Wisdom Over Wealth 

It is wise to seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It is written that “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul”, that “by knowledge, God divided the deep and lets drop the dew“, and that “knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

“Christ has become our wisdom from God.” 

 We are wise to have yielded our life to Christ, to have accepted him as our Lord and Savior. We are wiser yet to make Christ and his Gospel the overarching purpose of our lives. We are told to seek wisdom instead of worldly riches. Wisdom will endure and reign supreme in heaven. Worldly riches will perish and will not translate into eternal wealth. Solomon wrote that the advantage of wisdom over wealth is that it will deliver us from death. This prophecy is fulfilled in Christ.

It is said of wisdom that with it we will rest secure and be at ease from fear of harm. Also, that if we are wise, we will make glad the heart of God. These are great promises and would be enough in and of themselves. However, it is also written that wisdom has long life in one hand and riches and honor in the other.  

So, let’s tally the results: peace, pleasing God, living long with riches and honor – not a bad harvest from simply obeying Our Father and seeking wisdom.

Isaiah wrote of the Spirit of Christ that he is the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and power, knowledge and the fear of the Lord, that he will delight in the fear of the Lord. Solomon wrote that wisdom was with God in the beginning before anything was created. Wisdom is eternal as Christ is eternal. Solomon concludes that the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. A bubbling brook – life giving, pleasant, and free flowing. James writes that the wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Luke wrote of Christ that he grew and became strong in spirit, that he was filled with wisdom, and that the grace of God was upon him. A few verses later he wrote that he increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Paul wrote that one of the gifts of the Spirit is wisdom. 

 Let us seek wisdom and seek to become like Christ. As we do, we will have all the mighty forces of heaven behind, beside, and before us.

           ~ Brad Heilhecker 

True Wisdom 

WORTHY THOUGHT: True wisdom is found in God.

King Solomon said: “I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.”-Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 (NIV)

The more you know about the real world the more imperfection you see around you. 

The more you observe the more evil becomes evident. 

Solomon highlights two types of wisdom

 1) human knowledge, reasoning, or philosophy and 

2) the wisdom that comes from God.

King Solomon is talking about human knowledge that ignores God and highlights the problems we have without God’s eternal perspective and solutions. 

Without God, deception exposes humankind and reveals this world as it truly is. 

My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would shine the light of Jesus into the hearts of men and women so that they might see the difference between wisdom of futility, living for lesser, petty treasures and instead see the true wisdom, beauty, splendor and glory of Christ.
~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Correction 

Worthy Thought: Good teaching comes from good learners who accept correction. 

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.  -Proverbs 12:1 ESV 

To all believers part of wanting to be taught is to accept correction, to learn wisdom from others you WILL obtain favor.

Wisdom, will make the hours of your day more profitable and the years of your life more fruitful. -Proverbs 9:11 NIV 

A person who scorns wisdom and refuses criticism has a problem with pride. Such a foolish person is unlikely to be taught and only hurt themselves.

                    ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Wisdom


WORTHY THOUGHT:  Listening to God is the way of wisdom. 

Wisdom is made available to everyone who is willing to hear God and obey. 

For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk up rightly. Proverbs 2:6-7 NKJV 
       ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Salvation 


WORTHY THOUGHT: God certainly desires the salvation of all people. 

God provided Jesus to be the mediator between us and Him and assures us he “gave himself ” as ransom for all people. 

Jesus saving sinners is a true divine act of his holiness and genuine love for God the Father and for each of us. 

God our Savior, wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 

For there is one God and one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself- a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time. 

-1 Timothy 2:4-6 

God so loved the world he gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should have everlasting life. 

-John 3:16


            ~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Traveling Light

  

I was so honored to be asked to guest blog for Compassion That Compels this week.  I felt like this was the perfect download from God for me to share.  We all have been hurt, betrayed, rejected and struggled with forgiveness.   God also brought a situation into my life just in the last few weeks where I had to practice this as I was hurt badly by some unkind words flung at me.  

Then God also spoke to my heart about someone else that I thought I had forgiven for what I viewed as unfairly rejecting me and making some snarky comments overtime towards me.  I would say we were friends but operated more like arms distance friends.  God revealed that I was also not allowing that head knowledge into my heart and I needed to apologize for unfairly judging that someone by their past actions, and hence had blocked that person out of my life and was not really loving them at the full capacity as I should be.   

I am happy to say I have been trying to be obedient and my heart is feeling lighter.  I look forward to the possibilities of a deeper friendship with this person that I have apologized and forgiven and am excited for an opportunity to get to know them better.  I am also getting on down the road with the healing of  the other recent hurt.  

I am traveling a little more lightly friends with my traveling Light.  I am still on a journey that we all at some point have had to travel.  I am so glad that my tour guide is also the Great Restorer! 

 I hope you are encouraged by These Words too. 

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XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Growing Pains 



Somehow I thought it would be different, that whole ‘growing pains’ thing.

In my youth and early adulthood, before the winds of change and the sands of time changed the landscape of my life, I knew that there would be times in my life that would be hurtful and difficult.  I just didn’t think it would hurt as much. 

I suppose I thought that a challenge would come when I was fully mature and prepared and armed.   I would hear of a coming storm, and batten down the hatches,  stock up on provisions, watch for the darkening clouds through the window and say, “Bring it.  I’m ready.”

You don’t know what you don’t know.

What I didn’t expect was for the winds of change to become a hurricane, tearing at my soul with a force so horrific it would bring me to my knees and take my very breath away.  I didn’t foresee the storms that would knock me off my feet,  destroy my home, tossing me from side to side . . .and leave me clinging to a mooring with all my might, screaming and praying for the storm to cease.  Storms in my family . . . in my son . . .in relationships.  Storms I created and storms that were brought about by the hands of others. 

And yes, the storm would cease.  They all do.  Eventually. 

If you’ve lived a while, you’ve had them.  The crash of waves, the screaming of the wind, the battering of your soul.

It is in the aftermath that I’ve learned so many of my lessons . . .where I’ve understood about the growing pains.  I’ve found myself standing in the carnage once the storm is over, with destruction all around, raising my glance from the wreckage and noticing the gaze of the bystanders.  And I want to say, “Wait.  I can explain.” 

A part of me always wants recompense.  To make my excuses.  To explain my intentions.  To tell the truth when things were truly unfair.  To have the wrong be righted, and to be vindicated. 

I want my point to be proven, for the bystanders to nod with understanding, for the moorings to be shored up and the whole thing be tied up in a ribbon so that I can feel better.  I need the clean up crew to move in and replace the siding, install new windows, plant new flowers in the window boxes and let the sun shine on the lawn again. 

The truth is that many things in life are left rather fractured.  I wish it were not so, but often there are jagged edges left just as they are, like a gaping wound that oozes.  It is ugly and doesn’t match and looks out of place.  And it is those fractured pieces that refine us the most.  Learning to be at peace with brokenness is the lesson.  It’s where my best growth comes in.

My sister says that God’s plan is always redemptive.  His heart is always to redeem and restore what has been beaten, shattered, scattered about.  Even as the storm is howling, God is actively working on the reconstruction.  He is already seeking to restore what is lost or broken.  My problem is that I don’t want it lost or broken to begin with.  Therein lies my conundrum.  But I am learning to see the beauty in the jagged edges.  Those jagged edges exposed the deepest, darkest parts of me – the places I wanted hidden for always.  To have the storm strip away the facade was painful, brutal, hurtful, hard. 

But the winds of change and the grace of God do the work that they always do . . . the work of growing, the work of healing. 

I am learning to allow the broken pieces to be seen, and to allow the balm of forgiveness to do its blessed work, and to see that it is better this way.  For I know that I’ll be a bystander some day soon, and I’ll see a girl standing there, with tears on her cheeks, wringing her hands in the aftermath, dazed and wondering where to begin.  And she’ll look up at me and say, “Wait . . .”

And I will smile.  And put my arm around her shoulder and say, “I know.  I understand.  I just happen to have some ribbon . . . “

~Alane Roberts