Saturday, November 22, 2008

gleaning wisdom

A few weeks ago I was at my cousin's birthday party when I heard some great advice. I heard my aunt say that she and her husband "always prayed for wisdom" when their kids where growing up. OK, granted, this is nothing new. I know this and you know this. But when I heard these words this time, they hit me like a ton of bricks! Wisdom - that is exactly what I needed! Why didn't I think of this before. Now don't get me wrong, I've prayed for wisdom before, lots of times. However, this time it was different. I had a clearer understanding of what I was praying for. So the next time I sat down to pray, I didn't just pray "Lord give me wisdom .(dot).(dot).(dot)" moving on to something different but "LORD, GIVE ME WISDOM, understanding, a willing heart, a teachable spirit." Now... I know that wisdom is not going to just "pop" into my brain and I will be a wise person. It is going to take some action on my part. What better place to start than Proverbs. Again, a no-brainer. We've all read it before, several times I'm sure. This time my husband is reading it with me and commentating on it as well (I learn so much better when he reads and shares his insights with me). And this time, though I have read it plenty of times before, it is sinking in deeper. Now no, I am not all-wise and full of understanding. In fact I have a long way to go, but I am enjoying the journey ( I will tell you more about that later). Not only do I have God's Word, prayer, and a godly husband to gain wisdom from, but as I look around, God has surrounded me with quite a few wise people to glean from too.

Thank you Lord for wisdom, for your Word, for wise friends, and for a godly husband.


gina said...

so true! such a good reminder! thanks for the pics.

Jessi said...

Thanks for your wisdom, Jena. You've been a huge encouragement to me (not just in this post but through your life of obedience and submission). You're part of a wise group of brothers and sisters for which I am thankful.

nGogo said...

Oh, my goodness!!! I love that picture of Simeon on the railroad track. What a fitting picture to a great post. I always found it so beneficial to pray for wisdom at lightning speed. Like when one of my children did something or said something that needed an immediate response and I didn't have a clue what to do or say. Somehow? I was given the right thing at the right does that happen?? ;-D

jena said...

Thank you nGogo for your wisdom and instruction- you've been encouraging!

Jessi and Gina - I am thankful for you and all that I have learned from you two!