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Proverbs: Day

Day 18


Today's Text: Proverbs 18

It’s Monday. I don’t have to tell you wise ladies that, do I? You know. You feel in the the pit of your belly.

I’m going to make this short & sweet. Proverbs 18:10 says that the name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe.

All I want to feel on a Monday morning is safe in my Father’s arms. Safe and hidden in the strength of His name.

Are you one of His? Dive into His Word and hide there. Rub Proverbs 18 all over you heart, moveonto more of His Word if needed. Walk around your house for a few minutes reading His promises and truth. Speak it to your kiddos, your husband, your best friend. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Shall we memorize Proverbs 18:10 together this week? Let’s not just memorize it. Let’s not just be hearers of the Word, but doers. 

We are safe, sisters. Let’s run into His word together.

  • Today’s blog really spoke to me (and that is really something since I am about a week behind). I really needed to hear this today.

    I have been dreading all weekend about returning to work today. I have felt defeated and overwhelmed and I just didn’t want the week to start. Today’s verse and devotional notes talked about God being our strength and that we are safe in him. No matter what happens at work God is always with me. He is there to help me through it.

  • 1-She reads truth: mark vs that make me uncomfortable.
    2-Read in diff translations:

    ESV- The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
    MSG- God’s name is a place of protection— good people can run there and be safe. 
    AMP-The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the [consistently] righteous man [upright and in right standing with God] runs into it and is safe, high [above evil] and strong. 

    ESV- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
    MSG- Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
    AMP- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

    3- write in my own words:
    18:10 Your name is true and holy; You are my strong tower and fortress when I’m weak, if Your face is all seek. In You alone I find security and a place to run for protection known only to the righteous. 
    18:21 The tongue is powerful; it brings life and death and those who indulge in it will reap the fruit, both good and bad.

    4- definitions:
    Fortress: any place of exceptional security; stronghold.
    Death: loss or absence of spiritual life
    Tongue: 5. the faculty or power of speech: a sight no tongue can describe.
    6. speech or talk, especially mere glib or empty talk.

  • Elizabeth

    V7 really stood out to me / “the words of a gossip are like choice morsels, they go down to the innermost parts” / i interpret it like those tidbits of gossip are those things we crave – or Luke a chocolate treat. It’s calling to us and tempting us and goes down so easy and then it sits there. In our “bellies” and dwells and festers and we turn around and spread it to someone else. Gossip can be so hurtful and mean and I don’t want to be caught up in that life. I have found myself becoming quieter and quieter in groups with some people. I don’t want to get caught up in the nonsense.
    I also love v10 and we sing a song at church with this verse in it. It’s a fave of mine!

    • Rachel Hillary

      What's the name of the song, if you wouldn't mind sharing? I'd love to learn it. I learn verses best through song – I always seem to have one running through my head all day, which is just the best. :)

      • xmomof2

        here is a link from Gaither Homecoming singing it. We make it sound a bit more "fun" and this video is 5 years old so … alittle dated. I think we have just sped it up a bit. Anyways. the words are the same and the message is the same :)

  • I'm loving this blog! What a blessing to find!

    • Jacquelynn

      Glad you're here! And your blog is really great… thanks for posting the link :)

  • I know we've read a lot in Proverbs about the power of our tongues, but verse 21 in the Message version has stayed with me today:
    "Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit–you choose."
    I don't want to skim right past this just because Proverbs has already said so much on this topic.
    I want to jot this down and ask God daily to help me pause and pray before I speak. It's scary to think that my mouth can be a weapon that destroys. I want to take advantage of every opportunity God gives me to offer hope, healing, and encouragement to others with my mouth.

  • Jacquelynn

    So many verses stood out, but one in particular today… Verse 24 "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

    I have never been someone who has a huge entourage of friends, nor have I felt comfortable with that. I have always had just a handful of really close friends who I can trust and who REALLY know me… and vice versa.

    Throughout different seasons in my life, this would make me feel like everyone else had "figured out" the social thing, and I had missed the bus. As i've gotten older, I embrace my eclectic group of close friends, and verse 24 is really comforting. All along, this is what God wanted for me :)

    Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

    • Betty

      We were talking Sat morning at a committee meeting-breakfast about having many, many friends vs just a few. This is a good verse to email the other girls

  • madrejulie

    love this verse, this is how i pictured it to remember it:

  • I love 18:10…but what stuck out to me today is 18:22
    "He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord."

    I want to be that wife. I want my husband to look at me and see a blessing. I want the Lord to bless him for choosing me. I want to bring favor and honor to my husband and our family. My prayer is to be THE wife that my husband needs!

    • Kim B.

      I highlighted both those verses too Amanda! I honestly get selfishly caught up sometimes in how my husband can be a better husband that I was truly convicted that I need to selflessly ask myself how I can be a better wife! I always tell my boys not to point the finger at someone as you alwasy have 4 fingers pointing back at you :) GREAT verses!

      • Kim

        This is the verse that stood out to me, as well. I, too, get caught up in what my husband should be/could be doing for me. What about what I can be doing for him? And how would that honor my husband, my marriage and the Lord?

        • Ali

          Me too! I have only been married about 4 months but every day I try to remind myself to do something for my husband. He deserves a wife that is a blessing to him…and you know what? I think when we are blessings to our husbands, they return that right back to us.

  • This is my favorite chapter of Proverbs so far. I feel like I need to read it like 10 times, just to get it all!

  • Samantha

    I focused on the misuse of words this morning; how foolish people separate themselves from God in order to please themselves, and Wise people are interested in pleasing GOD.

    v4 "The words of the mouth are deep waters but the fountain of WISDOM is a rushing stream"
    – The imagery of "rushing stream" is so strong in that Wisdom is soothing to the soul and to be "rushing" or continuous, it's being fed by what I see to be God's Word.

    I'm going to be clinging to this weeks memory verse, I crave to be safe in His arms. Money and people fail us all the time, God will never fail us. He will ALWAYS be dependable to our safety.

  • Today is my FIRST day with you lovely ladies. I've jumped right in to the 18th chapter with you. What a "cloud of witnesses" this group is and will be. Thanks for that.

    Verse 4 leaped off the page at me: "Wise words are like deep waters. Wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook."

    Wisdom is supreme.

    Setting my sights on that bubbling brook and not babbling foolishness!

  • Too often I forget that I need this verse just as much in times of PEACE as I do in times of STORM. Writing it on my heart so that I remember to run to Him at all times

  • Love that, especially for a Monday morning!

    V. 17 also stood out to me–in NIV it reads, "In a lawsuit, the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines." Wow, that was a like a punch in the gut. Clever. I could use some practice at waiting and listening, instead of trying to be the first one to speak and have my own way!

  • Loved. This. Exactly what stood out to me today….Sometimes we need to boldly declare His Promise. He is our safety net and our strong, capable, BIGGER than us…God!

  • Before I even read the post, I knew this was my verse for the day! How awesome. God is our string tower, and we need to remember that at times- don’t run from it, but run to him!

  • I too gravitated to 18:10. Thank God for being our safe haven. And I also thank him that the haven is a reliable one, as alluded to in 18:24. Amen.
    Good day all :)

  • Hannah Odarve

    What tugged my heart today in this chapter is verse 12 in Common English Bible (CEB).

    Proverbs 18:12
    Pride comes before a disaster but humility comes before respect.

    All I can say is I can prevent disasters (that are at least in my control) from happening by getting rid of pride (not to think highly of myself) and to always ask for God's help and guidance. Also, I always want to be respected and honored but this has to start from me and I should really have humility. Its just the concept of sowing and reaping. If we want to reap respect and honor, we have to sow it first.

    I also love the verse for the weekly truth! So comforting to know that we are safe in our Daddy's arm and we can always run to Him! Ladies, if you need a lock screen for Proverbs 18:10, check it here:

  • Nikkilooch

    I'm not an everyday commenter, but I've been a part of the community since the beginning. I wanted to say that I feel safe here in this online community. Thank you so much leaders and ladies for making this a constant place of comfort and safety.

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