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“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble” (Proverbs 21:23 NLT).

August 20, 2022

WATCH YOUR WORDS How many have wished they could take back their words? Yet, once said, they linger on. If only there were a delete button to erase ill chosen words. Instead, the more poorly spoken words tend to linger the longest. Better to keep quiet and stay out of trouble. Begin to fill your

“People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart” (Proverbs 21:2 NLT).

August 9, 2022

GOD’S SPIRITUAL EKG Our self-awareness is limited. And we rarely hold a mirror up to our own attitudes and actions. We tend to judge others harshly, but we always have an excuse for our own shortcomings and sins. In our hypocrisy, we often declare ourselves righteous in our own eyes. Yet the Lord knows us

“The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them” (Proverbs 20:7 NLT).

July 28, 2022

LEAVING A LEGACY OF BLESSING Righteous parents who live a life of integrity, leave a legacy that continues to bless their children. Integrity is that crucial character trait of consistency and incorruptibility, so that one’s walk matches one’s talk. They are the same in private as they are in public. Because children see both the

“Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs” (Proverbs 19:11 NLT).

July 15, 2022

HAVE YOU LEARNED TO OVERLOOK WRONGS? Are you easily angered or offended? If so, this is not the fault of others as you often feel, but it is your own self-disposition that perceives every word, a dig, and every look, a personal slight. You are looking for offense and you always find it. Give your

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22 NLT).

June 22, 2022

THE OFTEN OVERLOOKED MEDICINE Solomon was given wisdom from God to write many proverbs on many topics. Among them, is this proverb on the connection between body, mind, and spirit, and how the health of one affects the other. Modern medicine attempts to treat the body absent the soul and spirit, often failing to recognize

“Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict” (Proverbs 17:1 NLT).

June 11, 2022

PEACE IS BETTER THAN PROSPERITY If there is discord in your house, money won’t fix it. All the feasting and fancy things won’t mean anything when there is constant conflict. Couples think financial problems are the source of their marital woes, but poor communication and lack of forgiveness are nearly always at the root.  

“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life” (Proverbs 16:31 NLT).

June 10, 2022

GRAY HAIR BY ITSELF IS NO CROWN Solomon wrote during an age when elders were honored and gray hair was considered a crown. But Solomon made clear that age alone was not sufficient for such glory. For without righteousness, the elderly are perhaps even more “laden with iniquity” (Gill) than the young. For they have

“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.” (Proverbs 16:25 NLT).

June 7, 2022

FOLLOW THE NARROW PATH There are those who say that there are many paths to God. They say that all religions are essentially the same, so it doesn’t really matter what you believe as long as you have faith. Yet, God’s Word says otherwise. For there are many paths that seem right, but only one

“For the despondent, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15 NLT).

May 17, 2022

OUR HEART CONDITION AFFECTS OUR PERCEPTION This biblical proverb teaches the importance that attitude has on perception. If someone is “despondent,” meaning disheartened or discouraged, then even a sunny day appears stormy to them. But even on the darkest of days the one with a “happy heart” looks for a rainbow.   Yet, how do

“Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10 NLT).

April 28, 2022

DO YOU REALLY KNOW HOW SOMEONE ELSE FEELS? John Donne wrote that “no man is an island,” illustrating his conviction that we should recognize the unity and commonality of all humanity. Yet, the Proverb teaches that there is within a man that which cannot be fully shared nor understood by another. For the depth of