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Day 28 Proverbs Challenge: A High Stakes Game — Busted or Blessed

by Harriett V. Bennett

“Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.”

Proverbs 28:11 (NLT)

I am sure that most of us have either played or have seen people play Blackjack, commonly called ‘21.’  Whether spectator or player, it can be an intense experience. For the handful of readers who have no knowledge of the game — very simply, it’s all about the numbers and who’s got the better strategy or bluff, or luck in this game of chance. There is a person, the dealer, who has in his possession the standard card deck of fifty-two playing cards (could be more than one deck depending on where you play), and then there are the players being dealt the cards.   The objective is for players to get a hand total of 21 or closer, than the dealer, without going over 21. Under or right at 21, you could win; over 21, you’re busted.

At the start of the Blackjack game, the players, and the dealer get two cards each.  The players’ cards are normally dealt face up, while the dealer has one face down (called the hole card), and one face up.  The strategy comes in where the player decides if it’s in their best interest to get more cards from the dealer or hold with what they have anticipating that the dealer’s unexposed card will not trump or beat their hand.  If both player and dealer have 21, both win. Continue reading

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Day 24 Proverbs Challenge: An Excellent Speech

by Harriett V. Bennett


“A house is built by wisdom, and becomes strong through good sense.”

Proverbs 24:3 (NLT)

“An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship.”

Proverbs 24:26 (NLT)

I squeezed the phone as tight as I could, wanting to break it into a million pieces!  I sat at the top of the basement stairs, wounded – wishing I was invisible – but—not.   I was angry after that painful conversation I just got off of, holding on to someone I thought was for me.  But more angry at myself that I didn’t even see that ‘left hook to the heart’ coming.  I just wanted to wallow in self-pity for a bit. This was my wake up call.

I got up from the step, hung up the phone and stood numb in the kitchen.  I heard my father in the living room fussing at the radio as if the baseball coaches could hear his reaction to a failed play.  The game broke for commercials and he got quiet.  Why couldn’t I be invisible and just pass by him unnoticed. I needed to go off the grid for a while.

I turned off the kitchen light and started walking towards him, trying to act like nothing was wrong.  My Daddy could see through my pretense a mile away.   Continue reading

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Day 13 Proverbs Challenge: Don’t! Stop! Nurturing A Teachable Spirit

by Harriett V. Bennett

A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.

Proverbs 13:1 (NLT)

As Pamela Wright read this scripture in Sunday School, she couldn’t help but smile, remembering how, in her youth, she misunderstood this scripture because she thought, back then, her older brother and sister must have been the “wisest” people she knew. It seemed like they were always “accepting discipline” from their mother and father.  That was until she actually realized that they didn’t have much choice in the matter.  If one did something, the other one was close by.  They were thick as thieves, like two peas in a pod, like night and, well, night.  Pamela grew up in a loving home, the middle child in a family of seven siblings.  It was an interesting position to be in.  She was in-between two groups of attention grabbers: there were the older kids who were taking chances occasionally doing the wrong thing and the younger kids, the little cutie pies who could do no wrong.  And there she was in the middle.

Now let me get back to my opening statement.  Continue reading

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Day 7 Proverbs Challenge: A String Around Your Finger

by Harriett V. Bennett

Follow my advice, my son; always treasure my commands. Obey my commands and live!

Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers as a reminder.

Write them deep within your heart. 

Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.

Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman, from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman.

Proverbs 7: 1-5 (NLT)

I love old movies.  I’m always checking the guide of one popular classic movie network to see what’s in the lineup for that day or week, especially now that I’ve freed up some time for viewing with my recent retirement.  You can learn a lot from these mostly black and white — but  — color flicks too.  I am proudly aging myself here, but happy to do so to make my point on today’s challenge scripture.

On December 22.1967, a movie was released titled, The Graduate. Continue reading

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