Tag Archives: direction

Guided or bridled

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: Whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Psalm 32:8‭-‬9 KJV

I’ve experienced both guided and bridled.

As a teacher, it wasn’t unusual for me to make eye contact with a student and then look in the direction they needed to attend to or follow.

Often, just a look would help a student to either refocus or realize the direction they needed to be heading.

But it required two things for this to be useful to them.

First, it required them to look at me for me to give them the help.

Second, it required them to follow the prompt I was giving them.

In stark contrast, is the horse or mule with a bridle in it’s mouth.

As a teen, my parents bought my sister and I a horse and to “keep it fair” a neighbor lady brought her horse over to stay at our house.

She thought it would be better that we each have a horse to ride rather than share one.

Her horse was very well trained and advancing in years.

He’d not been ridden regularly for some time.

I quickly learned how difficult it can be to get a bridle in a horse’s mouth who doesn’t want it.

Not only did we have to chase it all over the field to get a rope around his neck, once that was done, he’d lock his teeth together as firmly as possible to keep from taking the bit.

Since, I had never had a horse before nor any lessons, my experience left lasting impressions.

Namely, an old barn sour horse is extremely difficult to get a bridle in it’s mouth and not very fun to deal with once the bridle is in place.

The crazy thing was, riding wasn’t just for me, it was good for the horse.

Left to himself, he’d do nothing but eat and sleep, which isn’t healthy for him at all.

Of course he didn’t think it was any benefit to him and spent the entire time I was riding simply trying to get back to the barn, with or without me.

It didn’t increase my love for the animal nor my joy of riding.

Yet, God reminded me of these two circumstances, when I read the verses in Psalms.

I do not want to be like a sour horse or mule.

Not only are they miserable to deal with, I can’t see any joy in life fighting against my Creator every time He tries to direct or guide me.

I do want to be guided by His eye.

Which requires me to be looking to Him for direction, through His Word and Holy Spirit, as well as be willing to obey that direction.

I’m very thankful to the Lord for His Word and the experiences which have brought such depth of meaning to His instruction.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
Psalms 32:8‭-‬9 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for teaching me through experiences what it is to be guided or bridled. Lord, please continue to help me keep my eyes upon You. Please help me look to You for every part of my life and to be soft, tender to Your instruction as well as Your correction. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience with me, such a slow learner. Thank You for Your mercy and grace which have given me eternal hope and a beautiful future with You. Thank You for Your ways, they are perfect. I love You, Lord. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.


God’s Word is truth and we find the answers to life’s questions within.

Psalm 25:5 NKJV — Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.

This leading and being taught by the Lord is a journey.

Psalm 25:10 NKJV — All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.

He’s infinite and we are finite, thus we can be blessed with continually learning from the Lord throughout our days on Earth.

Psalm 33:4 NKJV — For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.

He is God Almighty and He’s given us such an awesome gift in His Word, for through it’s pages are righteousness, truth, and the knowledge of the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Psalm 40:10 NKJV — I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly.

Not only should we enjoy regular time in the Word, we should speak of it with others.

For it is a gift far too precious not share.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your gift of salvation, righteousness, and truth. Lord, please continue to encourage each one of us through the washing of Your Word upon our souls. Lord, help us to be diligent to etch the Word into our hearts, to apply Your standards to our lives, and to encourage those around us to do the same. Thank You for Your wonderous works and Your great love for us. I love Your Word, Lord. Thank You for it. Amen.

Walking uprightly…

He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure. Isaiah 33:15‭-‬16 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/isa.33.15-16.NKJV

As I was reading, these two verses caused me to pause.

I highlighted them, so I could easily return to the passage.

These words are lining out the choices of a man who is living for God. (Can also be applied to women.)

It begins with: “He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,”.

Psalm 15:1-2 NKJV — A Psalm of David. LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;

Scripture is clear, walking in righteousness is following God.

Both Psalm 15 and Isaiah 33 tells that walking in righteousness includes words, those spoken and those thought.

“He who despises the gain of oppressions,” Isaiah 33:15b

“In whose eyes a vile person is despised,” Psalm 15:4

These sentences show us that the righteous doesn’t just ignore the wickedness around them, but despises the abuse of others.

“Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes,” Isaiah 33:15b

“Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. ” Psalm 15:5b

Money doesn’t sway the righteous from doing what is correct, nor does the righteous use others to their own gain.

“He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure. ” Isaiah 34:16

The righteous are secure in God.

“He who does these things shall never be moved.” Psalm 15:5c

God gives instruction for walking in righteousness.

He promises those who walk in God’s ways to be their safe place, their strong tower.

God wants us to understand what is best for us and His Word is applicable for a lifetime.

Lord , who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who  does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord ; He who  swears to his own hurt and does not change; He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things  shall never be moved.
Psalms 15:1‭-‬5 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/psa.15.1-5.NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your instruction. Thank You for giving us so much truth and the direction of how to follow You. Lord, You promise that if we shall trust You and obey, that nothing which comes in this life will compare with the joy of eternity with You in heaven. While we walk this Earth, please help us to apply Your Word to our daily living. Please help us to model ourselves after Your example. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your love. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You. Amen.

Letting God correct us

Proverbs 15:31 NKJV — The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise.

Being rebuked isn’t fun, nor does it feel good.

A rebuke can actually feel as if one is being harmed, but…

If we allow God to rebuke us we are abiding among the wise.


Because the wise understands the need to be teachable.

Proverbs 15:33 NKJV — The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.

To be teachable means to humble one’s pride and realize one is not always correct, not always seeing the entirety of a matter, not always able to deduce the best possible action or response.

It’s to see oneself accurately, to realize each of us has limitations.

There’s such beauty in humility.

The humble heart is open and willing for God to work in them.

The Bible warns of what the proud, the hardhearted are choosing when they refuse God’s correction.

Proverbs 15:10 NKJV — Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.

Proverbs 15:12 NKJV — A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise.

Amos 5:10 NKJV — They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.

Obviously, these are not only circumstances one would wish to avoid, these are people most wouldn’t want to spend time with, let alone be.

There is another way.

Each of us has a choice.

Proverbs 13:1 NKJV — A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Not all people will give words of wisdom, but each one of us can find true wisdom from our Heavenly Father in the words He has given.

Proverbs 16:20 NKJV — He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for the book of Proverbs where we can find such easy to apply direction. Lord, please make my heart teachable today. Help me to have Your perspective. Please guide me in Your will. Lord, please keep falsehood and pride far from me, let me be on my guard to those things, that I might not sin against You. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for giving me life. Please help me to live each day for You. Amen.

God directs his steps

Photo by N.K.

We were just trying to buy a birthday gift.

Sis, baby, and I were at the Christian book store, this weekend.

Unfortunately, what we wanted was sold out.

However, the owner was super helpful and got on his phone.

He called other stores in an effort to find what we were trying to purchase.

Other stores were also sold out, but online produced an opportunity and the owner ordered the gift.

The gentleman chatted with me as we finished up the purchase.

He told me he is a pastor.

Went to seminary and when he and his family came to the area many years ago God didn’t give him a church as he had expected.

Since he “needed to pay the bills” he took a job in a Christian book store.

Eventually, he bought it.

It was obvious, owning the store is his ministry.

He kindly inquired how to pray for me and my family.

“I pray for all my customers.”

I’m certain he was speaking the truth.

Jesus’s gentle love was so apparent not only in this pastor, but also in the other people who work there.

The store is a lovely enjoyable place to go.

Later, it struck me.

Owning and operating a Christian book store hadn’t been his plan.

But it was definitely God’s.

And what a blessing!

Our family has already shopped there a couple of times and we plan to return soon.

I wonder, would it even exist if this man and his family been given a church?

How wonderful to see God using this family’s circumstances to direct them into God’s plans for them.

Throughout my own life, most of my ideas about things have changed through God’s patience, His work through circumstances, and lovingly directing our family.

He’s also taught me so much through His Word.

And although it’s difficult to let go and learn to trust through every circumstance, it’s honestly the very best any of us can do.

Proverbs 16:9 NKJV — A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.