I’ve been reading Proverbs this summer and finally finished. It was excellent! (Of course.) Here are some of my favorite encouraging and convicting verses from the second half of the book:
Proverbs 14:29: Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Very convicting–the last thing we need around here is more folly!
Proverbs 15:28: The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things. I really stink at pondering how to answer. I prefer to pour out whatever comes to mind. I want to ponder like the righteous!
Proverbs 23:12: Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. This one is for me and for my kids. I’ve been praying for a verse for our part-time homeschooling next year, and I think this may be it.
Proverbs 27:14: Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! I stink at waiting even more than I stink at pondering how to answer.
Proverbs 29:17: Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart. What a fabulous promise! Did you see that, moms?!? He said REST!!
Proverbs 30:5: Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. What great truth and comfort.
Proverbs 31:11, 26-27: The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
I’ve been inspired by the Proverbs 31 Woman for a long time. This month, verse 11 stood out to me with regard to my spending habits. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. Can my husband completely trust the way I handle our money and run our household? Am I doing all I can to make sure he has “no lack of gain”? Or am I adding to his stress as he works to keep up with my spending? (Answers: No, No, and Yes.) What can I do differently to be more worthy of his trust and add to his gain?