Knowledge Wisdom Belief Truth

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Knowledge my perspective: a result of learning, the state of knowing things. May be based on truth or lies and thus may be altered, negated, or destroyed.

From dictionary.com: acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation; familiarity or conversance, as with a particular subject or branch of learning; the fact or state of knowing; the perception of fact or truth; awareness, as of a fact or circumstance

Wisdom my perspective: proper discernment of knowledge and how to apply it; how to rightly put knowledge together. Seeing things from God’s perspective

From dictionary.com: knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight

Belief my perspective: interpretation of knowledge and wisdom, involving the heart; it is this upon which we act. Because this system involves feelings, attitudes, emotions, and perspectives, and may be based on truth or lies, beliefs are subject to change.

From dictionary.com: an opinion or conviction; confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof; confidence, faith, trust; a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith

Truth my perspective: anything and everything God says; God established truth; not subject to alteration, negation, or destruction; it is not in man’s power to change or destroy truth.

From dictionary.com: the true or actual state of a matter; conformity with fact or reality; a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle, or the like; actuality or actual existence; an obvious or accepted fact; truism; platitude

My heart’s cry: Lord, may I know and believe Your Word (Thy Word is Truth, John 17.17). Give me wisdom (James 4.2, 3; Proverbs chapters 8 & 9), that I may rightly divide Your Word (2Timothy 2.15) and apply it to my moment-by-moment actions, thought, words, and attitudes. May that which I believe ever align with all Your Truth, and may no lie slip in to cause disobedience (James 2.19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.). May I ever be guided by Your unfailing Love. Amen.

Know Thyself?

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My thanks to Nancy for her comment after our Sunday sermon (Attributes of God series). She thanked the pastor and said something to the effect, “We need to know God more. The more we know God, the more we know ourselves.”

That stuck with me. HOW TRUE!

God created us. Who knows us better than God? If we want to know how we work, if we want to understand what makes us tick, KNOW GOD!

Put away all the self-help books, the worldly counseling tapes and series, the wisdom of the people, and look to God. Read His Word. He will give you understanding. He will guide you with words of wisdom and lead you in straight paths.

He will show you who you are. He will show you Who He is. And He will show you the right relationship between the two of you, and between all His other children.

Obedience and Blessings

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I am blessed to use several devotionals throughout my day and week. One of my sources of inspirational reading is the blogs I read from YOU! I so appreciate your interpretation of and encouragement in God’s Word.

Another that I read and study daily is Quiet Walk’s Walk Through the Bible daily devotional, found here: http://www.walkthru.org/qw-daily-devotional

Today’s readings inspired me to go off on some tangents about obedience (one of my favorite topics). It starts with a Bible passage I love, where Hezekiah spreads Sennacherib’s letter before his Lord, in the temple. The discussion pointed out that, “God is not reluctant to bless us. But we must be sure we are eligible by being faithful to Him.”

God is a God of faithfulness! He loves to shower His blessings upon us. But we must position ourselves to be eligible to receive His blessings.

How?

By being obedient.

How to be obedient?

READ GOD’S WORD!

Without God’s Word, it is easy to assume and visualize in our minds how we can be obedient to God. We can (and do) make up anything we want to push ourselves into believing we are pleasing Him, while in reality we are conniving to please ourselves.

God is our plumb line, our source of Truth, of reality. Everything we do or say or think or feel must be aligned with the Truth He gives us in His Word.

Mind you, blessing does not always mean a lovely life filled with roses and lemonade. Blessings come in all forms. Sometimes a blessing looks like a face of anger or a scary situation or a blocked road or even death, to turn us to the direction God wants for us. If we are in tune with God, if we know Him, His Word, His Spirit of Truth, then He WILL guide us.

None of us is always obedient. We try, and God forgives. The devotional this morning continued with this passage from Joel 2.12, 13: Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Sometimes we are afraid to be obedient to God, fearing we won’t get what we want. God knows our hearts. If we will but surrender to Him, He gives us joys we cannot imagine – even better than what we thought we wanted!

Pray with me:

Lord, I praise You. I worship Who You are, and I bow before Your throne of glory. I acknowledge my weakness and my sin. I come before You, knowing You love me, You welcome me, and You want Your best for me. Increase my faith in Your goodness. Guide me to read more of Your Word, instruct me in the way I should go. Give me a heart that yearns for You, a heart that desires above all else to know You and please You. Give me eyes and a heart to see the beauty and peace and joy of Your Ways. Amen.

The Storm Coming Home

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On our way back home from Rochester and Mayo, on the Interstate, we ran smack dab into a horrendous rainstorm. I mean, the kind of dumping-buckets-can’t-see-out, wipers on high speed kind of rain. We have a weather radar feature on our console, and we could see that the system wasn’t moving – it was stalled over us. Some of the other cars had pulled over onto the shoulder. If we pulled over, we would be there for who knows how long.

I want to preface the rest of what I’m writing by saying that my husband was driving, and he is a very good driver, as well as a common-sense, good-guy-to-have-in-an-emergency kind of husband, for whom I am very grateful.

While I was glad I didn’t have to drive through this mess, sitting in the passenger seat presented its own challenges. I wasn’t in control. I was in the second-guessing seat. “Shouldn’t he slow down just a bit more?” “Maybe we should pull over like these other guys did.” “Shouldn’t he adjust those wipers up a smidge?”

I didn’t voice any of those thoughts. I vocalized agreement with his comments. I prayed.

I thought of Peter, when he walked on the water toward Jesus. As long as he looked at Jesus, he was walking, doing fine. When he looked at the storm, he started sinking.

I took my eyes off the road. I looked at the glove box directly in front of me; sometimes I looked out my side window. When I risked glances up front, out the windshield, into the storm, my blood pressure rose again.

But when I didn’t look at the storm, and thought of Jesus, and my verses, I had perfect peace.

“Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.”

“Fear not, for I am with thee. Be not afraid, for I hold you with My mighty strong arm.”

“What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee.”

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but He is strong.”

“God loves us. Whatever happens is okay with Him.”

I didn’t know if I was saying all my verses correctly, but God’s Word, His presence, was with me. I was at peace. (I had to look it up – Isaiah 41.10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.)

Mind you, this continued for about 100 miles, off and on (mostly on). It was white-knuckle driving, down to 35 mph.

One of the times I looked up, there was a big ol’ semi passing us. Up ahead, we could see brake lights of cars pulled off to the right shoulder. Then the semi’s brake lights came on (still in the passing lane, ahead of us). There was a car behind it, and those brake lights came on. The semi started inching over into our lane (he had room, now, and we flicked our lights so he would know that). As we slowly passed, we saw that another car had also pulled onto the shoulder – THE LEFT SHOULDER! The skinny little left shoulder, not wide enough to fit a car. That car was half in the “shoulder,” and half in the passing lane. Stopped. On the Interstate, in a driving rain with maybe 50 yards of visibility. With other cars pulled over onto the other shoulder.

We shook our heads, commented on God’s grace, and thanked God and the truck driver for having quick reflexes and wisdom.

We made it home without mishap. We looked at each other, high-fived, and gave thanks to our Heavenly Father.

Rochester and Mayo

What an interesting and eventful couple of weeks it’s been!

Rochester is a lovely city, filled with friendly and helpful people. Mayo Clinic was a great experience, with gentle and professional staff. My mom’s surgery at Mayo went well, and she is back home (so am I). I praise my Heavenly Father for all His guidance and support and love.

There were so many blessings while I was away:

  • My mom’s surgery went well.
  • She is back home with her husband (my daddy) again after a long time apart.
  • She is amazed and grateful for being able to walk again for the first time in over a year.
  • My big brother and I were able to spend time with her and with each other.
  • I got days and days of one-on-one time with my mom before my brother got there. We had some really nice conversations. We reflected that we don’t often have that kind of time together, and we’ll have to make sure we plan for that in the future. We enjoyed each other.
  • We were able to find a great place to stay!
    • For anyone seeking long-term arrangements in Rochester, I highly recommend Riverview Suites: http://www.rstha.com/
    • Very reasonable prices (much lower than any nearby hotels, with more amenities)
    • They have one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.
    • Apartments have laundry rooms (full-size machines, no coins needed).
    • Full kitchen, stocked with towels, pots, pans, hot pads, dishes
      • Since I deal with food allergies, it was important for me to be able to bring / purchase / cook my own food for the duration of our stay.
    • Linens and towels provided
    • Free parking
    • Plenty spacious (we rented a scooter for my mom, for before the surgery, and she had plenty of room to maneuver around)
    • Easy walking to Mayo Clinic & Methodist Hospital (I clocked it at 7 minutes from the building’s front door to the hospital door).
    • The manager and maintenance guys were so friendly and helpful! Very timely with their responses.
    • Nice view of the river.
    • Easy walk to the Mayo Civic Center, where you can catch the Skywalk / Subway.
    • Free shuttle to Mayo
    • Nice little grocery store and restaurant around the corner
  • I enjoyed the city, itself.
    • We took a narrated trolley ride through Rochester, well worth it.
    • I explored the Skyway and (pedestrian) Subway system, and got a kick out of all I found: restaurants (I ate a peanut butter and bacon burger at Newt’s Express – yum!), shops (all kinds: grocery, drug stores, clothing, gift shops, chocolate kiosks, fast food), and even a museum.
    • Lots of community activities going on: food / craft festivals, music, carillon concerts
    • We had nice weather for most of the trip, and were able to walk along the wide sidewalks (well, I walked, and my mom was on her scooter).

I tried keeping up with all the blogs I read – it’s so good for my soul. You bless me. I hope now to jump back in to fully reading and engaging. I’ve missed you.

Break Time

Life has changes and obstacles and surprises and miracles.

I’m retired, and I really enjoy the flexibility of my schedule. This retirement flexibility has allowed me the blessing of accompanying my mom to Mayo Clinic starting next week. I’ll be with her for a couple of weeks while she has tests and, we’re praying, a surgery.

I’m looking forward to spending the time with my mom. Less so am I looking forward to the time without my husband: I will dearly miss the love of my life and our daily connection with each other.

And, I’ll be taking time away from my beloved blogworld. I will drop in when I can; in the meantime, I will be thinking of you and praying for you.