Note from Team LO: We are so excited about today’s Proverbs post from Christian Huff! This post is packed with goodness and biblical truth. If you want more from this study, or want to start from the beginning, click HERE to get started. Enjoy today’s post!
To me, the book of Proverbs is one of the most impactful and applicable books in the Bible. Why? Because it is filled with Godly wisdom and so much of what it says goes against the cultural norm that many of us see and even often feel like we have to go by today. I want to dive straight into these truths in scripture that Solomon, inspired by the holy spirit writes to us.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver!” (16:1). Solomon knows how valuable wisdom is and we know that because he is comparing it to gold, which at time was the most treasured good. Let’s substitute the word gold for another word that applies to our culture today. What about the terms like status or followers? Does that relate to anybody? Now let’s rephrase what Solomon said… “How much better to get wisdom than to be liked by the world?” Solomon is saying that wisdom is WAY BETTER than whatever else you could need. You cannot compare these earthly “things” to wisdom which comes from heaven. We know that wisdom comes from above because James tells us. Now, James is the brother of Jesus so we know that he is legit. James 1:5 tells us “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.” In our world today we hear people say all the time, that they hate being misunderstood or that they wish they had more understanding on certain topics. Here, Solomon is saying again that to get understanding is to be chosen over silver, which was another huge commodity in his time. I want to encourage y’all to ask our Father for these things. The word says that if we lack these things to ask God who gives generously. We serve a God who loves us and wants to give us the desires of our heart if they align with his will. So today, do not hesitate to ask God for wisdom and for understanding, truly desiring these traits over anything that the world can give you because if you chose the latter it will leave you empty and unsatisfied.
“Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord.” (16:5). This is a heavy verse and it can be a lot to digest. But, first let’s establish what these words mean. “Arrogant” means to be conceited or boastful. I think this verse is important because if we were to take a look at our world today then we would notice that there is arrogance all around us. The word “Abomination” means “a thing that causes disgust or hatred.” Now, I don’t know about you but I do not want to do anything that brings disgust to the lord. But let’s be honest with ourselves, we are humans in a lost world so we are going to mess up and miss the mark but we serve a gracious God who delights in us. Don’t get me wrong, yes, he does hate sin and what it does to us but he rejoices when we repent and turn to him, asking him for help and guidance in prayer. Let’s use the prayer of David for our example here in Psalm 139:24. “See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” This needs to be our prayer and heartbeat when addressing sin in our lives. Always going back to asking God to help us and guide us. It is easy to at times be arrogant for whatever reason but making a habit of it can become dangerous if we fail to acknowledge the contempt that it brings to our Father.
I have always loved the way this next verse is phrased… and yes it may because I love honey… “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (16:24). Here, Solomon is telling us what our words are like when they are gracious. When they are gracious it brings health to the body. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that our tongues hold the power of life and death. So if they have the ability to bless someone and bring life they also have the power to bring destruction. May we speak graciously towards one another building each another up in love. I like honey and I want my words to be as sweet as it. I hope this message encouraged you today to ask God for wisdom and to search our hearts to see if there is any way in us that is offensive the Lord. Lastly, may our words be honoring and life giving. Thank you Jesus for your word that stands the test of time and that every word still rings true today!
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Note From Team LO: In honor of Sadie and Christian’s wedding day quickly approaching, we have invited some very special people to share letters of love, encouragement, and wisdom. Today we have Sadie’s future husband, Christian.
When I think about our wedding day, I know that there will be so many emotions, so I hope this letter will help release any nervousness. I want you to know that I love you and you are soon going to hear every reason why you make me the happiest man in the world. And yes it has everything to do with marrying you. You are my best friend and the best teammate, an absolute rock star and the hardest worker I have ever met. I cannot imagine my life without you, you make me a better man every day and are always showing me how to love like Christ. I am so excited to start this journey with you and experience every season of life together.
Babe, we are about to married! Whoa! What? This is crazy. It feels just like yesterday we were making pottery in Nashville and I was telling the lady at the thrift store that you were my sister when she said “you guys are such a cute couple” and I’ll never forget the laugh that you gave me after that. Time flies babe and there isn’t a single thing that I would go back and change.
I am beyond ready to be your husband and for you to be my wife. So thankful for how Jesus has guided us and led us the whole way. What a magical moment we are about to encounter and oh the fruits of the spirit that will be evident in that space at our wedding.
I love doing life alongside of you and uplifting one another in all that we do. When you’re reading this take a break right here and go look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself of who and whose you are. Now, take a deep breath and be reminded at some of these amazing memories. A year ago from this week was the first time that we told each other we loved one another after you fell asleep on my shoulder watching the movie Masterminds and we realized that we were both really good at sports and made the best team together and would go on to be undefeated for a whole year in tennis and basketball.
This is funny now but wasn’t at the time… do you remember when we had our first argument in the airport in a little convenience store behind the magazine rack because I asked a million questions about our flight and what to do because I was on standby. Then, the guy at the ticket counter ended up giving me a ticket and said “if it means you’ll stop coming up here and annoying me here’s your ticket.”
One of my favorite memories was when I drove to west Monroe to surprise you and got to your house and called you saying “Hey I don’t remember the code to your gate” and you started going crazy and drew a blank forgetting the numbers in the code.
I’ll never forget the night that we were in Franklin at the Franklin Theatre watching Mrs. Doubtfire and the beginning of the movie had no volume, so one the guys recited the first 2 minutes and we laughed and laughed so hard.
When I look back at every memory, I only see you. You are the biggest blessing to my life and I loved getting to make the best memories in the world with my best friend. There are so many other amazing memories we have had but I am afraid this would be a book and not a blog post if I were to write them all out.
Every second I spend with you Sadie is a memory and it is time that I treasure and never take for granted. Thank you for being my person and loving me so beautifully.
Soon, we are about to make a covenant with the Lord and with each other that it is just us for a lifetime. Let’s go make the best memory that’s yet to come thus far and have the biggest celebration of all celebrations. I could not possibly be more excited to see you walk down the aisle, hoping that I don’t stutter every one of my vows because I’ll be so in awe of you. I love you so much. Soak it all in my love, this is happening!
Want more letters? Check out the other letters to Sadie from earlier this week!
I’m sitting in a coffee shop in Omaha, Nebraska, next to my beautiful fiancé, writing my first blog ever about the best day of my life. I hope this story encourages and inspires everyone who reads it and I hope every reader leaves this page more captivated than ever by the One who is the true orchestrator of this relationship, Jesus Christ.
Neither Sadie nor I could have ever imagined the timing and the way the Lord brought us together. We are both here, not because of anything either of us did, but because of God’s faithfulness and kindness toward those who love and serve Him. We serve an amazing God who loves us relentlessly and will stop at nothing to draw us near to Him. I hope you see a glimpse of His love through the way Sadie and I love one another.
So, here goes a play by play of the day that I proposed to Sadie Carroway Robertson, who is the love of my life.
Sadie and I have birthdays just two days apart, so we decided to have a huge party on June 9, 2019. Now this was a “birthday party” to Sadie, but to everyone else it was a little more than just a “birthday party.” Both of us had invited a ton of our friends and family to Louisiana for the party. Most of them already knew more was going to happen than just celebrating our birthdays.
The morning of June 9th, I woke up antsy as all get out, knowing this was going to be the day I would propose, but I tried to act calm so Sadie wouldn’t suspect what was happening. It was tough, let me tell you, because she can read me like a book. I was praying that morning for God to bring ease and calmness to the day, allowing me to soak it all up and enjoy the moment that He created.
It was a Sunday, so we (the family and lots of our friends) got up that morning and headed to church. Church was amazing which started our day off right. Following the church service, everyone carpooled back to Korie and Willie’s house for the party which was to start at 1:00 that afternoon. It didn’t take long for everyone to change clothes and get the party started! Korie had the day organized with lots of competitive games and relay races, which was perfect for Sadie and me. We both love to play anything. (Side note: Sadie and I have never lost a game when we team up together in any sport. No big deal 🙂 ) After we finished all the games and the relay races, everyone left to get ready for the big dinner that was going to happen that night. Sadie and I were sitting by the pond talking about the day while I was icing my ankle. As I was icing my “not so swollen ankle” trying to stall for little bit of time, I told Sadie that I needed her to go inside and put on one of her favorite outfits. At this point, she knew what was happening. I had asked her mom, my mom, and all her sisters to help her get ready so they all went upstairs to Sadie’s room.
When we were both dressed and ready, I met her at the bottom of the stairs accompanied by her dad, my dad, and her brothers. I had a stack of letters for her that each member of our immediate family had written. From there, we hopped into the Bronco and drove out to a farmhouse Korie and Willie own where everything was set up for our magical moment.
Once we got there, we sat down to pray for our relationship. We even prayed over the ring. The moment was so full in the spirit. We both had never felt every fruit of the spirit like we did that day, in that moment. Once I finished praying, I stood up and walked around the blanket with the biggest smile ever on my face and asked the question “Sadie, will you marry me?” She screamed “YES!” and started to cry from excitement. She jumped up into my arms and I spun her around several times before gently letting her down onto the blanket. Then we both began screaming and laughing out loud at how exciting this moment in time was.
Let me just tell you friend, this was the most exhilarating moment of my life. After the proposal, we both caught our breath and I drove us over to the barn that sits on the property. In the barn was a screen and a projector, along with popcorn, M&Ms, and a coke. These are all of her favorite movie things. Together we laughed and cried as we watched a slideshow of our life together so far. It was great remembering all the things we had done together this past year. Soaking all of it in, just the two of us, was amazing, but we were also excited to go back and celebrate with all our friends and family. As we pulled up at Korie and Willie’s house, everyone was outside and met us with the loudest shouts and hoorays. Of course, everyone wanted to see the ring, give us a hug and take a picture. I think in that order.
The night wasn’t over yet. We ate dinner, then watched the video of our proposal outside on a big screen. I was smart enough to have someone hiding to film the whole thing. I knew it was something we would always want to have and it was fun to have the film to show our family and friends the very night it happened. Then we slipped away from the party to just sit in the hammock and rest for a moment. We wanted to talk about our day and pray (gotta give credit where credits due) over how amazing it was.
We could not be more thankful for everyone who loves us enough to drive or fly all the way to Louisiana to celebrate that day with us. It was truly the most special celebration. Any love that God brings together is worthy of celebration and should be clothed in intentionality. Psalm 37:23 says “The Lord directs the steps of the Godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
Let me tell you friend, our Father is in the details of our lives and, oh boy, does He take delight in the little things. Our proposal day was a dream come true and one that we love to replay over and over in our heads.