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Do you need to grow in wisdom? Today I was reading the Psalms and stopped to ponder on Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.”

During this quarantine time due to the global pandemic, most people have been given the gift of extra time. Personally, even though I have been busy with consulting work, all the in-person speaking engagements from April and May were rescheduled to the fall and that gave me some free time. I have saved a lot of days that I would have been traveling to go speak at conferences. Instead, I have been home.

My husband and I have spent a lot of quality time together and have enjoyed our grand baby Henry James. Because his daycare was closed in April, we have taken this opportunity to watch him several days and we have created amazing memories with him. Daycare is still closed in May so we look forward to spending more time with him again.

With the extra time, we have also watched a lot of movies lately and today when I read this verse, I stopped to think… What if we spent all that time “growing in wisdom” instead of watching movies? While watching movies is fun, I think we need to make more time to grow in wisdom. Even though I have spent quality time with God too in my daily prayer as well as the weekends, I can do better. I can read the Bible more. I can pray more for so many people in need in the world. I can reconnect with some old friends. I can spend more time reading books that will help me grow my relationship with the Lord and help me grow in wisdom.

So, do you need to grow in wisdom? Today I encourage you to join me in first seeking God to show you how to make the most of your time and then do activities where you can grow in wisdom. The Bible is always a source of wisdom and you can purpose to read it more often. The Proverbs and Psalms are full of wisdom nuggets to help you navigate each day of your life and every season throughout your entire life.

I also encourage you to read the entire Psalm 91 where God promises us to protect “those who love Him” from evil—and that includes this pandemic. Psalm 91:1 promises us that “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” When we spend our time in His presence and reading His Word, we are “living in the shelter of the Most High” and we may also “grow in wisdom.”

 

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Dear Friends,
As our businesses grow, those who are in leadership are faced with bigger and more impactful decisions to make. Our decisions now don’t just impact a couple of employees, a few customers, and a few shareholders. Our decisions have consequences that are long-term and could mean a turn for the good or for the worse for the organization. Therefore, we must make those decisions with a lot of planning, research, understanding, and with intense prayer behind it. In is in these moments that we must seek God’s wisdom in order to make the right decision that in the end will bring more glory to God. Today, I want to encourage you to seek God’s wisdom in every decision you make at your work. This devotional from my book, Devotions for Working Women, reminds us that when we seek God’s wisdom, He will grant it to us. Enjoy!

Be Known for Your Understanding…Be Wise
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Proverbs 16:21 (NLT)

The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it’s well presented.

Wise people are usually well grounded, balanced, and have strong beliefs. We are used to thinking that a wise person is old in age, but in reality, wisdom doesn’t have to do much with age. It has to do with the level of understanding, discernment, and experience that a person has. It is also important to know that wisdom is a gift from God. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can be wise.

Wisdom is applied knowledge. It is knowing (discerning) how to handle the different situations and knowing what to do when. Wisdom is also good planning, thinking ahead, and being prepared.

It takes humility to be wise. Why? Because the wise know when they know something, and they are not proud to accept when they don’t know other things. It takes a humble heart to simply say “I don’t know.” When we seek God because we don’t know what to do, we are allowing Him the opportunity to help us with His wisdom. He helps us see things from His perspective.

When we have godly wisdom, we know how to present instruction, correction, and information to others in a way that it is not hurtful. It is then well received and appreciated.

When you are getting ready to present information to your colleagues at work, ask God for the wisdom to use the right words. Ask Him to show you the way they will receive the message best. God is interested in us applying His wisdom in the workplace. It is part of being successful.

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Dear Friends,
This past week was full of meetings and decisions that needed to be made. How do we know that each decision is the right one? Where do we obtain wisdom to know how to handle each situation? We go to the source: God. When we seek God for His wisdom, He will give it to us, on the spot, when we need it. Then we make decisions both based on the information we have at hand and the wisdom of God to guide us. I personally know I have made the right decision when I have peace in my heart. Then I move on.

Today I want to encourage you to seek God’s wisdom at all times and in every situation. I would like to share the devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to do that.

Enjoy!
Seek God’s Wisdom Above All Things
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Proverbs 8:11, 17, 35 (NLT)
For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can be compared with it… “I love all who love me. Those who search for me will surely find me…” “For whoever finds me finds life and wins approval from the Lord.”

Do you want the secret to a successful Christian life? Get wisdom. Seek wisdom above all things from the Lord. I say a successful Christian life because you cannot obtain the wisdom of God without first becoming a Christian. God promises us that if we seek wisdom, we will surely find it. His Word tells us that when we do find it, we win approval from the Lord. We learn to fear the Lord and then the knowledge of Him comes to us.

With wisdom, you will know what to do in every situation, in every area of your life. With wisdom, you will be able to use every talent and gift God gave you, and you will prosper.

Ask God for wisdom today. Desire it more than anything else in your life because nothing else compares with it. Your success in life depends on it.

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Plan and Trust God

Dear Friends,
One of the things I’m working on this year is to identify the areas where God wants me to focus my energy, time, talent, and treasure. I want to help and fulfill the calling of God in my life but sometimes there is so much to do, so much need wherever we go, that it is difficult to focus on one or two key areas. I have spent a lot of time in prayer seeking God to help me choose. There will be doors of opportunity that open up but it’s not the right time to go through them. They are not wrong, but the timing is simply not right yet. There will be other doors that will open that are not right for us to go through. Yet there are other doors that will open up that are both right for us and it is the right time for us to pursue. Having the discernment to choose is crucial to doing the will of God in our lives. Having peace in our hearts is one of the key indicators to choose the right path.

In the meantime, however, we should continue to plan and go with our hearts then we let God take control of our plans. I always plan and ask God to change things according to what He wants for me and for the work of His Kingdom. Today I want to share this devotional with you about planning your future from my book, Devotions for Working Women. We should not be afraid of planning but we should always be willing to make changes and go with God’s flow. We need to be at His disposal and do His work even when we feel we may be out of our element or feel inadequate. Enjoy!

Don’t Be Afraid to Plan
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Proverbs 3:21-22 (NLT)

My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect.

Many Christians nowadays don’t plan for the future, thinking Jesus is coming soon. They view planning and preparing as lack of faith. But that mind-set is not wise. We are to live our lives as if Jesus is coming today, spiritually speaking. Until He comes, we are to occupy, multiply, have dominium of, and steward God’s creation. The Bible says to not lose sight of good planning and insight, for they will fill us with life. When we don’t plan, we are choosing to let things happen in our lives and lose control. We are to plan good plans with God’s wisdom and guidance. Lack of planning brings uncertainty and fear. Planning brings peace, certainty, security, honor, and respect.
If you are a planner, those who watch you will see you as a wise person. Then you’ll have an opportunity to share your wisdom and where it comes from. Proverbs 2:11 (NLT) says, “Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.” “You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams” (Proverbs 3:24 NLT).

By planning all aspects of your life, you take control of your life and responsibility for your actions. But it also means you choose to give that control to God and let Him guide you. With God as part of your planning, you can’t go wrong because you have God’s will for you as your plan. And even though the enemy may try to change and confuse those plans, the Lord will give you wisdom “and you will know how to find the right course of action every time” (Proverbs 2:9 NLT).
Don’t be afraid to plan. Ask God for the wisdom to help you. Plan your life with the main purpose of bringing glory to Him.

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Dear Friends,
Last week I shared with you that I was missing spending time with the Lord and how important it is for me so I can get refreshed and renewed in Him. Today, I want to encourage you to make the time, make the commitment to be with your Creator. He will multiply your time back and will help you get everything you need to do get done. I want to share this devotional with you from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to get to know God at a deeper level. Enjoy!

Deeper Knowledge Comes with Time Alone with the Lord
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Mark 4:33-34 (NLT)

He used many such stories and illustrations to teach the people as much as they were able to understand. In fact, in his public teaching he taught only with parables, but afterward when he was alone with his disciples, he explained the meaning to them.

The Bible tells us Jesus taught the things of God through parables. Why? Because He could only teach as much as the people were able to receive and therefore understand. God is too deep for us to fully comprehend His things or Himself with our human minds. We first must have an open mind and heart to receive His teachings and understand them in our hearts through our spirit. The Lord takes us one step at a time in His knowledge, one layer of revelation at a time. As we grow, He reveals Himself to us a little more. It is a life-long process until we join Him in heaven.

We should notice, however, that when Jesus was alone with his disciples, He explained the deeper meaning of His teachings. As the disciples walked with Jesus, they drew closer to Him and were able to understand deeper things of God’s Kingdom. The same applies to us today. The only way God can teach, reveal, and entrust us with more knowledge is by us spending time with Him—alone, with no worldly distractions, and with our attention fixed only on Him.

Set aside time from your busy schedule to meet with the Lord, just you and Him, alone. He is faithful and will not only be there waiting for you every time but will also make sure you don’t get behind in any of your other responsibilities. He will multiply your time.

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We Need Wisdom

Dear Friends,
The days we live in and all the circumstances we encounter each day require us to have a wisdom that goes beyond our own minds. That’s why we need the wisdom of God in our lives. Today, I want to share with you a devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women that reminds where to get God’s wisdom. Enjoy!

The Words of Christ Make You Wise
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Colossians 3:16 (NLT)
Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other.

We all want and need wisdom. God tells us in order to obtain wisdom we need to ask Him and He will gladly grant it to us. But we also have to do our part, which is to read His Word. The words of Christ are all recorded in the Bible. When we read the Word and meditate on it day and night, His wisdom comes to us. We also have the Holy Spirit who gives us wisdom to apply to our personal lives and specific situations. We are to use His words to teach and counsel each other, but we can’t accomplish that kind of mentoring relationship if we don’t possess wisdom.

If you want to be known as a wise woman at work, this is the secret. Pursue wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

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Seek Wisdom

Blog 4-2-11
Dear Friends,
Lately I have been praying for wisdom and insight in my life. It seems there is always so much going on and too many decisions to make that we are bound to make a wrong turn unless we act carefully and have the wisdom of God. As we face the daily decisions of our lives we need God’s wisdom but we need to desire it and ask Him for it. Today, I want to encourage you to seek God’s wisdom with all your heart and He will give it to you by sharing this devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women.

Pursue Wisdom with All Your Heart
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Proverbs 1:23 (NLT)
Come here and listen to me! I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.

In Proverbs 1:20, Wisdom cries out on the streets looking for people and can’t find anyone who is willing to listen and become wise. God wants to pour out His Spirit of wisdom upon us but we have to desire it. We have to search for it and appreciate it like the most valuable treasure we could ever find or have. Wisdom is a treasure because it is by wisdom we understand what it means to fear the Lord, and we gain knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5 NLT).

The Bible exhorts you to “Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure” (Proverbs 2:2-4 NLT). Therefore, make an effort like never before to pursue wisdom. Seek it more than your career, job, or business.

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Success and Balance

Dear Friends,
One of my good friends just got a big promotion so I did two things: 1) I congratulated her and 2) I started praying for her to have wisdom in her new job and for balance in her life. Part of being friends with others is not only to be happy for them when they get promotions and successes but also to encourage them to have a balanced life. She will now have to make many decisions both at work and at home so she can have time for her family and also be successful at work. But she can do it with the help of God and with the support from her friends. I encourage you to do the same. When your friends get promoted to new jobs and responsibilities, congratulate them but also pray for them. This devotional talks about walking in wisdom. Enjoy!

Walk in Wisdom
# 364

Proverbs 28:26 (NLT)
Trusting oneself is foolish, but those who walk in wisdom are safe.

As we grow in our careers, gain experience at our jobs, and become more successful because of our hard work and commitment, we will have the temptation to trust ourselves too much. The Bible says it is foolish to do so. First, we cannot forget it is God who gave us all the gifts and talents we have. Secondly, He is also the One who gave us the opportunities to succeed. So let’s not forget to give Him the glory for all of our successes. Thirdly, when we walk in His wisdom we are safe because we know we are doing what He told us to do. God’s wisdom is beyond our comprehension, and He will grant it to us when we ask Him for it. Part of being successful is having God’s wisdom in our lives.

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