Posts Tagged ‘godliness’

Questions for the Heart

April 11, 2008

The ladies at Beauty from the Heart typed up some very good questions yesterday. I encourage you to think and pray through each one.

  • Do you act out of obedience to Christ and a passion for His glory–or your own?
  • How do you spend your time?
  • How much of your time per day is spent chatting with friends (online, on the phone or in person)?
  • How much of your time per day is spent daily in conversation with family members?
  • How much of your time is spent daily speaking to God?
  • How often do you meditate on the Cross? (Once a day? Once a week? Once a year?)
  • Do you set time aside every day for prayer and Bible study?
  • Do you try to faithfully obey God in public and at home?
  • Do you ask God for the grace to help you obey consistently?
  • What people, books, movies, etc. influence you the most?
  • Do you read books, watch movies, or listen to music that does not encourage your walk with Christ? Do you think this is wise?
  • Are your friends fellow Christians who are seeking after godliness? Or do they encourage you in gossip and ungodly thoughts?
  • If so, do you also join in that gossip and allow those thoughts to dominate your mind?
  • What are your main spheres of influence?
  • What steps could you take to become a stronger influence of a Christ-like attitude to friends, siblings, neighbors, relatives, etc.?
  • Do you actively serve in your community?
  • When making decisions, do you consider how they affect others?

Proverbs 14:1

January 28, 2008

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

I was having my quiet time this morning (the first in many days, sadly.) and I realized that there is so much wisdom can be learned from this verse! Not only do we have the capability to tear down the homes we share with our parents, siblings, and other people in our life, but we can also be simultaneously tearing down the home we will one day share with our husbands and children (Lord willing, of course.)

We can tear our houses down quickly and easily. One that comes to mind is by our speech. When we grumble, complain, slander, gossip, hurt, lie, falsely accuse, unrighteously argue, or use language that does not honor God, we are tearing our house down. We can also fail to be faithful in our promises, avoid housework, and not spend time with God.

However, we can build our houses up just as quickly and easily. We can love (See 1 Corinthians 13 for a complete list on how to show love), bless others, serve others, obey our parents, be joyful in all circumstances, practice humility, spending time with God, doing our chores and housework, and worshipping God. However, this list is unlimited! Just open God’s Word and you will find that there are endless ways to build up our homes for the glory of God.

This was convicting for me, as just minutes before had my mother asked me to put a huge stack of dishes in the dishwasher and hand clean some as well. Usually, we do not have so many dishes to do at one time. But alas, I became very lazy this weekend and am determined to start off this week right. So I decided to spend time in the Word to get my heart right. Immediately was I convicted as I began to read today’s verses (I studied Proverbs 14:1-3).

As you go about your day today, remember to build up your house, not tear it down.

Bethany