I Choose Wisdom – Declarations of Wisdom from the Book of Proverbs
Beginning the day declaring truth and promises from God’s word will strengthen your family’s spirit. Speaking the Word aloud with our children is the greatest blessing we can give them.
“Listen, consent, and submit to the words of the wise, and apply your mind to my knowledge; For it will be pleasant if you keep them in your mind (believing them); your lips will be accustomed to confessing them so that your trust, belief, reliance, support, and confidence may be in the Lord.” (Proverbs 22:17-19)
This is why it’s so important to speak them out and not just read them.
The Power of the Tongue
The words we say have a powerful effect. They can be used to build up, or tear down.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [death or life].”
I don’t know about you, but I choose life!
This is Not a Prayer Book
This is not a book of prayers – there are plenty of books that cover that area. These are declarations! Use this book as a tool to strengthen your spirit by speaking these declarations aloud, preferrably at the beginning of each day.
Ways to Use This Book
The main purpose is to verbally (out loud!) make your declaration of the day. For example, Day 1 is “I choose skillful and Godly Wisdom and instruction.” Say it aloud. Have your family members repeat it and say it along with you. Say it like you mean it!
I also encourage you to, throughout the day, bring the verse to your remembrance. Can you remember it at lunchtime? Can you carry the verse around with you all the way to bedtime?
For fun, surprise-challenge a family member later in the day and see if they can remember it, too. Can they?
The Goal of “I Choose Wisdom”
The goal is to store God’s Word in your heart, that you might not sin against God.
This is not meant to replace devotions or Bible reading. These are simply nuggets of Wisdom meant for you to ponder on all the day long. Savor them as you would a delicious morsel of chocolate.
Who Can Use This Book
This is great for all ages. Even my three-year-old son is repeating these after me (a few words at a time). Although I know he can’t conceptualize all the power in the words he is speaking, they will be stored in his heart – and that is where I want to reach.
Why I “Wrote” This Book
First of all, I obviously didn’t write the Bible I simply took verses from the book of Proverbs and re-arranged them into statements of declaration. For example, I arranged
“There is gold, and a multitude of pearls, but the lips of knowledge are a vase of preciousness [the most precious of all]”
from Proverbs 20:15 into
I will choose to speak with lips of knowledge, which is like a vase of preciousness, more precious than gold and a multitude of pearls. (Proverbs 20:15)
I wanted to help encourage myself and my family to make better (wiser) choices through our day. As a mom to two children (seven- and three-year-old), I need a constant reminder to be patient with them as they bicker all day long (at least some days it seems this way!). I have noticed no matter how many times I tell them to “be nice” or threaten/bribe them,they still often choose to fight. I find myself often wanting to just scream and pull out my hair and shout “why can’t they just get along!” as well as “why can’t I have enough patience to deal with this?” In my heart I want to respond with wisdom and kindness, and I often fail.
I Want to Reach Hearts
I realize it’s my children’s heart that needs to be reached. They may do the right thing when I am right there with them, glaring at them to make the right choice (then again, they may not). What about when my back is turned? Are they making faces at each other behind my back? Probably.
I need to absorb myself in God’s Word for strength. My children need to be watered in the Word, so His Wisdom will (eventually) seep in and change their hearts.
The Cost of This Book
“Freely you receive, freely give.”
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