Day 10: Proverbs Challenge

Guess what day it is?!!  Day 10 of the Proverbs Challenge.  Can you believe that… 10 days already.  Where does the time go?

Proverbs 10:1, 3-5, 11-12, 14-17, 21-22, 27, 29, 21

A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.  The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.  Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.  He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.  The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.  Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.  Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin.  The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.  The wages of the righteous bring them life, but the income of the wicked brings them punishment.  He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.  The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.  The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.  The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.  The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.  The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

Day 9: Proverbs Challenge

Today’s Proverbs Challenge is a little shorter than the others but, again, it’s full of wisdom.  Enjoy!

Proverbs 9:7-12

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.  Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.  Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life.  If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.

Day 8: Proverbs Challenge

Guess what day it is?!!!  Day 8 of the Proverbs Challenge!

Keep the knowledge and wisdom coming.  🙂

Proverbs 8:10-14, 17-23, 32-36

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.  I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.  To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.  Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power.  I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.  With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.  My fruit is better than find gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.  I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing wealth on those who love me and making their treasuries full.  The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began.  Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.  Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it.  Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.  For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.  But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.

Day 7: Proverbs Challenge

It’s another glorious day our Father in Heaven has provided us, wouldn’t you say?!

Today is day 7 of the Proverbs Challenge, and a week size I was baptized in Jesus’ name in the beautiful Lake Erie.  I’m ready for more words of wisdom, are you?

Proverbs 7:2-5, 21-23, 25-27

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.  Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words.  With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.  All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.  Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths.  Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng.  Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

Day 6: Proverbs Challenge

Day 6 of the Proverbs Challenge.  How about you… are you doing the Proverbs Challenge too?!

Proverbs 6:6-11, 16-22, 25-26, 30-35

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  How long will you lie there, you sluggard?  When will you get up from your sleep?  A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.  There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:  haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.  My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.  Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.  When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.  Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.  Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.  Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.  But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.  Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away; for jealousy arouses a husband’s fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.  He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.

Day 5: Proverbs Challenge

Today is day 5 of the Proverbs Challenge.

You know, every time I read the Proverbs it really gets me thinking.  There is just sooo much wisdom to gain.. Are you ready to gain some now?

Proverbs 5:3-6, 8-9, 18-23

For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.  She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.  Keep to a path far from her, do not go near the door of her house, lest you give your best strength to others and your years to one who is cruel.  May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.  A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love.  Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress?  Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?  For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths.  The evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast.  He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.

Day 4: Proverbs Challenge

It’s day 4 of the Proverbs Challenge.  It’s getting harder and harder to only pick the ones that catch my eye at first, since all the verses are loaded with wisdom.

Enjoy!

Proverbs 4:4-9, 12-13, 18, 20-27

He taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live.  Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.  Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  Esteem her, and she will honor you.  She will set a garland of grade on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.”  When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.  Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.  The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.  My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard you heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

Ah, more beautiful words of wisdom from our Heavenly Father.

Day 3: Proverbs Challenge

Today is day 3 of the Proverbs Challenge, where I post verses from the current Proverbs I read.

Proverbs 3:3, 5-6, 9-12, 27-28, 33

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.  Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.  Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you.  The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

Ah, what beautiful words for our Father in Heaven.

Day 2: Proverbs Challenge

Today is day 2 of the Proverbs Challenge.

Here are the verses that caught my eye as I was reading:

Proverbs 2:1-10, 21, 22

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your hear to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.  Then you will understand what is right and just and fair – every good path.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.  For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.

Day 1: Proverbs Challenge

Yesterday was our church family picnic at Beulah Beach, right on Lake Erie.  And, I decided it was time to be baptized.  I followed in Jesus’ footsteps and was baptized with 70+ others.  It was a beautiful and glorious day!  God is great.

So, what better way to start fresh than with the Proverbs Challenge!  I just recently heard of the Proverbs Challenge, which is reading one chapter of Proverbs every day for 31 days (31 chapters).  You can start the first day of the month, or whenever you’d like.  Then, you just share some of the verses that caught your eye.

And, I thought what better way to start fresh than with the Proverbs Challenge!

Here goes…

Proverbs 1: 2-3, 7, 29-33

For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a discipline and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.  For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.