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With a Thankful Heart

 

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S – “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16

O/A – Let the word of Christ abundantly live in you. His word should fill my heart to overflowing. When His word fills my heart, I can teach and admonish others with wisdom as they teach and admonish me. To admonish is to warn, exhort, or caution. When His word fills us then we are able to teach others with wisdom. At the same time singing praise to Him, singing the Psalms and being filled with thankfulness in our hearts. My heart should be filled with thankfulness, not worry, complaints, judgments etc.

I need to let His word abundantly fill me and live in me.
I need to teach and exhort others.
I need to sing psalms and hymns continually in my heart.
My heart needs to be filled with thankfulness to God.

P – Jesus, please help me live this way. Help me make your word an absolute priority in my life so that it fills my mind and heart and comes out in exhortation and song and thankfulness. Thank you that you are so incredibly patient with me. I love you Lord.

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Find the Treasure!

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S – “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry around for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)

O – Solomon teaches us that wisdom is from God and we find it in His word but we must ask for it, cry out for it, search for it and seek to understand. We must apply our hearts to understand His truth.

A – I like to ask God for wisdom, then walk away expecting Him to just zap me and make me wise. I get up from prayer and…Boom! I am wise. His words here tell me I need to store up His commands, turn my ear to wisdom, apply my heart, look for it as I would look for silver, search for it as for hidden treasure. That sounds like work! I don’t get instantaneous wisdom. I need to search the scriptures every day looking for His wisdom, memorize His commands to hide them in my heart, listen to teaching on His word, and APPLY my HEART to understand and live it not just to hear.  I need to give my all to find His wisdom. If I were searching for hidden treasure, I would spend a lot of time meditating on where to look, I would be obsessed with finding the treasure. I would look until I succeeded.

Yes, I ask God for wisdom and wisdom comes from Him:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 (NIV)

But, I need to do my part by giving my all to seek Him and His wisdom, to study His word, meditate on His truth, memorize scripture and APPLY it to my heart and life.

P – Father, thank you that you gave us the gift of your Word and that in it we can find wisdom. Thank you that your Spirit allows us to understand truth and apply it. Please help me to search for wisdom as for hidden treasure. Please help me live it out each day.Thank you for your unfailing love!

Accept, Store, Listen, Apply, Call out, Cry for, Look, and Search – Finding wisdom requires action.

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Someday

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Someday I will paint a picture

with warm and vibrant colors.

Someday I will write beautiful words

that will dance in a person’s soul.

Someday I will write letters

to those I love and

tell them what they mean to me.

Someday I will learn how to play beautiful music

that comes from the depths of my heart.

Someday I will tell people

what God has done for me.

Someday I will teach my child

all the lessons that are in my heart.

Someday I will let my light shine

as God wants me to.

Someday…….

When is someday?

When will that be?

How long have I waited for that day to come?

If someday does not become today,

it will not ever come.

Today I will….

What will you do today?

 

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Opportunity is Knocking

 

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“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16

Paul challenges us here to be careful [take heed, look, beware, see, walk circumspectly] and to be wise. Not plowing ahead blindly without looking where we’re going or even taking thought of where we want to go. We need to seek wisdom and not be foolish. The wise person looks around them and is aware of what’s going on. We need to open our eyes and make the most of every opportunity because the days are evil! Not wearing blinders, not putting our heads in the sand. We need to see the evil in the world, see the opportunities God gives us and make the most of them by using them to do good, to share truth and to shine the light.

It’s easy to walk with blinders on and pretend that what I see right in front of me is all that’s real. But the truth is the world is full of evil and corruption and it’s dying. The world is groaning, longing to be free of its curse. I need to walk with my eyes open and be aware of what is true and SEE the opportunities God brings.

I missed an opportunity this week. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence that the same woman came into my path two days in a row but I put my blinders on. I didn’t listen to God and respond. I can’t know what would’ve happened if I’d made the most of that opportunity but I can learn and be ready the next time.

Dear Lord, I want to walk wisely; I want to make the most of the opportunities you give me. I know how evil this world is. Open my eyes Jesus. Please help me make the most of the opportunities you give me.

What opportunities will God bring to us today? Are we ready?

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Preparing for the Battle Ahead | Internet Cafe Devotions – Jennifer Slattery

My friend,  author and blogger Jennifer Slattery , shares some great wisdom on how to be prepared for  tragedies and trials that may come our way. Please join her at Internet Cafe Devotions:

 

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Letting Go of “Stupid”

Those labels…

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As I was walking the other day, I was thinking about a decision I made that didn’t turn out so well. The term “stupid” came to mind. I realized I shouldn’t use that term for myself. Soon I was aware that the word had come to my mind 3 or 4 times in just a few minutes. I wondered if this word was part of my inner thoughts more often than I realized. As I was looking at God’s amazing creation, I considered how God might feel about my constant use of that word. Immediately, I felt Him say, “It makes me sad.” I heard Him say in my heart, “Don’t call what I made stupid. I love you.” I thought of all the wonderful truths in His word.

I am “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

He says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love…” Jeremiah 31:3

Yet, I didn’t know what word to use instead of “stupid”. I felt…stupid. Should I say, I “made a mistake”? I made a “poor decision”?

I pondered on the truth that God never views me as “stupid”. I am 61 years old and I have always struggled with this name. Maybe it’s because I remember my dad calling my mom “stupid” on numerous occasions. Maybe because once in frustration he made a statement comparing me to a mentally challenged person we knew (Don’t misunderstand – I know my dad loved me wholeheartedly. It was just that one time but I remember it.) Maybe because I struggled with math my entire life, which always made me feel…you know. Or maybe it is because we are all sinners and aware of how weak we are. We are all prone to listen to those negative voices in our head whether it comes from the past, from the world or from our enemy. I am realizing I have to let this word go. It has been a barb in my heart too long.

“Stupid” is defined as “lacking intelligence or common sense. (Slow, simple-minded)” The word “stupid” actually strikes fear in my heart.

The fear it might be true.

In looking at the words of Jesus, it isn’t about being stupid; it is about being either wise or foolish. And the only thing that makes a person foolish is to ignore the teaching of God and go his or her own way. The wise person loves and listens to God. The foolish person won’t listen to His truth and does what they want. There are probably as many different levels of intelligence in the world as there are people. Our intelligence does not determine our worth.

Paul quotes Isaiah in 1 Corinthians 1:19 “For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’”

The wisest person might be the one with the lowest IQ if that person is following God with all their heart. Paul continues,

“But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

There is danger in being too “smart” in this world. As Paul warned in 1 Corinthians 3:18, “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools so that you may become wise.

Perhaps I need to focus as Paul did on being a “fool for Christ.” 1 Corinthians 4:10a

When I read 1 Corinthians 1:30, my heart sings,

“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

What beautiful truth! Jesus is my wisdom! I think what I need to remember when the “S” word comes to mind is what Paul said in 1:31 “Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” Focusing on myself and whether or not I am stupid, smart or whatever is just pride. Anything and everything I am and have is a gift from Him including any “wisdom” I have.

My goal when the word “stupid comes to mind is to remember to thank Jesus for being my wisdom and to repent of pride.

Do you struggle with a “label” like stupid? Let Jesus replace it with “loved”.

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