by Tammy Phillips
Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Proverbs 20:19 (NJKV)
I was a sloppy, singing, swaying drunk. Our small theatre company had completed a whole season and we were celebrating. Rum and coke, I discovered, was quite a tasty drink. Water, milk, soda and Kool-Aid were my beverages of choice until one evening when rum was added to my Coca-Cola. Heaven showed up and took a seat in my glass.
Normally, I was a reserved young lady. Square and nerd were appropriate descriptions of me until I swallowed my R&C. Then, I sang and danced gleefully. The cast and crew were comfortable with my shy, quiet ways. They were not sure what to make of my sudden sprinting across the stage, loudly singing with Bill Wither’s record, Lovely Day.
After my initial introduction to R&C at our wrap party, I started to drink it at any party the theatre members hosted. Since I lived at home with younger sisters, there was no way I would purchase and bring liquor into the house. But, I was more than happy to partake at anyone’s house or apartment.
Then it happened. Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
“Having dismissed her serving maids, Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place, invites everyone within sound of her voice: “Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me! I’ve prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread, roast lamb, carefully selected wines. Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning”
Proverbs 9:3-6 (MSG) (emphasis added)
The Word of God constantly and consistently reminds us that the fear of the Lord will lead us into understanding Him and our purpose in life. This fear is not one of being “scared”, but it is a reverent and holy fear of an awesome and righteous God. It is only through living a life of worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome that you will start to understand wisdom in order to gain spiritual insight into life. This wisdom is called Lady Wisdom in the Book of Proverbs. Continue reading
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
by Sharman J. Monroe
When wisdom enters your heart,
And knowledge is pleasant to your soul,
Discretion will preserve you;
Understanding will keep you,
Proverbs 2: 10-11 (NJKV)
What is wisdom? According to the dictionary, wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. Where does wisdom come from? Many say it comes from education and experience with a touch of gut feeling. But how much wisdom can we really have when we only possess finite information? We don’t know what will happen in the next hour and we don’t know all the consequences of our decisions. Continue reading