Troubling Path V

Sunday, June 26, 2022

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25 Souls are saved by truthful witness

    and betrayed by the spread of lies.

26 The Fear-of-God builds up confidence

    and makes a world safe for your children.

27 The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water

    So you won’t go off drinking from poisoned wells.

28 The mark of a good leader is loyal followers;

    leadership is nothing without a following.

29 Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding;

    a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.

30 A sound mind makes for a robust body,

    but runaway emotions corrode the bones.

-Proverbs 14:25-30 The Message

25 A truthful witness saves lives,

    but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.

26 In the fear of the Lord, one has strong confidence,

    and his children will have a refuge.

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life

    that one may turn away from the snares of death.

28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king,

    but without people, a prince is ruined.

29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,

    but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,

    but envy makes the bones rot.

Verse 25 study: No point in having leadership if there are no followers to follow.

Verse 26 study: Refuge: a shelter, refuge, protection, fortress, hope, a place of trust, and a shelter from the storms. Reread the Scripture. How powerful is this? How comforting is His truth?

Verse 29 study: A quick temper is like a wildfire. It can do harm around us and in its path. Anger divides us and allows us to make bad decisions that can cause bitterness and guilt. Anger is not wrong because it can be a legitimate reason for injustice and sin. When you feel angry, find the cause. Are you reacting to a bad situation that you waited to set right? Or is it personal and your plan to act selfishly in response to a personal insult? Take time to pray that God will help you control your feelings into good actions and forget your selfish anger through humility and repentance.

Troubling Path IV

Saturday, June 25, 2022

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17 The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret;

    the coldhearted get the cold shoulder.

18 Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion;

    wise realists plant their feet on the ground.

19 Eventually, evil will pay tribute to good;

    the wicked will respect God-loyal people.

20 An unlucky loser is shunned by all,

    but everyone loves a winner.

21 It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need,

    but compassion for the poor—what a blessing!

22 Isn’t it obvious that conspirators lose out

    while the thoughtful win love and trust?

23 Hard work always pays off;

    mere talk puts no bread on the table.

24 The wise accumulate wisdom;

    fools get stupider by the day.

-Proverbs 14:17-21 The Message

17 A man of quick temper acts foolishly,

    and a man of evil devices is hated.

18 The simple inherit folly,

    but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 The evil bow down before the good,

    the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

20 The poor is disliked even by his neighbor,

    but the rich has many friends.

21 Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,

    but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

22 Do they not go astray who devise evil?

    Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness.

23 In all toil, there is profit,

    but mere talk tends only to poverty.

24 The crown of the wise is their wealth,

    but the folly of fools brings folly.

Verses 20-21 studies: The rich are referred to for help from a human standpoint, whereas caring for the poor will reward happiness.

Verse 23 study: The battle of values shows that work wins over talking.

Troubling Path III

Friday, June 24, 2022

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11 Lives of careless wrongdoing are run-down shacks;

    holy living builds soaring cathedrals.

12-13 There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough;

    look again—it leads straight to hell.

Sure, those people appear to be having a good time,

    but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.

Sift and Weigh Every Word

14 A mean person gets paid back in meanness,

    a gracious person in grace.

15 The gullible believe anything they’re told;

    the prudent sift and weigh every word.

16 The wise watch their steps and avoid evil;

    fools are headstrong and reckless.

-Proverbs 14:11-16 The Message

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

    but the tent of the upright will flourish.

12 There is a way that seems right to a man,

    but its end is the way to death.

13 Even in laughter, the heart may ache,

    and the end of joy may be grief.

14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways,

    and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.

15 The simple believes everything,

    but the prudent gives thought to his steps.

16 One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil,

    but a fool is reckless and careless.

Verse 12 study: The “way which seen right” may show many options and fewer sacrifices. Easy choices should make us give the opportunity a second look. Is this a solution drawn to you because of laziness? Is it because it doesn’t ask you to change your lifestyle? What about moral restraints? The right choice is always hard and is worth sacrifice. Don’t be drawn to shortcuts that seem right but end in death.

Verse 13 study: Outer beauty doesn’t always appear authentic to feelings of the heart.

Troubling Path II

Thursday, June 23, 2022

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6 Cynics look high and low for wisdom—and never find it;

    the open-minded find it right on their doorstep!

7 Escape quickly from the company of fools;

    they’re a waste of your time, a waste of your words.

8 The wisdom of the wise keeps life on track;

    the foolishness of fools lands them in the ditch.

9 The stupid ridicule right and wrong,

    but a moral life is a favored life.

10 The person who shuns the bitter moments of friends

    will be an outsider at their celebrations.

-Proverbs 14:6-10 The Message

6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,

    but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

7 Leave the presence of a fool,

    for there you do not meet words of knowledge.

8 The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way,

    but the folly of fools is deceiving.

9 Fools mock at the guilt offering,

    but the upright enjoy acceptance.

10 The heart knows its own bitterness,

    and no stranger shares its joy.

Verse 6 study: Scoffers are known to mock every word of instruction or advice. They will never find wisdom; they don’t seek instruction or guidance seriously. Wisdom comes to those who pay attention to experienced people and God. If you are seeking wisdom, and it doesn’t come easy to you, try changing your attitude. that may be your barrier to knowledge.

Verse 9 study: How often do you find goodwill? We see angry drivers act crazy towards others in the streets or disgruntled employees and employees demanding rights. But the common ground of God’s people should be goodwill. People with goodwill think the best of each other and assume that others have good motives and intend to do right. When someone crosses you, ask yourself how you can show goodwill towards this person.

Verse 10 study: Your inner pain and feelings are a private matter that most people won’t understand. Don’t expect people to understand your feelings.

Finally! But…What???

Sunday, October 10, 2021

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Week of October 10 – October 17.

I didn’t mention in my last blog (Keep Pushing! Keep Digging! | Sincerity (devotionsonline.blog) that I wanted to increase my activity when exercising. So I logged many exercise minutes to ensure I was burning calories to lose weight. So here it is, a new week, and it’s time to start planning the week. I continue to use the cycle and the elliptical machine. And I continue to eat heavy at the beginning of the week, like today, Monday, and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is the days I eat very light. Salads, cottage cheese, grapes, and things like that keep calories down and continue to burn them simultaneously. I don’t use lettuce on my salad; I use spinach, the big leafy greens for fiber so I can feel full longer. Here are the results of my workouts this week.

October 11, 1,615 calories and did 79 minutes of exercise.

October 12, 1,647 calories and did 76 minutes of exercise.

October 13, 1,590 calories and did 76 minutes of exercise.

October 14, 1,682 calories and did 79 minutes of exercise.

October 15, 2,079 calories and did 100 minutes of exercise.

October 16, 1,726 calories and did 80 minutes of exercise.

October 17, 1,010 calories and did 37 minutes of exercise.

I can honestly say that this week’s production really paid off. But trust me when I say this; there are consequences behind your actions. Good or bad. Sunday, October 17, is weigh-in day. I have to say I am impressed. I dropped 5 pounds; I’m finally under the 299 threshold. I’m at 294. The weight keeps coming down. It is not the time to stop; it is a time to keep pushing and digging. I must continue to be active and find what I can do to keep myself motivated. It’s a never-ending process. This is good. What are you doing to stay motivated?

Week of October 17 – October 24

I am happy because I finally got under the 299 threshold I’ve been sitting on; I’m more dedicated to losing weight and keeping fit. But, it’s a new week, and it is time to start planning it. Failure to plan is planning to fail. So, put the work into the plan. My plan is; that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I will use the elliptical and cycle machine for my workouts, strictly cardio (spoiler alert; I will regret that later.) So, I hit the gym bright and early and got to work. Here are my results for the week.

October 18, 1,461 calories and did 75 minutes of exercise.

October 19, 2,453 calories and did 126 minutes of exercise.

October 20, 1,906 calories and did 79 minutes of exercise.

October 21, 1,953 calories and did 86 minutes of exercise.

October 22, 2,224 calories and did 125 minutes of exercise.

October 23, 1,774 calories and did 81 minutes of exercise.

October 24, 1,063 calories and did 41 minutes of exercise.

So I weighed myself as it was October 24. I’m confused. I stayed at 294. What is going on? This issue has to be investigated. I talked it over with my mother, a former fitness trainer, to help dissect this issue. We both came up with something that it could be. Today, I felt bloated, and I have no idea why I felt bloated. That was part of the problem.

Meanwhile, during the week, I drank a lot of Powerade. I believe it was the Powerade. My mother thought it was the tea I had been drinking. Then we both came up with a third option that could be an issue. That is the cottage cheese. It was not the low-fat kind of cottage cheese. After examining what I’ve eaten and been drinking over the week, we devised a plan to see if it worked. Find out in the next blog what the plan is and see if I actually lost weight.

Troubling Path I

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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A Way That Leads to Hell

14 Lady Wisdom builds a lovely home;

    Sir Fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick.

2 An honest life shows respect for God;

    a degenerate life is a slap in his face.

3 Frivolous talk provokes a derisive smile;

    wise speech evokes nothing but respect.

4 No cattle, no crops;

    a good harvest requires a strong ox for the plow.

5 A true witness never lies;

    a false witness makes a business of it.

Proverbs 14:1-5 The Message

14 The wisest of women builds her house,

    but folly with her own hands tears it down.

2 Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord,

    but he, who is devious in his ways, despises him.

3 By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,

    but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

4 Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,

    but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.

5 A faithful witness does not lie,

    but a false witness breathes out lies.

Verse 1 study:  We discussed tearing down and building with your tongue. This passage of Scripture is about a woman building or tearing down your house with her hands based on foolishness. The proverb woman is compared as either being wise or foolish. This is a rare proverb talking about feminine behavior. Her hands are the symbol of her actions or behavior. She can destroy her family or build it.

Verse 4 study: No action? There will be no problems. But, sometimes, you have to be willing to have the power (the ox) to put up with the clutter that comes with it.

When a farmer doesn’t have oxen, the animal manger is empty. The only way to keep your life free of people’s problems is to keep it free of others. If your life is devoid of people, it is useless; if you live for yourself, your life loses meaning. So don’t avoid people; serve, share your faith, and work for justice. Is your life clean but empty? Does it show you serving God wholeheartedly?

Be With The Wise V

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

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22 A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren;

    ill-gotten wealth ends up with good people.

23 Banks foreclose on the farms of the poor,

    or else the poor lose their shirts to crooked lawyers.

24 A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;

    love your children by disciplining them.

25 An appetite for good brings much satisfaction,

    but the belly of the wicked always wants more.

-Proverbs 13:22-25 The Message

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,

    but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.

23 The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food,

    but it is swept away through injustice.

24 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,

    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

25 The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,

    but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

Verse 22 study: A good person expects his foresight to bless his posterity. A sinner accumulates what will soon go to the righteous.

Verse 23 study: The poor suffer through an unrealized potential of their resources; they also suffer through injustice because it takes away their possessions.

The injustice of society makes it hard for the poor to live. A poor man or woman’s soul may be good, but they are continually robbed of producing what they can contribute to life. This Proverb, it is not taken lightly about poverty; the Proverb is serious about this topic. Proverbs don’t wink at it and move on. It’s clearly an injustice for the poor and minority, whichever one you prefer to call it. The Proverb describes what happens with the poor. As followers of Christ, we have to fight for people that are injustice in every dimension. When we fight, it may look like we are not getting anywhere, but the thought of God’s wisdom will prevail and win overall.

Verse 24 study: It is never easy to discipline a child, but it is necessary. God gave parents the tremendous honor of nurturing and guiding their children. However, the lack of discipline doubts the parents’ love for the child because of the lack of direction and development. Discipline is the prevention of disaster, and without correction of right and wrong, children will have no clear path of right and wrong and where they are being guided in life. So, don’t be afraid to discipline your child because it is an act of love. Keep in mind there is a difference between discipline and abusing a child. Physical abuse is not the answer. Discipline is used to guide and teach. Inflicting pain on a child without a cause is physical abuse. If you have a temper problem and are set off based on what the child is doing, that is not a disciplinary issue but clearly physical abuse. However, remember that your efforts won’t make your children wise. They can only be encouraged to seek God’s wisdom to be wise.

Keep Pushing! Keep Digging!

Week of October 3 – October 10, 2021

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It’s been so long since I did a health update. Unfortunately, I’m so far behind that catching up will take tremendous discipline. So, where did I last stop at? I always stayed at 300lbs. The struggle is real. You can read that blog here: Shift Your Mindset | Sincerity (devotionsonline.blog). Before I dive in, I have to take a minute to apologize. I haven’t lived up to the standard of keeping up with the personal health side of my life. When I started the website and writing blogs, I intended to share inspirational, spiritual writings. However, I discovered that I’m losing weight, and I thought I share that with people worldwide in the hope that people will take their weight loss goals to the next level. The spiritual Bible study time has taken up much of my time. I failed to plan for the time. Now, I have a good idea of how I will do it. So if you bare with me, I can be caught up in the next couple of months, maybe sooner. Thank you for your patience and support as well.

We’ll start with the week going to October 10, beginning on the 4th. In the last blog, I mentioned that I couldn’t get under the 299 threshold. But, it doesn’t stop there. I keep pushing, keep digging deep to continue to lose weight. As usual, I exercised for the week. It’s a mixture of the bicycle and the elliptical machine. So far, I have lost 12lbs and am currently at 301lbs. I’m relieved because I am finally putting the hard work in. You choose your hard. My complex is studying what I am doing wrong and working hard physically to lose weight. I ate a big breakfast all week long. Hot cereal, Oatmeal, and sausage. Chill down for my stomach growling, I ate cottage cheese and grapes. At the beginning of the week, I eat heavily, and towards the end, I eat lightly. Here are my exercise results.

October 4: 1,651 calories burned and 83 minutes of exercise.

October 5: 1,656 calories burned and 92 minutes of exercise.

October 6: 1,592 calories burned and 81 minutes of exercise.

October 7: 1,400 calories burned and 62 minutes of exercise.

October 8: 1,279 calories burned and 49 minutes of exercise.

October 9: 879 calories burned and 31 minutes of exercise.

October 10: 1,039 calories burned and 30 minutes of exercise.

It is weigh-in day. What makes me anxious about weigh-in is working so hard to not see the results. I weigh myself and see 299. Awesome! I’m excited! I lost 2lbs. Let’s get after it. Now the more significant challenge is getting under the 299 threshold. The last time I weighed 299 was in the week of July 18. I wasn’t trying to lose weight then. I just happened to lose the weight because I was active that week. Keep pushing, keep digging deep. Get the results you want! Find out what happens in the next blog to see how I do. Be productive y’all. Be safe!

**In the last blog, a correction needed to be made by saying I was at 299. That is incorrect. I was at 301.

Be With The Wise IV

Monday, June 20, 2022

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17 Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things,

    but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.

18 Refuse discipline and end up homeless;

    embrace correction and live an honored life.

19 Souls who follow their hearts thrive;

    fools bent on evil despise matters of soul.

20 Become wise by walking with the wise;

    hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

21 Disaster entraps sinners,

    but God-loyal people get a good life.

-Proverbs 13:17-21 The Message

17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,

    but a faithful envoy brings healing.

18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,

    but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

19 A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul,

    but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.

20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,

    but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

21 Disaster pursues sinners,

    but the righteous are rewarded with good.

Verse 17 study: In Solomon’s day, the king relied on messengers about his country. These messengers had to be trustworthy; otherwise, inaccurate information could lead to bad situations. Even today, reliable information is vital. If you are learning information different from what is sent, marriages, businesses, and diplomatic relationships can all break down. Choose your words to avoid reacting until you can choose your words well and understand what people are trying to say.

Verse 20 study: An old expression goes, “A rotten apple spoils the barrel,” is applies to friendship in many situations and with good reason. Friends and associates affect us many times. Be careful who you choose as your friends. Spend time with people you want to be like because friends grow to be alike.

People need advice and sometimes are uncomfortable asking. But, at the same time, people tend to go to their friends for advice because they can relate. Friends relate so much that they have answers they have already heard of before, which is why it is hard for friends that are alike to give answers to the situation. Seek out older people, wise people. They can advise us more because they live life, have been through it, and can provide advice without hesitation. Godly people can warn you of the pitfalls ahead.

Be With The Wise III

Sunday, June 19, 2022

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11 Easy come, easy go,

    but steady diligence pays off.

12 Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,

    but a sudden good break can turn life around.

13 Ignore the Word and suffer;

    honor God’s commands and grow rich.

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,

    so no more drinking from death-tainted wells!

15 Sound thinking makes for gracious living,

    but liars walk a rough road.

16 A commonsense person lives good sense;

    fools litter the country with silliness.

-Proverbs 13:11-16 The Message

11 Wealth gained hastily will dwindle,

    but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

    but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

13 Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,

    but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life

    that one may turn away from the snares of death.

15 Good sense wins favor,

    but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.

16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge,

    but a fool flaunts his folly.

Verse 13 study:  Just like an inventor loves their inventions, knows them, and creates them, it’s the same with God. He loves us, knows us, and makes us. When you have a new thing to operate, you read the instructions to understand how to care for it and properly set it up. The Bible is our manual. Obey God’s directions; you will be suitable and function correctly. If you ignore the instructions of any invention, you run the risk of accidents, failure, and possible breakdowns.