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The Journey of Proverbs: Chapter Three

The Purpose of Proverbs
Proverbs chapter 3 begins by reiterating the purpose of Proverbs. These commands in this chapter will help you live a long time-- a full and happy life.
These Proverbs should help us shine kindness and mercy. The world should not be able to take these away. They should be written on our hearts and we should be emitting these qualities every single day. 
Trust in the Lord
Proverbs 3:5 is one of my favorite verses: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. This should be our number one goal. Not relying on ourselves or own knowledge, but truly trusting in Him. I love how the Message describes this passage of scriptures by stating: "Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go." We should be in constant communication with Him- constantly seeking His Word. 'Don't assume you know it all!' Ask Him for help. Ask Him for assistance. Ask Him for advice.

Proverbs 3:7-8, we read to fear the Lord (be in awe of Him- run to Him) and …

The Journey of Proverbs: Chapter 2

Guard Them
The first few verses of Proverbs chapter 2 begin by telling us to collect the counsels written here and guard them with your life. Counsel, according to the dictionary, is described as, "advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the conduct of another."  God encourages us to tune our ears to wisdom. And then guard that wisdom. We should not let it be tarnished or damaged by this world. Cling to what we know-- and learn from our mistakes when we didn't know better.
Search for It 
If we believe that we lack wisdom or understanding, Proverbs chapter 2 encourages us to search for it- go after it. To know better, is to do better. If you are wanting to excel in your personal life, in your walk with God, in your relationships.. seek the counsel and wisdom of God. It won't just come to you automatically. You have to actively seek it.
Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, and Common Sense
Wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and common sense can be our best friends …

It Only Took One Verse..

I feel like I'm constantly drawn back to the story of Saul's conversion.
A story of redemption, mercy, grace, and true repentance.
Acts 9:1-8
In Acts chapter 9 verses 1-8,  we read about how Saul threatened and slaughtered those bearing the name of  Jesus. On  his way to Damascus, a light came from heaven, and a voice asked Saul why he persecuted against Him (Jesus.) This frightened Saul and he asked what he needed to do. Jesus told him to go to Damascus and he would understand there, then he was blinded and had to be led in to the city by his companions.
Acts 9:9
Verse 9 says he dwelt  in Damascus for 3 days without sight,  food, or drink. He was left in darkness, filled with confusion and desire to be healed. 
Lord, I feel like I am there. Blinded by mistakes. Stuck in darkness. No sign of light... or healing. Loneliness. Desperation. Desire.
Acts 9:10-16
In verses 10-16, we read about where Jesus called Ananias to go minister to Saul. Ananias knew of the evil that Saul had do…

The Journey of Proverbs: Proverbs 1

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I love reading it because you always get a new little nugget of truth from it. Something that allows you to see life differently. Something that convicts you. Something that encourages you. Something that helps you grow into the person you were created to be. 
I thought we could journey through Proverbs together over the next 31 days- one day for each chapter. We will discuss the little truths hidden throughout each verse-- and hopefully grow as individuals through the process. What a better way to start the new year than by studying the book of Proverbs. 
The Purpose of Proverbs
The first thing we learn from Proverbs chapter 1 is this:
God gave these words to Solomon "so we will know how to live well and right.. to understand what life means and where it's going. A manual for living, for learning what's right and just and fair."  (Proverbs 1:1-2)
God gave us Proverbs to earn from. Everyone of us has room to grow-- r…

1 Corinthians 13: Love Does Not Give Up on People

1 Corinthians 13:7 states, "Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits." (ERV)

According to Psychology Today, "In 2010, Paul Amato published a review of research on divorce in the prestigious Journal of Marriage and Family. Here is the key take-away: 'At the end of the 20th century, 43% to 46% of marriages were predicted to end in dissolution. Because a small percentage of marriages end in permanent separation rather than divorce, the common belief that about half of all marriages are voluntarily disrupted is a reasonable approximation.'" (LINK)

Now, I first want to start off by saying that if you've been through a divorce, I am in no way judging you for this decision. I know there are circumstances where a marriage is no longer capable of working due to various reasons. You had to make the decision you made for you and your children-- and only you and God know how important this decision was.

Today, I do want…

1 Corinthians 13: Love is Not Happy when Others Do Wrong

1 Corinthians 13:6 says, 'Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth." 

While reading this verse, one thing I felt God talking to me about was being an honest friend. 

So many times we encounter situations where honesty would create a God-filled atmosphere, but we often find it easier to be quiet than to disrupt a situation or friendship. 

Love is not happy when others do wrong.
Love is not being content when we see our friends making harmful decisions. 

The Word of God lists many verses about our job to protect one another in this life.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, "So encourage each other and help each other grow stronger in faith, just as you are already doing." (ERV)

We are called to encourage other to grow stronger in faith...
Not encourage other to fall into the pit of anger, idolatry, adultery, bitterness, envy, doing shameful things...

I went through a really difficult time in my life at the beginning of this year. I'm going to …