Proverbs 10 min. Challenge (Proverbs 18)

When God closes a door He usually opens a window. Isn’t that what the Reverend Mother used to say? Sometimes when I read Proverbs the action > consequence nature of the words can sound negative and judgy. Like a whole line of doors closing in your face. I might ‘feel it’ more if I choose,…

Proverbs 10 Min. Challenge (Proverbs 17)

Spring has arrived in Australia! The Autumn (Fall, although not much falls in Sydney) and Winter were long seasons for us. Somehow it seems fitting to return anew to the blog, to refresh my work, at the beginning of a new season. It was completely unplanned, until 10 minutes ago. I didn’t imagine I would,…

“Come down,” said Jesus.

I was reading a children’s bible with my son earlier this week, and one simple paragraph spoke to me. ‘Come down, Zacchaeus!’ said Jesus. ‘Let me come to your house today!’ Zacchaeus was a short guy in a tree, but he was also someone who had spent his life oppressing others. “Come down!” said Jesus….

Maybe There is a Dagger in Their Heart…

I was praying for someone the other day, who is too easily offended. Everything hurts. Even a simple explanation of what they are doing is given on the defensive. At times it is exhausting to be with them. I was praying because I love them. As I prayed I saw this beautiful person with a…

Proverbs 10min. Challenge (Proverbs 15)

Let’s talk about the physicality of Scripture! The beautiful Hazel from Pure Glory blog, encouraged me in a comment to speak scripture into my bones, after reading my recent post Y?. It is that exchange that inspired this study.  Today for my 10 minute Challenge I’m going through Proverbs 15 looking for Scriptures that bring…

Proverbs 10min. Challenge (Proverbs 12)

Proverbs 12 made me think of the ways in which God has transformed me over the course of my marriage. So I thought I’d include some anecdotes, with some verses. Sometimes people (including me before I knew Jesus) think that being spiritual means stepping out of reality. But it doesn’t. We are humans; we have…

Trust

I don’t trust myself, I don’t trust others but I do trust the Lord. When we put ourselves and others into the hands of the Lord,  we can trust him with ourselves, and we can trust him with others. Trusting the Lord takes the pressure off people, and acknowledges the  power of the one who…

Proverbs 10 min. Challenge (Proverbs 10)

Proverbs 10 is a great resource for life. It is for the whole body. Our personal body and the body of Christ. It gives action and their consequences. If we are wise we will learn from it, heed it’s warnings, live by it’s advice and reap it’s rewards. I almost went mad deciding how to…

Proverbs 10min. Challenge (Proverbs 7)

Chapter 7 of Proverbs is the most vivid picture of foolish innocence wandering into lust, drifting into adultery and landing in big trouble. If we are tempted to think that God is just a party pooper when it comes to sex, not approving sex before marriage, promoting that ancient tradition of marriage and championing faithfulness…