Observant More Than We Think IV

Friday, July 1, 2022

Sincerity Having Peace Instagram Post. 07/01/2022 8:00am

15 A miserable heart means a miserable life;

    a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God

    is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.

17 Better a bread crust shared in love

    than a slab of prime rib served in hate.

18 Hot tempers start fights;

    a calm, cool spirit keeps the peace.

19 The path of lazy people is overgrown with briers;

    the diligent walk down a smooth road.

20 Intelligent children make their parents proud;

    lazy students embarrass their parents.

-Proverbs 15:15-20 The Message

15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,

    but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord

    than great treasure and trouble with it.

17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is

    than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,

    but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.

19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,

    but the path of the upright is a level highway.

20 A wise son makes a glad father,

    but a foolish man despises his mother.

Verse 15 study: Our attitudes reflect our personality. Not everything that happens to us is not by choice, but we can choose how we act in each situation. The secret to a cheerful heart is filling our minds with pure, authentic, and loving thoughts. Thoughts that can dwell on good things. That was Paul’s secret as he faced imprisonment. It can be ours if we own it and understand the struggles of life. Look into your attitude, see what’s wrong, how you let things enter your mind, and what you decided to dwell on. You may learn after an examination that you have to make some adjustments. Life can be miserable when you are in pain, but one is joyous when a banquet takes place.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

-Philippians 4:8 ESV

Verses 16-17 studies: Peace of mind and family are better than money or gourmet food.

Verses 17-19 studies: The “path to the right” doesn’t always feel correct or easy (15:19.) Take a moment and look at the alternatives: Hatred (15:17), disputes (15:18), and laziness (15:19) cause problems that an upright person doesn’t have to face. Their life, by comparison, is smoother because it’s built on a solid foundation of love for God.

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.

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