Head in the Sand

“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ You have likely heard the “bury your head in the sand” expression.  The saying is a metaphor for someone who avoids, or tries to avoid, a particular situation by pretending that it does not exist. The […]

A Good Investment

“Never abandon a friend— either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.”  ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This last week we celebrated Thanksgiving. A day set aside to give thanks for the many things […]

A Time to Correct – Part 2

“Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy. …The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:6,9‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This week is the second week of the two-part devotion on loving correction. As Christians we want to bless others, but sometimes offering correction, is tough but […]

A Time to Correct

“An open rebuke is better than hidden love!” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭27:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬ In this day people may presumes that true friends only speak words of affirmation; that to love someone means to endorse everything about them. Or, at least, to never correct them or challenge them in any way. Scripture refutes this. If a friend genuinely loves […]

The Danger of Jealousy

“Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.” ‭‭Pr‬ ‭27:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The Proverb exclaims that anger is bad, but jealousy or envy is worse. A hot temper is destructive for a short time, but jealousy feeds long bitterness. We can get twisted by anger, but envy sees everything with […]

Let Someone Else Do It

“Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth— a stranger, not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 NLT The microphone is open. It is time to speak of your accomplishments. And? Let someone else do it. Let someone else praise you? Yes.  It is good to be grateful for the gifts and talents that You have been […]

Spending Time

“Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.” Proverbs 27:1 NLT One of the most precious, and often neglected resources that we have is time. Each day we are all given another 24 hours, and after each hour passes it is no more. The number of our days on this earth […]

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

“People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.” Proverbs 26:24‭-‬26 NLT A very timely scripture. It could very easily be written […]

How to Make Quarrels Disappear

“Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” Proverbs 26:20 NLT “You know what I heard?” That sentence is often an expression followed by information that may or may not be entirely accurate. But accuracy is probably not the main motivation for the expression.  What is?  Sometimes it is innocent enough to share […]

You Can’t Take it Back

“Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”” Proverbs 26:18‭-‬19 NLT Our family have been long time Costco members. One of the things we enjoy about Costco is that if you are dissatisfied with anything you purchase, you can take […]