Check Your Heart and Trust the Lord

“The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1 NLT I continue to be amazed at the timeliness of God’s Word for the situations that we find ourselves in.  As I write this, our country is divided. Tensions are high, and some have even crossed […]

Positivity and Pain

“Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.” Proverbs 20:30 NLT Positivity and pain. Cousins that help us to become who God intended for us to be. There is no doubt that positivity helps us develop and achieve. Positive thinking, encouraging words, rewards for achievements, all have their place in helping us develop and are […]

This Season

“The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.”  Proverbs 20:29 NLT Glory and splendor from the fuels of strength and experience. This week’s verse is more about celebration than correction, more about engagement than preparation and more about embracing than changing.  I want to encourage you that this […]

Don’t Run and Hide

“The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.” Proverbs 20:27 NLT It ‘s origin traces back to 1941. It was the boxer Joe Louis who coined the phrase “he can run, but he can’t hide”. The origin of the phrase related to the conditions within the boxing ring, but the phrase stuck beyond that […]

If Only You Would

“Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.”Proverbs 20:25 NLT You hit the end of yourself, not knowing what to do, and maybe in desperation you cry out to God which is a good thing. But then perhaps in desperation, or trying to control the situation and  maybe […]

Scales of Justice

“The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.”Proverbs 20:23 NLT The “scales of justice” are depicted by a woman holding scales when she is blindfolded. It is intended to represent the impartiality of the judge. Not judging based upon appearance but upon the merits of a case. In a perfect t world, […]

An Eye for an Eye?

“Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.”  Proverbs 20:22 NLT You have heard it said that it is better to respond than to react, and this is certainly true when it comes to how we act after we have been wronged. We may have a desire to […]

Wait, Worship, Watch

“An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.” Proverbs 20:21 NLT I once heard a pastor say that “If I got whatever I wanted, I would ruin my life because I don’t really know what is good for me.”  We may know what we want, but God knows what we […]

Pay it Forward

“Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.” Proverbs 20:17 NLT Once again this week’s Proverb teaches us about cause and effect. Gratification can either be satisfying or fleeting.  I love the trend that has been going on for the past few years. I first heard in mentioned on a radio station in […]

Wise Words Matter

“Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.” Proverbs 20:15 NLT Over the past few days I have listened to a few wise words. In conversations with other believers some words were inspired and spoke directly to circumstances I was thinking through. Those words were better than any physical gift that I could […]