Walking the narrow path of providing and succeeding

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Proverbs 11

28     Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,

but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.

29     Whoever troubles his own household will inherit the wind,

and the fool will be servant to the wise of heart.

When we trust in our money at one level or another, we will probably, at the same time, trouble our own household. For while we need enough money to live, we should never put money above our family. It seems that when a dad or a mom puts the accumulation of money above the nurture of their family they bring trouble to their family. This is a narrow path to walk, isn’t it. We need money to live; we need to nurture our families. We want to be good parents and provide for our children so they can have good opportunities so we need more money.

What happens when we trouble our own houses? The proverb says that we inherit the wind. In other words, we inherit nothing. My parents did not focus on money and retired with nothing, but each of their children were intact. We all deeply love our parents and are greatly appreciative that they made Christ and His kingdom the focus of their lives. We have committed to the care of our parents. We think they made a better investment leaving us with faith, hope and love than if they had left us a great financial inheritance.

The next promotion may be good for your career, but is it good for your family? If you earn great wealth but trouble your own household, you have not gained much. Let us walk the path of seeking God’s kingdom as our priority without straying to the right or the left while we spend time providing for our family’s needs.


My dad is in a rehab facility in Arlington Heights. After his last bought with pneumonia they have him drinking thick liquids to keep the liquids out of his lungs. He is doing well there; mom goes over nearly every day. We are not sure what is next for him. Pray with us for wisdom and guidance for dad’s care.

As Stefani wraps up her freshman year, she is having back pains from sitting in rehearsals as long as she does. Pray with her for healing and strength each day.

We are looking forward to special time on Good Friday. There will be a service at 6:00pm with different men reading the seven last words of Christ. Then Sunday morning will be another special time of focusing on the resurrection of Christ in music and in message.

Tomorrow Wednesday) is Indonesia’s presidential elections. Pray for God’s will to be made clear for this great country.

Have a great day in the Lord,


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