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Proverbs: Day

Day 1


Grace Days.

I’m so thankful for those Grace Days! If y’all are like me, summer life has the ability to kick my rear end.  When I feel that I will never be able to catch up? I tend to put up walls and isolate myself even more.

These past few days have given me the chance to breathe a bit, process what I’ve learned from our Prayer study, and really feel ready to start a new plan.

We are ready to dive into this next plan as a community!  We prayerfully [and nervously!] go through books and plans as we choose the next study.  We listen to suggestions we receive, and we pray hard about the choices on the table.

We know that some plans will resonate with some people more than others.  The reality is that His word is for all of us: every, single word!  Given what is happening in your life at this moment, specific words will probably strike differently than they have in the past or than they do to someone else.

Let’s look through the Truth we’ve tackled together as a community.  [And if you’re new or joined during one of the plans, here are quick links to them if you’d like to go back and read!]

And now?

We are so excited to read through the book of Proverbs together!

You can read the plan in your YouVersion app on your smart phone (here’s a link to easily sign up for the Proverbs reading plan), or you can skip the online/phone reading if you’d like and just read the chapter each day in your own Bible. Either way is fine!

[questions about how to follow along with us using YouVersion? more instructions here!]

Each day, we’ll have a short post here about that chapter.  It won’t be a lecture; it won’t be an inductive study of each verse.  It’ll simply be our thoughts, questions and perhaps a challenge.  We pray that it spurs on discussion and continues the conversation.  But don’t let our thoughts keep you from sharing what you’ve learned that day: leave a comment and share, so we can all learn from each other!

[We have so many exciting things to share with you!  I promise the daily posts won’t always be this long!]

Thank you Jessi Glass for the photo!

Thank you Jessi Glass [@alwyzJesus] for the photo.


So, below are my notes for Day 1 of our new plan. Each day will look a little different (Raechel, Jessi and I will be taking turns writing, noting, and asking questions), but you can expect something from us here every day of the plan. (If it’s easier for you, subscribe to our posts by email so every morning [12:01 am EST] the day’s notes and study help will be delivered to your inbox!)

Proverbs 1 | Day 1:

One aspect of You Version that I particularly love is the fact that I can read through each chapter using various translations.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really struggle reading scripture.  I find myself reading verse after verse, only to go back and realize I was reading, but my brain and heart weren’t connecting at all.  I love being able to look at specific verses in sometimes five or more versions!  Especially as I read ahead in the book of Proverbs–a book that I really struggle with reading and understanding how it applies to meI challenge you all to take time reading these verses using various translations!

I love reading this first chapter in the Message. [I think it’s really important to know why and how the Message was written, so I’ve linked to it here.]

A Manual for Living. 

Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,
to understand what life means and where it’s going;  [Proverbs 1:2, the MSG]

And after we are told about this manual for living – and how it is for all of us.  We are told where to start:

Start with God.

Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God;
only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. [Proverbs 1:7, the MSG]

Did you catch that?  This manual is important, but He is where we need to start.  I want to challenge you all – and in doing so, challenge myself! – to begin each She Reads Truth moments, each day, each time you sit down to read scripture: start with Him. 

How do you start your time with your Heavenly Father?

Has our last Prayer study changed the way you pray?

What have you learned about praying that you can share to encourage this community?

What stood out to you from Proverbs Chapter 1?  Was there a section that confused you?

We’d love for you to share and discuss in the comments below!

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I just have one more news-type-ish thing to share with y’all, so bear with me: I know I’m writing a novel!

It’s with an excited, yet apprehensive heart that we announce that …

Pre orders for SheReadsTruth journals start today!

Before you head over to check it out, can we share our heart with you?

That word apprehensive couldn’t be more true.  We have prayed a lot about the sale of these journals, because we don’t want the heart of She Reads Truth to be misunderstood or lost.  We want to be clear with you that we will be using money from the sales of the journals to pay for the journals, materials and labor to make them and development of the website and She Reads Truth.

Important notes:

You don’t need a journal to participate with She Reads Truth.

If you want to buy multiple journals – one to donate to someone who can’t afford one, we have the option for you to do so.

  • We pray that these journals would be a reminder to find time with Him daily.
  • We pray that these journals would be a conversation starter when someone comes over for coffee.
  • We pray that these journals would be a way to meet others locally in the She Reads Truth community.  How awesome would be it for you to walk into to a coffee shop, and spot a SheReadsTruth journal on someone’s table!

We want these to stand out, so they will be available in red!  There are more details over at the shop, so head on over and check them out!

Are you ready to begin reading Proverbs today? I know I’ll be searching that twitter and hashtag: I am always so challenged by what y’all are learning.  And I can’t wait to read and discuss in the comments each day!

Remember: Start with Him!



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  • Queenjessi13

    Wisdom helps prevent distruction!

  • Good morning… I just found this Bible study app. Today…(yay!) I wanted to share with you ladies that I had started a blog back in the spring using the book of Proverbs as a springboard to have an online journal type Bible study! I challenged myself and anyone else who clicked on my blog to read Proverbs daily for month and then i blogged about it welcoming (wishing for) comments…i followed thru with it for the month and was committed and devoted…but I had like only 1 response!!! Oh well! I am grateful to have found this online group and I plan on being part of the team!!! I may be anonymously reading without commentary but I will be here reading along for sure! Thank you for obeying the “voice” of God by starting this group!

  • It's my first study with the group and I'm so excited to dive in! Playing catchup now!

    As a mom and somewhat new Christian (I was saved 6 years ago), I'm constantly trying to find ways to not only discipline myself, but to now give an example to my son. I was not raised in a Christian home and therefore didn't have an example of a Godly parent each and every day. Proverbs will definitely be a huge help in reminding both myself and my son of the wisdom of God and the disciplines we need to follow.

  • Melissa Waters

    I start my time with my Heavenly Father in prayer I invite the Holy Spirit into my reading for illumination and guidance. I ask for a hearing and diligent doing heart to let the Scriptures come alive in my life to be a testimony.
    This is my 1st but definitely not my last journey with SheReads.
    M. Waters

  • I'm super behind, but I started the Surrendered Life right before leaving the country and that didn't pan out very well. A new school year is starting up soon and I need some more Jesus time in my life! God-willing, I will keep up with this one. I need to start with Him everyday.

  • This is great–I found this website through a suggestion of a friend. I don't know how long it has been since I followed a devotional plan! Sheesh. I feel the same when reading–sometimes I forget to pay attention! Using multiple versions is a great suggestion.

  • Is there a way I can follow this on my RSS? I am SO excited for it!!!

  • This is the first plan I’m joining you guys with (I’ve followed your progress for a while but didn’t feel ready to start reading with you until recently..).

    I struggled with verse 7 initally – the NIV says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” and I couldn’t understand how it became “start with God” on MSG. Infact, the bit about fear kinda scared me! I read it through in various translations and then found GNTD said “to have knowledge, you must first have reverence for the Lord”. This totally pulled it all together for me!! We need to start with respect for God and the will to obey Him. I guess fear used to cause people to show respect and obedience all those years ago.

    I’ve learnt today that if I don’t understand something, I just need to put a little extra time into exploring it. He will make it all clear!

    Just thought I would share my experience of today. Thanks for hosting this – I can tell it’s going to be great and I’m going to learn a lot :)

  • proverbs one really isn't a 'happy,happy' chapter,but gets to the point. don't be foolish,be wise,don't go along with foolish people- follow God! love the journals : )

  • hopejoypeace

    I'm excited to join in. And I had a great time reading Proverbs 1 today in the NKJV, Message, NIV, and NLT versions. So much fun. I'm looking forward to this journey!

  • Ah, this was so refreshing. I’m so excited for this study! I loved verse 7. What a reminder! I need to begin with God. I grew up in a Christian home and have bought into the idea that there isn’t more for me to really learn or grasp because I grew up with bible stories and sermons and prayer meetings, but golly, as verses 4-5 say, there is always more to learn whether you’re new in your walk with Christ or if you’ve known him for years. And the thing is, I can recite verses and retell stories from the bible, but can barely describe the characteristics of God’s heart or the works of His hands. I know the bible of God yet I barely know the God of the bible. There are thousands of missionaries around the world who don’t have access to a bible, often times it is a matter of safety, yet they know their Saviour so intimately. I need that. I need to start with him. I need to be open to the wisdom that he has inspired.

  • I am so struck by verse 33: " But he who obeys me dwell in security, in peace, without fear of harm." it reminds me a lot of what we discussed in the last study on prayer.

    By following Wisdom, trusting in that knowledge, it will keep us on track. Isn't it the same thing for Jesus? By following him, trusting in him, we will always be where we need to be.

  • Jennifer A

    I am thrilled to be officially joining the group. My sister and I went back to read "the surrendered life" together and we are happy to read through Proverbs with all of you wonderful women. I'm encouraged by this group and your photos and comments. Thank you :)

  • Michelle

    I'm so excited about the new study. Thank you so much for putting this Bible study together. I love the journals.
    I've always wanted to dig deeper into Proverbs.
    Verse 7- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline (NIV 84). I remember seeing this verse in my college library stairwell each day. How often have I been the fool? I'm ready to let go of my foolish ways and embrace the Lord's wisdom.

  • Jennifer

    Looking forward in joining you in this new Proverbs plan! I have read through Proverbs a few years back but like someone said earlier it was just words I was reading, my heart was not convicted. I am already convicted and seeing new things written that I had not read or seen before…..and this is Day 1!

    God's timing is so good. I am so thankful to have found this community.

  • I was convicted by Verse 24. I was reminded that often I get into various mishaps in life merely because I have ignored, overlooked, and (at times) disregarded the voice of God. This reminded me that when we turn away from God we open ourselves up to destruction, fear, distress, and anguish. So now I know… whenever I am experiencing those in life my first step needs to turn back to God and repent for failing to head his voice from the beginning!

  • I agree! I love reading the different translations. It breathes life into scripture to make it more real and much easier to understand, especially seeing it from so many perspectives.

    The whole chapter had me nodding my head. Verses 28 and 29 shook me though.

    I'm going through a divorce, and my ex-husband has turned into an evil man. He wasn't like this throughout our entire marriage, but he did struggle with his demons. I would always encourage him to seek counseling and we were always "going to go to church next Sunday", as we do, but neither of those things really ever came to fruition. We tried a few churches, but nothing really fit, and the one that did was an hour away. Anyway, he finally gave in to his demons and is now traveling a very dark and lonely road. I feel so much like the woman in the courtyard preaching to the evil man, I want to help, help, help, but deep down I know that it's ultimately his decision whether he wants to follow a new path and walk with God.

    So, back to verses 28 and 29. I've been struggling with letting go, and I've been praying for all kinds of things: strength, patience, peace, etc., but I feel like God is speaking to me when he says this: 28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. 29 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD." I feel like the subtext here is: "AND YOU SHOULDN'T EITHER!!"

    It feels hateful, but I remember Joyce Meyer talking about her brother and how he died alone because he chose to. They tried and tried to help him, but he ultimately chose his drug. I don't hate my husband, in fact, I very much still love him, probably always will, but I feel like this passage gives me peace with the fact that I couldn't and can't help him anymore. That it's okay for me to walk away. I'm not giving up, I'm simply admitting that he doesn't want my God, he wants his. Does it hurt? Yes, badly, but it has to be done. In order for me to have a healthy life without anger and frustration, I have got to let this go.

    There is so much more I received from this passage, too. I'm exploring new ways to start with God. (The day in general, Meals, etc.) I'm a newbie when it comes to Bible study, but I love that this passage also speaks to those who aren't. Something for me to remember in the future when I feel like I've squeezed every drop out of it that I can.

  • I just discovered this community last week right after the last plan ended. It gave me those "grace" days to learn more and decide if this was the path to take. I love Proverbs. I always have and I think this was the perfect beginning for me to join the community. I am sharing this with friends and will probably end up blogging about it by the middle of the plan :) – What stood out to me the most is that Wisdom is "feminine" in reference. Women hold wisdom. Women should heed this wisdom given by God and not be ignorant. Too many women I have encountered in life just follow along and do what is told/asked of them without any knowledge behind what they are doing. We need to wake up and learn and gain UNDERSTANDING as to why we are asked what we are. Be able to articulate to those friends who are seeking knowledge themselves. If you want to witness to friends/co-workers how can you do this without knowledge and understanding?

    • Jen Ammirati

      Thank you for your post. It’s convicted me to “be able to articulate to those friends who are seeking knowledge themselves.” thank you

      • xmomof2

        Thanks. Glad I was able to speak to you. It's hard sometimes finding the right words to express your point of view and witness to a friend. I struggle often but I know that my Lord knows my heart and will allow the words to flow as needed :).

  • SarahSchultz

    Thanks to all of you, once again, for organizing this and bringing all these Christian sisters together. What a wonderful fellowship, I'm learning so much every day.

  • BreeannB

    Verse 7 really hit home with me: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. How often is that true of my life? Sometimes I don't want to know if what I'm doing is right or wrong…I just want to do it. I don't want to suffer repercussions…I just want to live my life that way. But, this verse is calling me a fool in the times that I live like that! I want my life to be different. I want to fear God and receive His wisdom…and His discipline.

  • the verse about being greedy for money struck me. how many times I wish I had more, more, more!

  • Very excited to go through Proverbs with all of you! I was hoping we’d read through a book together soon! And funny timing, we’re going through Proverbs at church :) I like switching between the ESV, NIV & NLT during my study.

  • I am so excited to read through Proverbs with you ladies!
    This is going to be a great month in God's word!

  • I am so thankful for this community of believers. The Lord truly knows all our needs & I am just in awe of the fact that I am beginning Day 1 of my FOURTH bible study. Such a beautiful thing God's grace is :) LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! For the first time in my walk I can see the clear evidence of His work in my life and heart through the reading of His Word and the prayers from my heart. Looking forward to digging in and seeking godly wisdom!

  • Samantha

    I love that we're going to read an entire book of the Bible TOGETHER!
    I really loved the Prayer plan and how each one of us could take whatever came naturally with it rather than feeling like you needed to be getting a particular message through a devotional lesson.

    I have certainly come to spend more time in Prayer and since starting with Soul Detox (how has it been 3 months?!), I can confidently say, I have been reading Truth every single day. I have been starting my day with Him for 3 months now and wow, I can feel the difference!

  • I love how the first six verses talk about how the book of Proverbs applies to everyone. It even breaks it down more and says "to teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There's something here also for the seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn. I love these verses because to me it means that wherever we are in our walk with God, we can always learn something new.

  • madrejulie

    no pithy comments about the reading except to say this group has helped me to grab my tablet and dig into scripture before climbing out of bed each day. What a gift! looking forward to the treasures to find together in Proverbs!

  • XtineBee

    Carelessness kills and Complacency is murder….WHAT in the WORLD?!?!?!…
    NEVER ever in life, have I thought about it like this…I've been to scared to take any risks or walk out on faith to try new things or things I've always wanted to do but never did due to being scared of not succeeding. Being fearful and not doing anything is by far more dangerous than TRYING…its MURDER…that was deep for me and convicting…


    Get it together, Christine.

    • Donna

      Hi Christine,

      We ALL need a good kick in the butt sometimes – LOL.
      It is very deep… thanks for sharing – which was a risk (no matter how small) so kudos to you for "getting it together"… I am enjoying how we all pick up on different aspects of the same text and can come together to share :)

  • I love how Wisdom calls out in full public view because God's wisdom never needs to hide. The evil men seek to hide and wait in the shadows to do evil to others. I seek to boldly display the wisdom of the Lord in my own life!

  • Proverbs 1 makes my heart for teaching and ministry sing. The more we learn and celebrate the wisdom of God, the more we can instruct and encourage others. Passion and enthusiasm are good – but those must be rooted in knowledge and wisdom.

  • lindsaymelrose

    I read about an hr ago & have spent some time reflecting before I came back to write. I love Gods timing in joining this study. As we begin its almost as if it was a wake up call to say, Lindsay, Refocus on what you DO Know….The truth in His Word for every circumstance & season. __Proverbs 1-7 is a reminder to me that no matter where we are in our Christian Walk, these are biblical basics in which sometimes we need a refresher course in or perhaps to learn for the first time. God gives us the power to teach, share & empower people positively through His messages. __8-9 Start with Him! Do not digress because He is teaching you. Growing Pains are a sign that God is taking you from where you are into something great. He wants to teach you, mold you & make you wise counsel_10-33 Flee from "Quick Crowds". Stand your ground in this fast paced, wayward world. Keep your eyes focused on Him & the path to righteousness. Thieves take but GOD gives. Do not entertain thoughts of those who do not follow Him. Lead the way even if it is the path less taken._FEAR is Man-Made, Faith cancels fear out._Know your treasure in with HIM.__Blessings.

  • Rebecca Ann

    One of the verses that really stuck with me was "the more you get, the less you are". Can't wait to dive into more Proverbs! :)

    • Kim B.

      LOVED that!!! Total T-Shirt material :)

    • Lori

      I just found this site and am so excited to learn with you ladies. I appreciate everyone's perspectives-definitely makes me think about what I've read in a different way and for that I am thankful!

      This verse also stuck out to me and it is so, so true!

  • Oh my stars! I can't wait to start this new study. I just ordered my journal and one for someone else. Thanks so much for making this option available, it makes giving so easy.

    Love you ladies!

  • Love the book of Proverbs! Can't wait to read through it with you ladies :) And those journals are great, can't wait to be able to purchase one!

  • xanewdefinition

    This plan seems to be coming at an absolutely perfect time for me. For so long, I've always thought I've had it all together when it comes to my walk with Christ. However, throughout the course of being part of this community, I've been convicted about how lazy I've become when it comes to being intentional with spending time with God. If the end of the day comes, I sometimes say, "Oh, it's okay that I didn't have my quiet time today." That's why verse 7 stuck out to me so much; we're supposed to START with God. He's supposed to be the thing we draw all of our life force (weird sounding, I know) from. I leave for college in less than 2 weeks. Though I'm going to a Christian university, I know it's vital for me to spend time with Him and be motivated by LOVE and not view spending time with Him as a "chore." I'm stoked to go through the rest of this book and learn so much more.

  • I really loved the last two verses of this chapter.

    Vs 32- For the waywardness of the simple will kill them and the complacency of fools will destroy them.

    I found this very convicting because so often I hear God's wisdom and his desires for my life, but I often make selfish, worldly choices instead. Solomon made it clear that there will be consequences for such choices. When we choose to turn away from God, we will eventually eat the fruit of our ways.

    I love the promise of the last verse!

    Vs 33- But whoever listens to me will live in safety, and be at ease without fear of harm.

    I love that when we choose to soak up God's knowledge and apply it to our lives, we have the promise of his safety! This verse reminded me of one of my favorite verses Philippians 4:6-7 :)

  • What surprised me was how easily I can start to read the book of Proverbs with a haughty spirit. Yep, I'm totally wise. Oh no, I'm not a fool. I can think of some fools.

    And, then I suddenly hear a nudging from the Spirit, reminding me of how foolish I can be at times. That reading through His Word is about sharpening me, not me pointing fingers at others. Sure, there is a time and a place for the gentle reproach of friends. But, this time, Proverbs is about what God is saying to ME. I need to put aside the hat of Judgey McJudgerson and simply take on the graceful wreath and the ornaments of wisdom. I want the beauty that true wisdom brings.

    I particulary love the last verse…she who listens to Me, will live securely. Aside from the righteousness that comes with living out His wisdom, is the eternal benefit of peace. I won't have to fear the results of my actions, because they will be steeped in His truth and wisdom.

  • runningviolinist

    I went and switched the translation of my youversion app to the message after reading this. I didn't even know it was available. It certainly does give a nice perspective after reading the same passage from my own bible.

  • Love to see those journals in red!

    I took something completely different from today's reading:
    Verse 8 stuck out to me like a double edged sword. We expect our children to listen to our words and obey us- but we are also called to listen to His words and to obey Him. Our willingness to listen is like a template that our children will use as a guide for listening to us and the Father. It also resonated with me that we must be intentional. If we ask our children to listen/obey in a rash or distracted manner our child will not truly hear what we have said. We must be one-on-one. Likewise, if we are rash or distracted in our time with the Father we will not truly "hear" what He is speaking into our hearts.

    Love how Proverbs speaks to every season of life.

  • I was drawn to verse 33 right away. Mainly because I have been having horrible irrational panic attacks the last week. My head is trying to talk myself down but then I get even more frustrated with the feeling of being out of control OR feeling insecure. I was reminded that trusting, fearing, listening, & gaining knowledge in Him will bring me security. In fact I will "dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. "

    I love when you read a passage that soooo clearly resonates with your "right-now" struggles.

    • Sarah

      Praying that you find comfort and peace in Him.
      I have a few close relatives that struggle with the same thing. Bless you for having the courage to talk openly about it.

    • Donna

      Ditto @ "I love when you read a passage that soooo clearly resonates with your "right-now" struggles."

    • nancy10272004

      I have panic attacks too and I feel for you. You are in my prayers.

  • The journals are so gorgeous…and I LOVE the red!

    I'm so excited to start this plan! I've never actually read the whole book of Proverbs. For the longest time, I though "oh, that verse is from proverbs…its just a catchy little saying…it's not as meaningful as my favorite verse from ephesians…" BUT, this year, God has really been planting little seeds of Proverbs in my life and showing me that they do indeed mean so much and really do contribute to the grand story of God's awesomely designed plan of salvation through the Gospel.

    Also, I was really struggling this past month (mentally and spiritually) and just flat out gave up reading the Word through the Prayer plan after engulfing it with the Soul Detox and Surrendered Life. That's my sad confession. So I'm going to be reading Proverbs + Prayer this month! Time to dig in!!

    • Keri

      Mariel…I too would pick out the Proverbs as pithy little sayings. I've tried numerous times to read through it all, but have gotten confused or bored by it. I'm excited to start this plan and really dig in. I love how you point out that is is part of His Grand Story. Yep, yep. Everything in His Word brings life.

  • For verses 24-25 I got the mental image of a man overboard, struggling to keep his head above water, but when a life preserver is thrown to him, he refuses it.
    How often am I that ridiculous man? The Lord is reaching out His hand to pull me to safety; am I stubbornly refusing Him, or am I jumping into His arms?

    vs33 – “but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

  • Hi friends,

    Thank you so much for creating this site and inviting us all to join in. I learned about She Reads Truth from Gussy’s blog. Traveling in the car today for 3 hours, I have lots of time to read, think and discuss. I am thankful that my first day will be one with lots of dedicated time for learning. Have a wonderful day:o)

  • Can you choose from the red or black journals? I actually would prefer black because my Bible is pink and I don't think red will "go"… ;)

    • Kacia

      Hey Carrie!! We are really hoping in the future we can have multiple colors – and black as an option! Right now, we have to buy in bulk – and had to choose one color!! Stay in touch – because we'll announce when we can do black in addition to red!

      • Carrie

        Thanks for letting me know! After further thought, I'm going for the red :) I realized that when I'll be doing this plan, I'll probably be using the app on my phone. And red will be easy to spot when I can't remember where I placed it! Thanks so much for this ministry!! I'm excited to get connected and have more accountibility! :)

  • I am so excited to be starting this new plan! I love reading through Proverbs… no matter how many times I read through these truth-filled verses, I always find something new!

    Its amazing how everything written in this book is still so applicable to our lives today. I think its so important that people read the literal truth taught in these verses and try to actually apply them to their daily life; really follow the instructions that God has laid out for us. How empowering!

    • Keri

      Emma…good point! God's truth transcends time and culture. These are such practical ways of living out His Truth. I'm excited to see how I can readily apply them to my daily life.

  • Brittany

    I can't even tell you how excited I am about the journals!

    My great grandma always told me to read the chapter of proverbs that falls on that date, and I'll understand God's will. I've done that a few times, but never in an intentional way before. I am so excited to dive in with you ladies!

    • Sarah

      I love the idea of reading the chapter that corresponds to the date. So doing that from now on!

  • I also find Proverbs very challenging because it can seem so dry and antiquated – better suited to Solomon's time than our own. And I definitely agree about the different versions; I switch between Common English Bible (CEB), The Message, and NIV.
    I do love the portrayal of Wisdom as a woman in Proverbs. It reminds me of my mothers and grandmothers in the faith who were (and are) so wise.

  • LOVE, Love, Love the new plan. Excited to join you ladies this time…Landed here this morning, perfect {God's} timing-to see a new plan in Proverbs. Love #shereadstruth. Such good stuff!
    I was MEGA challenged by this- "If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you."
    I want God's words made known to me! And PS- The journals! Darling!!

  • This is my first time joining in with one of these studies! I'm really excited and I'm especially happy that we're going through Proverbs. I love how the last verse says "First pay attention to me and then relax. Now you can take it easy, you're in good hands." Isn't that good??? First we pay attention to HIM and cast our cares on HIM and then we don't have to worry/stress/try to do things our own way!

    • awarriorstance

      Welcome! Yes, those last verses stuck with me too! I felt a sigh of relief knowing that I'm in good hands and that I can take it easy. :)

    • Donna

      Hi. Thanks for sharing this… I always struggling with knowing how to "cast my cares away" and truly relax! Definitely a revelation.

  • Hello ladies! I just stumbled across this site this morning after clicking through from another blog, The Girl Creative. I’m SO glad that I did! I have been looking for an online community to get involved with that is dedicated to reading the Word and prayer…so glad to be her!

    I was really convicted by vs. 20-33. I feel like so often God is pursuing me with His wisdom, and it’s crying out to me, but I chose not to listen or can’t understand it because of sin in my life that is keeping me from a close communion with Him. I feel like especially now I’m under a sort of spiritual attack as my husband and I prepare to move to Taiwan as missionaries. I feel just like Paul in that I know the things I should do, but I don’t do them. I pray that this disciplined study of Proverbs will help bring sin in my life to the surface so I can repent of it and get closer with the Lord. I hope that I WILL gain wisdom from reading Proverbs, and I trust in God’s word that tells me if I ask for wisdom He will give it to me.

    Have a great day ladies :)

    • Sarah

      Welcome! We're so glad you are here! Praying with you that this study shows us the sin in our lives so that we might become closer to Him. Also praying for you and your ministry as you travel to Taiwan.

    • Kacia

      we're so happy you "accidentally" found us :) we know there are no accidents!!

  • ksluiter

    I am SO glad we are starting a new plan! I was all caught up and those days without direction? Affected me more than I thought they would. So glad to be on the schedule again :)

    Wish I could swing a journal…they are SO lovely! Maybe after all the back to school expenses die down.

  • ChristineFergus

    Verse 7: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction."

    I feel like I've been resisting the lessons that God is putting before me. I'm clinging to worldly desires. It's hard for me to swallow the things that are in the Bible. I wasn't raised in the church and God never played a role in my life. It's hard to go from a totally secular way of living to embracing God and the Bible. I find myself questioning everything. Doubtful of everything.

    I fear God and I fear Hell. I don't want to take the chance of dying and not going to Heaven, but at the same time I don't want to follow along with something blindly. I'm trying to learn more about God and more about the Bible. I want to be able to explain why I believe something instead of just living my life by something that I can't even whole heartedly say I believe.

    I feel like a bad person. I don't know how much of my struggle is just me being foolish and resisting God's word and how much is me just outright rejecting it. I wish I could just believe it and be done with it. I wish I could find it in myself to believe blindly, but I don't.

    Anyway…this verse stuck out to me. I do fear the Lord. I hope that he brings me understanding and conviction.

    • Corey

      Wow Christine, you just said practically ALL of the things I've been feeling lately! I've been a Christian my whole life, but I think anyone is succeptible to doubt and fear, even people who have grown up in church. I'm learning that it's ok to have doubts though. I was reading The Purpose Driven Life, and it mentioned that nearly all Christians are tested this way at least once in their lives, in order to strengthen their faith. I don't think God is mad at us for our doubts. I think he wants us to believe fully, but I also think He understands that it takes lots of time and is a journey and a learning process. I really believe He is merciful with you and all of us when we doubt, fear, and struggle. It's part of growing. I also truly believe that if you have the faith of a mustard seed, like Jesus said, the Lord knows that and will help you grow! If you are interested in growing close enough to Him to seek out She Reads Truth, then He knows the desire of your heart is to truly know Him. At least that's what I think:). You are SO not alone in your thoughts!! And you are DEFINITELY not a bad person!

      • ChristineFergus

        Thanks for replying to me. I could really use words of encouragement! I hope you're right about God understanding and being merciful when we have doubt. I married a fundamentalist Baptist. At the time that we started dating and got married he had fallen out of church, but we've started going to his old church as of last week and it's been a hard transition for me. The things they preach are so extreme and I feel like I don't fit in there and like I'll never live up to their standards. But I don't want to fall into the trap of feeling like I need to meet the standards of men — I only need to meet the standards of God. But if what they're preaching IS God's standard and it makes me feel bad and uncomfortable, then do I just suck that up? Is that just how it is? Maybe I'm the one that's wrong because I'm trying to hold on to my secular notions. I just don't know. I don't know what's right or wrong and I don't know how to go forward. I don't want to subscribe to the wrong way of worshiping God. But what is the right way?

        • Keri

          Christine…those are some tough, tough questions. It sounds like you are really wanting to seek the organic truth of the Bible. I would encoruage you to really dig into the Bible and what He is speaking to you, throughout the week, outside of corporate worship that happens on Sundays. When we seek Him, He meets us right where we are at. I think you've come to a great place in She Reads Truth-to be encouraged and nurtured by other women in the faith.

          What I know of God is that is patient, loving, kind and merciful. He wants you to draw closer to Him, no matter where you've been or what you've done.

          • ChristineFergus

            I feel a sense of peace when I think of God's grace. I just don't know how far it extends. The pastor this Sunday posed the question: Do you really want to go to Heaven? He said that if you don't like what the Bible says then you won't like Heaven. He also said that you don't have a guarantee of today or tomorrow or next week to figure things out and to commit to living by God's standard.

            I'm very aware of how fleeting and fragile life is, so I feel pressured to figure out everything that God expects of me RIGHT NOW. But the rational part of my mind knows that's impossible. Or feels like it's impossible anyway.

            I feel like each moment I spare on thinking about or doing things other than learning about God is a moment wasted and it could be the very moment that prevents me from coming to know Him. And what if I don't get another moment?

            I'm so grateful that I found She Reads Truth and I'm so very grateful for the ladies of this community and for everybody that replies to me. I've found a lot of encouragement here and I need that right now. It helps to be able to pour out my heart — including my fears & doubt — here, even if it's just to have someone who'll listen to me and support me. My husband is very supportive and he's trying to help me as I learn more about the Lord, but it's been great to have another support system that I can turn to.

            I've prayed that God will help me find peace and will help me see His truth. I keep waiting for that moment when the Spirit overcomes me and totally opens my eyes. I hope it comes soon.

          • Corey

            One more reply Christine . . .I try to just think of God as love. Yes, He convicts us of sin, but I think He also created us to ENJOY life! That's why Jesus died, so we could have peace and joy here on Earth and in Heaven. It sounds like maybe your pastor was just trying to get across that as we grow spiritually, our desires and hearts grow more like ours. Also, God is showing me that worrying about pleasing Him constantly and stressing about every little thought or sin isn't His will . . .His will is for us to RELAX and know that we are saved if we accept Jesus! One book that really helped me with anxious thoughts (and helped me to lighten up some) is Joyce Meyer's Be Anxious for Nothing.

            You're in my prayers girl!

          • ChristineFergus

            Thank you, Corey. <3

        • Hannah C.

          Hugs to you, Christine (if you want them!). Christianity and the Bible can both be so confusing.

          We have one Bible…but there are multiple ways to interpret it, which is what makes things so confusing. Please don't feel that you have to believe the pastor's interpretation just because he says that's how it needs to be interpreted. A good study Bible would be very helpful – I really like the NLT Study Bible.

          I am far from a fundamentalist Baptist, and I believe that's okay with God. Praying His comfort and love for you, and discernment for you as well.

          • ChristineFergus

            Thank you, Hannah. Your prayers and your comment are very much appreciated!

          • acwa_blue

            I agree Hannah C – Study Bibles are really helpful. Yesterday I bought the NLT "Parallel" Bible, which includes the notes from both the NLT Study Bible and the NLT Life Application Bible. I think this is a great combination as it balances historical context with practical application for today!
            "This Bible recognizes that Bible application is best done with a thorough knowledge of historical and literary context. The NLT Study Bible is excellent at establishing this base. The Life Application Study Bible content can then guide the reader in concrete steps toward application. " Check it out:
            It might be helpful for you Christine.

    • Alisa

      Hi Christine,

      I understand what you are talking about. I did grow up in the church but still struggle with the question of do i believe and love God? Is my continuing struggle with _________ a sign that I’m actually faking all of this? And i want to encourage you with what my pastor told me-if you are asking those questions, you are on the right track! I believe it means you are allowing the Spirit convict and mold you…like a godly dissatisfaction with where you are at. Keep reading. Keep studying. And i pray you will experience the deep truth that there is nothing in your own wisdom or strength that will make you believe blindly. Faith and wisdom and all godly character comes from the work of the Spirit in ourselves. I pray in your study that you would learn more about the power of the Spirit in your life and let him be in control. Heck, i pray that for myself!! Transformation only comes from God…not anything we muster within ourselves. Praying Eph 3:14-21.

      And it is definitely not foolish to share your heart honestly. God sees it already and denial of where you are really at will only put distance between you and open you up to believing more lies from the deceiver. Put on your armor, sister. And keep fighting. We are all here with you.

      • ChristineFergus

        Thank you so much. I needed to hear all of this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Social

      It's funny that you put that one. That is the one that stuck out the most when I read it and listened to it. I usually listen to the audio while working out & then read it for myself when I am having quiet time. That almost jumped off the page! It just rang really true to me. When I resist God…….I get put back……well….knocked back….. in my place. But, when I am obedient to Him, He shows me what I need to do. We all go through are seasons, even the ones who grew up with a Christ centered family. We ALL have FLESH! You may not believe blindly now, but you will get there. One day the relationship you search for will be YOURS. It will come to you. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen all in His time. The fact that you are seeking Him & unsure of what you will find or want to find is AWESOME!! You are doing something uncomfortable to have eternal life. You are not a bad person! Don't say that! :-)

    • Laura

      Christine – I was browsing through and had to stop and read through your post. I have struggled for years with some apathy toward God and feeling very guilty and wondering if I was no longer going to heaven. I can't speak to what your pastor said, but I can speak to my own experience with God. And, in my heart, I have no doubt that God's mercy and grace toward us is so much more than we could ever imagine. What helped me was praying with all my heart for God to light me on fire again so I would desire to know him more – it made me feel bad that I even needed to pray that prayer, but God answered it and, once again, He has changed me and been so faithful to me even though I was so inconsistent for so long. God loves you and He just wants to spend time with you. He is so merciful and others are right who have said He will meet you where you are at!

  • In the first chapter of proverbs what stuck out to me was line 32, in the Message translation that I have "Carelessness kills; complacency is murder". Well, every line packs a punch, but for some reason this one stayed with me the most. How often are we just careless with our words, our actions, assuming it won't bother anyone. But it does. Or how often are we complacent because we think it is easier? It's not in the long run! Just another reminder to live intentionally :)

    • Julie

      That's the translation I read today too and that line was one that hit me solid this morning. I definitely had never read it in that way before.

    • Erin

      I love your thought to live intentionally. It's so easy to just float along in life. Thanks for sharing that thought. I hadn't thought of that verse that way!

  • Is there a specific YouVersion plan to subscribe to? I see one for Proverbs that lasts 31 days…is this the one or are you doing your own thing this time around? Thanks!

  • - I love reading through different versions, too! I'm really loving the NIrV (New International Reader's Version) right now – which, is technically for children, but I love its simple language (especially for some of the harder concepts we'll run across in Proverbs)!

    – I love the images found in verses 8 and 9 about the teaching of wisdom from parents being like a beautiful crown or a chain to decorate your neck! Not only do I want to hold onto the godly parenting I received from my Dad and Mom, but there's an added incentive hidden in there as I continue in my journey as a mama – I want the words and examples I show to my son (soon to be 2 sons) to be like that crown!

    – Thank you, #shereadstruth team, for organizing, for being faithful, for showing and living grace, and for prayerfully leading this group! Blessings!

  • Love the journals. After buying school supplies, school shoes and uniforms, plus I just enrolled in my 2nd year of college fall semester and rented my textbooks! Yep 42 and started college when my youngest started kindergarten last school year! Money is tight, so I hope and pray these will be offered for a long time!

    Off to start the plan!

  • Would you be willing to change the email/RSS settings so that the entire post gets sent, not a truncated version? Subscribing through email doesn't help much when you still have to click through.

    • Raechel

      Oh, good call! Let me see what I can do!

    • Kacia

      Hey Emily! We are pretty sure we've fixed it!! The daily posts will be MUCH shorter and shouldn't be an issue! But will you let us know if you're still getting truncated email feeds?


  • My mum recently made a casual remark on how much there is to learn from the Book of Proverbs, so I started studying it alongwith the Prayer plan! :) It has been so much fun that I look forward to Proverbs time everyday and LOVE the beautiful green highlights in my Bible. Doing it with community is going to be better!

    • Raechel

      that's awesome! would love some of your insights as some of us go through the plan for the first time now! :)

  • I've never read the book of proverbs from beginning to end. I have hopped on every other study, only to fall short. Life is happening all around me and I kind of hit a wall. But I am jumping on to this one. I need it! Thank you!

    • theyoungretiree

      I have been the same way- starting strong and then lagging. I think it is important for us to remember we can miss a day or two and maybe still catch up on a slow Saturday morning or a quiet time in our week. I'm going to try really hard with this one! We can do it with such a beautiful community to help us along! Good luck this go around!

  • LOVE the book of Proverbs and the ability to read it in so many versions! We are spoiled! The journals look great too. I pray each of us immerses herself in the never ending love of the Lord as we read His words for us.

  • I’m so excited to start this new study, and to see what the Lord is going to teach us through it. :)

  • I can't wait to start. This is going to be a great journey!

  • Jessa Olson

    Hi! I love the new journals. Absolutely amazing. I know journals are private but I would love to see how some ppl are using the journals in relation to the bible study. Hope that makes sense.

    I love that we are studying proverbs now. It is one of my favorite books.

    • Sarah

      Jenna, do you have instagram on your smart phone? (or on the computer?) you can search the hash tag #shereadstruth, and there’s over 8400 pictures of how people are using their journals/relating to the studies!! Hope that helped!

    • Sarah

      oops, I misspelled your name. Ugh I hate that. So sorry- Jessa!!

    • Kim B.

      Hi Jessa! I personally journal what I'm feeling/learning from what I'm either praying about at that moment, or reading in either a book or the Bible. With this study, I will probably read the daily reading, pray about it, & then journal what it means to me as well as finding other verses in the Bible that might relate. (If you need to, you can always do a Google search for: verses similar to Proverbs 1:1, etc It is a personal preferance so there's really no right or wrong way to do it :) Pray about it & see how God leeds you!

  • Jessa Olson

    Hi! I love the new journals. Absolutely amazing. I know journals are private but I would love to see how some ppl are using the journals in relation to the bible study. Hope that makes sense.

    • Kacia

      Jessa! You must be in our heads :) we're dreaming and scheming up something that is JUST THAT!!! we can't wait to share! And your request is affirmation that we're headed the right direction with it!!

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