September 10, 2017 Proverbs 13-15; 1 Peter 5:1-7

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A wise son | Nikki Metzger

S~ A wise son heeds his father’s instruction; but a mocker does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1 (NIV)

O/A~ Proverbs changes the way I am viewing things.  Wisdom that comes from the Lord looks nothing like what my gut says is wise, or what the world says is wise.  And to walk in the Lord’s wisdom – will make my life a lot different than walking in the world’s wisdom.  As I get older, I’m learning that I can’t be viewed as wise in the world and wise in God’s eyes.

P~ Father, thank You for challenges in parenting!  I am really nervous at this point in parenting – I see much growth that needs to happen in my kids before they are on their own, and I have less time with them and less influence.  Lord, I believe that You care more deeply about my kids than I do, so You will make their paths straight.  Father, I ask that You make my children wise.  I ask that You reach into them and remove that mocker/sarcastic thing that seems to perpetuate our culture.  You say that the beginning of wisdom is to fear You, to set You as #1 above all things!  Lord, I pray that for my kids – that they start at the beginning of wisdom: to fear You.  Lord, grow me in Your wisdom to parent!  I love You and pray this in Jesus’ Name!

A Foolish Woman | Joni Tyner

S~ A wise woman builds her home, But a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.  Proverbs 14:11 (NLT)

O~ The book of proverbs offers many simple truths that get right to the point, often they contrast the life choices of wise versus foolish people.

A~ This proverb hit me because caring for my family and home is a big deal to me. I want to do it with excellence.  As I thought about what “a foolish one tears it down with her own hands” looks like, I am referring to a chart in my Bible that compares and contrasts wise and foolish people.  A couple highlights and my interpretation of how this would relate to a woman “tearing down her home”.

Foolish people

  1. Lack common sense.  If I lack common sense, I do stupid things like spend money on bathroom accessories and then have nothing left over for purchasing food that my kids need to eat.   I see lacking common sense as just a complete absence of good judgment on managing time and money.
  2. Feed on the trash of foolishness.  I interpret this as wasting time, energy, and money on nonsense things like fabricated stories in magazines and social media.    I need to spend time in God’s Word,  not news that does nothing but tear down people.
  3. Unleash their anger—If I freak out on my husband or kids, especially over a small, irrelevant thing, I am being foolish and tearing down my home. A wise woman is not a walking emotional circus.
  4. Persist in foolishness.  Persistence is a good thing, unless it is not learning from past mistakes. Foolish people have behavior patterns that repeat (and repeat) bad decisions.

P~ Dear Lord,  Please help me to have wisdom that builds up other people, especially my family.  I have a past track record of being nice to strangers and friends but not so nice to my own family.  This saddens me!! ☹ please help me control my tongue and intentionally love my family.

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