They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

Psalm 129:title–8 (ESV)

They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth

129 A Song of Ascents.

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”—

let Israel now say—

“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,

yet they have not prevailed against me.

The plowers plowed upon my back;

they made long their furrows.”

The Lord is righteous;

he has cut the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion

be put to shame and turned backward!

Let them be like the grass on the housetops,

which withers before it grows up,

with which the reaper does not fill his hand

nor the binder of sheaves his arms,

nor do those who pass by say,

“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!

We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

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Practical Warnings

Proverbs 6:6 (ESV)

Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.

Proverbs 6:12–15 (ESV)

12  A worthless person, a wicked man,

goes about with crooked speech,

13  winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,

points with his finger,

14  with perverted heart devises evil,

continually sowing discord;

15  therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;

in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.

Proverbs 6:16–19 (ESV)

16  There are six things that the Lord hates,

seven that are an abomination to him:

       17  haughty eyes, a lying tongue,

and hands that shed innocent blood,

18  a heart that devises wicked plans,

feet that make haste to run to evil,

19  a false witness who breathes out lies,

and one who sows discord among brothers.

Warning Against Adultery

Proverbs 5:1–2 (ESV)

My son, be attentive to my wisdom;

incline your ear to my understanding,

that you may keep discretion,

and your lips may guard knowledge.

Proverbs 5:15 (ESV)

15  Drink water from your own cistern,

flowing water from your own well.

Proverbs 5:18–19 (ESV)

18  Let your fountain be blessed,

and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

19  a lovely deer, a graceful doe.

Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;

be intoxicated always in her love.

Proverbs 5:23 (ESV)

23  He dies for lack of discipline,

and because of his great folly he is led astray.

Happy Birthday Mom

When I think of my mom, like I do every May 28th, her birthday . . .I see a vision of happy, a smile that says I love you, a smile that says you should love yourself too.

My mom taught me the little things moms are supposedRoseForMominHeaven to teach us, self-responsibility, those type of things. You know those fundamentals so we could co-exist in society.

But my mom taught so much more, the ones she could
not list on paper, the ones she could not explain, but she taught so much more through her actions.

She saw parenting as a reflection of herself. If she saw something in us she did not like, she first looked to herself, were we a reflection of what she did?

She put love first, everything she did was based on the principle of love. The notion that many people have is they have to teach you an object lesson – which is like vengeance, a way of getting back at you or forcing their way on you. Mom never did that, she looked at the heart, and always approached the issue from the heart.

My mom also taught me to believe in my own intuition. So many times when we were growing up, my mom would say something that seemed over the top, but always seemed to play out. I remember when she took our cat to the doctor too early- the symptoms had not developed enough for the doctor to give an accurate diagnosis. And the time she told us her employer hired a “helper” only to replace her. They hired this lady to help my mom, my mom trained her and then once trained, they let my mom go – just like she said.

I remember when I needed to earn some extra money. My mom offered I should clean peoples garages or something of that nature. I argued they don’t pay enough. “What if they only pay you a quarter. . .?”, my mom replied, then you have a quarter more than you had before, you are a quarter closer to your goal.

Lists of things to do, she disliked them as we all may. But she taught me a way to make it more enjoyable, by making a game out of it. How many can you cross off. Even things she did that were not on the list, she would add to cross them off. LOL, not a game I have fully adopted, but it makesme go at it with even more enthusiasm.

What I miss the most is being able to talk to my mom. She seemed to know and understand me and my feelings and what I was going through. Talking to her was always like getting a big hug. I love you Mom and cherish the time when I can see you again! Amen.

Proverbs 29 (ESV) Selected Verses

Proverbs 29:1 (ESV)

He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,

will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

Proverbs 29:3 (ESV)

He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,

but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

Proverbs 29:7 (ESV)

A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;

a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

Proverbs 29:9 (ESV)

If a wise man has an argument with a fool,

the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

Proverbs 29:11 (ESV)

11  A fool gives full vent to his spirit,

but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 29:13 (ESV)

13  The poor man and the oppressor meet together;

the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.