Proverbs: Day

Day 3


Today's Text: Proverbs 3

It’s day 3, day 3! How are you ladies feeling about proverbs so far? (pssst – go here if you’re lost and want to know what we’re currently working on) 

I’ve got to tell you, I’m loving it. It’s free and open and there is lots to learn and glean from, but truly loving it. 

Tagging on to what Kacia and Raechel shared in the last two days, I think it’s most important that we get with HIM, get our eyes on HIM, and see what it is He has to share with us. So if you haven’t read already – here is my suggestion. 

Open your YouVersion app or your Bible or your journal. 

Ask Him to be near – in Psalm 38:21, David cries out, “O my God, be not far from me!”

I love the act of calling on God – because it puts us in the needy position of remembering we need His presence, His power, and His sweet grace for us to even read and comprehend His words. To get anything from Proverbs or any other book of the Bible, we need Him near. And by grace, through faith in the blood of Jesus, we can have Him. 

Father, will you be near to us – your girls? 

You have called us and redeemed us and set us apart. 

We’ve just strayed and sinned and been needy. 

Help us to read today with ears that our tuned by Your Holy Spirit. 

Replace the hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh. 

Give us wisdom, Father. 

For your glory. 

Wisdom. Wisdom. Wisdom. 

We’ve heard a good deal about it so far and we’ve got more ahead. 

I think there is a tendency to want to get tired of wisdom. 

But ya’ll, we need so much of it. 

Over and over again each day!

When I read Proverbs 3:17-18, I felt like I was reading the opposite description of what was in my heart most days: 

 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,

and all her paths are peace.

She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;

those who hold her fast are called blessed.


That “she” is Wisdom. 

And I – in my lack of wisdom and pleasantness and peace, am craving her. 

And I’m only craving her because I’m craving HIM. 

I’m thankful for a Father who gives me what I need when I crave it. 

I’m thankful for a Father who gives me instruction on how to live. 

I’m thankful for women like to you to pursue Him with me. 


Now let’s hear from  you. 

Do you feel like wisdom is a cornerstone in your life or a missing piece?

How are you seeking it? How are you seeking Him? 

Don’t forget! Journals here

  • I think I will always be seeking wisdom. I've always been a worrier and my seeking is for wisdom to simply trust that I will be taken care of by God. I've finally come to a place where I feel at peace with where my path has taken me, but the wisdom of God will always be necessary. I seek His wisdom for continued peace, for help in speaking of Him to non-believers, to spreading my joy to others, to being the salt of the Earth.

  • I just started this study yesterday so I too am a little bit behind. Here are my thoughts on today''s discussion questions.

    I would say that wisdom is a missing piece in my life. It is something that I haven’t put a lot of thought into. When I have to make decisions I just try and seek advice from those around me and do what feels right at the time.

    Right now I am seeking it by joining this study and spending time reading His word and journaling about it. I think the journaling really helps because it forces me to read with intention. I know that I need to put something in my journal so I need to be paying attention and look for something that stands out/speaks to me that day.

    Intentionality is something that I am really thinking about/paying attention to right now. I first heard the term during the pray walk with a local church. It keeps coming up in other areas to—like in this study. It is something I never thought about before and I find the concept to be amazing. I look forward to what lies ahead and learning about this concept.

    Right now my definition of intentionality is making decisions and doing things with purpose and in alignment with your goals.

    The versus that stood out the most to me today was versus five from the message. I have a lot going on in my life right now: just getting married and learning to be a wife, difficulties at work and the stress that goes along with that, and a sick family member that is in the hospital.

    Half the time I don’t know what I should be doing in each situation to get through it or to be a help/light to those around me. But I don’t have to have all the answers. Versus 5 says to look to the Lord and lean not on my own understanding. This is such a relief knowing that God is with me helping me through the day.

  • Melissa Waters

    I am in the process of letting or surrendering to wisdom in my life.
    I am seeking it daily through the Word, prayer, worship.
    M. Waters

  • Proverbs 3:5-12 might be my new favorite passage. I smiled as I read it. While I don't run physically, I now consider myself a runner. A runner to God! I ask for your prayers that I can keep up with this month of Proverbs. I so need it.

  • definitely loving this work…I fell behind (I know only two days in…ooops) but work has been increasingly stressful and my son has been sick. :(
    V 5-6 have always stuck with me throughout my walk with God and I am finding it is even more important now than before in my life personally. I HAVE to trust in Him and stop trying to "fix" things all by myself. Monday I will begin a new step in my life with God and as I do so I know I will face many things but I am going into this TRUSTING in God and not leaning to mine own understanding :) Thanks Ladies :)

  • So I am a few days behind on commenting, but I wanted to say from this chapter a few verses stuck out to me, V.3-4 "Let not the steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you: bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good successes in the sight of God and man."

    We are an example to EVERYONE around us, we don't even know sometimes when people are watching us, so we should constantly have the love, faithfulness and desire open to share with others through not only our words, but our actions as well, our testimony of Christ.

    V. 26: "For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught."

    Wow, that just hit me, sometimes I struggle with allowing the Lord to be my confidence, my own insecurities stand in the way!

  • I have had a long, hard battle with several deep wounds, and in the past four years of rediscovering my faith and joining a loving community of believers, I am slowly and surely growing and understanding the freedom and joy of God’s wisdom and protection. One very real way I have seen this transformation is in my prayer life (fitting that we just finished that study!). My prayers are no longer a Christmas list of what I may like to have (well, most of the time). I yearn to be much more humble and always remember, “Not my will, but Thine.” This change to my prayer life has opened my eyes to some deeper changes happening in my life that Proverbs 3 allowed me to recognize. Each day is a struggle, but it’s not overwhelming anymore. God has me and shares His wisdom, and therefore His joy, with me. His Words are my truth.

  • Wisdom…. so true when you say we need so much of it! It has no place in our world. Very little common sense. And so often, in my own infinite knowledge (sarcasm there…) I start to think that I know so much because so many people around me have rejected wisdom. But truly, when it is between God and I, I have so little of it! Because I've based it all on what I "know" rather than what I have learned from him. So, ready to be humbled (this day was really humbling, talking about the ways you should treat others and what are wise ways to conduct relationships) and gain true wisdom in humility, not being proud of what I think I know!

  • Yesterday I got up too late. The day got ahead of me and I wasn't able to have my morning quiet time-What a difference it makes in my day when I'm able to get into God's word first!!!!
    Proverbs 3 is amazing. I think I'm going to need to come back and re-read it a few times. It's just packed full of good stuff!

  • BreeannB

    I feel like I have wisdom in certain areas of my life…but I feel like I don't pursue it enough. Especially when it comes to making fast decisions. I want to be using God's wisdom to make the right choices in life…but I often don't think to ask for it before I act…and I know that I should. I definitely need to pursue wisdom more passionately and more often.

  • I’m probably being very simplistic, but I equate wisdom as knowing God’s word. I have a long way to go to gain wisdom, but am loving the wisdom I’m learning in Proverbs!

  • I have read Proverbs many many times but none of it really stuck out to me, until now. I realized how every time I get busy I just "forget" about how much I need to spend time with him. Without Him, I am nothing, I am a depressed emotional hateful person. He is showing me how important it is even when I am busy that I need to spend time with Him. I need to acknowledge Him in everything and trust that he knows what he is doing….I need to give my heart to Him on a daily basis in order to see Him in the world around me.

    One other thing that stuck out was the help your neighbor now, not tomorrow but NOW. How often do we do that? There are millions of needy people and we always think "oh someone will help them". Many times we do not know what the needs are of others around us until God decides to reveal them to us….

    Ps this is also my first she reads truth!! :)

  • I am seeking Him, as well as wisdom, by being a part of this community. It's helping me finally take those steps along the path of goodness and what is right in life.

    I was getting ready to read Proverbs 3 and when I found it, I already had 3:5-6 highlighted. It says: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."

    Without realizing it, I needed to come across that verse today. I need to trust Him with my FULL heart, not half or a quarter like I've found myself guilty of doing. I need to realize that when life throws me down a confusing or dark path, I don't have to take that burden on by myself. He is there with me to fight my way down that path.

    God is Good!

  • I am loving this series! Proverbs is so full of WISDOM! haha

    Every single time I read a proverbs I learn something new.
    And honestly, how cool is God! He knew everything we would face and gave us the best guide to follow!

  • I'm so thankful I found this group and started this bible study. It has truly been a blessing!

    I love how Proverbs is so full of truth that we all need to hear. I know that it will always be relevant, but it really feels so important right now as I am facing great changes in my life in the near future. I feel like I was directed to this group and God is further preparing me for the journey.

    I look forward to continuing this study. I'm so happy to feel excited about it each day! :)

  • Jimmygold

    luv this plan. Anyone having trouble with uversion? I cannot get to my plan-seems each time I try I get the "uh-oh" page. I want to "submit" on the days reading as I just went to my own bible to read and still not working. I have tried their advice on the help page. Just wanted to know in the community if others have encountered this?? Thanks and have a blessed day!

    • Rebecca Ann

      Have you created an account? If so, on the left sidebar – go to the third one labeled reading plans and there should be the reading plans you have subscribed to. Some reading plans have the 'done' button while others you have the check the box beside the Bible verses. If this doesn't work, e-mail me at [email protected] and we will try to figure it out! :)

  • ChristineFergus

    The Lord knew how much I needed this particular study at this point in my walk with Him. It's been such a blessing and it's speaking volumes to me every day.

    v5 KJV: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding."

    Such a well known verse and it brought me so much peace to read it again. I'm learning to put all of my fear, doubt, and confusion in His hands. I'm learning to lean on the Lord for understanding instead of trying to find answers on my own.

    v7 KJV: "Be not wise in thine own eyes:"

    This stood out to me greatly. Again, it reminded me not to rely on myself to find answers to my questions as I walk in faith, but to rely on Him.

    v11-12 KJV: "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth."

    This helped me breathe such a sigh of relief. Instead of feeling rebuked and even rejected by God's conviction, I feel rejuvenated. God loves me enough to make his expectations known to me. He loves me enough to nudge me in the right direction. And most of all, he's forgiving when I make mistakes. Just like a parent who has to correct their child — it's done out of love.

    v24-26 KJV: "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken."

    This spoke strongly to my anxiety. I've always been an anxious person. I suffer from panic attacks. I'm always waiting on something bad to happen to me and people I love. I often remind myself that it does no good to waste my time with undue worry, but to hear that same assurance from God brings me greater peace.

    • Miranda

      Oh Christine, your comment really resonated with me. As I was reading chapter 3 I also came across the verse about not being afraid. I can’t equate my anxiety to yours but I also struggle with it. Last night was bad for me and that verse just really lifted me up. God bless you!

  • I like how the Message put verse 5: "don't try to figure it all out for yourself." Wow! If I trust god, he will tell me what to do! Also, I can relate to feeling tired of wisdom, yet it is so important to us.

  • The Crafting Coop

    I think until recently I never fully trusted in His wisdom. Reading the past few days in Proverbs is definitely making me take another look at how little I ask for God's wisdom. Loving this plan :D

  • I love the Proverbs study. The biggest thing that stuck out to me in today's reading was all the ways that wisdom blesses us – with safety, joy, peace, friendship with God (loved that one!), and so much more. Anyone else notice that each new chapter still starts with seeking HIM first? And the fact that it is a blessing to do so? Definitely something to remember. I try to seek Him by starting in His word each morning and just filling my heart with His presence through prayer.

  • I'm almost overwhelmed with how much I got out of this chapter! I can't begin to put it all down here, but here are the main thoughts I think I got from the chapter.

    vs. 4 MSG : "Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people." ~It's so easy to say, "I don't care what other people think" and live our lives that way. Pleasing God should be our main concern, and we should also be thinking about the example we are setting for others. The phrase, "You're the only Bible some people will ever read" seems to apply perfectly to this thought.

    vs 27 is along that same thought line for me: "Never walk away from some who deserves help; your hand is God's hand for that person." MSG ~ Our hand is GOD'S HAND for that person? Wow!

    I'm praying that people will see Christ in me more and more.

  • Brittany

    Those verses really struck me, too.

    I am in serious need of His wisdom and guidance. How lovely that it will a path of pleasantness and peace when I follow what he's telling me – even if it's hard.

  • This is the first bible study I've ever participated in. Proverbs 3:5-6 was the first scripture I ever memorized & I admit that it hadn't been in my mind or heart like it was the beginning of last year. Yesterday someone, who I am truly blessed to call a friend, texted me out of the blue to ask about my husband and I and to share a few verses with me. One of the verses was II Thess 3:16 & the other was Proverbs 3:5-6. Then today, participating in this study on Proverbs 3 has really made made me take time to LISTEN to what God has been trying to tell me & to be more receptive.

    I feel really blessed to have found She Reads Truth & to be able to participate in sharing a love of God with all of you ladies. :)

  • kallaydoscope

    I'm learning so much from this, and re-learning some too, which is fantastic! I've learned that in order for me to have wisdom, I must first trust God and His word.

    T – Thank Him
    R – Run to God
    U – Understand His Promise (by getting into the Word)
    S – Seek discipline (rather than fear it)
    T – Tie yourself to loyalty, love, kindness, faithfulness

    I've been struggling with sleeping at night since becoming a single mother, and it's all because of fear. That someone will break in, that someone will harm me in my sleep (or my children), etc. etc. So I love verses 21-25. If you twist them a round a little it can read like this:

    Don't be afraid of sudden disaster, use your common sense and do not go to bed frightened. Control your mind, guard your heart (vs. 1) against evil thinking. (The worst case scenarios I dream up in my imagination.) God will protect your from snares, so be at peace in His protection.

    I needed this. So perfect.

  • I highlighted v 3. "never let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck. Write them on your heart."____The first time I really looked for God's presence in my life, I was 14 years old. Sitting against a log at camp (a 6 week camp sponsored by the Lutheran school I was attending in Australia). We spent 40 minutes a day in devotion. Alone, silently reading and praying. That day, we had to spend 2 hours in preparation for our longer, 48 "solo" the following week. Alone. In the woods. With a bible and a few, very basic supplies. ____I went through the motions of reading the verse and journaling, but this time I really stopped to actualy reflect and to listen. The sun caught the cross around my neck, and the reflection danced across the page. I can't even describe the feeling. I was no longer just going through the motions because I was told to. I was actually opening up and seeking His wisdom. The cross around my neck became more than a Christmas present. It became a constant reminder to stay loyal and faithful, and it is tied around my neck. Close to my heart.

  • Loving this study. I've always liked..Prov 3:11-12. "My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline,
    and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves,
    just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights." It reminds me that we're not always right and God does know us better than we know ourselves. …we just need to stop and LISTEN and accept his corrections.

    • Erin

      Those were some verses that stuck out to me too. It seems like we sometimes get offended that God would discipline us. I think we need to remember that he does it in love much like we discipline our own children; we don't just do it to be mean but do it for their own good or to teach them a lesson.

  • Samantha

    I am really loving this study, for the ability to study indepth and at length and to be able to do so alongside so many other sisters in Christ, what a way to be held accountable!

    I really loved Proverbs 3, it has one of my favourite verses in it;
    "She is more precious than rubies, NOTHING you desire can compare with her" — which connects with Job 28:18 (…the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.) and is also repeated in Proverbs 8:11.
    The personification of Wisdom in this chapter really struck a chord with me and I find myself more eager to cling to wisdom , I am so craving the ability to find peace and strength within my faith but I find that depression completely slaps that out of me. It leads me down a path where wisdom is far, far away and while deep down I know what I'm thinking is NOT true, it's hard to reach back for wisdom.

    I took heart from verse 21/22, "do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgement and descretion…They will be life for you"

  • My all-time favorite bible verse comes from this chapter: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths."

    I know I want wisdom in my life, just like I want the Lord in my life. What is holding me back??? My worrying!!!! Always worried about something. I want to be at peace,to feel serenity, to feel whole instead of incomplete. I want to feel stronger in my faith.

    This brings me back to verse 5 and 6: I need to bring my worries, my concerns to Him. If I don't, I can not live in peace. If I don't have peace, I can not fully enjoy the richness of wisdom.

    • Kim B.

      Me too Kristin!! That's why I also LOVED verse 24: When you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Sweet sleep!! Awe…love it!!

    • Amanda

      I'm with you Kristin! Worry is always in my mind, though my prayer for peacefulness and wisdom does calm those stormy thoughts.

  • "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act." I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Living intentionally with eyes wide open. Help us Lord to see others with your eyes and to touch them with your hands.

    PS- my first shereadstruth!!! Yay!!! :)

    • Kira

      I also highlighted that verse. A good reminder to me to not withhold good or praise – that it is not a limited commodity but something that will return to me multiple times over when I am generous.

      • Donna

        Hi Kira,

        Isn’t it amazing, the Lord keeps on giving! He makes our lives bountiful so that we may bless those around us :)

  • I am loving the plan of proverbs! cling to wisdom,do not be devious.the devious are disgusting in God's eyes; the wise inherit honor.

  • Really, Really Blessed by this morning's walk through Proverbs 3. I LOVE v. 21- "to preserve" (to keep ALIVE and in EXISTENCE) sound judgement and discernment. Those two characteristics are life to us. AND the ever sweet reminder in v. 26, where our confidence should always lie. "For the Lord will be my confidence"…Amen!

  • tiffanyh031

    I wish wisdom was a cornerstone in my life but far too often it isn't. My prayer is that going through this study with you wonderful ladies, will motivate me to pursue wisdom more and more.

  • I am thankful to God for this devotional group, it has given me strength and power through his words. I feel like I am currently trying to achieve his wisdom and realizing it surpasses that of the world. I love this group soo much!

    • Donna

      Hi Chi chi,

      I too am enjoying everyone’s comments and I find this group and our readings, to be a blessing :)

  • Thank you for this wonderful community and bible study. I'm really enjoying it and also reading over everyone's comments. I too have noticed that wisdom is a prevalent theme here and it's a reminder to me to seek His wisdom in the everyday!

  • I completely understand where Katie is coming from b/c that's me too. When my son was an infant laying in his bouncer looking out the window and my 3 older children were off in school, I had time to send with the Lord and spent my day praying while I cleaned or singing praises while I folded laundry. But now my infant is a toddler and everyone's out from school! My time with the Lord became nonexistent and I was slowly becoming an agitated, irritated, grumpy mom/wife. Praise God that He allowed me to see what was happening and now I'm working on getting back my time with Him. It has to be the #1 priority in mylife! Thanks for this great website, I found it just a few days ao and I lovedit! God bless!

    • Donna

      Hi Yasmin,

      Yes! I too become irritable, moody, & even anxious (eek!), when I stop making the seeking of God my #1 priority.

  • The verse that stuck out to me the most was prov 3:27. Basically saying a wise person would never pass by someone in need. We can show God or even be the hand of God (from the message translation) for that person. What an amazing responsibility we have. Yet we, I walk passed by, walk away from, or pretend we don't actually see people in need WAY TOO many times.

    I am reminded again that so much of our role as Christians is to help those in need. And That doesn't mean just when we are on a mission trip. We/I should be good Samaritans 24/7.

    Just my two cents.

    • Erin

      That verse really stuck out to me too. I love how The Message translation put it: "…your hand is God's hand for that person." I thought, too, that it is an amazing responsibility!

    • Simone Gittens

      I agree. Its important that we help them because he is watching. We may be tight or over extended but someone else can truly a helping hand or that $10.00 we were going to spend on a nice lunch for ourselves!

    • Melissa

      This is something I struggle with especially when it comes to the homeless. I see homeless people and I know there are some who truly have tried to do everything right and ended up on the streets. I also know that some are there by their own choice or because of drugs. Do we blindly give money when they ask because say the are in need even though in some cases this could be contributing to their problems? This is a little off topic but I would appreciate anyone's thoughts as this is something that causes me much guilt. Thanks ladies for the support! Love this group!

      • Beka

        I totally struggle with that myself. I go to a low income church and the pastor taught us a great way to help the homeless with out money is by giving them gift cards to McDs or other food places. This way we are giving them a meal but not helping fund their problems. I have a friend who carries free sandwich vouchers in his wallet and gives them out whenever he sees a homeless person. I hope this helps in someway!

      • Reeve

        Melissa, I second what Beka said. I highly recommend carrying gift cards to places like subway or mcds or a grocery store. Also, if you are interested in learning more about the needs and personal life's and backstory of many homeless people. Read the book Under the Overpass. It changed my thinking and is also where I heard the gift card thing.

  • Good morning all. I found that pronoun change very interesting…. That wisdom was referred to as “she” reminded me of the awesome gift we have as WOmen. But with great gifts comes great responsibilities!
    I am learning that seeking God’s wisdom is so sweet, because it brings a serenity, in the midst of any storm. Seeking his wisdom led me to resources such as this wonderful devotional group!!
    Thank you ladies :))

    • Corinne

      Not to make light of anything, but I had to giggle at the "with great gifts comes great responsibilities" as it made me think of Spiderman :) Or batman? Superhero movies all seem to jumble in my head! We are superheros in our own right! ;)
      But it is really interesting, and I love the connection you just made. Also, wisdom sounds so gentle, so caring, so kind. Wisdom is described in such a motherly type way (tree of life!). Pretty neat stuff!

      • Donna

        Hi Corinne,

        Lol @ super heroes! And I guess since we walk around with the holy spirit within us, super heroes would be a pretty good description :))

        I like that… “Tree of life”…

  • Ah Wisdom…maybe this is wierd, but I feel like I’ve known her much better before than now. I am getting back to that place! Busy days have been an excuse to ignore her, but I’m not allowing that anymore!

    I am seeking Him in my prayers and in the faces of our beautiful children and my loving husband.

    • redefiningkim

      Katie, I feel the exact same way. There was a time in my life when I sought God's wisdom with all of my heart. But life has gotten busy, schedules have become demanding, and my pursuit of God has falln by the wayside. However, I know that God's Grace covers me and I am working to pursue Him with all of my heart once more.

      • Donna

        Ditto to Katie and Kim,

        I am thankful that the Lord never forgets me… And is always there, when I go seeking him!

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