Oct 08 2009

Nothing you desire compares...

We're reading through the book of Proverbs in the month of October.  (31 days, 31 Proverbs)  Proverbs 8 turns a corner and digs deep into the value of Wisdom in our lives.  As you read, feel free to share your comments on any verse that really stands out to you.  We read your comments every day and are just glad you're on this journey with us!

Proverbs 8 (New International Version)

 1 Does not wisdom call out?
       Does not understanding raise her voice?

 2 On the heights along the way,
       where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

 3 beside the gates leading into the city,
       at the entrances, she cries aloud:

 4 "To you, O men, I call out;
       I raise my voice to all mankind.

 5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
       you who are foolish, gain understanding.

 6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say;
       I open my lips to speak what is right.

 7 My mouth speaks what is true,
       for my lips detest wickedness.

 8 All the words of my mouth are just;
       none of them is crooked or perverse.

 9 To the discerning all of them are right;
       they are faultless to those who have knowledge.

 10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
       knowledge rather than choice gold,

 11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
       and nothing you desire can compare with her.

 12 "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
       I possess knowledge and discretion.

 13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
       I hate pride and arrogance,
       evil behavior and perverse speech.

 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
       I have understanding and power.

 15 By me kings reign
       and rulers make laws that are just;

 16 by me princes govern,
       and all nobles who rule on earth.

 17 I love those who love me,
       and those who seek me find me.

 18 With me are riches and honor,
       enduring wealth and prosperity.

 19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
       what I yield surpasses choice silver.

 20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
       along the paths of justice,

 21 bestowing wealth on those who love me
       and making their treasuries full.

 22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works,
       before his deeds of old;

 23 I was appointed from eternity,
       from the beginning, before the world began.

 24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
       when there were no springs abounding with water;

 25 before the mountains were settled in place,
       before the hills, I was given birth,

 26 before he made the earth or its fields
       or any of the dust of the world.

 27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
       when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,

 28 when he established the clouds above
       and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,

 29 when he gave the sea its boundary
       so the waters would not overstep his command,
       and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.

 30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
       I was filled with delight day after day,
       rejoicing always in his presence,

 31 rejoicing in his whole world
       and delighting in mankind.

 32 "Now then, my sons, listen to me;
       blessed are those who keep my ways.

 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
       do not ignore it.

 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
       watching daily at my doors,
       waiting at my doorway.

 35 For whoever finds me finds life
       and receives favor from the LORD.

 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;
       all who hate me love death."

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Oct 07 2009

"You are my sister"

Reading through the Proverbs can get you thinking about a lot of things! Deep things. To stay true to God and His word, we need the wisdom that only comes from heaven. Reading and meditating on Proverbs really helps me.  I hope this month as we read through the whole book in 31 days, you find it helps you, too:)  blessings, Lisa

Proverbs 7 (New International Version)

 1 My son, keep my words
       and store up my commands within you.

 2 Keep my commands and you will live;
       guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

 3 Bind them on your fingers;
       write them on the tablet of your heart.

 4 Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
       and call understanding your kinsman;

 5 they will keep you from the adulteress,
       from the wayward wife with her seductive words.

 6 At the window of my house
       I looked out through the lattice.

 7 I saw among the simple,
       I noticed among the young men,
       a youth who lacked judgment.

 8 He was going down the street near her corner,
       walking along in the direction of her house

 9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
       as the dark of night set in.

 10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
       dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.

 11 (She is loud and defiant,
       her feet never stay at home;

 12 now in the street, now in the squares,
       at every corner she lurks.)

 13 She took hold of him and kissed him
       and with a brazen face she said:

 14 "I have fellowship offerings at home;
       today I fulfilled my vows.

 15 So I came out to meet you;
       I looked for you and have found you!

 16 I have covered my bed
       with colored linens from Egypt.

 17 I have perfumed my bed
       with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.

 18 Come, let's drink deep of love till morning;
       let's enjoy ourselves with love!

 19 My husband is not at home;
       he has gone on a long journey.

 20 He took his purse filled with money
       and will not be home till full moon."

 21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
       she seduced him with her smooth talk.

 22 All at once he followed her
       like an ox going to the slaughter,
       like a deer stepping into a noose

 23 till an arrow pierces his liver,
       like a bird darting into a snare,
       little knowing it will cost him his life.

 24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
       pay attention to what I say.

 25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
       or stray into her paths.

 26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
       her slain are a mighty throng.

 27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
       leading down to the chambers of death.

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Oct 06 2009

A little sleep, a little slumber

If you've never read through the book of Proverbs, this is your month!  We're reading all 31 Proverbs in October, one a day.  There are so many verses you'll read this month that could become part of the fiber of your soul.  For me, verses 6-11, and 16-19 are a part of me.  We hope you'll join us in reading through the book of Wisdom.  peace and k-love, Lisa

Proverbs 6 (New International Version)

 1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
       if you have struck hands in pledge for another,

 2 if you have been trapped by what you said,
       ensnared by the words of your mouth,

 3 then do this, my son, to free yourself,
       since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands:
       Go and humble yourself;
       press your plea with your neighbor!

 4 Allow no sleep to your eyes,
       no slumber to your eyelids.

 5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
       like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;
       consider its ways and be wise!

 7 It has no commander,
       no overseer or ruler,

 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer
       and gathers its food at harvest.

 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
       When will you get up from your sleep?

 10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
       a little folding of the hands to rest-

 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit
       and scarcity like an armed man.

 12 A scoundrel and villain,
       who goes about with a corrupt mouth,

 13 who winks with his eye,
       signals with his feet
       and motions with his fingers,

 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
       he always stirs up dissension.

 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
       he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

 16 There are six things the LORD hates,
       seven that are detestable to him:

 17 haughty eyes,
       a lying tongue,
       hands that shed innocent blood,

 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
       feet that are quick to rush into evil,

 19 a false witness who pours out lies
       and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

 20 My son, keep your father's commands
       and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

 21 Bind them upon your heart forever;
       fasten them around your neck.

 22 When you walk, they will guide you;
       when you sleep, they will watch over you;
       when you awake, they will speak to you.

 23 For these commands are a lamp,
       this teaching is a light,
       and the corrections of discipline
       are the way to life,

 24 keeping you from the immoral woman,
       from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.

 25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
       or let her captivate you with her eyes,

 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread,
       and the adulteress preys upon your very life.

 27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
       without his clothes being burned?

 28 Can a man walk on hot coals
       without his feet being scorched?

 29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife;
       no one who touches her will go unpunished.

 30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals
       to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.

 31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
       though it costs him all the wealth of his house.

 32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment;
       whoever does so destroys himself.

 33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
       and his shame will never be wiped away;

 34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury,
       and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.

 35 He will not accept any compensation;
       he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.

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Oct 05 2009

Words of Insight

Sometimes when I just need to reset my heart, I'll take a month to re-read the Proverbs.  This month, we've asked you to join us -- 31 days in October, 31 Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Bible.  Even if you're just finding this out, start today.  Proverbs 5 doesn't pull any punches!  blessings, Lisa

Proverbs 5 (New International Version)

 1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,
       listen well to my words of insight,

 2 that you may maintain discretion
       and your lips may preserve knowledge.

 3 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey,
       and her speech is smoother than oil;

 4 but in the end she is bitter as gall,
       sharp as a double-edged sword.

 5 Her feet go down to death;
       her steps lead straight to the grave.

 6 She gives no thought to the way of life;
       her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.

 7 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
       do not turn aside from what I say.

 8 Keep to a path far from her,
       do not go near the door of her house,

 9 lest you give your best strength to others
       and your years to one who is cruel,

 10 lest strangers feast on your wealth
       and your toil enrich another man's house.

 11 At the end of your life you will groan,
       when your flesh and body are spent.

 12 You will say, "How I hated discipline!
       How my heart spurned correction!

 13 I would not obey my teachers
       or listen to my instructors.

 14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin
       in the midst of the whole assembly."

 15 Drink water from your own cistern,
       running water from your own well.

 16 Should your springs overflow in the streets,
       your streams of water in the public squares?

 17 Let them be yours alone,
       never to be shared with strangers.

 18 May your fountain be blessed,
       and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.

 19 A loving doe, a graceful deer—
       may her breasts satisfy you always,
       may you ever be captivated by her love.

 20 Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress?
       Why embrace the bosom of another man's wife?

 21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,
       and he examines all his paths.

 22 The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him;
       the cords of his sin hold him fast.

 23 He will die for lack of discipline,
       led astray by his own great folly.

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