11/27/2011 – Proverbs 27

Today’s Proverbs is Chapter 27.  The verse that spoke to me most today is 17:
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (New Living Translation)

This is one of my favorite verses in Proverbs – I love the image of what it means.  I see a blacksmith sharpening a sword and making it sharp and ready for battle.  And that’s what true Christian friends should do with one another – make each other sharp and ready for spiritual battle.

Marcia comes over almost every Thursday and though we hang out and laugh, we also sharpen each other.  I remember once we were speaking and I responded “I’m saved by the blood of the lamb” (though I don’t remember what the context of that sentence was) and Marcia said:
“Think quick: what does it mean to be saved? I’m a person of the world, explain that concept to me. Go!” 
She caught me off guard and I actually fumbled through my explanation a bit (I struggled in trying to explain the concept of being saved or born again to someone who is of this world who doesn’t use that language)!  But it was wonderful!! She was testing me, sharpening me to be able to respond to a question like that at any given moment.

I pray that God would continue to surround me with faithful sisters so that we may sharpen each other as iron sharpens iron!

In Christ,

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November 23, 2011 – Proverbs 23

Today’s Proverbs is Chapter 23. The verses that spoke to me most today were verses 15 & 16:
“My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.” (New Living Translation)

As a mom, I can really relate to this verse.  When my kids do or say something that is just wise or good, my whole being celebrates and I feel like the joy in my heart is just too much for me to contain!  When Marissa invites her friends to church, or when Kaity creates an animation on the first couple verses of Genesis, or when JJ applies something from his faith to a real world situation – it just causes everything in me to celebrate!

I’m sure Abba Father feels the same way when we diligently seek wisdom, apply it to our own hearts, and then speak in wisdom – oh how His heart must rejoice with celebration!  And just like my own children love when I gush over their wise choices, I too love knowing that I can actually cause my Heavenly Father to celebrate – because I have nothing else to offer Him but… me.

In Christ,

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November 22, 2011 – Proverbs 22

Today’s Proverbs is Chapter 22.  The verse that speaks to most today is verse 6:
“Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Amplified version)

Since I’ve been home I have been making a better effort to train up my children in our faith.  And not only in our faith, but to give them opportunity to find/share their talents with us.  For Kaity, we’ve definitely found her talent in art – she loves to draw and do animations. So I encourage her to illustrate some Bible verses and she even started animating the creation from Genesis.  What a blessing!
Marissa and JJ are still trying to hone in their talents, but we will get there.
I pray that the faith I try to instill in them will keep them on the straight and narrow… but even if they should steer off course at some point (though prayerfully they will not!), I pray that these truths that were instilled in them as young children will help to bring them back.  I have to remember that this verse is not a promise – but like the prodigal son returning to his father (Luke 15:11-32), I pray that if any of my children were to go astray, they will be lead back by the convictions in their hearts and the gentle whisperings of the Holy Spirit.

In Christ,