Let’s Start with some Wisdom, Shall we?

Proverbs | Here’s a short video by TheBibleProject to help get us started

Some key concepts: picture proverbs a wise young women setting out to impart wisdom.  Proverbs is full of statements that affirm godly values and virtues.  There are 2 paths we can choose from, the way of wisdom and the way of destruction.  [The Essential Bible Companion by Walton, Strauss & Cooper]

Who wrote it?
Mostly Solomon, other wise men, Agur and Lemuels mother–the proverbs were gathered and then arranged by someone unknown [How to Read the Bible Book by Book by Fee and Stuart]

And now some definitions:
Wisdom the sense or insight which brings order to every aspect of life because no one understands the proper place of God
Fool one who shows the lack of good judgement

ok-and now diving in!

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

Proverbs 1: Prologue

For learning about wisdom and instruction,
    for understanding words of insight,
for gaining instruction in wise dealing,
    righteousness, justice, and equity;
to teach shrewdness to the simple,
    knowledge and prudence to the young—
let the wise also hear and gain in learning,
    and the discerning acquire skill,
to understand a proverb and a figure,
    the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
    fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Warnings against Evil Companions

Hear, my child, your father’s instruction,
    and do not reject your mother’s teaching;
for they are a fair garland for your head,
    and pendants for your neck.
10 My child, if sinners entice you,
    do not consent.
11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
    let us wantonly ambush the innocent;
12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive
    and whole, like those who go down to the Pit.
13 We shall find all kinds of costly things;
    we shall fill our houses with booty.
14 Throw in your lot among us;
    we will all have one purse”—
15 my child, do not walk in their way,
    keep your foot from their paths;
16 for their feet run to evil,
    and they hurry to shed blood.
17 For in vain is the net baited
    while the bird is looking on;
18 yet they lie in wait—to kill themselves!
    and set an ambush—for their own lives!
19 Such is the end[a] of all who are greedy for gain;
    it takes away the life of its possessors.

The Call of Wisdom

20 Wisdom cries out in the street;
    in the squares she raises her voice.
21 At the busiest corner she cries out;
    at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
    and fools hate knowledge?
23 Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
    I will make my words known to you.
24 Because I have called and you refused,
    have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25 and because you have ignored all my counsel
    and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
    I will mock when panic strikes you,
27 when panic strikes you like a storm,
    and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
    when distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
    they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge
    and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30 would have none of my counsel,
    and despised all my reproof,
31 therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
    and be sated with their own devices.
32 For waywardness kills the simple,
    and the complacency of fools destroys them;
33 but those who listen to me will be secure
    and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.”

Proverbs 2: The Value of Wisdom

My child, if you accept my words
    and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
    and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
    and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
    and search for it as for hidden treasures—
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
    he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
    and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
Then you will understand righteousness and justice
    and equity, every good path;
10 for wisdom will come into your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 prudence will watch over you;
    and understanding will guard you.
12 It will save you from the way of evil,
    from those who speak perversely,
13 who forsake the paths of uprightness
    to walk in the ways of darkness,
14 who rejoice in doing evil
    and delight in the perverseness of evil;
15 those whose paths are crooked,
    and who are devious in their ways.

16 You will be saved from the loose[a] woman,
    from the adulteress with her smooth words,
17 who forsakes the partner of her youth
    and forgets her sacred covenant;
18 for her way[b] leads down to death,
    and her paths to the shades;
19 those who go to her never come back,
    nor do they regain the paths of life.

20 Therefore walk in the way of the good,
    and keep to the paths of the just.
21 For the upright will abide in the land,
    and the innocent will remain in it;
22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land,
    and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Proverbs 3 | Admonition to Trust and Honor God

My child, do not forget my teaching,
    but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
    and abundant welfare they will give you.

Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
    in the sight of God and of people.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
    and a refreshment for your body.

Honor the Lord with your substance
    and with the first fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
    and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My child, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
    or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves the one he loves,
    as a father the son in whom he delights.

The True Wealth

13 Happy are those who find wisdom,
    and those who get understanding,
14 for her income is better than silver,
    and her revenue better than gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels,
    and nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
    those who hold her fast are called happy.

God’s Wisdom in Creation

19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
    by understanding he established the heavens;
20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
    and the clouds drop down the dew.

The True Security

21 My child, do not let these escape from your sight:
    keep sound wisdom and prudence,
22 and they will be life for your soul
    and adornment for your neck.
23 Then you will walk on your way securely
    and your foot will not stumble.
24 If you sit down,[a] you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
    or of the storm that strikes the wicked;
26 for the Lord will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being caught.

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,[b]
    when it is in your power to do it.
28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
    tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan harm against your neighbor
    who lives trustingly beside you.
30 Do not quarrel with anyone without cause,
    when no harm has been done to you.
31 Do not envy the violent
    and do not choose any of their ways;
32 for the perverse are an abomination to the Lord,
    but the upright are in his confidence.
33 The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the abode of the righteous.
34 Toward the scorners he is scornful,
    but to the humble he shows favor.
35 The wise will inherit honor,
    but stubborn fools, disgrace.

Proverbs 4 | Parental Advice

Listen, children, to a father’s instruction,
    and be attentive, that you may gain[a] insight;
for I give you good precepts:
    do not forsake my teaching.
When I was a son with my father,
    tender, and my mother’s favorite,
he taught me, and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
    keep my commandments, and live.
Get wisdom; get insight: do not forget, nor turn away
    from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
    love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
    and whatever else you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
    she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a fair garland;
    she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”

Admonition to Keep to the Right Path

10 Hear, my child, and accept my words,
    that the years of your life may be many.
11 I have taught you the way of wisdom;
    I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
12 When you walk, your step will not be hampered;
    and if you run, you will not stumble.
13 Keep hold of instruction; do not let go;
    guard her, for she is your life.
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked,
    and do not walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it;
    turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they cannot sleep unless they have done wrong;
    they are robbed of sleep unless they have made someone stumble.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness
    and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
    which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
19 The way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
    they do not know what they stumble over.
20 My child, be attentive to my words;
    incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Do not let them escape from your sight;
    keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
    and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
    for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
    and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
    and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Keep straight the path of your feet,
    and all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
    turn your foot away from evil.







Switching Things up!

Ok friends!  I am going to switch things up a bit.  I have been reading (slowly, but surely) through the entire bible this year.  As I’ve been plugging along, I’ve found some great resources,have grown in my knowledge but also had a ton of questions, thoughts and doubts.  I thought “hmm, I would love to create a blog that combines scripture reading with some of these readings and questions”.  And instead of creating a new blog–I am going to shift the focus of this one.  So journey on with me!  I am not going to share the entire bible, or all my thoughts, but I will share some of my favorite books and more interesting topics and some of the studying that I have been doing.

Join along with me-will you?


Why I Love Essential Oils


  • RELAXATION! -Whether is diffusing, or lotioning up or using a roll-on with essential oils, they provide great scents they calm and relax me in the busiest times!
  • NO CHEMICALS!-  I love that I can make DIY body care, cleaning and household products that work great, and aren’t toxic to me and my family.
  • Natural alternative- Many essential oils are able to help treat/prevent some common ailments.  We have had success with my tinies eczema, ear pain and boosting immune systems.
  • Saving time and money!  I love being able to whip up a home remedy, or cleaning solution at the drop of a hat.

If you want to learn more about essential oils, or try out a starter kit, follow  this link

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A lot of you  may be wondering about essential oils!  Well there will be more information to come, but I hav ebeen using them to clear out chemicals for cleaning in my home, as well making home remedies to help ailments such as eczema, ear infections and stress!  Stay tuned for more.


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Essential Oil/Zinc Sunscreen Stick

I was looking for a sunblock that would not irritate little birds eczema.  Here is a recipe that we had a great success with.  We wore it for a week on the beach, and NO sunburns.  I’d call that a win!
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup beeswax
3 TBSP shea butter
¼ cup almond oil
4 tablespoons of Zinc Oxide (non-nano, I ordered on amazon)
deodorant tubes (again, from Amazon!)
25 drops of geranium essential oil
10 drops of frankincense essential oil
Put your coconut oil, beeswax, sheabutter and almond oil in a double boiler and melt.  Add your zinc and essential oils.  Mix!  Then pour into deodorant tubes.  You might need to mix in between pouring tubes so that the zinc is evenly distributed.  This hardens in about and hour depending on temperature.
This makes about 3 tubes.

DIY Stokke Sleepi Crib Sheet

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I fell in love with the stokke sleepi, and earlier you can read how I scored one on craigslist!  -YES!  Well–then I looked and realized how much sheets and bedding for those bad boys cost $$$$!!  My mom is a pretty good seamstress/sewer-so I solicited her to help me figure out how to DIY/Sew a crib sheet that wouldn’t cost me major money.  We were successful!  The steps are pretty easy and only requires basic sewing skills.

-a full bed sheet or 2 yards of fabric
-elastic (i preferred 1/2 inch, but 1/4 inch will work too)
-baby safety pin to help thread elastic
-fabric pen


One | Lay your crib mattress on top of the sheet or fabric (do this!  there are different stokke mattresses out there that are slightly different).  Measure and mark 9 inches around the entire mattress on the fabric.  Cut around your marking.  You should have a GIANT oval of fabric

Two | Fold 1/4 inch around the oval, press (if you wish) and stitch

Three | Fold 1 inch around the oval-press, and stitch making a casing.  Leave a one-inch opening to thread your elastic through.  You can mark this with pins

Four | Thread your elastic through the casing.  I used about 60 inches of elastic, but test and see what tightness works best for you.

Five | Overlap the beginning and ends of the elastic about 2-3″ and sew them together using a zig zag stitch.  Go back and forth a few times to make sure they are super secure!

Alright–pretty simple, I might update with some photos later, but there you have it! Pretty basic.  In all honesty, I think making a crib sheet for the oval was MUCH easier than making it for a traditional crib.

A Review of Buying Used (kids clothes)

So let’s face it. . .kids grow in and out of clothes, just about as fast as they can steal a cookie.  If I had to buy new clothes for my tiny for every season and every growth spurt, i’d be spending lots of $$.  Instead, I have relied on my generous friends for hand me downs, generous in-laws for new and special clothing items, our local thrift shops, local kids consignment shops and online used clothing shops!  Here’s a rundown of all those!

Hand me downs! | I love them, I never say no!  I sometime clarify if they want the clothes back, or what I should do with clothes we won’t use.  But end of story-these clothes are free, and for some seasons/sizes have been the stable of my tinies wardrobe.

Gifts-I have super generous in-laws who also love to be helpful!  Since they love to bring an outfit or two every time they visit, I try to keep them updated on the right size.  And sometimes I let them know if there is something specific we are looking for (sweatshirt, raincoat, etc.).  I’m lucky, my in-laws love to spoil their teeny tiny, and aren’t offended when I offer direction so we get the most use out of it!

Goodwill/thrift stores – When I have a free afternoon or am in the mood, I sometimes head over to our Goodwill for some tiny clothes hunting!   I have gotten some GREAT scores here.  Here’s the key, you might only get a few items each time, but going several times can equal a LOT of clothes for very little money.  I know all stores vary their prices, but mine charges $1-4 for most tiny clothing items.  I am still a graduate student, and I get an additional 10% off.  I have the space, so if I see an item I love in future size or season, I snag it and save it!

Local consignment shop- We have two of these that I frequent.  One is a local, small shop.  I typically consign my items there and get 50% back in store credit which I use for cloth diaper supplies (which they also sell!).  I don’t always love their selection–a little too trendy/frilly for my liking.  But I have found a few great things there.  I just recently discovered Once Upon a Child.  Ours is HUGE, and they have tons of clothes ranging from $3-7 in the toddler size!  Great option for some basics, and I am able to find all the mainstream names so I know that clothes will fit.

Online consignment shops- I thought I would love these! Shopping used from the convenience of my couch-which I love!  But, some of the items I have bought the fabric has felt different than expected.  Not necessarily bad, but if you are expecting soft, and get something stiff/rigid its disappointing.  Another downside is prices are a bit higher, and you pay for shipping.  But they do have great return policies.  A great option, but not my favorite.


One last option–yard sales!  I recently snagged a ton of clothes a few sizes up (average 25-75 cents an item!)  That’s the best price out of all the options!  Now granted there’s a lot more chance/luck involved with this, but still something to consider.


Hopefully my thriftyness/frugalness now with my tinies wardrobe will pay off!