Here are a few of the verses that spoke to me.
7 Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.
So it really does matter who we hang out with on a daily basis.
13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
Laughter is good. However...it should not be used to simply cover the truth of what is really going on inside. We need to recognize this in ourselves and be aware of it as we minister to people. Laughter doesn't always mean everything is okay.
30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
We must be careful not to get judgmental about people who experience sickness and say that they don't have a peaceful heart... that is not always the case...But in our own life we need to remember this truth. When things are at peace and when we don't allow ourselves to dwell in jealousy our body responds with good health. Our attitudes do matter.
31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but helping the poor honors him. God cares about those that need help.
What are we doing to help the poor? My father in law used to tell the story about one of his Aunts who lived in poverty. She was always going about making meals and helping the "poor" in some way. God blessed her...she had a heart for those poorer than herself. Makes me ask myself the question...where is my heart and what am I doing?
One more verse that I haven't gotten off my mind is this:
1 A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.