A Proverb About Peace: Right now, I am starting each morning by reading one chapter in Proverbs. Like I have done with the book of Psalms for years, I read it slowly and thoughtfully. When done, I make a mark and then start the next morning with the next one. I would like more wisdom. I came across this verse in my reading and I stopped in my tracks. I want to live from peace, not for peace. Here is the proverb:
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Prov. 14:30)
The Writing Process: If you are writing and have not given permission to at least one other person to tear what you write to pieces, then you are not yet ready to write. You have a choice: let someone that you trust give you honest feedback (encouragement and criticism) in private or publish your not-best-version for the public. If you want to be a good writer, you need thick skin. Humility suggests: Of course you need other people to help you be and do your best, and this includes writing.
Two Short Books That I Am Enjoying and Highly Recommend (you can click on the image to be directed to the book):
Funny Prayer: Let’s be honest: Christians can sound a bit funny at times, even in prayer! If I had a dollar for every time I have heard the prayer below prayed, I would be a rich man. Also, I wonder what it says about us that I have probably heard this “protection prayer” prayed more than almost any other prayer. Does this reveal our priorities? Do we just want to be safe all of the time? Do we just want to be protected so that we can continue to live our lives that are more American than Gospel-oriented? While I do want to be safe and protected—along with my family and others—may we pray Gospel prayers that ultimately ask the Lord to send us, position us, use us, and whatever else for his glory.