I Rise Today

I rise today
with the power of God to pilot me,
God’s strength to sustain me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look ahead for me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to protect me,
God’s way before me,
God’s shield to defend me,
God’s host to deliver me,
from snares of devils,
from evil temptations,
from nature’s failings,
from all who wish to harm me,
far or near,
alone and in a crowd.

—”Saint Patrick’s Breastplate,”
Old Irish, eighth-century prayer

Women of the Word: Lemuel’s Mother

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Most of the book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon; however, the last two chapters of the book have different authors. Agur wrote chapter thirty, and King Lemuel wrote chapter thirty-one. There are some who say that King Lemuel was actually Solomon, in which case his mother would be Bathsheba (Lemuel being a nick name that she gave him), but there is no clear evidence of this, so we are talking of King Lemuel as a totally new person. King Lemuel begins his chapter by giving credit to his mother for being the inspiration behind his wise sayings through the things she taught him. The first verse reads:

The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

King Lemuel’s chapter is most known for its section on the “Proverbs 31 woman.” Perhaps King Lemuel knew what attributes a woman of noble character had and could describe them so well because he saw them exemplified in the life of his own queen-mother. Continue reading

The White Snake

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Faith of Our Fairy Tales #17 (Original story / photo)

Story Scripture: Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. – Luke 6:31

Story Saying: Sooner or later in life, we will all take our own turn being in the position we once had someone else in. – Ashly Lorenzana

Behind the Story: This story begins by telling of how a king was famous throughout the entire land on account of his wisdom (à la King Solomon). This king, however, did not get his wisdom from God. Every day after dinner, a trusty servant brought him one covered dish. No one knew what was in the dish because the king always waited to eat of it until he was alone. One day, curiosity got the best of the trusty servant and he took the dish to his room and uncovered it. He found a white snake inside and decided to taste a little bit of it. As soon as he did so, he was given the power of understanding the language of animals. Continue reading

Women of the Word: Queen of Sheba

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The Queen of Sheba enters the Bible scene in 1 Kings 10:1-13, 2 Chronicles 9:1-9, and 2 Chronicles 9:12. Jesus also makes reference to her in Matthew 12:42. The Queen of Sheba was no ordinary lady. She was a great monarch in her own right with plenty of power, wealth, and an intelligent mind to carry on a conversation with the wisest man who ever lived.

1 Kings 10 reads: “Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions…she spoke with him about all that was in her heart.” Solomon answered all of the Queen’s questions; there was nothing he did not explain to her. After the Queen of Sheba experienced all the wisdom and prosperity of Solomon’s house, she exclaimed: “Blessed be the Lord your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the Lord has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.” Afterwards, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba exchanged generous gifts before she went back to her own country.

Here are three things we can learn from the Queen of Sheba:

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Women of the Word: Two Prostitutes With Baby

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The story of King Solomon in 1 Kings 3:16-28 is mainly given to show us an example of the wisdom that God blessed Solomon with. He truly was the wisest man who ever lived. While there are many good and bad things to learn from King Solomon’s life, we focus on the two women who came for his counsel in this Old Testament passage. These women were prostitutes who lived together in the same house and had babies three days apart from each other. One night, they were both sleeping with their babies beside them. One woman rolled on her baby and killed him. In the middle of the night she awoke and found her son dead; so she exchanged her dead baby for the other woman’s living baby.

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6 Creative Ways to Study

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1. Ask the Greatest Teacher for help
School can be tough but you don’t have to struggle through classes on your own. When you don’t understand something or have a huge paper to write, ask God to give you wisdom and knowledge. He knows all the stuff in your books, plus some.

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What Is a Well-Educated Person?

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The mark of a well educated person is not necessarily in knowing all the answers, but in knowing where to find them. – Douglas Everett

Even after attending college and receiving higher education, one cannot expect a person to know everything there is to know about the world. So what does it mean to be well-educated?

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