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Friday, June 14, 2013

Soul Food

Just wanted all of us to have some Soul food today, be well and know God is love!


Proverbs 2

New International Version (NIV)

Moral Benefits of Wisdom

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand what is right and just
    and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.
12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men,
    from men whose words are perverse,
13 who have left the straight paths
    to walk in dark ways,
14 who delight in doing wrong
    and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,
15 whose paths are crooked
    and who are devious in their ways.
16 Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
    from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
17 who has left the partner of her youth
    and ignored the covenant she made before God.[a]
18 Surely her house leads down to death
    and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
19 None who go to her return
    or attain the paths of life.
20 Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous.
21 For the upright will live in the land,
    and the blameless will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Wisdom of Parents

New International Version (NIV)
Proverbs 1

Warning Against the Invitation of Sinful Men

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
    and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
    do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
    let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
    let’s ambush some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
    and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
    and fill our houses with plunder;
14 cast lots with us;
    we will all share the loot”—
15 my son, do not go along with them,
    do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into evil,
    they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
    where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
    they ambush only themselves!
19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
    it takes away the life of those who get it.

I remember growing up and my father always reminding me of the company I would keep and those whom I would call friend. In today's text Solomon reminds us to be aware of those around us and their motives. Verse 18 especially sticks out to me, that ill intent leads only to destruction of thyself. Their were times when I was young and thought that my parents were clueless to life as a youth, now I am sure that they understood all to well. There is something about the wisdom of parents.

Dear God open our ears that we may receive wise instruction and open our eyes that we may see who loves us and who means us harm so that we can respond accordingly. Amen. 

Be Well, P.J.

Monday, June 3, 2013

June, a month of Wisdom and Teaching!

For the month of June the blog will take a different twist as each day we will walk through and examine ourselves under the light of the book of Proverbs of King Solomon. I am eager to take this journey together, let's begin. 

Proverbs 1

The Message (MSG)

Wise Sayings of Solomon

A Manual for Living

1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon,
    David’s son, Israel’s king—
Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
    to understand what life means and where it’s going;
A manual for living,
    for learning what’s right and just and fair;
To teach the inexperienced the ropes
    and give our young people a grasp on reality.
There’s something here also for seasoned men and women,
    still a thing or two for the experienced to learn—
Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
    the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

Start with God

Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
    only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.

Here we are reminded of two key themes, that if we are willing to trust and worship God we will first become wiser and secondly we will know how to live well and righteously. So for me today's theme is to be humble and observant of all that's going on around me. Each and every situation  encountered today provides an opportunity to learn and grow.  

Dear God thank you for providing us with the blueprint on how to truly follow you, please encourage us to apply it. Amen.

Be Well, love P.J.