Saturday, July 12, 2014

Proverbs 13-16

As I read through all the Godly wisdom in Proverbs 13-16, I just keep realizing over and over again how thankful I am to have Jesus in my life.

Man, am I human.  I get caught up in the day, reacting to things as they come with my own intelligence instead of relying on God's grace that is a work in me.  

I had one of "those days" this week with my kids who are out of school for the summer and apparently think that's an excuse to be my three crazy hoodlums.  

The more I fought for control, the less I had.  And by the time my husband got home from work, well, I am pretty sure he was wishing he could go back to work. 

I just couldn't get things right.  By bedtime, I felt completed drained and defeated.  If only, I would learn to give it all up (to God) sooner...  

And so, this morning, I am breathing in God's correction, His instruction, and His encouragement because I know I need it as much as my kids.

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.

The wise in heart are called discerning,
and gracious words promote instruction.

The good news is that Jesus brings us a new and better life than we have on our own, every single day.  Today is a new day.  He doesn't ever give up on us, but we have to be still and listen for His voice, even in the middle of our day to day crazy moments.  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for Your guidance and grace at work in my life.

Forgive me for being so quick to react instead of relying on You.  And forgive me for hurting those around me with my reactions.

I pray for Your instruction.  Fill my heart with discernment and patience and my mouth with gracious words.  Help my ways, especially the way I _____________, be a reflection of Your love and grace.  Transform our imperfections as a family and use them for Your glory.

Thank you for the new life we have in Christ.  

You are my Rock and my Redeemer.

In Jesus' name I pray,

Grace and peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more. 

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