Moments of sharing in Proverbs as we seek for Wisdom

A Moment in Proverbs ~ A Sure Reward

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

There is lasting value in righteous living.  Our sure reward is eternal through the LORD’s graciousness, justice and faithfulness to His people who walk after His calling.  His rewards to us are unmerited; for we deserve nothing but have been given life and life abundantly.

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A Moment in Proverbs ~ Wise Sons and Daughters of the Word *

 

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

LORD, we desire to be wise sons and daughters who hear and act upon your Word and instructions.  We seek after your Word for they supply all of our needs. You have provided a plan for each of us and you ask us to watch over our mouth, be diligent, hate lying, walk upright, and trust in you for all things.  You have told us to be not only hearers of the Word but that we must be doers of the Word. We are reminded by our brother Matthew Henry that “It is not enough to hear and read the word, to commend and admire it, to know and remember it; to talk and discourse of it, but we must do it!”

LORD, our true value is found in you.  You cause us to rejoice as we learn to be righteous before you.  You comfort and bless those who trust in your wisdom.  LORD, your blessings are life to us.

You have promised us that if we reverence your Word and Commandments we will be rewarded.  Show us your wisdom and let us drink from the fountain of life. Your Word tells us we will find favor if we seek understanding so teach us to be knowledgeable in your Word.

We know when we ask of you; we will be satisfied.  Father, help us to leave a legacy for our children and children’s children. Teach us to be diligent in life so that those who follow will be faithful in their walk.  We pray these things in Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Wise Sons

A Moment in Proverbs

Passages for Today: Proverbs 13:1-25; James 1:21-23; Matthew 6:24-34

Question

  • Have you asked God to help you establish the legacy you will leave behind?
  • Do you know your true value in Christ?

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro

*This is a re-post from archives

Spring is almost here! WEEK 2

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How was WEEK 1 for you? Were you able to finish a project for your husband, did you pray for your family while working willingly?

This week I would like us to continue placing fresh flowers in the home along with focusing on making beautiful dinners for our family. Think of creative meals that you haven’t had before or maybe meals that you don’t make regularly. Dinner time in our home is a time for my husband and I to share about our day, laugh with each other and share prayer requests and praise reports. Dinner is a perfect time to include your children in praying for friends and family at the end of the meal. As you prepare your meal think about Ruth, and her willingness to serve her mother in law by going out each day to collect from the fields. Ruth is a wonderful example of working with willingly our hands and bringing food from afar. Some days of motherhood are more trying than others and it can become easy to forget about the importance of bringing the family together for a nice meal, rather than something made quickly and without thought. So this week, lets work on setting our table with purpose and making each meal lovely!

Here are a few spring salads that would be great to add to a meal….

Arugula with Pomegranates, Blue Cheese and Pistachios

Mango Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing Recipe

Avocado Tomato Mozzarella Salad

 

Task for the week:

This week, along with working willingly, lets present our family with beautiful dinners! You don’t need to plan a new menu or go over the top, although you can if you’d like! Simply try cooking a family favorite, using the good china, adding a side dish or even a fun drink to the table! You could even add a small table arrangements of fresh flowers to make your meal lovely.

Craft for the week:

Spring Time Hankie Table Runner:

This table runner would be a beautiful addition to your home along with the vases we made last week! Click here for instructions.

Scripture for the week:

Proverbs 31:24  - “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”

Spring is almost here! WEEK 1

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Spring is almost here and once again it’s that time of year for us Proverbs 31 Women to start getting our house into shape after a long cozy winter of hibernating! Over the next couple of weeks I will be going over the above verse and talking about women of the bible who were diligent in serving their families and making their household beautiful; but first lets start this week with a fun project for you AND the kids!

Task for the week:
Proverbs 31:13 “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” 

This week I would like us to focus on ‘working willingly‘  with our hands. Is there a household project that your husband has been asking you to finish? I know there is in my house! It seems that every day a new project surfaces and needs our attention. Well this week is the perfect week to tackle those projects! Keep in mind while you’re working willingly with your hands that serving your family is a blessing, it’s what we as women are called to do by our Lord. Pray for your husband and your children while you work. Thank God for all of the blessings in your life.
Craft for the week:
Transform old glass jars into shabby chic vases with lace and ribbon

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Have you noticed that in Proverbs 31 its mentions more than once that she is making her home lovely? (Proverbs 31: 13,19,21) As wives we need to make sure our husband is coming home to a beautiful haven! This week lets start by adding fresh flowers to the home!

Scripture for the week:
Proverbs 24:30-34
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

A Moment in Proverbs ~ And God Spoke *

 

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

Do you realize that all that exists is because God spoke it into existence? When we consider our lives, creation, our positions in life, our families, our abilities, and our accomplishments,we must acknowledge that everything we have is because God spoke it into existence.  Consider this; is there anything that you can say you created? Carefully consider it, for everything that man thinks he made was because God provided.

I once read a whimsical conversation suggested between God and the Scientist.  The Scientist said to God, “We are greater than you for we have discovered how to make man from grains of sand.”  God simply replied, “Yes, but I created the sand”.  As silly as this sounds, the point remains there is nothing we can honestly take credit.  Once we look at the very core of where our talent came from, once we consider the opportunity we took, we realize God is the one who brought it into existence.

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When we consider God’s Word, we must understand that it was He who spoke the Word. Each man who wrote their testimony, prophecy and history upon the pages  of God’s Word were given the doctrine by divine inspiration. God is our source of inspiration and it is Christ who is the fulfillment of the Word of God.

As we look at our “BACK TO THE BASICS OF THE WORD”, we must believe in the authority behind the words we read.  So let us consider these words today, “And God Spake”; what is He speaking to you this day?

Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14-15, 20, 24, 26, And God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God said, let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Matthew 5:17, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 2 Peter 1:21, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Prayer:  LORD, speak to us from your Word.  Open our hearts and minds to hear your spirit speak life into us.   Create in us the desire to choose your Word over anything this life can offer.  We thank you for all you have provided. We ask you to speak your Word to our heart this day.  And we Praise your Name forever.  Amen.

Abiding Still

A Moment in Proverbs ~ The Light of the Righteous

 

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

When we live righteously we can rejoice, but when we make it a practice to be a light to the world through our righteous living, our joy increases!  “The light of the righteous rejoiceth: but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.” Read more

A Moment in Proverbs ~ Guarding Our Mouth

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We’ve all heard the wise words of Solomon and James related to the tongue and its ability to speak life or death, but we can never receive too much teaching when it comes to this small rudder of our heart’s intent.  Our tongue is a weapon that can be fashioned against us and against those it speaks to; there seems to be no end to the damage an uncontrolled tongue can do. Proverbs 13:3 tells us that those who can keep watch over their mouth keep their life; while those who give no rule to their lips shall have destruction. (See Proverbs 17:19-20; 18:21; 21:23; and James 3:6)

In Proverbs 3 we read that there are seven things God hates; Read more

A Moment in Proverbs ~ Success God’s Way

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Loving wisdom and getting understanding is repeated often throughout Proverbs.  Today’s passage in Chapter 19:8 tells us that “he that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul; he that keepeth understanding shall find good.”

While studying my “Life Application” Bible, there were some very good points made about successful living in God’s Word. Successful living is not about being rich, Read more

A Moment in Proverbs ~ Tree of Life

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

 

Our life is linked by our relationship with God and it is our Tree of life.  Wisdom brings us our relationship when we abide as God directs us (John 15:1-11).  Chapter 13 speaks of the tree of life but so do other chapters through Proverbs and they all relate to our relationship and being guided by wisdom  (See Proverbs 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; and 15:4).

Blessings follow those who seek wisdom, the righteous are as trees of life; their fruit is precious and useful and will nourish others. Wisdom is a tree of knowledge, not common knowledge, but that holy knowledge of a loving God who brings them life eternal.

In Proverbs 13:12, we are told that when we have received those things we desire it is as a tree of life Read more

A Moment in Proverbs ~ A Fortress Under Attack

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Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

I read a book several years ago by John Flavel (Keeping the Heart – written in 1660) and he commented on this very passage; “We are to guard our heart as if it was a fortress under attack, for, indeed, it is.  How diligently a man will guard his fortune and his home, which are of temporal value; but how carelessly do most men guard that which is of eternal value, their very soul!”

There are many areas of our lives that are under attack, if we have not prepared our hearts for the battle, we will surely find the struggle against the foe overwhelming.

Our preparation for our daily battles should start with a prayer; perhaps this one from Psalms 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

One of my favorite scriptures to remind myself of the unseen battle we face daily was written by Paul as he wrote Ephesians 6:10-18 and encourages us to put on the whole armor of God.

When we prepare our hearts with God’s Word, we have just been covered by the power that lies within the pages and we will be equipped to face the day with confidence that if God is for us then who can be against us? The LORD is our light and our salvation; whom shall we fear; the LORD is the strength of our life; of whom shall we be afraid?

Prayer:  Precious Father, we open our hearts and minds to you this day to prepare us for those lessons you desire for us to learn. Lord, show us how we can keep our hearts guarded against the enemy. Teach us your truth and equip us with wisdom to face each challenge.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Abiding Still