I dwell on wisdom. These are things I contemplate, having always preferred the deep truths to shallow half truths. I find I have been judgmental, which is not my right. I am sorry for this. I find the more truth I seek out, ask for, absorb, am given, the more foolish I am and the world system we endure. I find people, including myself for much of my life, seeking to fill our God – designed place for Him with temporary feel good schemes, pleasures, wealth, lies, momentary highs and sins of all flavors and kinds, all the while storing up great or momentary pleasures that go as easily as they come or leave behind pain. And all the while the great and powerful and surprisingly loving God who created us sees everything we do and answers every prayer in hopes that we are saved. Eternity looms, as it did for Noah as he built the ark right before the flood came and it was too late. People go about their business as then like they have all the time in the world, like God is not really ending the world soon as He warned because He has been merciful and patient so far, not wanting any to perish horribly for eternity. Eternity is a very long time. And here we are, all of us, comfortable or uncomfortable, as the moment allows, and thinking of ourselves, forgetting the sacrifice of His life Jesus Christ made and then was resurrected for us to be saved from eternal separation from God, love, goodness, etc. God says humbly obey and love me because I can and long to save you our of my love for you. We say, yeah thanks but I really want this fix now. When God is the only Healer who fixes your heart’s wounds permanently. And we do not have forever to do the right thing and make the right decision. We only have now for sure and face eternity whenever this life ends for us, the next drunk driver, a heart attack, cancer, some terrorist, a drug addict wants your stuff to sell for a brief high, whatever. We only have now for sure so we must decide to humbly obey and love God, accepting the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son for us. This is wisdom. This is truth. Nothing is deeper or simpler. Nothing is more beautiful and it is eternal, which is a very long time.❤
There is a vast difference between sounding smart and wisdom. With children, they know the difference. They feel it in their bones and you see kids liking some people and not others. Kids like people who treat them respectfully enough to share wisdom with them, often very shortly after giving information. This is one example. In sales, many people also know disengenuous people full of seemingly valuable information versus wise people who truly want to help you use information to improve their lives. There is a respect and service (compassion of wanting to genuinely help) bridge between knowledge and wisdom when communicating with others. If you neglect the respect and service of the bridge, you may as well be a text book. Text books have fountains of information that is utterly useless until applied via the respect and service bridge to convey wisdom. It is self-serving to have knowledge without such an application of it. And meaning in life is the worship of God (applying wisdom to grow closer to God through worship, service and obedience) and service to others (applying wisdom to service and relationships). God gives wisdom and the tools needed to use it so closeness to God grows wisdom. This is always true. This why King Solomon yearned for wisdom above other riches. It is that important and we are feeling the effects of a lack of wisdom in those evil agendists (those divisive anti-God, anti-President, anti-American, anti-life elitists with money and no heart) trying to run the show in our world. They have money, they have knowledge and absolutely no wisdom. This is why their lies are made known. Wisdom is directly linked with truth and they set free the feeble mind, open the eyes of the seeker, change the heart of the humble. God provides both and He is very generous when humbly asked for it. ❤
So, this song has been on my mind lately. The thing is that when you accumulate some years during “maturity”, you reminisce in quiet moments. You regret some. You appreciate others. You wonder at your own sanity or insanity when the opposite would have been called for at different times. You get why you are largely alone now, preferring the stability of a few close friends to popularity from the world of strangers and denegration. And it hits you that although the past may hold most of your ambitions and loves and passionate pursuits and hard times and incredibly amazing and perfect moments, all of it accumulated to get you to the most important moment of our life… the NOW. And you may have left some love out there floating around, rejected for a while but you know remembered by them now and again, and you may have left some pretty harsh treatment being forgiven beyond deserving, that God brought you to this place to forgive now and love who you can now. Better. Bigger. With maybe less ambition but much more wise fervor. And maybe, now, as He has blessed you with survival and presence, you can give God back some love He gave you through it all. He has been your constant, precious friend. He is the Lover our souls all wanted and still want. And treasure your precious gift that everything else has led to… NOW. ❤❤❤
Tell Jesus your problems and He will understand and help.
Tell anyone else your problems and they will be disheartened and misunderstand them or use them against you and not help.
Releasing negative words to a person may make your burden lighter for a moment but make someone else’s heavier and return to you heavier also in time.
So telling only Jesus (in prayer) our problems is wisest because He loves us, understands, can bear the weight of them with ease, and can help.❤
Proverbs 4:13. “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. 14. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. 15. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. 16. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. 17. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. 18. The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. 19. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. 23. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 24. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. 26. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. 27. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
I have never shopped ever on Black Friday. I have gone out people watching because seiously it is more contact fouls than a college football game. But lately it is more mean than funny and I think that is because of the rise in selfishness and my, ahem, “maturity”. Ok, I am feeling older now. But I ahem ways laughed ahemlwayst the marketing geniuses who got so many to buy into the “get it now for the cheapest price but hurry or you’ll miss it and never get it again” ploy. I am reminded of my husband’s quote, “It’s always on sale.” So true. And if you risk injury to get the perfect gift for that special someone, maybe their or your expectations are a wee bit high. Lol. But all that noise is nor my cup of tea anymore. I prefer peace. I really dig peace in my life and I am at a point where it characterizes me. Mostly, still a bit of a struggle sometimes, I am such a fighter, but I reserve the fight for the real battles and fight mostly on my knees in prayer now. (Love “War Room”!!!) So, peace to you today. And please pare down the gifts this year so we aren’t distracted by the fantastic birthday we are celebrating. If we are peaceful and quiet, maybe we can hear him cooing in the manger. Maybe we can remember the sweet momma and baby and stepdad that birthed and raised our precious Savior. Yes, I can hear it and smell the livestock smells and hear them talking about their sweet little baby. Much better than a grab race, eh? 😄❤
I pray often for the unsaved to be saved, that God would move their hearts, soften them, change their minds. I do not want anyone lost. I want them saved and going to heaven, especially everyone. I love these beautiful people God made! I love you! ❤ But the thing is this free will God gives everyone. It is a conundrum, it really is. On the one hand, what an amazing gift to allow us to decide for ourselves whether or not to choose the right side, God’s side versus the wrong side, evil and rejection of God. You see, He requires choice because He is love and love is nothing if not generous and true. Love is not self-serving and longs for sincere love back but does not demand it.
If we were puppets, God would be imperfect, a tyrant demanding us to follow and obey Him or die. God is loving and will not demand our worship but gives us a sound mind and opportunities and thr Bible to know Him, salvation through Jesus to be saved, blessings in our lives to see His goodness, longings for Him deep in our souls, and His beauty of His glory in His creation and in us and all He has made to make His presence obvious.
So with ample chances and opportunities to accept salvation ample nd choose God, His desire and mine is that people use these many many chances to decide to be free, be God’s, be loved and loving, worshio, serve God. People can decide. But at some point, the lack of making a dedicated choice will be the undecided’s or procrastinator’s or lukewarm’s or rebel’s choice because time will be up. He will come for those of us deciding to be His firmly and faithfully. It will be too late. And I pray people will get their act together before too late is here and they realize too late lasts forever.
So yes, we have free will and can choose to serve God or ourselves/evil/anyone other than God. And yes, we are big stuff for being able to decide our eternal fate for ourselves. We are free to be wise or fools. So, let’s all be wise and choose God to serve and obey now so too late doesn’t show up before we expect it. God loves us so much!❤❤❤