Today's Blessing

Forgiveness is more than a pardon you give to others; it’s a gift you give yourself as well. Forgiveness involves honest soul searching – “I too have sinned and God has forgiven me, therefore I extend the same mercy to others”. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us how to pray. I pray the “Lord’s Prayer” several times a week – a good habit to follow.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6: 12, NIV)

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Football Fortitude

When a football team runs onto the field, prep time is done and competition is on.

I love watching this sport.

These players have trained and now they are ready to rumble.

If you are a football player – I so admire your determination and “never quit” attitude. I appreciate your strength as you run down the field, make a tackle and get right back up. It’s awesome when you score a touchdown, then right away huddle for another play … and for those of you who are followers of Christ as well, I bless you.

If you are a student reading this post, now is prep time; studying, memorizing and the daily grind of learning.

Even though it is hard and today, uninteresting, remain in school. My children’s uncle used to say, “pretend you like it, until you do”.

Keep trying your best and I assure you everything will work out.

Success comes slowly.

Sometimes you have to switch courses, switch minors, even major’s but keep at it … ask God for His daily direction, His input and you won’t go wrong.

Your Creator is with you and has a remarkable plan for your life.

Don’t miss it!

      “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”. Philippians 4:13

          “ … the Lord watches over those who fear him …”. Psalm 33:18

     “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…”. Ecclesiastes 9:10

Football fortitude is what we need.

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, help me today to stay determined, keep focused and carry on”. 

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”.

 

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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”.