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Wisdom

“Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?

She takes her stand on the top of the high hill,
Beside the way, where the paths meet.

She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:” Proverbs 8:1-3 NKJV

The scripture is full of verses about wisdom and how it comes directly from God alone.

Proverbs 8 puts a personality to wisdom, and we are allowed to gain insight from these words. It begins with wisdom calling from the path, the gateway, and the door.

Each place is a choice.

On the hill where paths meet, the person must choose to take one or the other.

The same is true with the gate and the door, either enter or turn away.

With each of these moments of choice we see Wisdom calling out to those making these decisions.

“All the words of my mouth are with righteousness;
Nothing crooked or perverse is in them.

They are all plain to him who understands,
And right to those who find knowledge.

Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;” Proverbs 8:8-10 NKJV

Wisdom is waiting for those who are making daily decisions to stop and listen before choosing, to look for the truth of what would be best, what would be right and we see what is gained by listening to Wisdom: righteousness, understanding, knowledge, and instruction.

And is it any wonder that if we turn to listen to God’s wisdom we gain those things for it is with wisdom He created.

“When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,

Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,

Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.” Proverbs 8:29-31 NKJV

Wisdom rejoiced at His inhabited world and delighted in the sons of men.

Wow.

Wisdom has always been an option if we will simply ask God.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NKJV

Wisdom is given when sought.

It is up to the individual.

Will you seek God’s wisdom?

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word and for the promise to provide all we need, including wisdom. Lord, help us not to be stiff-necked, but to instead seek You and Your wisdom for our lives each day. You alone have the understanding of how this world is put together and how to handle the different issues we face. Lord, thank You for knowing ahead of time what we would need and providing it for us in Your Word. Lord, let us be those who seek after wisdom as those who seek treasure, never giving up. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Using my time wisely

These are a few of the things I’ve been making while having to stay in my room due to the air quality.

I hadn’t planned on being confined, so when it became obvious that I would be, I began praying.

Seeking the Lord, for His plans during this time.

I wanted to use my time wisely.

Of course I continued to home school.

But I felt there were other things the Lord wanted me to do as well.

So, my yarn box came out of the closet and I began working.

I’m actually very grateful to God.

He helped me so much!

I’ve been able to make six Christmas gifts while under confinement.

Nothing fancy, but definitely a blessing.

Christmas is a long way off, but since we have three birthdays that month, I’ve learned to work earlier.

Last year I didn’t think about shipping times, so several gifts were very late.

This year I’m trying to get it done in plenty of time to avoid a replay.

As I am able to leave my room and return to my household duties, I’m still praying for wisdom.

Just because I’m able to do more, doesn’t mean I always know the best use for my time.

But, I know how to find out what is.

Time with Jesus.

He always answers and guides my day if I let Him lead.

Of course there are times when I don’t.

I get busy with my own agenda and off I go…

I normally end up with something going sideways which brings me back to the Shepherd.

I’m so thankful to Him for His faithfulness.

Although there is such tragedy and difficult things happening all around us, I am encouraged by the personal testimonies of people helping and loving one another.

I’m not able to go out and do those things.

But I can stand in prayer for them.

I can do what God puts on my heart daily and trust Him.

I can use my time wisely, and honor God with my praise.

I can thank Him for all the ways He is helping the hurting and saving the lost.

I can be obedient in today and let go of the things I can’t do.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for being in today. Thank You for being a part of each day. Thank You for shining Your truth into my heart and mind. Lord, I want to use my time wisely, because I don’t know how much I get and I don’t want to waste any. Thank You for always being so faithful, for guiding and directing me, especially when I’m heading in the wrong way. Lord, please keep my feet firmly in Your paths. Please keep my eyes fixed upon You. Please keep the throne of my heart as only You deserve to be there. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Colossians 4:5 NKJV — Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

I needed to hear that…

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17

I hadn’t really wanted to at first.

Upon receiving my new phone I didn’t see any point to download a Bible app.

I love reading my Bible.

But I’m partial to the hard copy.

I want to be able to underline.

I like the feel of holding it.

I just didn’t see a need for one on my phone.

Yet, the voice of the Lord doesn’t have to follow my ideals.

(Frankly, I’m so glad He doesn’t!)

So, I downloaded the app.

When it asked me, “Want to join a reading plan of the book of James?” I didn’t put much thought into it.

I love that book.

Why not add it to what I’m already reading elsewhere?

This morning it was obvious.

James 3:17

It was exactly what I needed to hear this morning.

Before I had begun my day I had been talking with the Lord.

Frankly, I was whining.

There was something I want and the answer had been, “no”.

But instead of letting it go, I have brought the item back before the Lord more than once.

It shames me to admit,

I just didn’t want to let it go.

But as I read “willing to yield”

I knew.

God has answered.

And I need to yield.

The crazy thing about it is

this is actually a very small thing.

But I know those who are faithful in little will be trusted with much.

(Luke 19:17)

And I really do want wisdom from above.

(James 1:5-8)

I want it more than anything temporary.

I got the message.

It was a pleasure to yield.

Especially as I kept reading.

“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18

Not only do I want the wisdom from above, I really want the fruit of righteousness.

I’m so thankful for these verses, which turned my heart from one of questioning to one willing to yield.

I’m also very thankful for the Bible app.

It’s a small thing.

Yet, what an impact one small moment of obedience has had.

“Dear Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Both in print and on my phone. Please continue to speak to me and our family through it. Lord, please forgive me for being stiff necked and not taking no for an answer the first time. Lord, I want Your wisdom and all the benefits which go with it. Please help me to walk with integrity. Thank You for Your incredible patience. Thank You for Your love. I love You!”

Words of wisdom

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Often it is difficult
to
find
the best
words.

What is to be said when hearing of tragedy?

Which words are chosen to comfort the broken?

How is wisdom to be spread when meaning is lost in the sentence?

Speaking with my Mom – in – law today about the struggles of knowing how to guide our children.

She agreed it is difficult
to
know
what to say
and
when to
keep silent.

Knowing how to deal with growing bodies
and relationships
and learning
disabilities
and still holding
on to the joy
of
childhood.

Discerning the times to
step in and save
or to allow choices
to teach
a lesson.

Letting go of the past
and my dreams of
our children’s
future
and
allowing
God to guide.

I am so thankful
that I don’t have
to know it
all.

I am not
the one responsible
for the wisdom.

I have only to seek it myself
and pass it on
to those behind me.

For the tragedy, I can pray.
For the broken,  I can relate Jesus’ love for each of us.
For the wisdom,  I can simply say,
“Let’s see what the Bible says about this problem.”

For the Bible was right.

“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.”
Proverbs 3:13