Pride Comes and Goes

When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.

(Proverbs 11:2)

LORD Jesus we praise You for by You and through You comes Wisdom into our life. Forgive us whenever we are struggling with pride and thinking of ourselves more highly than we should. Help us, O God we pray, to put You — and You alone — first. Guide us, we ask, and make us grow in our knowledge of You and in Wisdom of what to do when times are good and especially while times are tough. Guard our hearts, O LORD, and lead us that we may bring glory to You in all we say and do. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Have you ever wrestled with pride after receiving good news? I have, more than one time I’m afraid. Learning more about the dangers of pride has been one of the careful lessons that I had to learn during our roller coaster ride of house hunting.

There was this possible move into an old farmhouse set before us. I was thrilled! Everything seemed to be working out just fine. What remained to be settled was the internet connection, but, of course, we were quite sure that it would be working out. Why shouldn’t it? That was, however, only one of the proud moments that scratched the surface back then.

More importantly, I had to deal with a much bigger issue of pride rising up that time — a danger within my own heart. You see, I discovered that I was going to have something way better and of far more value than one of my enemies keeps bragging about. I kept carrying out moving boxes while having that blessing on my mind.

I soon had to recall today’s proverb and remember that when pride comes shame will follow. My shame, even if only inside of myself, followed, when I had to reverse the move and bring the moving boxes back into our current home. The move into the old farmhouse did not work out after all. What a shame!

What kind of pride are you struggling with these days?

Remember that wisdom is with the humble today.

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Safe – Morning, Day, and Night

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

(Lamentation 3:22-23)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You offer us the Hiding Place, the secret place of the Most High, where we will find Refuge and Strength. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we doubt Your great Faithfulness. Your Compassions fail not, hallelujah, they are new every single morning. Help us to press on when times are tough and enable us to believe when doubt enters our mind and heart. Keep us tightly tucked into Your great and amazing Love and Goodness. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah

(Psalm 44:8)

Why is it so hard to boast in God, and boast in Him all day long? How come we spend so less time to praise His name — forever?

I mean, how many times do our mornings just fly by and we rush off into a new day thinking of all the things that need to get done and that we can and must handle it all on our own? Then, once the evening has come, we realize that another 24 hours have just passed by, and we have not given much of our love back to the Lord our GOD.

Come bedtime, do we recall God’s promise to us?

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

(Psalm 4:8)

Today, this morning, did we give any thought at all or thanks to God for enabling us to lie down in peace, for refreshing sleep, for keeping and watching over us throughout the night? We should never take this for granted, but we need to praise Him that we are not consumed and that His compassions fail not — even during the nights and the dark hours of the days.

Remember God’s great Faithfulness in your life today.

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Peace, Be Still!

You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise,
You still them.

(Psalm 89:9)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are above all of our storms in life. You are One who rules — Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we doubt the power of Your Word. Open our eyes and help us to look beyond the raging of the sea and to the One who is able to still all of its waves. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Monday, I had just finished the blog post, we decided to shut down our house hunt for the next two weeks and just concentrate on more important things. Guess what arrived by text and pictures that same day? Yes, you are right: we received another offer of a possible home. And what did we do? You are right again: We forgot all about our plans of shutting down our house hunt and immediately dive into the whole circle again…

I can hardly describe the agony and pain that followed with it, but, praising the LORD, it ended without any further hurt.

Beside being still, knowing and trusting God to provide, and moving into the home He decides that we should move into, there was another careful lesson to learn for us. What we have learned so far on our roller coaster ride of house hunting has added to our spiritual growth; but this time the lecture has been more painfully. Ouch! More about that in next week’s blog posts.

Then He arose and rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea,
“Peace, be still!”
And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

(Mark 4:39)

When the waves are rising way above your head, know that God is able to still your storm of life today.

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