During the month of July, a group of girlfriends and I have been reading the book of Proverbs. It is such an encouraging read (duh Jana… it’s the bible). I’ve listed a verse from each chapter that stood out to me. I definitely could have written multiple verses in certain chapters, but God’s word has a message for each of us no matter what season we are in.
But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
Drink water from your own well – share your love only with your wife.
When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you.
Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
The fears of the wicked will be fulfilled; the hopes of the godly will be granted.
A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth.
A worthy wife is a crown for her husband, but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.
Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous.
Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can fully share its joy.
A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord.
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord.
Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.
O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.
My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.
To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips.
In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to him for protection.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Father God, I pray that I become a woman who fears you more than anything else. Help me to become a Godly, inspiring, and encouraging woman. Help me to live in a way that others see you through me. Amen.