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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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