Better Days

I Didn’t Mean It

The things that come out of your mouth come from your heart. Matthew 15:18 (NIV) Sometimes people will say “I didn’t mean to say that.”  The problem with that statement is the Bible tells us that the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.  If you want to ensure that good…

Speak the Truth in Love

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 (NIV) Yesterday, we covered the topic of speaking the truth.  Today, we are taking the idea a step further with speaking the truth in love.  Good advice spoken in the wrong manner can be damaging to others. …

Always Speak the Truth

In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery. Proverbs 28:23 (NLT) It’s important that we always speak the truth to our family and friends.  Sometimes we avoid difficult conversations as a way to keep the peace.  But failing to tell the truth to others when they need it can actually cause more…

Think Before You Speak

Intelligent people think before they speak. What they say is then more persuasive. Proverbs 16:23 (GN) It’s important that you think before you speak to others.  Thinking before you speak is a habit that must be developed.  It can be tempting to say whatever is on your mind (especially when frustrated).  Although failing to think…

Be Careful About What You Say

Those who are careful about what they say protect their lives, but whoever speaks without thinking will be ruined.  Proverbs 13:3 (NCV) This week in the devotionals we will be covering the idea of Mastering Your Mouth.  It’s important that we watch what we say so we don’t hurt others and damage relationships.  Just think…

Give Back to God

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to OVERFLOWING, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV) Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.  Proverbs 22:9 (NLT) Tithing (giving a tenth of your earnings) is…

Just Be Happy

Be content with what you have. . .  Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Enjoying what you have is the principle of contentment.  In a society where kids have $1000 mini computers in their hands (that sometimes double as a phone) and televisions come with 300 channels for $100/month (for the 3 channels that you actually watch), this…

What’s in Your Store?

Be sensible and store up precious treasures… Proverbs 21:20 (CEV) Money that comes easily disappears quickly, but money that is gathered little by little will grow. Proverbs 13:11 (NCV) Saving for the future now, leads to better days in the future.  The Bible says sensible people store up/save.  Wealth does not come by what you…

Managing Money

If you plan and work hard, you will have plenty; if you get in a hurry, you will end up poor. Proverbs 21:5 (CEV) God wants us to be free from the bondage of poor money management so that we can live for His purpose in our lives.  Part of our freedom requires planning our…

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…

Stay With It

The hand of the diligent will rule.  But the slack hand will be put to forced labor. Proverbs 12:24 (NASB) The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (NIV)  In today’s society not a lot of people stay with it, regardless of what “it” might be. …

Share the Profit

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce.  Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. Proverbs 3:9-10 (NLT) The first Commandment that God gave to Moses was, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3, NIV).  Yet…

Sharpen Your Skills

“If your ax is dull, and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.” Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) “Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade.  That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NLT) Learning, while valuable and worthwhile, is frequently difficult, thankless, and even…

Seek God’s Direction

The Lord is pleased when good men pray.  Proverbs 15:8 (GN) Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.  Proverbs 21:5 (NLT) King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived.  In 1 Kings 3, God appears to Solomon in a dream and tells him to ask for anything he wants.  Solomon asks for wisdom,…