Proverbs

MOTHERS AND HEALING WORDS

I’m wearing the “Hero Mother” medal from Soviet Union days when mothers were encouraged to have more children by being awarded special medals. Mark (my husband) thought I should have this coveted award.

I’m wearing the “Hero Mother” medal from Soviet Union days when mothers were encouraged to have more children by being awarded special medals. Mark (my husband) thought I should have this coveted award.

What a wonderful day of celebration has just passed for all of us mothers. I am sharing with you a wonderful article that I hope will be an encouragement to every mom.

Mothers perhaps have more opportunity than most other people to refine the words we speak because of the varied situations we face every day. However, “having opportunities” and “taking opportunities” can have two completely different results. Without God’s wisdom filling and ruling our souls we easily miss our chances to grow in refining the words we speak so that they are helpful, truthful, and God honoring.

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 “What did you say yesterday that brought healing? that pierced like a sword?” Kathleen Nielson

Won’t you plan to join us this Thursday morning as we encourage one another from the book of Proverbs to use our tongue in a manner that brings glory to God with everyone in our life.

THE BEAUTY OF FEARING GOD

This little fern shows a bit of God’s beauty in the world around us.  But, He desires a far greater beauty in our lives.

This little fern shows a bit of God’s beauty in the world around us. But, He desires a far greater beauty in our lives.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”

(Proverbs 31:30)

We cannot improve upon God’s clear description concerning a mother, or any woman who will be praised; “..a woman who fears the LORD,…” As I have immersed myself in the study of Proverbs, one thing stands out above everything else; fearing God results in wisdom and great glory to our amazing Creator. So appropriate for the week approaching Mother’s Day would be the deepening of our understanding of the need to have reverential awe towards God. To often “charm” and “beauty” catch our attention as desirable. But, God connects them with deceitfulness and vanity; both of which in the short and long term dishonor our amazing pure and holy God. But, humbly following God results in good mothers, happy wives, and peaceful souls. Surely, this is the real source of beauty in life. This brings to my mind these great verses. “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

In preparing for Thursday morning’s Bible study consider these thoughts and see how they tie into our lesson “Do You Want Wisdom?” Maybe we actually are not that passionate about fearing God. Let’s discuss that point on Thursday and encourage one another to be in awe of God.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

IS PROVERBS ABOUT "DOING" OR "RELATIONSHIP"?

Although most all of the world has no care about God, God’s great concern for us zeros in on our having a right and vibrant relationship with Him that shows forth the wonder of who He is. During my study this week of Lesson 2 in our study on Proverbs, I particularly noticed the strong emphasis on this book’s foundation being “a relationship with God.” I’m excited about this lesson for that very reason. During lunch today Mark read me a very interesting article that reminded me that the entire Bible from cover to cover faithfully teaches that our lives fail outside of living for the glory of God. A study in proverbs can easily become sidetracked into the teaching of morality. But, the real point is God’s glory and this can only be evident in our lives when we have a bond with God because He has forgiven us and made us His child. That beautiful alliance grows as we understand—from Proverbs and the rest of the Bible—how God wants us to live in order that He would be most honored. But He being honored must be the motivation behind a moral life.

Please plan to join us this Thursday morning as we discuss this exciting topic found in various verses throughout Proverbs.