Daniel-Son, Father Teach

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Today, I am embarking on a 31 day journey through the book of Proverbs. I am excited to discover afresh the timeless wisdom of Solomon. I acknowledge, that often he didn’t follow his own good advice, but nevertheless, the ideas and precepts are profound. And, oh how I need God’s wisdom beyond my own these days wherein my responsibilities are great and the days are fleeting where I can make a godly difference in this world.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and do not ignore your mother’s teaching;
For they are a graceful wreath for your head and necklaces for your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. Proverbs 1:8-10

I was talking with my dad a couple weeks ago and our conversation swerved into how my brothers and I feel like we had a great childhood. I know that’s not the case for everyone. But, for us, its true… especially in the early years. Today, I have the good fortune of imparting much of what I learned from my mom and dad to my kids and some of their friends. Steven (our West coast adopted son) would ask me often, “How do you know how to do so many things?” I would answer him in the voice of Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid- “Daniel son, Father teach!” And its true, some of the greatest knowledge I can offer anyone were imparted by my mom and dad. The godly application of that knowledge I owe to Jesus!

How graceful are the wreaths and necklaces that my parents imparted to me? What do they look like on the next generation of Husen’s?

God, as this day begins- I want to ask for Your wisdom. I look at my task list and schedule of appointments as I am a bit overwhelmed. I need Your thoughts, guidance, strength and endurance. Help me say no to sin, yes to You and discover the wise path to walk today. Amen.

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