NOVEMBER 15, 2015

I’m not crazy about the Proverbs but I’m crazy about anything my daughter does and I’d like to be an occasional active participant on her page.
My problem with the book of Proverbs doesn't lie in the reading of it, which I do consistently, but in the action packed principles that spill from one thought to the next ... sort of like a steamroller on a daisy.
So here's a little plan:
Select one Proverb, with me, from today’s reading and chew on it throughout the day.
Here’s my “go” at it.
Verse 4 caught my eye; I guess because it deals with the tongue and I have problems with mine.
The word “perverseness” was curious and strong to me and I had to look it up.
Here’s what I found:
Perverseness – Willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected and desired. Persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
Turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper.

I expected the definition to sound a lot more evil and dark … but it’s laid out in pretty basic every day terms and I unquestionably have a problem with perverseness.
My tongue, mind, and heart are filled with a disposition to go in a direction of my own and away from God’s best plan for my life.
So I’m asking God to prick me when I say, do, and think things today that are contrary to His will; to put a "check" on my spirit when I hurt another or affect another with my perverseness.
I pray to be a wholesome tongue and a tree of life in someone’s day and maybe this is the beginning of that.
Thanks for letting me into your day.
-Darrelyn L. Tutt

A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger.
2The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly,
But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.
3The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5A fool despises his father’s instruction,
But he who receives correction is prudent.
6In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
7The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
But the heart of the fool does not do so.
8The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves him who follows righteousness.
10Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way,
And he who hates correction will die.
11Hell[a]and Destruction[b]are before the Lord;
So how much more the hearts of the sons of men.
12A scoffer does not love one who corrects him,
Nor will he go to the wise.
13A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
14The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.
15All the days of the afflicted are evil,
But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
16Better is a little with the fear of the Lord,
Than great treasure with trouble.
17Better is a dinner of herbs[c]where love is,
Than a fatted calf with hatred.
18A wrathful man stirs up strife,
But he who is slow to anger allays contention.
19The way of the lazyman is like a hedge of thorns,
But the way of the upright is a highway.
20A wise son makes a father glad,
But a foolish man despises his mother.
21Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment,
But a man of understanding walks uprightly.
22Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
23A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!
24The way of life winds upward for the wise,
That he may turn away from hell[d]below.
25The Lord will destroy the house of the proud,
But He will establish the boundary of the widow.
26The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,
But the words of the pure are pleasant.
27He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house,
But he who hates bribes will live.
28The heart of the righteous studies how to answer,
But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.
29TheLord is far from the wicked,
But He hears the prayer of the righteous.
30The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.[e]
31The ear that hears the rebukes of life
Will abide among the wise.
32He who disdains instruction despises his own soul,
But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
33The fear of theLord is the instruction of wisdom,
And before honor is humility.