Kristine Cucinotta Murphy
We make many plans in life
One takes a beautiful woman as his wife
Another stays single dedicated solely to the Lord
Pray, fast, study approved by the Word
Yet, many plans are ours and not what God said
Some we fell short, led astray or tempted
We have aspirations and hope, many dreams to fill
Some of our own, others strictly God’s will
But, of all of the things we plan or even do
God will call us on that mountain top too
Like Abraham, are you willing to sacrifice that one desire
Your heart burned for on fire
All God desires is a heart willing
He already provided the lamb
Are you willing to lose it all, trust the Lord
He will work all things for your good, keeping his word
God hates divorce, death even stings
Unwanted losses and long sufferings
Pains and hurts not one asks for
Yet, God has called us to be faithful
How much loss and pain does it take
But, a perfect vessel, God will make
Will your family disown you like Joseph, or singleness like Jeremiah
Will it be labouring hands like Noah or spit out of a whale like Jonah
Will it be a thorn in the flesh like Paul
Or will it be like job, who lost it all
We all will encounter loss in some way
God searching our hearts every day
What is most important to you
Will bring trials and troubles too
But after those many losses and all that trouble
God is faithful, full of mercy and will bless you double
God, take it all if you must
We will still love you and in you trust
We will still love others to cover all sin
Because that is our high calling
To love you first and others above us
To shine the light and obedience of Christ Jesus
Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.
3 The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.
4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
5 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
6 Many will intreat the favour of the prince: and every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts.
7 All the brethren of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends go far from him? he pursueth them with words, yet they are wanting to him.
8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.
9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.
10 Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
13 A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
15 Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.
16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.
17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
19 A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.
20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.
21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
22 The desire of a man is his kindness: and a poor man is better than a liar.
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.
24 A slothful man hideth his hand in his bosom, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.
25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.
27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.