Hard-Working, Virtuous Women

Proverbs 31 clarifies the many abilities and qualities of virtuous women. In essence, they do all the extra things that make a house a true home, raising Godly children not the least of which. I’m extremely grateful that I married one of them, and that her daughters have turned out like her.

Husbands, one of our jobs is to praise her. Often, that is the only open reward she receives. Let’s not be slack on our part.

PRAYER: Father, in Your great wisdom, you equipped women with hard-working grit and faithfulness that holds the family together. Bless them with health and joy. We thank You for them.

READING: Pr. 30,31

Mere Words

As a private school administrator, I learned a long time ago, it takes more than just a “talking to” for wayward students to correct their ways. I remember talking for one whole morning to a young man who went out and committed his offense again after the lecture.

In the Amplified Bible, Proverbs 29:19 says, “A servant will not be corrected by words alone; For though he understands, he will not respond [nor pay attention].”

There must be negative consequences added to the words.

If you are a parent bringing correction, ask yourself,”What is an appropriate consequence for my child to suffer to learn their lesson well?”

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, enlighten me to know exactly what penalty to impose upon whomever I am correcting.

READING: Pr. 28,29

The Benefit of Proverbs

It has been said, “The Psalms are a Christian on his knees (dealing with issues of worship,prayer, and the condition of the heart) and the Proverbs are a Christian on his feet (dealing with relationships, work ethics, attitudes about life in general.)”

A healthy season of spiritual development would be to read (or sing) through five Psalms a day and read one Proverb a day. In a month, you complete a cycle.

Another healthy spiritual discipline is to read the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, periodically to stay close to Christ’s concentrated teachings.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Word that gives us instruction on life. We will hide it in our heart so we don’t sin against You.

READING: Pr. 25-27

 

Pro-Life

How brutal, how crude and barbaric is the practice of murdering infants in the womb. The Lord foresaw the abortion movement we now see in our country, little ones “drawn to death … ready to be slain.” [Pr. 24:11]

His challenge is to godly saints to speak up and rescue them. Your first step can be a prayer. It’s what I did in 1988. His leading galvanized my position of protecting the unborn.

PRAYER: Father of mercy, Giver and Author of life, show me what I CAN DO about the travesty of abortion.

READING: Pr. 22-24

Overlooking Offenses

It’s natural to get bent out of shape when someone does you wrong. It’s not godly, though.

A key proverb is to pass over another’s insulting behavior . “A person with good sense is patient, and it is to his credit that he overlooks an offense.” [Pr. 19:11]

Be the godly one and rise above carnal reaction.

PRAYER: Father, give me the grace to be a forgiving, persevering individual. I want to honor You in my conduct, especially when my pride is tested.

READING: Pr. 19-21

Gray Hair-A Crown of Splendor

What makes hair turn gray as a person ages? Why didn’t God just keep it black, or brown, or blond, or red?

Although many hide it, gray hair speaks of a stage in life that deserves respect and admiration … if it be found in the way or righteousness. [Pr. 16:21] In Biblical culture, it has value. The law of Moses states that those with white hair are to be honored. [Lev.  19:22]  Why hide it?

PRAYER: Lord, You are wise above us. Instill in us the respect and honor due to aged saints. Let us clearly see their value.

READING: Pr. 16-18

 

Discipline is Love

Parents that truly love their children will discipline them. When a parent does not discipline their children, they love them self more than the child … they don’t want to go to the bother of taking the time to bring appropriate correction. Undisciplined children can bring great grief to their parents.

The process of correction and discipline, although time and energy consuming, will produce results that last a lifetime.

“The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” [Heb. 12:6]

PRAYER: Father, You give us the example of discipline and correction in Your Word. Grace parents to devote the necessary time to bringing loving correction to their children. Your ways are above our ways.

READING: Pr. 13-15