Oh, to be Wise in 2013!

If what we say flows from the heart (Matthew 15:18), then, I propose, what’s in the heart flows from our minds–what we focus on, think about, believe to be true. Perhaps that is why God commands us to take our thoughts captive–to actively choose what we think about (2 Corinthians 10:5). Not an easy task, but possible, with God’s help.

946930_praying_for_you-1One afternoon, after a few days of feeling generally unwell, a Scripture in Proverbs captured my attention:

Proverbs 10:14 “Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster.”

In a way that can only come from the God of creation speaking through His written Word, this verse struck me. Knowledge. Wisdom. Right thinking.

My thinking had been anything but “right.” In fact, I’d become quite preoccupied with myself–how I felt, how I wished I felt, prayers asking for better health.

Sadly, my preoccupation with self began to overshadow my life’s purpose–knowing God and making Him known. As I prayed over this verse, a verse that penetrated deep into my heart, God showed me not only the errors of my what-ifs and what-nots, but also how to center myself, once again, in His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9, emphasis mine).

Think on these things, put them into practice, or in other words, live them, and then God’s peace will come.

Friends, there is only One who is good, honorable, true, and worthy of praise, and that is God alone.

Right thinking comes when we avert our thoughts off ourselves–what we want or don’t want–and focus instead on God, His nature, and His will.

This is what I long to do–choose to do–in 2013, and I invite you to join me.

I’ll be going through Proverbs, the book of wisdom, focusing on one verse I plan to put into practice each day. I’ll also post, with the help of other writers, devotionals expanding on certain verses or passages further. Because like James 1:25 reminds us, But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does.

The more we look at, soak up, and meditate on God’s perfect Word, the more He will bless us with right thinking, joy, contentment, and peace.

Let’s talk about this.

Join me at Living by Grace as we talk about living intentionally for our risen Savior.

I’ve shared my plans for 2013. Now it’s your turn. What are some changes you’d like to make in the coming year? What are your spiritual goals? What steps do you plan to take to reach those goals? Have you enlisted the help of an accountability partner?

Join myself and some of my writer friends in January as we take a leisurely yet intentional stroll through Proverbs!

If I wanted knowledge and wisdom–right thinking–I needed to think on those things that were lovely, right, pure admirable and worthy of praise.

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12 thoughts on “Oh, to be Wise in 2013!

      • Thank you, Jennifer. I like what you said to Dicky about him asking you how you’re doing with your New Year resolutions – I think those who want to be accountable (for commitments etc) will succeed in keeping them.

      • Unshakable Hope, I’m creating a yahoo group community for those interested in reading through and discussing Proverbs, if you’d like to join. I must confess, I labeled the group “women” because I wasn’t thinking and had to pick a category, but I also invited my brother. 😉 In the group, we’ll be reading through Proverbs and discussing it, and I’ll likely add application and discussion Qs. We’ll also encourage and remind one another to memorize verses.

      • Starting Jan. 1st. I’m actually creating a yahoo group so those who are interested can join. I love the accountability and support of community and the wisdom that can come from sharing thoughts on God’s Word. Would you like me to send you an invite?

      • That would be a HUGE YES!!! Would love to follow along. If you need help, let me know. If not, I’m there gfriend. I’m so trying to figure out the whole WordPress thing. Blessings Jen.
        PS: Workiing on Goals as well. Making a display at library and adding spiritual books. Pray it goes over well.

      • Wonderful! I’ll send you an invite shortly! And I’d love help. 😉 Actually, I’m hoping this group will be one where everyone shares openly, feels free to ask questions, etc. Also, if you’d like to write up a Proverbs devotion for my blog, I’d welcome that. Shoot me an email which one you’d like to write about, (I’m keeping them in order), and I’ll get you scheduled.

        I’m looking forward to this!

    • Wonderful, Dicky! Please pop by periodically to let us know how you’re doing. And feel free to ask me how I’m doing with my spiritual goals, as well. 😉 God’s blessings and strength to you, my friend!

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