Word to the Wise: Searching for Diamonds

Proverbs 2:4-5 says, “If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”

Who doesn’t love the idea of searching for treasure? How many movies have we watched that center around that theme?  The allure of treasure just waiting to be discovered by someone brave enough and committed enough to go after it. God’s wisdom is a treasure that’s even better!

I want to search for hidden treasures; I’m committed and willing to search for those diamonds!  I’m brave enough to seek His wisdom!  I’m willing to hunt for wisdom as though they are diamonds.  Are you? 

In July, our Women of Faith Ambassadors are studying the monthly topic, Word to the Wise. The book of Proverbs has so much wisdom. I wonder if we as Jesus followers are willing to search high and low for it? Are we keeping on the adventure of looking for the...

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New Wine: Put Through The Wringer

Have you heard the saying, “I’ve really been put through the wringer!”?  Maybe this is a Midwestern term and maybe it is not used quite as often any more, but have you ever felt like you have been “Put through the wringer”?

In the, “ahem,” olden days, before our convenient washers with all the fancy selections of exactly the way we want to wash our clothes, women had to use a wringer washer. Perhaps you have used one or your mother or grandmother used to use one. I remember going to antique auctions with my mom, and she would explain how they worked.  Clothes were washed and then cranked through the rollers so that excess water was squeezed out of it, making it easier to hang them on the clothesline. The rollers were called a mangle, as running the device could be dangerous. She shared with me the agony my grandma had using it with six children, she had her fair share of this laborious work.  Her main point was: Don’t...

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Soft Heart, Thick Skin

Soft Heart, Thick Skin.  There I was standing on the playground, underneath the monkey bars, 10 years old, two long braids hanging down my back.  This image is burned into my brain as one of the very first times my feelings were truly hurt.

I was standing there with two other girls waiting to find out which one of us would be chosen to be the girlfriend of the new boy in school.  Needless to say, I wasn’t chosen that day. I walked away feeling hurt and embarrassed. Twenty-eight years later I could look back at that little girl and tell her it doesn’t matter in the long run, I could tell her that same boy would be her first kiss and once again break her heart 5 years later. I could tell her she would meet the man of her dreams in just a few short years and none of this would matter for her future. I could tell her all those things, but it wouldn’t ease her pain.  

This was the moment that something shifted in me, it was the beginning of learning...

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New Wine

New Wine

The Law of Process says that leadership develops daily, not in a day. This truth is sometimes hard for us to swallow because we are accustomed to instant gratification in our everyday lives. We eat fast food, we have instant answers to questions with our friend Siri, and we can shop at the click of a button. Bottom line, our modern-day culture has made us expect instant results and a quick, easy fix to our problems.

Most of us assume growth will happen that way as well, instantly. But, unfortunately, that isn’t how life works. True, lasting, kingdom change happens over time. It’s a process, a process that involves patience, as well as a willingness to let go of the old so we can embrace the new.

Jesus taught on this idea in Luke 5:37: “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins.”

If you’re familiar with making wine, when the grapes go through the chemical...

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What Are You Wearing?

What Are You Wearing?

Monday mornings are notorious for slow starts.  At least they are at my house. This week was no different.  Matt and I had an amazing plan to get up early and go to the gym.  I set our alarm for 5:00 with no intention of snoozing…for me this is a hard choice I have to make the night before.  I love the snooze button.

Morning comes and the alarm begins to blare on my table and I make the first mistake.  I hit the snooze. Then I do it again and again and again until it is 6:30 and time to actually get up to wake up the kids.  Fail.

This morning however was a little different.  I began to have a strange dream in the midst of my snoozing.  I felt very heavy in my body and I couldn’t think clearly. In my dream I couldn’t get up, I continued to sleep until it was after 10:00.  I didn’t care that the kids had school, It didn’t matter to me that the dog hadn’t been taken out. In my dream...

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