I love Proverbs, I always have! Here are some of my favorites:
15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.
I have found that you catch more flies with honey as the saying goes. Whenever I had to discipline in a working atmosphere or just in everyday life with my kids when they were little. I always found something positive to say first as a reinforcement before presenting a constructive negative. Presentation is everything when dealing with emotions.
17:28 Even a fool who keeps silence is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Know when to speak and when to listen. Sometimes, we jump to conclusions before we know the reasons behind a behavior or act. And do not speak authoritatively when you have an eyedropper of knowledge or experience addressing an Ocean of a subject!
19:20 Listen to advice and accept instruction that you may gain wisdom for the future.
Sometimes it is very hard to listen to another's advise even when we know the advice is right. But keep an open heart and mind. All these experiences are healthy for what we face in our futures. Life brings us into contact with many personalities. Coping is an art. You will have less stress if you are not fighting instruction because you do not care for its source. When you accept easily, you take the burden off of yourself. Try to remember it is how we react to stressful situations that cause our own stress.
I often tell myself, "God is going to take care of it." Works for me! :^)
24:33,34 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
If we do not work and be productive in our lives, how can we expect to reap rewards or even have enough to sustain ourselves? Idle hands are just waiting for the devil to make them busy. Read, do crafts, do something you like every day even if you are a Mom at home or if you are working all day. Busy-ness makes the day go quicker until you can relax at home. Or it makes the day go quicker until your loved ones come home from work or school. Depression does not have time to take hold if you are busy. Keep a journal, keep a photograph album or start scrapbooking. This time of year is excellent for walking, reading outside or writing. How can anyone feel unhappy when they see all the glory of Fall that God and Nature have provided.
25:15 With patience a ruler may be persuaded and a soft tongue will break a bone.
Ponder that one, it will come to you-ha! I love the whole book of Proverbs. It tells us many things that we can apply to our own lives, about marriage, work, all kinds of relationships and behavior. When you are wanting light reading that makes heavy sense, read Proverbs.
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