Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals

Good Advice

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Want some good advice?

Turn to the LORD for guidance.

“How happy is the man
who does not follow the advice of the wicked
or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction,
and he meditates on it day and night.
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water
that bears its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.

The wicked are not like this;
instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment,
and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin (Psalm 1:1-6 HCSB).”

 

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Bible Studies, Christian Growth, Devotionals, Prayer

Solomon Prayed…

“Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house (2 Chronicles 7:1 KJV).”

When hearing the name of Solomon, the first word that pops into my mind is wisdom. SEPTEMBER 2014 002

 
“In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the LORD, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days. And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants (1 Kings 3:5-15 KJV).”

 
After reading the 2 Chronicles passage, I am adding prayer to my memory bank.

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Pam’s Penny Candy

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Long before there were Super Stores…

Shoppers purchased groceries and more at the mercantile or SEPTEMBER 2014 002general store.

The ‘Mom & Pop’ groceries stores offered basics and old-fashioned friendly service.

In my case, it is not a ‘Mom & Pop’ that I am remembering. It is an ‘Aunt & Uncle.’

My Aunt Dorothy Rice Ford & Uncle Alex Ford owned and operated ‘Rice’s Grocery,’following the death of her father.

Dwarfed in size to today’s Super Stores, it had ample penny candy variety. Making my selections easily occupied me while Mom and Dad shopped for our week’s groceries.

*Gumballs
*Fireballs
*Licorice
*Tootsie Rolls
*Root-beer Barrels
*Lollipops

The Bible is not a Mom & Pop grocery or a Superstore.

It is a storehouse of wisdom.

Peer through the looking glass of Proverbs…

Choose a daily selection from its thirty-one chapters.

My favorite scripture passage is contained in chapter three.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).”

Christian Growth, Devotionals

Fatherly Advice

Pam Ford Davis

 

 

We respect our parents and value their opinions; the prudent treasure fatherly advice when shared by a wise and loving dad. Many of our parents have learned valuable lessons through the school of hard knocks; they are eager to warn us of dangers in our path.

Wisdom seekers find jewels in the book of Proverbs; chapter three has a tone of fatherly advice. “My child, remember my teachings and instructions and obey them completely. They will help you live a long and prosperous life (Proverbs 3:1-2 CEV).”

We spend billions grasping for a long and prosperous life. Should we heed the scripture? “With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow (Proverbs 3:5-6 CEV).”

I often find barriers on life’s road; I stumble and fall. Our loving Father comforts me with his promises to both lead and clear obstructions from my way. Worries and fears may become insurmountable roadblocks; he pulverizes them! Father, I welcome your advice.