Today’s Prayer

A Church Attitude

Our idea of “church” too often is wrong, O God!

We see “church” as a duty, a chore, a giving of the sacrifice of our time to You, as if we are doing you a favor for showing up to do religious stuff for an hour or so.  Forgive us!

Rebirth our hearts and minds daily, by thy Holy Spirit, so we learn we are being invited into Thy presence with our brothers and sisters of faith.  You feed us food for our souls, although at times, we admit, we don’t like it and spit it out.  You refresh us with Living Water, but we have little understanding of its power to prepare us for a forever-home.

How shall we praise you, how can we worship you when we put our bodies in a pew but our heart and minds elsewhere?  Be quiet, you spiritual child.  Cease your annoying rebellion.  Listen, wait.  Get ready.  You may touch Heaven’s Glory that’s all around you and all the others gathered with you.

It’s your house, Lord, and we are the guests.  Bid us come closer unto you.  Raise us up to greater heights of understanding and deeper union with You. Forgive our pride, our claims to personal goodness which are destroyed when we learn that one sin, small and unknown by all but Thee, makes us guilty of the most horrible of 

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Thus enlightened, we give inadequate thanksgiving for forgiveness.  Sometimes we are presumptuous about your grace, and slip back to our old ways.  How very disappointed you must be.  Please, don’t give up on us.

Teach us to pray always with spiritual passion, not reciting our favorite memorized phrases that others praise.  Sometimes, Lord, I fear I am praying not to You, but for them, for their accolades. Teach us not the mechanics of religion, which may satisfy us, but instruct how we can offer true worship in spirit, through The Holy Spirit, that every breath or thought brings joy to you.

May it be so, that we glorify the name of Jesus, savior, Lord, friend and brother.  Amen!

Don Meadows 1/25/2017

 

 

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A Mother's Teaching
Proverbs 31

Proverbs is great reading.  You find it is comprised mostly of Hebrew Poetry, but is rich in wisdom to guide one each day.
 
While I was reading Proverbs 31, several things jumped out at me which I believe you will appreciate.  If you have thoughts on these verses, please send them to me via email.  I’ll try to share them in the near future.  I believe that sharing thoughts among Bible readers is helpful to all who participate.  Click HERE for an email form you can use. You can read it by clicking on this link.
 
My contributions are given in brief “note” form, with the related verses at left.
 
1.  Lemuel (lem--oo'--ale"  (belonging to God).  Strong suggests this is a name that symbolical of Solomon. Little is known about Lemuel except that he was a king who received wise teachings from his mother. His name means "devoted, belonging to God." Some believe that Lemuel and Agur were both from the kingdom of Massa in northern Arabia. (Life Application Study Bible.)
 
3. Don't compromise the integrity of your position.  Here is a warning to be carefully about sexual stewardship and other moral and political assets. When one has sexual relations with a woman, they make themselves vulnerable in every way.  Nor, his mother teaches, sacrifice your credibility to other temptations, lest you discredit your reputation and position and forfeit your power.
 
4-5. Avoid strong drink.  This can result in loss of judgment, resulting in it being wrongly applied for those who need your wisdom the most, those for whom God has assigned to your protection.
 
6-7. Use strong drink for those about to die.  The verse also suggests two medicinal uses -- comfort for those near death and those emotionally in great pain because of many life circumstances. While these may be acceptable for some, it is not appropriate for leaders who have influence or responsibility for others. I take the position that using strong drink should be avoided, but the context of this advice, I think, was given in a societ that didn’t have the medical knowledge we have today, nor the medications.
8-9. Be the voice of those who can't speak for themselves.  You must become the advocate for those who need one.  "Appointed" refers to children, offspring endangered with destruction. Use the power and prestige you have for discernment ahe characteristic of a "woman/wife" as "virtuous."  NASB renders H2428 as "excellent" and the NIV has it

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 “something.” Life Application Bible Notes has an interesting perspective. One line is especially instructive:  "Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail; your days are not long enough to do everything she does! See her instead as an inspiration to be all you can be." (Life Application Study Bible Notes).
 
Vs. 11-29.  Here we find a listing of her many skills and works.  It's kind of "pie-in-the-sky" perfection, but, still, desired accomplishments for right-hearted women.
 
Vs. 30-31.  Here is the heart of this chapter.  For a woman to bestow upon others a "favor" can be deception.  Many have fallen victim to this tactic.  Physical beauty, too often, becomes a vain thing, robbing a person of accurate understanding of true worth.  Instead, the real beauty of a woman -- and a man -- is found in the heart and loyalties -- first to the Lord and then to family.
 
Praise shall come from those to whom she is related, and praise shall come to her from God.  When she is reaps the results of her faith and works, she will gain praise from many, many others. Perhaps most importantly, she will have satisfaction and joy in her own heart.
 
A good wife, sacred gift from God,
To a man whom the Lord did choose!
One in Him, these products of sod,
Can share eternal love, never to lose!
n       Don Meadows
n       1/31/2017
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We will share here daily a verse from the Book of Proverbs.  May it inspire and teach you.!

Proverbs 16:18 (KJV)


Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.  --  Spanish Proverb

 The commonest fallacy among women is that simply having children makes one a mother-which is as absurd as believing that having a piano makes one a musician.  --  Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

A fifteen-year-old boy came bounding into the house and found his mom in bed. He asked if she were sick or something. He was truly concerned. Mom replied that, as a matter of fact, she didn't feel too well. The son replied, "Well, don't worry a bit about dinner. I'll be happy to carry you down to the stove." --  James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited

 My thirteen-year-old daughter is perhaps having more trouble than some teens "discovering who she is" because she is adopted from South Korea and we have no idea who her birth mother might be. Recently Amy received braces on her teeth and she was more and more uncomfortable as the day wore on. By bedtime she was miserable. I gave her some medication and invited her to snuggle up with me for awhile. Soon she became more comfortable and drowsy. In a small voice that gradually tapered off to sleep she said, "Mom, I know who my real mom is, it is the one who takes away the hurting."  --  Margaret H. Cobb

 A cartoon in the Saturday Evening Post showed a young boy about five or six years old talking on the telephone, saying, "Mom is in the hospital, the twins and Roxie and Billie and Sally and the dog and me and Dad are all home alone." --  James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited

    A mother was concerned about her only son going off to college. She wrote the following letter to the college president:    "Dear Sir: My son has been accepted for admission to your college and soon he will be leaving me. I am writing to ask that you give your personal attention to the selection of his roommate. I want to be sure that his roommate is not the kind of person who uses foul language, or tells off-color jokes, smokes, drinks, or chases after girls. I hope you will understand why I am appealing to you directly. You see, this is the first time my son will be away from home, except for his three years in the Marine Corps."  --  James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited