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Friday, July 3, 2015

The Power of Our Words

Can you believe we are finished with Week 3 of our Proverbs Summer Bible Study with the Good Morning Girls?! Today we are in Chapter 15, and there are six verses that speak to us about the power of our words. Let's take a look.

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls



A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~Proverbs 15:1

The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. ~Proverbs 15:2

The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. ~Proverbs 15:4

The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright. ~Proverbs 15:7

The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly. ~Proverbs 15:14

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply - and how good is a timely word. ~Proverbs 15:23


Our words have either the power to destroy or build up our relationships. We see two kinds of tongues here in these verses: one belonging to a wise person and the other belonging to a foolish person. James 3:5 tells us the tongue is a "small part of the body", yet we will see in Proverbs 18:21 that "death and life are in the power of the tongue". 

Jesus tells us in Luke 6:45, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. If our hearts are critical, our words will be critical. If we have an ungrateful heart, we’ll have a grumbling tongue. Do you see how that works?

I've seen this truth played out in my own life. Thankfully, this is an area where the Holy Spirit has been dealing with me about in the last couple of years. I'm thankful also for His grace that has been alive and active in my life, helping me to be more aware of what's in my heart and to make the necessary changes I've needed to make.


I want a loving heart that creates a gracious tongue; a peaceful heart that creates a reconciling tongue; a faithful heart that creates a truthful tongue. These changes have only been able to become a reality in my life as I've gotten serious about reading God's Word every day. Soaking in God’s Word every day will help me to have a heart filled with God’s love and grace. Are there times that I may slip and fall back into critical or grumbling words? Yes, because I will never attain to perfection this side of Heaven. But by the power of God's grace at work within me, I'm able to get back up and strive to walk obediently in the knowledge that God has given me. That's when I'm walking in wisdom!

And when we are walking in wisdom, with our hearts filled with God's love and grace, the power of our words will be as a tree of life to those around us.


Please join me in this prayer for our words and what kind of power they will hold.


Heavenly Father, I pray that you would set a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips so that my tongue would be a tree of life with the words I speak to others. I pray that You would continue to give me a hunger and a thirst for more of Your Word so that my heart would be loving, peaceful, and faithful, enabling me to walk in wisdom toward others in my life. In the life-changing name of Jesus I pray. Amen!



I'll see you here again on Monday for Week 4 of our Proverbs Summer Bible Study with the Good Morning Girls. Here is our reading plan for Week 4:

Proverbs Reading Plan

 
Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

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Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Count My Blessings, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls




Thursday, July 2, 2015

Building Our Homes With Wisdom

Have you ever thought about how you are building your home? I'm not talking about brick and mortar building, but spiritual building through the life we live inside the four walls of our homes.


Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls

Today we are in Proverbs 14 with the Good Morning Girls. We find in the first verse of this chapter how we become wise women when we are building our homes with Wisdom.


The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.
~Proverbs 14:1 



A wise woman builds her house with wisdom. In addition to the qualities of the Proverbs 31 woman, I think back to Proverbs 8 where we learned how Wisdom builds her house. This is what the Proverbs 31 woman used and so should we. 

Here again are the 7 pillars used in building a house of wisdom that we read about in Proverbs 8:

12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance,  
evil behavior and perverse speech. 14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine; 
I have insight, I have power.
~Proverbs 8:12-14

Pillar 1: Prudence (The ability to keep oneself from being misled.)

Pillar 2: Knowledge and Discretion (knowing what is going on around you; looking ahead and then having a plan of action)

Pillar 3: Fear of Lord (having a reverence for God that is expressed in daily living; being committed to God’s purpose; turning from and hating evil)

Pillar 4: Counsel (to give good advice/wise guidance; to listen to counsel for your own life too)

Pillar 5: Sound judgment (behaving wisely from day to day)

Pillar 6: Understanding (to understand that Wisdom comes from God; disciplined study and learning from the Bible in order to receive instruction from God; to be able to discern between good and evil)

Pillar 7: Power (Power for our life is found as we walk in the previous 6 pillars; we will be fortified against the evil of this world and will be known as a true child of God.)


We see in Proverbs 14:1 how  a foolish woman who refuses to build her house in the ways of the Lord will eventually tear it down through her various acts of disobedience to the will of God. Her sinful ways not only bring destruction to herself, but to the lives under her care. Our sin not only affects us, but those around us.


I want to be a wise woman; a woman who is surrendered to the molding and shaping of my heart in the ways of the Lord. I want to build my home with the pillars of Wisdom and live a life of obedience to God and be a blessing to my husband, my children, and my friends.

Is that your heart's desire too? Share with me in the comments. I'll be sure to pray for you as I pray for myself concerning our desire of building our homes with wisdom.

Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

Blogging Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls


Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.

Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Count My Blessings, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scripture Prayer Calendars for Our Marriages

I'm so excited to be in Proverbs 13 today with the Good Morning Girls! But to go along with that, I've got some exciting news that I've been keeping under my hat that I can finally announce to you today! Beginning this month and every month hereafter, Grace-Filled-Moments will be offering a free printable resource for your marriage! Scripture Prayer Calendars for our marriages will serve to guide us in our prayers for our husbands as we pray God's Word specifically over our husbands every. single. day.

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls



These monthly Scripture Prayer Calendars for our marriages were born out of a recent spiritual realization that has totally changed my marriage. I'm sharing more about this over at my friend, Mandy's blog, Worshipful Living. Please join me there now to read about The One Spiritual Realization That Totally Changed My Marriage and to get your free printable, "July Scripture Prayer Calendar for My Husband".



Our reading today in Proverbs with the Good Morning Girls was in Proverbs 13. We see in verses 13-14 that anyone who despises the Word of God brings destruction on himself, but those who receive the commandments of God will be rewarded. The reward is eternal in Heaven when we believe in the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. We need to keep our husbands covered in prayer that they would always have a deep love for the Word of God.

One of my prayers for my husband is that he would have a hunger and a thirst for more of God's Word. He's in the Bible a lot already as he studies and prepares as a Children's Pastor. But in his own personal devotion time, I've witnessed God answering that prayer, friends.

Verse 14 tells us that wise teaching is a fountain of life. The Holy Spirit is the Master Teacher for our husbands as He opens up the truth of God's Word - a fountain of life - to our husbands during their daily quiet time in the Bible. It is only by the truth of God's Word that the hearts of our husbands will continue to be turned away from the snares of death.

"Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, 
but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.  
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, 
that one may turn away from the snares of death."
~Proverbs 13:13-14

We are in a spiritual battle for our marriages and for the soul of our husbands, ladies. We must be equipped for the battle with the Word of God. Let's join together in this spiritual battle, friends, by committing to pray daily for our husbands. Don't forget to head over to Worshipful Living where you can read about The One Spiritual Realization That Totally Changed My Marriage and get your "July Scripture Prayer Calendar for My Husband".


Walking in His Grace,


Laurie


I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

Blogging Through the Bible with Good Morning Girls


Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.

Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Count My Blessings, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls




Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Be An Encourager

Today we are in Proverbs 12 with the Good Morning Girls. There is so much wisdom to be gleaned from this chapter! I chose to focus on Proverbs 12:25 this morning during my Bible study time. I want to be an encourager to those around me who are anxious.

Proverbs Summer Bible Study with Good Morning Girls



Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
but an encouraging word makes it glad. 
~Proverbs 12:25


Anxiety is defined as "a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome."

Anxious feelings can weigh down a person's heart.


Encouraging is defined as "giving someone support or confidence; supportive; positive and giving hope for future success; promising."

An encouraging word can turn around a heart that's anxious into a heart that's glad!


This verse is very timely. It’s easy to get swept up into anxious feelings about the recent turn of events in our world. We have to be careful to guard our heart and mind with the truth that God is still on His throne and nothing that’s happening in this world is taking Him by surprise. Otherwise, we allow our hearts to be weighed down with anxiety over what is happening or what is going to happen. 

I’ve tried to be an encourager to others by reminding them that God is still in control and that we know the ending of this story because we’ve read it in the Bible. An encouraging word can help a person get their hearts and minds focused back on the hope we have in Jesus. An encouraging word can turn their eyes back to the truth of God found in His Holy Word and off of the Facebook newsfeed and the television news programs. An encouraging word can make their heart glad again!


I'd like to end our time today with a prayer for us all. 

Heavenly Father, help me to be an encourager with my words. May the words of my mouth build up and not tear down. May the words of my mouth be pleasing in your sight and speak life and hope into the lives of those around me who are anxious about anything. I ask that You would fill my heart with words of encouragement from Your Holy Word that I can pour into the anxious hearts around me. Help me to be a blessing in the lives of those who need to hear words of encouragement. I pray for those who are anxious today. You've told us not to be anxious about anything, but in everything, we are to bring our requests to You so that Your peace which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds. So I lift up anyone with an anxious heart today Father, and ask that You would speak peace, hope, and comfort into their lives. In the hopeful name of Jesus I pray. Amen! 

Is there something that you are anxious about today? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to encourage you and pray for you!


Walking in His Grace, 
Laurie



I'm Blogging Through the Bible with Courtney Joseph and other Good Morning Girls! Click on the image below every Friday to read other posts from more sweet friends who are BTTB too!

http://womenlivingwell.org/category/good-morning-girls/
 

Each week, I am blessed to be able to link-up with the following awesome blogs. While you're here at Grace-Filled-Moments, please take some time to visit my blogging friends listed below.

Tuesday: F. Dean Hackett ~ Tell It To Me Tuesday, Time-Warp Wife Titus 2sDay
Wednesday: A Little R&R, Messy Marriage, Mom's Morning Coffee, Soul Survivor, Wholehearted Home
Thursday:  Hearts for Home
Friday:  A Divine Encounter, Count My Blessings, Missional Women, Women Living Well, home of Good Morning Girls