Cheer Up!

A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.  Proverbs 17:22 (NKJV) Humor is life’s shock absorber!  Positive chemical changes occur in our brain when we laugh.  Laughter is good for our heart and it increases endorphins, boosts the immune system, and helps the body recover faster.   There’s evidence to support that laughter…

Lighten Up!

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.  Proverbs 12:25 (NLT) We need to lighten up our attitudes.  There’s an assumption that everybody is mad at everybody.  Every word is taken as intentionally harsh.  Believing the best or the worst is our choice and often it reflects that we take ourselves…

Cut Off!

Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.”  Mark 2:27 (NLT) Jesus was the ultimate example of managing work stress. Jesus had a big agenda.  His mission was huge and His work was incredibly important.  But Jesus’ priorities were never…

Line Up!

A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense. Proverbs 12:11 (NLT) Line up your priorities.  Remember the metaphor of the plate spinner with 30 different plates spinning at once.  Some start to wobble and we must try harder to keep it all going. It is important to differentiate between…

Surviving My Schedule

The words of King Solomon, son of David: for gaining wisdom and instruction;  for understanding words of insight;  for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,  doing what is right and just and fair;  for giving prudence to those who are simple,    knowledge and discretion to the young—  let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let…

Make Wisdom a Life Goal

Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left.…

Getting to Know God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV) While we have a concept of what wisdom is and a plan to seek…

How Can I Get Wisdom?

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.  Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise.  Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair… Proverbs 1:1-3 (NLT) We…

What Will Wisdom Do for Me?

Wisdom is more valuable than precious jewels; nothing you could want can compare with it.  Wisdom offers you long life, wealth and honor.  [It] can make your life pleasant and lead you safely through it.  Those who become wise are happy. Proverbs 3:15-18 (GN) Wisdom was given to us in order to help us live…

What is Wisdom?

Wisdom is the most important; so get wisdom.  If it costs everything you have, get understanding.  Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great; hold on to it, and it will bring you honor.  Proverbs 4:7-8 (NCV) When searching for our own way in the world, we are probably searching for a way to be…

Power to Change

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) Each of us have made mistakes in our past.  There are things we wish we could have done differently.  There may be things we wish we would have…

Power to Conquer

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:18 (NIV) Things that have happened in our past can hold us…

Power to Cancel

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT) Have you ever…

Understand the Greatness

I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 1:19-20 (NLT) Sometimes we experience things that we…

Experience the Power

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. . . .  Philippians 3:10 (NLT) Have you ever heard about an exciting story after it happened?  You can hear all the details from someone who was there but it is not really the same as being there yourself. …

Transformed in My Vocational Health (Day 49)

We are Christ’s ambassadors. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT) An ambassador is an official representative of the foreign country they come from.  They are able to negotiate on behalf of their home country.  Ambassadors work as messengers and interpreters on a temporary mission.  Everything the ambassador does is with the idea that their actions reflect back…