Kind of anticlimactic end of the week…

Thanks for sharing our happy yesterday <3

You all blessed us with your joining in on the celebration.

I feel like we had the grand finale of the fireworks yesterday with our news and pics of Sweet Caroline (and yes…we all kind of have the old Neil Diamond song playing on a loop in our heads these days….)

so thanks for coming back by today for a visit.

So there’s your cuteness for the day…and it’s a quick look at Proverbs and then this lady has some catching up to do here at the Command Center!

I am in Proverbs 19 today and am employing one of the tools of study that Matt talks about in the introduction of the sermon series (if you just joined us because of showing up to see Caroline yesterday…we are looking at Proverbs with a sermon series from Grace Covenant Church in Austin TX)

Matt Cassidy, the pastor at Grace, talked about how the Proverbs are couplets and sometimes you have to dig a bit to see the relationship between the two.

Such was my experience today…

Verse 22 says:

What is desired of a man is kindness and a poor man is better than a liar.

Well..both of those are true and admirable and desirable…but I had to wonder.

How are they related?

So I looked up different translations and found that the “kindness” is about being loyal and faithful.

NIV says: What a person desires is unfailing love, better to be poor than a liar.

In The Message, Eugene Peterson translates it: It’s only human to want to make a buck, but it’s better to be poor than a liar.

Each translation I read gave me a clearer picture of this passage.

But I am still chewing on it.

I am still rolling these two phrases together and praying and asking God to help me apply them.

So far this morning I am getting  an understanding that from God’s perspective,  the focus of all efforts is a heart motivated by kindness, NOT what will be gained as an outcome.

Perhaps…the concept is expressed in a world truth….it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved?

Hmmmm….will have to ponder that one some more.

And that, my friend, is the point of MEDITATING on God’s Word!

It is not just skimming over it and nodding your head and then checking that off of the to do list for the day.

It is letting the word work into your thoughts by process.

Like a tea bag steeping in a cup of water, let God’s Word begin to penetrate your thinking…seeping down into your soul.

Would love to sit and hear what God is saying to you these days…but for now I gotta scoot!

Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!






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  1. I needed to read this. I have not been intentional about my reading.. Thank you for helping me see..

    1. Oh bless you sweet Mary. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, you bless me all the time so I am thankful if this encouraged you. God is so good to us <3

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