Day 19

Day 19 | Add In 1 Spiritual Element



  • P.A.C.T.—Pray | Ask | Confess | Thank
  • P.A.S.S.—Pray PriorAuthor's Intent | Stop when Convicted | Share

Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Set A Meet-Up with another brother and plan to Add-In 1 Spiritual Element.

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125 thoughts on “Day 19

  1. Tony says:

    I love Proverbs 12:28 simply for What Jesus would later preach. If one believes, there is life after this world.

  2. Sean Swift says:

    v18 – There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
    v19 – Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.

    V18 is very powerful for me. Sometimes I get caught up in having to be right and can defend my position with sarcasm an/or harsh words. I need to work on making my point in a more Godly and loving way.

  3. Todd says:

    V 25 spoke to my heart this morning. “anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down but a good word makes him glad”

  4. Doug says:

    V1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, This caught my attention. I typically think of discipline as punishment. However, it may very well mean, disciplined to, pray and study the word as we are doing with this challenge.

  5. Dave says:

    vs. 23 A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself, but the heart of fools blurts out folly.

    Don’t we all want to be respected?

  6. Allan says:

    Verse 1, “whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”

    Discipline (performed correctly) is training. Usually, this includes a lesson. You gain knowledge this way. Its the ability to take criticism and grow from it. Something I didn’t do well growing up, but I hope I can discipline my kids in a way that they welcome it for the knowledge that comes with it.

  7. Eric says:

    * Our words are SO important!

    Hey remember to sign up for the retreat in April! And please tell the men that you meet with, about the retreat!

  8. Richard D Maguire says:

    In the path of righteousness is life; and in its pathway there is no death. Proverbs 12:28

  9. David Frankel says:

    I want to quit when I feel worthless, like when I do a lot of the same thing at work everyday. Lord strengthen me, so that I might continue to seek you-believing there’s great satisfaction ahead.

  10. Michael says:

    In the devotion it talks about being diligent vs. slothful. I find that this is a battle that I fight. Diligent in what I want to do and not necessarily diligent in what God wants or what is good for me. I find that this challenge is helping me get in the mode of being diligent about what God wants. This is good.

  11. Paul says:

    Verse 14 applies to me today. Say good things, do good things and we will be rewarded. Listen to the Holy Spirit and we will feel better!

  12. Louis Vanderhart says:

    This to me shows the difference between a foolish person and a spiritual person. The wise makes choices that are good and true, but the foolish makes bad choices and are lead astray. I liked verse 4 about an excellent wife which I have and I praise God for her.

  13. Cory Baron says:

    I love self discipline, but sometimes have a hard time with correction. Initially at least. The importance of our words is immense! It is written all over the Bible. It can lift people up, but it can be absolutely crushing to another person. The closer we are to those people, the more effect our words have. Both positive and negative.

    During my meetings I have gotten relational advice as well as addressing anger issues. My friend and accountability partner is big on prayer so we’ve done it at the beginning of the meeting, before lunch or before parting ways. After doing it a couple times it gets pretty easy.

  14. Thaddeus Kennedy says:

    Discipline is something that we would like to have, but do not always follow through with on a consistent basis. Sometime later through discipline comes conviction and correction which pierced the parts of us that we do not want to change. This is a pride issue that leads to destruction and the ways of the wicked. God is the only to help us see this conviction and push us to be washed with His word.

  15. John McBride says:

    The wise will follow Jesus Christ and not allow themselves to become fools that the world wants them to become

  16. Thomas Sells says:

    4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,….I am so blessed to have an amazing wife!!!

  17. Janic Maysonet says:

    I pray for my brothers that we take head to wise council and not reject reproof. Verse 1 hit me and 11 like a ton of bricks. We’ve grown up in a society that says pursue your dreams, but often times they are worthless pursuits because it doesn’t benefit anyone but ourselves. God blesses to bless other, the hard work we put in to be disciplined, godly men, will bless generations.

  18. Kevin V says:

    v25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

    We all like to hear positive words, especially when facing a difficult time (I know I do). Doing this can build up another person and help form a bond with them. I need to be intentional about encouraging others more frequently.

  19. Jesse Skytland says:

    In verse 15 it reminds me that going all in and paying attention to wise advice rather than sometimes tempting ones that are not God orientated fullfills dreams and brings greater progression to ones desire to be successful and achieve a positive future.

  20. Darin Palmer says:

    25 Anxiety weighs down the heart but a kind word cheers it up.

    Love this! just a kind word to someone is it all could take for someone to feel better!

    I will have two different meetings scheduled this week really looking forward to each of them. One is just a bike ride to get coffee. Simple!!

  21. Donald Crisp says:

    Righteous men are a true blessing to all he encounters, but righteousness comes from the Father.

  22. Brad says:

    25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.
    This is me in a nutshell. Lord help me to not be anxious about anything and let my anxiety lead me to prayer.

  23. Eddie says:

    16: “The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.” May we all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger so that we can be “prudent” and wise.

  24. Robert Ordóñez says:

    I’m way behind but still plodding along on this, brothers. Thank you for encouraging, supporting, and challenging me!

  25. Dockers says:

    Sometimes this is still hard for me to concentrate with the prayer. I took notes today to help keep my focus, but still distracted.

  26. Mike says:

    Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad. (12:25)

    Anxiety comes in many ways and one of them.comes in the way of words. Lord, I pray that my words never bring anxiety to a man’s soul, but may bring goodness and healing.

    • Matt says:

      This verse stood out to me as well. Too often, I concentrate on my own anxieties (which I did when I read this verse today); however, my prayer is that I may focus on the second part of this vers: where I can share a good word with someone and “him glad”, thus lifting that load of anxiety.

  27. Tim says:

    Meeting with a brother in Christ is a wonderful blessing, praying for one another one on one strengthens us. And gives us the courage to step out and let us be the man God called us to be.

  28. Sprocket says:

    “ An excellent wife is the crown of her husband“

    But don’t forget…“An excellent husband is the crown of his wife.”


  29. Eddie says:

    The first half of verse 4, an excellent wife is the crown of her husband, and verse 25, anxiety in a man’s heart weigh him down, but a good word makes him glad, stood out to me for different reasons. We all like to claim that we have excellent wives, and at times we are being 100% truthful, but our wives are not perfect and we are not either. We are ALL the wife of Christ and at times we all stumble and fall, but we need only pick ourselves up, confess our sins, and thank God for our blessings and we become excellent wives to Him again and a crown on His head. I am in a busy season in my job with a lot of transitions going on, which is why I am 3 days behind on this challenge, but I am going to spend my free time catching up, instead of watching Netflix (sorry Vince), but I learned in the Twin Cities Fight Club ministry that being accountable is about openly and HONESTLY admitting to your faults with your brothers in Christ.

  30. Tom Vang says:

    Wondering if VBS. 9 refers to being lowly and having a servant who takes care of you (which would mean paying him and having less money), rather than spending lots of money of stuff (and hoping your money will care for you) and having no money for bread? Not quite sure.

  31. Nathan says:

    Verse 25 stood out to me today because Sarena’s has scans coming up. 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.
    I need to get into the Word and give God all of my anxiety because He will make it melt away.

  32. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 11
    I read this (whoever works his land) as being in the moment of where God has me at. If I focus, appreciate, and work with the people I am around / places I am at / resources I have available, then I will see growth and value my life (have plenty of bread).

    But if I am constantly complaining about my circumstances or looking for something else (following worthless pursuits), I will never be happy or appreciate everything I do have available to me (lack sense).

  33. Al says:

    28: in the path of righteousness is life and in its pathway there is no death. As Ted Sr taught me what have I received that thou has not given me … He gives us all we need !

  34. Gordon says:

    We should love constructive criticism, which is specific; not vague. Good criticism says exactly what we’re doing wrong, why it’s wrong, what we should do instead, why, and how.

  35. Ted says:

    ‘The tongue of the wise brings healing ‘ Provides 12:19b
    Blessings my brothers

  36. Bert says:

    Verse 11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

    A promise that goes with whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, but who sows bountiful will reap bountiful.
    I need to sow the spiritual seed bountiful in the land God has given me. The land or field of influence.

  37. Mike says:

    I missed yesterday’s lesson:
    (19 Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment)
    I think of how small the tongue is yet it can create a lot of very serious damage.

  38. Will says:

    Verse 22 jumped out at me. Lying lips being an abomination to the Lord is strong language. It emphasized to me just how much God desires truth and faithfulness

  39. Ross says:

    this is the verse that caught my eye today,
    “18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
    Lord, help me to speak in a positive manner, to be an encourager and lift people up.

  40. Dennis says:

    Lord let me live by your word as a spiritual being not controlled by worldly things.

  41. AZ says:

    I came back to verse 10 and wound up on what I thought was a wild goose chase. Ultimately took me to several scriptures regarding punishment and broader giving. Lastly I walked away with the feeling of staying the course God’s way that so that I can be more of a blessing to his kingdom.

  42. Chris says:

    I got the idea that we should not be lazy in our daily work, but we need to be our best in everything.

  43. Jay Wegiel says:

    An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.
    Proverbs 12:4 This passage always reminds me of how generously blessed I am. Thank You Lord for my excellent wife Janice. I also realize that the best way to keep our marriage as good as it is, and to even make it grow more excellent, is to stay close to God and to my brothers in Christ.

  44. shane.young says:

    God, I want to quit on procrastination in my faith because I believe it is a tool of the Devil. Give me the strength of your Spirit to carry on.

  45. Michael says:

    I have been working on a start up company. So far it has been a lot of work but no payouts. Today I hit a wall when my wife had to visit the doctor. Paying the doctor bill put us with very little in the bank account. I felt inadequate and started thinking this venture I’m working on is a waste of time. This verse is what I needed today!

  46. Steve B says:

    Who ever works there land will have plenty of bread. Amazed by vs 18 regarding the tongue

  47. Nate Hill says:

    The Holy Spirit is so amazing. The devotion written today is how I have felt for a few weeks.

    Starting a business, investing so much time, having one road block after another, the financial stress, the distractions. Many times I felt like Nehemiah with Tobias and Sandballot!

    The perseverance comes because I keep hearing God is with me in this. There are many times I know this is beyond me and my trust in Him has grown leaps and bounds!

    I still don’t know where this is going, but Jesus does and I just want to walk in obedience to Him.

    All that matters is I want Him glorified out of the whole process and I can’t take credit for anything other than enjoying His leading.

    For those that are going through similar things, hang in there, don’t be afraid to cry out to Him and let Him know your heart. We don’t always do that very well! It doesn’t hurt to be vulnerable, because we are stronger in Christ than without Him!

    Be blessed!

  48. Jeff Carter says:

    My number one thing that I need to quit is anxiety.
    Vs 25 wull help me. Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
    Proverbs 12:25

  49. Chuck says:

    The following reminds us why we should be receptive to feedback and perspective from our Christian brothers, including those who are respected and more mature in their faith;
    15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
    Scheduling a meet up with my older brother tomorrow!
    Excited to see how the Holy Spirit directs this!

  50. Mike B says:

    Thanks Scott. I wondered about that verse too and like appreciate the message translation for further understanding. I love the verses on how the tongue of the wise brings healing and how a good word will make an anxious heart glad. I struggle with anxiety and this is so true, especially when other brothers get together and lift each other up in prayer and just spend genuine time together.

  51. Jacob says:

    The first verse is very convicting.

    “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    ,but he who hates correction is stupid.”

    A very direct statement about those who are offended when corrected. I have been guilty of this. How hard it is for us to love discipline! How much easier is it to hate correction! Rarely do you see the word stupid used in scripture. But people who hate being corrected and or coached are just that: stupid.

    Wise people appreciate correction and grow from it.

  52. Chris says:

    Crazy day today. I went with my young daughter to deliver a gift to her classmate. We got lost and when turning around, my mini-van slid into a ditch. The back end lifted up and I was sure we were going to roll over. I got her out and took in the damage. I don’t know how we didn’t roll over but God had his finger on the van. He then sent angels to our assistance by the classmates father, my local mechanic and a stranger passing by. What a great day to see God at work and everyday people coming to our aid!

  53. Eric M. says:

    So many good things to read today it’s worth reading TWICE! – Again, thank you God for loving us enough to direct us in your path.

  54. Dan says:

    Roots take time to establish. Living wisely, rightly, is like growing these roots. The fruit will eventually come, as the functions of the plant occur.
    One way for me to work on this today= put my hand to the school plow.

  55. Massimo says:

    Verse 24. They way that Vince describes the meaning behind it in his devotional reminded me of how I feel right now dealing with trying to solve a complex problem at work. Feeling like I’m coming to my wits end and so I just want to give up and hand it off to someone else so I don’t want to deal with it anymore. But I need to be diligent and not lazy in my thinking. I need to pray for strength to carry on.

  56. Bill Fuess says:

    Have you noticed the recurring theme and repetitive nature of Probvebs!! We must be slow learners the bunch of us lol God knows best !! Amen Brothers

  57. Michael says:

    Verse 25 A good word makes him glad, further conviction that I need my words to build others up and not tear them down

  58. Scott Halerson says:

    A verse today perplexed me. The concept of having a servant, just didn’t ring home. “Better to be lowly and have a servant, than to play the great man and lack bread” NIV
    I dug around in other translations and The Message version makes way more sense to me. “Better to be ordinary and work for a living, than act important and starve in the process”

  59. Tom says:

    Each challenge completed so far. Sometimes late in the day. Honestly men, praying out loud has been a harder habit to develop that anticipated.

  60. Nick says:

    This pretty much lays it out! I do not want to be stupid and I can’t say that I love being disciplined right now either. I pray that God changes my heart in those categories.

    “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭ NIV

  61. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Amen Dave, like prov. 16:24 says “a kind word is like medicine for the soul”
    this from the Dale Carniege course on leadership ” you may forget the kind words you spoke to someone yesterday but the recipient may very well cherish them for life”
    Lord help me to speak kindly and uplifting today and everyday.

  62. Ian says:

    Verses 24-28 are a poignant reminder of what is right and what is wrong in Gods Kingdom.

  63. Isaiah says:

    Throughout this chapter we see the rewards of hard work. In v. 11, “whoever works his land will have plenty of bread.” In v. 14, “the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.” In v. 24, “the hand of the diligent will rule.” In v. 27, “the diligent man will get precious life.”

  64. Dave says:

    Doing what God says is right and living it no matter what will provide a host of blessing. We are called to live right, work hard and bless others. There are moments where this can seem pointless or unfair, but our confidence is in the Lord and the outcome He says will take place. Even when it doesn’t feel like it the righteous will prevail.

  65. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Amen Dave, a kind word is like medicine for your soul.
    this is from the Dale Carniege course for leadership – ” you may forget the kind words you spoke to someone yesterday but the receiptient may cherish them for a lifetime” Carniege must read his bible too

  66. Brad says:

    Whoever loves discipline, loves knowledge. Whoever despises reproof is stupid.
    How much do I love discipline? Probably not a ton, but am definitely working on it. There was so much about the wise man and righteous man. Lord let me be like that.

  67. Brian Menk says:

    23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,
    but the heart of fools proclaims folly.

    We live in a world where humility is uncommon. We all struggle with it, but must not give into society’s push to show the rest of the world that our thoughts/opinions/interpretations are correct no matter what the cost.

  68. Scott says:

    Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,
    but a good word makes him glad.

    This is so true. There were other passages in the Proverb I struggled with but this one is evidently true in my life. I always worry whether what I am doing is impacting anyone. I don’t want to know for myself but I want to know if I am doing the right thing to lead others to life change through Christ. I get anxious that I am getting in the way of someone getting to Jesus and I never want that. But, “a good word makes him glad.” This is true. Someone will tell me how God used the message to draw them closer to Jesus or that they are open to pursuing Jesus because of what I have said and the life I have lived. That does make me glad. I want to be a living sacrifice, a loud testimony to the goodness of God and I hope and pray that others are drawn to Him because of how I live. It’s really not a wise anxiousness because it is the work of the Holy Spirit that makes it all happen but I get concerned that I may get in the way by what I AM doing or what I AM NOT doing. It is a nasty cycle so it is good to hear a good word occasionally to know what is happening. Thank God for grace and mercy!

    • gary says:

      you are not in the way. you are out front. leading the charge. raising the banner, training the troops. you mentor young and not so young. when the children answer you in church you are on the right course.
      Jesus said bring me the little children..all of us are little children in one way or another. keep on keeping on scott wright

  69. Brian says:

    14 From the fruit of his lips a man Is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him.

    I pray that my words would fill me and those around me with good things. That I will show patience and compassion when needed and be a blessing to everyone I interact with.

  70. squirrel says:

    Sometimes what I say and what I think line up and I hope it is then my true character shows. Outwardly I might say the “right” things – but if I am thinking otherwise (e.g. being mean-judgey) then it’s all for nothing. When I line up, body-mind-spirit then are the times when I am living Up Right.

  71. Edward says:

    Verse 1 convicts me. “but he who hates reproof is stupid”. It has always been difficult for me to take correction and constructive criticism from anyone. Especially from people who I perceived as being dumber than me. Now that I’m older and wiser? , I at least give some consideration when a friend reproves me. I am learning that I don’t want to be stupid anymore.

  72. Shawn says:

    Great benefits to keeping diligent with productive work and caution for laziness.

  73. Mark Lundquist says:

    “16 The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrust, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
    Great advise to all of us in a time of devise. We are so fast to complain and blame. We need to stop. Think before we speak and seek the council of God before we add our two cents. Many times I have began to write or say something and as I have been formulating the plan, God interceded and advised me to stop. After thinking about it I realized the mistake that was about to be made. Listen to God…..listen to your Godly friends…..It will save a lot of problems down the road!

  74. Troy says:

    A little Anxiety today but Day 19……was a good start.
    “A good word makes it glad!”
    Let’s be the men today, that bring the good word and which makes it glad.
    Dinner scheduled this Wednesday with a face to face new friend. Excited and humbled for this meeting.

  75. Michael Swalley says:

    I pray that I can be bold as I meet with men, and that my public display of spiritual disciplines would be rooted in my overflowing love for God and for His glory!

  76. Tim Kelley says:

    Verse 27, lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch. Lord, my prayer is not to be wasteful in my opportunities to “catch” those God given appointments in my life. Had a face to face Saturday that was not planned but God knew would happen.

  77. BENJAMIN SEIM says:

    Agreed. Let’s be intentional and heavenly minded in every conversation and interaction.

  78. Steve Roarke says:

    We must live a truthful, faithful life.
    Be diligent and righteous in all we do and the Lord will repay us for our hard work.

  79. Michael Reps says:

    Proverbs 12:1 “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge.”Lord help instill discipline in me and give me a thirst for knowledge!

  80. Pat Watson says:

    This has been great. The praying out loud has almost given me more confidence in my faith. I have been having great time interacting with a friend and going through this. Thanks Vince

  81. Josh says:

    “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬
    —we become like the company we keep

  82. cory doden says:

    V12 – I had never connected discipline and knowledge until this morning. Interesting how God put this on my heart today!

  83. Russ says:

    Verse 18 speaks to me. The tongue can speak life or death to someone. I have learned over the years to try to listen and think before I speak. This was hard for me to comprehend in my youthful days.

  84. Troy says:

    The Lords ways should be our ways, leading us to righteousness, peace, and life.

    • Gavin says:

      Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
      but a false witness utters deceit.
      18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
      but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
      19 Truthful lips endure forever,
      but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
      20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
      but those who plan peace have joy.

  85. Ben E says:

    Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast. My working life has been in agriculture. Successful farms are aware of this practice. Ch. 12, loving discipline, and not worrying v 1 and 25.

    • Wayne D says:

      Ben, I saw the same thing in Ag nutrition. The Bible has timeless advice for ALL aspects of life.

  86. Dave Benson says:

    Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
    Proverbs 12:25
    Us men all get anxious at times and what energy we find in an encouraging or kind word! And these words usually linger for quite awhile. This reflects Vince’s challenge today as prayer is often that encouragement that we need. It’s amazing how God can use someone to speak right in to our situation and heal our anxious heart.

    • Bill R says:

      Proverbs 12 is a road map for a good life! And a view of what can happen if we fall off the path to Jesus. Luckily Jesus loves us more than we love Him!

  87. Dan says:

    In order to grown in our faith, we must continue to be open and seek knowledge from other believers. We must also act out our faith by continuing to do good so that we may bring glory to God. What good is faith if there are no acts to support it? God calls us all to act.

  88. Henry says:

    4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband
    I am so thankful for an excellent wife!

  89. Anthony Gjorvad says:

    15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
    but a wise man listens to advice.

  90. Dean Wendler says:

    Verse 18a is so true – Reckless words Pierce like a sword. Looking back this past year, my reckless words have hurt the ones I love the most. Controlling my tongue is a major benefit in improving my relationship with my family. Pride likes to get in my way. Looking forward to my breakfast meeting this morning.

  91. Brian Grundhauser says:

    We cannot lean on what what we think to be right alone, we must be knowledgeable to learn beyond that, what God says is to be right and just to obtain everlasting life.

  92. Bryce says:

    The word that comes to my mind when I read Proverbs 12 is integrity. I want to be a man of integrity where the words I speak and the deeds I do align with one another in all circumstances.

  93. Mark Lubbock says:

    Guess I am Stupid! My version of the Bible says it is stupid to hate correction. I can take it pretty well when it comes from the Holy Spirit directly, but still feel bad when it comes from those close to me. Now – I do receive correction gracefully and honestly, but inwardly cringe nevertheless. A work in progress!

    • Chad Husted says:

      i ‘m with you Mark. Especially when it comes from my wife. #underconstruction

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