you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not
rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5 (NLT)
Here is this same verse in The Message:
you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll
get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly,
believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are
like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the
Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.”
I love how it reads in both versions. I need wisdom! Oh boy do I need wisdom in my everyday
life. Parenting is hard…mothering is
hard. The most rewarding and most challenging
job there is. I would not give this job
up ever but Jesus knows that it can get messy here before nine in the
morning. I can react to the chaos or I
can turn to Jesus. And asking for wisdom
and guidance is something that needs to leave my lips daily. Minute to minute even.
“Let your example and guide be Jesus, who always
demonstrated a pure and humble heart towards others.” ~Jane Austen Devotional
If I choose to react to the chaos
ultimately I will feel awful and it will spiral down from there. But, if I pause and turn to Jesus asking for
his guidance and assistance in the mess then I can remain calm and keep the
situation under control.
I’m not going to lie…it’s that pause….that
is tricky. Yep…I am more likely to jump
over that pause and become a hot mess.
Why? Why? When I know that pausing is the answer? Pausing helps me think and not mess up in my flesh! Pausing helps me not to overreact and better
than that…it shows my children Jesus in me!
Pausing helps me have “a choice of whom I want to partner with in
this situation ... God or Satan.”
Lysa TerKeurst Who I want to
partner with? WOW!
I love this parenting gig and need all the wisdom I can get. Who better to get it from than the Father
himself? The Author of Life!
In her book, “Am I Messing Up My Kids?”
Lysa TerKeurst says, “You are exactly the mom God knew your children needed.” I repeat this to myself when I feel like I
My prayer for increased knowledge and
I pray that I always seek Your wisdom in
all situations but mostly in my parenting skills. I pray that my children see Jesus in me and
aren’t ever afraid to come to me about anything. I know that my flesh and my heart may fail,
but you God are the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm
73:26). God you say in James 3:5 that “the
tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. To consider what a great forest is set on
fire by a small spark.” Oh how I want my
words to speak life to my children. How
I want to build them up and not tear them down.
I pray that I will always choose my words carefully because You say that
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” The words that come out of my mouth will stay
with my children forever….let my words lift them up. I pray that I pause and seek You for
wisdom. I pray that You God fill my gaps
and forgive me when I mess up. I pray
that I come to You for my daily bread…my portion…Your wisdom… each and every single
day. In your Son’s name…Amen!
We are gearing up for our next Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study. It is on A Confident Heart by Renee Swope: