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Today's reading: Proverbs 26:1-28

The first twelve verses of Proverbs 26 are all about fools and their behavior. They are quite descriptive and function as a caution and warning for us against unwise actions, words and ways.

If you didn't spend much time on the first twelve verses, take another read through. What did you learn? What's one point or lesson that stood out to you? Tami

A Soft Delivery

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Today's reading: Proverbs 25:1-28

If you've ever experienced having a broken bone, you know that in most cases force is necessary for the break to occur. Bones are strong and hard, and they support the weight and movement of our bodies. That's why the words of Proverbs 25:15 caught my attention--"A soft tongue will break a bone." Solomon cleverly paired together two things that don't have a normal relationship with each other to point out and emphasize the impact we can have when we wisely choose not only our words, but how we deliver them.

What are the benefits of using soft words--both as a deliverer of the words and as a recipient? Is there a situation that needs a "soft tongue" approach from you today? Tami

Straighforward Talk

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Today's reading: Proverbs 24:1-34

So far in Proverbs we've read a bunch of verses telling us to be truthful with our words. Definitely wise instruction. But I particularly liked the way that instruction was presented to us in verse 26. "Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips." These few words immediately brought the genuineness of a loving kiss to my mind, which provided me with a slightly different than my normal perspective on speaking the truth.

In your experience, what are the benefits of being truthful in all that you say? Verse 26 describes an honest answer like a kiss. How might you describe giving an honest answer? Tami

Futile Pursuit

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Today's reading: Proverbs 23:1-35

The first several verses of Proverbs 23 warn us against pursuing wealth and making it our aim and driving force. Verse 4 tells us straight up not to labor to attain wealth, and then we get a glimpse of the futile nature of pursuing wealth and money in verse 5.

There was a time in my life where the words of verses 4-5 described how I was living. My goal, my aim in life, was to have material wealth. As a result, my mindset was something like: if I could just have "x" then life would be perfect. Then I'd attain "x" and feel satisfied--temporarily. Within a few days, and sometimes only a few hours, I had a new "x" that I just had to have and once again, I was off, focused on my new quest.

As I write today I'm thankful that God used some difficult circumstances to get me back on track, with my aim now being to serve Him fully.

Having things and using and saving money are all part of life. So what helps you keep the right perspective about money in this material-focused world? Tami

Bountiful Eyes

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Today's reading: Proverbs 22: 1-29

For the past few years God has impressed on my heart the need to help others around me. And that call was reinforced by a number of the verses in Proverbs 22. I was especially drawn to the beautiful wording of verse 9.

"Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor."

Having a "bountiful eye" is important at all times, and with Christmas just around the corner what a wonderful time for us to be even more intentional and focused on sharing the things God has given us with others--possessions, money, time, and especially the message of Jesus and salvation.

So let's open our eyes wide this coming week and look for opportunities to help others. Is there someone in need where you work, in a neighborhood or area you drive by each day, at church, at the school where your kids attend? When you're out shopping at the grocery or home improvement store, take in who is around you and if there's an opportunity for you to give back in some manner.

I'd love to hear any "bountiful eye" experiences you've had recently and as you have them this week. Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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