Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Wisdom for 2007

This is something that I posted in my devo blog...I thought I would share it here...enjoy.

Proverbs 3
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands
in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many
years and bring you prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness
never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them
on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a
good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord
with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make
your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and
shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and
nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the Lord with
your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your
barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over
with new wine. 11 My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline
and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the Lord disciplines
those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man
who gains understanding, 14 for she is more profitable
than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She
is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can
compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her
left hand are riches and honor. 17 Her ways are pleasant
ways, and all her paths are peace. 18 She is a tree of life to
those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be
blessed. 19 By wisdom the Lord laid the earth's foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place; 20 by his
knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds
let drop the dew.

21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight; 22 they will be life
for you, an ornament to grace your neck. 23 Then
you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will
not stumble; 24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. 25 Have no
fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the
wicked, 26 for the Lord will be your confidence and will
keep your foot from being snared.

27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when
it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor,
"Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you now have
it with you. 29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you. 30 Do not accuse a man
for no reason-- when he has done you no harm. 31 Do
not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, 32 for
the Lord detests a perverse man but takes the upright into
his confidence. 33 The Lord's curse is on the house of the
wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. 34 He
mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

In this new year I beg you to change my heart and make it more like yours. I love your word. Your grace in my life has been great and I am thankful. A debt that I can never repay. I sit in awe of your presence and goodness. You, who are the one who can fulfill my inmost desires,I love. I so desire you. More of you and less of me.

In great love.

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