Christian Carnival CX

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The Christian Carnival CX is up, this week hosted by Jordan's View. This week's theme: The Education of the Soul.

OYB February 23

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Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 14
NT: Mark 6:30-56
Ps: Psalm 40:1-10
Pr: Proverbs 10:11-12

Today´s notable verses:

But he answered, "You give them something to eat." They said to him, "That would take eight months of a man's wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?"

Mark 6:37 (NIV)

To my reading of this account, the disciples make this statement with the implication that they do have the monetary means to provide for the multitude of people Jesus has just commanded them to feed. However, had they done so, then they would have missed out on Jesus' miraculous provision using the loaves and fish. Is this situation true in our lives today? God may give us the means to fulfill some need of our own accord, yet when we rely on and trust Him to provide, then we enable him to perform the miraculous through us because of our faith.

11 The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life,
but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked.
12 Hatred stirs up dissension,
but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:11-12 (NIV)

So far, Proverbs 10 has been the most power-packed of all we've read. Maybe I'm at a place or season in my life where this chapter is speaking to me particularly, but every verse has been powerful and impactful.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - Per Proverbs 10:11 above, are your words typically a fountain of life to others? Will you seek to improve in love what you say and how you say it to others around you so that your words truly will become a fountain of life to others?

What a great question - and a great reminder of the power of the spoken word, for life or for death. I try to control my tongue - and the key for me is first to control my thoughts. If I center my heart on Christ, then my thoughts and my words are likewise focused. If, however, my heart strays, then my thoughts and my words are sure to follow.