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Proverbs 31:1

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"The sayings of King Lemuel - an oracle his mother taught him" - 31:1. 

Wisdom is best imparted in a family setting and is usually not appreciated until the children are older. Are you applying the good advice that your parents imparted to you as a child? If you are a parent, are you regularly teaching this same kind of wisdom, even if your children complain or seem to reject it?  Teaching the next generation was part of God's command to Israel as you can read in Deuteronomy 4:9-10.


Proverbs 30:5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in Him" - 30:5.

The Lord makes Himself known and present in your life through His Word.  Therefore, His Word is your lifeline and support.  How much time are you spending reading, studying and memorizing His Word?  What more can you do?  Is His Word truly your shield and do you take total refuge in Him in times of trouble?  Read what the psalmist had to say about the Lord and His Word in Psalm 119:113-115 and then renew your efforts to make God's Word your source of help, comfort and guidance.


We Have Eggs!

The chickens are finally laying eggs in Kenya and here are two emails with some pictures I received from Alice last Saturday. 

1. Dear Dr. Stanko,

We glad that the Lord has kept us well and happy to date.  We have faith in him and pray that he  EOTOO Chickens continues to give us good health.

Today was spent at the Chicken Coop Project to pick our first batch of eggs.

But first, we enjoyed the sight of seemingly healthy layers and wish to thank God for how far we have come and all those friends that have been praying with us and continue to pray with us.

Attached is a photo of a section of the layers.

A thank you to all our partners and friends.

Alice

2. Dear Dr. Stanko,

EOTOO Eggs Since the first recorded egg on the 12th of May 2011, we have up to now counted 287 eggs, three of which were broken (pecked by the hens and the rest been put up for sale).  We shall sell to the children forty eggs per week so they can each eat 2 eggs per week.

We, at my house, have bought one tray already and we hope to sell the rest at retail price if we have to realise some profit out of them.

Thanks a lot for traveling the journey along with us.

Alice for the EOTOO Team

I am returning to Kenya on July 28. Please help me replicate this project with other orphans. First, you can give to The Sophia Fund to help feed orphans and widows. Or you can also give to Operation Chicken Coop, to help build self-sustaining projects that will feed or provide revenue for those in need. Give through my website or send a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA  15221-0882. Thank you for helping the orphans! 


Proverbs 29:20

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do you see a man who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for him" - 29:20.

How often have you rushed to judgment, upset over something that can happen but seldom does? You fuss and worry, only to expend a lot of emotional energy over nothing. Confront and correct this pessimistic tendency or you will soon find a problem in every situation, leaving you a victim of your surging emotions and anger. As an example of someone who almost lost his healing due to this tendency, read Naaman's story in 2 Kings 5:1-15.


Proverbs 28:26

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"He who trusts in himself is a fool,
but he walks in wisdom is kept safe" - 28:26.
 

It is easy to underestimate your potential and the power of your ideas. That's why you need other people speaking into your life if you are to walk in wisdom. Who are your coaches and mentors?  Who challenges and broadens your perspective on life and purpose? Who is on your personal "board of directors"? As an example of the kind of input and encouragement you need from others, read about the encounter that Jonathan and David had in 1 Samuel 23:16-18.


Proverbs 27:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;
someone else, and not your own lips" - 27:2. 

God can do great things through people who don't mind when others get the credit. Are you willing to see your ideas and work used for the good of others without them knowing you were the source of the blessing? At the same time, the verse says to allow someone else to praise you. How easy is it for you to receive a compliment or honor? To see how someone answered those questions, check out the story of Haman in Esther 2:19-23 and then Esther 6.


Proverbs 26:4-5

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
or you will be just like him yourself.
Answer a fool according to his folly,
or he will be wise in his own eyes" - 26:4-5. 

To answer or not to answer?  Some people are ready to hear and others aren't. You must rely on God's guidance to know what to say and when to say it to whom. How sensitive are you to the receptivity of those with whom you speak? To see how Jesus handled this challenge, read John 12:48-50.


Proverbs 25:2

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings" - 25:2.
 

God 'hides' things so you will seek Him for clarity and answers. This seeking cannot be passive, but must involve active asking, listening and journaling. Are you seeking the Lord for any answers and direction right now?  Don't give up until you have what you need from Him. Read what David had to say about seeking the Lord in a time of need in Psalm 27 and be encouraged to seek with all your heart as you search out answers for your life and purpose.


Proverbs 24:10

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength" - 24:10. 

Adversity is part of everyone's life, especially the believer, for it builds and manifests your strength. It is important that you allow the adversity to accomplish its purpose and not cut it short or oppose its purpose. How are you dealing with any adversity these days?  Are you thankful and joyous in the midst of it? Read how Paul encouraged one church that endured suffering in 2 Thessalonians 1:4-11 and learn from his words to them.


Proverbs 23:23

Your daily dose of Proverbs:

"Buy truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline and understanding" - 23:23.

It seems that the higher the price you pay for truth, the less likely you are to sell or give it away. That explains why you must go through hard times for success - to make it more valuable in the long run. What price are you willing to pay to get wisdom and insight? Read what Jesus had to say to one of the churches in Revelation about what you need to buy from Him in Revelation 3:17-19