The Proverbs Kaleidoscope

The word kaleidoscope means “beautiful shapes to look at and examine.” I think my favorite feature of kaleidoscopes, though, regardless of their beauty or collectibility, is there eclectic potential. Probably because, quite honestly, I’m an eclectic person. I dress as though I have tumbled out of the color wheel; I decorate my home in mixes of styles and hues; I like to cook without rhyme or reason. (My hubby refers to me and my in-kitchen escapades as “she who experiments.”) My propensity for such diversity probably explains why I’m drawn to not only the fragmented somersaults within a kaleidoscope but also the the varied flurry of the book of Proverbs.

Whether you choose to spin the Proverbs tumbler alone or with a kaleidoscope of friends who gather together to capture patterns of God’s ways for their lives, the result will be spectacular art.

What’s your favorite Proverb?


  1. Danya on April 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I love the Proverbs….Such wisdom and advice for people in all stages of life!

  2. Kathleen on April 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Patsy, I have never read Proverbs although it is on my list to do so. I love your blog as it really makes me think hard about things and the way I am. This has become my favorite web site to visit each day. Thank you

  3. Lynne on April 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Patsy ~ What a cool thought – that Proverbs are like a kaleidoscope of God’s thoughts!
    It’s impossible to pick just one (for me at least), so one I try to always remember is ” Every wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one tears it down with her own hands.” Prov 14:1. I also love the praise of a capable wife found in Prov 31:10-31. But, my all time favorite is “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are protected.” Prov 18:10.

  4. Patricia (Pollywog Creek) on April 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    My “favorite” Proverb today is 25:11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Oh that my words would be that rich. XOX

  5. FrenchGardenHouse on April 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Patsy, I too love Proberbs 25:11: Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket.

    But then, my favorite changes all the time. what a great way to see God’s Proverbs, like a kaleidoscope that we can spin.
    xo Lidy

  6. Peg on April 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Proverb 31. The day I first read it I knew it was written just for me. I’ve just completed a 3 year project of an illustrated counted cross stitch of the Proverb.

  7. Paula on April 15, 2011 at 6:52 am

    A soft answer turns away anger.

  8. Kimberly on April 15, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I agree Patsy! I also think God makes our lives like a kaleidoscope. Like the brown in your picture-that is our suffering and trials, the blue and green is God loving and healing us. Then the orange and yellow is us turning around and sharing that love with others.When His light shines the warmest and brightest.

  9. Laurie on April 15, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Psalm 46:10 (New International Version, ©2011)

    10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

    Thank You God for Your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ!

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