Attracting Flies

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Today's reading: Proverbs 16:21 & 23

"The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness" Proverbs 16:21

"The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips." Proverbs 16:23.

Remember the old English proverb, "You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar"? That's immediately what came to mind when I read Proverbs 16:21 and 23. Every time we open our mouths to talk, it's our choice to pour out either honey or vinegar. When we choose to use "sweet" words--words that are genuinely kind, good, encouraging, positive, gracious, thoughtful, caring and pleasant--it's attractive. That being the case, "sweet speech" should be a daily objective as we live for God and strive to make being a follower of Christ attractive to those we encounter.

How much "sweet speech" have you chosen to pour out this week? How and to whom will you offer "sweet" words today? Tami

In Check

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Today's reading: Proverbs 21:23

Before turning to 2 Samuel, I decided we'd take a short break and look at a few verses in Proverbs to finish out this week. One of the things I always notice about Proverbs is the large number of verses having to do with our words, which conveys to me that this is an important topic that I would be wise to take note of and focus on. If you were to open my Bible to the Book of Proverbs, you'd find verse after verse having to do with our speech circled or underlined.

Today as I looked through this instructive Book, God drew my attention to Proverbs 21:23 which says:

"Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble."

It's a wise directive. At first glance it seems simple enough, but keeping what comes out of our mouths in check can be challenging--especially when we find ourselves in a situation that involves disagreement or conflict and our emotions are running high.

In your experience, how has keeping your words in check kept you out of trouble? On a scale of 1-10, how well would you say you're doing at keeping what you say in check? What helps you, or how do you guard the words (and don't forget your tone) that come out of your mouth? Tami

1 Samuel Lessons

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1-31

We just spent the last month reading through and considering the rich book of 1 Samuel. I hope you enjoyed and learned from the up-close and personal look we received of Samuel, Saul and David as much as I did. We definitely saw a picture of three very different men who all provided important lessons for us. Yesterday we looked at Saul, so today let's close out 1 Samuel by looking back and recalling what we learned from Samuel and David.

Identify the most significant lesson that stood out to you from the life example of Samuel. What's one important lesson you took away from David's life (up to this point)? Tami

Final Defeat

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 31:1-13

In this final chapter of 1 Samuel, Saul and his sons are killed in a battle with the Philistines. It's a sad ending for the first king of Israel. Saul's reign started well but then progressively deteriorated as a result of his choice to take his eyes off of God to focus on himself. Although the account of Saul's life is disheartening, his life story provides us with some valuable lessons in a number of areas--leadership, fear, disobedience, pride, and relationships--to name a few.

Take a few minutes to think back over the life example of Saul. What was the most important lesson God impressed on your heart from Saul's example, and why? Tami

Faithful God

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Today's reading: Psalm 106:1-48

God is good and His "steadfast love endures forever!" is the opening proclamation of Psalm 106. The psalmist then shows us the truth of this declaration in the remaining verses of his song by looking back at the Israelites' journey. Despite being God's chosen people for whom God had performed wondrous miracles and works, the Israelites were repeatedly unfaithful to God. Yet God didn't turn away or abandon them, even in His anger. These words in verses 43-45 spoke volumes to me:

"Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their purposes and were brought low through their iniquity. Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress, when he heard their cry. For their sake he remembered his covenant, and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love." (Psalm 106:43-45)

What does Psalm 106 reveal about God as our Father and His love for us? How has God shown himself faithful to you and your family, even in times when you've turned away or been disobedient? 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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