December 31, 2010

Hello A Slice of Smith Life


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I am a devout Catholic, homeschooling, mother with a loving and supportive husband and 4 beautiful "cupcakes." My children are my pride and joy and they are the inspiration for this sweet blog I have created to document my passions in life, my creativity, and my family's memories.

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Proverbs 31: 25-31

Proverbs 31:25-31 (New Living Translation)

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

December 30, 2010

Hello Carolee Crafts


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Carolee Crafts

I run a home based business making quality gifts and cards. I love to source fabrics, beads, lace and paper to produce one of a kind creations.

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Proverbs 31: 10-24

Proverbs 31:10-24 (New Living Translation)

A Wife of Noble Character
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.

December 29, 2010

Proverbs 31: 8-9

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.

December 28, 2010

Proverbs 31: 1-7

The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him. O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, do not waste your strength on women, on those who ruin kings. It is not for Kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol. For if they drink, they may forget the law and not give justice to the oppressed. Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress. Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.

December 27, 2010

Blog Mommas is Starting Over!


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Proverbs 30: 33

As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.

December 26, 2010

Proverbs 30: 32

If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame.

December 25, 2010

Proverbs 30: 29-31

There are three things that walk with stately stride-no, four that strut about: the lion, king of animals, who won't turn aside for anything, the strutting rooster, the male goat, a king as he leads his army.

December 24, 2010

Proverbs 30: 24-28

There are four things on earth that are small but unusually wise: Ants-they aren't strong, but they store up food all summer. Hyraxes-they aren't powerful, but they make their homes among the rocks. Locusts-they have no king, but they march in formation. Lizards-they are easy to catch, but they are found even in kings' palaces.

December 23, 2010

Proverbs 30: 21-23

There are three things that make the earth tremble-no, four it cannot endure: a slave who becomes a king, an overbearing fool who prospers, a bitter woman who finally gets a husband, a servant girl who supplants her mistress.

December 22, 2010

Proverbs 30: 18-20

There are three things that amaze me-no, four things that I don't understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman. An adulterous woman consumes a man, then wipes her mouth and says, "What's wrong with that?"

December 21, 2010

Proverbs 30: 17

The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother's instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.

December 20, 2010

Proverbs 30: 15-16

The leech has two suckers that cry out, "More, more!" There are three things that are never satisfied-no, four that never say, "Enough!": the grave, the barren womb, the thirsty desert, the blazing fire.

December 19, 2010

Proverbs 30: 11-14

Some people curse their father and do not thank their mother. They are pure in their own eyes, but they are filthy and unwashed. They look proudly around, casting disdainful glances. They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.

December 18, 2010

Proverbs 30: 10

Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.

December 17, 2010

Proverbs 30: 7-9

O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, "Who is the LORD?" And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God's holy name.

December 16, 2010

Proverbs 30: 5-6

Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection. Do not add to his words, or he may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.

December 15, 2010

Proverbs 30: 1-4

The sayings of Agur son of Jakeh contain this message. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One. Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? What is his name-and his son's name? Tell me if you know!

December 14, 2010

Proverbs 29: 26-27

Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD. The righteous despise the unjust; the wicked despise the godly.

December 13, 2010

Proverbs 29: 24-25

If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself. You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify. Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.

December 11, 2010

Proverbs 29: 21-22

A servant pampered from childhood will become a rebel. An angry person starts fights; a hot tempered person commits all kinds of sin.

December 10, 2010

Proverbs 29: 19-20

Words alone will not discipline a servant; the words may be understood, but they are not heeded. There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

December 9, 2010

Proverbs 29: 18

When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.

December 8, 2010

Proverbs 29: 15-17

To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child. When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes, but the godly will live to see their downfall. Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad.

December 7, 2010

Catching Up On Proverbs

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish. Proverbs 28: 27-28

Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery. Proverbs 29: 1

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but if he hangs around prostitutes, his wealth is wasted. A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. Proverbs 29: 2-4

To flatter friends is to lay a trap for their feet. Evil people are trapped by sin, but the righteous escape, shouting for joy. The godly care about the rights of the poor; the wicked don't care at all. Mockers can get a whole town agitated, but the wise will calm anger. Proverbs 29: 5-8

If a wise person takes a fool to court, there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction. The bloodthirsty hate blameless people, but the upright seek to help them. Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.
Proverbs 29: 9-11

If a ruler pays attention to liars, all his advisers will be wicked. The poor and the oppressor have this in common-the LORD gives sight to the eyes of both. If a king judges the poor fairly, his throne will last forever. Proverbs 29: 12-14

December 1, 2010

Proverbs 28: 25-26

Greed causes fighting; trusting the LORD leads to prosperity. Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.

November 30, 2010

Proverbs 28: 23-24

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery. Anyone who steals from his father and mother says, "What's wrong with that?" is no better than a murderer.

November 29, 2010

Proverbs 28: 21-22

Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread. Greedy people try to get rich quick but don't realize they're headed for poverty.

November 28, 2010

Proverbs 28: 19-20

A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty. The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

November 27, 2010

Proverbs 28: 17-18

A murderer's tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don't protect him! The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.

November 26, 2010

Proverbs 28: 15-16

A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear. A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.

November 25, 2010

Proverbs 28: 14

Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.

November 24, 2010

Proverbs 28: 12-13

When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

November 23, 2010

Proverbs 28: 11

Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.

November 22, 2010

Proverbs 28: 8-10

Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor. God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law. Those who lead good people along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things.

November 21, 2010

Proverbs 28: 6-7

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich. Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.

November 20, 2010

Proverbs 28: 3-5

A poor person who oppresses the poor is like pounding rain that destroys the crops. To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them. Evil people don't understand justice, but those who follow the LORD understand completely.

November 19, 2010

Proverbs 28: 2

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.

November 18, 2010

Proverbs 28: 1

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.

November 17, 2010

Proverbs 27: 23-27

Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, for riches don't last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation. After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field. And you will have enough goats' milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.

November 16, 2010

Proverbs 27: 21-22

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.

November 15, 2010

Proverbs 27: 18-20

As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer's interests will be rewarded. As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.

November 13, 2010

Proverbs 27: 15-16

A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day. Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.

November 12, 2010

November 11, 2010

Proverbs 27: 13

Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger's debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

November 10, 2010

Proverbs 27: 12

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

November 8, 2010

Proverbs 27: 11

Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. then I will be able to answer my critics.

Proverbs 27: 10

Never abandon a friend-either yours or your father's. When disaster strikes, you won't have to ask your brother for assistance. It's better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.

November 7, 2010

Proverbs 27: 7-9

A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest. The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.

November 6, 2010

Proverbs 27: 4-6

Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous. An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.

November 5, 2010

Proverbs 27: 3

A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.

November 4, 2010

Proverbs 27: 1-2

Don't brag about tomorrow, since you don't know what the day will bring. Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth-a stranger, not your own lips.

November 3, 2010

November 1, 2010

Proverbs 26: 27

If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.

Proverbs 26: 24-26

People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they're deceiving you. They pretend to be kind, but don't believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils. While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

October 31, 2010

Proverbs 26: 23

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

October 30, 2010

Proverbs 26: 21-22

A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one's heart.

October 29, 2010

October 28, 2010

Proverbs 26: 18-19

Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, "I was only joking."

October 27, 2010

Proverbs 26: 17

Interfering in someone else's argument is as foolish as yanking a dog's ears.

October 25, 2010

Proverbs 26: 13-16

The lazy person claims, "There's a lion on the road! Yes, I'm sure there's a lion out there!" As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed. Lazy people take food in their hand but don't even lift it to their mouth. Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

October 24, 2010

Proverbs 25: 9-12

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk. An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness. There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.

Proverbs 26: 6-8

Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one's feet or drinking poison! A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg. Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.

October 23, 2010

Proverbs 26: 3-5

Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back! Don't answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.

October 22, 2010

Proverbs 26: 1-2

Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest. Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

October 21, 2010

October 20, 2010

Proverbs 25: 25-27

Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty. If the godly give in to the wicked, it's like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. It's not good to eat too much honey, and it's not good to seek honors for yourself.

October 18, 2010

Proverbs 25: 23-24

As surely as a north wind brings rain, so a gossiping tongue causes anger! It's better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.

October 17, 2010

Proverbs 25: 20-22

Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone's coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound. If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink. You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads, and the LORD will reward you.

Proverbs 25: 18-19

Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

October 16, 2010

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October 14, 2010

October 13, 2010

Proverbs 25: 11-14

Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket. To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry. Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer. They revive the spirit of their employer. A person who promises a gift but doesn't give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

October 11, 2010

Proverbs 25: 9-10

When arguing with your neighbor, don't betray another person's secret. Others may accuse you of gossip, and you will never again regain your good reputation.

Proverbs 25: 6-8

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. Just because you've seen something, don't be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?

October 10, 2010

Proverbs 25: 1-5

These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. It is God's privilege to conceal things and the king's privilege to discover them. No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king's mind! Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith. Remove the wicked from the king's court, and his reign will be made secure by justice.

October 9, 2010

Proverbs 24: 30-34

I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.

October 8, 2010

Proverbs 24: 28-29

Don't testify against your neighbors without cause; don't lie about them. And don't say, "Now I can pay them back for what they've done to me! I'll get even with them!"

October 7, 2010

October 5, 2010

Proverbs 24: 23-25

Here are some further sayings of the wise: It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment. A judge who says to the wicked, "You are innocent," will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations. But it will go well for those who convict the guilty; rich blessings will be showered on them.

October 4, 2010

Proverbs 24: 21-22

My child, fear the LORD and the king. Don't associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king?

October 3, 2010

Proverbs 24: 17-20

Don't rejoice when your enemies fall; don't be happy when they stumble. For the LORD will be displeased with you and will turn his anger away from them. Don't fret because of evildoers; don't envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.

October 2, 2010

Proverbs 24: 15-16

Don't wait in ambush at the home of the godly, and don't raid the house where the godly live. The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

October 1, 2010

Proverbs 24: 13-14

My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

September 30, 2010

Proverbs 24: 11-12

Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don't excuse yourself by saying, "Look, we didn't know." For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.

September 29, 2010

Proverbs 24: 9-10

The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone detests a mocker. If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

September 27, 2010

September 26, 2010

Proverbs 24: 5-6

The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. So don't go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.

September 25, 2010

Proverbs 24: 3-4

A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.

September 24, 2010

Proverbs 24: 1-2

Don't envy evil people or desire their company. For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble.

September 23, 2010

Proverbs 23: 29-35

Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don't gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?"

September 22, 2010

Proverbs 23: 25-28

So give your father and mother joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways. A prostitute is a dangerous trap; a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well. She hides and waits like a robber, eager to make more men unfaithful.

September 21, 2010

Proverbs 23: 24

The father of godly children has cause for joy. what a pleasure to have children who are wise.

September 20, 2010

Proverbs 23: 23

Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.

September 19, 2010

Proverbs 23: 22

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and don't despise your mother when she is old.

September 18, 2010

Proverbs 23: 19-21

My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course. Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty, and too much sleep clothes them in rags.

September 17, 2010

Proverbs 23: 17-18

Don't envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.

September 16, 2010

Proverbs 23: 15-16

My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.

September 15, 2010

Proverbs 23: 13-14

Don't fail to discipline your children. they won't die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.

September 14, 2010

September 13, 2010

Proverbs 23: 9-11

Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice. Don't cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don't take the land of defenseless orphans. For their Redeemer is strong; he himself will bring their charges against you.

September 12, 2010

Proverbs 23: 6-8

Don't eat with people who are stingy; don't desire their delicacies. They are always thinking about how much it costs. "Eat and drink," they say, but they don't mean it. You will throw up what little you've eaten, and your compliments will be wasted.

September 11, 2010

Proverbs 23: 4-5

Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.

September 10, 2010

Proverbs 23: 1-3

While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you. If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat; don't desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.

September 9, 2010

Proverbs 22: 28-29

Don't cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations. Do you see any truly competent workers? they will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people.

September 8, 2010

Proverbs 22: 26-27

Don't agree to guarantee another person's debt or put up security for someone else. If you can't pay it, even your bed will be snatched from under you.

September 7, 2010

Proverbs 22: 24-25

Don't befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.

September 6, 2010

Proverbs 22: 22-23

Don't rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. For the LORD is their defender. He will ruin anyone who ruins them.

September 5, 2010

Proverbs 22: 20-21

I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you.

September 4, 2010

Proverbs 22: 17-19

Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction. For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today--yes, you--so you will trust in the LORD.

September 3, 2010

Proverbs 22: 16

A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

September 2, 2010

Proverbs 22: 15

A youngster's heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.

September 1, 2010

Proverbs 22: 14

The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the LORD angry will fall into it.

August 31, 2010

Proverbs 22: 13

The lazy person claims, "There's a lion out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!"

August 30, 2010

Proverbs 22: 10-12

Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too. Quarrels and insults will disappear. Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech will have the king as a friend. The LORD preserves those with knowledge, but he ruins the plans of the treacherous.

August 29, 2010

Proverbs 22: 8-9

Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end. Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

August 28, 2010

August 27, 2010

Proverbs 22: 5-6

Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road; whoever values life will avoid it. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

August 26, 2010

Proverbs 22: 2-4

The rich and poor have this in common: The LORD made them both. A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. True humility and fear of the LORD lead to riches, honor, and long life.

August 25, 2010

Proverbs 22: 1

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

August 23, 2010

Proverbs 21: 30-31

No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.

Proverbs 21: 28-29

A false witness will be cut off, but a credible witness will be allowed to speak. The wicked bluff their way through, but the virtuous think before they act.

August 22, 2010

Proverbs 21: 27

The sacrifice of an evil person is detestable, especially when it is offered with wrong motives.

August 21, 2010

Proverbs 21: 25-26

Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work. Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!

August 20, 2010

Proverbs 21: 23-24

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble. Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance.

August 19, 2010

Proverbs 21: 21-22

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. The wise conquer the city of the strong and level the fortress which they trust.

August 18, 2010

Proverbs 21: 19-20

It's better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.

August 17, 2010

Proverbs 21: 17-18

Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. the wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest.

August 16, 2010

Proverbs 21: 14-16

A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury. Justice is a joy to the godly, but it terrifies evildoers. The person who strays from common sense will end up in the company of the dead.

August 15, 2010

Proverbs 21: 13

Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.

August 14, 2010

Proverbs 21: 11-12

If you punish a mocker, the simple-minded become wise; if you instruct the wise, they will be all the wiser. The Righteous One knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked; he will bring disaster on them.

August 13, 2010

Proverbs 21: 8-10

The guilty walk a crooked path; the innocent travel a straight road. It's better to live alone in the corner of an attic than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home. Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

August 12, 2010

Proverbs 21: 5-7

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Wealth created by a lying tongue is a vanishing mist and a deadly trap. The violence of the wicked sweeps them away, because they refuse to do what is just.

August 10, 2010

Proverbs 21: 3

The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.

August 8, 2010

Proverbs 21: 1-2

The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it wherever he pleases. People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.

August 7, 2010

Proverbs 20: 28-30

Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.

August 6, 2010

Proverbs 20: 26-27

A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them. The LORD'S light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.

August 5, 2010

Proverbs 20: 24-25

The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Don't trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

August 4, 2010

Proverbs 20: 22-23

Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong." Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.

Proverbs 20: 20-21

If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness. An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.

August 2, 2010

August 1, 2010

Proverbs 20: 16-18

Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger's debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth. Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without wise advice.

July 31, 2010

Proverbs 20: 13-15

If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "It's worthless," then brags about getting a bargain! Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

July 29, 2010

Proverbs 20: 11

Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.

July 28, 2010

Proverbs 20: 8-10

When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin"? False weights and unequal measures--the LORD detests double standards of every kind.

July 27, 2010

July 26, 2010

Proverbs 20: 4-6

Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out. Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?

July 25, 2010

Proverbs 20: 2-3

The king's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life. Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

July 24, 2010

Proverbs 20: 1

Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.

July 23, 2010

Proverbs 19: 27-29

If you stop listening to instruction, my child, you will turn  your back on knowledge. A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice; the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil. Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.

July 22, 2010

Proverbs 19: 26

Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace.

July 21, 2010

Proverbs 19: 24-25

Lazy people take food in their hand but don't even lift it to their mouth. If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser.

July 20, 2010

Proverbs 19: 22-23

Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. Fear of the LORD leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm.

July 19, 2010

Proverbs 19: 20-21

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. You can make many plans, but the LORD'S purpose will prevail.

July 18, 2010

Proverbs 19: 18-19

Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives. Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.

July 17, 2010

July 16, 2010

Proverbs 19: 15-16

Lazy people sleep soundly, but idleness leaves them hungry. Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

July 15, 2010

Proverbs 19: 13-14

A foolish child is a calamity to a father; a quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping. Fathers can give their sons an inheritance of houses and wealth, but only the LORD can give an understanding wife.

July 14, 2010

Proverbs 19: 10-12

It isn't right for a fool to live in luxury or for a slave to rule over princes! Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. The king's anger is like a lion's roar, but his favor is like dew on the grass.

July 13, 2010

Proverbs 19: 8-9

To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. A false witness will not go unpunished, and a liar will be destroyed.

July 12, 2010

Proverbs 19: 6-7

Many seek favors from a ruler; everyone is the friend of a person who gives gifts! The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.

July 11, 2010

Proverbs 19: 4-5

Wealth makes many "friends"; poverty drives them all away. A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.

July 10, 2010

Proverbs 19: 1-3

Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and a fool. Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.

July 9, 2010

Proverbs 18: 23-24

The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

July 8, 2010

Proverbs 18: 22

The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.

July 7, 2010

Proverbs 18: 20-21

Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

July 6, 2010

Proverbs 18: 19

An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

July 5, 2010

Proverbs 18: 16-18

Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! The first to speak in court sounds right --until the cross-examination begins. Casting lots can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

July 4, 2010

Proverbs 18: 14-15

The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge.

July 3, 2010

July 2, 2010

Proverbs 18: 11-12

The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety. Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.

July 1, 2010

Proverbs 18: 9-10

A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.

June 29, 2010

Proverbs 18: 6-7

Fools' words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips.

June 28, 2010

Proverbs 18: 4-5

Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook. It is not right to acquit the guilty or deny justice to the innocent.

June 27, 2010

Proverbs 18: 2-3

Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions. Doing wrong leads to disgrace, and scandalous behavior brings contempt.

June 26, 2010

June 25, 2010

Proverbs 17: 27-28

A truly wise person used few words; a person with understanding is even tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.

June 24, 2010

Proverbs 17: 26

It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest.

June 23, 2010

Proverbs 17: 24-25

Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth. Foolish children bring grief to their father and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.

June 21, 2010

Proverbs 17: 22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength.

June 20, 2010

Proverbs 17: 19-21

Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster. The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble. It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel.

June 19, 2010

Proverbs 17: 17-18

A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. It's poor judgment to guarantee another person's debt or put up security for a friend.

June 18, 2010

Proverbs 17: 16

It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

June 17, 2010

Proverbs 17: 14-15

Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out. Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent - both are detestable to the Lord.

June 16, 2010

Proverbs 17: 12-13

It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than to confront a fool caught in foolishness. If you repay good with evil, evil will never leave your house.

June 15, 2010

Proverbs 17: 9-11

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool. Evil people are eager for rebellion, but they will be severely punished.

June 14, 2010

Proverbs 17: 7-8

Eloquent words are fitting for a fool; even less are lies fitting for a ruler. A bribe is like a lucky charm; whoever gives one will prosper!

June 13, 2010

Proverbs 17:6

Grandchildren are the crowing glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.

June 12, 2010

Proverbs 17: 4-5

Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip; liars pay close attention to slander. those who mock the poor insult their Maker; those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.

June 11, 2010

Proverbs 17: 2-3

A wise servant will rule over the master's disgraceful son and will share the inheritance of the master's children. Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the Lord tests the heart.

June 10, 2010

Proverbs 17: 1

Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting-and conflict.

Proverbs 16: 31-33

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life. Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.

June 8, 2010

Proverbs 16: 28-30

A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Violent people mislead their companions, leading them down a harmful path. With narrowed eyes, people plot evil; with a smirk, they plan their mischief.

June 7, 2010

Proverbs 16: 26-27

It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.

June 6, 2010

June 5, 2010

June 4, 2010

Proverbs 16: 21-23

The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant words are persuasive. Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools. From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive.

June 3, 2010