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Relationship Builder: the Joyful Noticer Mindset (Proverbs 23:15)

Last updated on March 6th, 2021

Y’all! I’m excited to share what God just gave me!

I’m working on a new journal idea, and one of the parts is to answer our pastor’s three questions after reading any Bible passage:

  • What does it say about God?
  • What does it say about man?
  • What does it say about me?

Here’s how I used my pastor’s the three questions to interpret Scripture today.

Proverbs 23:15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

God: He rejoices every time I make a wise/right/God-honoring choice. He is excited for me as He sees me “adulting,” accepting my responsibilities, managing my time, growing in Christ.

Man: “My son, IF…” = none of us make the wise choice every time. We’re all tempted to choose self-indulgence over self-control, making excuses over maintaining our integrity, and careless distraction over conscientious duty.

Me: Do my children know I’m happy when they’ve made the right choice? Do I even notice? Or do I only complain and criticize?

Today I will look for the good, and praise them for whatever I possibly can…

Maybe it’s that they left their shoes at the door instead of tracking mud all through the house…

or maybe it’s only that they willingly took their muddy shoes off when I cheerfully reminded them *after* they tracked mud through the house! 🤣

“Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while” … and even the most challenging child does *something* right!

What is it? Find the good and praise it.

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” …

And the joy of the mother is the child’s strength. If we want our children to choose right, we must let them know how happy we are with even the tiniest sign of progress.

What good thing can you think of right now that you can praise in your child or someone else? Tell me in the Comments below. Then go do it!