Today's Blessing

The only remedy for a guilty conscience is Christ’s forgiveness. To have your sins erased no matter what you have done, is truly a gift from God. Sweet mom, we all mess up from time to time. Perhaps you are in need of forgiveness today, talk to Jesus. He has all the time in the world to listen and He alone can bring you peace. He loves you today.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Pearls and Pigs

Pearls and Pigs

There is a parable in the Bible referring to pearls and pigs. Its simple meaning is this, watch what you say.

Your words are “your pearl”.

We have all done this. You offer “your pearl” to someone, only to have your words misunderstood, misconstrued and the whole situation turns from bad to worse.

You are hurt. You offered your pearl to a friend, only to have it rejected.

Your motive was right, however the timing, the person, and everything else was wrong.

This happens.

Do Not Waste Your Words

Jesus gives us some great advice. He says, “do not waste your words on those who are argumentative and hostile”.

Generally, these people don’t listen to Him either. Although it is tempting to set the record straight and defend yourself or just share from your heart, “your pearl” however, sometimes the godliest thing we can do is just keep quiet.

I believe that is why the scripture refers to the allegory of “pearls and pigs”. They are opposites. One is priceless and one is not. Jesus says be careful. 

A few nuggets of truth.

“Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you”. Matthew 7:6″

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain”.  James 1:26

“Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips”. Psalm 141:3

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles”. Proverbs 21:23

Pearls and pigs, they just don’t mesh.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to be wise. Please ‘set a guard over my mouth’ and give me the wisdom when to speak and when not too”.

 

wisdom - lets be wise

Wisdom – Let’s Be Wise

Where does one get wisdom?

What is wisdom?

How can I make better decisions? Good choices?

The book of Proverbs is your answer. “Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance”. Proverbs 1:5

This book is full of instruction on how to live right, act right and speak right. You will learn how to keep honesty in your financial dealings to listening quietly to good counsel,  from staying away from wrong friends to keeping your cool in an argument. Yes, this is the book for you.

Did you know that there are 31 chapters in Proverbs, one chapter for each day?

You can read through the whole book in a month.

Everything you need to know about life, relationships, integrity and character traits, are written within those pages. Solomon was a very wise man. In fact, when God asked him what he wanted – he replied with one word “wisdom”. He could have asked for many other things but Solomon knew the value of obtaining wisdom and becoming wise.

Wisdom is what we all need. By applying truths from Proverbs to our life, we can obtain knowledge and understanding and in turn, start becoming wise.

Here are a few “gems” from Proverbs.

         “Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished …” Proverbs 13:14 

          “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction …” Proverbs 13:1

          “Wine is a mocker. Strong drink is a brawler and whoever is led astray by it is not             wise”. Proverbs 20:1

          “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1

Let’s be wise …

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I could certainly use some wisdom. There is so much on my plate right now that my mind is scattered, but I know if I take the time to read your instructions, I will come out on top”.