Sunday, January 4, 2015

Grace and Reflections for a Woman's heart #1

~ A look into Proverbs ~

 I was reading one verse from Psalms and Proverbs
every day of the week last year
and the Lord richly blessed my heart 
through His Word.
I would then look deeper into those verses
to find out just what God was wanting me to know.
  Then ~ I would go before the Lord in prayer
 asking Him to apply His Truths to my life.
I was so encouraged that I wanted to share them with you as well.
One day a week I would love to share with you
words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs.
May your hearts be as blessed as mine has been. 
"For the Lord giveth wisdom:
out of his mouth cometh knowledge & understanding."
(Proverbs 2:6)
Proverbs contains the very wisdom of God
given to show us the value of living
prudently ~ or to be cautious.
"Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life."
(Proverbs 4:23) 
The term heart in the Bible generally refers
to the innermost part of life.
It is the decision-making center,
the source of motives,
the seat of the passions,
and the center of the conscience.
"For out of the abundance of the heart
the mouth speaketh."
(Matthew 12:34b)
This verse has a flip side to it.
Whatever is on the inside will eventually come out,
whether good or bad. (Matthew 12:35)
If a person has a dirty heart,
he cannot produce purity in his life.
Likewise, if the heart is stayed on the Lord,
it will be seen on the out side eventually. 
If you think angry thoughts, angry words are sure to follow.
If you dwell on your problems they will soon overwhelm you.
If you give way to worry don't be surprised when worry gets you down.
If you focus on how others misunderstand you, you will soon become angry & bitter.
If you focus on the truth you will speak the truth.
If you seek out lovely things your life will be lovely to others.
If you dwell on the right the wrong will seem less attractive to you.
If you look for virtue you will find it.
May we as women grace our lives
in the purity found in the Word of God.
May we focus on those things which are pleasing unto the Lord
and act upon what we know to be true,
bringing glory to our Precious Savior.

Grace & Peace be yours
in Abundance!
~ Debbie ~
Linking up with:
The Art of Home-making Monday's


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Thank you for this beautiful post this morning.

I look forward to your weekly thoughts that you'll be sharing on these two wonderful books of the Bible.

Have a lovely week ~ FlowerLady

Linda Walker said...

Good morning Debbie,
Looking forward to some weekly inspiration! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
ps forgot to tell you that I love your blog design. Beautiful!

Vicky Hunt said...

There it is word for this year. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Debbiw. You always encourage and I leave here wiser every time. You are such a blessing. Have a blessed Subday my friend.

Hugs, Vicky

Sola Scriptura said...

I want my heart to be full of Psalms and much praise to our Saviour. And I long to learn the wisdom in Proverbs. So, I am delighted and looking forward to your posts :)

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful selection of verses!

Jeanna said...

Thank you sweet Debbie for this post and willing to share from Proverbs and provide us with your blessed words.

I look forward to these posts.

Enjoy the rest of your week :)

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Debbie, another beautiful and encouraging post today! Thank you! I've been reading Proverbs myself and so agree! Whatever is in our hearts will come out. So may we continue to fill our hearts with His Word so that we might be salt and light to the world! Hugs and a blessed Sabbath, sweet friend!

Joyful said...

Beautiful post. I love the Psalms and Proverbs and you've mentioned some fav verses today. What a great idea to read and prayerfully apply these wonderful verses. Have a blessed day. xx

Stephanie said...

Before I say anything about your wonderful post may I just say your photo is stunning! The Word of God in black and white with the doily and jewel is extremely beautiful :)

And secondly... yes, I can bring marshmallows tomorrow.

And finally... the words you have shared are not only lovely, but very encouraging. During my teen years I often remember you tellig me what is on the inside always comes out and I am thankful for that constant reminder because I want the love of Christ and His beautiful Truth to spill forth from my life.

Thank you for being a blessing. Love you! See you tomorrow for some sledding :)

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Proverbs are my favorite...these are lovely reminders to pay close attention to our thoughts. I really do believe we are what we think! I look forward to this beautiful sharing, Debbie! Blessings to you in this first week of the New Year, my friend! Hugs xo Karen

Ceil said...

Hi Debbie! I just read this passage myself, and it gave me pause. To think that the only things that can come to light are what are in my That's a deep thought.

I agree that I need to work on having a more consistent heart with Christ. Then what I say will be everything he is. Wouldn't that be amazing??
Happiest of New Years to you and yours :)

Linda said...

Such a beautiful and encouraging post. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy New Year.

Debby Ray said...

What a lovely and encouraging post...there is such beauty and wisdom in the Psalms, this one in particular. I truly desire to have a pure heart and that my actions hopefully will show this. I will be looking forward to your upcoming posts, Debbie! By the way, Stephanie did a beautiful job on your new blog design!

Robyn said...

So inspirational, Debbie!
'Likewise, if the heart is stayed on the Lord,
it will be seen on the out side eventually'
These words in particular resonated with me. Thank you for giving me so much to think about. I know I will be back here today to read it again...and again.
Enjoy your day, sweet lady. Hugs and love to you!

Tori Leslie said...

What an absolutely lovely blog you have! I really enjoyed the truth in this post.
Also the Anne of Green Gables music won me over!! I'm following you so I'll be back!!

Sandra said...

I'm so looking forward to these weekly posts as I find Proverbs so full of help and guidance.

And I agree...what is in our hearts comes out in our lives, whether it is good or bad, positive or negative.

Thank you sharing Debbie.

Nina said...

Thank you for these thoughts, Debbie ... A wonderful way of reading to Word - to focus on one verse, and meditate over it in prayer!
I may let the inspiration flow over to my reading as well - you in such a concrete way show, how Less is more - when going deep with the one verse!
Love from Nina

Huckleberry stitches said...

Hi there! I found your blog through your sweet Stephanies blog, which I enjoy very much! Thank you for your beautiful words today. I am going to challenge myself to read from Proverbs once a week. Thank you and God Bless.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What beautiful words, my friend! I especially loved the words at the end that you have in bold true those words are. Thank you again for blessing us with your wisdom. Love and hugs!

living from glory to glory said...

Dear, This was very special as it is in these very Proverbs that we gain so much life and truth to really live a life pleasing to the Lord! I have really enjoyed your teaching of this verse, Thank you!
Yours, Roxy

Huckleberry stitches said...

I had the pleasure of delivering the devotional in our weekly women's Bible Study this past Tuesday and before I left for study I read your post about Reading proverbs, well I have challenged the ladies to your challenge and they are excited! thank you for touching the lives of many women!

JES said...

Debbie, thank you for this dear encouragement! I always leave this blog refreshed and ready to walk stronger in the Lord.

Thank you for taking the time to share this series with us and for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays as well.

P.S. Your new blog landscape is lovely and cheerful!

Celestina Marie said...

Debbie this is beautiful and you have started a wonderful series using the verses of Proverbs. I am so encouraged and inspired. Thank you for giving and teaching.
Blessings be yours!

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