Oct 29 2009

Encourage Your Pastor!

October is "Pastor Appreciation Month" and with just a few days left in the month, if you haven't taken the opportunity to express your gratitude to your pastor, make sure you do that! We came across this article (about 10 years old, but still relevant) on some simple ways you can show appreciation to your pastor.

Oct 16 2009

Pleasant words

We're reading through Proverbs in October.  Want to join us?  Verse 24 says, "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones."  I hope your Friday is filled with some of those pleasant words--either coming from your own mouth, or filling your ears from those you're with today...

blessings and k-love, Lis 

Proverbs 16 (NKJ)

1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
      But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
       2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
      But the LORD weighs the spirits.
       3 Commit your works to the LORD,
      And your thoughts will be established.
       4 The LORD has made all for Himself,
      Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
       5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
      Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
       6 In mercy and truth
      Atonement is provided for iniquity;
      And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
       7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
      He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
       8 Better is a little with righteousness,
      Than vast revenues without justice.
       9 A man’s heart plans his way,
      But the LORD directs his steps.
       10 Divination is on the lips of the king;
      His mouth must not transgress in judgment.
       11 Honest weights and scales are the LORD’s;
      All the weights in the bag are His work.
       12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
      For a throne is established by righteousness.
       13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
      And they love him who speaks what is right.
       14 As messengers of death is the king’s wrath,
      But a wise man will appease it.
       15 In the light of the king’s face is life,
      And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
       16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
      And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
       17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
      He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
       18 Pride goes before destruction,
      And a haughty spirit before a fall.
       19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
      Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
       20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
      And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
       21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
      And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
       22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
      But the correction of fools is folly.
       23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
      And adds learning to his lips.
       24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
      Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
       25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
      But its end is the way of death.
       26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
      For his hungry mouth drives him on.
       27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
      And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
       28 A perverse man sows strife,
      And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
       29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
      And leads him in a way that is not good.
       30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
      He purses his lips and brings about evil.
       31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
      If it is found in the way of righteousness.
       32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
      And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
       33 The lot is cast into the lap,
      But its every decision is from the LORD.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Oct 15 2009

Before honor is humility

As I was reading through today's Proverb, it struck me how many of these verses are a part of my life.  Every few months, you can take a month and read one a day and the wisdom will seep into your soul:)

Today, October 15th, we are to the Proverb that helps us know what to do when someone is yelling at us (verse 1), that God is always watching (verse 3), and that it's important to listen to and to receive correction (verse 5)...and so much more!  This is a rich chapter.

Even if you're just reading this today for the first time, come back tomorrow and finish out the Proverbs with us.  blessings, Lisa

Proverbs 15 (New King James Version)

 1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
      But a harsh word stirs up anger.
       2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
      But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
       3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
      Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
       4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
      But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
       5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
      But he who receives correction is prudent.
       6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
      But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
       7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
      But the heart of the fool does not do so.
       8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
      But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
       9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD,
      But He loves him who follows righteousness.
       10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
      And he who hates correction will die.
       11 Hell and Destruction[are before the LORD;
      So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
       12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
      Nor will he go to the wise.
       13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
      But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
       14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
      But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
       15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
      But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
       16 Better is a little with the fear of the LORD,
      Than great treasure with trouble.
       17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
      Than a fatted calf with hatred.
       18 A wrathful man stirs up strife,
      But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
       19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns,
      But the way of the upright is a highway.
       20 A wise son makes a father glad,
      But a foolish man despises his mother.
       21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
      But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
       22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
      But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
       23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
      And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
       24 The way of life winds upward for the wise,
      That he may turn away from hell below.
       25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud,
      But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
       26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD,
      But the words of the pure are pleasant.
       27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
      But he who hates bribes will live.
       28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
      But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
       29 The LORD is far from the wicked,
      But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
       30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
      And a good report makes the bones healthy.
       31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life
      Will abide among the wise.
       32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
      But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
       33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,
      And before honor is humility.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Oct 12 2009

Satisfied with good

Proverbs 12 (NKJ)

1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
      2 A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
      But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.
       3 A man is not established by wickedness,
      But the root of the righteous cannot be moved.
       4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
      But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
       5 The thoughts of the righteous are right,
      But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
       6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”
      But the mouth of the upright will deliver them.
       7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
      But the house of the righteous will stand.
       8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom,
      But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.
       9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant,
      Than he who honors himself but lacks bread.
       10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
      But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
       11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread,
      But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.
       12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men,
      But the root of the righteous yields fruit.
       13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
      But the righteous will come through trouble.
       14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth,
      And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.
       15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
      But he who heeds counsel is wise.
       16 A fool’s wrath is known at once,
      But a prudent man covers shame.
       17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness,
      But a false witness, deceit.
       18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword,
      But the tongue of the wise promotes health.
       19 The truthful lip shall be established forever,
      But a lying tongue is but for a moment.
       20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
      But counselors of peace have joy.
       21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous,
      But the wicked shall be filled with evil.
       22 Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
      But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
       23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
      But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.
       24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
      But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
       25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
      But a good word makes it glad.
       26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
      For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
       27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting,
      But diligence is man’s precious possession.
       28 In the way of righteousness is life,
      And in its pathway there is no death.

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.