Today’s scriptural affirmation

Pr. 15:24:  “The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.”

Scripture goes forth to accomplish and prosper in the purpose for which it was sent.  Speak it into your life and your loved ones lives today.

Repeat after me:

The way of life winds upward for me, that I may turn away from hell below.

And again:

The way of life winds upward for [insert your children’s or loved ones names], that (he, she, they) may turn away from hell below.

Enjoy the upward journey,

jamieio

Advertisements

The protection of a loving Father

Pr. 19:16:  “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.”

Usually, we are the laid-back kind of parents who not only allow their kids to play in rain puddles, but enjoy watching them do so.  We let our kids climb on rocks and walk across things as though those things are balance beams.  We don’t mind when our kids jump off of things, etc.

When we got to Niagara Falls earlier this month; however, all that changed.  As parents, we noticed the strong presence of slippery surfaces all around that park.  Since it was our goal to have an injury-free vacation, our easygoing attitudes turned a bit more tense.

Our kids weren’t being overly careless when they tried to climb and walk on the rocks at Niagara.  They weren’t trying to get hurt when they wanted to run on the water-soaked steps at the bottom of falls.  They’re just kids and they can’t yet see around all the corners.

It’s our job, as their guardians, to set them up for success.  A desire to not see them injured meant that we had to be a bit more strict with our rules.

This verse reminds me of how God protects us.  He has given us commandments to keep us safe and set us up for success.  He wants not just abundant life for us, but also eternal life.  Even when we’re not intentionally being careless, His loving protection is already in place to keep us safe.

His commandments will also help us in those moments when we feel like being intentionally careless.  He doesn’t tell us not to steal just to keep us bound.  There are consequences to stealing, and following His commandments will keep us from those consequences.

Isn’t He good?  Just as we didn’t want our kids to be injured, break bones, or die on the slippery rocks of our vacation world, God doesn’t want us to be injured, become broken, or die here in this world.  He is a loving Provider, caring for His own.

Thank you, Lord, for preparing my way, directing my steps, and giving me wise guidance along the way.  As much as I’ve already been hurt, I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been without You.  I am glad You are a Father who cares. 

Thankful for His commandments,

jamie

Consider the ant

Pr. 6:6-8:  “Go to the ant, you sluggard!  Consider her ways and be wise, which, having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.”

We all have times of summer and harvest.  These are good times…happy times…when all seems to be right with the world, the sky is bluer, the sun is brighter.  We are happy.  However, we also have times when we are toiling, tilling, muddy, in pain, tired, and overworked.  There are times when we’ve lost something we hold dear.  How can we be prepared to make it through those dark times, those tiring, muddy times when we feel as though all we are doing is tilling and getting blisters?

Consider the ways of the ant…We won’t go hungry during those toiling times if we have stock-piled while it was still summer.  It can become easy during harvest/summer times of our souls to become distracted and forget to read the Word, continue in prayer, and to seek the Lord’s will.  After all, everything is going great!

Pr. 30:8-9 says, “Give me neither poverty nor riches-feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”

We can get so full of what we want, and so full of the feelings that accompany summer that we forget the Lord.  Do we only pray when things are going wrong and we need help?  Do we only read the Word when we need an answer for something?  If so, we are cheating ourselves.  God wants us to have abundant life.

That doesn’t mean we get our every desire and nothing ever goes wrong…it simply means we have hope, joy, peace, comfort, and the promise of salvation while we are toiling.  The work isn’t so bad when you know you have a Savior who gave up His life for our salvation.  The dark times don’t feel like the end when you have the hope of a future of salvation through that sacrifice.  The pain of tilling isn’t so overwhelming when you have peace that passes all understanding.  Loss isn’t as piercing when you were storing up promises from the Comforter beforehand, and you allow Him to truly comfort you during your time of need.

Thinking like an ant today,

jamie