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Write them on…

Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs 3:3 NKJV

We are studying Proverbs.

Yesterday was chapter 3.

Definitely one full of application.

Something stood out that I’d not noticed before.

…Write them on the tablet of your heart,
Proverbs 3:3b NKJV

The word tablet is a specific type of medium used to record information.

But a tablet isn’t like paper.

To write upon a tablet you must engrave it.

Not only is this much more time consuming than pencil on paper, it is much more permanent.

Tablets have been found for centuries which have taught us much about ancient cultures.

Thus to engrave mercy and truth upon the tablet of the heart is to speak of a purposeful lasting mark.

Something which doesn’t erase with ease.

Instead, it leaves a deep change upon the heart.

Choosing to carefully, with effort and patience, engrave God’s Word into our hearts is to chisel mercy and truth upon our character.

It’s not going to be a quick half hour job.

Nor will it be easy.

Yet, the rewards of such efforts is truly worthwhile.

And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:4 NKJV

To be held in favor and high esteem by God is a worthy goal.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, please help me to engrave Your Word upon my heart. Help me to encourage others to cherish Your Word in the same way. Lord Jesus, please help me to live purposefully, redeeming the time. Please continue to teach me Your mercy and truth, that my character might be a reflection of Yours. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Our “Instead” list

*prayer

Because our World is suffering, I’m taking extra time to pray. I’m lifting up the sick, the lost, the hurting, and the fearful. I’m praying for our leaders: global, national, and local. My heart is especially burdened for the elderly and the children. Time spent “standing in the gap” is a priority.

* Bible

What better opportunity for us to find comfort, courage, and strength than from more time in God’s Word? I’m also hopeful that we will spend more time learning to study the Bible.

* talk time

With everything going on around us, I’m finding it is important to give each of our children a chance to chat, ask questions, and relate how they are feeling. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to hear what is going on inside their hearts.

*baking

Our Anne has a love of baking and we are planning on trying some new recipes as well as stocking our freezer with some of our old favorites.

* science

Both of our children have labs which go along with their science curriculum. Along with the experiments in other science curriculum we have, there’s lots of options.

* art

Anne and I are going to be painting more. Jase loves to draw.

* reading (to myself)

I’m continually behind in my reading schedule. Bible is first, then homeschooling curriculum, then my own personal reading selection. With the schedule change, I’m looking forward to finishing the book I’m in.

* reading aloud

I’ve read to our children for years, but with this season I want to read some books they’ve never heard before.

* playing games

I’m not very good at games and coming up with games is difficult for me, but my husband is super at both. Infact for my birthday he had Jase set up an in-the-house mini golf which was really fun! (Get the foam golf balls.) So, I’m leaning on him for this part, but even when I can’t think of anything we have lots of board games.

* organizing and sorting

With our move happening so fast and my health refusing to let me do much, I’m taking the opportunity to sort through and organize things. I’m going to tackle Jase’s clothes too since he’s out grown several things. It’s just a good time to work at making things easier and more streamlined.

Yes, I am certain my list shall change and be rewritten. There’s things I want to do which are not on it yet, but they are not as important as these things.

My main focus is to live purposefully during this life changing time. I have peace, but I don’t want to become complacent.

No matter what our days look like, I want to be following Jesus with all my efforts.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth.
Psalms 121:1‭-‬2 NKJV