Proverbs

Day: 1

Plan: Proverbs

Being Wise

Kayla Ferris

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.

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Day: 2

Plan: Proverbs

Choose Wisdom

Ann Swindell

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?

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Day: 3

Plan: Proverbs

Practicing Wisdom

Lysa TerKeurst

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.

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Day: 4

Plan: Proverbs

The Quest for Wisdom

Lyli Dunbar

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.

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Day: 5

Plan: Proverbs

A Heart Transformed

Camilla Griffith

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.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

The Way of Wisdom

Proverbs 1-3 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 6

Plan: Proverbs

Whatever It Takes

Katy McCown

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.

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Day: 7

Plan: Proverbs

Maintaining Sexual Integrity

Titania Paige

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.

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Day: 8

Plan: Proverbs

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.

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Day: 9

Plan: Proverbs

Keep Passing This

Nicki Koziarz

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.

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Day: 10

Plan: Proverbs

The Power of Attention

Glynnis Whitwer

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.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

Repetition in Proverbs

Proverbs 4-7 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 11

Plan: Proverbs

Answering the "Why" of Wisdom

Joel Muddamalle

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?”

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Day: 12

Plan: Proverbs

Choose Your Feast

Kayla Ferris

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!

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Day: 13

Plan: Proverbs

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.

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Day: 14

Plan: Proverbs

The Riches of Right Living

Katy McCown

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.

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Day: 15

Plan: Proverbs

Right Roads

Nicki Koziarz

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.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

Creation and Christ

Proverbs 8-12 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 16

Plan: Proverbs

What I Really Need Most

Lysa TerKeurst

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?

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Day: 17

Plan: Proverbs

Don’t Kick the Anthill

Lysa TerKeurst

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.

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Day: 18

Plan: Proverbs

Three Questions You Must Ask Before Reacting

Lysa TerKeurst

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.

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Day: 19

Plan: Proverbs

Let’s Roll!

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."

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Day: 20

Plan: Proverbs

Godly Friendships

Karen McNary

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.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

Wisdom with Words, Friends and Finances

Proverbs 13-17 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 21

Plan: Proverbs

The Folly of Isolation

Ann Swindell

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.

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Day: 22

Plan: Proverbs

Am I Acting Like a Fool?

Katy McCown

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.

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Day: 23

Plan: Proverbs

Reflecting the Divine King

Joel Muddamalle

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.

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Day: 24

Plan: Proverbs

Holding Nothing Back

Lyli Dunbar

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.

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Day: 25

Plan: Proverbs

MONEY MONEY MONEY

Melissa Spoelstra

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.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

Train A Child

Proverbs 18-22:1-16 - Weekend Teaching

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Day: 26

Plan: Proverbs

Spiritual Stretching

Melissa Spoelstra

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.

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Day: 27

Plan: Proverbs

Practical Wisdom

Karen McNary

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.

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Day: 28

Plan: Proverbs

A Lesson in House Building

Kayla Ferris

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.

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Day: 29

Plan: Proverbs

Soul Dross

Nicki Koziarz

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.

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Day: 30

Plan: Proverbs

What Are You Striving For?

Katy McCown

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.

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

The Fine Line Between Trying and Trusting

- Weekend Teaching

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Day: 31

Plan: Proverbs

The Best Friends

Nicki Koziarz

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.

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Day: 32

Plan: Proverbs

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.

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Day: 33

Plan: Proverbs

When Words Fly

Kayla Ferris

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.

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Day: 34

Plan: Proverbs

God’s Mystery and Majesty

Lyli Dunbar

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.

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Day: 35

Plan: Proverbs

Learning from Scripture We Would Rather Avoid

Lysa TerKeurst

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?

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Weekend Teaching

Plan: Proverbs

Woman of Valor

Proverbs 27-31 - Weekend Teaching

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