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Sunday Rewind for June 2, 2013: Wisdom

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 I’ve decided to devote Mondays to a rewind of what I’ve learned on Sunday.

I don’t know about you, but for me Sundays are busy. Great, but busy.  I often find myself on overload from all the great information I’ve heard, read, learned, studied, etc., from Sunday.  I want to carry it into my life and practically apply it.

But honestly, much of the time, Monday comes, and the busyness of everyday “normal” life happens, and I forget a lot (if not all 🙂 ) of what I’ve heard.  Which of course means I don’t get around to applying much of it to my life!

So, here goes, my first Sunday Rewind.  And boy was it a doozy for me – and a confirmation that the Lord is leading me to write this blog, and to do a Sunday Rewind post (so I don’t forget it all!).

The overall theme for the day: Wisdom.

Generally we start our Sundays with a Bible Study at church.  Our class is currently studying the Holy Spirit.  We’ve been going through the New Testament Scriptures on the Holy Spirit, and examining them one (or a few) at a time.

Yesterday’s Scripture was 1 Corinthians 12, and was talking about Spiritual Gifts. I volunteered to read it out loud for the class.

            “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom,”

– 1 Corinthians 12

Our teacher stopped me there – and I was very glad he did!

Have you ever just had your breath taken away by Scripture? Where you knew God was speaking directly to you through His Word? (If not – I encourage you to keep reading the Bible – He will!)

I was very glad for the break in reading here.  I needed a minute to grasp the full measure of the weight of this. Wisdom is a Spiritual Gift, given by the Holy Spirit – for the common good.

As I’ve started this blog, I’ve debated over many names (in fact this is the 3rd blog I’ve created in the last month).  I needed to find a short, easy to remember name, that encompassed who I am and what I wanted (and am being led) to write about.

Not an easy task for anyone I’m sure. And every “good” name I came up with – someone else had already come up with and already registered – drats!

I spent a lot of time praying about it. And brainstorming, but nothing seemed to fit. Until one day, as I went to put my dog outside, I had it.

            Wisdom Seeking Mommy

I went immediately and checked to see if it was available.  It was! I registered it, but still wasn’t sure.

I’ve battled with it back and forth. I though it was great and perfect, and then thought it was too long and stupid, and arrogant, and …. (see the battle here – I’m told I’m not the only one who has these battles in their brain. I blog about this soon!)

But in the end – I know that this was not an invention of my own mind, but a whisper from the Holy Spirit. And it actually describes me pretty well – I am seeking wisdom – for myself, for my family, and to glorify God.

I’ve prayed for wisdom daily as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why or when I started, but its just always been a part of my daily conversation with God.

Lord, give me wisdom…

By my inquisitive nature, I’m always seeking knowledge.  I love to learn – but there is such a difference between knowledge and wisdom! And wouldn’t you know it – both my Sunday school class AND the sermon discussed the difference between the two.  <Listen to the sermon here: Hidden Heroes – Week 4>

I love seeing the Holy Spirit work a message between 2 men, who have no idea what the other is planning to talk about! It happens often – and is such a testimony to the working of the Holy Spirit in all of our lives!

So what did I glean from a Sunday full of talk about wisdom?

Wisdom requires knowledge, but having knowledge does not mean you have wisdom.  Knowledge is the how in things, wisdom is the why.  Wisdom also requires action.  If I know the how, and maybe even the why, but I fail to put my knowledge into action, what’s the purpose in it? That’s not wisdom.

I’ve gained a lot of knowledge over the years. I still desire to learn more.  But I want to grow deeper than just the facts.  I can tell you a lot of facts about bees, honey, gluten, health, child-rearing, learning, psychology, and a host of other things I’ve studied.

But what good is any of it without wisdom? How will it help me or you, or anyone if we don’t put it into action and make it apart of who we are and what we do.  It’s God’s gift to us to change us into who He’s designed us to be.  And it’s available as a gift of the Holy Spirit!

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

That is the pursuit of this blog: To Seek Wisdom in Everyday, Ordinary life, for the Common Good of All.

Share with me what wisdom  you learned this Sunday by leaving me a comment!

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Photo Credit: Sharon at Art ~ 4ThGlryOfGod

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Moving Forward in Obedience

Struggling to find my focus.  Dealing with my insecurities.  My fears, my frustrations, my hopes, and my desires.

I’ve got so many things I want to write and share, but ….

I get distracted. I get afraid. I’ve got to fold the laundry, make dinner, feed Naomi, let the dog out, etc etc.

And the day is gone. I’m left frustrated and agitated again.  I sit down to write and my mind gets lost in a myriad of Facebook posts, and links to make money (major distraction right now). Then its late. I’m tired, and agitated even more – and I feel like a failure.

I get up the next morning and determine to do better, just to be hit by the wave of negative emotions and thoughts of how is this day going to be any different than the rest.

How is this post going to be any different that the other one that I’ve been writing for the last week that is sitting in the draft box?

I’m going to post it – flaws and mistakes and all. (So if you’re reading this and see a lot of typos – please excuse them. I have to get past my perfectionism that is holding me back!).

God has a plan for me to write. To write boldly and confidently and to share what He’s been teaching me.  I’m to encourage and teach as I’ve been taught.

I’m not going to listen to the lies that Satan keeps telling me that I’m not good enough. That nobody wants to hear what I have to say.  That I’m just going to fail again.  That I’m not doing this blogging thing good enough.

I’m going to stop listening to my perfectionist side that says, you better make this bold, and go back and fix that.  You’ve got to use the right format, and figure out how to do xy and z first.

I’m just going to be obedient to what God is telling me. To write.

He encouraged me today with two posts from other women.  The first from a guest post from Lysa TerKeurst entitled When Strong Mamas Feel Week.

“Mama, you are strong. Persevering. Tough. Able to bend without breaking. Willing to be humbled to the point of humiliation. Not blinded. A hunter for wisdom. A praying through woman. A courageous mama. One that wants your child to not just follow the rules but, more.” Lysa TerKeurst

That’s me. That’s what I’m called to be – A hunter for wisdom.  Willing to share my humiliation and heartbreak, and seek the wisdom in it to share with others.

It’s a daunting task.  A task I don’t think I can do.

And yet I must.  There is the compelling voice inside me telling me I must. Telling me I can.

So I’m swallowing every part of me that wants to scream and run in fear. With tears streaming down my face, I’m writing.  I’m sharing. Obeying God the best way I know how.

At the side bar of her post I see a link for (in)Courage.  I saw it yesterday and was curious about it. So I clicked it today. And what I read was just another powerful way that the Lord said to me – Go. Write.

The post shared exactly what my screaming heart has been saying.  Everything from the lying voice inside my head, to my unconfessed fears of insignificance. And gave me the courage to move forward.

“I know that voice (the lying one) is a one-way-ticket to walking away from all the glory and the beauty that has been planned into my DNA. And yes some of it will be messy. And some of it won’t turn out the way I imagined. And much of it will be a work in progress.

But the some things I might not be perfect at, aren’t the sum total of no good.

I might not be good enough, brave enough, profound enough. But the God who made me – He. is. enough.” 

Lisa-Jo – What You Think You’re Not Good At is Only Half the Story

I don’t want to miss what God has planned for me. So I’m going to keep writing. If for no one else, then as an act of obedience to the Lord.

I’m going to listen to voice of the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to transform me by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12). This is going to mean I have to take every thought captive (I know there’s a reference here but I don’t know the address).  Starting now, and every thought from now.

I know its not going to be perfect.  I know its going to get messy at times.

I know I’m going to have to walk in faith for our finances. I’m going to have to let go of some dreams and some pursuits in life.  I’m going to have to say ‘no’ to some of the good activities and opportunities to help and serve that come my way.  I’m going to have to open myself up to criticism and hurt, even by those I hold dear.

I don’t have it to do it. But the power of the Living God is in me – the same power that rose Christ from the dead (again I’ll have to find the reference to the Scripture here 🙂 ).

HE IS ENOUGH!