{ Birthday Wisdom & Spumoni }

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Today is my birthday.  Though gray hairs are glaring at me in the mirror, I don’t care.

I am hoping to bite into some serious chocolate birthday cake and spumoni ice cream (if I can find my favorite flavor in the store.)

First, I wanted to bite into some nuggets of wisdom from the Bible book of Proverbs, chapter 10. They are listed here & paraphrased by me.

These bites are time-tested and calorie-free.

Enjoy.

  1. Don’t be lazy.  It leads to poverty. (Proverbs 10:4) By the way, August 10th is also National Lazy Day.  Ironic.
  2. When you indulge in upright, wise, holy living, your memory will be a blessing to those who knew you. (Proverbs 10:7)
  3. A babbling fool will come to ruin– (perhaps by her own mouth?) Don’t babble. Think about what you say before you say it. (Proverbs 10:8)
  4. Love covers all offenses, irritations, and little annoyances. (Proverbs 10:12)
  5. Foolish talking will bring ruin dangerously close. (Proverbs 10:14)
  6. When you let a lot of words exit your mouth, you will err – without a doubt. (Proverbs 10:19a)
  7. Whoever restrains her lips is prudent (wise, sensible, well-advised.) (Proverbs 10:19b)
  8. The blessing of God makes a person truly rich.  And, that blessing doesn’t come with bad side effects. (Proverbs 10:22)
  9. To a wise person, finding truth and applying it is FUN. (Proverbs 10:23)
  10. Staying on God’s path is protection. (Proverbs 10:29)

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Word Prompt of the Day:  glaring

Cake Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

{ eating in peace }

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Where I’ll find no sour-faced quibbling,

I don’t need fancy linen or knife

I’d rather dine in a shack

With my dry, meager snack

Than feast in a houseful of strife.

From Proverbs 17:1 — “Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.” ESV

(C) Lisa M. Luciano ☺

 

 

 

{ Note to Self: How to Prevent Ruffled Feathers }

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The word prompt of the day is QUILL…which makes me think of feathers….which makes me think of the phrase “ruffled feathers.”

Ruffled feathers defined:

“This is an idiom which means to become irritated, confused, agitated, or annoyed by someone.”

(Sometimes they are doing this purposefully, sometimes not.)

Sigh.  I get my feathers ruffled too easily. How to prevent this?

I already KNOW… but now I need to DO…by God’s grace.

Walk by the Spirit and all that.

Am I getting better at this after 25+ years as a regenerated person?

Sometimes I don’t know.

But after reading the Bible book of Proverbs many, many times, I saw Proverbs 12:16 for the “first time” the other day.  I want to remember this one.

A fool is quick-tempered,
    but a wise person stays calm when insulted. (NLT)

The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult. (ESV)

 

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{ Lavish Loops }

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This is the word prompt of the day, and I read a fitting verse in my Bible today.

It’s a verse that makes me think of a loop; a reward given that is connected to action that came first:

Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.

Proverbs 21:21

This is a common principle in the Bible —and in the natural world.

  • What we sow, we will reap.
  • What we plant, we will harvest.

It’s a worldwide idea found in folktales, fables and culture.

But I love how God’s Word takes it to a new level.

Take the above scripture. When we pursue righteousness and kindness (two things), we will find life, righteousness and honor (three things.)

We gain interest– a bonus.

Another amazing Bible promise:

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

Here’s one more looping verse:

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 19:17

Our God is a generous God. He makes our cup run over. (Psalm 23)

He doesn’t ration His love, His forgiveness or His blessings.

Walking in obedience with the Lord is one lavish loop after another.

 

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊

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{ Ring in a Pig’s Snout }

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“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” ~ Proverbs 11:22

Apparently, brassy (the word prompt of the day) means:

  • tastelessly showy 
  • loud in appearance or manner
  • lacking discretion

It takes practice to have discretion, and I don’t think it’s natural in this culture.

I am learning it, little by little…

A few years ago, I went to a ladies gathering with friends from church. I spotted my friend wearing a red gingham jumper.  I recognized this jumper, because I had recently donated it to the local thrift shop.  This thrift shop was also a favorite of hers.

I spoke without thinking: “Oh! That looks like the dress I just gave away!  Did you get it at The Corner Thrift Shop?”

She was quietly gracious.

Discretion, self-control, and a quiet and gentle spirit. These are adornments I want to wear every day.

“Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without discretion.” ~ Proverbs 11:22

©  Lisa M. Luciano 😊

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