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Daily Devotions from Proverbs Sticky Post

Hello Friend!  I am so thankful that you have joined me here today!  If you have found your way to this site, I am assuming that you are interested in reading through and studying the book of Proverbs!  You will find an entire year of daily devotions from the book of Proverbs here, along with abbreviated versions for each day on the “Just A JustAThoughtThought” page.  Please pick the corresponding month and day (you can access these by clicking on the small white square with the lines in it above and to the left and then scroll down the sidebar to “archive”) to the date that you are reading this on and feel free to begin!  Additionally, you will find the most recent posts by scrolling down below.

A wise teacher once told their class, of which I was a part, that a great way to start each and every day was to read the corresponding chapter in the book of Proverbs to that date, thereby gaining much needed wisdom for the day before it begins!  Through the writing of the devotions here on The Life Warrior, I have attempted to share my love of the book of Proverbs which was gained by following through on that wise advice and also to give a blueprint for the reader to follow in personalizing what is read.Resources

Please also check out the “Resources” page where I hope that you will find some helpful downloadable resources, including memory cards on the Attributes of God, the Attributes of the Holy Spirit, the Names of God and more.

It is my prayer that you will gain much in the way of wisdom for your life through reading the book of Proverbs and by extension develop the habit of seeking wisdom through reading the bible daily if you do not already do so.

Prayers and blessings,

Kristin

True Wisdom- @Job

Good Morning Friend! It’s early this morning and still dark as I write this from my office at home where I am taking some time for reading my bible and prayer before going about my day. As I sat down to begin, my eyes fell on some notes that I had taken from a recent sermon by Pastor Josh Gard, at Beaver (Oregon) Community Church. (Listen to his sermon here) He has been going through the book of Job with his congregation. I know, I know… you may be thinking, “Job”- really? Or you might be asking, “Who would want to go through the book of Job in an in-depth way and what can we learn from it, besides depressing ourselves as we contemplate the possibility of having combined disasters happen in our own lives in the same way that Job did?”

It turns out that there are multiple non-depressive things to learn from this book! This particular sermon was entitled “True Wisdom”, which is what caused me to want to share some of the truths gleaned from it here on The Life Warrior today. In chapter 28 of the book of Job, the author begins by pointing out that humans are daring and creative in their pursuit of wealth. Yet despite human’s prowess at seeking and obtaining wealth, they are not the originator and giver of true wisdom.

“But do people know where to find wisdom? Where can they find understanding?” Job 28:12

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Guarding Against Laziness

July31Good Morning Friend!  Today marks the end of another year’s worth of reading daily in the book of Proverbs! If you have stuck with our devotions on wisdom through this year, you are to be congratulated and it has been my prayer that those reading it would gain insight and revelation for their lives through this discipline.  God has a way of specifically highlighting those things that we need for each day as we read through his word. I want to remind you as well of the “Just a Thought” page which contains each day’s devotion in an abbreviated form.  Perhaps you may have read through the entire year and you just want to stop by and read a quick refresher or perhaps you are new to this devotional and want to read along, yet you feel that you do not have the necessary time to read the full post each day.  “Just a Thought” is for you!

Today, we are reading through Proverbs, chapter 31 and it is definitely fitting that we end this year with the chapter that gives an overview of the life of a woman who incorporated wisdom so well.  She stands out as an example for each of us, whether man or woman, in the principles that she lived out.  She obviously was a hard worker, incorporating diligence, kindness, compassion, shrewdness in business, avoidance of foolishness and many other qualities that made her a great example of wisdom, as well as an accomplished leader, wife and mother.  Wisdom gained was not allowed to stay on the level of mental knowledge alone in her life and it shouldn’t be in ours either!

As I read through this chapter this morning, it was hard to pick just one verse to focus on for the day!  Verses 10-12 express the value of and the outcome of wisdom incorporated when they say, “Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?  She is more precious than rubies.  Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.”  Whether a man or a woman, a husband or a wife, a single person, a child, a widow or widower, knowing that our lives add value to someone else’s life is to be admired and emulated.  Being able to say that others trust us and that we bring them good, enriching their lives is a great compliment and one to be desired!

However, my verse today is going to be verse 27, which says, “She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.

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Some Thoughts on Honoring Parents

Hello Friend and Fellow Life Warrior!  As I begin my devotional time this morning, I have been listing out those things that I want to remember to pray over today and it is quite a long list!  Some things are things that I need to confess and repent of; wrong attitudes or thinking that goes down the wrong path and eventually leads to wrong words and/or actions.  Other things are attitudes and perspectives that I need and hope to see developed within myself.  Many prayer requests center around the needs of family and friends, our church, jobs and also the area in which we live and our nation.  As I begin to pray, I can sense the need for praying with faith this morning, prayer that knows that we have a God who is eager to take good care of His children (each one of us!)  These are not merely “hoped for” prayer requests, but they are items which when prayed in submission to God’s will, will have results!  I recently heard a speaker on the radio comment that God responds to the prayer of faith more than the prayer of need.  God loves it when we come to Him proclaiming His goodness, His powerfulness and in expectation of seeing answers come to us.

Today, we are reading through Proverbs chapter 30 in expectation of receiving insight and wisdom for our day.

Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother.” (verse 11)

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The Downfall of Self-focus

July29Hello, Friend!  “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” (- Corrie Ten Boom)  I came across this quote recently and immediately it caught my attention.  How many times do we hear someone lament, “There is nothing left to be done, but pray…”  as if prayer were the last resort!  Truly, prayer should be our first resort and is the most effective and productive way to start the day.  In another quote by John Wesley, he says, “I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it.”  He recognized that the strength and perspective gained by starting his day with prayer would be the foundation for any accomplishments of that day… and he was one who accomplished much!

As we start our day today with reading through Proverbs, chapter 29, as a portion of the devotional time of prayer and bible reading needed to successfully accomplish much today, verse 7 catches my attention:

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.”

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Receiving Mercy

July28.2Good Morning, Friend!  We are nearing the end of the month and have read through the book of Proverbs yet again.  There is always a certain satisfaction in a goal reached, an objective accomplished and so it is nice to come to the point of again ending our month with the knowledge that we have been diligent to seek wisdom throughout it.

Chapter 28 is our chapter to read today and verse 13 tells us that “People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.”

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Planning for Tomorrow

July27Good Morning Friend!  We live in a day and age when there are so many choices of what to do with our time and time often becomes the commodity that is struggled over in our lives.  How many of us have a full time job, are involved with our families, have churches as well as other organizations we are members of, and have hobbies that we are pursuing.  We may be sports aficionados or we may be passionate about one or more of the many avenues for fitness.  How do we fit it all in?  We may feel that everything we are involved in is very much worthwhile and each area is bringing some sort of satisfaction to our lives in some way.  Yet… at what cost?  A doctor recently told me that she sees an average of 2-3 people each and every day who come to her with issues relating to extreme fatigue.  Instead of admitting that the human body has limits, as a culture we want to take more vitamins, eat foods that promote energy and somehow increase our capacity to do more.  Would you not agree that sometimes it can be harder to admit our limits and to seek to live with a greater degree of peacefulness and thankfulness within them than to pursue each and every thing that we desire to accomplish and may even know that we have a talent or predisposition for?

Today, we are reading through Proverbs, chapter 27, looking for that wisdom that God has imparted through His Word, knowing that as He created us, He also knows and cares about what is best for our lives.

Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.”  (verse 1)

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Smooth Words

July26Hello, Friend!  It is my hope that you have gained in wisdom through this study, and that you have been given some things to think about as well as having perhaps seen some new ways in which to apply the biblical standards for living given in the book of Proverbs.  Thinking back over the past year of taking part in this discipline of reading a chapter of Proverbs each day has brought a renewed sense of those things that God values (honesty, integrity, kindness, faithfulness, persistence, compassion, etc.) and what God rejects (wickedness, foolishness, cruelty, lying, cheating, deception, etc.).  The other thing that has stood out to me when reading this are the many ways in which we can excuse ourselves from seeing our own partaking of those things which God rejects.  We can easily think of ourselves as a “good” person, yet find ourselves lying in “little” ways or practicing deception in socially acceptable ways or situations among other things.  I have been reminded of the necessity of total honesty within myself through this!  Are you willing this morning to be honest with yourself, Friend?  Perhaps willing to admit that there may be things that need to be faced, repented of, confessed if necessary, and then changed with God’s help?  Making that decision to open ourselves to conviction of needed change before we even start reading God’s Word is crucial to being able to prayerfully hear God’s voice when we do so.

Today, we are reading in Proverbs, chapter 26, looking for the wisdom we will need for this specific day.  I encourage you to read it prayerfully, asking for God’s involvement and instruction as you do so and then to expect that there will be a new insight or piece of instruction given!

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.” (verse 23)

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Feeling Overlooked and Undervalued?

July25As I read through Proverbs, chapter 25 this morning, Friend, the verses that stand out are verses 6-7, which say, “Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great.  It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace.”  Isn’t this so like us?  Perhaps not necessarily that we all push to the front of the line or to the front of an audience, etc., just to get noticed, but isn’t there an inner impatience often times within us in which we would like to have our perceived strengths and/or potential to be noticed?

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Great Strength!

July24Good Morning Friend and Fellow Life Warrior!  It is getting closer to the end of the month and the end of this month will mark the one year point of this devotional!  If you have been reading since day 1, I want to congratulate you on your discipline and persistence.  It would be my hope as well that you have gained much from this study of wisdom through the book of Proverbs.  I would love to hear from you- if there is one thing that you have learned that stands out to you from your reading or if there are three or if you just have a general comment about the effects of this study, please leave a comment in the comment box at the end of this post and let me know your thoughts.  If you have completed the year and would like to continue to gain insight from Proverbs or if you are just beginning and find that reading through this much is a little  to your mornings, I am excited to let you know that I will be adding a page to the website entitled “Just A Thought”.  This page will contain the devotional in abbreviated form!  If this is something that would be beneficial to you, check it out beginning in August

Today, we are reading through Proverbs, chapter 24 and verse 10 is the verse that caught my attention this morning as it says, “If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.”

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