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Dale R. Goodman, Ph.D., D.MiN. 

Enriching relationships to thrive

Scripture Reflections

Our culture is so damaged.  Most of us have been extremely hurt, betrayed and abused. This has an adverse affect on our mind, thoughts and even the brain itself. This can lead to a very unhealthy and destructive view of ourselves, God and others. 

One of the best ways to get healthier in your thinking is to meditate on truth. We have discovered the incredible transformation of our minds by processing, thinking, pondering, reflecting and applying God's Word.  

Linda and I normally have a time set aside to read Scripture.  We write down a verse or two in a journal and try to discern the truth and application in this.  It has taken many, many years of this process to help liberate our stinkin' thinkin'.   So, it is just one way, you may be able to become healthier.

Here are some Scriptures for you to focus on!  We are adding more to this.  Let us how your journey into God's word is making a difference. 

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." Col 3:1-2

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will." Rom 12:2

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Cor 3:17-18

The ancient writings of the Books of Psalms (Ps.), Proverbs (Prov.) and Ecclesiastes (Eccl.) are rich with timeless truths for everyday living.  These truths are historic and foundation for healthy beliefs.  As our culture continues to lose its way, may these writings be a fresh wind of hope, faith and love for your life and relationships.  

Each day try to set aside a little time to read, reflect, write, and apply these as needed.  Select a topic of interest, read slowly through the Scripture of your choosing. What is being revealed to you?  What is it?  How can you apply this to your life, relationships and work?  When will you begin to apply this?

When you see these numbers, such as 3:21-24, it means Chapter 3 and verses: 21-24.

Here is a good summary of Proverbs.  Also, we believe this is similar to the intent of Psalms and Ecclesiastes. 

  • To attain wisdom and discipline
  • To understand words of insight
  • To acquire a disciplined and prudent life
  • To do what is right, just and fair
  • To give prudence to the simple
  • To give knowledge and discretion to the young (Proverbs 1: 1-6)

"Preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Prov. 3:21-24 (Chapter 3 verses 21 through 24)  

The following Scripture are from Books of Psalms (Ps.), Proverbs (Prov.) and Ecclesiastes (Eccl.)

Advice

?Wisdom is found in those who take advice.? Prov.13:10 

?Listen to advice. Accept instruction. In the end, you will be wise.? Prov. 19:20

?The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Prov. 12:15

?Make plans by seeking advice. If you wage war, obtain guidance.? Prov. 20:18

?For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure.? Prov. 11:14

?Stop listening to instruction and you will stray from the words of knowledge.?  Prov. 19:27

Anger

"A quick tempered person does foolish things." Prov. 14:17

?Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.? Prov. 29:11

?It is to one?s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.?  Prov. 20:3

?Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.? Eccl. 7:9

?Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; Drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.? Prov. 17:14

?If a ruler's anger rises against you, do not leave your post; calmness can lay great offenses to rest.? Eccl. 10:4

?Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, 
 or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.? Prov. 22:24-25

?An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.? Prov. 29: 22  

Choices

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." Ps. 143:8  

?The wise see danger and take refuge, but the foolish keep going and suffer for it.? Prov. 27:12

?Leave your foolish ways and you will live. Walk in the way of understanding.? Prov. 9:6

?There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.? Prov 14:12

?Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.? Eccl.11:1

?Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.? Eccl.11:6

?Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.  Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.? Prov. 4:23-27

?The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.?  Prov 14:15

?Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.?  Eccl. 8:12-13

Commitment

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Prov. 16:3

?When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.? Eccl. 5:4-5

Contentment

LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the LORD.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Ps. 16:5-8

?Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil?this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart.? Eccl. 2:26

?But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.? Ps. 52:8-9

Creation

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother?s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth." Ps. 139:11-15

?He has compassion on all he has made. Ps. 145:9

Death

"For death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart." Eccl. 7:2

?LORD, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them? They are like a breath; their days are like a fleeting shadow.? Ps. 144:3-4

"Show me, LORD, my life?s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is.  You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.? Ps. 39:4-5

?Since no man knows the future, who can tell him what is to come?  No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death.? Eccl. 8:7-8

?Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all humanity! Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave Ps. 89:47-48

?As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.? Ps. 103:13-16

Discipline

"He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray." Prov. 10:17  

?The corrections of discipline are the way to life.? Prov. 6:23

?Stop listening to instruction and you will stray from the words of knowledge.? Prov. 19:27

?Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith.? Prov 25:4a

?Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.? Prov 25:28

?As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.? Prov 27:17 

Distress/Grief/Suffering

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." Ps. 121:1-2 

?Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.? Ps. 55:22

?I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.? Ps. 119:25

?My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.?  Ps. 119:28

?May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word.? Ps. 119:41-42

?My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.? Ps. 119:50

?May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. Ps. 119:76-77

?Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.  I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God.? Ps. 69:1-3

?But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation? Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up  or the pit close its mouth over me. Ps. 69:13-16

?Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.? Ps 61:1-3

?But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.? Ps. 55:16-17

?Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.? Ps 68:19-20

?The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.? Ps. 34:18

?Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.? Ps. 34:5

?You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.? Ps. 32:7

?I trust in you, O LORD; I say, ?You are my God.? My times are in your hands.? Ps. 31:15 a

?He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. Ps.18:16-17

?The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.? Ps. 9:9

?Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.? Ps. 6:2-4

?But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself/herself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. Ps 10:14

?You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed?Ps 10:17-18

?Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt. We have endured much ridicule from the proud, much contempt from the arrogant. Ps 123:3-4

?I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.  Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.? Ps 17:6-8

?Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. Prov 14:10

?To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame,nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame.? Ps. 25:1-3a

?Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.? Ps. 27:10

?I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.? Ps. 27:14

?Praise be to the LORD, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Ps. 28:6-7

?I will exalt you, O LORD, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me.  O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. Ps. 30:1-2

?In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me for you are my refuge.  Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.? Ps. 31:1-5

?Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. Ps. 57:1-2

?I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills [his purpose] for me.? Ps. 57:1-3a

?O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.? Ps. 63:1

?Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.? Ps 80:7

?I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.  Ps 116:1-2

?The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The LORD protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Ps 116:5-6

?For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living.? Ps 116:8-9

?O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. Ps 118:25-27b

?Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. Ps 119:89-95

?Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey your precepts. Ps 119:133-134

?Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Ps 119:140-141

?Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise. Ps 119:153-154

?Our help is in the name of the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Ps 124:8

?He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry? the LORD gives sight to the blind? lifts up those who are bowed down? and sustains the fatherless and the widow.? Ps.146:7-9

Family/Parenting

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Prov. 22:6

?Discipline your children and they will give you peace; they will bring delight to your soul.? Prov. 29:17

?Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat? for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one?s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.? Ps. 127:1-5

?Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty? and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works? and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.? Ps 145:3-7

Fear

?I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.?  Ps. 34:4 

?When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise?in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Ps. 56:3-4

?Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.? Prov. 29:25

?When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.? Ps. 118:5-7

?God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.? Ps 46:1-3

?Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." Ps. 16:1-2

?I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. Ps 3:5-6

?I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.  I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Ps. 16:7-8

?I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.? Ps. 18:1-3

?The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name?s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.? Ps 23:1-4

?But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.? Ps. 31:14-16

?My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have beset me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest-- I would flee far away and stay in the desert.? Ps. 55:4-7

?Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.?

?But as for me, I trust in you.?  Ps 55:16-23

?Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.? Ps 91:3-7

?If you make the Most High your dwelling--even the LORD, who is my refuge-- then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.? Ps 91:9-13

Forgiveness

"When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions." Ps 65:3 

?You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you. Ps 86:5

?O LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.? Ps. 41:4

?If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are honored.? Ps 130:3-4

?For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"--and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Ps. 32:4-5

?Whoever conceals their sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.? Prov 28:13

?Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.?  Ps. 51:1-2

?Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.  Ps 51:10-12

?Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name's sake. Ps 79:9

?He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Ps 103:9-12

God

 Ps. 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

?Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.?  Ps 119:73-77

?You, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.? Ps 86:15

?For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.? Ps 117:2

?Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.?  Ps 136:26

?Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.? Ps 118:1

?It is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.? Ps 73:25-28

?Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.? Ps. 40:5

?For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth. Ps 108:4-5

?Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Ps 115:1

?May you be blessed by the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.? Ps 115:15

?Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Ps 95:6-7

?O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.? Ps. 8:1

?By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me-- a prayer to the God of my life.?   Ps. 42:8

?Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. The LORD is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap.? Ps 113:2-7

?I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.? Ps 89:1-2

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Ps. 46:10

?When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man's labor on earth-his eyes not seeing sleep day or night- then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it.? Eccl. 8:16-17

?As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.?  Eccl. 11:5

?Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.? Eccl. 12:13-14

?Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them"? Eccl. 12:1

?O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.? Ps 8:1

?The fool says in his heart, ?There is no God.? Ps. 14:1

?The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods.? Ps. 16:4

?The word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.? Ps. 33:4

?The earth is full of His unfailing love.? Ps. 33: 5b

?The purposes of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.? Ps. 33:11

?Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.? Ps. 33:11

?Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.? Ps. 34:8

?As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God. Ps 42:1-2

?God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.? Ps 47:8

?Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.? Ps 57:5

"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Prov. 30:5

?One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. Ps. 62:11-12

?Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.? Ps 63:3-5

?Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.? Ps. 77:13-14

?How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out  for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young--a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.? Ps 84:1-4

Gossip

?A gossip separates close friends.? Prov. 16:28b

 ?A gossip betrays confidence. Avoid a person who talks too much.?  Prov. 20:19

?Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you- for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.? Eccl. 7:21-22

Hope

 Ps 147:3 ?He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.?

?Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.? Ps 42:5-6

?Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.? Ps 54:4

?We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.? Ps. 33:21-22

?The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.? Ps 34:10

?Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.? Ps 62:5-8

?For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.? Ps 71:5

?But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.? Ps 71:14

?You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.? Ps 71:21

Integrity/Righteousness

 Ps. 5:12  For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

?Whoever walks in integrity walks securely.  Whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.? Prov. 10:9

?The integrity of the upright guides them but the unfaithful are destroyed by their deception.? Prov. 11.3

?Judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity.? Ps 7:8

?To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.? Prov. 21:3

?The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.? Prov. 11:23

?As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.? Prov. 27:19

?He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.? Prov. 21:21

?Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of man. Prov. 27:20

?A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.? Prov. 14:5

?Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money, little by little makes it grow.?  Prov. 13:11

?An inheritance gain quickly at the beginning will not be blessed in the end.? Prov. 20:21

?To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.? Prov. 21:3

?Extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.? Eccl. 7:7

?Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.? Eccl. 9:18

?As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.? Eccl.10:1

?The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.? Prov. 20:7

?Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.? Prov. 14:34

?A false witness will not go unpunished, and whoever pours out lies will perish.? Prov. 19:9

?Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Ps. 25:4-5

?Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.? Ps. 26:1-3

?The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.? Prov. 27:21

?The one whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but the one whose ways are perverse will fall into the pit. Prov. 28:18

Laziness

"All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads to poverty." Prov. 14:23

?The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.? Prov. 13:4

?Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Prov. 6:6-8

?Do not love sleep or you will grow poor. Stay awake and you will have food to spare.? Prov.  20:13

?If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.? Eccl. 10:18

?Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.? Eccl. 11:4

?Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless person goes hungry.? Prov 19:15

?The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work. Prov. 21:25

?I went past the field of the sluggard, past the vineyard of the man who lacks judgment; thorns  had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins. I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest-- and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.?  Prov. 24:30-34

Love

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man." Prov 3:3-4

?Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for.? Prov. 16: 6a

?A friend loves at all times.? 17:17a

?What a person desires is unfailing love.? Prov. 19:22a

Marriage

"Two are better than one?" Eccl 4:9-10 

?Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love all the days of your life that God has given you.?  Eccl. 9:9

?May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.? Prov. 5:18

?He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Prov. 18:22

?Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus is the man blessed who fears (reveres) the LORD.? Ps 128:1-4

?May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.? Prov. 5:18

?A wife of noble character is her husband's crown?? Prov. 12:4

?He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD. Prov. 18:22

?A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She is clothed with strength and dignity. She can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. ?Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.? Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.? Prov. 31:10-11; 23;25-31

Money/Riches/Wealth

"Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf." Prov. 11:28 

?A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.?  Prov 22:1

?Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.? Prov.11:4

?The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly. Prov. 14:24

?Rich and poor have this in common: The LORD is the Maker of them all.? Prov. 22:2

?He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich--both come to poverty.?  Prov. 22:16

?Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.? Prov 27:23-24

?Better a poor man whose walk is blameless than a rich man whose ways are perverse.? Prov. 28:6

?The rich are wise in their own eyes; one who is poor and discerning sees how deluded they are.? Prov. 28:11

?The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.? Prov. 28:22

?The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the LORD will prosper. Prov. 28:25

?A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.? Ps. 49:20 

Obedience

"I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart." Ps. 40:8

?Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24

?Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.? Ps 86:11-12

?I will walk in my house with blameless heart. I will set before my eyes no vile thing.? Ps 101:2-3

?Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law.  I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.  Ps 119:29-33

?A person?s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.? Prov 19:3

?One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.? Ps 27:4

?My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek.? Ps 27:8

?He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.? Prov 21:21

?Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.? Ps. 34:12-14

?He who leads the upright along an evil path will fall into his own trap, but the blameless will receive a good inheritance.? Prov 28:10

?Where there is no vision (for the law) people cast of restraint; but blessed are they who keep the law.? Prov. 29:18

?Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.?  Ps 84:10

?How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.  I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.? Ps 119:9-11

?Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.?  Ps 119:97

?Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Ps 119:105

Patience

"The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride." Eccl. 7:8 

?A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.? Prov. 12:16

?A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.? Prov. 14:29

?A person?s wisdom yields patience; it is to one?s glory to overlook an offense.? Prov. 19:11

?It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.? Prov. 19:2

?The plans of the diligent lead to profit, as surely as haste leads to poverty.? Prov. 21:5

?Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.? Prov. 25:14-15

?I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.? Ps. 40:1-2

?I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.? Ps 130:5-6

?It is not good to have zeal without knowledge nor be hasty and miss the way.? Prov.19:2

Peace

"On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night." Ps. 63:6 

?I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.? Ps. 4:8

?He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." Ps 91:1-2

?My soul finds rest in God alone.? Ps. 62:1

?Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.? Ps 116:7

?The LORD blesses his people with peace.? Ps. 29:11

?Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Ps 119:165

Pride

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." Prov. 11:2 

?Pride only breeds quarrels??  Prov. 13:10a

?Pride goes before destruction, an arrogant spirit before the fall.? Prov. 16:18

?The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.? Prov.16:5

?The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.?  Ps. 31:23-24

?Do not exalt yourself in the king's presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say to you, ?Come up here,? than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.? Prov 25:6-7

?Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of gifts he does not give.? Prov. 25:14

?Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.? Prov. 27: 1

?Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.? Prov. 27: 2

?Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.? Ps. 40:4

Prayer

"In the morning, Your hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you waiting in expectation." Ps. 5:3

?I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.? Ps. 17:6

?Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.? Ps 86:6-7

?O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.? Ps 88:1-2

?But I pray to you, O LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation. Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink; deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters. Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me. Answer me, O LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.? Ps 69:13-16

?Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.? Ps 130:1-2

?I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.  I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.? Ps. 142:1-2

?I cry to you, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me. Ps 142:5-7

Timing

 Eccl. 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

?I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.? Eccl. 3:10-11

?When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider:  God has made the one as well as the other.? Eccl. 7:14a

?There is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a man's misery weighs heavily upon him.? Eccl. 8:6

?The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.?  Eccl. 9:11

?If clouds are full of water, they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie.? Eccl. 11:3

Tongue

"When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Prov. 10:19

?Do you see someone who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for them.? Prov. 29:20

?A lying tongue hates those it hurts and a flattering mouth works ruin.? Prov. 26:28

?Reckless words pierce like the sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.? Prov. 12:18

?Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.? Prov. 13:3

?Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.? Ps 141:3

?A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing their opinions.? Prov. 18:2

?To answer before listening? that is folly and shame.? Prov. 18:13

?The tongue has the power of life and death. Those who love it will eat its fruit.? Prov. 18:21

?The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone?? Eccl. 6:11

?Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.? Prov. 12:19

Trust

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Prov 3:5-6 

?Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked.? Prov. 3:25

?In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.? Prov.  16:9

?The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.? Prov. 16:33

?Many are the plans in a person?s heart, but it is the LORD?s purpose that prevails.? Prov. 19:21

?Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.? Prov. 27:6

Wisdom

"Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off." Prov 24:14 

?Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom.? Prov. 4:7

?By wisdom a house is built. Through understanding it is established. Through knowledge it rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.? Prov. 24: 3-4

?Wisdom calls aloud in the street. She raises her voice in the public square?Whoever listens to her will live in safety, be at ease, without the fear of harm.? Prov. 1:20; 1:33

?For the Lord gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.? Prov. 2:6

?Do not forsake wisdom. She will protect you. Love her, and she will watch over you.? Prov. 4:6

?Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.? Ps 90:12

?Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: that wisdom preserves the life of its possessor. Eccl. 7:11-12

?Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.? Prov. 28:26

?The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.? Eccl. 9:1

?Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.? Eccl. 9:18

?Preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.?  Prov. 3:21-24

Work

"He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty. Prov 28:19 

?So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them? Eccl. 3:22

?May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us--yes, establish the work of our hands.? Ps. 90:17

?Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.? Eccl 9:10

?And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.? Eccl 4:4-6

?All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.? Prov. 14:23

?Do you see a person skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.?  Prov 22:29