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Tiny Devotional for RED Friday, 09-23-2022

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 A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, Remember Everyone Deployed. Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:13-14, NASB I wrote something on verse 13 almost a year ago. I’m including it again, because 14 doesn’t make much sense as a standalone. Let me reiterate: this isn’t an excuse for child abuse. If you take it as such, you are messed up. Get help. The entire point of these verses is:  appropriate discipline is REQUIRED to prevent the worst consequences imaginable. If you are off in touchy-feely land, believing that kids are inherently good, and that if left alone they will find their own path blahblahblah, I’m sorry. You are wrong, and I doubt it’s going to work out for you, or for your children. And, once again I say, if you are on the other extreme, and believe that padd

Tiny Devotional for Thursday, 09-22-2022

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 A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, Cheerios and lactose-free milk. He who sows iniquity will reap vanity, And the rod of his fury will perish. Proverbs 22:8, NASB This morning, my gift-from-God, happily-ever-after trophy wife Vanessa, the elegant, foxy, praying black grandmother of Woodstock, GA, reminded me of the scene where Saul tried to pin David against the wall. Now, Saul DID have some enemies at the time, but David wasn’t one of them. In fact, David was one of the greatest fighters against Saul’s enemies, the Philistines. But Saul unleashed the rod of his fury against David, and it perished. So, that part is pretty clear to me. At least, if we can expand the meaning of “rod of his fury” to include any manifestation of power, to satisfy some fit of pettiness. I don’t know if it will also apply to just plain rudeness, but I’m willing to raise my hand, slightly, for that as well.  Part of the deal is th

Tiny Devotional for Wednesday, 09-21-2022

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 A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, I’ve added pimento cheese to microwaved potatoes. The way of a guilty man is crooked, But as for the pure, his conduct is upright. Proverbs 211:8, NASB Sometimes, the guilty people are in charge, but their way is still crooked; sometimes, even though their conduct is upright, the pure suffer. Mostly, doing the right thing will bring peace, prosperity, and all of the other things we think of as desired goals. Not always, though, and those of us who have accumulated some years of experience will recognize that in our own lives.  This verse doesn’t say “but as for the pure, wonderful acclaim will result.”  MOSTLY, that’s what happens. That’s because institutions (from families to countries) which are staffed by virtuous people tend to prosper in the long run. Prosperous institutions tend to reward their people. Right? There are temporary exceptions, when a Crooked-Way person

Tiny Devotional for Tuesday, 09-20-2022

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 A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, Cheerios and difficulties. The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing. Proverbs 20:4, NASB A Sluggard's Inbox You know what else a sluggard doesn’t do? He doesn’t throw the empty hot chocolate or breakfast snack package in the trash; or close the cabinet doors; he doesn’t check his work; he doesn’t RECORD his work.  That’s because the sluggard doesn’t think THAT part of the job is important. “I’ve got the job done!” the sluggard thinks, and merrily slugs away.  Here’s the kicker: sometimes, the sluggard DOES have the important part of the job done. For example: I spent quite a few years in sales (selling shows, vacuum-cleaners, mainframe computers) and marketing (college admissions). In those cases, the hardest, and FIRST essential part, was in making the sale, or convincing the prospect. Without question! But the SECOND

Tiny Devotional for Monday, 09-19-2022

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 A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, it’s okay to leave a comment! He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. Proverbs 19:8, NASV Perhaps it’s goofy to find truth in struggles with technology. Eventually, I discover the struggle is really with myself. The goofiness remains. I order a new keyboard every couple of years, which makes me a bit grumpy, because I’m a cheapskate. At first, the keyboard mechanics are perfectly fine, BUT the commonly used letters have worn off the keys. A, S, & E seem to be the first to go, leaving blank keys, with others fading away. A bit over a year ago, I discovered  commercial grade keyboard stickers, which will not wear off. However, with time, between my tap-tap-tapping, crumbs, coffee, and keys leaping to the floor,  the keyboard is truly rendered non-functional.  In a non-goofy move, I order a new keyboard, and a new set of keyboard

Tiny Devotional for Sunday, 09-18-2022

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 A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, we have hot coffee, cold brew coffee, or Mexican chocolate. The words of a whisperer are like dainty morsels, And they go down into the innermost parts of the body. Proverbs 18:8, NASB Confused Student I don’t know what this verse means, and that’s a good thing:  It means I have to wrestle to find something I KNOW is there, even though I can’t see it. When I first started writing Tiny Devotionals, I picked a verse from the proverb of the day that spoke to me, and wrote about it. After a few months, I realized: I could easily use my choices to REINFORCE my beliefs, instead of allowing the proverbs to FORM my beliefs. That’s when I started going sequentially, and today, I write on the 8th verse, because last time, I wrote on the 7th verse. This does require that I trust the content of the Book of Proverbs more than I trust my own judgment, and frankly, Best Beloved, that’s a

Tiny Devotional for Saturday, 09-17-2022

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A great good morning to all my friends and neighbors in Internet Land! And to family members who have dropped by, toast with an egg in it, and ham.  Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool,  Much less are lying lips to a prince.  Proverbs 17:7, NASB   One reason excellent speech is not fitting for a fool is because they mess it up so badly. They use a big word, or big phrase, and it comes out wrong, and then it’s FUNNY! Examples:  “I might fade into Bolivian,” meaning oblivion.  “States are lavatories of innovation,” meaning laboratories.  Almost everything Tyler Perry’s character Madea says.  So, it isn’t fitting, but, it’s funny, and usually, all that happens is that the nature of the fool is revealed.   We chose not to use the title ‘prince’ in our government, but this verse applies to anyone in authority. And, when authority lies, it’s not funny; it’s destructive.   The fool only brings contempt on himself, the lying prince destroys the people, and destroys the confidence the p