Song of Praise

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Today's reading: Psalm 144:1-15

Psalm 144 is a beautifully penned song or poem of praise from David to God. David begins his song by praising God for who He is to David--his rock, steadfast love, fortress, stronghold, deliverer, shield, person in who he takes refuge. Then David moves on to recognize God's authority, control and power using examples from nature. Next we see David calling out and asking God to act on his behalf. And to conclude the song, David asks God to provide for and bless His children.

If you wrote a song of praise to God this weekend, what are some of the things you would say? What are some of the words you'd use to describe who God is to you? What's one phrase you'd use that would recognize His power, authority and control? How, and in what areas, would you ask for God's blessing? Tami

Personal Conversations

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Today's reading: Psalm 143:1-12

David had a personal and intimate relationship with God, which is precisely what we see throughout Psalm 143. David is distressed. He's weary. And in this dark and needy state, he pours out his heart to God, looking fully and with confident expectation to Him for his support, provision and direction.

Is it your practice to lay everything out on the table before God when you pray? When you talk candidly and honestly with God, how does it influence your attitude and mindset? How does it impact your relationship with Him? Tami

Marks of Wisdom

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Today's reading: James 3:13-18

By the world's standards, wisdom is typically equated with having knowledge that is academically acquired or gained through life experiences. God's perspective on wisdom, however, goes beyond having acquired knowledge to include our good and godly conduct.

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace" (vs. 17-18).

When you think about wisdom and ask God for it, what comes to mind? Are you asking for wisdom as James describes it in James 3:17? Why is peace an important element of godly wisdom? Tami

Powerfully Positive

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Today's reading: James 3:1-12; Proverbs 18:21

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits" (Proverbs 18:21).

Whenever I read James 3:1-12, I like to pair it with Proverbs 18:21 because of how this wise proverb highlights that we do have the ability to use our tongues for good. People often ask me if I have a life verse. I don't have one specific verse, but Proverbs 18:21 is a top ten and one of my absolute favorites.

A few years ago, I began repeatedly turning to Proverbs 18:21. Being intentional about reading this verse has upped my awareness of what is coming out of my mouth. While I'm not perfect (and as James points out, I/we never will be), I am definitely speaking more and more life-giving words. What a joy it is to encourage and lift others up with our words.

We have a choice about every single word that comes out of our mouths. Will you join with me in being intentional about taking our tongues captive? Who can and will you encourage with your words today--at home, school, work, on Facebook or as you're out running errands? Tami

Power to Curb

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Today's reading: James 3:1-12

Our tongues are powerful, and we can turn them into weapons of destruction in an instant. James 3:8 says, "No human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison." Ouch! Every time I read that verse and those surrounding it (James 3:1-12), I cringe because James is dead-on. It pains me to admit it, but I can give plenty of examples of words I have spoken that weren't God honoring--insensitive words, gossip, harshly delivered words, corrective words not spoken with love, reactive and retaliatory words of anger (you get the picture).

But our inability to completely tame our tongues doesn't mean we can't curb what comes out of our mouths in a pretty significant way. In fact, we absolutely can! It definitely takes effort, but if we commit to spending time with God by taking in His Word and talking with Him through prayer, getting better control over what comes out of our mouths will naturally follow. God wants and expects us to represent Him well with our words, and we can when our eyes, hearts and minds are focused on Him.

Do you think of your tongue as "a restless evil, full of deadly poison"? When are you more likely to allow negative or hurtful words to come out of your mouth? How does regularly spending time with God (reading the Bible and praying) influence your heart and ultimately your words? 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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