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Father Knows Best

OK, so how weird is this?

I woke up this morning and had something on my heart to share. I am joining in with Sherri from Matter of Fact with her Proverbs 31 Day Challenge. It's an encouragement to everyone to read one chapter each day during the 31 days of January to glean from the wisdom of King Solomon and apply it to our everyday lives. Proverbs speaks to every area of life we will ever encounter.

So all weekend, I have been reading my daily chapter and realized that many of the principles that are being taught, are the very same ones that Josh and I have been trying to teach my children, especially my older two boys who are 16 and 18. Of course, all these truths are what I need to learn and apply to my life as well. Anyway....the title Father Knows Best came to mind and when I went to type it in, I noticed that I had a draft post (blank body) already titled Father Knows Best.....from Jan 09, 2009. I just thought that was pretty wild that I must have had something along the same lines to write about last year at this same time.....and also find it very likely with my ADD that I lost the thought, therefor finding it blank.

So today, I will type before I forget.......

Is it just me or are any of you just blown away but the powerful, yet so simple, teachings that are found in Proverbs? I love it because Solomon writes almost as if he's talking one-on-one with a young person (so that would be God talking to me, a child..... in my way of thinking...no age jokes please....thankyouverymuch).

He warns about being undisciplined, or the dangers of hanging around with the wrong crowd. He encourages this us to have great respect for God and to pay careful attention to good, Godly advice. He wants us to avoid the consequences of making bad choices and the destruction that will surely follow. I mean....I am only up to the 4th chapter, but had I taken even a tenth of this wisdom in my earlier days, I would not have ended up in trainwreck after trainwreck. I guess that is why I am so determined to expose my children to these great words of Truth and pray that it sinks in with them.

OK, so I have read Proverbs before, but I just love how we can read the same thing in the Bible over and over and have it shed more Light or have it apply directly to something you might be going through at that time.

Something is just stirring up in me with these teachings. It's like I want to shout from the rooftops......"Come on people! We don't have to live with sadness and defeat! We don't need to have sleepless nights that are filled with worry or regret. We don't need to be consumed with ill thoughts or anger. There is such FREEDOM just in these few short chapters. Just take the time and Listen to this Advice!!!!!!!"

Of course I need to take my own advice....I need to listen to Our Father!

I want the peace that this wisdom will bring. I need to remember to "trust in the Lord with all my heart".......I need to remember that "I cannot lean on my own understanding" when events happen in my life that disappoint me. (Prov. 3:5)

I want to always give glory and credit to God (Proverbs 3:6).....I know that everything good comes from Above. Each and every blessing in my life.....is a gift from Him. He orchestrates it all.

I want to remember that when I trust in Him (not myself), seek His wisdom (not my own..which is pretty slim pickings as it is) and acknowledge Him....I will see clearly the path God wants me to travel.

I want my children to possess the discernment that only God's wisdom will bring about. They will live a full and healthy life just by following these teachings. Their whole life will be affected by it. Proverbs 4:10-13 is such an awesome example of "staying on the Path".

I pray that they learn how Proverbs will enable them to have God's insight on how to live. This wisdom will help them have peace, which will bring success. It will help them avoid the regrettable pitfalls that can bring difficulties in their life. The only issue is whether they (we) will consider its ways and follow its advice.

I could go on and on with each individual Scripture and explain how every word can be applied.....but I probably will start rambling and babbling and going completely off tangent. So instead, I encourage *you* to take The Proverbs 31 Day Challenge yourself! We are only on Day 4 so you can catch up! Let's start 2010 wiser!

Peace and love~
*~Michelle~*

32 comments:

I'm Jen. said...

Sounds like a good challenge for January. :)

Joyce said...

I loved your thoughts on this. I'm in a 31 Day Proverbs challenge over on Pete Wilson's blog. Like you I've read it many times in my life but this year it is really speaking to me like never before. Not just for myself but also for my children who are young adults. I've encouraged them to join me in the challenge. I love the way God can speak to a 19 year old and a 49 year old in the same verse.

I'm really sitting on the ALL YOUR HEART bit...I'm good with trusting in most things but that word All really leapt out at me yesterday. And I've read those verses probably 100 times, know them by heart and sang them in a song as a kid...still they resonate today. I'll check out the link to your challenge...one thing I love about these 'group readings' is that everyone picks out something different and the comments gets me thinking about familiar scripture in a new way.

Have a great week!

Joyce said...

gracious-sorry for the long comment!

Sheryl said...

michelle,

i am doing this challenge as well and loving it. (well, except for the times it makes me go "ouch")

the book of proverbs can become too familiar. it's good to be reading it with fresh eyes and with so many others to discuss it with.

great post!

sherri said...

Michelle- I could have written this WORD FOR WORD! This is exactly how I feel. Nothing ore to add. SO glad you're on board!

Bina @ Bina's Pad said...

I love to read your excitement and your joy...your passion so very tangible for anyone who has the eyes to read it! I too have found Proverbs to be such a treasure box of wisdom, ready to be searched, pondered and put to good use...and your sweet call here drives me back to check it out fresh today. :) Thanks!!

Much love to you,
Bina

RCUBEs said...

That's interesting you found that blank post last year for the same thought! But God always make us have it in His perfect time.

Prov.3:5,6 is my life verse. This is a great challenge and like what you said, it's never tiring to read the same passages over and over because sometimes, there is a new wisdom that the Lord may bring to mind.

Blessings and love to you sister. Have a great week...

Andrea said...

I have been reading them lately in other translations (NLT, The Message). It is amazing how GOD has spoken to me. I, too still have much to learn. I am truly a work in progress.

Blessings and prayers, andrea

Kim said...

I am doing a read the Bible in a year quest (something I've been wanting to do for a while now) and it includes reading from Proverbs... but it can't hurt to read a bit more each day now can it...

Kristina P. said...

This sounds perfect. I actually haven't read The New Testament in a very long time.

Mich said...

Love the book of Proverbs. What a great idea!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Michelle, I love how God whispers in echoes to you ... year after year. Thank you for sharing the echo with us here. It's reverberating still...

Karen said...

That sounds like a great challenge!

It's true, there is a lot of wisdom to be found in the pages of Proverbs. I've never spent enough time studying it.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Proverbs is certainly one of my favorite books, there is so much wisdom to be found!

Thanks for this great challenge.

amanda said...

i loved the post!

hope you're doing well. dumb stuff is still dumb. and i'm getting sick of it. maybe i could just move in with your goats...well and all my kids...and shaun too. :0)

Deborah Ann said...

Good word for today, sis!

Tracy said...

It's fun how so many of us are reading through Proverbs right now (like Joyce, I picked up the challenge over on Peter Wilson's blog). I can so relate to your desire to want to do all these things yourself and to get your children to see them so they can avoid what you refer to as train wreck after train wreck. I too have endured many train wrecks by my own doing and want better for my sons.

Heart2Heart said...

Michelle,

I love the book of Proverbs. It's like God's quotes for Life! You can always gain some new insight no matter how many times you read it.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Just Be Real said...

Michele very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Blessings dear.

Laura said...

We love Proverbs over here too! We've been reading a chapter a day to correspond with the day of the week for a couple years now. After we're done reading we each take turns telling what verse "jumped off the page at us!" It's facinating to me to watch God speak to each of us no matter the age. My youngest, then 6 and now 8, gleams wisdom beyond her years!! God is no respector of persons and there is no age in the spirit! Great post!!!

Corinne said...

I'm just starting my journey... diving into the Word within the last two months, and I have to say - every time I read anything from Proverbs, it hits home. Always.
Thank you for this inspiring post :)

christy rose said...

I love the book of Proverbs too! I think it is funny how God leads us to teach our kids things and then we realize that the lesson was really for us. Happens to me all the time. :)

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Proverbs is always so amazing. I do the same thing and wonder why I didn't know this earlier. Comes with life experience and maturity i guess. It sits right in front of our faces. The lessons are so true and so relevant to our lives that sometimes we take them too easily. This is a great way to really reflect on them.

Bridget Chumbley said...

Michelle, this sounds great!

I completely agree with your thoughts... these are great lessons and values, and the easier to understand... the better! (IMHO) :)

Alicia said...

Awesome post, Michele! I agree, Proverbs is so convicting, and filled with wisdom from the Lord!!! Perfect for instruction for ourselves and our children. Our words may not affect them, but Gods words do!

The Things We Carried said...

I love Proverbs! Have you read Family Fountain, Warren Baldwin's blog? He wrote as book on it and I am reading that right now. It is fun to read Proverbs through another person's eyes.

Thank you for the really sweet note yo left me at my blog! Happy New Year!

Kim said...

What an awesome parent you are!

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Michelle, thanks for sharing your story of healing. The comments have been amazing. I hope you have a great new year of blogging. Sounds like you've got a great challenge to tackle!

Bill (cycleguy) said...

Michelle: For years I have tried to read through the book of Proverbs once a month for at least every other month. Each time there is so much more to learn. We are using the ESV OneYearBible to read through the Bible this year at the church I pastor. I am excited about what people are going to discover. I applaud you for taking the challenge. Thanks for visiting my site. i will be back to yours.

E @ Scottsville said...

Sounds awesome! Best of luck!

wife.mom.nurse said...

very cool :)


I do love the way the Word speaks to you in subtly different ways each time you read it...addressing where you are at the moment.

God is great!

sanjeet said...

I love the way God can speak to a 19 year old and a 49 year old in the same verse.

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