Here I is

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) “Start children off on the way they should go, and when they are old they will not turn from it”.

I heard a story about a young boy who was three years of age that was spending time with his Grandmother. As her attention was drawn elsewhere, her Grandson went along on his own. When the Grandmother finished the task, she noticed that he was nowhere in sight. That was when she started to call out for him. However, he did not come. After a few more times of calling and looking around the house she started to become concerned. As she turned around, she heard her Grandson say, “here I is”!

The Grandson’s reply would have provided the Grandmother with relief and comfort and also an opportunity for the Grandmother to provide a hug and / or direction for the Grandson.
The three year old Grandson acknowledged his Grandmother knowing that she is someone who loves him.

Our LORD is calling for us! He wants to hear from us. We need to be obedient and acknowledge Him. He is good and righteous.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for your direction and for preparing us for eternal life. As we are your children, forgive us for not acknowledging you; as it is not second nature for us to recognize that you want to hear from us. Thank you for your patience, support and comfort. We turn to you and ask if you could keep us on the right path so we can provide right results. In Jesus name. Amen.

Order Required

Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy”.

Have you ever had an unexpected person pierce you with pain? It hurts! It hurts so much that you begin to deal with it in a vigorous way. Filled with unwanted emotion, you plow forward with continued reaction until you make the swoop to seize the pain. Coming down you begin to fill up with more unwanted emotion. You ask yourself, “What just happened?” By sorting through the responses that surfaced, you are in a state of disbelief.  Plus, you are offended by the person who did cause the pain.

With time, it is revealed to you the sin(s) you have committed and the truth of the pain that you received. God is our encourager and our motivator! Therefore, we must turn to God to repent and own our sin(s). He guides our heart and knows the attitude of our heart. Therefore, He will know when we are sorry.

God showed me the virtue of my repentance. As it happens, I am a person who had responded negatively toward someone who provided me with the truth. By God using the unexpected person to correct my harshness, He finally received my attention for His plan. It was then when my lesson started to unfold. 

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing our sins and for the knowledge to know when we need to make a change. Without your mercy our hearts remain harsh. Thank you for relieving our suffering by bringing it out into the open. We ask for the tools needed to achieve positive results and that we can be of aid to others. We ask in Jesus name and in Your Glory. Amen.

— Jean   

15-2

“The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly” Proverbs 15:2 (NIV)

Friday evening, my husband, our son and I decided to have a few games of Cribbage. I have not played the game for many years and required the knowledge of my opponents. My husband relayed how to begin to play the game by dealing the cards and getting us started to play. For the first initial game, we played so each of us could see each other’s cards. At proper times throughout that game, my husband communicated how to proceed. The way he instructed how to play was not an overload of information at one time. Therefore, I was able to refresh my mind on the game while gaining my confidence as I played my hand.

Counting your hand correctly is an important part of the game of Cribbage. For example, any combination of cards adding up to 15 scores 2 points; a King and a five would add up to 15. This combination would be marked as 15:2. Since I had gain confidence playing throughout the game, when it came to count my score I quickly added up my hand and the kitty. By being foolish and not waiting for instructions on how to count the cards, I missed some points. Afterwards, it was our son who gave instructions on how to count my points. He suggested for me to order my cribbage hand low cards to high; he also went over the rules and the combinations of cards that give points. Through experience, he suggested I count my 15’s, then pairs, then runs, then Nobs, then finally flushes.

Our Heavenly Father, Your knowledge which is provided in everything that we do is useful and necessary. The manner in which you communicate provides us with grace. Forgive us for our lack of respect for You. Forgive us for our “folly” which makes us go in the wrong direction. Thank you for giving us Your knowledge through the Word. Our hearts and mouths are full of folly, we ask You to fill us with Your knowledge so we will be able to communicate to others as beautifully as You do to us. I pray these things through Jesus and Your Glory. Amen.