Tag : wisdom

How to Embrace Change by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Was it supposed to rain today?

As I watch the skies light up outside and listen to the rain pound my back patio, I realize there was a change in the forecast and this definitely jeopardizes my plans to do a little work in the backyard today.

How do you handle change?

Change can be annoying.

It can be intimidating.

Change can be overwhelming.

But if you like adventure, it can also be exciting.

I’m having to think seriously about a possible radical change in my life. When worry tries to set in, I attempt to push back the thoughts. When I can’t sleep, I attempt to drift back into slumber. Most of the time that doesn’t work.

But I’ve found that when change knocks on my door, the best place to take it is to Jesus.

Colossians 2:3 says, “In Christ lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Even though we don’t know how to proceed, Jesus will give us clarity concerning His will for our lives. I have received dreams, have obtained needed information through a non-fiction book I happen to be reading at this time, and counsel from my husband and friends. I feel I am being prepared for something new, but now I have to wait and see if I am correct about this particular change. I have prayed a bold prayer that if this is God’s will, then it will happen, and that will be my green light to proceed.

God does not want us to fear change. If we are full aligned with Him, then change is often used to advance us to a new level spiritually. In a devotion I read today it said our prayer should be, “God, do in me whatever you need to do so that I will exhibit your (spiritual) Fruit.”

So today, are you willing to be open to change even though it does not feel comfortable? If so, that’s part of what it looks like to fully surrender your life to God.

Categories: Blog

Learning from the Wise Men by Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Whether it’s Christmastime or the heat of summer, three wise men remain planted in my office. Why? Because it’s a reminder that I desire God’s wisdom every day of the year, 24/7.

But this year, the wise men will carry an additional meaning. Every time I look at them, I want to be prompted to have a heart of worship as they had. I desire to lay all my gifts and talents at the feet of Jesus, in an act of humility and reverence.

According to the U-version devotional “She Works His Way,” the wise men were the ones whom people of influence sought when they needed counsel. They were respected. They were leaders. They were successful. And as they bowed down to worship Jesus, they laid what was valuable to them at His feet.” The magi were probably trusted advisors of a king.

In the article “Five Common Myths about the Three Wise Men Story,” Dwight Longenecker adds more detail. “Kings were in the habit of gathering the best and brightest into an advisory body of wise men, stargazers, and dreamers. Magi are consulted in the book of Daniel, and by Pharaoh in the time of Joseph. The Greek word ‘magi’ indicates these men were astrologers and interpreters of omens—following a star and dreaming dreams.”

Yet, the brightest of the brightest—the best of the best—humbly bowed before Jesus and gave Him their precious gifts.

It’s how I feel about my communication skills. At one time in my life, I used my gifting in the secular world, but God has called me back to media to glorify Him through television, radio and writing. It is an act of worship in which I pray I never take credit.

How has God gifted you? Financially? Artistically? Intellectually? Strategically? Learn from the wise men. Do you seek out Jesus so you can lay your gifts at His feet? Do you pray, Have your way, LORD. These talents are from you in the first place. Show me how to help others and honor you through them.

James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above” so as our celebration of Christmas comes to an end, and we pack up the ornaments in their respected boxes, there’s nothing stopping us from continually seeking Jesus and “re-gifting” our talents back to Him on a daily basis. I cannot think of anything wiser than that.

Categories: Blog

Pursue Wisdom by Rosemary Legrand

Every once in a while, I take care of my friend’s dog Jewel while she is away. By the way, I love this dog and we have bonded. She gets so excited when I arrive at the house and I am elated by her greeting.

But early on I had to do all sorts of coaching to get her to go into her crate before I left. When she was finally settled, I got excited, patting myself on the back. I’d say to her “Good girl; good bye, see you tomorrow. I love you.”

One day while I was visiting my friend, who is Jewel’s owner, Jewel was roaming around the house. My friend and I were about to leave for lunch when she said, “Jewel—crate.” Then, obediently, she walked to her crate. I thought to myself, WOW! Is this all I had to say.?

I get so tickled when I go to the house now. When I am ready to leave, I just say “Jewel, go to your crate” No more sweat. No more saying, “Come get a treat” to bribe her to go to her crate. 🙂 Knowledge and wisdom provide power.

The word of God says in James 1:5:  “If anyone lacks wisdom let him ask.”  I never thought of asking my friend, “How do you get your dog to obey and get to her crate?” I did not know there was a better way—a painless way.

Many times, we don’t ask the Lord to give us wisdom for a situation before we act. I believe we try to do things on our own and we get stuck, but God is waiting for us to ask him for help.

Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” He is saying, “I know what you are thinking; here I am, ask me, I know everything. I want to help you.” Psalm 139:2 says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”

He is also saying, “Speak to me my child; I am just a breath away.” “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8). What a God we serve!

We must choose to pursue wisdom. It’s up to each of us to determine how we will walk through this life. Wisdom is not something a person stumbles into or acquires automatically. It must be sought out and pursued.

We must take responsibility for applying wisdom to our lives. The person who walks in wisdom feels a responsibility for his actions and use of time. He or she knows that they have been given a limited quantity of minutes, hours, days, months, and years. They are aware that that those hours must be spent in a way that produces the largest amount of good. God has entrusted them with certain resources that must be used to further His kingdom.

Will you pursue God to fill you with His wisdom? He’s waiting; He is only a breath away. Jewel taught me that all I had to do was ask.  

#

Join us for our next POP Chat this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Rosemary Legrand will be speaking about “Pursuing Patience” and Rachelle Fletcher will be our guest Worship Leader. It’s an amazing hour of Prayer, Worship, Teaching and Discussion. Sign up by clicking on the link. https://share.hsforms.com/15bHBupdrTBugXxD9Y8Q_MQ3jo4z

Categories: Blog