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Proverbs 12:10

So I am still plugging away, digging deep.....searching with The Proverbs 31 Day Challenge. Each morning, these powerful chapters have opened my eyes and heart to many things. Yesterday (Proverbs 11) really spoke to me about the destruction of gossip (which I have felt convicted over before).

Last week I learned exactly what really ticks God off. (Proverbs 6:16-19) I mean, I know He is slow to anger, but the Bible uses detestable (or hate or abomination, depending on what version you are using).....either way, no matter what choice of words....we need to get this message!!!

I also finally looked up the word "folly" because, well quite honestly......I never knew exactly what it meant. After reading it, I am pretty sure the only thing that was missing was a photo of me, back in the 80s (yes, sporting the huge big hair, pink lipstick and spandex) within that definition.

So yes, there is promise and reward when we seek God's wisdom. Of course the whole Bible is the Ultimate Handbook for a full life, but I am really loving all the instruction and guidance that I learning with this daily study in Proverbs. It's got just enough "fine tuning" for me. There is no gray area.....it's all black and white. It is packed with concentrated truth. And after reading these truths....it forces you to really take a look inside and pass judgment upon yourself. ouch!

Today, while reading Proverbs 12.....I came across a Scripture that is very special to me. I have been meaning to share this with you all since Christmas. OK, let's back up.....On Christmas Eve, we have a tradition where the kids each open one present. Usually it is the present that they collectively bought for each sibling. Ezra was especially excited because he went out and bought a special gift for the whole family and was out of his mind waiting for us to open it. He chose me as the official gift opener. We all almost died laughing when we saw that it was not only a Snuggie......but The Christmas Story themed Snuggie!! Here I am in all my glory....and can I shamelessly admit that it is super warm!??! I had to send the photo to Kristina from Pulsipher Predilections who is probably one of the funniest bloggers you will ever "meet" and she is all about rockin' the Snuggie! This fabulous photo of me was featured on her Snuggie Sightings' Picture of the Week!

OK, so that is not really what I wanted to share, but I couldn't resist....

After they were done......Josh came over to me and said that he had a present for me that he wanted me to open that night. This was strange because we really never do that. He brought me in our room and handed me a letter he had written. It was filled with thanksgiving and love.....lots of beautiful mushy stuff telling me how awesome it is to be spending his life with me. Of course I was welling up......and then he spoke about how even though we have been experience our share of sadness with not being able to have anymore kids.......God has a different plan with "kids" for us. He told me that I have such a way with animals and he is so happy that I am passing it along to our children. Raising them to have that same kindness and compassion for God's creatures. Then he told me that our little farm was missing one thing.........

Isn't this gorgeous!?!?! He had this sign custom made for me!!!!!!! I really think this is the best gift I have ever gotten.....there was such thought and passion behind it all. He designed it all (even that awesome little crown!)....That is our little sweetheart Trinity (now thinking about it, how cool is that name?).

I think what means the most to me....is that Josh dug deep in Scripture to find the perfect one for me, for us.....for our farm.

"A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal......."
~Proverbs 12:10

Thanks for letting me share.....

Peace and love~


Joyce said...

Well this is the first post I've read today and what a great way to start the day. How thoughtful and special and wonderful your gift is. When real thought is evident behind a gift it takes it to a whole new level.
Have a nice day!

Laura said...

Don't you just LOVE Proverbs?? Such wonderful treasure to be found there! And I love your sign. It beautifully illustrates your passion for what God's called you to. Thanks for telling us about it!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Oh how sweet! What a great Christmas present. And he did such a wonderful job designing it. How absolutely thoughtful. He is definitely a keeper, my friend...but I'm sure you already knew that ;)

christy rose said...

Love the picture of you in your Christmas snuggie! You are so cute!
And Josh's gift to you just made me bawl. What a sweet and thoughtful man you have! You are a blessed lady!

Sassy Granny ... said...

I've always thought the Proverbs 31 woman ought to be placed at the head of that great collection versus at the end. She, like you, has much to demonstrate in how best to live out this amazing life we're given.


Beth E. said...

I must say....you are ROCKIN' that Snuggie! lol

We have a church-run child care center in our town. It's named Kingdom Kids. :-)

What a sweet gift you received from Josh! He definitely earned some brownie points with that one!

Kristina P. said...

First, that is one of my favorite Snuggies. I am jealous I don't have one!

And second, the sign is such a great gift!

RCUBEs said...

Awesome gifts...I love reading Proverbs over and over. His Word truly is the light unto our feet! Blessings to you.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

oh, wow. that is just amazing- what a sweet man you have!

sherri said...

Love the sign- awesome gift!

I love it when anyone (including me) really takes the scriptures to heart- and digs a little deeper- sometimes I am compelled to do that too!

Love your insight here!

amanda said...

love the post!! you're so 'you' and i love it!!

the pic of you and n is great. totally jealous about the snuggie. lol.

and josh's gift made me tear up. how sweet. seeing you two together you can 'see' the love between you, and it's so fun to hear of it too. :0) LOVE the sign.

katdish said...

Where to begin?

Okay - First of all, if I ever wore a snuggie, it would totally be The Christmas Story themed snuggie.

The 80's thing? You and me both sister!

And that gift? That made me tear up. What a beautiful, thoughtful gift to an equally beautiful, thoughtful person!

Faith Imagined said...

What a wonderful Christmas you had! The snuggie is hilarious and the gift your hubby gave you is beautiful. He really wanted to do something special and totally came through!

Mich said...

this was so sweet.

Thanks for the sweet words you left for me on my post.

I think God picked out the perfect man for you, he just "gets you."

Have a beautiful day!

Deborah Ann said...

Aw...too cool! So how does it feel to be loved this much?

Karen said...

Okay, I didn't even know that Snuggie existed and am now righteously jealous of it.

Seriously awesome gift from your hubby. What a great man you've got!

And yes, gossip is incredibly destructive. I've really been trying to avoid it as much as I can. Nothing good usually comes from it anyway, so what's the point?

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh!! How awesome is that!!! What a beautiful gift, and the verse for that is perfect!!

Love the book of Proverbs!!! I get convicted every time!

Tracy said...

The custom sing is awesome!

I'm also really enjoying and constantly finding things I need to work on in my life as I'm reading the chapter a day in Proverbs.

wife.mom.nurse said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. You have a sweet man. Love the new sign :)

Shark Bait said...

That sign is just simply awesome!


Bridget Chumbley said...

I love that Snuggie! My kids each got one for Christmas, though now they are looking sooo boring compared to this!

That gift from your hubby is priceless, what a beautiful thought on his part!

Another terrific post, Michelle.

sanjeet said...

When real thought is evident behind a gift it takes it to a whole new level.

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