Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 15

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For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
      for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15 (NLT)

This past Saturday night Wendy and I hosted a dinner party for a handful of friends. It wasn’t anything fancy schmancy. We simply made a light dinner with some sandwiches, chips and a few bottles of wine. Wendy made one of her fabulous cheesecakes for dessert. All day long we putzed around the house getting ready for our company. Wendy and I had truly happy hearts as we prepared for our evening.

As I read the above Proverb this morning, I was reminded of our friendly feast. It was life giving in both the preparation and the execution. So much so, in fact, that after the last guest left Wendy and I cleaned up and then found ourselves chatting until we had to remind ourselves that it was the wee hours of the morning and we both had obligations at church in a few short hours.

Each day, even busy Mondays, can be a life giving feast, or they can be a sorrowful, miserly spread. The difference is in the condition of my heart.

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4 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 15”

      1. Thank you! I am pretty much beyond the grief at this point. I often find things that remind me of her. Like today I was reading in Isaiah 52:7 and it sounded so much like her posonality. She was always joyful, always encouraging. You know, I don’t even really like saying was because she still IS, she just IS in a different place. The fast is actually going great. And on a side note, I’ve lost 20 lbs which is awesome. I think I might continue the food part part-time as a diet and do some full fasting at various points throughout the year.

  1. 1 A gentle answer deflects anger,
    but harsh words make tempers flare.

    I shared a few days ago that we are struggling with my oldest child right now. One of the things that I have improved (and needed to) is how I respond to him. When I raise my voice and get angry back at him, the whole noise level in the house goes up. I have learned to provide a gentle answer to deflect the disagreement so that I am not part of the problem. I am growing too through my son’s growth.

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