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.

Surround Yourself with Sharp People

 

Jody Capehart, Donna Skell and Karol Ladd

   “Walk with the wise and you’ll be wise.  A companion of fools suffers harm,” Solomon

 Looking forward to seeing you this week at PWC, Tuesday at 12:00 at Prestonwood Country Club. Our speaker is Janee Harrell. You are in for a treat.  See you soon.  Here’s a little reflection from the writer’s conference Donna and I hosted this past weekend…

We never stop learning!  We grow and mature from life experiences, but we also learn from the people God places in our lives.  Surround yourself with wise people who encourage your growth both mentally and spiritually.  Solomon reminded us, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Who sharpens you?

This weekend I was involved in hosting the 4th annual Christian Writers Conference through Roaring Lambs Ministries.  It was a tremendous event.  Although I was a speaker at the conference, I was also a learner.  I was surrounded by wise and seasoned authors like Mary DeMuth, Jody Capehart, Mary Hollingsworth, Allison Botkke, June Hunt and Kerby Anderson.  This was an opportunity not only for fresh writers to develop their skills, but also for mature writers to grow.

Kerby Anderson’s message especially hit home with me as I learned the importance of understanding our culture in order to reach them with the message of Christ.  I was personally challenged to be aware of new avenues for sharing my message and to stay current in order to speak truth in today’s society.

Concerning our message, he told us to consider:

– Uniqueness: how are you different?

– Expertise: what makes you credible?

– Branding: expert or keen observer

If we are to be effective in sharing a message of truth to the unbelieving world, we must be intentional about learning, adapting and growing.  I encourage you to walk with the wise and surround yourself with people who will challenge you and help you see new potential and possibilities all around you.  Keep on Growing!

To learn more about Kerby Anderson go to www.Probe.org or www.Pointofview.net