WISDOM REQUIRES HUMILITY

"The gates of Knowledge and Wisdom are closed, and they are opened only to the knock of Reverence. Without reverence, it is true, men may gain what is called worldly knowledge and worldly wisdom; but these are far removed from truth, and. experience often shows us how profoundly ignorant and how incurably blind pushing and successful people are, whose knowledge is all turned to delusion, and whose wisdom shifts round into folly, precisely because the great prerequisite is wanting." I came across this great quote recently that struck a point I have been thinking about concerning the foolishness of thinking in our society that is embraced as wisdom.  True wisdom can only be found from the rich source of the Bible by humble people who are willing to set aside their own feelings and ideas.

I'm passionate about understanding God's ways better through studying His Word and then living accordingly. Tomorrow you are invited to come to my house for coffee from 9:30 to 11 so that we can encourage one another in living humbly and wisely.

Proverbs 11:2  "When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom."

BEING STILL AND MOTHER'S DAY

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Displayed on the wall of our family room is this wonderful picture of our family taken about 3 years ago; at the bottom of the frame are all the little ones that have been added since then with question marks for sweet babies that are on their way.  Having raised eight children I know how crazy busy a mom's life can be.  Days filled to the brim and overflowing with laundry, cleaning, cooking, shopping, and endless questions from and input into young lives. So, how is sanity and stability maintained during such intense times?

The most stabilizing time of the day for me during the 41 years we had children at home, and even now with a busy "empty nest," was and is to have quality quiet time alone with the Lord--reading the Bible, praying, and just thinking about Him and His ways.  My soul thrives on this habit and a thriving soul gives life to life.  No one is exempt from needing such richness in their soul.  But, realize that it cannot be gained any other way--there are no shortcuts, or substitutes.

May this be your best Mother's Day ever because of time spent alone with the Lord.  Psalm 46:10a  "Be still, and know that I am God."  Joshua 1:8  "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."

No coffee at my house this Thursday--but, on Friday we will be leaving the church at 10 to go to Yorleny's home in Lakewood.  Bring a "brunchy" dish to share.

NEW SCHEDULE FOR THE SUMMER

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In April Mark and I attended a great conference of our fellowshiping churches in Meridian, Idaho.  Our main speaker, Philip DeCourcy, powerfully taught from 11 Timothy 2 and challenged us with many points God makes in that portion of Scripture.  Verse 22 particularly impressed my heart -"So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart." The word for "flee" here means to be persistently on the run from what would rob us of God's blessing like a fugitive would flee.  What a great picture of how we must not lollygag around triggers to sin. 

A couple of other quotes from this conference I would like to share with you:  "Don't be weary in well-doing; persevere until another brighter day;" "Be willing to suffer so that people can be saved;" "Every Christian is either an evangelist or an impostor." Spurgeon  Those thoughts should give all of us something to ruminate on.

Ladies and children, you are all invited to my house this Thursday morning from 9:30-11 to enjoy coffee and fellowship.  As much as possible, we will be doing this throughout the summer.  Some weeks we may be going to other ladies homes.  Next week Yorleny has invited us to her home in Lakewood on Friday (so we won't be meeting at my house that week).  We will be carpooling from the church at 10 on May 11th.  Bring along something "brunchy" to share.