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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Principal Thing





"Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it." {Albert Einstein}

Wisdom definition: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.

A lifelong attempt, Einstein says it takes to get wisdom. One cannot gain wisdom if afraid to live, love, and even lose a little. ...

A lifelong endeavor, struggle, pursuit.


King Solomon writes in the book of Proverbs that 'wisdom is the PRINCIPAL thing'
t
he main, preeminent, or foremost thing. 

Oh how I wish to be wise. But am I pursuing it? Am I making it my mission to seek after it? It seems such a broad subject, this gaining wisdom. But, when I break it down to making one wise choice at a time, I think I can handle that.


To acquire wisdom, I need to be willing to face any experience God puts in my path and learn from Him.

To acquire wisdom, I need to be learning about the All Wise One on a daily basis by reading His word.

To acquire wisdom, I need to be making important decisions that are of good sense according to God's reasoning and not my perception. And not with half-mindedness, but with the whole heart **wanting** to choose what's right and good. Sometimes, though, **not** making a decision about something is the wise choice. 'Timing is everything', as the saying goes.

Get wisdom. Get understanding--one day at a time and by making one right decision at time. For without it, I would be lost for making bad decisions leads to one heartache after another. And I don't want to live like that.

"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" {Isaiah 28:10}

Wisdom doesn't come all at once. Here a little, and there a little. Yes.  With all my 'getting', attention, and might-- get it, grab hold of it, acquire it.

Wisdom is the PRINCIPAL THING, after all.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Without a Valley




Trials are brutal. Faith is tested. Life grinds hard some days and I live as if I have been amputated from grace. The labor is strenuous when I fail to trust in what God allows in my life - illness, heartache, loss. It's the ugly-beautiful where suffering births transfiguration; I let go of pride and self-reliance and become humbled and dependent. Without a valley, how would I ever know that He won't ever let me go and that I am always and forever safe in Him?


Without a Valley
-Rodney Griffin

I've been walking through a valley
It was dark, and it was drear
Yet in the middle of my sorrow
I heard Jesus say, "Child, I'm still here"

But without a valley
How would I ever know
That His strong and gentle hand
Would never let me go
How would I know for sure
That I'm secure and safe where'er I go
Without a valley
How would I know

So I thank you, Lord, for each trial
How You're teaching me Your perfect love
For You have shown that I can still have joy inside
Even though the road seems long and rough

But without a valley
How would I ever know
That His strong and gentle hand
Would never let me go
How would I know for sure
That I'm secure and safe where'er I go
Without a valley
How would I know