Family Life

Proverbs Day Twenty-Seven | Friends

By | Blog, Character, Devotionals, Discipleship, Family Life, Foundational, Holy living, Life change, Love, Wisdom

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27v9 (NLT)

This is a short one today. It has been a long one and a good one.

Just a moment is needed to reflect on the blessing of genuine friendship. When this proverb was written “oil and perfume” or “perfume and incense” would have been considered valuable commodities. Therefore so should the input and advice of those people you know love you and are for you. Value friendship because friends are valuable, especially when their friendship is demonstrated by honest communication.

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Proverbs 27v9 (ESV)

Proverbs Day Eighteen | Wisdom applied

By | Blog, Character, Discipleship, Family Life, Holy living, Life change, Provoked Within, Wisdom

I have been married 18 years and quite early in our marriage my wife pointed out that I often interrupt. This was sobering news to me. It was tough to hear, but she was right. It was present in our relationship and reared its head in other conversations. It was a weakness and is still a weakness.

Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. Proverbs 18v13 (NLT)

Ever since that piece of advice (or rebuke) I have sought to be increasingly alert to that weakness in order to ‘nip it in the bud’ as soon as possible. One way I have done that is to carry around a little prompt with me to remind me of the wisdom of reducing that weakness in my life. You can see my little prompt card below.

Wisdom is only effective if it is applied. It must be applied consistently and in actual day-to-day scenarios. Do whatever it takes in your life to make that happen.

Anything less is just theory and not much else. I invite any who read this post – who know me, and who witness that weakness in me – to speak up in love and make me aware when I do it. By doing so you help me from avoiding isolation and breaking out against all sound judgment (Proverbs 18v1).

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. Proverbs 18v13 (ESV)

Proverbs Day Eight | Do not neglect a priceless gift

By | Blog, Character, Devotionals, Discipleship, Family Life, Foundational, Holy living, Life change, Prayer, Wisdom

Just working my way though Proverbs again has reminded me once again of the high value of wisdom. Praying for it, to receive it, to spot it, to apply it and to not neglect it are priceless activities.

Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Proverbs 8v33 (NLT)

I want to pray everyday for wisdom, and an increase in learning, a dose of common sense and a fear of God grounded in knowledge and understanding. I pray that for my wife, my children and the brothers and sisters in Christ and live around me.

Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Proverbs 8:33 (ESV)

Celebration breakfasts

By | Family Life

This is a picture of our wall this morning. On it are various sticky notes with things for us to thank God for as a family. We go round the room and select something to thank God for… We go until we run out! This is just one way in which we conclude our monthly celebration breakfasts as a family.

These breakfasts were Hannah’s idea – Hannah is my wife. We use them once a month (taking turns to choose the menu) as an opportunity to be thankful to God, and to develop thankfulness in our children and our own lives.