Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to Handle an Anxious Heart * Proverbs 12

Thank You for Joining Us on Day 12 of our "Walk through Proverbs!" This cartoon seems like a perfect way to start today's post.  It's so deep and so true!  (See more wonderful work from Michael D. Waters at Thanks, Mike!

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V1 To learn, you must want to be taught. To refuse reproof is stupid.

V2 The Lord blesses good men and condemns the wicked.

V3 Wickedness never brings real success; only the godly have that.

V4 A worthy wife is her husband’s joy and crown. The other kind corrodes his strength and tears down everything he does.

V5 The good man’s mind is filled with honest thoughts; an evil man’s mind is crammed with lies.

V6 The wicked accuse; the godly defend.

V7 The wicked shall perish; the godly shall stand.

V8 Everyone admires a man with good sense, but a man with a warped mind is despised.

V9 It is better to get your hands dirty --and eat, than to be too proud to work-- and starve.

V10 A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals, but even the kindness of godless men is cruel.

V11 Hard work means prosperity; only a fool idles away his time.

V12 Crooks are jealous of each other’s loot, while good men long to help each other.

V13 Lies will get any man into trouble, but honesty is its own defense.

V14 Telling the truth gives a man great satisfaction, and hard work returns many blessings to him.

V15 A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others.

V16 A fool is quick-tempered; a wise man stays cool when insulted.

V17 A good man is known by his truthfulness; a false man by deceit and lies.

V18 Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise soothe and heal.
V19 Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.

V20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting for evil; joy fills hearts that are planning for good!

V21 No real harm befalls the good, but there is constant trouble for the wicked.

V22 God delights in those who keep their promises, and abhors those who don’t.

V23 A wise man doesn’t display his knowledge, but a fool displays his foolishness.

V24 Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed.

V25 Anxious hearts are very heavy but a word of encouragement does wonders!

V26 The good man asks advice from friends; the wicked plunge ahead—and fall.

V27 A lazy man won’t even dress the game he gets while hunting, but the diligent man makes good use of everything he finds.

V28 The path of the godly leads to life. So why fear death?


Question: How can I handle an anxious heart?

Answer: Please see verse 25 again.  If your family/friend is in need, encourage them.  If it's you and no one is encouraging you, it is OK to Encourage Yourself! In fact, I recommend it! Enjoy this song about it!

Big Blessings to You!

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