Your “Most Treasured” List

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What are some of the things you treasure most in life? For me, it’s time with family and friends. I treasure times of laughter and shared life experiences. I treasure the relationship I have with the Lord – His presence, His grace, His salvation and His Truth. I treasure wisdom, realizing it is one of the most valuable pursuits in life. I treasure taking long walks with my husband, savoring a good book and enjoying a little bit of alone time to write.

What about you? What would be on your “Most Treasured” list?

All too often we rush through our days, without really considering what it is that makes our heart feel rich and full. I believe It’s important to consider what we treasure, because it helps us think through our priorities and what we want to pursue in life. Sometimes it is difficult to identify what we value most in life. It takes contemplation, thoughtfulness and prayer.

This week, take some time to create your list. Perhaps it will make you want to readjust some priorities or re-look at some of the reasons why you treasure what you do. Let’s not assume that everything we treasure is necessarily best for our life. Maybe there’s a few things we shouldn’t treasure so much – areas that may have gotten our lives a little out of balance.

I also want to encourage you to start a discussion this week with those who are close to you, and ask them what they treasure in life. It will allow you to enter their world and open your understanding of their heart’s desires.

Finally, let’s reflect on what Jesus said about treasures.

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Matthew 6:19-21

What does Jesus mean by treasures in heaven? Ponder and reflect on His words this week, and ask Him to guide you as you consider what it means to lay up true and lasting treasures.

Wisdom

Jan 9

As the new year begins, having a positive focus and direction can help us journey through each day with hope and strength. One idea that helps me is to choose a word for the week and contemplate what the Bible has to say about that word all week long. As I ponder my positive word for the week, I think about how the word can have an effect on both my life and my actions, and especially how I interact with others and the Lord. This week’s word is “Wisdom.” The book of Proverbs has quite a bit to say about wisdom: Consider the following passages:

For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
Proverbs 3:7,8

Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Proverbs 3:13-18

Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you
.  Proverbs 4:5,6

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

 

Each of these verses motivates me to pursue wisdom – and not my own wisdom, but God’s wisdom. In pursuing wisdom I am ultimately pursuing God. Wisdom begins with Him. I want to know Him in a fresh and deeper way by studying His Word and spending time with him in prayer. How will you pursue wisdom this week?

 

 

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Join me each week as we consider a positive word and apply it to our daily living.