Good morning, Father!
Thank you for waking me super-early again this morning, and please help me to use my time wisely, for you. Help me to prepare for the days ahead, and help me not to choose foolish ways to spend my time. I am so happy that you have given me LEARNING as my favorite way to spend my leisure time, Lord! It is FUN to learn all sorts of things, especially through the Great Courses! 😀
Proverbs 23:23 ERV
Truth, wisdom, learning, and understanding are worth paying money for. They are worth far too much to ever sell.
Proverbs 23:23 ISV
Purchase truth, but don’t sell it; store up wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
“Purchase” = procure, own (obtain)
“truth” = that which is firm & trustworthy
“sell” = sell or surrender
[“store up” is not in the Greek, it actually is an understood ALSO…]
“wisdom” = “wisdom in a good sense”
“instruction” = chastisement, correction, warning
“understanding” = knowledge, that which is mentally discerned
Fran’s personal interpretation:
GET and KEEP that which is firm and trustworthy… wisdom, correction, and knowledge.
Lord, I thank you for my ability to learn and to accept your correction and to seek your wisdom (which is pure, peaceable… James 3:17). I ask you to grow me in all 3 of these useful things, making me more pleasing to you. Please help me prepare for homelessness or whatever you have for my husband and I in the coming weeks and months. Help us to use our time very wisely, and to learn what we need to, before and after we leave this place. Help us to obtain the resources we truly need, and to NOT spend money on things we only THINK we need. Father, I really feel like your Spirit is pushing me to get a laptop computer, but I really need to sell my car in order to get the money for it. I only need about $500 to get one that will allow me to keep working, even from inside a vehicle or library — or sitting at a picnic table at a park. My husband has got electricity and several other things pretty well figured out, but we really need a reliable vehicle, Lord. Please guide us in how to either fix up the little bitty truck we do have — or guide us in how to get a different vehicle. Please bring the right people to our house to purchase our things, so we can have enough money for gas to make it to parks and such to “live” at, and please prepare everything else that we need. You see everything that is needed, Lord, and I trust you completely. Thank you for keeping my mind and heart steady, not falling into fear or despair. Thank you for the excitement of change, and a vision of how things COULD be. I give myself to you, Shepherd. Amen.