The fear of the Lᴏʀᴅ is the beginning of knowledge … - Proverbs 1:1-19
I love watching Jeopardy, but I'm absolutely terrible at it. Those contestants know everything from Russian literature to botany.
For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. - Proverbs 1:20-33
When was the last time you heard someone yelling out in the streets? Were they selling something?
For the Lᴏʀᴅ gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. - Proverbs 2
I want to be a woman who walks in wisdom. I want to make decisions today that will still be good tomorrow.
The Quest for Wisdom
Trust in the Lᴏʀᴅ with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. - Proverbs 3:1-12
Over 30 years ago, I joined two friends on a quest for wisdom. We drove for 12 hours to attend a conference where the speaker was Elisabeth Elliot.
A Heart Transformed
The Lᴏʀᴅ by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. - Proverbs 3:13-35
We are the children of an incredibly creative God. He created a world for us to live in that works according to His wisdom.
Whatever It Takes
Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. - Proverbs 4
He packed up a chair and a pillow and walked out the door. He was on a mission that night.
Maintaining Sexual Integrity
Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. - Proverbs 5
As a young woman, I bought into the lie that sexual purity was archaic and old-fashioned.
Consider the Ants
Kellye Schiffner Carver
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. - Proverbs 6:1-19
The next time you see a colony of ants, notice their orderly lines, the heavy loads they carry, their unwavering persistence.
Keep Passing This
For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life. - Proverbs 6:20-35
Many of us have a recipe, tradition or story that has been passed from generation to generation. Maybe it's funny and makes us laugh, or silly and makes us smile.
The Power of Attention
And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. - Proverbs 7
One second I was walking, happily chatting with my husband, and the next second I was face first on the ground.
Answering the "Why" of Wisdom
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. - Proverbs 8
A critical question that often drives our thoughts and actions in life is, “What’s in it for me?”
Choose Your Feast
Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and live, and walk in the way of insight. - Proverbs 9
Welcome to today's edition of Iron Chef, Proverbs style! We are in for quite a program as we witness this showdown of competing feasts. Let's meet our competitors!
Quality Over Quantity
Kellye Schiffner Carver
The wise lay up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool brings ruin near. - Proverbs 10
As soon as the words left my mouth, I regretted them. I could visualize my comments, suspended in midair. I wanted to grasp them, take them back, hold them in.
The Riches of Right Living
The wicked earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward. - Proverbs 11
"Is everything okay?" I checked on my boy because I could tell something wasn't quite right.
In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death. - Proverbs 12
There's a saying: You have to go down a lot of wrong roads to find the right one.
What I Really Need Most
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. - Proverbs 13
Have you ever struggled because you know God can do anything, but you can't understand why He doesn't seem to be intervening in a really hard situation you're walking through?
Don’t Kick the Anthill
The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving. - Proverbs 14
I stood at the dirt mound watching ants.They were busy. I was not. I was just a little girl stuck in the middle of a slow afternoon.
Three Questions You Must Ask Before Reacting
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. - Proverbs 15
My heart raced when I saw the number pop up on my phone. Nothing in me wanted to have this conversation. I was beyond aggravated. Hurt. Angry. And tired of being misunderstood.
Kellye Schiffner Carver
Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. - Proverbs 16
I looked at my calendar and thought, "There's no way."
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. - Proverbs 17
One of my sons has over 1,000 "friends" on social media. His idea of friendship is different than what I experienced at his age.
Wisdom with Words, Friends and Finances
Proverbs 13-17 - Weekend Teaching
The Folly of Isolation
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. - Proverbs 18
For all of the connection that the internet can offer, the truth is that we live in a culture of isolation.
Am I Acting Like a Fool?
Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool. - Proverbs 19
He was larger than life. His chin always seemed to be tilted to the sky, and though his size was much smaller than everyone else, he sauntered in and out of every room as though he was the most important one there.
Reflecting the Divine King
Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find? - Proverbs 20
Recently, my 7-year-old son Liam asked who my favorite author was. Without pause, the mental image of a fierce yet gentle lion popped into my mind.
Holding Nothing Back
The desire of the sluggard kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. All day long he craves and craves, but the righteous gives and does not hold back. - Proverbs 21
“Mine.” It’s one of the first words we learn to utter. From the cradle, we tend to hold on to our treasures with closed fists and hard hearts.
MONEY MONEY MONEY
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. - Proverbs 22:1-16
One Sunday evening during our first year of marriage, my husband remembered that someone at church had given him an envelope.
Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. - Proverbs 22:17-29
Lately, I've been battling a stiff neck. Traveling, writing and looking at a screen in one position for long periods of time can tighten muscles that were meant to move rather than slump.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. - Proverbs 23
One of my favorite shows in the early 2000s was What Not to Wear on The Learning Channel. In this show, fashion-challenged women (and sometimes men) viewed their questionable attire in a 360-degree mirror.
A Lesson in House Building
By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. - Proverbs 24
I live in a farmhouse built in 1861. Some of the walls have cracks and a door will occasionally stick, but it is standing remarkably well considering its age.
Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel. - Proverbs 25
Sometimes the problems around me can distract me from being wise.
What Are You Striving For?
Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. - Proverbs 26
People called her confident, independent and sure of herself. She was willing to offer her opinion on just about anything and refused to lose.
The Best Friends
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. - Proverbs 27
I think I've finally discovered what makes certain friendships "the best." It's not the people who tell me the "best" things about myself.
Lead Like Christ
Kellye Schiffner Carver
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. - Proverbs 28
At times, Proverbs may seem like a secular collection of wise sayings, especially when mentions of God are slim.
When Words Fly
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him. - Proverbs 29
I was having a particularly difficult day with one of my children. She was sassing and I was impatient. It was not a good combination.
God’s Mystery and Majesty
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. - Proverbs 30
The ostrich is the biggest bird on planet Earth — towering at over 7 feet and weighing over 200 pounds. With only two toes on each foot, these giants run faster than any other feathered fowl.
Learning from Scripture We Would Rather Avoid
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lᴏʀᴅ is to be praised. - Proverbs 31
Do you ever get that sinking feeling of not quite measuring up at the mention of the Proverbs 31 woman?