Sustaining: Building Your House

Just a quick one this week.  I thought this was neat so I would point it out.

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.  – Proverbs 14:1

Of course, if you grew up with the “Wise Man Built His House Upon A Rock” song, perhaps like me, you started humming the tune as you read this verse in Proverbs.  Of course, this seems pretty straightforward.  Wise women build and foolish ones tear down.  There isn’t much more context to this particular verse.

But we know through the teachings of the Wise Man story in Matthew 7 that it’s what we build the house on that determines the wisdom or foolishness.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  – Matthew 7:24

No matter what comes our way, it’s where we lay our foundation day by day that makes our house, our family, our path stable.

So where are you laying your foundation today?

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Sustaining: Be Gracious

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24

It has not been hard lately to be grateful.  Sun is shining.  My relationships are going pretty well.  And I have a son.  And he’s pretty spectacular, though I’m pretty bias.

I think back to the moments that weren’t so sun-shiny.  The moments when my life was turned upside down by the loss of a heartbeat.  The moments when I laid in the middle of the floor in the fetal position crying out to God.

In those moments, I still practiced gratitude.  And I had one incredible thing to be grateful for that I couldn’t forget.

I had a God to cry out to.  And he would hear me.  And he wouldn’t forsake me.

And that was healing for me.  I would name the ways God has shown up in my life, big and small, and remind myself that he would do it again and again.  And I would praise him.  I would tell him how grateful I am to have him in my life.  That he chose me.  That he loves me.

This verse in Proverbs reminded me this week how important it is to continue practicing gratitude every day.  It’s not about being optimistic and smiley.  It’s about making a habit for the hard days ahead.  Because they will come.  But God will be there in the storm, just as much as he is here today in the sunshine.