Friday Five | Five Things Challenging Me Right Now
I am looking forward to a great weekend, and hope you have one, too. We recently studied the book of Proverbs, and I was feeling majorly challenged. I love when God’s Word convicts me and shows me something I need to work on. It’s never a fun experience when you realize you are falling short, but it always makes me thankful for God’s grace. He has shown me my error while I still have time to correct it. I heard that Proverbs is like a mirror to which we should hold up to our life and examine ourselves in. I love that. I’ve also known many people that read one chapter of Proverbs every day since there are 31 chapters. (Read the 1st on the 1st, and so on. If you miss a day, just pick up on the correct date). What a great idea. Does anyone else do this? How has it helped you? Let me know! I am seriously considering it!
These are the top 5 verses from Proverbs that have me on my knees and asking for God’s help with:
1.) Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. -Proverbs 16:24
I think I read this directly after screaming at my son for no good reason. When I am frustrated with my kids, my go-to is screaming. It’s not effective. It makes me feel like a horrible mother. I am sure it makes my kids feel unloved. I pray that I remember how beneficial pleasant words are in my relationships with my family and friends, but especially with my children. This one was so convicting, I wrote it on a big piece of paper in our kitchen so I look at it every day.
2.) Work brings profit but mere talk leads to poverty. -Proverbs 14:23
I dream and talk a lot about what I would love this little photography business of mine to do for my family. However, most of the time I stop at the talking. This scripture reminds me that it takes real work. I can’t just dream, discuss or hope. God expects me to work on it! That might mean I put down a book on a beautiful summer day and head over to the computer instead. It could mean sacrificing an evening or a weekend. I need to walk the walk if I am going to talk the talk.
3.) Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back. -Proverbs 29:11
Oh boy. How many times have you said “I just need to vent” or “thank you for letting me vent!” I hope some of you are shaking your heads along with me. I need to work on quietly holding it back. Venting is foolish. Wisdom is self-control. Help me, Lord!
4.) There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. -Proverbs 29:20
Another doozy. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could control our tongues? By keeping these verses in my mind, I am hoping to gain some discipline regarding the things I say.
5.) Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed. -Proverbs 28:29
I love that when we take care of people, God takes care of us. This encourages me to be more generous. Most of the time we see a need, we don’t really do anything about it. I want to be a generous person and stop closing my eyes to poverty and needs.
I have a lot to work on, don’t I? These verses have effected me for the better. I want my children to speak highly of me. I want to take care of the poor. I want to dream bigger and work harder on my business. Happy Friday, friends!