Listen Up

Listening is a special art form. Good listeners are hard to come by these days. The world is noisy and it seems everybody has something to say as more and more people live out loud on social media. I have found people who don't listen never get what they want. The best relationships I've had are the ones where I listened and learned. They are often the ones where I chose wisdom over foolishness.

Here are a few scriptures to help remind me of the choices I make. I also use them to stay in tune and sharpen my listening skills.

Proverbs 12:15 (NASB) The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

Psalm 81:11-14 But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices. Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.

Proverbs 1:33 But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.

Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.

Be encouraged and listen up because God is speaking. What's your favorite scripture on listening?

Happy Trails

img_3973I love how the Bible is full of instruction.  Proverbs 16:20 KJV says He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.

So many things can cause me to get off track and lose focus but God always guides and orders my steps. I am learning  to trust God in everything,  which always leads to happy trails. I realize that it matters how I handle matters. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.

My prayer: God grant me wisdom and peace as I surrender it all to you.  Help me to handle matters wisely and keep trusting in You. Amen

 

 

 

Self-Controlled

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After a full weekend of history making events from the White House to my own house, I realize how quickly things can get out of control.   Today, I will live wiser by controlling my own actions.  According to Proverbs 16:32(KJV) it says he that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Prayer: Dear Lord help me to control my thoughts, govern my actions and settle down.  Give me wisdom to trust you in everything. Amen

Set The Table

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Preparation is key.  I’ve learned this lesson before  in school, on my job and in my home life. It’s not a new idea.  The Bible reminds me of this over and over. Being prepared requires insight. In Proverbs chapter 9  it says wisdom sets the table.  When the table is set I know things are ready. I can eat and live wiser with a prepared table.  So today I will be intentional and prepare.  I will live wiser by being prepared for what’s next.  For me that might just mean preparing my next meal, preparing for a meeting, preparing for my piano lesson.  For some it could mean preparing for a job interview, preparing to save more money or buy a home,  preparing to change careers, or change an exercise routine.  I encourage you to set the table and be prepared!  How are you preparing for what’s next for you? I’d like to know your thoughts on being prepared.

I Just Can’t Get It All Done

I got up with good intentions.  I started the day with my daily devotion and quiet time with God.  I had a goal in mind and one goal only: be productive.  My bar was raised high and  I was about to check off a list of things I’d accomplished.  The day was going to be a good one and I could feel it in my bones.  I got to work and forgot my badge for the elevator. My productivity excitement level decreased, then  I found it was buried in the bottom of my bag and the level of excitement increased again.  My computer was on and I went on my way to being highly productive and achieving great things.  The phone started to ring, e-mails came flooding in and text messages were flying back and forth.  Interruptions continue like the commercials on tv.  I look at the clock and it was time for lunch already.  My list of things to do was staring back at me. Where was I and what had I accomplished? Not too much really but I focused on the task in front of me.  Productivity is not always measured by how much I check off a list, sometimes it’s measured by how  much I rely on God’s power.  I start over again, get quiet, say a prayer and write Proverbs 19:21 out on a post it note, to keep going.  I work with the intention to fulfill God’s purpose not with the intention to check everything off the list.

Proverbs 19:21 (ESV) Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.