~~~You know, what is the point in going on vacation when upon your return the hurricane of absentia hits? I mean really. I walk into a maelstrom at work, my house is soooo not clean, my kids started a new camp--stuff there, my baby has developed separation anxiety--uh, can we say mommy guilt?, and its football season. I've tried to post this post now since Sunday night. I rely on this time to kind of get with other women who can relate in some form or fashion, and who can encourage with a laugh and a bible verse. So---can I get a laugh and a verse, PLEASE? email is fine! *laugh
I've so missed this little study that we've been working on. I spent some real time while in Florida praying about and seeking God over its steps. One thing I would never want to do is move away from where God is leading me---or you. Thats a dangerous thing. I know many of you have read A Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren, but a really really good book on experiencing God in a very intimate and poignant way is Experiencing God (I'll get back with you on the author, its upstairs in my guestroom/library/office, and I don't want to go up there right now.*smile)
After the next few verses are complete in the Proverbs 31, I will publish this an an online series, complete with downloadable .pdf files and mp3s. I'm sure it will be slightly different than how I've presented it for the past few weeks because I was just "getting my feet wet." But, I have had a couple requests, and so I'll make it available widely. If you need any help on how to burn to a disk or save the pdfs, just email me and I can walk you through it.
We are going to become Girlfriend's Gospel. And God has a vision of approval for it. I'm excited about it. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself on the details, but watch out for a retooling of the blogsite/website.
Tonight we will do the talkshoe talkcast. We will be going into my very favorite subject of the whole chapter--Wisdom. (Its the nerd in me...forgive me*smile)
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
There is so much packed into those two sentences. A few weeks ago I had the occasion to talk to a sister over Starbucks. She was/is having some drama in her life in various areas. This verse was brought to mind over this sister's situation. At the very root of it is this: The power of life and death is on the tongue.
1 Do not envy wicked men,
do not desire their company;
2 for their hearts plot violence,
and their lips talk about making trouble.
3 By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.
Now--hear me loud and well--this does not mean that some type of magical incantations are going to change the course of your life. Nope! I reject that. What it does mean is that be realigning our heart with the LORDs and heeding His wise instruction in the mind, the healing power of His words will utter forth from our mouths breathing life into our situations just as the LORD himself breathed life into our own mouths. (Wow, that was good! I might have to write that down somewhere so I can carry that with me.*laugh)
But seriously. We've got to get this--if nothing else--we've got to get this concept deeply rooted in our being. Words are Powerful. The sister I had the occasion to Starbucks with tended to be cynical and negative. And with good reason, her life was harsh. We have stuff going on in our lives that leaves horrible marks on our hearts. But again, I tell you, Words are Powerful. I have another sister friend who is a Christian Counselor. She prescribes Proverbs for each of her patients. If they discontinue reading the book of Proverbs, she discontinues her sessions. (A little harsh, but I understand her perspective. We need to be serious about our own healing.)
9 Then you will understand what is right and just
and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
and understanding will guard you.
If we understand that life and death is on the tongue--and it is, and we banish negative and wicked thinking--what then must we replace it with? What exactly is the "wisdom" of God that we should engage that life may be found on our tongues, in our homes, over our lives?
Well that is the topic for tonite. Our biblical sister tonight is Wisdom? Did not know she was a person? Well...come and meet her....
From Proverbs Chapter 1:
20 Wisdom calls aloud in the street,
she raises her voice in the public squares;
21 at the head of the noisy streets [c] she cries out,
in the gateways of the city she makes her speech:
22 "How long will you simple ones [d] love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
23 If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
24 But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
25 since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you-
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
28 "Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.
29 Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD,
30 since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
31 they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm."
Tonight we will need our Bibles. I've even written down the verses we will be discussing. Wisdom's equal opposite counterpart is the Jezebel we see in Revelations--like Wisdom also begins her life in Proverbs.
So, there's a lot of interesting stuff going on here tonight. I look forward to it. We are going to do this subject for two weeks. This week we are going to engage the subject matter...next week we will apply it to our lives and home in a very real and tangible way.
So...Again, I've missed you all greatly. But, I am back, so I hope you will join me.