Friendship in Marriage

By Amanda Nephew Friendship in the context of marriage has seemed to be a big theme in my work as a counselor lately. Many couples come into sessions and tell me that their problem is communication. They’re right; they may not communicate well. But, there’s usually more to the story. After exploring their relationship and…

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RYB: Proverbs 25

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (Proverbs 25:28) Even though the walls of a city restricted their inhabitants’ movement, people were glad to have them. Without walls, they would have been vulnerable to attack by any passing group of marauders. Self-control limits us, to be sure, but it is necessary as it provides a wall for defense and protection. An out of control life leaves you vulnerable to a variety of enemy attacks. What walls do you need to put up to protect yourself from these potential attacks? Scripture | Proverbs 25 More Proverbs of…

RYB: Proverbs 24

The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger. (Proverbs 24:5) The athlete who thinks—assessing the situation and strategizing—has an advantage over a physically stronger opponent who acts first and thinks later. It is good to build our strength by exercising and eating well, but it is equally important to develop wisdom. Wisdom is a vital part of strength, and with it we can grow stronger and stronger. Scripture | Proverbs 24 1 Don’t envy evil people or desire their company. 2 For their hearts plot violence, and their words always stir up trouble.…

RYB: Proverbs 23

Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed. (Proverbs 23:17-18) It is so easy to envy those who get ahead without having to worry about always making the right decision and following God’s laws. For some time, they do seem to get ahead without paying any attention to what God wants. They may be getting ahead now, but for those who follow Christ, God promises a hope and a wonderful future. Even if we don’t achieve it in this life, we have an eternal reward to…

RYB: Proverbs 22

Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25) We tend to become like the people we spend time with. Even the negative characteristics and habits can rub off. The Bible encourages us to be cautious in our choice of companions—those we allow to speak into and influence our life. Choose to surround yourself with people who have qualities you would like to develop in your own life. Scripture | Proverbs 22 1 Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is…

RYB: Proverbs 21

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD. (Proverbs 21:31) Preparation for any task is useless without God. But even with God’s help we still must do our part to prepare. His control of the outcome does not negate our responsibilities. God will accomplish his purposes, and he will be able to use you if you have done your part and prepared. What is it that you need to prepare for? Scripture | Proverbs 21 1 The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD; he guides it…