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Healthy words

The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:23‭-‬24 NKJV https://bible.com/bible/114/pro.16.23-24.NKJV

Although much is found in our society about health, healthy words are from Scripture.

This verse clearly connects the wise in heart to words which are carefully chosen, full of the knowledge of God, and bring sweetness to the soul.

For God’s Word is where we find truth and guidance for life.

Ephesians 4:29 NKJV — Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Jesus explained why we are to be so careful about the words we speak.

Matthew 12:34 NKJV — “Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

“…no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth…” Because that means the corruption is within.

James speaks of the difficulty of taming the tongue, but points to the fact that those who do are full of self-discipline.

James 3:2 NKJV — For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

Self-discipline is a gift from the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT — For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

“The heart of the wise teaches his mouth…” Because God is teaching his heart.

And the wise in heart understands the power of the tongue.

The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
Proverbs 16:21 NKJV

Learning, knowledge of God, and wisdom can all be found in Scripture and the Holy Spirit is here to teach our hearts through God’s Word.

James 3:17-18 NKJV — But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

May your day be filled with healthy words.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for giving instruction that I might not sin against You or others. Lord, I want to be one whose words are sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. I want my heart to overflow into words of wisdom and encouragement, based upon Your Word in all things. Lord Jesus, often I am unsure of what I should say, words seem to escape me and other times words of corruption want to bubble out of my sinful heart. Lord, only in You can I be made clean. Only in You can my words be washed and purified. Please work in me today and let no corrupt word proceed out of my mouth. Thank You. Amen.


Teaching wisdom

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Psalms 34:11 NKJV

How important it is to fear the Lord.

“The fear of the Lord  is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Proverbs 9:10 NKJV

And it is equally important to share that with others.

For reverence is due the Lord.

Reverence of God Almighty is worth being passed on.

Teaching reverence should come from God’s Word.

When looking for wisdom in bite sized chunks Proverbs is a good place to turn.

The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and truth, and it’s not packaged with difficult verbage.

Instead it’s startlingly easy to grasp.

It’s often used for memory verses and definitely worthy of repeating.

Penned by Solomon, it’s his instruction for his son.

“The proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel: The fear of the Lord  is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;”
Proverbs 1:1‭, ‬7‭-‬8 NKJV

It is a book which can be taken a verse at a time, but also links together into chapters which hold profound truth.

Where did Solomon gain the insight he wrote out for his son?

God, of course.

2 Chronicles 1:11 KJV — And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king:

How did Solomon know what to ask for?

His father had shared God’s wisdom with him.

“When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother. He also taught me, and said to me: ‘Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her. She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.'”
Proverbs 4:3-9 NKJV

King David took the time to share what was valuable.

And thankfully so did King Solomon.

God’s Word is our guide and the life of both King David and King Solomon are examples of what happens when a person fears the Lord.

Both men made mistakes, but King David always repented and sought God’s forgiveness. He humbled himself before the Lord.

King Solomon, with all his wisdom and understanding did not always humble himself, nor did he always follow God.

His consequence for serving idols instead of the One True God was what sin always brings, destruction.

“Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, ‘Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.'”
I Kings 11:11 NKJV

His son, King Rehoboam, goes down in history as the one who ignored wisdom.

He turned his back on all the instruction his father and grandfather had set down and decided to be greedy instead. (2 Chronicles 10:13-15)

“The fear of the Lord  is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”
Proverbs 8:13 NKJV

He lost a huge portion of the kingdom and there were two nations instead of one.

How sad.

Yet, there’s opportunity even in this, to learn from King Rehoboam’s poor choices and King Solomon’s poor choices.

For those who are teachable, those who choose to apply the fear of the Lord will be blessed.

What a precious gift, to pass on such treasure to others.

What a privilege to learn wisdom from God’s Word.

May our hearts be eager to learn the fear of the Lord.

May our lives be filled with wisdom as we seek God in all things.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for wisdom, truth, and understanding. Lord You tell us that we have the answers to life in Your Word. Please open our hearts and minds to understanding. Please help us to pass on the truths of Your Word. Lord, it is in You that we find all that is good, honorable, noble, and just. Lord Your ways are perfect and we want to walk in them. Please help us to be teachable today. Thank You. Amen.

December 20

Today’s prayer:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord ! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord !
I Chronicles 16:8‭-‬10 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for all Your wonderous ways! It is only through You that we find truth, honor, goodness, patience, discernment, understanding, knowledge, wisdom, and love. Lord,only through You do we see a future as a hope. Please, Lord, help us to be prayerful about all things. To walk with You in integrity and truth. Lord, speak to Your servants, please help us to hear Your voice and to know You more each day. Lord Jesus, please cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Help us to be quick to repent, humble, and honest. Lord, please help us to trust in You for all things. Thank You. Lord, I lift up the sick and hurting, the broken, the abused, the oppressed, the prodigal, the captive, the innocent, the fatherless, and the lost. Please let the whole world be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God. Thank You. Amen.

December 9

Today prayer:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:1‭-‬5 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for coming to Earth and teaching us about Yourself. Thank You for being truth and the Word. Lord, I know all things are in Your hands and You can be trusted. Lord, from my perspective I can not understand all that happens, but I do know nothing is outside of Your understanding or direction. Thank You for always being in control, even when things seem opposite to us. Thank You for being truth. How great and mighty You are! How blessed we are to know You even a little. To have Your Word as our guide. To have breath each moment. To be given life eternal through Your sacrifice! I praise Your Holy name, Lord Jesus and I thank You for every detail. Thank You for being God born of a virgin, man who is Truth, and the perfect sacrifice for every sin and to top it off, You rose again defeating death and sin and the enemy all at once. Praise be to Your glorious name, Jesus!

December 7

Today’s prayer:

Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
Psalms 86:3‭-‬5 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for life, love, and truth. Lord Jesus, You know the cries of my heart. You know the joys and sorrows of this life. You understand all the inner workings of all that is happening, far better than I. Lord Jesus, I trust You. I wait upon You with open hands. Take what You will and give what is best. Let my life be a service unto You and please place in me Your Word. Lord, please let our lives bring glory to Your name. Lord, I lift up those in need. That the widow, the fatherless, the weak, the sick, hurting, the lost, and the forgotten will be touched by Your Word, Your love, Your truth. Lord, please break in pieces the lies, deception, and abuse. Let those who fear You, purify their ways and live devotedly to You alone. Please begin with me and my family. Please help us to be Your servants, looking for nothing more than service to You each day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. In Your precious name I humbly ask these things. Amen.

“No king in Israel…”

Judges 17:6 NKJV — In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

The book of Judges contains some excellent lessons.

As this verse states there was no king in Israel.

The reason for this was that God was their King.

Later, we see God clearly state this when the children of Israel ask Samuel to anoint a king over them.

1 Samuel 8:7 NKJV — And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”

Obviously, here in the book of Judges they had already rejected the LORD as their leader for : “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

The entire book of Deuteronomy is a reminder of all the words God gave Moses and all that the children of Israel were to do as His people.

No where does it say: do what is right in your own eyes.

Why?

Read the book of Judges.

It’s not pretty nor is it nice.

The sins of people quickly lead to suffering.

Only through God’s appointed judges do the people find some relief.

Unfortunately, many of these judges do not cling to God and His Word throughout their entire lives and the consequences of this cause more suffering.

It’s an important reminder for us.

In our society it has been said truth is in the eye of the beholder.

Truth is what is true to you.

Absolute truth has been degraded and disregarded.

The book of Judges makes it clear what happens when a society lives as if there is no absolute truth.

The people suffer.

Therefore, those who have believed upon the Lord Jesus Christ have an opportunity.

The first thing is to live unto the Lord and not unto ourselves.

God’s people daily living for Christ is one way God reaches the world.

Secondly, we have the privilege to pray for others to know God’s truth.

The Bible is the absolute truth and we have the responsibility to know it and to stand in the gap for those who have yet to know.

We can also learn something else from Judges.

God sent judges to help the children of Israel.

He hasn’t changed, God is still in control, even of the authorities. Romans 13:1

We can seek Him and pray for godly leaders, beginning at home (pray for our family as individuals) and outward (pray for your church leaders, your community leaders, for the government leaders).

When we pray and trust the Lord for every facet of our lives we are putting God where He belongs, we make Him King.

And God is faithful.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for the lessons in Your Word. Thank You for truth. In You I put my trust. In You I find security. Lord, I lift up my husband to You and humbly ask that You continue to guide and direct him. Thank You for giving him to me, he is such a blessing. Lord, I lift up my family to You. Please guide and direct them. Please teach them Your ways. Lord Jesus, I lift up our leaders to You. Please let those in authority be people of integrity. Lord, speak truth into their lives and let Your ways be clear. Lord Jesus, please continue to grow Your church, that many would call upon Your name. Thank You Jesus for all You have done and all You are doing. I praise and worship Your holy name! May the whole Earth be filled with the glory of the Lord. Amen.

November 18

Today’s prayer:

The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Psalms 11:5 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, You understand what is best for us and You also see the schemes of the enemy. Lord, Your Word teaches us the ways of sin bring death, but Your sacrifice has brought us life everlasting. Thank You! Lord, we want to be obedient children, we want Your favor to rest upon us. Please help us to walk with You in integrity and truth. Please help us to be people who are honorable before You. Lord, please protect us from the evil one. Please place a hedge of protection around us. Guard our hearts and minds. Please show us any areas where we have strayed from Your path. Thank You so much for salvation. Please continue to reach those who have yet to know You. Please protect the innocent. Please provide for the widow and the orphan. Thank You for all Your ways. They are good! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Father and son

Honestly, at one point in our lives I didn’t think I’d ever be able to say that: father and son.

When I found out, many years ago, I was pregnant I assumed we were having another girl.

We already had three daughters.

It just seemed to be logical to assume we were having a fourth.

I was wrong and more than a little surprised when the ultrasound showed a son.

Children are a blessing and each is a unique treasure.

I’m certain we would be just as happy if God had given us another daughter, but it’s been fun to have a son.

(Although he doesn’t always like being the youngest of three sisters. It can be kind of like having four Moms.)

He loves each of his sisters.

He has the distinction of being the only boy, so sometimes he gets Dad all to himself.

It’s been fun to watch.

My husband and our son doing things together, being “guys”.

When they came home Sunday evening from six days of camping and hunting I was glad.

They were super tired, but had enjoyed the time.

My phone alerted me to a text this morning and it contained the picture at the top of this post.

Father and son, 2020.

Little moments and memories like these are so valuable.

I hadn’t realized what precious gems they were until our oldest girl married and moved.

Now that we are down to only two at home, I find so much joy in capturing these treasures.

And I am reminded…

God feels the same way about me.

Jeremiah 31:3 NKJV — The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.

And He is a part of these lovely memories with my family.

After all He gave me each and every one of them!

It is another proof of His incredible love for me.

I can praise Him during these moments and I can cherish the love He gives me for them and through them.

With each day, through each circumstance, I can walk in the love of Jesus.

I can abide in His presence.

I can show this same love to those around me, especially to my children and my husband.

And I can treasure these moments.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for my family. Thank You for my husband. Thank You for each of our children. Thank You for our son-in-laws and grandchildren. Thank You for so many others we love, family and friends. Lord Jesus, please continue to help me see how blessed I am. Please continue to show me how to cherish the moments. Lord Jesus, You are so good, so faithful, so true. Help those who have yet to know You to find the truth. Let them know how loved they truly are. Thank You. Amen.

Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace! how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like Me!”

John Newton’s hymn is timeless.

Although there are many hymns and songs which articulate the same truths this one does, it will always be a favorite.

The first line vibrates with such meaning.

For a sinner, covered in the stains of disobedience, the sound of Jesus’voice granting both cleansing and rebirth is the sweetest melody.

“I once was lost, but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.”

The truth of being lost in utter darkness is a terrifying place to be, but oh how joyous to have Christ throw open the heavy disgusting prison door of wickedness and separation from God, to allow the truth of His sacrifice to bring such as myself into the glory and healing of life in the Son.

“‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How previous did that grace appear The hour I first believed!”

When one sees clearly, the enormous gap between the sinner and God Almighty seems an unreachable divide.

Then the cross becomes a door, a gift of grace to all who chose to enter, and upon opening the door of belief in Jesus each one finds even more grace through the abundant love of Christ Jesus.

“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.”

Once the sinner turned saint steps into the journey of life in Christ Jesus they find a friend Who walks with them through every trial and trouble.

They are sojourners on their way through this world toward life eternal with Christ in heaven.

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise Than when we first begun. Amen”

Our time oriented minds can not truly fathom eternity.

But to spend a little imagination, we might think, we might well picture what praise, worship, and prayer at the foot of God’s throne could be like.

To be utterly free from sin, wickedness, evil, death, fear, anxiety, trouble, hunger, grief, pain,…

I can easily see why we would spend ten thousand years worshipping and be content to continue on and on.

Revelation 4:8 NKJV — The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for being holy. Thank You for salvation and Your amazing grace. Lord, thank You for giving us so much, for we do not deserve any of it. Lord Jesus, please help those who have yet to know You to see You and recognize Your salvation. Lord, please soften hearts and open their eyes to Your truth. Lord, for those who are called by Your name, please help each one of us to remain humble, aware of Your incredible grace each and every day. Let us never take advantage of the glorious gift You have given, but instead strengthen us to remain vigilant, wise servants who watch and wait for the return of their Master. I love You, Jesus. I praise Your holy name! Amen.

God’s Word

Despite thousands of years and millions of skeptics, the Bible has remained the most influential book of all time.

The Bible has been unhindered by cultures, languages, and social structures.

 “The Bible, which ranks as the world’s most-read book, has sold 3.9 billion copies.” https://www.reference.com/world-view/many-copies-bible-sold-e9696e587c3244b6

  “Wycliffe celebrated many milestones – from the first translation completed in 1951, all the way to the 500th translation completed in 2000.” https://www.wycliffe.org/about

The Bible is 1600 years of writing, over forty different authors on three different continents.

Not only is the very existence of the Bible incredible, it has faced multiple groups banning and trying to do away with it completely.

Currently, the Bible is illegal or strongly persecuted in many countries. ( https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/ or https://www.persecution.com/bibles/ )

Evidence from science and archeology have been found to agree with the scriptures. (https://answersingenesis.org/answers/magazine/)

“Recent discoveries in space have supported the biblical account. Each planet in our solar system defies the evolutionary model in multiple ways.” (https://store.icr.org/pack-what-you-arent-being-told.html)

“Archaeological articles and media that focus upon extraordinary discoveries from the world of biblical archaeology that affirm the scriptural accounts.” (https://biblearchaeology.org/research/topics/amazing-discoveries-in-biblical-archaeology)

With this much attention for this long, we would be foolish to simply relegate the Bible to a religious phenomenon.

Instead, let us take the opportunity to learn more.

(All following scripture was taken from: https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Itself/ )

2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Romans 15:4 – For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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.

Psalms 119:105 – NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

John 5:39 – Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

God’s Word is permanent truth, testifying of God and Jesus, and is a guide and direction for everyday life, and it was written for us.

The Word of God is where we can learn about God and where we can learn about His creation: nature, relationships, eternity, heaven, and the future.

It is also where we can learn about ourselves and how God sees us.

It is an opportunity to gain wisdom beyond anything man could concoct.

The Word of God is where we can find fulfilment in life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for giving us the Bible and for the way You have preserved it for thousands of years. Thank You for the truth, wisdom, guidance, and love we find in Your Word. Thank You for the direction, protection, and provision You give us through Your Word. Lord, please help us to read Your Word and to understand it. Please keep the enemy from twisting it into meaning something You never intended as he did in the wilderness, when he tried to tempt You. Lord, let us learn from Your example and find Your truths pure and unblemished. Let us understand the Truth. Thank You. Amen.

(I highly recommend A Case For Christ by Lee Strobel if you want more information on the facts which support Christianity. He gives a lot of information and other titles if you want to dig deeper.)