Prayer and Proverbs

Since arriving home from our honeymoon, The Farmer and I have both been working full time throughout the weeks.  My 8 AM - 4 PM job has kept me tired and busy as these past couple of weeks have pushed on and one thing that I have been trying to keep a priority is my 10 minutes of prayer and Proverbs in the morning.  I try and do a Proverb that matches the date (August 10=Proverbs 10), and then pray for my relationship with God, my marriage, my family and friends and any specific needs I have heard or have been asked to pray over. That ten minutes gives me peace, confidence, patience and endurance for my long days of "dealing" with people, who, more often than not, are in bad moods.

Even though it's only ten minutes, it really does change how my day turns out.  Being in communication with God gives you so many good feelings that help counteract the bad, negative ones that try and sneak into your heart throughout the day. The other morning as I turned off the Today Show and flipped to Proverbs 13, my mind was blown at how much my life was needing to hear it's soft, loving words of rebuke.

"The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied."
Proverbs 13:4

"Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, 
but whoever gathers little by little
will increase it."
Proverbs 13: 11

"Whoever despises the word brings
destruction on himself,
but he who reveres the 
commandment will be rewarded."
Proverbs 13:13

"The righteous has enough to satisfy
his appetite,
but the belly of the wicked suffers want."
Proverbs 13:25

These four verses hit home for me. They gently reminded me to guard my heart from things such as "want" and being a "sluggard".  In a society where everyone is searching for the next "Get Rich Quick" scheme and everyone is on the hunt for fame and glory, but are unwilling to work towards that goal, it is hard to truly trust one's self and one's heart while being tempted by such deep rooted, intangible things. 

It is also hard to be truly satisfied with what we have.  Our culture is constantly coming up with more and more that we convince ourselves that we need.  It is unacceptable to our world when we emerge from our homes in clothing we bought at Good Will, and it is shameful when we come into public with the weight we have always carried and to them, that weight is not good enough.  I felt challenged when I read these verses.  I am challenging myself to tune out the voice of the world and be happy with how God created me and to be satisfied with what he has blessed me with.

With satisfaction in Christ comes a deep joy that will only remain if it its roots are grown into Christ.  I urge, no, I beseech you (I'm sorry, I love that word) to take the endurance Christ gives you and be happy in His creation of you and satisfied in what He gives you.

Enjoy your prayer and Proverbs,