Proverbs 22:19 NLT
“I am teaching you today—yes you—so you will trust in the Lord.”
Pretend it is after supper. You ate a good supper, and you ask for dessert. You eat a cookie, then you ask for another one. Your mom gives it to you. It's so good, you decide to ask for another one. But this time, Mom says 'No.' Mom remembers that the last time she ate too many cookies, her stomach hurt, or maybe that the last time you had too many sweets, you threw up. You could keep keep on pestering her and asking her, or you could trust that she knows best.
This verse tells us to trust in the Lord. Part of trusting God means believing and thinking that He is doing what is best for you because He knows better and He loves you.
There is a classic hymn called Trust and Obey. The chorus goes “Trust and Obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Choose to trust the Lord today. He loves you and will take care of you.
Dear Lord, I choose to trust you today. You made the world and you made me and you love me. Amen.
Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
Do you have food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to live? Some people don't have these basic things and they need people to help them out.
The next time you hear of people who are hungry or hurting, see if there is a way you can help. Maybe you can give some of your allowance to help them, or you can help serve them in some other way.
Right now, you may have plenty to eat and wear, and a warm place to live. But, things may not always be this way. This verse encourages you to help others so that if you have a need later on, people will help you, too.
Dear Lord, Please help me to listen and help with poor people cry out. Please help me not just to focus on what I want, but to see ways to help others, too. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Proverbs 20:11 (NIRV)
Even small children are known by their actions.
So is their conduct really pure and right?
There was a high school age boy in our church who told me that when he was growing up, their family always said “It pays to be good!” In his life, this meant that if grown-ups and others knew that he behaved well and listened, that he would get invited do more fun things. Grandma was more excited to take him to the zoo or out for ice-cream if she knew that he wouldn't complain the whole time and not listen to her. His friends from school would be allowed to have him over if he didn't destroy things at his friend's house. He was known by the way he acted!
This verse also talks about having “pure conduct.” Conduct means how you act. Pure means saying and doing things that are clean and good. One way to work on being pure is by not saying potty talk all the time. What we do and say should show that Jesus lives in us. And, because He lives in you, he will help you act right and purely if you ask him to. Do you act and live in such a way that others want to be around you? Remember! It pays to be good!
Dear Lord, please help me to act in such a way that makes you happy. Please forgive me for times that my I've messed up and please help me to change. I want to be known as a kid with pure and right conduct. Please help me be kind and loving to others today with your help.
Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs.
First off, what do you think it means to be sensible? (Being wise, doing things of benefit)
And, what about respect? What do you think it means? (to look up to and be proud of another person or what they have done or do, to honor)
Sometimes, other people or kids can be very annoying. Maybe they keep on pouncing on you or doing things to get your attention when you want to be left alone. They are doing a 'wrong' to you.
This verse says that it if you are wise, you won't start to scream and yell at them, but you will try to ignore what they are doing. Even if you do get mad, you will talk to them about it in a calm voice. If they don't listen, then you can talk to an adult about it.
As you act this way, they or others will look up to you and respect you for 'keeping your cool.' This is not easy to do, and we need the Lord's help to control our tempers!
Dear Lord, Sometimes other people do things that make me want to get really mad. Please help me to not yell and to be patient with the ways they are 'wronging' me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Proverbs 17:18 (NIRV)
A person who has no sense agrees to pay what other people owe.
It isn’t wise to promise to pay other people’s bills.
Many of the Proverbs talk about money and how to use it wisely. This verse says that each person needs to take care of their own bills and money they owe. If your brother owes your parents $10, it's not wise to pay it for him. That is his responsibility. If you give them money for him this time, there's a chance he'll expect you to pay it again when he owes them even more.
There are other ways to help people out. For instance, you can encourage your brother the next time you're in the store to not buy another thing since he already owes your parents money. Learn to be in charge of what you're in charge of, and make good choices about how you spend your money.
Dear Lord, Please help me be wise in how I spend my money. Help me to encourage others and to help them in other ways besides paying their bills. In Jesus' name, Amen.
A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
Seeds of strife are saying things that cause others to argue. Gossip is talking about other people, often saying things that may not be true.
Both of these things are bad to do. The words that come out of our mouths can cause so much hope or hurt! So, if you hear a story about other people and you don't know if it's true or not, don't keep sharing it—especially if it's a mean story. And, if you know there is something you could say that would make people fight—don't say it! Don't be a troublemaker or a gossip!
Dear Lord, Please forgive me for ways I've used my words to hurt others. Please help me to say things that will help others today. In Jesus' name, Amen.
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
Pretend you are coloring and your sister takes the marker you were just about ready to use. If you gently and kindly say “Can I use that when you're done?” she will probably say “Okay” and give it to you when she's done.
But, if, instead, you shout “Hey!! I was going to use that!!!!” She may shout back at you “Well—you've been hogging the green!” If this keeps on going, instead of coloring nicely with your sister, you may be having time alone in your rooms.
So, use kind and gentle words with others and you may get to do more fun things with them. Shouting at others makes others shout back. Sometimes in our house, we have mandatory whisper times. Try being really mad at someone when you're whispering—it's pretty hard! Use your words wisely, and people will be a lot less angry around you.
Dear Lord, Please help me use kind and gentle words with others. Please forgive me for when I haven't done this very well. In Jesus' name, Amen.
“Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation”
If you do something bad, guilt is a sick feeling in your tummy that makes you feel terrible. It can also feel like a shadow following you or like a heavy weight you're holding. If you feel this way, don't make fun of it! Don't laugh and say “Ahh—it's no big deal!” Or, if you get in trouble in school and have to sit at the “No Fun” table—don't laugh—take it seriously!
Then, if you know that you've hurt someone's feelings, tell them you're sorry. That's what reconciliation is—asking for forgiveness and trying the best you can to repair your relationship. Or, realize you've done wrong at school and try to behave better the next time. If you ever feel guilty, don't let it stay in your heart—take care of it. You'll feel much better and you'll be wiser, too.
Dear Lord, Please help me to not make fun of guilt, but to keep my relationships mended. Please help me today to take care of any guilt I feel. In Jesus' name, Amen.
A wise child accepts a parent's discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
Many of the Proverbs talk to parents about disciplining their children and how important it is. But, this verse talks to the children and tells you to listen and learn when your parents teach you and discipline you.
In Hebrews 12:6, it even says that our Heavenly Father disciplines us because He loves us—so even when you're grown up, you will still be learning! The best thing is to accept it. Your parents discipline you because they love you, too. If you are foolish, you won't listen to your parents. If they suggest you change a bad way you are behaving or acting, listen up and try to change.
Dear Lord, Sometimes it's hard to be good! Please help me listen and learn when my parent's discipline me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.
Being cruel to your pets or animals means not giving them the shelter, food, or water they need. It can also mean hurting them or being mean to them.
Do you have a pet? Sometimes, you may get tired of taking care of it. Maybe you whine every time it's your turn to feed it. But, if you want to be wise and godly, you should make sure you take care of it.
Dear Lord, please help me to be kind to animals, especially to my pets. Thank you that you care even about them because you mention them in this verse. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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