Don’t Be A Know It All!

Thoughtful Deeds must be Activated Scripture: “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20: 5-6. “An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment: for a foolish man finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in his own opinions”. Proverbs 18: 1-2. None of us enjoys associating with one who has an answer for every question being discussed. It is great to have wisdom, but unless asked for our advice it is better many times to remain silent. According to Ecclesiastes Solomon wrote the …

Be Slow to Anger

Scripture: Proverbs 19: 11:  A man’s wisdom gives him patience; and it is to his glory to overlook an offense. Also Paul wrote these words many years later in Ephesians 4: 26: Be angry and sin not; do not let the sun go down on your wrath and give the devil a foothold. Though anger is one of man’s God-given emotions and is not sinful, sin results when anger is not controlled or not expressed as righteous Indignation. Jesus expressed that kind of anger once when His Father’s house was being used as a place of merchandise.  Once when Jesus and His disciples went to Jerusalem and entered the temple area, He  drove out those who were buying and selling …

Add Action to Your Intentions

  Scripture: Proverbs 20: 4-5 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters; but a man of understanding draws them out.   Being a farmer’s daughter and spending many years on a farm, I’m familiar with planting and harvesting seasons. Some crops such as peanuts and potatoes were dropped into open furrows by hand. If one became tired before all peanuts were dropped into the furrow, and decided to put the remainder of peanuts in one hill, when many small vines of peanuts adorned the row, one’s laziness was exposed. Also there is a …

Learn To Be A Disciplined Person

      Scripture: Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth and do not sell it; get wisdom discipline, and understanding. Proverbs 23: 22-23. Do you consider yourself a disciplined person? Do you make to do lists and follow them? Strive to be on time for appointments or for all social events? Are you impatient with others you think are too slow? Are you competitive?  I need not continue: if you possess these traits, already you are a disciplined individual. However, since impatience also is one of our traits, we might work at trying to …

Don’t Seek Revenge When Offended

Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” A soft answer turns away wrath, and do not testify against your neighbor without just cause, or use your lips to deceive doing one as he did you saying you will pay him back for what he did. Though the natural impulse is an eye for an eye, but God’s way is not to repay anyone evil for evil. But be careful to do that which is right in the eyes of everyone, and if possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. And do not take …

Develop A More Loving Attitude

    Scripture: Philippians  2: 3-11 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Each of us should look not only to our own interests, but to the interests of others. Our attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ: who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness, and being as a man in appearance, He humbled Himself and was obedient to death: even death on a cross. Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest …

How Israel Became Evacuees

Genesis 41: 56-57 “When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.” During a famine in Israel, Jacob knew there was grain in Egypt and said to his sons, ”Why do you keep looking at each other? I’ve heard there is grain in Egypt. Go there and buy some grain for us so we can live and not die.” Genesis 42: 1 Without giving the many details, eventually Jacob’s …

Activities of Israelites as Evacuees

Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” Exodus 1: 22 “Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.  But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the …

God’s Plan to Deliver Israelite Evacuees

  A man of the house of the Lord married a Levite woman and a male child was born to them. His name was Moses and he was born during a time all male babies were not allowed to live.  So Jocabed, his mother, made a reed basket, put some tar and pitch on the outside to waterproof it, placed her baby in it, took it to the Nile River, hid it among some tall reeds, and his sister hid herself and watched to see what happened.One day while the Pharaoh’s daughter was bathing in the river, her servant saw the basket and Moses was raised in the palace as her son. After …

Moses Call to Rescue Israelites

While Moses was living in Midian, he tended Jethro’s sheep and married his daughter Zipporah. Then one day while tending the sheep, he had a very unusual experience. He saw a burning bush, but the bush wasn’t extinguished. While standing there, the Lord spoke to Moses and told him that he was standing on holy ground. Then God told Moses, that He had heard the cries of His people and was calling him to lead them out of Egypt to the land of Canaan. Moses responded, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the people go?” After listening to Moses’ excuses, God told Moses He …

Moses Makes Other Excuses

  Exodus 4: 10-16 “Moses said to the Lord, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What …

My Life As An Evacuee

        I know what it is like to be in need, and know what it is like to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and all situations, whether well fed or hungry; whether living  in plenty or in want: I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4: 12-13. During Matthew and Irene Hurricanes, water was blown in the walls of my house and mold was the result.  After many months of studying kinds of mold, deciding the kind with which we were coping, and getting it removed from the walls, finally my house was repaired, …