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31 Stand beside her

July 4, 2018

Proverbs 4:13

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life

This makes me think of my awesome wife, which I am blessed to have. I don’t think of her because she always gives me instructions. I think of her because she grounds me and makes my life better. She has made me better in so many ways. I once asked her why she married me. She said because I loved her first, then she fell in love with me. What powerful words. For many years humans have given a female characteristic to things they love. Look at the United States of America. In songs we refer to it as a female, because most who know better that we are lucky to be born here. So why wouldn’t the scholars of old including King Solomon refer to wisdom as a her?  We should love wisdom. She will make your life better.

30 Give Credit where credit is due

July 3, 2018

Proverbs 3:27

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

As a human it is normal to feel greed and jealousy when you see someone succeeding. You may even feel anger. You may say to yourself, “Why are they succeeding, they were bad a few years ago. You must struggle to not do this. It will fill your soul with bitterness and make you a miserable person.

When someone succeeds congratulate them. When someone needs a particular skill set, recommend someone who is good. Luke 6:38 says “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Starting today, Praise those who deserve praise. One day when you feel like giving up on your endeavors, they may give you the encouragement through praise to succeed.

29 Free yourself

July 2, 2018

Proverbs 2:11

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

In our journey to being self-reliant we must surround ourselves with other people who have interest in us succeeding. As your self-reliance increases you will find that some people will be envious and jealous of what you are becoming. They say things like why do you drive that old car, why do you work so hard in the garden, why do you watch TV on the free antenna? Don’t you want nice things? It is human nature to criticize things and situations that you want but don’t have. Misery likes company. Don’t give up! Remember you started this path to free yourself from the bondage of debt.

As Michael Mihalik said, “Debt can turn a free, happy person into a bitter human being.”

28 Communicate with your loved ones

July 1, 2018

Proverbs 1:8

My son, hear the instruction of they father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.

For parents and children: COMMUNICATE. Listen and talk to each other. It is our job as children to listen to the instruction of or parents. The information you will receive has been handed down in part from the first mother and father to ever walk this earth. As parents it is our job to pass this on to our children.

27 Nobody’s Perfect

Proverbs 30:12
A generation that are pure in their own eyes, and is not washed from their filthiness.

In all the existence of humanity there has always been people who think they are perfect and try to tell you what you should do. Take their advice for what it is worth and make plans that you know are in your best interest. If they are toxic then leave them to their own ruin. If you care for them then do your peaceful best to enlighten them to the error of their ways.

26 Think before you speak

June 29, 2018

Proverbs 29:11
A fool utter th all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Reminds me that if I would just keep my mouth shut my wife would be much happier with me. Think about what you will say in response to a question. Say it to yourself in your mind. Have a happier relationship with other humans

25 Pull the weeds

June 28, 2018

Proverb 28: 19

He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

Todays proverb tell us to be busy and to not waste our time on foolish things. If you live self-reliant life style todays proverb tell us to get up and get something done. By now most in the northern hemisphere should have their gardens planted. You should be checking on what you have sowed every day. Even though you have mulched around what you have planted there will be weeds to be pulled. In our everyday lives there are many weeds to pull. There are things and people who may make our lives hard. If they are left alone to grow just like weeds they will take over and choke out what is good.

24 Instruct the ones who you rely on.

June 27, 2018

Proverbs 27: 17
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend

So just yesterday the wisdom of GOD tells us to not to get into other people’s business if it doesn’t concern you. Today’s Proverb tells us the opposite. The difference is, this is speaking of someone who is close to you, and that you care about. So many today fear offending friends and family that they don’t say anything. I find that as a modern survivalist I am hesitant to mention my lifestyle to many especially strangers. I don’t want to seem weird.

When it comes to those close to you there are ways to enlighten people to your beliefs about what it is that they are doing that you don’t agree with. If it is something you have personal experience with tell a story about it to them. It may just make them think differently. In the bible Jesus taught to many people in parables or stories. This has a way of making people pay attention and ponder on what is being said.  When it comes to mentioning the Modern Survivalist life style just wait until Tax season to mention it or speak about a recent high grocery bill. Then interject the modern survivalism. Grow you own food. Use less money. Pay less tax.

Remember pledge each day to make your and those close to you lives better. As a family member and a friend, be an asset not a liability.

23 Don’t trigger or be triggered

June 26, 2018

Proverbs 26: 17

He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

People meddling with things that don’t affect them is so prevalent today. The media is doing their best to trigger anyone they can. It is as if they want to start a war to where everyone is fighting everyone. We should take the media’s headlines with a grain of salt. Ask yourself the following questions. Does this really affect me? Does this make my life any different? Will this matter in a few days, weeks, or a year? Should I really give my opinion or do something about it? How many relationships will be ruined by me taking action? Will I get hurt or killed by me taking action?

In many ways our lives will be much better by using our GOD given ability to reason before taking action.

We should take the advice written in a song Hank Williams wrote. “If you mind your own business, you’ll stay busy all the time”

Use that time to make yourself and the lives of those around you better.

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June 25, 2018

Proverbs 25: 28

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Wow this Proverb hits the nail on the head of the western world these days. So many are demanding angrily that others must change. You are belittled for being what you were born as. You are belittled for eating meat. You are belittled for your political views.

I am the type of person that if you give me an ultimatum, I will most likely do the opposite of what it is that you want me to do. It is like you are putting the chains of submission on me. I am a free spirit. I am sure that there are others like me. Now I can engage in a debate with someone and if they give a good case for why my belief is wrong I will listen. I can change. I have changed over the years.

The world is constantly changing. The world is getting better. Sometimes I think that some in the western world have it too good. They have idle hands, and idle hands is evils playground.

As many in our community have said: Fix your own house hold before you worry about anything else. To be human is to error. If you work on you own household you will find that, there is always something to improve upon. There will be no time to fix anything else.

Dandavagga: Violence

  1. Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might retort. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake you.