PROVERBS 7- SOAK – WRITE THEM ON THE TABLET OF YOUR HEART

28 Jul

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Proverbs 6:21 talks about binding God’s words always on our hearts and fastening them around our neck.   In Proverbs 7:3, we are told to bind them on our fingers and write them on the tablet of our heart. In simpler terms, we are to saturate ourselves with the Word.

Isn’t it neat how God says to bind them on our fingers.  Notice how much you use your fingers all day long.  Ever notice how important fingers are?  Even as a baby I watch my new grandson playing with his fingers and putting them in his mouth.  Fingers are a prominent place and if we bind words on them they will be prominent.

So what are some things we can do to remind us of His Words.  I have tied a rubber band around my wrist to remind me to do something, or written a sticky note or sent a reminder on my iphone or in the old days I would call our recorder from work.  These days as I memorize scripture I love how it does sink into my heart.  It comes to life for me.

Do you memorize scripture?  What are some ways that you memorize?  For me I have written verses on a 3×5 card and put them in a little photo album I carry in my purse. I have a cute one a friend made me.   Some of my friends write their verses on mirror and some on their microwave doors.  I personally print them out and put one over my kitchen sink, one in the guest bathroom, and I have another in my kitchen on a big plaque.  You can see some of how I post scriptures around the house here.

So here is my SOAK:

S:  Scripture

Proverbs 7:3 (NIV) Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

O: Observation

When we memorize scripture and write it on our hearts, it is a tool we can pull out when we are tempted with anything.

A:  Application

I need to spend more time memorizing scripture.

K:  Kneel in Prayer

Father, God thank You for your precious Word.  May I not take it lightly.  Thank You for waking me up each day with a yearning to learn more about You.  In Your name, I pray and give thanks.  AMEN!

Ten of My Favorite Bible Verses

24 Jul

It’s Five-Minute Friday and I’m joining Kate Motaung and the FMF girls to write for five minutes on the word – Ten.

Here are ten of my favorite Bible verses, not in any order and there are so many more I love than ten, but here are some that just popped into my mind.

Jeremiah 2911 GenoaBlog-Psalm 1133Blog - Matthew 5.14Blog - Psalm 39.4Blog - John 330Blog - Psalm 365blog - lamentations 322-24Blog - Ephesians 2.10

Colossians 323a

Jeremiah 313

PROVERBS 6 – SOAK – GO TO THE ANT TO LEARN ABOUT WORK ETHICS

22 Jul

Proverbs 66-9

S: Scripture – Proverbs 6:6-9

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.  Without having any chief,  officer, or ruler,  she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.   How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

O: Observation

Proverbs 6:6 gives us the model example of work ethic. God shares with us how to go to the ant to learn about working and laziness.  Have you ever stopped to look at an ant hill?  They are so busy.  Have you ever seen an ant hill where the ants were not heartily working?  I haven’t and I really love watching red ants because they don’t seem to attack like fire ants.

Ants have no chief, officer or ruler (vs. 7).   They just work and they don’t need a boss to tell them how to do it or how fast to work.  They just do it.    They work in the summer preparing bread and gathering food for their harvest through the winter.

Did you notice the verse says “her” ways?  It’s the female ants we see doing all the work.  WOW!

You never see ants working alone.  Although they are working independently they are also working as a team, an army of ants to get the job done.  We could take a lesson of this self-motivation and hard work as well as working as a team.

We all have 24 hours in a day.  We need to rise up as this verse says and be proactive.

A: Application

What can you and I learn from the ant?   We can learn that strong work ethic to work hard in all things storing away or getting ready for what might happen tomorrow.  We should strive for this type of excellence no matter where we are working whether it be at home, at church, school, our jobs, etc.

Verse 9 ” How long will you lie there, you sluggard?” They are lazy, lay-about, doing nothing, loafing, and couch potatoes. I’m reminded not to be lazy in anything.  Oh my that includes exercising, how I eat, studying the Bible, being a wife, mother and grandmother, etc..

Like the ant we need to rise up and be doing and not just being.

K:  Kneel in Prayer

Father I confess I have wasted so many precious moments being lazy in my life.  Thank you for today, this moment.  My I be convicted more and more to have days that honor You in everything I go about doing.  Thank You for this lesson on the ants.  In your name I pray.  AMEN

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

Proverbs 5

You can join in the study at the link below.

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PROVERBS 5 – SOAK – ARE YOU CONTENT?

17 Jul

Proverbs 518

The whole chapter of Proverbs 5 is clearly about immorality/adultery.  Solomon was addressing his son.  As I read through it, there are so many beautiful words about being content and satisfied with the spouse we have, and letting God do the work in him.

Marriage can be hard.  It can be wonderful and beautiful, but it takes work.  Romance and intimacy are by products of that hard work and commitment.  We can’t let day-to-day tasks distract us from prioritizing our husbands, and we can’t throw in the towel when things get hard.  Trust me even though today may be tough if you stick with it you will see it is worth it. Take some time to say a kind word to your spouse.  Reach for his hand.  Tell him thank you.

Are you rejoicing in the husband of your youth so that he can rejoice in the wife of his youth as it talks about in Proverbs 5:18 (NLT)   “Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.  Rejoice in the wife of your youth.”   Are you letting your husband be a fountain of blessing for you?  Are you rejoicing in the husband of your youth?

“For a mans ways are in the full view of the Lord, and he examines all the paths” I think this is a great reminder to all of us to really pay attention to the paths that we walk in everyday and if we are uncertain the Lord will always give us a way to escape. All we have to do is ask.  Choices have consequences.

Even though Proverbs 5 is specifically about marriage, the same points throughout it can apply in all areas of our lives.  Are you content where you are right now?  Are you satisfied?

My favorite verse that I chose to SOAK was verse 21.  God sees everything even those unspoken things – thoughts and motives, and through all the ugly and pretty, He still loves us.

S – Scripture

For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins, they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for the lack of self control; he will be lost because of his great foolishness. Proverbs 5:21-23 (NLT)

O – Observation

He sees clearly everything we do but that word examining is piercing. Truly I am held captive by  food and my lack of self-control and that is foolishness and I might die if I don’t learn to control it.

A – Application

It’s time to CHANGE. It’s time to exercise more and eat less and healthier. Making progress, but God keeps speaking to me about it.

K – Kneeling In Prayer

Dear Father I pray for forgiveness for all these years I’ve wandered. I pray that You continue to convict me, continue to strengthen me, and teach me Lord and send people to teach me how to eat better. In your name I pray. AMEN.

You can read my past blogs on Proverbs below:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

Proverbs 4

You can join in the study at the link below.

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PROVERBS 4 – SOAK – FIXING MY GAZE DIRECTLY BEFORE ME

17 Jul

Proverbs 425

Have you ever been driving in a downpour of rain where you can’t see, or a winding road in the mountains where you are clutching the steering wheel with both hands, and your eyes are straight ahead on the highway not looking to the left or to the right.  Proverbs tells us we are to be like that all the time.  I know I get distracted.   How about you?  I go to the bedroom to put something up, and the first thing I know I’m doing three or four things and lost my focus, or I’ll be writing and a message pops up on my screen and thirty minutes later I have gotten involved on another site.  Or how about the times we let our fears, anxieties and thoughts sidetrack and get our eyes off Jesus.

Jesus spent His time on Earth always looking ahead to His Father.  Hebrews 12:2 reminds us that Jesus was the perfecter of faith and He is our role model.  He never varied, always looking at the task ahead.

S: Scripture Proverbs 4:25 (NIV)   

O: Observation – Negative situations, negative thoughts, daily busy lives can pull us right down and distract us.    Each step we make can be a step closer to Him or a step further from Him.  Each thought can be a reminder to focus or not to focus on our past,  but what God has waiting for us ahead.

A: Application – I need to look ahead to Him and not get sidetracked by things or thoughts or fears.  I need to focus on the eternal one, and not the things of this world.  I need to focus on the task at hand, and not get sidetracked doing something else and never accomplishing anything.

K: Kneeling In Prayer – Father God thank You that You are always there.  I just need to keep my eyes focused on You.  Father gently remind me that You are there.

You can visit my other writings on Proverbs here:

Proverbs 1

Proverbs 2

Proverbs 3

You can join in the study at the link below.

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