Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer Wisdom

Proverbs 5: 1-2 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and our lips may preserve knowledge.

This week a couple of friends and I began a study of wisdom, from the book of Proverbs. It involves five days of preparation (devotion) before meeting together to discuss what we have learned, wondered about and perhaps felt some confusion towards.

Our study guide is A Woman of Wisdom, by Dee Brestin, published by David C. Cook. My friends and I are very pleased with this study because we have all been wanting a "dig deep kind of study" and this is proving to be the case. Not only are we delving into scripture but we are taking a look at ourselves. We have learned that wisdom, knowledge and understanding draws us closer in our walk to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The blessings of wisdom not only affect us as believers but also pours out into our everyday lives and our relationships with family, friends and co workers.

Yesterday I read through Proverbs 5 which talks about the adulterous woman and one's wife. On page 17 of A Woman of Wisdom, Dee writes, "The adulteress in Proverbs is often, literally, adulterous. However, we can apply her call to whatever siren voice calls us away from our devotion to Christ and the chain of sin. It may be the lure of laziness, over-eating, materialism, or an obsession with the praise of men."

Proverbs 5; 3-4 For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

In my life what could a siren voice be that would draw my attention from Christ?
Immediately I realized that for the past while the siren voice of dissatisfaction has been very evident in my life. I am aware that there are likely more siren voices pulling me away but God revealed to me that this is they key one at the moment so I will be focusing on this one.

As a family we have been experiencing financial and relationship issues. If you have read some of my older blog posts you are aware of some of our struggles. I have been guilty of not seeing beyond the immediate problems to notice the many blessings that God has given to us.

Instead of writing about my dissatisfactions I am going to write about the blessings.

Dear Heavenly Father I ask you for wisdom and discernment so that I may truly draw closer to you and so that I can acknowledge the many blessings that you have given to me and to my family. Lord, you have indeed blessed me and my family with protection. When I think back to January and April, the two times this year in which our daughters were in car accidents I know that you were keeping them in your protection and this is indeed a blessing. Sparing their lives and having them not suffer from any long term injury is another blessing. It is also a blessing that we were able to have the van repaired after both accidents.

As for my husband being in school these past two years, thank you for providing him with some T.A. work to help supplement our income. Lord, you have blessed us. He is moving closer to his goal of completing his thesis within 1-4 months. This too is a blessing.

Bit by bit I am getting my house a little tidier each day and I am glad that I have the summer months off work to be able to do this. VBS begins next week, with the training session tonight. Lord I ask that you speak through me as I train these youth in the roles for VBS. I also ask for wisdom for next week in dealing with any situations that arise. Most importantly, Lord, I ask that you give us the words to lead children, youth and adults to a knowledge of you. It is a blessing to be able to participate in VBS.

What has been pulling you away from Christ? What is the adultress in your life? I pray that you can identify it and ask our Lord for wisdom, knowledge and understanding to discern it and to abandon it at the cross.