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James chapter 5, verses 2-5, Common English Bible

My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.

But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score.

Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.

Be passionately in love with understanding. St. Augustine

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Proverbs chapter 2, verses 2-10, Common English Bible 

Turn your ear toward wisdom,
    and stretch your mind toward understanding.
Call out for insight,
    and cry aloud for understanding.
 Seek it like silver;
    search for it like hidden treasure.
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
    and discover the knowledge of God.
The Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 Wisdom will enter your mind,
    and knowledge will fill you with delight.


Thanks to Sarah Forgrave for permission to use this excerpt from

Prayers for Hope and Healing

Seeking God’s Strength as You Face Health Challenges

by Sarah Forgrave

Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave

Prayers for Hope and Healing by Sarah Forgrave


“When you’re confused by medical jargon”

“Medical staff talk to you, but they might as well be speaking a foreign language. Whether they’re explaining your condition or giving instructions for the next steps of your care, their words go into your ears like a secret message you can’t decode. You know they’re talking about your body, but the disconnect to your brain leaves you helpless and frustrated.

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I’m so thankful for the doctors and medical staff  You’ve charged with my care. Even though I don’t always understand their words, it’s comforting to know You’ve given them the knowledge they need to treat my condition. ”



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“You may think doctors make a diagnosis based on lab tests or xrays. But much of the time, those tests only confirm what we already suspect  based on your symptoms.

If we misunderstand what you describe, or fail to get complete information we may  start testing for something far removed from what is wrong with you.”

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Choosing excellence- Weekend Words from Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

Who can find an excellent woman?
    She is worth far more than rubies.

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13 She chooses wool and flax.
    She loves to work with her hands.
14 She is like the ships of traders.
    She brings her food from far away.
15 She gets up while it is still night.
    She provides food for her family.
16 She considers a field and buys it.
    She uses some of the money she earns to plant a vineyard.
17 She gets ready to work hard.
    Her arms are strong.


New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1998, 2014 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.


“Proverbs 31 reminds us that virtuous women are a rare find. It is not a label that many will earn. There are some areas when we feel we do well, and others that many need improvement.

A virtuous woman will recognize that her worth has nothing to do with appearance, talent, or the opinions of others.

She will recognize that her past belongs in the past and a future awaits her.

God does not expect perfection, but rather , perseverance. “


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Get wise, stay safe-Weekend Words

Proverbs 5 NIV

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.
For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live.

5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them.

6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.

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22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

23 Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

24 The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

25 May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

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The Power of Joy

Proverbs ESV (English Standard Version)

A man’s spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? 18:14

A joyful heart is good medicine,

but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 17:22

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A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed. 15:13

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones. 15:30



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“mothers,be glad” – Weekend Words

Proverbs 23, ESV

Listen to your father who gave you life,

and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Buy truth, and do not sell it;

buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;

he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Let your father and mother be glad;

let her who bore you rejoice.


St. Augustine quote

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St Augustine of Hippo  ( from Numida, North Africa) is the most important convert to Christianity, next to St. Paul. His mother Monica was a  devout Christian while  his father was a pagan. Monica raised Augustine as a Christian but he did not readily accept Christian belief or baptism.

He was educated in philosophy and rhetoric at Carthage  and taught in Rome. There he converted to Christianity, was baptized, and eventually became a priest and bishop.

Augustine  wrote prolifically, much of which we still have available today, including Confessions and The City of God. (source- Spiritual Classics)

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“bold as a lion”- Weekend words from Proverbs

Proverbs 28, New International Version 

The wicked flee though no one pursues,
but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
 Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
but those who heed it resist them.
Evildoers do not understand what is right,
but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.
Whoever increases wealth by taking interest or profit from the poor
amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
 10 Whoever leads the upright along an evil path
will fall into their own trap,
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.
 12 When the righteous triumph, there is great elation;
but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding.
13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
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14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble. photo from Lightstock

14 Blessed is the one who always trembles before God,
but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.
 18 The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe,
but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit.
 25 The greedy stir up conflict,
but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.
26 Those who trust in themselves are fools,
but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.



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“write them on your heart”- Weekend Words

Proverbs, Wisdom Day by Day

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Children painted tiles to express condolences when the federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed in 1995. The tiles are displayed outside the memorial museum now.


Proverbs 3:3-8 , ERV (Easy to Read Version)

“Don’t ever let love and loyalty leave you. Tie them around your neck, and write them on your heart.

 Then God will be pleased and think well of you and so will everyone else.

 Trust the Lord completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge.

 With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way.

 Don’t trust in your own wisdom, but fear and respect the Lord and stay away from evil.

 If you do this, it will be like a refreshing drink and medicine for your body.”



Proverbs is perhaps the most practical book in the Bible. These words of wisdom grew out of the common experiences of human life.

The teachers of ancient times were eager to share what they had learned about life. Their insights helped them in their daily living and their relationships.

The reward of wisdom is a better and happier life.”

Spiritual Formation Bible, published by Zondervan


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