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Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5: 14 (NLT)

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Beth Moore recently celebrated twenty years of writing and publishing Bible Studies for women that include a workbook and video. My first study was about 12 years ago, in a small group with just the workbook. We didn’t even know she had an accompanying video.

After moving to Arizona, I attended the complete study on Daniel and it has been a “love affair” ever since. She speaks my language. I learn something new every time.

I’m currently studying Children of the Day — 1 & 2 Thessalonians. This weeks lesson had some thought-provoking questions. Beth stated,”The social ethics of our culture have turned the way we communicate inside out.”

I called my daughter and we started talking about social media and its effects.There is no doubt that our culture and communication has changed dramatically. We mentioned some of the things that are standards for our particular generations that we don’t even question: microwaves, records, cell phones, cassette players, Walkman, TV remotes. It will be so different for my grandgirlies.

I started pondering what our communication looks like today. Valentine’s Day has passed and I realized that texting and smiley face emoticons were just not cutting it for me, even though the cards had been mailed and received. Hearing voices and listening to words, seeing faces and sharing emotions are becoming a lost art. I wanted to talk to the girls.

No one loves technology more than I do, but there is something sweet and tender about a written thank you note or that phone call or FaceTime strictly to say “I love you and miss you.”

Life is busy and technology allows us to stay connected. But true closeness carries risk. It’s easier to send an email or text.  However, to have the trust and freedom to challenge or encourage a friend requires personal communication and interaction.

Something to think about.

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Wisdom

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

James 3:17 (NLT)

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Over the years, I have prayed for wisdom when facing tough situations, life-changing decisions, or just downright confused.

I was talking with a friend about making a fairly simple decision about a purchase for her house. She told me she was a great researcher but a lousy decider. I’m a fairly good problem-solver and make decisions easily, but there are still times when I have no idea what to do.

Our sweet dog, Parker, has been diagnosed with Cushing’s disease this week. We have agonized over what treatment to follow for her. My journal is filled with pleas for wisdom.

As a believer in Christ, I know that He promises that the Holy Spirit will guide me. However, what does that look like? How will I know?

This morning I read the verse in James and it hit like it was printed in neon lights. Wisdom is:

Pure

Peace-loving

Gentle at all times

Willing to yield to others

Full of mercy and good deeds

Shows no favoritism

Always sincere

If i’m willing to use these criteria when evaluating a problem, God will give me wisdom. I wonder what the situation in Iraq or Afghanistan would be today if our nation’s leaders followed them? Our own country desperately needs a path forward in so many areas. Many are in quandary over personal relationships.

God loves us and grieves when He watches us flounder around in the dark. He has given us an instruction book — we need to open it up.

Let’s choose to study that book, the Bible, in 2014. Check out a local Bible Study that you might join. There are many online options and reading plans for you to choose from. Christian book stores are filled with devotional material. Make it part of your daily schedule and watch for His leading and blessing.

 

 

 

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