Wisdom: the Pursuit

The teacher had a plan. I sure hated the idea of learning percentages in grade school. Addition and subtraction and such seemed to be enough to get by in life. The entire class agreed with me the day the teacher introduced us to the next level of math. Apparently, we weren’t her first students to balk at the idea because our teacher already knew what to do. Seasoned in her field of expertise, she had a plan –called Persuade them with Pie. With pies lined up on the table, the mathematical question was, “What percentage of pie would be left …

Wisdom: What Is It

Everyone wants to be happy – myself included. Sometimes, I find happiness when I write. When ideas are flowing as words unto the paper, I can work long hours into the night. But, if the ideas stop and I get writer’s block, I can barely stand to stay at my desk over a few minutes at a time. My husband brings me great joy. Until hispile of stuff beside hischair encroaches myspace, which admittedly, we both consider to be the rest of the house. Except for his sink in the bathroom. I don’t claim it either. Our dogs make me laugh. …

Wisdom: Where To Begin

Starting is often the hardest. Have you ever wanted to do a project and not known where to begin? You can visualize the end result. You know a general direction to go. You even are aware of people that can help you. You feel confident that if you begin on the right path, the end goal is achievable. You just can’t seem to figure out where to start. Starting the path to wisdom can be hard – quite daunting if we don’t know where to begin. Wisdom comes from God. “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs …

Wisdom: What We Can Expect

Averages and Expectations. I read that the average washing machine will perform 5,100 cycles before biting the dust. The average length of a mystery novel is 70,000 words. The average person speaks 138 words a minute. The average toddler sleeps ten hours a night. And the average passenger 747 airplane is retired after 27 years of service. For researchers, these tidbits of information are important. If a product or service is being offered, averages provide a guideline of what a consumer can expect. I’m usually on the consuming end, so I’m more about the expectations. I want the life of …

Wisdom: It’s Urgent

We always seem to be in a hurry. Everyone is in a hurry these days, and our town is suffering because of it. Our main bridge has been under construction for over two years. To say the locals are tired of the slow progress is an understatement. We want the bridge done, and we want it done eighteen months ago. It doesn’t seem to matter which side of the bridge you live on, if you work, your job is on the other side of the river. At shift changes, everyone wants to get somewhere – anywhere – everywhere quick, and …

Wisdom: Be Bold

Boldly seek wisdom.  King Solomon boldly asked God for wisdom and was granted his request. The Bible says he was the wisest man of his time. “God gave Solomon very great wisdom and understanding, and knowledge as vast as the sands of the seashore. In fact, his wisdom exceeded that of all the wise men of the East and the wise men of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4: 29-30 The king searched the earth – the entire scope of man’s resources and capabilities. What did he learn along the way? He discovered everything under the sun was useless. Wisdom’s lesson was …

Concentrate and Breathe

Danny is being asked to concentrate a lot lately. It is hard work. But it is producing results. Sometimes he finds he is holding His breath and the visiting therapist will say breathe! I have had to remind myself more than once during all this to just breathe. And to concentrate. Concentrate on Danny. And most of all God’s Word and His faithfulness to it. Oh beloved, God is with you and He is telling you that you don’t have to hold your breath. He also says now is the time to concentrate. Remind yourself what the Word says. That’s …

Dear Younger Me

“If I knew then what I know now…” These wishful words are usually spoken in regret of something we should have done differently. However, we aren’t born with instant knowledge and wisdom. There are those rare people who will heed the advice of someone who has already been down the road. But most of us are experiential learners. We read about someone’s problem and their solution, all the while believing we will obtain different results. Usually, we experience the same failures and pain. We must attend the school of life where experience is the greatest teacher. Looking Forward—No Regrets Mercy …

Detours Are Not Always Bad

As I made my way down the street, I came upon a road construction sign. The sign was huge and fluorescent orange; it sure enough got my attention.  The words clearly marked: “ROAD CLOSED”.  Taking heed to the sign, I momentarily paused trying to decide which direction to take.  However, I took a detour to the right and continued to my destination. Why was the road closed?  Was the area flooded due to the heavy rains?  Could it have been trees that had fallen and blocked the path?  I may never know the reason, but the sign was a sure …

Comes With Wisdom

“My son pay attention to what I say, listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are left to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”  Proverbs [4:20]-23 The wisdom we receive from our Heavenly Father is to be placed in our hearts where it will be forever.  We may try to ignore it but it will always be there.  The wicked will enter our lives and try to disrupt the way …

The Wisdom of God

I Corinthians [3:18]-20  “Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a ‘fool’ so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness,’ and again, ‘The LORD knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.’” I’m sure you can think of someone who is smarter than you. I could tell you about a few different people I’ve taken classes with or listened to lectures from who I …