A Woman’s Wisdom

A proverb a day keeps foolishness at bay. 

The book of Proverbs is full of great advice and wisdom. The wisest guy in the world (Solomon) shared with us the things he learned. 

I think Solomon’s a wonderful example of what to do with God’s gifts–use them to help others. 

Sure, he was human and had a lot of wives. Still, though, it doesn’t discount his contribution. 

I’m excited to read A Woman’s Wisdom: How the proverbs speak to everything by Lydia Brownback. 

  She talks about the role of wisdom and all the things we can learn from Proverbs. 

Check it out if you get the chance. 

I just started it, but it’s been great so far. 

Circle of Counsel

I have found a downside to being young. It’s the invincibility complex. Do you remember when I hurt my knee? That was the result of feeling invincible. And you see how well that worked out for me.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to punch fear in the face and conquer the world. I think everyone should live with that attitude.

But like most things in life there’s a fine line between confidence and stupidity.

And in a lot of ways I wouldn’t even call it stupidity.

It’s actually an unwillingness to heed sound advice.

My dad would call that not being teachable. I am not saying to only try something when you’re perfect at it.

Who has ever benefited from that busted philosophy?

Not being teachable is an attitude of stubborn rebellion against those who not only are trying to help you but also those who are trying to teach you how to do something the right way.

If you’re familiar with the book of Proverbs, an ancient wisdom book found in the Bible, a lot of proverbs talk about the wisdom of sound counsel from a multitude of people.

More often than not, I fail when I refuse to heed the advice given by those in my circle of counsel.

Here’s my list of those in my circle: My parents, my grandparents, and a few close friends. I can always trust their advice and I always seek it out before making a big decision.

Who’s in your circle of counsel?

Choose wisely.

Put the right people in that circle and you’re bound to be successful.

But if that’s the case then the wrong people will point you down a path of destruction.

It matters who your friends are and whose advice you’re following.

Proverbs and Potato Chips

The book of Proverbs is awesome.

When I start reading through Proverbs it’s like eating a bowl of chips. I want to keep reading and reading.

I would be in big trouble if I was  trying to read Proverbs and eat a bowl of chips, but I digress…

My dad wrote in the Scofield Study Bible he gave me back in June. He concluded his note with the Scripture reference for Proverbs 4:20-23.

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

In this passage the Bible is considered to be life and health to those who choose to study it.

Maybe I shouldn’t compare Proverbs to a bowl of chips.

Maybe I should compare it to apples and peanut butter or carrots and broccoli because the Bible is called life and health.

Reading the Bible, infusing its words into the core of my being, actually improves my health.

How cool!

Forget the chips! Pass me my Bible!

Sometimes, on bad days, I get really discouraged. It’s hard to read the Bible. I start thinking, “What’s it matter anyway? I’m just going to mess up. I can’t get this right. Why try?” However, that’s exactly when I need God’s word the most.

The Bible offers hope by telling us that we’re not alone. We have instructions from our Father on how to live. God has left us guidance and the Holy Spirit to teach us how to live.

But that’s not all!

God also places us in families, in churches, in jobs where we can be surrounded by godly men and women to help us along the way.

I find comfort in these facts because God is guiding me to the right people, to the right places, and to the right Scriptures to help me through.