Welcome to Day 6 of a deeper, more meaningful relationship with your Creator God
Have you been following along on our daily meditation into Solomon's Book of Proverbs? If not, then click the link on the left column "A 31-Day Journey into Seeking God's Wisdom" and you will be taken to all the posts. Scroll down to the bottom and start at the beginning (if you do not see Day 1, click the link "Older Entries" on the bottom of the page.
If you have been following along, then feel free to share your stories of enlightenment with us thus far. There is no doubt in my mind that by now, God has not spoken to you in some way or showed you a sign. When I first started this daily meditation, I was unemployed. Today I am writing you declaring that I had an interview today and received a call within an 1 hour of returning home that I got the job! Remember that God is good and faithful and He will hear us when we call out to him. Praise Him!
What has God spoken to your heart through these scriptures and prayers? The Bible encourages us to share our experiences with others, it is what's known as 'witnessing'. Please feel free to use the comments section below each of these daily posts, to share your thoughts and experiences with us, and witness to us. You don't even have to include your name. Just let us know you are out there, enjoying these daily lessons and meditations with us. Thank you. I look forward to reading your thoughts, prayers, and stories. Read More…
Welcome to Day 5 of a deeper, more meaningful relationship with your Creator God
Have you been following along on our daily meditation into Solomon's Book of Proverbs? If you have, then feel free to share your stories of enlightenment thus far. Has God spoken to your heart through these scriptures and prayers? The Bible tells us to share with others, so use the comments section below each of these daily posts, to share your thoughts and experiences with us. You don't even have to include your name. Just let us know you are out there, enjoying these daily lessons and meditations with us. Thank you. I look forward to reading your thoughts, prayers, and stories.
Yesterday we read and reflected on Proverbs 4, and learned more, thought-provolking ways to avoid the enemy while embracing wisdom. I just love verse13 – "Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; guard her, for she is your life". Even as Christians, we are not expected to be perfect. We will never be perfect because there is, was and always will be only 1 who is perfect, and that is Jesus Christ. For the rest of us, if we are open to hearing God and allowing Him to lead us, God teaches and reveals new lessons to each one of us all the time. The lesson I learn today may be something you learned last year, and the lesson you learn today may be something God has already revealed to me.. or will in His time. What I mean is that each one of us is at a different places in our walk. You are not expected to know it all or be perfect. What God asks of us is to learn the lessons He is teaching us as we go, and apply them to our lives, moving forward. So if forgiveness is something you have battled with in the past and God has taken you out of the chains that unforgiveness wrapped around you, then learn from it and do not allow yourself to ever be chained again. It is in the learning and growing that brings and develops our wisdom, allowing us to share and be an inspiration to others. Even long time Christians should realize that you can learn something from newer (baby) Christians, because we never know it all and the order in which our life lessons are brought to us from God are as unique are we are. Let us know if you experienced any revelations in yesterday's Proverbs.
Daily Devotional Scripture Reading
Now let's move on to Proverb 5.
Before you begin this short exercise each day that will radically change your life, find your quiet place where you can spend 15-30 minutes alone with God and His Word. It is very important that you do not rush this or try to move through it as quickly as you can. Don't have the time? If you will spare this time for God to go through this exercise each day, you will soon find that God will open your days up to you, giving you even more time than you ever thought possible or had before. Your delays will be shorter, your days will run smoother with less waste. You will actually GAIN time. Remember, God is a loving and giving Father who promises to give back everything we give and offer to Him in love - in MULTITUDES, and that includes time.
Start with this simple prayer:
Our Father in Heaven and earth, Creator of all, Thank you Father God for this day and for the gift of your Son that I may live and walk in your love all the days of my life. I ask Father that you open the eyes of my heart and soul to hear and understand what lesson it is that you want me to learn from your words today. Please show me the wisdom that is contained in your holy words and allow me to discern the message, so that I may apply it to my life today, to draw me closer to you and to enrich the lives of others. As I read these words oh Lord, fill me with wisdom and understanding, compassion and love, so that I may be a blessing to others today. Thank you God.
Now let's begin reading Proverb 5, versus 1-23, and be sure to speak it out loud: Read More…
Welcome to Day 4 of a deeper, more meaningful relationship with your Creator God
I just love Proberbs 3 because it really describes the God of the world as our father and brings such comfort that He is always there for me – for you – for each one of His children.
I have recently found myself in a bit of a predicament, through my own actions and decisions, and have been praying to God to give me a sign and to help lead me out of it. I have been praying feverently about this while looking for signs and solutions on my own. So what really hit home for me yesterday was verse 5: "Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding." Through my 2nd reading and meditation of Proverbs 3, this verse really spoke to my heart, telling me that it was time for me to stop asking for the same thing, over and over, and start trusting that He has heard and will take care of it for me. Further, verse 6 reads that " In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths." Again He promises that if all I do is trust, then He will take care of it. Verses 11 and 12 then goes on to read "My son, do not despise or shrink from the chastening of the Lord [His correction by punishment or by subjection to suffering or trial]; neither be weary of or impatient about or loathe or abhor His reproof. For whom the Lord loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights."
Proverbs 3 brought to mind a beautiful story called "Broken Dreams" by Margeret Fishback Powers, author of the infamous and inspiring "Footprints" poem (and if you don't know Margaret's full, heart wrenching, tear jerking, God loving story, you can read it here…… )
Here is that beautiful poem I learned so long ago and still recite, whenever I need reminding that God will take care of my needs…
As children brought their broken toys
With tears for me to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because he was my friend.
But then, instead of leaving him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
With thoughts that were my own.
Soon I snatched them back and sobbed,
Why are you so slow?
My precious child, he gently sighed,
What could I do? You never did let go.
~ Margaret Fishback Powers