Reading and Listening | No. 17

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Spiritual Practices and the Enneagram – Suzanne Stabile

The Next Right Thing – Emily P. Freeman

There is power in naming the unnamed things. This is an important part of our decision-making practice and key to taking our next right step in love. Remember today is a plot point. See it honestly for what it is, but don’t confuse the moment for the whole story.

Seven Words That Can Change Everything – Louie Giglio

Introverted Mom – Jamie C. Martin

If you drop your child off for a lesson, and feel lucky to sit in the car alone, you might be an introverted mother.

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find rest in unrestful circumstances

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How can I have rest in the midst of a bunch of “unrestful” activity?

I ask this of my kind husband who is an Olympic sound board for my daily external processing.

I go on to describe habits of thought that find roots in my introvertism. I spend a large portion of mental capacity thinking about what’s ahead. It is this desire to feel prepared, to ‘gear myself up’ as I often say, and feel confident about what is expected of me that leads to an angsty lack of true soul rest.

I pose the above question to my husband because I want to be sure awareness of self remains beneficial but doesn’t detract from living as God calls me to in His Word.

“Quit thinking about it,” he says [kindly] as if it is the most obvious answer.

I smile and nod, knowing I’ll need to sit with God and this newfangled idea for a few days to genuinely agree with him. I do, and the result is SWEET.

We can never know truly how a situation will play out. We can also never know how we’ll respond and feel in a circumstance until we’re there. You wouldn’t worry about mile 6 before you’ve even begun mile 1. Often, we can’t know exactly how we would or should handle a situation until we’re smack in the middle of it. Common sense, right? Mmm, evidently not so common for this human.

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Clothe Yourself With Wisdom: Christine

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Wisdom: A word that can be hard to define, especially in the culture that we currently live in.

Lately, I have been considering what it means to be “wise in the sight of God,” or how to differentiate between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom. Recently I was promoted to a leadership role at my job, and I have found myself seeking God about what it means to be a godly servant leader. One thing God is showing me is that servant leadership requires seeking Him for wisdom in humility. In light of this, my question is “what does godly wisdom look like?”

First, Read the whole third chapter of the book of James for context. Let’s focus on the last few verses, specifically James 3:13-18:

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

God was providing a prescription for what it looks like to have godly wisdom vs worldly wisdom! Try rereading James 3:17, but insert the opposite of each word to build a stark contrast in meaning:

Godly wisdomWordly wisdom
PureSelfish ambition, jealous, impure
PeaceableChaotic, anxious
GentleMean, merciless
Open to reasonClosed to reason, selfish, does insist on its own way
Full of mercyFull of legalism, full of wrath
Good fruitsRotten fruits
SincereFalse, dishonest, boasting

Based off this contrast, it is easier to differentiate between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom. Wisdom from above is peaceful (James 3:17) while worldly wisdom is chaotic and disorderly (James 3:18). Also, to answer the question, “what does godly wisdom look like?” let’s look to Proverbs 9:10: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”  The Hebrew of this word “fear” is yir’ah which means (of God) to respect, revere and be pious towards. Fearing the Lord means having a reverent, fearful awe of the almighty God.

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