barns filled

Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:1-12

One might think I’d focus on the “barns filled” part, and I know a lot of people like to quote verses 5-6; the part about trusting God and he will make straight your path. Those are good, but for me it’s the “let steadfast love never leave you” part that I have been endeavoring to focus on, especially these last few years. I actually had the Hebrew word for steadfast love, hesed, tattooed on my chest – near my heart. It serves as a visual reminder of my desire to follow this instruction. I have not (will not) achieved this, but I’m intent upon continuing to try, and I’m making progress!

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