Providential Proverbs

The small, soft leather-bound New King James Version of the Bible has been my reading companion for several years now. So I was shocked to find that I never saw its reading suggestions on how to “Read Your Bible Through In a Year.”

I like systems and plans and organization. Having a book tell me how to read it seemed novel enough to check today’s suggested reading. As Providence would have it, I thought today was September 18  instead of the 20 (denial, I think for all the things I haven’t yet accomplished this week). The Old Testament reading (for tonight — egads, now I need to up the reading to twice a day, or read all in the morning…) was Proverbs 30 and 31. There’s a radio commercial I hear from time to time from a group named Proverbs 31, but I hadn’t looked up the chapter until today. Here were the words I needed to hear to keep me on the right track of balancing taking care of my family and bringing in income. “She watches over the ways of her household” (vs. 27) and “She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.” (vs. 16). Oh my, there’s everything about how I want to live my life in this one chapter, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain,” (vs. 11) speaks to how I want to help my beloved in all ways.  “She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household,” (vs. 15) is what I’ll keep in mind when I need to make lunches and get something into the slow-cooker in the early morning of a very busy day.

“She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms” (vs. 17) reinforces the delight I had in new arm-strength after placing over 1,600 pounds of mulch in the garden — by myself because I was the one who had the time. Every verse from 1 to 31 is extraordinary and it will provide a lifetime of inspiration for the ways in which I desire to live.

My prayer is that you take the time to read or re-read Proverbs 31 soon.

Blessings and kind regards to you all.

Unrelenting Faith

The young bank teller asked, “Is there anything else I can do for you?” after I deposited a small check from a freelance writing job.

Yes, I wanted to blurt out, “Find a  job for me in the next 12 days before my checking account gets down to zero!”

Instead, I simply said, “No, thank you. Have a nice day.” Why put what is clearly my burden on him, I thought.

The job search is more difficult than I ever thought. But I’m not complaining. I simply haven’t mastered it yet — or mastered it enough to secure a job. There’s a lot of movement, much searching, many emails,  rewriting of resumes, exploration — but no job yet. I’m trying to keep my sense of humor — and it helps to have a wonderful husband such as mine. Last night at dinner he described the immense fish tank at one of his customer’s offices. There was a critter named a turbo-snail.  An oxymoron if I ever heard one.

Turbo-snail. That describes how I feel. I am spinning in employment searching circles and moving forward ever so slowly. But like that snail (who might be really fast for a snail), I will get there. And do you know why I feel confident that I will get there? Finding a source of income is on my daily prayer list — and I know He will help me find the way. The words of Mark 10: 27 are always with me, “With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible.”

Back to prayer and searching and talking with friends and writing emails and doing research on companies. And talking it over with Him with an unrelenting faith that He can do all things beyong my wildest expectations.

With blessings and kind regards to you all.

Heart Matters

School started this week. With it came our daughter’s joy with her new teacher and hopefulness for the year. It also started the nightly tough questions like, “Mom, why are some kids mean and others are nice?”

I wish I had a good answer for her. I gave an honest, “I don’t know, but let’s talk about you.” Then I proceeded to expound on why it’s good to have a soft heart, an open heart, even if it gets squished sometimes. It was the next day that I could pull out from memory  the verse from John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled.”

The heart of the matter is the heart itself. In my daily reading this week, in Mark 7, Jesus explains that it’s not what a person takes into their mouths (when the Pharisees questioned the dietary practices of his disciples), but “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts….All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

I’ll try not to preach to her. I’ll aim to keep that open heart myself and be mindful of what comes from my heart and makes its way into words. My prayer is that those words to others can be gentle and kind, honest and strong — and delivered with love.

With blessings and kind regards to you all.