A Goal or an Idol? {0.6}

The next day Mr. Sunton left for work at 7:30, and Susanna went out to run some errands. Alyssa took a shower and got ready for the day. Each Tuesday she cleaned an older couple’s house. When she returned home holding $30 dollars, she noticed her Mom and brothers sitting in the family room. When she reached the door she started in surprise. There was her father sitting with his head hanging.

“What happened? Why are you home so early Dad?” Alyssa questioned, looking very confused.

Her dad looked up and told her, “I was laid off today, Alyssa. They don’t need me any more.”

 

“Really? Well, I hope this doesn’t mess up my plan to go to art school. I’m sure it won’t though. You are going to keep your promise, right?” Alyssa hardly looked concerned about anything but her future as an artist.

 

“How could you be so uncaring Lyss?” John spoke up, “Who cares about your old art school? We have to buy food and stuff like that!”

 

“They promised John! I’m sure they won’t want to break their word.” She stomped up to her room to get ready for her art lesson.

 

A Polished Cornerstone #9

May 9th
In chapter 9 Wisdom (portrayed as a great lady) is calling to the simple and telling them that they can leave their simple ways and become wise. Another reminder that we have wisdom for the taking if we are in Christ. (James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”)
It says in verse 8, do not reprove a scoffer or he will hate you. Reprove a wise man and he will love you.    If I am reproved which way do I respond? Do I love my re-prover and thank them for showing me the truth, or do I reject the reproof and hate the re-prover.  Here is my wise dealings list:

  • Be a wise man (women) and love my re-prover and heed their reproof
  • Fear the Lord, it is the beginning of wisdom
  • If I am wise years will be added to my life
  • Folly leads to death

 

A Polished Corner Stone: Part 8

It’s the 8th of May and we had a terrible storm last night. It reminded me that God is just, and his wrath is something I never want to see.  So let’s take a look at Proverbs 8 and see what we find that will help us glorify God more.

First of all, we don’t have to earn the right to be wise. It’s free for the taking! It’s wonderful to know that I have access to wisdom any time as long as I ask for it.
Verse one “Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?”
Verse 5 “O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.”

Wisdom is asking us to let her teach us, we don’t have to beg her! OK, here is my Wise Dealings list for today from chapter 8:

  • The simple [innocent, not foolish, but not wise either] need to learn prudence
  • Wisdom is noble
  • Wisdom is always truthful
  • Wisdom is better than jewels
  • Wisdom, prudence, knowledge, and discretion all go together
  • If I fear the Lord, I will hate evil
  • Those who rule justly rule by wisdom
  • Those who keep wisdom’s way will be blessed
  • Wisdom means life and favor from the Lord
  • Those who hate wisdom love death

I think I want wisdom. I’m going to ask God to help me become wise!

 

A Polished Cornerstone #8

Chapter 8 is a very practical chapter. It’s about the blessings of wisdom. Solomon is describing a scene to us in this chapter. It’s about wisdom, who is portrayed as a women. She is calling to everyone on earth. She tells them that she will not lie, and that she will help the simple to become wise. She also tells them that wisdom is better than jewels and gold. She goes on like this for the rest of the chapter. Here’s my wise dealings list

  • Wisdom speaks noble things
  • The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil
  • Those who are wise will be blessed
  • All who hate wisdom love death

That’s only a few of the many truths in there! I love the poetic language of the Proverbs. You could just say, “the foolish will die.”  But instead, Proverbs says, “All who hate wisdom love death.” It’s so cool!

 

A Polished Cornerstone #7

Chapter 7

  • Remember your father’s words
  • Call wisdom your friend, always have it near you
  • Do not go near an adulteress, this is addressed to his son though, so for me is would be,
  • Do not be an adulteress
  • Do not be deceived by the world and wicked people in it
  • Be attentive to what your parents say!

This chapter is dealing with wicked people in the world who will try to deceive and seduce you. Solomon is warning his son to be wise and not to be enticed by these wicked people because their way leads to death. He is also telling his son to be pure.
Today I’m going to try to remember especially that I should want wisdom to be my friend, in other words, I should want to have wisdom.

 

A Polished Cornerstone #6

Here’s the latest entry
Here’s chapter 6, and it’s May 6th! This chapter starts out with Solomon telling his son not to pledge something to his neighbor, which means, lending him money, or giving him some other provision with a promise that he will repay you. Why? Because you will most likely get caught, maybe he points something out in the contract that you hadn’t seen that said you needed to do some thing you couldn’t do. But he says that if it does happen you must go to your neighbor and plead with him to let you out of it. He even says not to go to sleep till you have because this is a dangerous situation.  Then he quotes a proverb that is so useful: “GO to the ant O sluggard, consider he ways and be wise.” Then he goes on to give a description of the ant, here’s a short list.

  • She prepares everything for winter in the summer, without anyone telling her to!
  • The colonies have no leader, and yet they all work together and get along just fine!
  • An ant can carry up to fifty times its own weight! They can also carry it for long distances, and even climb trees with it! This could be compared with a human picking up a small car and carrying it several miles, and then, while still carrying the car, walking up a tall mountain!

Are we that diligent? No! (At least, I’m not) It takes me till December 20 to get all my Christmas shopping done, definitely not “preparing for winter in the summer”! That is a great reminder to be more diligent, but Solomon then gives an even greater incentive to get out of bed and get going. He says “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.” How scary is that!
Then Solomon lists six things that are an abomination to God

  • Haughty eyes (Being proud, thinking you’re better than someone else)
  • A lying tongue (Have you ever lied?)
  • Hands that shed innocent blood (Murder)
  • Heart that devises wicked plans  (It’s easy to start planning revenge on that brother who scared you out of your wits last night)
  • Feet that make haste to run to evil (Do we ever want to be around evil people or things?)
  • A false witness that lies and sows discord (lack of harmony between people)

These are all physical things! I’ve made bold the body parts so it’s easy to see them. Wow, that’s a lot of things that sound awfully familiar, like maybe I’ve done some of them before! Today I’m going to make sure that I don’t have haughty eyes.

Polished Cornerstone part 5

I haven’t posted one of these for a while!

Chapter 5, this is going quickly!
In this chapter Solomon is warning his son not to be friends with, spend time with, or love a wicked woman.  Why? because her path leads to death! Here’s my wise dealings list

  • Listen to your dad’s wisdom and instruction (Mom has good things to say too)
  • Guard knowledge
  • Don’t trust a wicked women, even though she will seem to be nice, her way leads to death
  • Listen to wise teachers (parents, pastor, other godly people)They will direct you in the right way
  • Ponder your path: (watch where you’re going) God can see everything you do and think!
  • Don’t lack discipline, those who do are wicked!

Listen to my parents wisdom! That is imperative! That is the instruction I’m going to remember today!

 

1 John

If you want to challenge yourself in your walk with Christ 1 John in an amazing book to go through. Right now I’m going through it verse by verse and studying each verse, writing each word and what I think it means, and so on. I’ve found it helpful to be able to focus on that one thing for the day, and try to work on it. I think my favorite verse of 1 John is 1 John 2: 5b-6

By this we may know that we are in him:  whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. (1 John 2:5; 1 John 2:6 ESV)

What would Jesus do?

Memorization, a Spiritual Discipline

1.You are all probably wondering at my long absence in the blogging realm, but I have been posting on my other blog! Really!

2.Sometime I’m going to give this blog a makeover, like I did my photography blog, but not right now 🙂 School comes first!

3.  Do you like the new thing WordPress came out with? The Gravatar Hovercards?

I know some of you don’t just wondering what the majority is, I like them myself!

4. OK, now I’m getting to the real part of my post 🙂 Memorization!

In the Christian Education hour at our church Pastor Roman is going through a book about spiritual disciplines “Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian life” by Donald Whitney, check it out here. One of the chapters is about memorization, a spiritual discipline. One of the questions he asked was very convicting, (paraphrasing here) “if someone paid you $1,000 every time you memorized a verse for one day, how many verses do you think you’d memorize?” I’ve always found it hard to stick to memorizing verses, but a friend recently introduced me to an online memorization site. Memverse; this program is amazing! I’ve been enjoying hiding God’s word in my heart, and I’m making lots of progress! I’m trying to gat a screen capture of it but it won’t work. anyway, I’ve found it really helpful! www.memverse.com Please take a look and try it out!

5. Visit my photography blog here!

Polished Cornerstone: part 4

Chapter 4 today, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in this chapter, I’m going it read it now.Wow, there is a lot of instructions in these chapters! I’m going to make a list of the “Do this” instructions, and the “Don’t do this” instructions.

Do This

❁ Hear your father’s instruction, Hold fast to his words (remember them),Keep his commandments: this is pretty much the same thing said three different ways

❁ Get wisdom and insight

❁ Love her (wisdom), prize her highly

❁ Keep hold of instruction

❁ Avoid the path of the wicked

❁ Listen, be attentive, and keep hold of my words

❁ Keep your heart with all diligence

❁ Put away from your crooked speech (dishonest, not straight-forward, not forthright)

❁ Ponder where the path of your feet (where you are going)

Here’s the “Do not Do” list

❁ Don’t forsake you father’s teaching

❁ Don’t forsake wisdom

❁ Do not enter the path of the wicked

❁ Don’t let go of instruction

❁ Do not let go of your father’s words

❁ Do not swerve to the right or the left (stay on the right path)

Wow, these lists are very parallel! They are almost the same thing!The command I’m going to take with me today is, “Put away from you crooked speech”I really need to work on that one!

Polished Cornerstone part 3

Day three, I like this study! I tried to remember to treasure up what my parents told me yesterday and it did come to mind many times!

OK, here’s what I think Proverbs three is about. Wow, chapter three is long!

Solomon is telling his son many things to do and not to do, here are some of them, maybe I’ll merge this list with my Wise Dealings list today,

  • Do not forget your parents teaching (of course only follow it if it’s righteous teaching)
  • Keep steadfast love and faithfulness, and you will have favor with God & man
  • I like this verse so much I’m just going to copy it here for you.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

(Proverbs 3:5‑6 ESV)

  • Do not be wise in your own eyes, I have lots of trouble with that one!
  • Fear the Lord, turn away from evil
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth, then He will bless you
  • Keep sound (right) wisdom and discretion (good sense)
  • Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due! That’s a good one!
  • Do not plan evil against your neighbor
  • Do not contend with a man for no reason
  • Be wise, they will inherit honor

Wow! That was quite the list! I could have found more too, lots more! But, I need to go soon so I’ll end my journaling for today.

The instruction I’m going to take with me today is, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due.”

School Starts Tomorrow

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Tomorrow we’re starting school and  I’ve got a challenge to go with it. I’m challenging myself with this, & I want to invite you to do it too! This week I’m going to read through the NT. Will you take the challenge too? maybe it’ll take you 3 weeks- or months, but if you want to take this challenge, please comment and tell me what deadline you’ve given yourself.  How will you do this? I don’t know, but I’m going to keep a bible with me & read whenever I’ve got a few minutes. I wonder, how much time do we use, just resting for a minute, or looking at this book, or doing some little thing, when we could be so many other profitable things? This will help me discover the answer.

My God is Forgiving!

My God is forgiving, whoops! My God is SO forgiving! That’s my title. I love his forgiveness!

Have you ever thought of what the world would be like without forgiveness?

We’d all be giving someone the silent treatment, and we’d see backs turned all over the place!

Sometimes we think, “I’ve forgiven him for the last time! Next time, well, he’ll see what happens!”

Here is an amazing truth!

GOD NEVER RUNS OUT OF FORGIVENESS!

Amazing isn’t it!? I don’t know what I’d do without his forgiveness, but, think about this,

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU ASKED FORGIVENESS OF SOMEBODY ELSE, WHO IS TIRED OF GIVING IT TO YOU, AND DIDN’T ASK GOD FOR HIS FORGIVENESS?

HE HAS A NEVER ENDING SUPPLY OF FORGIVENESS!

It is SO amazing! I love my God, and, I need to remember to ask forgiveness of Him!

She Walked With Jesus (by Brenda Poinsett)

I received this book for my birthday and just finished reading it. I loved the way she took the women’s story and drew out truths for us today. she covers Lydia, Timothy’s mother and grandmother, Mary Madelene, Martha, and many other women who lived in and around Jesus’s time. I liked the short chapters she divided it into too. I’m not sure this with actually work but if it does, here is a link to look inside this book: http://www.amazon.com/She-Walked-Jesus-Stories-Followers/dp/156309830X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271259402&sr=1-1.  I really would encourage you to read this great book.

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