• Go to the ant
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 6

    Go to the Ant – Proverbs 6

    I am not very good at planning ahead. While I am great at outlining and presenting information, I tend to be very seat-of-the-pants when it comes to getting things done. I admit it. I am easily distracted, poor at prioritizing, and terrible at follow through. It is a great mystery to me how I am even able to earn a living sometimes. So, I really need to take the proverbial advice here and learn from the ant. 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.…

  • Listening Proverbs 18 2
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 18

    Do you love the sound of your own voice? – Proverbs 18

    A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions. – Proverbs 18:2 Two Ears, One Mouth Just a few days ago I was at a meeting where someone brought up the old saying about having two ears and one mouth for a reason. That is, so that we can listen way more than we speak. The same point is made here in Proverbs 18:22. We need to listen in order to have the wisdom to know how to speak. Those who are mostly interested in voicing their own opinions lose many valuable opportunities to learn from those around them. Consequently, their opinions might not be…

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  • a cheerful heart does good like a medicine
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 17

    The Power of Cheerfulness – Proverbs 17:22

    The Power of a Cheerful Heart A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22 This encouraging proverb has been around for thousands of years. Taking it at face value, it states that our attitudes can affect our health and the power of cheerfulness affects us physically. Can having a cheerful heart really influence a person’s physical well-being? What is the medicinal value of a positive attitude and a cheery disposition? I’ve always thought of cheerfulness as a gift that you give to those around you. If your family, friends, and neighbours have to put up with you, the least you can…

  • What motivates you
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 16

    What motivates you? – Proverbs 16

    All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. – Proverbs 16:2 Actions are important. The things that we do in our daily lives show who we are. People judge us by what we do. With God though, our actions aren’t the bottom line. God has the unique ability to see beyond our actions to the motives of our heart. What does God consider to be more important? Our motives! You might ask why our motives matter so much, since other people have no way of knowing what is in our hearts. The reason is that the unseen things that motivate us will always…

  • think lovely thoughts
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 15

    What are you feeding your soul? – Proverbs 15

    The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. – Proverbs 15:14 We are confronted everywhere in the media with conflicting advice about how we should feed our bodies. Should we enjoy the feast of whole grains for their mood enhancing B vitamins, or shun the deadly gluten they might contain? Is coffee killing us? Or giving us life and energy to face the day? Are dairy foods only for calves, or are they suitable for an child or adult human? I am not a scientist, and it is pretty obvious that the scientists can’t agree completely on what we should or shouldn’t feed our…

  • get things done
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 14

    The Rewards of Hard Work – Proverbs 14

    All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23 Talk is cheap. Put your money where your mouth is. Don’t talk the talk unless you’re willing to walk the walk. Git ‘er done! There are a lot of everyday sayings that remind us of the truths expressed in Proverbs 14:23. Just talking about a task, or a goal, or a dream, will not get the job done. Sooner or later, you need to put in the hours, make the call, close the sale, and do the work that pays the bills, mends the relationship, or otherwise accomplishes the desired result. Of course, there…

  • diligence
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 13

    Less Mary, More Martha – Proverbs 13

    The desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. – Proverbs 13:4 There is much in the book of Proverbs about the importance of diligence. Apart from a miraculous gift of grace, or pure dumb luck, there is really no success without it. In any area of life, persistence is key to success. Keep going, nose to the grindstone, do the work and put in the hours, get things done, and get the results you are looking for. While I have known all of this for some time, I have spent most of my life being a dreamer, a dawdler, a reader, and a procrastinator. I can identify much more with…

  • be teachable
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 12

    How teachable are you? – Proverbs 12

    “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” Proverbs 12:1, NIV When I first read this verse in the New International Version, I had to give my head a shake. Does the Bible really use the word “stupid”? Being old school, or maybe just old, I had to look this up in the KJV to put it into perspective: “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” – Proverbs 12:1, KJV. Now I realize the old school words say exactly the same thing as the NIV, but I do like the way that the KJV uses the word instruction instead of discipline.…

  • justice
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 11

    Honest in All Your Dealings – Proverbs 11

    Have you ever been tempted to cheat? Tell a little white lie? Fudge a bit on the truth? The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight. – Proverbs 11:1 Resist the temptation to cheat! It really does pay to keep things honest in all your dealings with people. Getting caught in a lie can be embarrassing, not to mention totally destructive to your credibility. You might think you can get away with it, that nobody will ever know, but that is just wishful thinking. You will always know when you are dishonest. And God will always know. Dishonesty will destroy you from the inside out. You will…

  • continuous effort
    Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 10

    Diligent Hands – Proverbs 10

    “Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.” – Proverbs 10:4 We all know what it means to be lazy. We’ve all known lazy people, who would do anything to get out of doing work, and, I daresay, we have all had times when we have been lazy ourselves. But diligent is a little trickier to define and to put into practice. Being diligent means “having or showing care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties.” It is more than just working hard, which I would guess is the opposite of being lazy. Diligence takes a very specific and targeted approach to getting things done. Someone who…