May 10, 2020

  Happy Mother’s Day!

A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish child brings grief to their mother. Proverbs 10:1

Happy Mother’s Day!  Since its Mother’s Day, I thought it was fitting that the first verse in Proverbs 10 speaks about how children effect their mother and father.  Wise children make them glad and foolish children bring them grief.  As you continue to read through the entire chapter, there is quite a few details of what pleases parents and what grieves them.  Below I have listed some of the qualities mentioned in this chapter so you can see how you measure up as a child that pleases or grieves their parents.

                          Foolish                                                                                Wise

Verse 4:  a slack hand becomes poor                      vs.        diligent hand makes rich

Verse 5:  sleeps in harvest                                       vs.        gathers in summer

Verse 8:  prating (mindless drivel) fool will fall       vs.        receives commands/instruction

Verse 11: violence covers the fool’s mouth          vs.        right words are a well of life

Verse 12: hate stirs up strife                                    vs.        love covers all sins

Verse 14: mouth of the fool is near destruction     vs.        wise stores up knowledge

Verse 19: sin abounds in many words              vs.        the wise restrains his lips

Verse 21: die for lack of wisdom                             vs.        righteous lips feed others

Verse 24: the fool’s fear comes on him             vs.       desire of wise will be granted

Of course, that is not all of them, but as you read the entire chapter, identify which category you fit into.  (hopefully wise)  Notice how the attributes in the “wise” column are intentional qualities.  These are traits that you do on purpose because you are a person of wisdom and integrity.  Just because you want to be wise doesn’t mean it happens automatically. 

Today I want to encourage you to honor your mother in some way.  Whether you are young or old, make a special effort to let your mom know you appreciate her for your life.  Remember, that Ephesians 6:2&3 promises when we honor our parents, we will live a long healthy life.

Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 10

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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