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Take Every Step with Jesus

        Dating in 2023 can be an extraordinary endeavor requiring a touch of divine grace. It’s a journey filled with time demands and expectations, where the potential for beauty can quickly turn into something dreadful if not approached with wisdom. Reflecting on my own experiences, I recall a time when I tried to handle everything on my own, even my dating life. I kept God at a distance, reserving His involvement for what I considered “big” matters. But in doing so, I neglected His guidance in the day-to-day affairs. In hindsight, I see that my resistance to …

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Need Wisdom? Ask God

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 One short verse, but so much truth here! Let’s unpack it together: Humility The verse begins, If any of you lacks wisdom. In order to receive, we must first acknowledge we lack it! A prideful heart resists asking for help. Self-sufficiency is a chief stumbling block to attaining wisdom. Ask God God is the source of wisdom. When we go looking elsewhere, true wisdom will elude us. At best, we will get a band-aid rather …

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Letting It Go

“A man’s wisdom gives him patience, it is to his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11 While the TSA may admonish air travelers, “If you see something, say something,” perhaps God’s advice would more often be, “If you see something, pray something.” The most Christ-like, holy action we take today might be to close our mouths: to choose prayer over retaliation, intercession over criticism. Perhaps the best way to hone this spiritual life skill is to practice the habit of “prayer walking” — allowing what you see to prompt you to pray. Resist the urge to condemn as you …

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Lay Hold and Hold On

“…Lay hold of my words with all your heart…” Proverbs 4:4 “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.” Proverbs 4:13 Have you ever laid hold of something as if your life depended on it (probably the equivalent of “with all your heart”)? If you’re in deep water and someone throws out a life preserver, you wouldn’t try to catch it with one finger – your arms would be embracing it. That’s the passion and intention with which we should lay hold of the Word of God. Laying hold is what …

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Knowledge, Wisdom, and Discipling

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7   After mulling over what it means to be a “woman who fears the Lord” in Proverbs 31, I came back to Proverbs 1 at the beginning of the month and found this nugget: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge … The place to begin for knowledge is a posture of reverence, holy fear, and awe towards God.  He is the source of all knowledge because He is the creator of all.  A rebellious heart may reject or …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Going Deeper in God’s Understanding

        Today we will be discussing going deeper into God’s understanding. This means that we will not lean upon our own understanding, but rather on God’s.  There are times when God calls us to go against man’s understanding. These are places where what we are doing makes no sense to “man”.  Many years ago now, I graduated with a degree in radiologic science (I took x-rays).  I loved my job and enjoyed serving the patients. But, I had a greater desire than serving my patients. God had placed a desire within me to be home with my …