Better (W4D1) All Alone

Week 4. Monday: All Alone PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: 8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business! UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon tells us that if we spend

Better (W3D6) Prepare for Sunday

Saturday: Prepare for Sunday REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week. PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage. READ: Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun: 8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless—a miserable business! 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls a

Better (W3D5) Satisfied

Friday: Satisfied PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. 20 They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with gladness of heart. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double

Better (W3D4) Can't Take It With You

Thursday: Can't Take It With You PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 5:13-17 13 I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owners, 14 or wealth lost through some misfortune, so that when they have children there is nothing left for them to inherit. 15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands. 16 This too is a grievous evil: As everyone comes, so they depart, and what do they gain, since they toil for the wind? 17 All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger. UNDERSTAND: get a dee

Better (W3D3) Never Enough

Week 3. Wednesday: Never Enough PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 5:10-12 10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on them? 12 The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about w

Better (W3D2) Less is More

Week 3. Tuesday: Less Is More PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 4:5-6 5 Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves. 6 Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon tells us that it is better to have less with tranquillity (peace, rest, happiness, contentment) than to have more with toil (stress, anxiety, and trouble). This does not mean we should have nothin

Better (W3D1) Envious

Week 3. Monday: Envious PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 4:4 4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon says that all toil (trouble, stress, striving) and all achievement (success, profit, skill) stem from our envy of each other. We anxiously strive to attain what others have so we can feel successful and imp

Better (W2D6) Prepare for Sunday

Saturday: Prepare for Sunday REVIEW: Take a few minutes to make a list of what you’ve learned this week. PRAY: Ask God to use this time to help you get familiar with Sunday’s scripture passage. READ: Ecclesiastes 4:4-6 4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 5 Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves. 6 Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 10 Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. 11 As goods increase, so do those who consume them. An

Better (W2D5) Number Your Days

Week 2. Friday: Number Your Days PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage we find the secret to gaining wisdom. Wisdom is not found in what you have but in understanding how much time you have left. Life is short and the seasons are even shorter. We're only young once. Our kids will be grown before we know it. Everything happens faster than we expected. Th

Better (W2D4) Be Happy and Do Good

Week 2. Thursday: Be Happy and Do Good PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon tell us that there is nothing better for us to be happy and do good in the short time we have in this life. While our happ

Better (W2D3) There's More Than This Life

Week 2. Wednesday: There's More Than This Life PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon begins with an important question. What do workers gain from the

Better (W2D2) Expectations

Week 2. Tuesday: Expectations PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 3:4-8 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the k

Better (W2D1) A Time and a Season for Everything

Week 2. Monday: A Time & Season for Everything PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon tells us that life is not a random series of events. Life is a timeline of diff

Better (W1D5) Without God

Week 1. Friday: Without God PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 2:24-25 24 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Snapshot: In this passage Solomon tells us that we should be enjoying our lives. But true satisfaction and joy only comes from the hand of God. We can chase everything the world has

Better (W1D4) Anxious Striving

Week 1. Thursday: Anxious Striving PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 2:17-23 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 18 I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me. 19 And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless. 20 So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun. 21 For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, a

Better (W1D3) Chasing the Wind

Note: We apologize for the delay in getting you the daily devotions for this week. This is devotion 3 of 3 you will receive today. After this we will be back on schedule. Week 1. Wednesday: Chasing the Wind PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. 2 “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” 3 I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives. 4 I undertook great proj

Better (W1D2) How's That Working For You?

Note: We apologize for the delay in getting you the daily devotions for this week. This is devotion 2 of 3 you will receive today. After this we will be back on schedule. Week 1. Tuesday: How’s That Working For You? PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” 3 What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of th

Better (W1D1) Don't Conform to the Norm

Note: We apologize for the delay in getting you the daily devotions for this week. This is devotion 1 of 3 you will receive today. After this we will be back on schedule. Week 1. Monday: Don’t Conform to the Norm PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word. READ: Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words Begin by underlining nouns with a single line, double underline verbs, and circle descriptive words. Make a list of the key words/phrases and think about what they mean. Sna

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