Meaningful Friendships

“Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend.” Proverbs 22:11 NLT How often do we hear; “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Not that any one person is better than another, but some have roles of greater influence and control than others. This proves to be […]

Good Debt?

“Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.” Proverbs 22:7 NLT Debt is frequently more than just transactional; it is often emotional but also a matter of conscience. This is particularly true when the debt is between individuals. There may not be significant conscience activity between the borrower and […]

The Way to Go

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” [Pro 22:6 ESV]  I have to admit that this week I have read, studied and meditated over this week’s verse probably more than any other in the series. As a parent and living in […]

Cultivating Humility

“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.” Proverbs 22:4 NLT                                           “Secrets to riches, honor and long life!”  Doesn’t that grab your attention?!  It could be a popular advertisement on social […]

Caution Signs

“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3 NLT I was just over 18 years old, and a fairly new driver, when I saw a caution sign before a turn with a recommended speed limit of 20 mph. Now I knew from experience that I […]

Choose a Good Reputation

“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1 NLT One of my life’s goals is to be respected most by those who know me best. In bedded in that statement is having a good reputation. A good reputation has little to do with our possessions […]

What is the Plan?

“No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.” Proverbs 21:30 NLT   This week’s verse needs little explanation, but perhaps we could all do a little better with the application.    How often do we hear of troubles and then hear the question; “What’s the plan?” We sometimes lament that it […]

It is Time to Start

“Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.” Proverbs 21:25 NLT There is a big difference between desire and action. In between desire and action things like laziness, fear, and doubt dwell. Desire sounds a lot like: “I should, I ought to, I want to, I will try to, I […]

The Pleasure Trap

“Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich…The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.”Proverbs 21:17&21 NLT God has given us wonderful things to enjoy and we should. But when we become more attached to the gifts than to the giver, that is when […]

Doing Right

Blog Title Goes Here “The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.” Proverbs 21:3 NLT It is the stuff that bad religion is made of. Dutifully sacrificing our time, talents and treasures;  but not sacrificing our will and heart to do what is right.  It is […]