Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. — Proverbs 14:10 Reflections on a Proverbial Saying Many years ago, when watching a movie at a theater with my wife, the storyline peaked with the bitter and prolonged weeping of a man who tragically lostContinue Reading

When someone says “I know how you feel” I wonder, “Do you really?” Is it even possible for a person to know how anyone else feels? Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. What follows is the first post on this blog, whichContinue Reading

I began this series indicating that the primary purpose is for me to stay regularly in the inspired text and that my desire was to post in this series no less than once per week. By God’s grace, this post meets that goal. As originally stated, these are my musingsContinue Reading

Two more posts to go in this series. It’s been refreshing to spend consistent time thinking and musing over Proverbs. Hopefully I’ve gained some wisdom and it’s made (is making) a difference in my life as well as in my head. “Know thyself” —Socrates “Know your limitations” —God (Prov 30:1-4)Continue Reading

Learn by your mistakes, otherwise there is a point of no return (Prov 29:1). Words of praise must be carefully weighed (Prov 29:5). Integrity exacts a heavy price tag (Prov 29:10). The foolish and wicked are easily identified (Prov 29:7-9, 11). Disciplined children are a great reward (Prov 29:15; 17).Continue Reading

Fear drives the wicked but courage is the lot of the wise (Prov 28:1). Multiple leaders may intimate foolish followers (Prov 28:2). Ignorance loves company (Prov 28:4) and riches can hinder objectivity (Prov 28:11). Wealth is relative (Prov 28:6). Moderation is a virtue….always (Prov 28:7). Obedience is a necessary ingredientContinue Reading

What you say on your own behalf or on the behalf of another matters (Prov 27:1-2; 5-6). Human need makes some things truly relative (Prov 27:7). Biological bonds aren’t always the strongest (Prov 27:9-10). A parent can endure just about anything, if their children are well. But when the welfareContinue Reading

Our world has a certain moral symmetry to it. When a timely word is spoken that says all and only what others need to hear, a friendly smile is returned that lifts the human spirit, or a warm embrace is offered to a lonely soul, the art of living isContinue Reading

Knowing our place and staying in it before figures of authority, whether kings or judges, can be quite useful toward getting the results we desire (Prov 25:1-12). Submission yields favorable outcomes. Familiarity breeds contempt (Prov 25:17). Be moderate with the demands of a relationship. Everyone appreciates dependability; under no circumstancesContinue Reading

No home is secured by nor sustained with foolishness. A steady, calculated, intentional application of wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are required to establish a household that lasts. When challenges manifest (and they will), then strength is on the side of the wise (Prov 24:3-5). One word comes to mind whenContinue Reading

No pretense here as this series continues avec seulement mes pensées (with merely my thoughts) on the text. Prov 23:1-8 speaks to moderating our lives in food, drink, and wealth. Apart from regulating the amount, craving more and more of food/drink/wealth can be deadly. Do not indulge in excess (ProvContinue Reading