Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Proverbs and What to do with Your Pumpkin

First, let me say that the two topics in the title do not go together. Proverbs doesn't talk about pumpkins.

Every morning at 5:45 we gather for morning devotions. During the month of October we read through the book of Proverbs a chapter a day. We read around the circle with two using the NIV (New International Version) Bible and three using the NLT (New Living Translation). So it was interesting to see the differences in wording.

Everyone would pick a favorite verse from each chapter that they were going to try and live by that day. All those who took part got to give me a supper order last night. We have two who don't read well enough to read Proverbs but they are capable of listening. Unfortunately they chose not to, and that's okay too. But I did give them a chance to give a favorite verse each day and since we often compared the wording between the two versions of the Bible, there were lots of opportunities to pick a favorite verse or even a few words from the Scripture.

Adam chose Subway, the rest of us had Chinese. The choices were anything in the nearest plaza and that included Taco Bell, #1 Chinese, Subway and Little Caesars (pizza).

Everyone shared their favorite verses from Proverbs. Some of Rick's were:

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance. Proverbs 1:5 NLT

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Proverbs 2:2-3 NLT

Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes. Proverbs 19: 2 NLT

Jasmine's was Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (NLT) The rest of us like that one too. but Jasmine read first so it got to be her favorite.

Jessica chose Proverbs 30:1-2 I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. NLT I think she only chose it because she liked the "I am too stupid to be human part." : )

How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:9-11 NIV, 1984 edition

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9 NIV

Adam's were:

But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm. Proverbs 1:33 NIV, 1984

Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:11 NIV

Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many Proverbs 4:10 NIV

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1 NIV, 1984

A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. Proverbs 14:3 NIV, 1984

Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that one gets justice. Proverbs 29:26 NIV

Some of my favorites were:

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 NLT

My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. Proverbs 3: 21, 23 NLT

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. Proverbs 3:27 NLT

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 NLT The 1984 version of the NIV says, Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. (Love that part!) The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. Proverbs 10:19-20

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 NIV

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 NLT

Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. Proverbs 19:22 NLT

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1 NIV, 1984 Same verse NLT: Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. Proverbs 31:25, 26 NLT

I am going to be reading through Proverbs again this month by myself. Anyone have a favorite verse from Proverbs?

Last night Jasmine went to a festival at a friend's church. Then she and Adam went on a mission to get me banana laffy taffy. They only had about 30 minutes to go out. Then Jasmine ended up staying up past 11:00 to finish homework!! Fifth grade is tough.

Aren't they cute together?

What to do with the old pumpkins? Easy. Give them to the goats! (Not ours, about a mile away in the middle of the city!)

Everyone wanted a piece and some did NOT have good manners!

The goats also get our old bread and vegetable peels.

What do you do with your pumpkin?

1 comment:

Karen said...

Great ideas Kathy, both the scripture and and goats! And no, those two don't go together, either. :)