A few weeks back I mentioned I was doing a Proverbs challenge with a few ladies for the month of July. I also noted my full transparency and let you know that…it wasn’t exactly going as planned. What was supposed to be a chapter a day for 31 days turned into something like a chapter every few days and sometimes only a chapter a week. Needless to say, I didn’t finish the challenge but I continued into the month of August. Although I’m still not caught up to where I’d like to be, I’m still studying the book of Proverbs, one chapter at a time. Spending time to journal each chapter as I go because writing it out is how I’m able to break down all the things, into one cohesive thing, that means everything. I just wrapped up Proverbs 9 and I wanted to pop in and share a few things I’ve learned studying the book of Proverbs so far.
- Be intentional. Considering my word of 2016 was intention and my main focus this year is to be intentional in all aspects of my life, I found this particular verse so affirming:
“Give careful thought to the paths of your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” ~ Proverbs 4:26.
Giving careful thought is exactly what being intentional is about. From planning my day the night before to accepting (or declining) new clients to making sure that my daily actions are aligning with my values, it all deserves and depends on careful thought. I also love the second half of this verse which is something I feel can get easily lost in the midst of thinking, preparing, and planning: Being steadfast in your ways.
- Discipline is everything. Let’s get real for a moment. Discipline is not my strong suit. I’m the kind of girl who knows what she has to do, makes a note to do it, and just won’t. To be fair, anxiety plays a sneaky part in this but, on a whole, it’s a discipline thing. And being a WAHM and freelancer has emphasized this in a major way.
“For a lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.” ~ Proverbs 5:23
I know, it’s a bit intense but it’s real. Discipline is everything. Your life depends on your discipline. You know what you need to do. So do it. #notetoself
- Hard work is the key to success. Major key. I was having one of those really tough
lazylack of discipline days when this verse gathered my life. Really.
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”~ Proverbs 6:10-11
My edges were snatched once I read this passage. I don’t know about you but poverty coming on me like a thief is not the way I’m trying to do life. Every time I think about slacking or procrastinating “a little sleep, a little folding of the hands to rest” comes to mind and I get myself together real quick. Let this be your motivator when you’re feeling less than inspired to get things done.
As I work through the rest of Proverbs I’ll share more things that stick out to me and things I’ve learned. Have you studied Proverbs? Share any insight in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’ve learned as well.
With love & blessings ~ xoxo