A few weeks ago, I was in a book study, and I was saying that I sometimes did not know how to handle different parenting situations particularly with my oldest.
A lady in the group quoted this verse, “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,” and said, “Ask God for His wisdom! He promises to give it to us!
I know the older I get with more experiences behind me, the more I know I need God’s wisdom.
- In every day life happenings, I need wisdom on how to respond, on the direction that I need to give, on how I can show love– I need wisdom!
- In big occurrences, I need God’s wisdom. Often life is uncertain, and we don’t know the next step. So what do we do? Fret? Worry? Fume? Ask our friends? Complain to our husband? Call our parents?
Wisdom from Godly counsel is good! but God says, “ASK ME FIRST!”
We serve a God who loves to give His children good gifts! He loves to give to us liberally!
What does “liberally” mean? Here are some symonyms for liberally:
- amply, bounteously, bountifully, freehandedly, freeheartedly, generously, handsomely, lavishly, liberally, munificently, openhandedly, unstintingly
So God gives to us lavisly! freehandedly! generously!
So ASK! God wants us to! To show how much He wants us to, He states it again in another way. First in the verse, God says, “Ask, because I love to give liberally!” Then He says, “Come on, ask me! I won’t scold you! I want you to ask!” (“Upbraideth” means “to criticize severely : find fault with”, “to reproach severely : scold vehemently”.)
And finally, God PROMISES that if we ask for wisdom, He will give it? Why? Because He loves to give liberally!
Often in the past couple of weeks, as questions arise on what I should do or how I should handle a situation, this verse comes to mind. It causes me to stop and pray and ask God for His wisdom. It is what we need!
A post that I loved this week:
I read some of Ann Voskamp’s posts, but I SO loved this post, “When You’re Weary of a Vanilla Christianity.” Here is one of my favorite quotes from the post:
Give up the baggage and the sparkly facades, give up the years of waiting and the personal agendas, give up the American dream and the striving race with the Jones’s and give up pinterest perfection and be pinned to Perfect and become a slave to Christ.
The call to complete happiness is to come lay down your life completely, and the Call of Christ is always a call to come die and anything else is a lie.
Some posts from last week that I enjoyed reading (and I pinned them!)
- 20 Tips for a Joyful Life (and Scriptures to Back Them Up) from Loving Christ Ministries
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