IN JULY OF THIS 2020 YEAR, THE LORD GAVE ME A PROVERBS JOURNAL THAT ALLOWED ME TO READ A CHAPTER EACH DAY, AND THEN NOTE FROM THAT READING. BELOW WILL BE A LINK TO THE CHAPTER FOR EACH DAY, MY NOTES FOR THAT CHAPTER, AND SOME DAYS POETRY THAT HIS WORD INSPIRED ME TO WRITE AS WELL. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL AND STRENGTHENING JOURNEY.
THANKS GOD FOR THE MOMENTS! I LOVE YOU!
Proverbs, Chapter 16 (Click here to read for better understanding of the connection between the scripture and the notes they inspired below.)
Lord, today was full. There was so much to do after Nathan had called last night to tell us that Tim had cracked 4 ribs and had an infection. They needed us to take some bio bags for them to the doctor’s office because Tim was told to stay in bed, and being a fall risk (which is what led to his cracked ribs), Nathan could not leave him.
Thank You for his call the night before. It allowed me to make sure I read Your word to prepare for my day. And what were Your first words to me Proverbs 16?
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.”
And verse three assures me as well,
“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
Everything about this day was so different than the last few days. Despite all the hardships, the errands, the scheduling challenges, and the busyness of it all, the stress was replaced with Your praises and outpouring of blessings. Everything and everyone made verse 7 come to such beautiful life.
And for whatever sweet reason You had in mind, You turned the message of the day towards the latter part of a sentence from You. The first of course being that Your word prepares us, establishes our thoughts, answers for our tongue, and brings joy to everyone along the way. But then You sent two perfect strangers to me on the side of the road, in two different places.
You brought them to life in verses 8, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, and 19. It’s like You are determined to let me know that even though I did not handle my spirit very well within my trying times earlier this week, how I handled afterwards was just as wise and made You happy.
“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.”
Bringing all to You in prayer, being honest to You and myself about my behavior, my words, my attitude, my unwise choices, and my failings to You, were exactly what I was supposed to do. Allowing You to instruct me, to correct me, to rebuke me, to reprove me, to chastise me, to convict me, to purge me… was all needed. And then of course to pray for others, to ask for mercy, and to seek to prepare… allowed that discipline to be the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding You promised.
And then You finished my day with outpourings of love from my WordPress family all day long. It would be evening before I really got to read them all, and to respond. What pleasant words! They were indeed sweet to my soul, and health to my bones. How powerfully You illustrate the difference a day and Your word makes.
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.”