Category Archives: Proverbs

What’s On The Menu?

Don’t shelter your kids.  If you do, they won’t know what hits them when they go out into the “real world.” They need to experience life. Let them be exposed to what’s out there.  I grew up in church then went crazy in the world, but I came back to church and got on the right path…they’ll be fine.  

As homeschool parents who keep our kids with us as much as humanly possible and tries to preserve their innocence as much as we can WHILE we can.  I hear those things mentioned above and I cringe!  I’m sure most of those words even came out of my OWN MOUTH a few years back. Because this is how our oldest daughter was raised.  Praise God my perspective has changed and praise God she didn’t stray TOO FAR off the path and she is married and serving as a leader with her husband in our church.  Yes, it can work out that way….but she didn’t have to experience the things she did.

Now we’re raising her 2 younger siblings and we’re following some GOOD advice! I heard these two statements that really touched my heart and I’ve been wanting to share them.

“I have 18 years to instill everything I can into my children before they go out on their own. In a world that is trying to corrupt them with lies and temptations, it is OUR JOB to shield them, to hide them in a safe environment and to BE THE FILTER through which they learn things. We’re here to give them roots. Like a seedling in a greenhouse, we’re not keeping them from the inevitable; we’re PREPARING THEM to thrive!”Jentezen Franklin

“I want to establish their appetite BEFORE they are handed the menu.” – Gregg Johnson – founder of J12 ministries.

I absolutely love their perspective on parenting and it’s biblical!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!Psalm 34:8

Instill truth, purity, love, honesty, patience, joy, kindness and forgiveness through the word of God and your kids will be prepared for anything the world wants to throw at them.  They won’t be caught off guard and have the desire to experience “something new”.  They will be appalled by it and shine a light will be so bright – darkness won’t stand a chance!

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 18:12

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.Psalm 119:105

Lord, help me to raise my children by Your Word giving them the desire to know You themselves and establish their own relationship with You. Holy Spirit show me who my children were created to be! In Jesus’ name, I pray….AMEN!

I Hate Being A Mom

Laundry piled up everywhere, dirty dishes overfilling the sink, Lego blocks poking perfectly in the center of my FOOT, kids fighting over whatever the other kid has….and those are the everyday things. Then there’s the back talking, the pouting when they don’t get their way, the uninterrupted phone conversation I’ve NEVER had….along with the unattended bathroom trip I’ve NEVER experienced. Cleaning the house with the kids home is like brushing my teeth while eating Oreos (ever heard that one?  Every mom can relate!)

Oh and when I get up early to have a little bit of quiet time, make my coffee….pull out my journal or blog….sit down and hear MOMMMMMMM!    (My 2 youngest seriously JUST walked in and said something to me as soon as I typed that…and my older child who is out of the home text me! Lol)

Anyway….where was I?  Oh yes…motherhood.  Did I mention that I’m a stay at home mom who homeschools?  Yeah….so this is ALL day EVERYday!  And in the midst of this chaos…can you believe I have never once said…”I Hate Being A Mom”.  Nope…never….those words have never uttered my lips or even my thoughts.  It was actually hard for me to write that title.

All the reasons one may think they hate about being a mom are some of the reasons why I LOVE Being a Mom.  Here’s why…

If I have laundry piled up….my kids have clothes on their backs!  If I have dirty dishes…my kids have food in their stomachs.  If I’m stepping on painful little plastic indestructible things…my kids have some nicely made toys to play with.  When my kids are fighting, back talking, or pouting…I get to take those opportunities and turn them into life lessons.

I would LOVE to be able to talk on the phone or go to the bathroom by myself…but that could mean my kids aren’t even around…and I wouldn’t want that.  If my house still looks messy even after I’ve cleaned it….at least I know it’s a happy home…a fun home…and a lived in home where my kids get to be kids.  Pressure is off to keep everything perfect.

And that sweet sound in the morning (my kids calling for me from the bedroom or my older daughter calling from her home) would be dearly missed if it went silent for any reason at all.

I’m thankful for being a mom.  I’m blessed to be counted worthy enough to raise my children up along side my husband in the way the Lord desires.  We get to pray for our kids and ask the Lord to show us the plans He has for them and then impart that into their lives. As a mom, I have the opportunity and privilege of directing them in the way they should go and encouraging them that they CAN do all that God has called them to do. I get to let them know that they have ALL that they will ever need because they have Christ in them, the Holy Spirit guiding them, and God who loves them so much He planned it out before they were even born.


“Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.”Proverbs 22:6

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A guy too angry with green shirts

I heard an epic message this week from my pastor on ANGER.  The best point I took from it was this.  “Anger is a choice.”  So I just had to share it because already, it has made me think before getting angry…especially with my kids.

I’ve had to ask myself…”Do I really want to CHOOSE to be angry over something that spilled?  How many times have I spilled something (and their hands are smaller than mine)?  What good is getting angry going to do anyway?”

With my husband, if he forgets one item on the list of 20 things I give him, do I REALLY want to CHOOSE to be angry with him over that?

Maybe you’re saying, “Well sometimes I have a RIGHT to be angry.” Okay…well think about ALL the things you have done wrong in your lifetime!  Okay…let’s not go back that far.  Just think about things you have done wrong this week! Have you lied, lost your temper, spoken badly about someone?  Used God’s name in vain?  Have you done anything that could cause God to be unhappy with you or even angry?  If we really thought about it, we probably have.  HOWEVER….guess what!?  He’s NOT!  God has already forgiven us for everything we would ever do wrong in our entire lifetime!

Soooo if God isn’t getting angry with US….what RIGHT do we have   to be angry with anyone else?

Anger is a choice….so my advice….choose not to be!  Then forgive and see what a difference that makes in you and everyone around you.

An angry person starts fights, a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sins.” –  Proverbs 29:22 

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” – Colossians 3:13


sometimes-i-feel-as-useless-as-a-white-crayon-quote-1Ever feel absolutely useless?  Feel like you’re just letting every day pass you by? Ready for a change?  Are you sure?  Only continue reading this if you’re absolutely sure you want something different to happen in your life.

Okay, you’re still here so you must be serious.  I’ll give you a count down to what you need to do, just in case you want to back out.  Ready?

3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . 


Yep, it’s that simple!  The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:58  “my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that NOTHING you do for the Lord is ever USELESS.”

Here’s some examples of things you can do for the Lord:

  • Pray for someone.
  • Be thankful.
  • Call up a friend or family member and tell them you love them.
  • Tell your kids how much Jesus loves them.
  • Take someone out to lunch and share the love of Christ with them.
  • Here’s a tough one, do what your parents or your boss asks of you without complaining.
  • Forgive someone who has hurt you.
  • Bless those who persecute you.

These are simple yet powerful ways you can be used by God EVERYDAY.  Now, you have no reason to feel useless anymore!

 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.” – Matthew 6:14

“Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.” Romans 12:14
“Do everything without complaining and arguing”Philippians 2:14
“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it”.Proverbs 22:6
“Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.1 Thessalonians 5:17-18


silenceI’ve recently been reading about King Hezekiah.  What a great King! The Bible says he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.  Something that really spoke to me while reading about him was this…

When the Assyrian King was mocking him for depending on God and even mocking the Lord Himself, Hezekiah didn’t fight back with sword, fist or even argument.  He took it all to God.  He knew this wasn’t his battle to fight.  He even instructed all of his people not to answer the insults that were being thrown at them.  What a wise King!  Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.  – Proverbs 29:11

After receiving a letter from King Sennacherib, which in short said, “don’t let your God deceive you, all the Kings of Assyria have destroyed everyone who stood in their way, why should you be any different?”  Hezekiah didn’t fear for his life, he didn’t surrender to the threats, he didn’t blame God for putting him in this situation. No. He took it before the Lord whom he trusted and respected and he prayed to Him.

After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord. And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God. – Isaiah 37:14-17

I believe Hezekiah prayed this in full confidence because he knew who God was.  How do you get to know God?  Read His word, talk to Him, fall in love with Him over and over.  That way when someone comes against you or even worse, your God, you will not waiver, you will not doubt, you will not bow down or run in fear.  You will stand strong in your faith knowing that your God (the God who created the universe) is real, His word is true, and your life matters to Him.

This is how the Lord answered Hezekiah’s prayer –

And this is what the LORD says about the king of Assyria:
“‘His armies will not enter Jerusalem.
They will not even shoot an arrow at it.
They will not march outside its gates with their shields
nor build banks of earth against its walls.
The king will return to his own country
by the same road on which he came.
He will not enter this city,’
says the LORD. For my own honor and for the sake of my servant David, I will defend this city and protect it.’” – Isaiah 37:33-35

When people come against your faith, your family,  your character,  or your calling…don’t attack them back.  Take it to God and let Him be your defender.


boastful_person_tshirts-r585dd41b1be7474f98d285669ab68c8d_804g5_512Love is not boastful

boast·ful – ˈbōs(t)fəl/
adjective – showing excessive pride and self-satisfaction in one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.

It’s hard to show someone else love when we’re too focused on ourselves.  It’s difficult to carry on a conversation with someone when we’re thinking of all the great things we did that day.  We’re not listening to them, we’re just waiting for them to stop talking so we can share how awesome we are.  And no one has a chance to say, “Good job!” because we’ve already told them what a great job we’ve done.  Ever met that type of person? Ever BEEN that type of person?  I think we all have been honestly.

Matter of fact, Facebook and Instagram have become a perfect avenue for boasting.  I know that’s hard to consider, it’s hard for me too.  I look at things I’ve posted just this week and have to ask myself…was I being boastful?  I was actually tempted to skip this section in my “Love Is” category because the more I thought about what boasting is, the more I realized I do it!  That’s what I love about the word of God though.  It reveals things in us that need to be dealt with.  God says to love and He says that love is not boastful, so if that’s in me, I want it gone. Not addressing that in myself is being prideful and that’s the next thing that God says love is NOT.

To sum it up, we can’t glorify God if we’re busy glorifying ourselves.

Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips. – Proverbs 27:2

Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” – 1 Corinthians 1:31

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor. – James 4:10


wisdomGod told King Solomon he could have whatever he wanted, and he asked for wisdom.  I believe he already had more wisdom than most people though because who else would have been smart enough to ask for that??  He became the wisest King that ever lived and God gave him riches and fame as a bonus!  That was one wise request!  We all need wisdom…but what is it?

Wisdom is beneficial and will multiply your days and years!  Wisdom is having good judgment, making smart decisions. Wisdom can save you from punishment and disasters. Wisdom does away with pride. Wisdom is feeding yourself with the book with red letters, not fifty shades of grey.  Wisdom is accepting constructive criticism and being even-tempered.  Wisdom is knowing what to say, when to say it, and knowing when to just be silent.  Wisdom is fear of the Lord and knowledge of the Holy One.  Wisdom is loving yourself enough to acquire more wisdom by asking for advice, listening to instruction and never turning your back on knowledge.  Wisdom is Jesus Christ…we all need it because we all need Him.

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God… God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; He made us pure and holy, and He freed us from sin. –             1 Corinthians 24;30

Wise words come from the lips of people with understanding, but those lacking sense will be beaten with a rod. Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. – Proverbs 10:13-14

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2 NLT 

Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart; wisdom is not found among fools. – Proverbs 14:33 NLT

A wise person is hungry for knowledge while the fool feeds on trash. -Proverbs 15:14 

If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor. -Proverbs 15:31, 33 NLT

From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. – Proverbs 16:23 NLT

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. – Proverbs 17:27-28 NLT

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.  Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.  Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer. – Proverbs 9 – 12

To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. – Proverbs 19:8 NLT

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. – Proverbs 19:20 NLT

If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn your back on knowledge. – Proverbs 19:27 NLT

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! – 1Kings 3:10-13


Finish-the-Race-Acts-2024Ever lose that burning passion to follow God? That desire to rise up early in the morning, seek Him and then pursue every unbeliever you know?

Don’t you ever just want to go back to the “easy life” where you were free to do whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted.  Ever miss those times where everyone was your “best” friend and you had plenty because you were in with the crowd, and you all had each other’s backs?

Don’t you sometimes miss where doing “whatever” caused you to wake up with a crazy hangover that you got to brag to all your “best” friends about?  And since you could do it whenever you wanted you were up until 4 am but it was okay because you didn’t have to be at work until 6.  And don’t you miss when your “best” friend stole your boyfriend and it was cool because then you could share both of their dirty secrets with all your other “best” friends?

Don’t you ever just wish you could go back to those days of innocent fun?  Those days where you didn’t feel like you were offending people with your beliefs.  Besides, you weren’t hurting anyone but yourself. Well, except your friends, your parents, possibly your kids and spouse (or future ones), your “best” friend and ex-boyfriend, your employer, oh and every person you could have led to salvation. But really no one else was affected.  So don’t you want to go back to those days?

Sadly, some of you are still saying yes.  Hopefully more of you are saying no.  I’m not sure what your answer is, but I know mine and I shall not be like a dog returning to it’s vomit or a washed pig that returns to the mud.  (2 Peter 2:22)

I choose to stay on the course set before me and finish the race on fire for Christ.  I will not lose my passion, I will not desire the things of this world and I will guard myself and my family from allowing any evil into our home.  I will show my children the love of the Father.  I will teach them His ways, I will direct them onto the right path so that when they are older they will not leave it. (Proverbs 22:6)  When criticism comes, I will hold strong to my faith and my convictions and I WILL hear the words, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant!”

Don’t lose sight of what is to come!


prov910I was listening to an interview with a couple who had received a call that their son was in a bad car accident.  The interviewer said, “So your worst fear came true?”  And I thought, how many times have I heard that or said it!?  Even Job made this statement in the Bible. What I always feared has happened to me. What I dreaded has come true. – Job 3:25

When I heard it this time, revelation hit and I thought….when are we going to learn to stop thinking or speaking a worst fear?  We’re just opening up a window for the enemy to jump in!

Serve only the Lord your God and fear Him alone. Obey his commands, listen to His voice, and cling to Him. – Deuteronomy 13:4


spirit soul bodyIf you’ve asked the Lord into your life, you might be thinking, well of course my soul is saved! But actually it was your spirit that was saved.  When you accepted Christ as your Savior, you became a new creation, and your spirit will leave this earth and go to be with Jesus when you die or when we are raptured. (So don’t go getting worried about whether you’re going to Heaven or not.)

Your body and soul, however, still need work. They need to come into agreement with your new spirit.  For example:  Ladies, read this verse: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but YOU surpass them all!”Proverbs 31:29.

Men, read this verse:  “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach and be patient with difficult people.”–  2 Timothy 2:24

Ladies, did you read that and think, “Ha, that’s so not me, I don’t surpass anyone!”  Or men, did you think, “well then I guess I’m not a servant of the Lord because I argue and am so not patient with difficult people!”

We think this way because our soul (our mind, will emotions and conscience) has not come in agreement with our perfect spirit (the word of God that is alive in us).  Our soul is still filled with all the corruption we allowed into it. The lies,the insults, and the ridicule from others or ourselves.

That’s why James 1:21 says, ”So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.” James isn’t talking to the unbeliever here. He’s talking to the Christians. He’s telling us that the Word of God has the power to save our souls.

As we spend time in the Bible and we begin to realize that the words on those pages are a reflection of the spirit that is within us, we will begin to see ourselves that way (the way God sees us). That’s renewing our mind and as our souls are changed, our body begins to follow.

He doesn’t love us any less or take away our salvation if our mind isn’t renewed but we are missing out on an amazing life here on earth, if it’s not.

Once you grasp this concept, ladies, I believe you will be saying and believing, “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but I surpass them all and that’s the way my Father sees me!”

And men, you will say, “I am a servant of the Lord, I will not quarrel but be kind to everyone, I will be able to teach and be patient with difficult people because that’s who God says I am!”

For a more in depth study on this, I highly recommend this book.  Spirit, Soul, and Body by Andrew Wommack


mazePicture this, you’re traveling to your home and the only way to get there is through this huge maze.  There are warning signs all over the outside walls about how dangerous it can be.  There are trap doors, shaky bridges, total darkness, even people staged to pull you the wrong direction, and you have to find your way through it.  You start walking through the maze and someone stops you and says “Wait!  I’m going to give you a choice.  You can take this device with you and it will guide you safely through the maze OR you can try to get through it yourself and have the satisfaction of knowing you did it all on your own.”

Some of you thought the first choice was obvious until you read the second one, right?  You probably thought…”Yeah, I’d like to know that I accomplished something that difficult on my own”.

Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but that’s PRIDE and it’s what keeps so many people lost, hurt, and living in darkness.  We want to think we can handle this world ourselves but we can’t.  We weren’t meant to.  We were made to walk in fellowship with God.

The world is one crazy maze and it’s different for everyone.  So no human being can tell you with certainty “go this way” or “go that way”. There is a different path laid out for each of us.  However, IF we choose, we can all have the same guide to get us through it.  It’s YOUR choice and it’s the most important choice you’ll ever have to make.  Once you choose to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, He fills you with this guide who knows every single step you need to take.  His name is the Holy Spirit.   Sometimes He’s loud, sometimes He’s quiet but He’s always there and He’s always guiding you.  You just have to pay attention.

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. – John 14:26

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Galatians 5:16

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be happy. – Proverbs 16:18,20


proverbs 22 6I just watched Mom’s Night Out for the third time and I just absolutely love everything about that movie!  I think I laughed even harder the last time, even through all the bonus features!

Of course, as a homeschool mom, I loved the fact that the directors of this film are homeschoolers and that they give credit to their mom and their homeschooling for their becoming filmmakers.  Because of their homeschooling, they had more flexibility in their schedules and were able to pursue a passion they had, at an early age.  You can watch their short story here along with a trailer to the movie.

There are a lot of reasons people give in favor of homeschooling but I’d have to say that one of my favorites is being able to focus on my kids’ main interests; it makes school exciting for them and in turn, easier for me!  Of course, I teach them the basics: math, reading, writing, science, social studies, etc., but at home I can spend most of the time on things that are more interesting to them, and it has changed through the years.  My son wanted to read, so that’s the first thing we did and he was reading at a 2nd grade level at age 5. Then he wanted to type, so we worked on that and he’s pretty good at it already.  He’s 7 now and he is really interested in science. He wants to invent things so we’re doing experiments and will be working with electronics.  He’s learning how to build circuit boards! He also wants to learn the drums and is very talented already (so daddy, the drummer, gets to be his music teacher).

I don’t know exactly what God has planned for my children, but I do know that God has put desires in their hearts.  And just as the Mom’s Night Out brothers had a love for film-making, my children are going to have a love for something in particular.  And with them at home, I can recognize it and teach them according to those desires and see them prosper in those areas of their life.

Now, I’m not at all saying that if you don’t homeschool you can’t help your child pursue his dreams.  This isn’t about whether you should or shouldn’t homeschool.  Matter of fact, three out of the 5 of us in our family graduated from public schools and we turned out pretty great. This is just MY main reason for homeschooling now and I’d love to hear from other parents on why you homeschool (as long as it’s not just because you hate public schools). 😉

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

There are a lot of reasons people give in favor of homeschooling but I’d have to say that one of my favorites is being able to focus on my kids’ main interests; it makes school exciting for them and in turn, easier for me!


My prayer is that our children know the love You have for them
That they will let their lives be guided, by the Holy Spirit within
I pray that they will know You Lord and all that You have done
From Creation to the amazing sacrifice of Your only Son

I pray that they will realize Jesus had THEM on His heart
When He said “It is finished!” with his body shred apart
I know they’ll never comprehend that scandalous show of grace
But I pray that they believe it washes shame right off their face

I pray they never feel condemned for wrong that they may do
But instead will feel conviction from the love they have for You
Holy Spirit guide them in every choice they’ll have to make
Don’t let the world around them turn them into something fake

Show them who they are, who YOU’VE called them to be
Make Your plans known to them.  Lord, make them known to me
Show us how to raise them to be servants of Your Son
You’ve placed them in our care Lord and I ask Your will be done

It’s in Jesus’ mighty name I pray, He’s my Savior, my Lord, my Friend
I believe it, I receive it, SO BE IT and AMEN!

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older,
they will not leave it. – Proverbs 22:6


20140816_111933My hubby and I were outside pulling weeds that had overtaken our garden.  But it wasn’t just the weeds that were out of control.  Last year I had planted this tiny little mint plant.  It smells great and it has really pretty purple flowers.  Every now and then I would go out and pick some of the leaves and make mint tea.  But I’ve let it get out of control and now it’s taken over a third of the garden and has attracted a whole lot of insects (including lots of bees!)  Amazing how something so good turned so bad because I let it.

What have you allowed into your life because it seemed innocent enough?  And now you’re spending all your time trying to deal with it because it got out of hand.  Something can look nice and smell nice but too much of it isn’t always the best for you.

“Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!” – Proverbs 25:16


visualizationI love being around wise people. I love hearing the wisdom they have attained through their years of life, experiences in ministry, and direct words from the Lord. So when I read most of Proverbs, it’s like getting to hang out with King Solomon, the wisest of them all. 

However, I’ve realized that depending on the CONDITION OF YOUR HEART and the MINDSET you have, you can read Proverbs and feel so much conviction that you walk away from it thinking you’re a failure and unable to be used by God OR you realize you’ve just gained so much WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING that you walk away wiser, willing and ready to allow God to move in your life and use you in mighty ways for His glory. Check the condition of your heart and mind!

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. – Proverbs 1:2-6 NLT