Thursday, February 26, 2009

Proverb to Ponder

If you missed my last post, you might want to read it.

Today's Proverb to Ponder is Proverbs 25:28

Like a city whose walls are broken down
is a man who lacks self-control.

Every time I read this verse I think the same thing. I found it fitting that I read it last night, after making my Lent choice.

I always think this. A broken down city wall is a problem, right? Especially if you lived in the days of King Solomon. When your city wall is broken down, there is no control of what comes in and what goes out. How true when we let our self-control slide.

Incoming. Too much facebook. Not enough Jesus. Outgoing. Too much negativity. Not enough gratitude, praise and encouragement.


So reading it last night just helped to set my resolve. I will do something different. I'm back on my regimen. A Proverb a day. 5 Psalms a day. I'm also committing to at least one day of my Beth Moore Study To Live is Christ. If it isn't finished in the 40 days, it will be very close.

So friends, I'd love for you to do a couple of things.

1. Leave a comment if you read regularly. I'd love to know who I'm accountable to.
2. Let me know if you'd like to start the Proverb a Day challenge. March is a great month to kick it off. There's one chapter for every day of the month.
3. If you decide to do #2, we can ponder together. I would love that. Add your thoughts in comments, and if enough people climb on board, maybe I can see about inviting Mr. Linky to the party.

4 comments:

~jen~ said...

I'm reading, DUH! LOL
Ohh on that negativity "out" thing...you will notice by not reading facebook everyday, I bet, that your negativity levels lower. At least that's been my experience and I'll talk with you about that more later...but seriously!

emily said...

Hi friend,

Let me ponder the proverbs challenge so I can commit for sure. Also, funny you mention Facebook because (and i may have told you this), I got off several months ago for similar reasons..it was doing nothing to encourage my spirit. It's important you recognize where your struggles are and act accordingly..and if you think FB might be a piece, I'd challenge you to give it the boot altogether (I can't believe I publicly posted that!)

Love you..

Rachel said...

Just to clarify - I love facebook! I've greatly enjoyed it, and I have every intention of going back and hopefully exercising a HEALTHY dose of moderation, when I do. It was just getting to be too much of a time waster, so I decided it would be a great thing to give up. In the past, I've given up chocolate - HARD! But I haven't had chocolate in over 6 months, so I opted to not do a food item. I've given up alcohol, which didn't hurt, since I don't drink much, and I once gave up beef. A little difficult, but not too bad. There are just too many food things I can't have due to nursing, so I had to get more creative. I've been wanting to get back to my quality quiet times, so I thought this would be a good one. Plus, whenever I thought about giving it up, I had that whiney voice in my head saying, "but I don't want to..." Perfect! I want to give up something that I will feel. I want to every day be reminded. So my hope is that every time I go for the lap top, I pause and pray or read first. I expect to be praying and reading A lot.

Also - If I feel led to give it up completely, I definitely will. I think a better lesson for me though, is to learn the skill of moderation.

Oh - and Jen - when I really set my mind to something - I'm fairly immovable, so I don't feel the need to deactivate. I took it off my bookmarks bar and know that I will stick with it. Especially since I've shouted it from the mountain tops!!

Rina said...

Rachel,
I'm with you... I'll read a proverb a day with you. I won't post it on my site (I have too many meme's already) but I'll leave a comment here every now and then. Thanks for starting this.