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  • New Living Translation | NLT

    Proverbs 31:23

    Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.

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    Reflective Thinking

    As I reflect about my time as a single dude I remember a good message from Pastor Les Beauchamp that challenged me. He asked, “Are you the person… the person you’re looking for… is looking for?”. It’s a challenging yet powerful question. Do you have a good reputation in your community? Do you associate with other high character and quality leaders? If you’re looking for a Proverbs 31 partner they are likely looking for similar things as you.

    Action Idea

    If you’re single and desire to marry a Proverbs 31 partner, ask yourself, “Am I growing into the person… the person I’m looking for…. is looking for?” If not, put a plan for growth together and stick to it. If you’re married, this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Remember, we are always changing. Ask yourself, “What can I do to grow more into the person my partner needs me to be?”. This is a question ought to keep asking and answering as we are always changing.

  • New Living Translation | NLT

    Proverbs 30:1-3

    …I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense. I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One.

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    Reflective Thinking

    I think it can be easy to forget our God is also our Father. He is a good, good Father who greatly desires for us, His children, to have a deep and intimate relationship with Him. He wants us to pray with the level of intimacy you read in todays proverb. You see, what I’ve noticed in my prayer time that looks similar to this scripture is that Father will lovingly strengthen, encourage and comfort me throughout it (As long as I shut up long enough to hear Him! Ha!).

    Action Idea

    Make prayer and intimacy with Father a priority. He already knows everything you’re thinking, feeling and going through but He wants to have you come to Him and deepen that relationship. He’s not going to force you… it’s not in His character to force you to Love Him. Remember, He promises that if we draw close to Him and He will draw close to us.

  • New Living Translation | NLT

    Proverbs 29:20

    There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking.

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    Reflective Thinking

    There are not many of us who can say they’ve never spoken without thinking. The worst part is that many times this happens to the people we care about the most. Our intentions are not to hurt them but because we spoke without thinking, usually in a heightened state of emotion, we speak soul-crushing words, and… if they are received by the other person’s heart it could impact them for a lifetime. It’s a rare occasion that words spoken without thinking produce anything good.

    Action Idea

    Today, ask God for help and wisdom to think before you speak. Always remember, be quick to listen… slow to speak… and slow to anger.