This is not my wisdom, but it was in my inbox this morning and I had to share! This is a mom devotional from Bible Gateway.
Additional Scripture Readings: Joshua 24:15; Proverbs 2:1–6
When we think of the wise, we might picture esteemed scholars padding through hallowed halls of learning. In their hushed offices and remote library stacks, they seem to have a monopoly on wisdom and understanding.
But where does wisdom really come from? How do moms like you and me wise up?
From living life well. Wisdom grows when moms and dads make careful choices about their priorities and the amount of time they spend with their children. It arises when arguments are settled with sane solutions and siblings are coaxed to peace. It develops when families work together to squeeze extras from meager incomes. It blossoms when celebrations mark special achievements. Most of all, wisdom comes from living all of life’s days with an attitude of desiring and working toward God’s best in our families.
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come from hallowed halls of learning. Sure, learned folks are smart enough. But the truly wise are those who learn to live life well, day in and day out.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
I need to pray each day for the Spirit to lead me and not my flesh…it is a bigger battle some days than others, but God is always victorious!
I was listening to the radio last week when the dj mentioned that Frozen was the only Oscar nominated film he had seen this year. It made me smile, because I may just be in the same boat. I am a fan of the movie Frozen, but moreover I am a fan of the soundtrack. I enjoy playing the songs for my kids, because I like them myself.
I think music touches us all a bit differently. The one song from the soundtrack, “Let it Go” is probably my favorite. And…the more I listen to it, the more I relate it to my relationship with God. Elsa (one of the princesses in the movie) is born with a special gift or curse, depending on how it is used. Her parents told her to keep it hidden, so she was isolated and afraid of letting others see who she really was. She gains a bit of freedom in the movie and sings about how she can finally let her whole self show, she can be herself and she doesn’t have to be perfect anymore. I see this as an excellent teaching moment for kids. We all have been given gifts and we all have faults. We can try to be perfect, work very hard at it, but we cannot do it on our own. Only with God can we truly let ourselves go, be who He wants us to be, figure out how to rely on Him instead of trying to be perfect. No, we should not go on sinning simply to get more grace, but we can show Him our scars, our faults and our attempts at being perfect. We can rely on Him for everything, stop hiding who we are and let it go. A long time ago a friend told me to “Let Go and Let God.” I think that applies well here and in life.
The moment is now. Don’t let it pass you. Everywhere around me I see family, friends, loved ones and strangers…all people getting hit hard by “life.” These may just be the birthing pains that are the mere beginning of the end of the world to come. Or they could be more. Why take the chance? No matter what, we know this life is not forever. Now is the time to have that conversation you have been putting off, ask for forgiveness, give forgiveness, pass on memories, pass on legacies and most importantly have a one on one conversation with your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to guide you, lead you, forgive you. Ask Him to live in your heart. Give yourself to Him for eternity.
When I run on the elliptical in the morning I like to watch something to keep my mind off running. 😉 It is hard to find new things all the time, but I recently chose the movie Unconditional. I really like it! I love that one of the main characters is based on the life of a real life person. This man changed the lives of so many kids. I love kids! So when a person puts his/her comforts on the line to change the lives of our future…well, it is a winning story for me and I highly recommend that you watch it!
Speaking of the elliptical…kind of…I was so good eating healthy since the summer and even through Christmas and New Years, but I got burned out of eating healthy and took a brief hiatus. Amazing how all that progress can go away so quickly. 😦 Therefore… I am back to healthy starting today. I had a healthy breakfast and a great run on the elliptical this morning. I feel good and am actually ready to get back into the healthy routine. As yummy as being unhealthy can be, my body really doesn’t feel good when I am unhealthy. So I am ready to feel good again. 🙂
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
1 Peter 1:13 NIV