Thursday, November 23, 2017

THE CROWN

Today’s┬áReading: Proverbs 12

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

In Rome stands a national monument known as the Altar of the Fatherland, honouring Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. On top you can see a work of art depicting the goddess Victoria riding in a chariot behind quadrigas (four horses abreast). In today’s key verse, God shows his care for animals. The horse is one of God’s magnificent creations.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man regards the life of his animal,
But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

 

Being a married man means that husbands need to appreciate Proverbs 12:4a. According to these words, men, our wives are our crowns! And they are “excellent,” as the proverb says! I have a small icon that Ron put on my computer screen that says “Dictionary.” When I look up “excellent” it means outstanding, exceptional, marvellous, wonderful, magnificent, etc. etc. Need I say more? Men, let’s make sure our wives read the blog today. If we notice that our wives are a little more romantic for the next while, this may be the reason!

Proverbs 12 deals with contrasts between several opposites — e.g. in the first verse, “knowledge” and “stupid.” The final contrast is shown between the truthful dealings of a righteous man and the deceit and lies of a wicked man. These paths are going in opposite directions. One leads to life and the other to death. The choice is ours to make as we stand at the crossroads of decision. Let us choose life!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I thank You for my spouse, the one with whom You made me one flesh. May I bless this special person every day in every way. I pray that I will learn valuable life lessons from the book of Proverbs. I ask for wisdom and knowledge in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I think that I’ve been on the verge of depression from time to time. The reason is a big heavy word, “ANXIETY!” According to Proverbs 12:25 this was caused, in my case, by my failure to trust God 100%! While depression can be caused by a disorder in the┬ábrain which needs to be treated by a qualified professional, my near depression was lifted again and again by, as that verse says, “A good word which makes it, the heart, glad!” A psychiatrist once said to my former TV co-host, Father Bob MacDougal, after Bob had been born again and filled with the Holy Spirit, “Father MacDougal, your symptoms have …REVERSED!” Bob had three graduate degrees and practised in Toronto at one time as a clinical psychologist. I often heard him tell that story. Jesus is the turn-around-go-the-opposite-direction Specialist!

Yours for learning every day more and more of the ways of God,

David

 

I am standing in Bethlehem’s Manger Square as they prepare for the Christmas celebrations (2013). The Church of the Nativity is in the background. This is probably one of the tallest artificial Christmas trees in the world. They are just starting to decorate it.

 

19 thoughts on “Thursday, November 23, 2017

  1. I had many good years with my husband (a gift from God). 3rd anniversary of his home going this Christmas. Many, many, good memories remain in my heart. Thinking of Norma Jean @ this time.

    • Carol, I pray you find comfort in remember the Christmas’ you and your father had together. I also pray for the Heavenly Father to comfort you and hold you in the Palm of His hand during this time and letting you know He is always with you, you are not alone.

  2. Sorry I missed your birthday yesterday dear Beverlee, I hope you had a wonderful day I had to visit my dear friend Elizabeth she has terminal cancer,.
    Wishing all American blog friends A Very Hapoy Thsnksgiving . Eleanor M.

      • May God bring all of you comfort and I hope you had a happy birthday,Beverlee.God bless

        If Jesus has your hand down here then whose hand do you think he has up there?It’s not that far for Him.

        His Other Hand

        Do not linger in your sorrow,
        For your grief just brings fear,
        I want for you a happy tomorrow,
        For our hearts are always near.

        Keep always looking to the sky,
        For in it’s beauty truth is found
        And like me,truth does not die,
        While in truth can love expound.

        Take hold of His outstretched hand,
        Keep Him as close as I would be,
        For what you fail to understand,
        Is His other hand is holding me.
        G W (Bill) Marshall / Dec 3,2012

    • Lord we bring Elizabeth to You dear Lord to comfort her in all her needs, bless Eleanor as she ministers to her friend; grant them both grace, mercy and abundant love…….Lord we know that You know Elizabeth inside out; we Thank You that You know everything about all of us…..PRAISE THE LORD MAY HIS MERCIES BE NEW EVERY DAY! amen

  3. I have a FB friend who says she still gets no sleep well over a year after her husband went home.She gets comfort from the poems I post on my Facebook page.There is a ‘mechanism’ in the poems (not placed there by me) that enables the person or persons who ‘the message’ is meant for,to feel His spirit behind the words.That’s as close as I can explain it.I know it’s true because of the comments made.
    The beautiful words quoted in yesterday’s blog jumped out at me,especially the second line,”And love that soul thro’ me”.That is precisely what He did with me in the grieving sites and I’ve said many times “I’m just His pen”…..and this is undeniable proof of the holy Spirit,the rock of my faith.Others had added their words to this one stanza written by Ira D. Sankey,and I knew I had to also.Here it is.God bless

    Lay Some Soul Upon My Heart
    Ch:
    Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
    And love that soul thro’ me;
    And may I always do my part
    To win that soul for Thee. Ira D. Sankey

    Oh,Lord,may Your love fill my heart
    And wisdom be my guide,
    That you will tear my doubts apart
    And be close to my side.

    Lord,give me the words to convey
    The love You have for all,
    That they might share from day to day
    So more will hear your call.

    Lord,teach me and they to forget
    That all have lived with sin,
    For only then,with true regret
    Can repentance begin.
    GWM

  4. God bless you Norma-Jean, Doreen and all blogging friends. Trust you had a great day yesterday Beverlee. I had to go out in early morning so didn’t get to 100words till night. Blessings saints!

  5. PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING
    I sold the tires! money goes on loan! Waiting for the Lord to grant me a BIG financial breakthrough!
    May God bless everyone on this site!
    amen amen amen

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