Simply Scripture- bread and butter

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The Lord laid two verses on me this morning…timely and true.

Proverbs 30:8-9

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but

Give me Only myDaily Bread

Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you, and say, “Who is the Lord?”
Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

Proverbs 30:33

For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so 

…stiring up anger produces strife

In my daily reading, I am walking through Matthew, but the Lord brought me here to Proverbs today. I could not get away from these two verses this morning. Angry, irritable and frustrated over a situation this morning—there is potential to cause strife for me, my kids and others today. What is “strife” anyways? It is defined as “bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict; opposition, contrast”. I don’t know about you, but conflict and bitterness is something I really could do without.  I needed that this morning.

The first verse serves not only as a reminder that I do not need any more than God gives me, but also that surplus can be just as bad as poverty. If I have everything I need and then some…then I may not seek the Lord in all things. If I am desperate and in need, It would cause me to seek the Lord, but may lure me to take matters into my own hands and dishonor Him in the process. I need to rely on HIM and not myself. He sustains me and gives me what I need…nothing more, nothing less.

So this morning, instead of bitter butter on my bread…I ask for sweet, fresh fruit instead. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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One thought on “Simply Scripture- bread and butter

  1. Thank You, Joanne, for this latest blog about nipping anger and frustration in the bud, before it blooms into damage. Very helpful thoughts.

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