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May
31


Proverbs 1 ~ Godly Instruction
Encouragement Shared: As the summer season is upon us… We will be in many social settings: Graduations; Family Reunions; Vacations and my favorite BBQ’s… Nothing better than celebrating family and friends, it brings many new memories and oppourtunities to share the good news of Christ. My daughter Jessica and I will be taking a road trip to visit with family and friends. We are looking forward to spending time with our family and enjoying a great time of fellowship. It will be a time of sweet memories to create. May the word of God fill you richly to overflowing as you move through this season Wisdom in Proverbs.

Please Join Us: 31 Days Prayer for Wisdome in Proverbs

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
Love in Christ,
Jennifer Pettiford

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We will shout for joy to you LORD, for all the earth to hear. We will worship you LORD with gladness; we will come before you with joyful songs of thanksgiving. We know that you LORD are our God. It is you that made us, and we are your people, the sheep of your pasture. We will honor you and love your commands…We thank you for your forgiveness, that your daughters will forgive others that would sin against us. Your daughters will listen, to her father’s instruction and do not forsake her mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace to our heads and a chain to adorn our neck. Your daughters will not be enticed by sinners and will not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul; We will not join or participate in waiting for someone’s blood, so that it would create harm. We will not go along with them, we will not set foot on their paths; Thank you for your presence in our lives. Thank you for the victories you give. Thank you for answers to our prayers…In Jesus name we pray…Amen!

Things to Consider:

• Do not forsake our parents teaching
• Do not let sinners entice you
• Do not cause harm to a harmless soul

Proverbs 1 – Prologue: Purpose and Theme

1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

2 for attaining wisdom and discipline;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[a] despise wisdom and discipline.

Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom

Warning Against Enticement

8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They will be a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not give in to them.
11 If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood,
let’s waylay some harmless soul;
12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,[b]
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
13 we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
14 throw in your lot with us,
and we will share a common purse ”—
15 my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
16 for their feet rush into sin,
they are swift to shed blood.
17 How useless to spread a net
in full view of all the birds!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
they waylay only themselves!
19 Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain;
it takes away the lives of those who get it.

Warning Against Rejecting Wisdom

20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 at the head of the noisy streets[c] she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:

22 “How long will you simple ones[d] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you —
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.
29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord,
30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

May
30

God’s Promise

…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 NKJV~

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Encouragement Shared:
It is with great love and reverence of God the Father, Jesus Christ …that I read those words, and share through his great awesome word, my encouragement to you sow them to the tablet of your heart. Isaiah the prophet states: seek the Lord while he may be found, call to him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6 Why? The writer of Hebrews says- He rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6b Wow, what an awesome promise, but he is an “AWESOME GOD!” There is great reward in seeking the Lord and his strength. It is during the darkest times in our lives that we do call to him, sometimes cry out to him in brokenness. He hears our cries and saves from ALL our fears; The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry. Psalm 34:15Here is the exhortation: Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. Psalm 105:4 NIV

Love the LORD:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Verse to meditate on:

Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Recommended Reading: Psalm 34

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your glory in our lives. Thank you for your word of hope that equips us for each and every circumstance in our lives. Thank you for the living hope through the presence of Christ that is alive in our hearts. …May we walk in truth and in love, may we honor you by our words; actions; devotion toward others through reverence, adoration in obedience. Pour into us by your “Holy Spirit” an anointing of joy through your presence. That we may live by faith and not by sight because you reward those whom seek you with sincerity of heart. Forgive this servant for the many sins both in commission and omission; reveal the strongholds that keep us from seeking you with love with all our hearts, minds and strength. That I/we would forgive those just as you have forgiven me/us, Keep us covered daily by the power of the blood shed by the Lamb the inspired word of truth. Thank you Father for your tender mercies through the many victories you give your faithful ones. Thank you for the advance answer to every prayer offered before you on your throne of grace. It is in Jesus name I pray-Amen!

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May
24

God’s Word – Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Psalm 89:15

Encouragement Shared: Beloved sisters being in the light of of his presence through God’s word gives us strength for our journey, a light into our path that is God’s glory. The word of God illuminates the path from to darkness into the light of his presence for God’s will for each of our lives. Psalm 89 captures the issues of life in our home, our work, our service through the battles then the victories and more importantly God’s joy through his presence that is Christ.

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Jennifer Pettiford

Psalm 89

1 I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c]
5 The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with theLord?
Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8 Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
9 You rule over the surging sea;
when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
you founded the world and all that is in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d]
18 Indeed, our shield[e] belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
19 Once you spoke in a vision,
to your faithful people you said:
“I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
the wicked will not oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down his adversaries.
24 My faithful love will be with him,
and through my name his horn[f] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, the Rock my Savior.’
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as the heavens endure.
30 “If his sons forsake my law
and do not follow my statutes,
31 if they violate my decrees
and fail to keep my commands,
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
their iniquity with flogging;
33 but I will not take my love from him,
nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
or alter what my lips have uttered.
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;
37 it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.”
38 But you have rejected, you have spurned,
you have been very angry with your anointed one.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant
and have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have broken through all his walls
and reduced his strongholds to ruins.
41 All who pass by have plundered him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword
and have not supported him in battle.
44 You have put an end to his splendor
and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with a mantle of shame.
46 How long, Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how fleeting is my life.
For what futility you have created all humanity!
48 Who can live and not see death,
or who can escape the power of the grave?
49 Lord, where is your former great love,
which in your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, Lord, how your servant has[g] been mocked,
how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,
51 the taunts with which your enemies, Lord, have mocked,
with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.
52 Praise be to the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen.
Footnotes:
  1. Psalm 89:1 In Hebrew texts 89:1-52 is numbered 89:2-53.
  2. Psalm 89:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 89:4 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 37, 45 and 48.
  4. Psalm 89:17 Horn here symbolizes strong one.
  5. Psalm 89:18 Or sovereign
  6. Psalm 89:24 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  7. Psalm 89:50 Or your servants have
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.