Proverbs by the World’s Wisest Man

King Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead the nation of Israel, way back in the day. God was so pleased that Solomon didn’t ask for things for himself that God said, (in 2 Chronicles 1:11-12 NKJV) which I copied from esword.com:
2Ch 1:11 …”Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king—
2Ch 1:12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.”

When Queen Sheba came to Solomon from Africa with tremendous gifts for King Solomon and with questions, she left having received more than she gave him and it says in 2 Chronicles 9:4 that when she saw all that King Solomon had and how things were set up, “there was no more spirit in her.”

She came to him because she heard of his incredible wisdom, but she underestimated him until she listened to his answers and saw the blessings of God firsthand.

Solomon blessed the people and praised God. ‘The Lord has kept his promise to David and I have built the temple for the Name of the Lord,’ he declared. – Slide 13

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I’ve been reading Proverbs lately, and when I got to Proverbs 15 I thought, I’m going to write these down so I can meditate on these verses and possibly memorize some of them.

I’ve been reading Proverbs for years. It amazes me how many times while reading the Bible that I’ll think sometimes, oh, I’ve already read this, nothing new here.

Then, I’ll read and it’s like I’ve never seen this verse or passage before and ideas will formulate that never occurred to me before. It’s definitely a supernatural book, the best selling book ever printed.

One day, at a hospital waiting for my sister to come out of surgery last year, I read a section in the Old Testament that was hard to read because God was mad about sin. On and on it went about sin and the consequences for His people that lived in ways that violated His commandments. They never intended to repent. The nation was going downhill and families were splitting up and women were destitute because they didn’t have the ability to make money, etc.

So, while reading, this older guy came along and he saw my unsmiling face and made a comment about the Bible and my attitude toward it. And without giving it any thought, I told him the Bible was boring. I got so flustered and he got called away, and I thought, why did I say that?

Not to say that when I’m reading long lists of names of people that I don’t know, that I haven’t had to stifle a yawn. But there’s such a richness to the Word of God, when I think back on that conversation, I wish I hadn’t responded that way. I asked God to forgive me and I prayed for the fellow, because I wasn’t prepared to answer him about God’s wrath.

I heard a sermon in a church I visited on Sunday. Part of the message was to pray to God to be prepared to share the glorious news of salvation. The “Good News” includes the bad news that all are sinners and all need an advocate, a redeemer to make it into heaven. So, I’ll pray again for that elderly man in case he doesn’t know Jesus as his Lord and Savior.

I hope this finds you well. May God bless you!

Writing Opportunities

I recently received “Christian Communicator” Magazine. Some months back they announced that they were going to combine their professional writer’s magazine with their normal writing magazine. This month that concept grabbed my attention.

One year at the Montrose Christian Writers Conference, the editors and agents gathered for a question and answer period for the participants. They told us that we should pay attention to the business side of writing. I think this combination of “Christian Communicator” will help us do that.Christian Communicator 5 6 2017.jpeg

The first article this month is written by James Scott Bell. I like his fiction and his writing craft books. The article for the May/June issue is entitled, “Short and Strategic” under the heading, “Marketing.”

He gives advice for getting an author’s name in the public realm and he tells how to make some money and how to increase or establish an email list of readers.

The next article under “The Write Stuff” is entitled “Making Editors Smile,” written by Dr. Dennis E. Hensley. He too, is a prolific author and gives valuable insights to avoid rejections and to develop relationships with editors and to earn income as a freelance writer.

I didn’t write this with the express notion of advertising the “Christian Communicator.”

I tried one of James Scott Bell’s ideas as I wrote a small article this morning right after having time in the Word and in prayer. I called three different family members whose opinion I value and they gave critiques and support, so after I let my rough draft set for a few days, I hope to submit it. I just prayed today for an opportunity to earn some money since a freelance writer’s income is sporadic until they have established customers and even then they need to keep marketing their work and/or services to new editors and clients since circumstances change.

Reading in the book of 1Kings and of Solomon’s wisdom, it reminded me to ask God for help with my writing. In a dream, Solomon told God that he didn’t have the wisdom to lead the multitude of Israelis. He wanted to be a king who judged the people with insight and he wanted to please God. 1Kings 3:11, (ESV):  And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,

1Ki 3:12  behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.

1Ki 3:13  I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.

1Ki 3:14  And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

Having read in James_1:5 , (KJV), “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him,” I figured God wouldn’t object to me asking for wisdom about projects to write and markets to send pieces to various editors.

He is a good God.

So, I’ll see what this latest opportunity provides. I thought I’d write a thank you note to “Christian Communicator” if my article gets accepted.

May God bless you.

 

Thoughts

I’m amazed that our Bible study topic is based on Joyce Meyer’s book, The Mind Connection, and “Walk in the Word” on Christian radio is following the life of Jacob and how his thinking impacted his actions.

Pastor James Mac Donald is discussing strongholds of the mind, very interesting. If Joyce Meyer will speak about that remains to be seen. We’re only on chapter five. She continually refers the reader to the Bible and to God as our main focus to maintain equilibrium and joy in the ups and downs we face in this world.

She’s right. It’s just that in the thick of things, I’m used to reacting how I’ve always reacted. It takes a re-training of perceptions and responses, which they both say doesn’t happen overnight.

I’m glad they say that so I’m not overwhelmed with guilt. “Why am I not getting this, like, immediately?!!”, I might be tempted to say and feel deep in my inner person.

I took 3 x 5 cards and wrote some quotes from Joyce Meyer’s book for my tiny filing system. These were on focus. Somehow focus came up more than once today. I also quoted two sections of Scripture from Ecclesiastes from a chapter that Joyce recommended. I didn’t choose her reference, but a little farther down the chapter.

King David’s son, Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, and he was known for incredible wisdom. Here are some of his thoughts at the latter part of his life.

Ecc 5:18 (KJV) Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.
Ecc 5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.
Ecc 5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

The New King James Version of the Bible in verse 5:20 says, “For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”

Ecc 7:5 (KJV) It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

So, as I did dishes today, because of Joyce’s book, I decided to pay attention to what I liked about doing dishes. It’s cold today and it was incredibly windy. I noticed that as I washed in the warm water, my hands stopped feeling like ice. Nice.

My husband told a lady that if you have dishes to wash, you must have food to eat, and that was a reason to be thankful. She tells me that she quotes him, often.

So, I hope you are enjoying your life, no matter where you’re at, no matter where you live, no matter what your circumstances. I hope you can find something to celebrate.

I’m thinking, “This is not my home, I’m only traveling through before all of eternity.”

Be blessed.