ma and pa

ever since i was a little girl, my father has encouraged me to read one Proverb a day.  there are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs in the Bible so that makes perfect sense, right?  well, over the years i've done pretty well at that. i've veered off in different directions from time to time to delve deeper into various books of the Bible, one at a time, but i always come back to this simple daily devotional of one Proverb a day. since yesterday was Sept. 1, i read Proverbs 1.  verses 8 & 9 say,"...listen to your father's instruction, and do not forsake your mother's teaching.  they will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck."  now for those of you who did not grow up in a Christian home, this may not seem relevant to you.  (and i hope and pray that you know and find instruction and teaching and wisdom and grace in our Heavenly Father). however for me, this is exactly what i was blessed to be around all throughout my childhood, youth and even now, as an adult, the godly teaching and instruction of Jesus-loving, Bible-believing parents.  i just love the visual of the "garland" and the "chain".  as someone who adores accessories, i picture the most beautiful Lanvin necklace to adorn my neck and an outrageous Philip Treacy Hat to grace my head. my parents teaching and instruction are that extravagant and valuable.   and what makes this verse even more applicable...my parents had just driven over to Montana from Washington Tuesday evening!  So, to wake up and read that beautiful passage was a lovely start to a new day, a new season...as fall rapidly approaches...and a wonderful visit.  i was once again reminded of God's infinite wisdom and perfect plan.  here i've read the Bible, the book of Proverbs specifically, numerous times, and yet God spoke to me through it afresh once again.  my prayer today is that my children will someday be able to say the same about the teaching and instruction they receive from their parents!