Dirt and Belly Aches – Proverbs 19

Have you cared for a child who eats dirt? No matter how I warned him and hoped to protect him, my son would sometimes give me a dirty smile like he was having the greatest fun sampling our backyard turf.

My little guy would lash out when I ran my finger through his mouth to remove the debris, protesting the injustice he endured. Sometimes it was a real battle.

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used with permission shay1448

He did lose his taste for it when he got older, after several episodes of intense abdominal pains that left him writhing on the carpet.

“A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord” (Proverbs 19:3 NIV).

I can think of other examples when I blamed God for something that was the result of my own decisions, and when I’ve asked “Why didn’t he prevent this from happening to me?”

“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise” (verse 20).

It’s good to listen to the advice from someone who may know a little more than I do. It could save me from a few belly-aches.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of the books "Jesus Talked to Me Today" and "Seeking His Presence," and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Junction City, Oregon. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has also written for Warner Press since 2016 and posts devotions on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .


  1. My children are all grown, Ann, but the child in me still misbehaves sometimes. It’s pretty silly when I do something dumb and then get mad about it. “a person’s own folly leads to their ruin.”

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