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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 30

Scripture: Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. Observation: Sleeping in and sleeping often will lead to poverty. However, rising often and early will ensure your needs are met. Application: I love to sleep, nap and be in my "Jammies" aka pajamas. I love rainy days when it is dark and cold and bein...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 29

Scripture:  Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet. Observation: This Proverb is a comparison of a wise man versus a foolish man. Sometimes it is best not to even engage with a foolish person in debate because they do not reason, they will not learn and they end up either mocking or getting ver...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 28

Scripture: Proverbs 28 2 ... with a man of understanding and knowledge, (the land's) stability will long continue. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely. 7 The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,but a companion of gluttons shames his father 9 If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his pr...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 27

Scripture: Proverbs 27:3 “A stone is heavy and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both. Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous; but who is wise to stand before envy” Observation: These two verses talk about ungoverned passion. Not being in control or our reactions. Those who do not have control of their passions will sink under th...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 24

Scripture: Proverbs 24:21-22 My son, fear the Lord and the king, and do not join with those who do otherwise, for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both? Observation: Submitting to the authority of God and the authorities on Earth is wise. When you don't, disaster is sure to come. Application: In a culture where th...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 25

Scripture: Proverbs 25:11-12 – A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprove to a listening ear. Observation: A good word or advice at the proper time is like a beautiful gift. Constructive/valid criticism is valuable when someone is willing to listen. Solomon contrasts verses 9 -10 whi...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 26

Scripture: "Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool..." Proverbs 26:8   Observation: So many observations about "fools" it is hard to pick out just one. How does one recognize a "fool"-Proverbs (and perhaps especially chapter 26) is a good place to learn about the characteristics and recognition of a "fool...?"  Application...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 23

Scripture: Proverbs 23:5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone, for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven. Observation: Wisdom speaks again here concerning wealth and the pursuit of it. This time the writer focuses on how quickly riches fade, or in this case, how quickly they "fly away". Application: It's hard to take advice from a wealthy man...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 22

Scripture: Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Observation: This verse sums up a lot of what Proverbs is pointing to: humbly submitting to Christ. It points out that there are rewards for doing so.  There is an interesting contrast to what the world seeks and what God provides. Riches, Honor and life are what dr...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 21

Scripture: Proverbs 21 Vs. 3 To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Vs. 12 The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; Vs.15 When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. Vs. 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and kindnesswill find life, righteousness, and honor. Vs. 26 All day long (the slug...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 20

Scripture: Proverbs 20:3 “It is to ones honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” Observation: Strife means conflict or struggle. It is to ones honor to avoid conflict. Proverbs 17:19 states, “Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin”. Many times in Proverbs it mentions avoiding strife. Proverbs 18:6 states that, “the lips of fool...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 19

Scripture: "Desire without knowledge is not good and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way...He pursues them with words, but does not have them. Whoever gets sense loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good." Proverbs 19:2 and 7b-8 (changes in punctuation mine)   Observation: God's Word keeps on the theme in Proverbs about differe...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 18

Scripture: Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits Observation: What we say has eternal consequences, so we must be careful with our choice of words. A fool will just say something without thought that will lead to destruction. A wise person chooses his words and speaks from character. Jesus says th...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 16

Scripture: Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Observation: Grace is a gift. Gracious words are a gift as well. They are well received and make life a little sweeter. Application: Each day we can choose to use our words to be negative, critical, sarcastic and hateful. Or we can use our words to impart grace...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 15

Scripture:  Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. Observation: Someone that gets angry quickly and displays that anger only stirs up more anger in himself and others. It can make a small situation become a big situation very quickly. A quick temper can turn situations violent, end relationships and cause a...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 14

Scripture: Proverbs 14 Vs. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding. 7 Leave the presence of a fool, for there you do not meet words of knowledge. Vs. 23 In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. Observation: Solomon is encouraging the wise person to discern ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 13

Scripture: Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Observation: Who you spend your time with and "walk with" will determine who you become and how your life turns out. Application: The people I hang out with influence me. They influence the way I communicate, how I act, what I think is funny, what I lis...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 12

Scripture: "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid." Prov 12:1 Observation: I don't have any particular insight about this scripture other than what it baldly says. Application: "I wonder what God means by that?" This question is persistently the beginning of trying to interpret a particular scripture or passage."I wonder what that ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 11

Scripture: Proverbs 11:2 – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.   Observation: Pride is defined as having an exaggerated opinion of one’s self importance.  Whereas humility is a more honest understanding of our own strengths, weakness and abilities.  Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction and...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 9

Scripture: Proverbs 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Observation: How someone responds when corrected tells a lot about their maturity and character. Application: I can always tell where my heart is when someone corrects me. If I am immediately defensive, angry, frustrated, or hurt, I know something is wrong ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 10

Scripture: Proverbs 10:11 11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Observation: The righteous person to the wicked person is weighed out by the writer. It is clear what the ones saved does in comparison to the one not. Application: Words and speech are not only a representation of my own heart, but they a...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 8

Scripture: Proverbs 8:1 Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?  10-11Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. Observation: Wisdom is better than gold and silver. It is more valuable than worldly treas...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 6

Scripture: Proverbs 6:12-15 A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech, winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger, with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord; therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing. Observation: With strong language, Solomon calls out ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 7

Scripture: Proverbs 7 Vs. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”and call insight your intimate friend, Vs. 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman,from the adulteress with her smooth words. Vs 7 I have seen among the simple,I have perceived among the youths,a young man lacking sense,Vs 8 passing along the street near her corner,taking the road to her houseVs ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 5

Scripture: v7-- "And now, o sons, listen to me and do not depart from the words of my mouth...." vs 12-13-"...and you say "How I hated discipline and my heart despised reproof! I did not listen to the voice of my teachers nor incline my ear to my instructors." (Punctuation changes mine)  Observation:  Proverbs 5 is all about adultery on the surface. But beside...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 4

Scripture: Proverbs 4:18 – 19 But the path of the righteous is like the light of the dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. Observation: Here we are confronted with a fork in the road and a choice between following the path of the righteous or that of the wicked...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 3

Scripture: Proverbs 3 Observation: In verses 13-20, the focus is on the value and benefits of wisdom and understanding. This gift of wisdom is described as more precious than anything that can be gained on earth. Wisdom is being personified into a woman who brings both “long life and riches.” This is just a further example of the blessings of wisdom. Wisdom i...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 2

Scripture: Proverbs 2:9-10 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Observation: The understanding of righteousness, justice, equity and every good path, are a result of wisdom from God. These aren't "common sense" but divinely given. Application: ...

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Good Life Journal - Proverbs 1

Scripture:  Proverbs 1: 5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, Observation: The purpose of Proverbs is to impart wisdom and Godly guidance to the readers. Reading, hearing or being shown wisdom and instruction is not enough. It requires action on the part of the readers. This proverb sets up the rest of the book o...

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