Better Days

It’s a Test

Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised. Proverbs 27:21 (NLT) It is easy to let praise go to our head.  We can think highly of ourselves and forget where our strengths came from.  We can compare ourselves to others, thinking we are better than they are. …

What Are You Looking For?

If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! Proverbs 11:27 (NLT) The Bible tells us that when we search for something, we will find it (Matthew 7:7).  You have the option (not a good option) of spending all of your time looking for evil. …

Walk Safely

People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed. Proverbs 10:9 (NLT) Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness.  It could be something as simple as stopping for a red light when no one else is around or doing the…

The Inside Counts

…The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) It is easy to judge people by their outward appearance, but that is rarely an accurate depiction of who they are.  We can never tell by looking at a…

The Importance of a Good Name

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.  Proverbs 22:1 (NIV) We may at times have a focus on our riches because money is something we need in this world.  We have responsibilities to take care of, but God encourages us to put a priority…

Be a Sharpener

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27:17 (NLT) Friendship is full of activity.  We spend time rejoicing at the good things that happen in the life of our friends.  We cry with them when things go wrong.  We celebrate their successes.  We mourn their losses with them.  We also need…

Be Honest with Your Friends

Better is open rebuke than hidden love.  Wounds from a friend can be trusted, Proverbs 27:5-6 (NIV) Being a friend is more than just enjoying the good times.  It is being there in the hard times also.  We need to be honest with our friends when things are going wrong.  If we notice they are…

Can You Keep a Secret?

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. Proverbs 11:13 (NIV) All of us have things we have heard from a close friend.  They let their guard down and allowed us to share in their deepest hurts.  They opened up to us and made themselves vulnerable.  We have been trusted with…

Forgive Them

Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) In this life we will always have disagreements with others.  There will be topics we do not agree on.  There will be emotions that creep up that we were not aware of.  Others may intentionally or unintentionally hurt…

Closer Than a Brother

Some friends may ruin you, but a real friend will be more loyal than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 (NCV) God created us for relationships.  He created us to journey through life together.  A real friend will want what is best for you.  They will encourage you to go farther than you think you could.  They…

Taming My Temper When I Speak

Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble.  Proverbs 21:23 (NCV) In the devotionals this week we have been learning about taming our temper in various areas.  Today, we will learn about taming our mouth (or having self-control when it comes to what we say).  Are you the type of…

Taming My Temper with Family

A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.  Proverbs 12:16 (NLT) Have you ever had an interaction with your in-laws where you felt insulted?  Maybe they made a comment about your parenting methods or commented about your home in a way that made you angry.  Maybe you feel frustrated because they…

Taming My Temper at Home

You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 (NLT) You had a long day at work.  You’re exhausted and you simply want to go home and relax.  As soon as you get home you discover that the washing machine has stopped working, the kids are chasing…

Taming My Temper at Work

A quick-tempered person does foolish things…  Proverbs 14:17 (NIV) Sometimes we have this unrealistic expectation that everyone on earth should be like us.  They should think like us, act like us, and respond in situations like we would.  This expectation often shows up in our workplace.  We make statements such as “Why don’t they get…

Taming My Temper

Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. Proverbs 16:32 (NLT) The Bible tells us that patience and self-control are extremely important in life.  Think of a specific situation (or person) that continually frustrates you.  How can you exercise more patience in that area today?  Think of it…

All for God

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Colossians 2:23-24 (NIV) I work hard every day to make my boss happy and make him look good in front of our customers.  It’s part of the job.  Yet…