A daily dose of spiritual exercise for men in various stages of their Christian walk

I have been thinking a lot about how our society is looking for something to criticize. We seem to have an insatiable appetite for opportunities to explain why that person is a failure or how that decision was stupid. It’s a pride thing, really, in that each time we do that, we are placing ourselves […]

– Pray – Read Song of Songs 4:1-7 “How beautiful you are my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead.” Song of Songs 4:1 – Observe A lot of love poetry uses a limited set of things for comparison: […]

– Pray – Read Song of Songs 3:1-11 “Scarcely had I passed them when I found the one my heart loves. I held him and would not let him go till I had brought him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.” Song of Songs 3:4 – Observe This […]

– Pray – Read Song of Songs 2:14-17 “Catch for us the little foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” Song of Songs 2:15 – Observe The little foxes are symbols of all those little things that ruin a relationship. We have to be able to recognize them […]

– Pray – Read Song of Songs 2:1-13 “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” Song of Songs 2:7 – Observe This verse reminds me of Ecclesiastes “There is a time for everything.” I think that […]

– Pray – Read Song of Songs 1:12-17 “My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.” Song of Songs 1:13 – Observe Apparently, the woman really enjoys this. This led to a conversation with my wife that surprised me after 25 years of marriage! Read closely, men, and you may […]

– Pray – Read Song of Songs 1:1-11 “Do not stare at me because I am dark, because I am darkened by the sun. My mother’s sons were angry with me and made me take care of the vineyards; my own vineyard I have neglected.” Song of Songs 1:6 – Observe Here we have a […]

– Pray – Read Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them’ ” Ecclesiastes 12:1 – Observe What follows this verse is a very poetic description of the aging process focusing on […]

– Pray – Read Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” Ecclesiastes 11:6 – Observe After thirteen hours away from home, I have one hour before […]

– Pray – Read Ecclesiastes 10:11-20 “If a snake bites before it is charmed, there is no profit for the charmer.” Ecclesiastes 10:11 – Observe Given a context that includes sharpening an ax and laziness leading to a leaky roof, I believe that this verse is urging dreamers to be swift in turning their dreams […]

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