If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. – James 1:5
One of the main things that I have been praying about this year on my path towards a balanced life is for wisdom. How do I discern how my time should be spent? Since I reached the point of realizing my plate is too full, how do I determine what is “good” and what is “great”? How can I become a better wife, better mom, better Christian–things which are difficult and perplexing matters at times. All of these require a great amount of wisdom… something that I’m willing to admit that I don’t have! In the circles in which I run I’m often referred to as “the baby”. As I got married and had children young (for this day) many of my good friends these days are anywhere from 5 to 10 years older than I am. It’s easy to feel the difference, especially if I am depending on myself for wisdom in all the areas of my life.
The great thing is that I don’t have to depend on myself for the wisdom I need. The Bible promises that if we ask God for wisdom not only will He give it to us, but give it to us in great amount–what a relief! This isn’t just a verse either. As I prayed over what should go and what should stay I had several time eating activities pop into my mind. I was immediately able to discern that while “good” they were *not* “great” and were, in fact, eating away huge chunks of my day better served in other areas. This also freed me of any guilt of putting aside/cutting back these areas because I felt it was God’s wisdom that was leading me to do so.
Of course this is no one time thing. Like everything in life we should be continually trying to gain more and more wisdom as we grow and change. The Bible is full of wonderful verses about wisdom, the lack of wisdom, and relying on God for it. Take some time this week and look up the verses, pray over them, and trust God to provide wisdom for whatever area in your life you’re needing it the most right now!
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