Moments of sharing in Proverbs as we seek for Wisdom

Every Prudent Man…

This week’s, “Wednesday in the Word”, moment was written by my mother several years ago. It is a timely reminder of the importance of being prudent and how we can apply prudence to our everyday conversations, relationships, and choices. I hope you will be as blessed as I was by reading this. Make sure you take the time to look up the verses shared and ponder their Truth. 

With much love, 

Mrs. Joseph Wood

Proverbs 13:16

 “Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.”

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You’ve heard the saying “think before you act” or “look before you leap”; this Proverbs is telling us just that; but it says one more thing, it says fools don’t do either, in fact, they brag about their foolishness.

A wise/prudent person is cautious in decision making.  You won’t see them “flying off the handle” in a reply to something that needs discernment.  They won’t make rash decisions or brag about those decisions; instead, they will be discreet and act deliberately and with reserve when they make their decision (Ephesians 5:17).

A prudent person also weighs the facts, they don’t take sides or make deals without giving consideration to the options; they are careful to look at all the angles, pray, wait and trust the LORD for their decision making (Psalms 112:5).

We can look to historical events that have proven foolish decisions that were made in haste; decisions that impacted lives; decisions that are laid open to discussion and criticism by others (Ecclesiastes 10:3). When decisions are made without council and without consideration of God’s Word; they are as though a job is left half finished and it becomes a thorn in the flesh of those who live with the consequences.

Every action has a reaction, every deed is noticed; how do we respond?  Do we use the knowledge given to us by God’s Word or do we answer from the hollowness of our flesh?  Remember, wise words reap many benefits (see Proverbs 12:14).

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Prayer:  Father, let our mouths speak wisdom and our tongues talk of righteous judgment.  Apply your law to our hearts so that we do not stumble in making decisions.  Help us to be wise and seek your council; use your Word to direct our minds when decisions need to be made. LORD, you desire truth in the inward parts of man and we ask that you make wisdom known to us through truth. LORD, clean our hearts and our minds so that we are clear in thought and deed to make wise decisions.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

Proverbs 16:20: Handling Matters Wisely

Proverbs 16:20

 “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”

Wisdom gains respect now and in the future.  A man/woman who is found to be wise in his/her affairs is spoken highly of by others.

When we handle all matters wisely, it is a reflection of our discipline of abiding in God’s Word.

Without His Word, we could not give discernment to the decisions made (see Proverbs 13:13).  When we abide in God; we have not only our human ability to make a decision, but we have that of the Holy Spirit who comforts us with wisdom and encouragement and points us to our LORD Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:17-18).

We must remember that when we handle matters in the world, the world is watching, even in small matters. We live for Christ, and he will keep us in perfect peace when we set our minds on Him.

Handling Matters Wisely Blog

When we trust in the LORD the reward is more than the profit of man’s praise; the reward is God’s blessing to be established, grounded, eternity minded, yielding spiritual fruit, and perfect peace; because our mind and our heart is stayed on Him (see Jeremiah 17:7-8 and Isaiah 26:3-4).

Prayer: Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Your loving kindness and truth preserve us. Show us how to be wise in your Word and ready to give an answer to those who ask about our hope in you.  We will praise you today and ever more with all our heart and glorify your name forever; for you are worthy! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

Refreshment For Our Soul

All of us experience exhaustion at some point in our lives. Days when we’ve given our very best, yet all we have to show for it is mental, physical, and spiritual exhaustion. I’m in trouble when I am living in a state of exhaustion instead of experiencing refreshment for my soul. Even when I am unaware, my soul is continually searching for refreshment. I’m desperate for a refreshment that is of substance, not just something that tickles my ears or fills my belly with air. God has created each of us with a need for refreshment that can only come from Him. 


Refreshment For Our Soul

Friends, we are often caught up in the world’s concept of refreshment for our souls, but I rejoice that my soul finds refreshment in Christ, our sound wisdom, not in the matters or people of this world!  Think how disappointing mirages are to the weary traveler; seeing in a distance a lake spanning before them, pressing forward yet never arriving at the promise of the refreshment.  This World is a mirage in the matter of wisdom; it cannot offer us the refreshment our soul’s desire. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.

Proverbs 3:21-22 My son, do not lose sight of these— keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:21–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


Common sense and discernment will refresh our soul if we keep our eyes upon the Word of God.  When we seek His wisdom we will have the sound wisdom and discretion we need to endure, prevail and succeed in this life.  The work of our hands will be done unto the LORD, and we will not be found thirsty or without those things we need to bring God Glory!  God’s Word will be life to our soul; it will see us through the work He has given us, it will revive us when we are in trouble, it will be spiritual life pointing us to eternity. The LORD will be our confidence!

Proverbs 3:23-26 Then you will walk on your way securely, and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Pr 3:23–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


When we are refreshed by this wisdom, we are strengthened and satisfied. Our work will be that of peace and living in righteousness will bring us eternal assurance.  God’s Word brings us into a right relationship with Him because we are abiding with Him.  Wisdom does not allow us to stray from His side; it ever guards our hearts and draws us closer still…truly our souls will find fulfillment, satisfaction, and refreshment.  John 7:37-39

Isaiah 32:17-18 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Is 32:17–18). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


John 7:37-39  On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 7:37–39). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.


Spiritual Refreshment 

God protects those who live according to His Word.  That protection is His grace which keeps us from running headlong into sin and its destruction. Wisdom, found in God’s Word, directs us, keeps us and saves us. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Timothy 3:16-17  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., 2 Ti 3:16–17). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.


  • Does your soul need refreshing?
  • When was the last time you sought His word for renewal of your spirit?

Prayer:  To God be the Glory for the work done in our lives when we abide in you.  Thank you, LORD, for your refreshment of our soul.  Jesus is our living water, and it flows from us when we receive Him as Savior. LORD, refresh our souls and lead us to wisdom.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Additional Reading for Today:

Psalms 23:1-6 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 23:1–6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

Abiding Still


His Mercies Are New Every Morning!

As I consider  my life, the days that are full to the brim with trials, the journey that seems to be leading me through valleys, deserts, and mountains to high for me to climb, I often thank God for the mercies that are new each morning. In fact, if you are in earshot of me you might very well hear me say, “God gives us mercies new every morning becasue He knows I use them all up before noon.”.  When we’re going through a trial we can know with our heads or even our hearts that His mercy is there, but we doubt if we “fee” His mercy present in our lives. I understand.

Today’s devotion from my mother is a reminder that God’s mercies are as tangible to us as the food we eat, the money we need to pay bills, or the victory we need in our lives. It’s not something that is illusive nor is it  something we store up for a rainy day. It’s something we are given each and every day, in perfect measurement for the day at hand. 

His mercies are never lacking. They are perfect not only to sustain us, but to give us life abundantly! 

I invite you to get our your Bible and join me today as I go to His Word and ponder His mercies!

Until our next chat, 

Mrs. Joseph Wood

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Lamentations 3: 22-24, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

This has been a verse that has been on my heart for several days. As I was considering the truth of His mercies, this new concept of his mercies was revealed in a way that I had never thought of.  So I share my heart with you today concerning God’s Mercies for His people.

Please read Exodus 16 on the provision of manna to the people as they wandered in the desert.  This is the passage I will be referring to as I lay out my gleaning of God’s Mercies.

As manna was provided to the Children in the Wilderness, the symbolism of their wandering is compared to our own journey on this earth.  We have been promised a “promise land” through the resurrection work of the cross as we receive his promise of eternal life with God the Father in heaven.

Manna was given each day, fresh on the dew and each person was to gather enough for their self and their family.  They could not put it in a storehouse and they could not hide it away for later.  Each day it was available to them and each day it was either used or it turned to worms. We are given God’s mercies each and every morning; we are free to use it as needed and there is always enough for our journey that day, but we cannot carry it over, or store it aside for a time when we think we might need it more.  God’s mercies are new every morning, just as the manna was new every morning.  Often, we get caught up in life and think we didn’t get enough of what we needed to accomplish our day; just like the children in the wilderness tried to gather enough, only to find it was turned to worms the very next day. God’s strength and His power will restore and equip us for the new day, just as the manna was there to restore and equip the children for the new day.

The LORD provided the manna and the quail for the children of Israel so that they would know He was their LORD and God! Just as His mercies are provided to teach, guide and strengthen us in our relationship with God, so that we know He is our LORD and God!

The LORD provided the manna 5 days a week enough to supply them through the day, but on the 6th day, he provided them enough for that day and the Sabbath day.  This was the only time that the manna did not turn to worm; the people would gather on the 6th day and by the 7th day the manna was still good.  In comparison with His mercies, we receive God’s mercies every morning, because we have Christ who came to fulfill the law; Christ is the Sabbath “the rest” of God; He is sufficient for us; so the difference is each morning His mercies are new, where in the Exodus, the manna reflected the law of God and had His people rested on the 7th day, but they were provided for nonetheless.

And finally, “And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan”; As we receive His mercies each morning, we will continue to do so until we reach our promised land too.  Then, we will abide with Him and new treasures will be ours, just as new foods and treasures were available to the Children of Israel as they crossed the borders of the land of Canaan.

With all of these analogies shared, I’d like to remind you that God shows us throughout the Word that each story told; each life recounted is for the purpose of making His attributes and His purpose known to us. Just as we can see the crimson strand of Christ from Genesis to Revelation; so are His accounts of Mercy and Grace.  Even now in John 5:30-35, Christ reminds them of the purpose of manna as the foreshadowing of Christ, “They said therefore unto him, what sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

Prayer: LORD, we will sing of your mercies forever; we will make known your faithfulness to all generations! The LORD is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  Thank you for all of your illustrations of your love toward us.  We praise you for your attributes and your holiness.  LORD, thank you that your mercies are new every morning.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro

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His Law; is it the Apple of Your Eye?

It is wise for us to do life checks when we ask ourselves, “Is His Law the apple of our eye?” it so easy to get caught up in the busy of life, to become complete enveloped in the news around us that we forget to simply focus…. focus our hearts, minds, and thoughts on His Law and His will for us!

Here is a devotional from my mother, Connie Renfro, that she shared with us on the blog some time ago. May it encourage each of us to make His Law our focus today, and tomorrow, and the day after that.

With much love, ,

Mrs. Joseph Wood


His Law; is it the apple of your eye?

Proverbs 7:1-2, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.”

“Keep my commandments, and live”; we hear this encouragement many times throughout Proverbs. It is a common way to emphasis something of importance when we say it more than once. As I was reading this passage tonight, my heart was caught on the last phrase “and my law as the apple of thine eye.”  Many understand the phrase, but I decided to do a study on the phrase to find out more what our LORD was saying to us through this passage.

Moses and all of Israel were kept as the apple of the LORD’s eye; God found them in the wilderness, he lead and instructed them and he alone was their God (Deuteronomy 32:10-12) and they were as the apple of God’s eye.

The beauty of this passage points us to another attribute of God’s love for us. Not only is He a sovereign God who is the creator of all, but He is the God that even reveals himself in our natural reflexes. We’re told in Zechariah 2:8 that God is a protector and no one touches us without his protection. God made the eye of man another example of His wondrous creation to show us how, when we put our trust in him, we are protected by God as we would protect the very pupil of our own eye. (See Psalms 139:1-17 for further understanding of his care toward his people).

Prayer: Father, please keep us as the apple of your eye; hide us under the shadow of your wings. Thank you that we cannot go out of your sight that you are always seeing, always knowing and we are always your concern.  Thank you that you love us so much that you gave us your Son so that we could dwell with you for eternity.  Thank you for cleansing us from sin and redeeming us for sins wage of death.  Thank you that you constantly watch over us.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Abiding Still

Connie Renfro


A Moment in Proverbs ~ A Sure Reward

Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

There is lasting value in righteous living.  Our sure reward is eternal through the LORD’s graciousness, justice and faithfulness to His people who walk after His calling.  His rewards to us are unmerited; for we deserve nothing but have been given life and life abundantly.

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A Moment in Proverbs ~ Wise Sons and Daughters of the Word *


Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

LORD, we desire to be wise sons and daughters who hear and act upon your Word and instructions.  We seek after your Word for they supply all of our needs. You have provided a plan for each of us and you ask us to watch over our mouth, be diligent, hate lying, walk upright, and trust in you for all things.  You have told us to be not only hearers of the Word but that we must be doers of the Word. We are reminded by our brother Matthew Henry that “It is not enough to hear and read the word, to commend and admire it, to know and remember it; to talk and discourse of it, but we must do it!”

LORD, our true value is found in you.  You cause us to rejoice as we learn to be righteous before you.  You comfort and bless those who trust in your wisdom.  LORD, your blessings are life to us.

You have promised us that if we reverence your Word and Commandments we will be rewarded.  Show us your wisdom and let us drink from the fountain of life. Your Word tells us we will find favor if we seek understanding so teach us to be knowledgeable in your Word.

We know when we ask of you; we will be satisfied.  Father, help us to leave a legacy for our children and children’s children. Teach us to be diligent in life so that those who follow will be faithful in their walk.  We pray these things in Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Wise Sons

A Moment in Proverbs

Passages for Today: Proverbs 13:1-25; James 1:21-23; Matthew 6:24-34


  • Have you asked God to help you establish the legacy you will leave behind?
  • Do you know your true value in Christ?

Abiding Still,

Connie Renfro

*This is a re-post from archives

Spring is almost here! WEEK 2

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How was WEEK 1 for you? Were you able to finish a project for your husband, did you pray for your family while working willingly?

This week I would like us to continue placing fresh flowers in the home along with focusing on making beautiful dinners for our family. Think of creative meals that you haven’t had before or maybe meals that you don’t make regularly. Dinner time in our home is a time for my husband and I to share about our day, laugh with each other and share prayer requests and praise reports. Dinner is a perfect time to include your children in praying for friends and family at the end of the meal. As you prepare your meal think about Ruth, and her willingness to serve her mother in law by going out each day to collect from the fields. Ruth is a wonderful example of working with willingly our hands and bringing food from afar. Some days of motherhood are more trying than others and it can become easy to forget about the importance of bringing the family together for a nice meal, rather than something made quickly and without thought. So this week, lets work on setting our table with purpose and making each meal lovely!

Here are a few spring salads that would be great to add to a meal….

Arugula with Pomegranates, Blue Cheese and Pistachios

Mango Blueberry Quinoa Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing Recipe

Avocado Tomato Mozzarella Salad


Task for the week:

This week, along with working willingly, lets present our family with beautiful dinners! You don’t need to plan a new menu or go over the top, although you can if you’d like! Simply try cooking a family favorite, using the good china, adding a side dish or even a fun drink to the table! You could even add a small table arrangements of fresh flowers to make your meal lovely.

Craft for the week:

Spring Time Hankie Table Runner:

This table runner would be a beautiful addition to your home along with the vases we made last week! Click here for instructions.

Scripture for the week:

Proverbs 31:24  – “She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”

Spring is almost here! WEEK 1

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Spring is almost here and once again it’s that time of year for us Proverbs 31 Women to start getting our house into shape after a long cozy winter of hibernating! Over the next couple of weeks I will be going over the above verse and talking about women of the bible who were diligent in serving their families and making their household beautiful; but first lets start this week with a fun project for you AND the kids!

Task for the week:
Proverbs 31:13 “She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” 

This week I would like us to focus on ‘working willingly‘  with our hands. Is there a household project that your husband has been asking you to finish? I know there is in my house! It seems that every day a new project surfaces and needs our attention. Well this week is the perfect week to tackle those projects! Keep in mind while you’re working willingly with your hands that serving your family is a blessing, it’s what we as women are called to do by our Lord. Pray for your husband and your children while you work. Thank God for all of the blessings in your life.
Craft for the week:
Transform old glass jars into shabby chic vases with lace and ribbon









Have you noticed that in Proverbs 31 its mentions more than once that she is making her home lovely? (Proverbs 31: 13,19,21) As wives we need to make sure our husband is coming home to a beautiful haven! This week lets start by adding fresh flowers to the home!

Scripture for the week:
Proverbs 24:30-34
30 I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;

31 And, lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.

32 Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.

33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:

34 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.

A Moment in Proverbs ~ And God Spoke *


Welcome to A Moment in Proverbs, a daily devotional written by my precious mother who has a heart for young moms. I hope you will be encouraged by this post. Feel free to leave a comment before you leave. She loves hearing from you all!

Do you realize that all that exists is because God spoke it into existence? When we consider our lives, creation, our positions in life, our families, our abilities, and our accomplishments,we must acknowledge that everything we have is because God spoke it into existence.  Consider this; is there anything that you can say you created? Carefully consider it, for everything that man thinks he made was because God provided.

I once read a whimsical conversation suggested between God and the Scientist.  The Scientist said to God, “We are greater than you for we have discovered how to make man from grains of sand.”  God simply replied, “Yes, but I created the sand”.  As silly as this sounds, the point remains there is nothing we can honestly take credit.  Once we look at the very core of where our talent came from, once we consider the opportunity we took, we realize God is the one who brought it into existence.


When we consider God’s Word, we must understand that it was He who spoke the Word. Each man who wrote their testimony, prophecy and history upon the pages  of God’s Word were given the doctrine by divine inspiration. God is our source of inspiration and it is Christ who is the fulfillment of the Word of God.

As we look at our “BACK TO THE BASICS OF THE WORD”, we must believe in the authority behind the words we read.  So let us consider these words today, “And God Spake”; what is He speaking to you this day?

Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14-15, 20, 24, 26, And God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God said, let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Matthew 5:17, Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 2 Peter 1:21, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Prayer:  LORD, speak to us from your Word.  Open our hearts and minds to hear your spirit speak life into us.   Create in us the desire to choose your Word over anything this life can offer.  We thank you for all you have provided. We ask you to speak your Word to our heart this day.  And we Praise your Name forever.  Amen.

Abiding Still