serve you better. In your name I pray, Amen

Proverbs 21:4, 5, 17,22,23,25

Once again wisdom prevails in the Proverbs. In this chapter I have learned that being haughty and proud are a sin (or should I say I am reminded of that). Being patient leads to great abundance-if you rush things then you will be poor. The old saying "All good things come to those who wait" comes to mind.
If you love pleasure, wine, money,etc. you will not be rich. If you love the Lord you will gain many riches.
Above all be wise, guard your mouth. Think before you speak. Work diligently at the job that God has given you. If it to work outside the home then do the best job you can do, regardless if you enjoy it or not. If you work inside the home then take it seriously. Keep a schedule and/or list of "jobs" to be done daily and DO THEM. I say this because I have not taken my stay-at-home job seriously enough and it has caused me great heartache in my marriage, with my children, with my family, and with myself. I pray that you may be able to find something helpful in these words and learn from them.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Heart of a Woman

"Then the time came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -Anais Nin

This is where I am in my life's journey. I have come to the realization that if I don't change then my life will become a living Hell. Pardon the language. I thought that I was one of those people that embraced change, that loved a great adventure. I was wrong. I am terrified. I cried so hard last night I thought I would never stop. All because of the epiphany that I HAVE TO CHANGE. The way that I am now is no longer acceptable.
However, for all the fear there is a little excitement. I am pretending it is a great adventure and I am looking forward to finding my happiness once again. Finding my light heart.
A friend of mine read a book to our daughters a few weeks ago. It was called "Fancy Nancy". For those that don't know it,Fancy Nancy is this little girl who is all about dressing up in tutus and feather boas and pearl necklaces. She uses all kinds of "big, fancy words". Well as my friend was reading this book she looks at my daughter and says "Nancy is just like your mom"
Now this is a lady I went to high school with and we have only just moved close to one another again. I almost fell over. I'm standing in jeans and a tshirt with my hair in a ponytail and little to no make-up. Then it hit me. I use to be Fancy Nancy. I got all dressed up the way I wanted to, I didn't care if anyone else liked it. I liked it. Not only were my clothes different but I was light and carefree and "here I am, this is me, take me or leave me, I don't really care. And you know what? I didn't care. But then I realized that there was a difference back then. I had a close group of friends that I KNEW loved me no matter what. No matter what I did, they were there for me.
After high school we went our separate ways and I got married and then my husband cheated on me and I had no one to turn to but my mom and that didn't help. I felt alone and unwanted. I think that's where my Fancy Nancy went. I no longer felt carefree because I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders and that no one wanted the real me.
So now, many many many years later I realize I must find that fancy girl again and find the loving woman that went with her. I must do this to save my family from falling apart.