Wisdom before riches

2 Chronicles 1:11-12

God told Solomon, “Since you had this in mind, to ask neither to focus on riches, wealth, honor, or the lives of those who hate you, nor have you requested a long life, but instead you have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself, so that you may rule my people over whom I have established you as king, 12  wisdom and knowledge have been granted to you. Furthermore, I will give you riches, wealth, and honor—such as none of the kings owned who lived before you and none after you are to ever attain their equal.”

God told King Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted and King Solomon requested wisdom and knowledge to rule God’s people the way they should be ruled.  He put his people’s needs before his own.  Solomon could have asked for riches, fame, or even the death of all his enemies, but chose not to.  Solomon knew that wisdom and knowledge would be best for a young king to be able to rule his people justly.

Proverbs 3:13-14

How joyful is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding, 14  because her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her yield than fine gold.

The wisdom given to King Solomon, can also be given to us.  How can we receive wisdom, knowledge and more?

James 1:5

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him.

Ask God and he will not rebuke you.  Then devote yourself and the time to learning and understanding God’s word. Only by learning God’s word can you have the knowledge to know what is right and wrong in the eyes of the Lord. Then we can use that knowledge to do the right thing at the right time.  Then you will live a Godly life.  You may not have the riches of King Solomon, however, you can have a rich life centered on our Heavenly Father.  I rather live in rags and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ then have all the riches in the world.  I pray that many of you out there feel the same way too.  I pray this message helps someone in need today.  Please have a blessed day!


1st Day of school for our Roadschooling bunch!

We are starting late this year due to our 11yr visiting family over the summer. We are more prepared this year than ever and the kids have been so hyped to get started. 

This morning started with all three of our kids in their PJ’S giggling and excited. They woke up made their beds and sat next to the case that holds each of their work. 

 Dad made Pancakes as we did our morning bible studies and afterwards the kids couldn’t wait to dive in. We started this morning with Math and though rusty from summer break Dad sat and went over a few problems with them as i finished up some last minuite school work for my 13yr.They quickly remembered their math work and where on a roll with the rest.

 We are very excited to get this year started. We have decided to incorporate a list of extra cirricular activities this year for the kids to Focus on in their free time. Everything from Cooking,Sewing, Photography, woodworking, Pirography, Sign Language, and more. I made an Instagram page to show their progress and encourage them to continually better themselves in their spare time. I am also posting photos of their adventures to share what Roadschooling is all about. I will be running their page but share the feed back they receive with them. @ROADSCHOOLING_ADVENTURES  I hope you all have a blessed day and enjoy a little peep into our first day of Roadschooling for the year 2016. 

The light of God

Hello everyone!  I have a great chronological order bible I am currently reading and studying on. I do not know if anyone else has had the chance to get one or download a free one from the internet but it makes reading the bible flow a little bit easier. As I was finishing up 2 Samuel and 2 Chronicles I was reading Psalm 4 and I got goose bumps.  So I wanted to share my message today with everyone based on it.  Now lets dive in!

Psalm 4

1  When I call, answer me, my righteous God! When I was in distress, you set me free. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. 2 You people, how long will you malign my reputation? How long will you love what is vain and what is false? Interlude 3  But understand this: the LORD has set apart the godly for himself! The LORD will hear me when I cry out to him! 4  Be angry, yet do not sin. Think about this when upon your beds, and be silent. Interlude 5  Offer sacrifices that are righteous, and put your confidence in the LORD. 6  Many are asking, “Who will help us to see better days?” LORD, may the light of your favor shine upon us. 7  You have given me more joy in my heart than at harvest times, when grain and wine abound. 8  I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, LORD, enable me to live securely.

I want to highlight verses 3-4.  They are very important and relevant to each and every one of us today.  Godly are those who are faithful to God.  David knew when he called out to God that He was listening and would answer back.  We today can be confident that God listens to our prayers when we call on Him.  Sometimes we feel that God is not listening to us because we are being worldly, but He is listening!  If you give your faith in Jesus Christ you are forgiven and He will listen. When you feel that your prayers are not going anywhere remember that “you have been set apart by God,” and He loves you.  Your answers may not be what you want, but He does answer you.  Remember to look at your problems in the light of God instead of looking at God in the shadows of your problems.  

Now moving on to the fifth verse of Psalm 4.  In David’s time, they conducted animal sacrifices and we do not today.  What was important in those ceremonies for God was the “heart” and “submission” in obedience.

1 Samuel 15:22-23

Samuel said, “Does the LORD delight as much in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the LORD? Surely, to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat of rams.  Indeed, rebellion is the sin of divination, and arrogance is iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected this message from the LORD, he has rejected you from being king.”

Today a sacrifice in the right spirit is still pleasing to our Heavenly Father.  He wants our praise before our gifts.

Hebrew 13:15

Therefore, through him let us always bring God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess his name.

Offer yourself as a sacrifice to God and give Him your total obedience.  It is never too late to submit to Him. To feel the security of God every day is a beautiful thing today just like it was in David’s time.  There is many messages that can be learned from this Psalms and I pray that everyone today receives this message.  If you have not submitted to God, it is never too late to do so.  Acknowledging our need for Him is the first step and if anyone needs guidance, please contact me and I would love to help you in your journey.  Please have a blessed day!

Teaching our children

1 Chronicles 28:9-10

“Now as for you, my son Solomon, get to know the God of your father. Serve him with a sound heart and a devoted soul, because the LORD is searching every heart, every plan and thought. He will be found by you, assuming you are seeking him, but if you abandon him, he will abandon you forever.  So keep watching, because the LORD has chosen you to build the Temple of his sanctuary. So be strong, and get to work!”

Before David’s reign was over, he wanted to ensure his son was prepared for the task of building God’s temple. David wanted to ensure his son had the fundamental principles to live his life by.  These principles written in the scripture above are:

1: Get to know God personally.

2: Learn God’s commands and figure out His plans for you.

3: Worship God with your entire heart.

4: Be willing to serve God.

5: Be faithful to God in all things you do.

6: Don’t become discouraged when things do not go your way.

David understood that the Lord sees what is in everyone’s heart.  Nothing can be hidden from Him.  David learned this from his past experiences with Bathsheba.  The Lord sent Nathan to David to expose his sins of adultery and murder in 2 Samuel 12.  David was telling his son to be completely open with God and to dedicate himself to Him.  God knows the good and bad in everyone of us and yet He still loves us anyway.

As David did, we as parents should take time from our lives to do the same.  We are to ensure our children have the proper foundations of faith in their hearts before they are ready to enter the world.  Are you teaching your children to love and trust in God?  It is never too late to start and today makes a great first day!  Please have a blessed day and ensure you raise your children up to our Heavenly Father. 

Forgiveness is not automatic

1 Chronicles 21:7-8

God was displeased with this thing; therefore he struck Israel.  David said to God, “I have sinned greatly, in that I have done this thing. But now, put away, I beg you, the iniquity of your servant; for I have done very foolishly.”

When David realized he sinned by taking the census of Israel, he took full responsibility and admitted to God that was wrong.  He the proceeded to ask our Heavenly Father to forgive him.  Many people want God’s blessings and want to have benefits from living a Christian life, but choose not to repent for their personal sins.  Before receiving forgiveness, one must confess and repent over all their sins before the Lord.  A lot of people get this issue confused. Just because you are saved and accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior does not mean you can continue sinning like nothing happened.  You are to carry your cross and strive your best to be like Christ.  You are not simply in the clear so to speak.  You need to acknowledge your sins, repent for them wholeheartedly, and then seek forgiveness.  You have to do your part to be forgiven from those specific sins.

I want to remind everyone here today that living a Christian life is not easy.  It takes hard work and dedication to want to be a better person and then taking steps to actually do it.  Before you can ever think of holding someone else accountable, “you need to hold yourself accountable first.” I pray that this devotional helps someone out today and please have a blessed day!

A parenting lesson from David

2 Samuel 18:31-33

Behold, the Cushite came. The Cushite said, “News for my lord the king; for the LORD has avenged you this day of all those who rose up against you.” The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” The Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king, and all who rise up against you to do you harm, be as that young man is.”  The king was much moved, and went up to the room over the gate, and wept. As he went, he said, “My son Absalom. My son, my son Absalom. I wish I had died for you, Absalom, my son, my son.”

Even though David’s son Absalom was trying to kill him and take over Israel, why was he so sad?  David was sad for a couple of reasons.  First was that David himself was partially responsible for Absalom’s rebellion.  When Nathan confronted David for his sin with Bathsheba, he told David that his son’s would rebel against him. Knowing this as a fact weighed a lot of guilt in his heart.  Secondly, David was upset because Joab and his officers killed Absalom against his wishes.  Lastly, David loved his son.  Even though his son caused so much heartache and trouble, Absalom was still his son. No parent can truly hate one of their children.

What parenting lessons can be learned from this scripture today?  Many times we are put in situations with our children that we should discipline and rebuke them but don’t. We must remember that we are parents and not our childrens friends.  It is easier to teach your child right when they are young then to try when they are older and set in their ways.  I am a strong believer that it is mostly a parent’s fault that their children’s actions.  If you live a good clean life and lead your house by example, your children will follow suite.  You must remember that they are children and they are not perfect, however, when they make mistakes you correct them and teach them about the consequences for their actions.  

David lost so much lost so much because of his sins with Bathsheba, and it affected his children.  He lost one baby and it lead to a long line of rebellions with his children as a punishment.  The bottom line is for you to be a role model for your children.  Don’t be the cause of them to be lead astray.  

Proverbs 13:24

“One who spares the rod hates his son, but one who loves him is careful to discipline him.”

David’s Rebuke

2 Samuel 12:1-7

The LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him, and with his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him like a daughter.  A traveler came to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man who had come to him, but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man who had come to him.”  David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this is worthy to die.  He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”

As a prophet of the Lord, Nathan was required to confront sin.  Even if it was the kings sin. This took courage and tact to do so.  From these scriptures above, I have two main lessons that I want to share with everyone.

First, that David was so numb to the sin he committed when he had Uriah killed and married Bathsheba.  David could not realize that the man in the story was himself.  Sometimes you need to take a step back in life and understand that you were once a horrible sinner and committed a multitude of sins.  Just because you are in a better place either spiritually, financially, or any other way, you are not better than anyone else.  We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. You must always remember to be humble or someone else will humble you.

Secondly, sometimes you will have to present someone with bad news.  A family member, friend, or co-worker.  Pray for wisdom and clarity to present the message to them.  If you want a positive reaction to the message, you will have to phrase it properly.  Many times it is not what you say, but how you say it that can make a negative message bearable.

I pray that both these short lessons help someone out today.  Please have a blessed day y’all!