Tag Archives: Proverbs

19 Jun

Happy Father’s Day to the Bridge Builders of the World!

Fathers are to be celebrated every day. Their responsibilities never end; neither can they be numbered. Every father has the opportunity to be a bridge builder. Bridges are structures built to provide a passage over an obstacle.

There are two kinds of bridges. Physical bridges built of cement and other materials are used for traveling. The second type of bridge is that of character building serving as a guide to help map out a journey of life. For example, the father who builds a bridge of love shields a child from the obstacle of hate and all of its vices. A bridge of faith will overcome fear and doubt. The obstacle of pride is avoided by the bridge of humility.

Materials for bridge building include time investment, following God’s biblical blueprint, love that binds, determination as strong as steel, and time consistency. God honors faithful bridge building. He has promised: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

Today we honor those fathers whose bridges remain as monuments in our hearts. To those who are faithful to bridge building, we say build on, for the world needs bridges, strong, beautiful bridges.

07 May

And God Created Mothers

Anna Reeves Jarvis was responsible for the first large-scale celebration of Mother’s Day in 1908, in Grafton, West Virginia, in honor of her mother, who had spent many years of her life working in public service. In 1912, Mother’s Day became an official holiday. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May.

It has been said “that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” William Ross Wallace, 1865.

A godly mother is a blessing from head to toe:

  • Her mind is centered on the well-being of her family.
  • Her eyes are always open to the needs of others.
  • Her nose leads her in solving problems.
  • Her mouth speaks words of wisdom.
  • Her ears listen to the smallest need.
  • Her hands bring beauty as they serve.
  • Her feet walk in the path of duty and righteousness.

God bless “the hand that rocks the cradle.”

“Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.” (Proverbs 31:30)

Happy Mother’s Day!

16 Apr

Am I Ready?

As I see everything happening in the world today with the Coronavirus, namely how it has changed our lives completely in every sense of the word, I find myself asking the question, “Am I ready?”  When I ask that question, your mind probably went to 100 different things you could be prepared for, under the present circumstances.  Your mind probably went to mostly material things such as wondering if you have enough food, money, toilet paper for a respiratory infection :), ammunition for the fall-out, etc.  However, that is not really what I had in mind.  My purpose in asking the question, “Am I ready?”, is a spiritual one.

Proverbs 27:1  “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”  

Am I ready for what these changes mean in my life by freeing up my time to focus on spiritual things and other things which have true value in life.  A few weeks ago, everyone was going to ball games, shopping, planning vacations for spring break, going to concerts, walking in the parks, going downtown, going to the movie theater, and living life as usual.  Seemingly overnight, all of that came to a grinding halt, as well as many people’s finances along with the stock market and jobs.  We are all now faced with how to spend all of this slow time we probably have never had in our entire lives.  I have found this is a good time to ask, “Am I ready to deal with facing time I have never had, to think in ways I never have, about things I have never thought about?”

We can think on such things as, we now have the time we never had to study the Bible and think about God, Heaven, others, and how we can point them in the direction of looking to God to supply our needs instead of our 401k or the government.  Looking to God to provide our literal daily needs is not something we think about in America, but apparently that changed overnight for most.  Sadly those who have not bowed their heart to Jesus Christ in acknowledging what He did on the cross to be sufficient to pay for their sins and give them salvation can’t look to Him in this way.  As a Christian, I can because He is my Heavenly Father, and I need to use this time to tell those who have not asked Jesus to save them from their sin, that He will do that and supply their earthly needs if asked.

Philippians 4:19  “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Also, I have been thinking about whether or not I am ready to live a simple life of spending time with people on a more basic, simple level without all the excess glamor that comes when everything is “normal”.  Enjoying just going for a walk with my wife, sitting on the porch, cooking and eating at home, visiting with friends and neighbors, trying to help those in need are all things that are not at the top of the list when we are under the pressures of the “normal” life.  In relationships, when all you have to offer is less things, whether it be a fancy meal, or a great time going out, or showing off your fancy house and talking about how well you are doing financially, and instead you offer more of yourself, in that you listen to the other person and show you really care, then you start to have an understanding of what truly has value in life.  These times can make you a quality person on the inside with depth, instead of being shallow and superficial when times are good.

I have also been asking myself if I am ready to realistically look inside and find out if I worship the gods of everything that I listed in the first paragraph that came to a grinding halt and throw in some Jesus on Sunday, or am I glad to have those things gone so I can really worship God and Him alone without distraction.

James 4:13-15  “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

Lastly, I have been thinking on whether or not, if this is the end, am I ready to stand before God and give account of my life?  These are all things we need to ask ourselves and make sure, “we are ready.”

14 Apr

Practical Christian Motherhood in a Coronavirus World

Four weeks ago if you had told me I would soon be forced back into homeschooling my children, be hunting through empty store shelves for necessities and trying to find creative ways to both keep us home and also sane, I wouldn’t have believed you. Our world has drastically changed in these four weeks and as a mother of three, my little world has changed right along with it. I’ll be the first to also admit that I’m struggling. Struggling with change, struggling with my plans shifting, struggling with grasping hope amid all the darkness. But I’m thankful God does not leave me alone in these times where I start to doubt. He has a gentle way of showing me through my own weakness just how much I need Him and His Word right now… and always. He has been drawing me back to His Word over and over, and, just like I teach my kids, verses I memorized long ago keep popping back in my head and heart just when I need them the most.

As a Christian (mother) during these ever-changing times, I need to…

1. Be Strong

Little eyes and ears are watching and listening and waiting to see how I respond so they know how they should respond. What a privilege and responsibility and reason to stay strong and grounded in the Lord. Circumstances change, He will not. As my children grow, the Coronavirus will (hopefully) be a small blip on their overall memory. How I handle change and stress? That stays with them. Do I seek to instill peace and hope within their hearts? Those strongholds will last a lifetime.

…be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:12‬)‬‬

2. Be Real

I am not the only one dealing with change, uncertainty, stress, desperation, feeling overwhelmed. God has set up long ago a human support system for each of us. Maybe it’s your family, maybe it’s your church, maybe it’s just one special friend who knows your heart. By being real with each other and finding support, it’s amazing how the Lord can use us in each other’s lives to give us hope and encouragement. Open up to a friend and ask them to do the same. If I am not willing to let someone know my struggles and allow them to be God’s channel of blessing to me, I’m both depending on my own strength and also robbing someone else of ministry they were designed for! Pray for one another. It’s not just a trite saying, it’s Biblical!

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:2‬)

3. Be Adaptable

Ultimately, I will never be fully secure until I’m fully trusting in a sovereign, all-powerful God. He allows change. He also allows us to choose how we handle change— either in our own power, which surely leads to disappointment and frustration, or in ever-leaning on His truth and presence in our lives. Choosing to trust is not easy— and it’s not a one-time decision. Every day I need to choose to trust and then be willing to adapt to whatever He brings into my life. If it were easy we wouldn’t be given a verse like this to cling to!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬)

4. Be Kind

This is a big, crucial one for me. It’s so easy to wallow in my own discontent and bring others down with me. My spouse, my children, my friends. Negativity is easy right now. But being kind because we love those God loves and have peace amid turmoil? That’s what the world needs to see. And if you’re like me, your world may just be your three darling, angelic children who push every button there is to push right now! How I treat them and how they see me treating others is huge in their eyes.

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. (‭‭Colossians‬ ‭4:6)

As mothers (and Christians), let’s purpose in our hearts that this time of “stay at home” can be one that nurtures our families, lifts up those around us and ultimately, brings the unsaved to the Gospel. God has a plan in all this. He is still good and kind and strong. We now need to live in a way that he will receive glory in our lives, despite any circumstance we face.

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