Nurturing a Joyful Heart

Nurturing a Joyful Heart “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 ESV There are a few unique moments in our lives when we can experience joy and sadness at the same time. I think of those transitionary moments of when a child goes to school for the […]

Truth and Justice

Truth and Justice “He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.”  Proverbs 17:15 ESV When I was a boy invariably there were summer evenings that would include a game of “cops and robbers” in the neighborhood.  In those days in the early 70’s, to be […]

Don’t Open the Floodgate

Don’t Open the Floodgate! “Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.” Proverbs 17:14 NLT  I don’t know about you, but I have never opened a floodgates. I have however, watched what happened in Houston a couple of years back when they did just that.  Certainly not intended, but the […]

Let it Go

Let it Go “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, But he who repeats or gossips about a matter separates intimate friends.” Proverbs 17:9 AMP I don’t know about you, but I have done some pretty foolish things in my life. I have made mistakes and I have done and said things that have […]

When You See the Poor

When You See the Poor “Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 17:5 ESV   Mock the poor? Glad at calamity? Who would do such things? Those who look down on others. Those who might even consider themselves better, not just more fortunate, somehow. […]

Exposure Warning

Exposure Warning! “An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.” Proverbs 17:4 ESV We might come to a passage like the one we read this week, and think; (whether in gratitude or pride), “that is them, not me”.  Or we might linger on the verse a little longer and consider the […]

The Wise Servant

The Wise Servant A Walk Through Proverbs A servant who deals wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully and will share the inheritance as one of the brothers. Proverbs 17:2 ESV   There are a few stories of those who are born into fortunate families that are appreciative of what they have been […]

A Dry Morsel is Better

A Dry Morsel is Better “Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 17:1 ESV A dry morsel and quiet.  One is for the stomach, the other for the soul.  Which is better?  A stomach satisfied with a dry morsel in a quiet house, or a stomach […]

Would You Rather?

Would You Rather? “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”  Proverbs 16:32 NLT Have you ever answered any of the “would you rather” questions? Often times they are questions used as ice breakers to get people talking or to have fun conversations. – Would you rather be […]

Pleasant Words Are Persuasive

Pleasant Words Are Persuasive “The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive.” Proverbs 16:21 NLT Persuasive, isn’t that a good word. It lends itself to the idea of communicating ideas in such a way as to inspire a change of thought in a civilized way. When I think of persuasion I […]