Sunday, July 24, 2016

July 25 "Sow Your Seed" Ecclesiastes 9-12

Dear Sons
Dear Daughters

"Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,

for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:6

July 24 "Be Mild And Tender to Those Who Hurt You" Ecclesiastes 5-8

Dear Ones, 

Redress all those hurtful things that have happened to you and arm yourself against the "mischief" that you could run havoc with. It is the Eternal Counsel Who will work good out of this in your life.  That's what Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 7:  Take care of your own reputation; avoid all dangerous extremes; be mild and tender toward those who have been injurious to you; and lament your own sin as that which is more vexatious than anything anyone has ever done to you.  Amen.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23 "The Ebb and Flow of My Life" Ecclesiastes 1-4

Dear Kids,

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens.
This broken world we live in, full of hate for the blue line today, is repassing through the racial discrimination in which I grew up.  The days of Ruby and Rosa.  And our lives ebb and flow.  Solomon writes this book in his older days, unlike the young writings of Proverbs.  Matthew Henry writes in his commentary that "every change concerning us, with the time and season of it, is unalterably fixed and determined by a Supreme Power, and we must take things as they come, for it is not in our power to change what is appointed for us...We live in a world of changes.  When we are in prosperity we must live easy, yet not secure because the lowest valley may join that highest mountain.  Be easy.  Be advised.  Enjoy the good of your labor---Barrett does.  Bob does.  Lauren does.  In humble dependence upon God and His Providence.  Neither lifted up with opes, nor cast down with fears, but with evenness of mind expecting every event."  Because they will come.  

"A time to be ....

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22 "Clothed With Strength" Proverbs 30-31

Dear Sons and Daughters,

This Proverbs 31 chapter is about the virtuous woman.  This verse is written by God for all of us, sons and daughters.  

Clothed with strength and dignity;
you can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:25

So, smile at the future.  It looks awful bright for all of you.  Because.  It holds future days clothed in prayer; dressed in hope; showing in beauty.  I'm praying for each of you.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21 "Iron Sharpens" Proverbs 27-29

Dear Ones, God has used no other humans more than He has used you in my life and I could not be any more grateful. "As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another."

Proverbs 27:17

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 20 "Human Nature Today, Tomorrow, in Heaven" Proverbs 23-26

Dear Ones, The plumb line of the Word of God is the most important measure in your life. Proverbs 25:28 says: "Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control." This text paints the picture of the state of our society when the walls are compromised. Defenseless. It is a metaphor of human nature as it is today; human nature as it can be in Christ; and human nature as it will be in heaven. Whatever the cost. I pray that we will all be controlled by self-control.  The right way.  Defend that city of your soul.

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 19 Proverbs 22-23

Dear Kids, 
A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1
What I love about all of you is how you treat people.  A good name.  You have.  You keep~!