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Get all the advice and instruction you can,

    so you will be wise the rest of your life.

Proverbs 19:20 (NLT)

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School begins so much earlier than when I was a child. The day after Labor Day was always the beginning of the year but the calendar has been adjusted to accommodate weather, holidays, and finals. The lazy days of summer are over for my grandgirlies.

My mother was always a student, maybe because she was a teacher. I had a great example as she took sewing lessons, needlepoint, cooking, organ, golf, Bible study, to name a few, well into her seventies. It was as natural as breathing to her.

Fall indicates a new start for me— a new season for Bible Study, choir, MOPS, and I’m ready to get going. I’ve taken my share of classes but Mom has me beat. Yet, I’m always curious, ever a reader, looking for the “why” of things, wanting to know more of God and His wisdom.

Speaking of seasons, I have the luxury to choose the activities I want to do since I’m in that Fall season of life. But for some, young children, busy work schedules, demanding deadlines, family responsibilities, financial burdens…keep the wheel spinning—often faster than we like.

My encouragement to you is to take some time to listen to the Master so that in all the “doing,” you are “being.” Your heart and soul will be at rest and life will be full of joy and not stuff. That is wisdom.

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Wisdom in the Quiet

A gracious woman gains respect,

    but ruthless men gain only wealth.

Your kindness will reward you,

    but your cruelty will destroy you.

Proverbs 11:16-17 (NLT)

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Getting up early in the quiet, and often dark, part of the morning has become a cherished routine. I gather my devotionals, journal, and Bible and settle into my couch. Since GRACE is my word for 2015, I’ve collected a few books with that theme and am gaining insight as to what grace really looks like.

But it occurred to me that I was doing a lot of reading of everything but the Bible. I know God wants to speak to me directly and His word is the best source. Devotionals are wonderful but the meat is in the Word.

I love the Psalms and have worked my way through them a couple of times, however, I wanted something different. Proverbs came to mind since it was the first of the month and there are 31 chapters.

I’m using my iPad these days because of my vision. I can increase the font so it is much easier to read. I can also highlight with a simple click.

As I reread Proverbs 11, a theme emerged. Several character qualities were listed: discretion, generosity, graciousness, kindness, honesty, integrity, godliness, and humility.

Thought provoking. Where am I on the scale?

Proverbs is known as a book on wisdom. I’m praying that God will teach me and prod me in areas that need work.

Wise words bring many benefits,

    and hard work brings rewards.

Proverbs 12:14 (NLT)

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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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