Building Your House

“The wisest of women builds her house,
but folly with her own hands tears it down.”
                                            ~Proverbs 14:1

Whenever I thought of this verse, I always thought of them in the context of a married woman.  I imagined it as applying to the woman who had her own home, but never really applied them to myself.  The other day I was thinking when it suddenly dawned on me.

“I can tear down my house now,” I thought.  Sure, it wouldn’t be in quite the same way now as it would be when I am a wife/mother, but I could still be tearing down my house or building it up.

In what ways could I be tearing it down?  Well, to name a few, speaking unkindly or discouragingly to my family members, being disobedient to my parents, being lazy, and not taking time for my siblings.

How could I instead be building my house?  I could be encouraging my family members, be helpful, be obedient to my parents, try to make time for my siblings, and just plain be humble.

Now to be honest, this is an area that I am in no way doing well in.  Quite the contrary.  In looking back, I have probably been doing plenty of tearing down.  I need to be trying to build up, instead of unconsciously tearing down.

What do you think about this verse?  How do you apply this verse?


Through Him Who Strengthens Me

About three years ago we started using Foxe’s Book of Martyrs with our history curriculum.  It was one of those books I would get lost in – read some, do the assigned reading, and read some more.  After reading all those stories of the cruel torture and deaths, I began pondering, “If I was to be persecuted for my faith, would I hold fast?”

Thinking about suffering torture and death often made me shutter, and I hoped that I would stand fast.  I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to pain, though, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t hold fast.

This past Sunday at church, our pastor mentioned Philippians 4:13 in his sermon, and said that Christ would strengthen us in persecution (and more).

I memorized this verse years ago, but when I was thinking about persecution, it never occurred to me that this verse applied to that, too.  So if I were to be persecuted, even tortured, I wouldn’t have to be worried about standing fast – His grace would be sufficient for each moment.

So whether being persecuted or just dealing with those little daily trials, he strengthens us through it all.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

-Philippians 3:14