Tag Archive | learning

Going to the water

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:8-9‬ ‭KJV- “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.”‬‬

You know, learning is a choice. You can’t make a child learn something. Sometime, somewhere in that little brain of theirs, they have to decide that they want to learn something before they can actually learn it. I can remember helping my kids learn their memory verses for school. (They have always gone to a Christian school.) There were times when I thought they were just going to have to take a poor grade on it because they just couldn’t get it into their little heads. But alas, somehow, they would recall it. They would remember all that we had gone over and the little tips and cues that I had used to help them remember what they were trying to learn. It was definitely a process.

Many people have pets. They work and work to teach them to do tricks or not go to the bathroom on the floor or roll over. They want them to be able to accomplish something on command. Some are successful. Some…..not so much. 

The old adage “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink” sometimes stands out loud and clear for some of us. We see it in the lives of the people around us and, sometimes, we see it in our own life. 

How many times do God attempt to teach us a lesson and over and over again we fail? I don’t know about you, but I can look into my own life and see that over and over and over again. I sometimes feel like I am the horse and God keeps leading me to this beautiful, cool, abundant stream and I am just standing there like, “nope, not gonna happen.” It makes you shake your head when you see people like that. And then, when you realize that person is you….it makes you shake your head again. 

God has left a stream of abundance somewhere around you – the Bible. He has preserved His Word for all these years just so that you would have this instruction, this comfort, this Life giving opportunity. It is not hard to get your hands on, at least in America it’s not. You can get it on your phone or in book form. So many options. Yet, there are still people that will hold this glorious opportunity in their hands and look at like “nope, not gonna happen”. 

And from time to time, I am one of those people. 

So I want to encourage you today to see value, see worth, see the need for the Word of God in your life. He is leading you to this amazing opportunity to get to know Him better, to make your life more meaningful, to encourage you to keep going. Don’t just stand there and look at like “nope, not gonna happen”. Get in there and make it happen. Let Him do what He does best – making you the best version of you that there could possibly be. 

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Learning

Proverbs 2:1-5 – “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”

We all want to be smart. We want our friends and family to be confident that we know what we are doing. Sometimes that is true and sometimes that is a facade.

But God gives us the opportunity to gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

The first thing we have to do is be obedient. We must choose to follow Christ and His commands. We need to listen to Him and do what He commands. That means we have to be quiet sometimes and pay attention. Hmm, I’m not so good at that most days.

The next thing is that we have to ask for wisdom and understanding. It is there for the taking but you have to ask first. Then you have to put forth the effort to retrieve it. God isn’t going to just dump it in your head with no effort on your part. But if you seek it out, you will find it.

And by doing all of this, you will finally get it. You will finally see an end result – better choices and clearer insight.

My kids are back in school and have been for a week now. Quizzes are starting to pop up. Remember those days? You had to study. Information about volcanoes is not readily in your head, typically. They have to study. They have to practice. They have to have someone to go over the information with them. They need assurance that they understand what they have studied and must be confident that they can be successful. Are you seeing the practical application of these verses yet? God wants and expects the same thing from us.

Learning should never end. It should be our desire to try and learn something new everyday – even if it is trivial. Life is so much fuller when you choose to learn and when you choose to let God teach you. So today, princess, don’t let your head the pillow until you let God teach you something new.

High Horse

Proverbs 16:18 – “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Who among us does not have an issue with pride? I tell you what, my pride gets me in more trouble than anything I can think of – including gluttony! And that’s saying something!

Now without sounding cooky, let’s think on this for a minute. Sometimes God uses our pride to remind of of who is in charge. We get all puffed up about something and God has to deflate the balloon and remind us that we are no more than glorified dirt.

Psalm 119:67,71 – “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”

As much as we hate to admit it, sometimes we need to be knocked off our high horse. Sometimes it takes hitting the ground to knock some sense into us. Sometimes we need to be reminded to look up for what we need. And sometimes our pride needs to be hurt just to keep it all in perspective.

This lesson hits close to home. I like to think I do pretty good. Then I stop. I see that nothing I am, nothing I have and nothing I do is worth a hill of beans without Christ.

Today, princess, remember where you fit in in the scope of eternity. Don’t climb up on that high horse today. Walk beside it and know where the source of all thing lies – with Christ.

Growing up too fast

Last week, we had spring break. My family, like a thousand others, took off for a bit of a getaway. We had fun visiting old cities, sampling new kinds of food and just enjoying time together.

It made me think about how much my family is growing. My children are growing up way too fast. I am able to have semi-adult conversations with my daughter and can no longer stand behind my son in a family picture.

But they are growing up good. I can joyfully exclaim that both of my children have accepted Jesus as their Savior. They are learning so much about His life and what He expects of them. I am so excited to see what God is going to do in their life.

Proverbs 20:11 – “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”

Our children are being bombarded by so much junk these days that their actions are speaking much louder than their words. So many are growing up without love and compassion. We, as parents, have an awesome responsibility. We have been given these precious gems by God. He expects us to raise them in the light of His love.

It is a hard row to hoe. We want the best for them, yet we struggle to know when we are giving or doing too much. Now is the time to lean heavily upon The Lord. We have to let Him guide us to teach our children exactly what they need to know.

I have a print hanging in my home that reads: “Children live what they learn…” It then goes on to compare different actions with what a child will learn through it. How are you living around your children? Do they see Jesus in everything you do? One of the actions that the print speaks about is respect. If your children do not see you respect yourself or your spouse, how will they learn to respect them self or anyone else? We have to remember that our actions speak louder than our words as well.

So today, princess, appreciate the role that God has given you in your children’s lives and love them the way that God loves you.

My little gift

James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Today is my son’s birthday. He is 11 today. When I look back at the last 11 years, I’m like every parent who has come before me – “Where did the time go?”
When I look at him, I see the essence of this verse in James – my good and perfect gift. Do I think my child is perfect and always good? Are you crazy? I’m deluded but not to that point!
My son has taught me so much about life. He has taught me how to love, how to fix problems with a hug, how to imagine life a little more fun and that just scratches the surface.
One thing I know for sure – he is a gift from God, as are all children. God gave us these pure little people to remind us that things don’t have to be so complicated. Sometimes all you need to make the day perfect is a hot wheels car.
So today, princess, hug your gifts a little tighter and remember why god gave then to you.