Seven Definite No's

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Today's reading: Proverbs 6:12-19

There are certain actions and attitudes that God detests, and seven of them are spelled out for us in Proverbs 6:16-19:

  • Haughty (prideful, arrogant) eyes;
  • A lying mouth;
  • Hands that shed innocent blood;
  • A heart that devises wicked plans;
  • Feet that run quickly to evil;
  • A false witness;
  • A person who instigates discord.

What do these verses reveal about God and what He expects and desires from us as His children? Tami

Working Well

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Today's reading: Proverbs 6:1-11

We're told to consider the ways of the ant in Proverbs 6:6. So that's exactly what I did. I spent a few minutes thinking about how ants behave and the words that describe what I've observed of ants. Here's what I came up with. Ants are: active, diligent, task focused, tireless, persistent, motivated. As I looked at my list, it gave me a shot in the arm to make sure I'm behaving similarly. In other words, that I'm working well by applying myself fully and giving my best efforts in all the tasks God has set before me.

So did you join me in doing an ant assessment today? What was the result? I'd love to hear how thinking about ants impacted you spiritually. Tami

Pure Actions

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Today's reading: Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:20-35

Watch any television program, spend a few minutes online, read the magazines--everywhere we look we're being "sold" the message of complete sexual freedom--If it feels good, you should do it. Well God's Word says otherwise. So as I read through Proverbs 5:1-23 and 6:20-35, these passages felt like a breath of fresh air. It was good to see, in black and white in front of me, God's warnings and instruction about sexual purity in an environment where purity is often scoffed at and devalued.

So how can we proactively combat the message of the world? How important is it to talk to your children and grandchildren about sexual purity? How important is it to model sexual purity to those around us--at work, in our neighborhood, with our extended family? Tami

Avoid It!

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Today's reading: Proverbs 4:14-27

The idea of breaking the rules or doing something we know isn't right if we think we can get away with it, can be attractive and tempting to us. And that's especially true in our younger years (I'm speaking from experience). But flirting with wrongdoing and even taking one step in that direction is a dangerous, slippery slope. So it's no wonder we see the strong directive to not associate with evil, wicked people in Proverbs 4:13-17, followed closely by the positive instruction of verses 25-26 to keep our focus in the proper place as we move forward.

What do you do to keep your focus on God ("let your eyes look directly forward") every day? How do you respond when the temptation to do wrong crops up in front of you? Tami

P.S. With technology, we now have access to God's Word pretty much anywhere anytime. So if you're not currently using your cell phone or tablet to stay connected to God throughout the day, you should try it. One particularly good Bible App is goTandem. It's free, and if you don't have smart phone, there's also a web version (www.gotandem.com). So check it out and start receiving short messages from God's Word throughout your day!

She is Life

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Today's reading: Proverbs 4:1-13

The opening words of Proverbs 4 took me back to when I was a young girl and my parents were doing their best to teach and equip me with godly wisdom. At that young age, I didn't fully understand what they were telling me and I certainly didn't grasp how wise they were or the rich instruction they were passing on to me. But I do understand it now, and could see so much of what they told me in these verses:

Verse 6: she will keep you and guard you;
Verse 8: she will exalt and honor you if you embrace her;
Verse 9: she will place a garland and crown on your head;
Verse 12: you will not stumble;
Verse 13: she is your life.

Have you experienced the benefits noted in Proverbs 4:1-13 as a result of following God's wisdom? How are you teaching and displaying godly wisdom as a parent, grandparent, teacher, mentor, manager? Tami

About Me

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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