Wednesday, May 10, 2006

1 My children, listen to me. Listen to your father's instruction. Pay attention and grow wise, 2 for I am giving you good guidance. Don't turn away from my teaching. 3 For I, too, was once my father's son, tenderly loved by my mother as an only child. 4 My father told me, "Take my words to heart. Follow my instructions and you will live. 5 Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Don't forget or turn away from my words. 6 Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. 7 Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment. 8 If you prize wisdom, she will exalt you. Embrace her and she will honor you. 9 She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown." 10 My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. 11 I will teach you wisdom's ways and lead you in straight paths. 12 If you live a life guided by wisdom, you won't limp or stumble as you run. 13 Carry out my instructions; don't forsake them. Guard them, for they will lead you to a fulfilled life. Proverbs 4:1-13 (NLT)
This scripture reminds me of how my parents raised me. We had a little joke in our family that Dad was always right! And the truth of the matter is that most times he was right. As a young girl I would always want to try to do things my way and my parents would offer their advice and counsel. There were times when I thought that my knowledge was a little more superior and many times I was humbled. I had yet to discover the truth that with age and life experience comes wisdom.
My parent’s wisdom came from their love of the Lord and His holy word. They took very seriously their job of raising us to know and love Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
The important life lessons that I learned from them as a child are still with me today as I raise my own children.
Our Heavenly Father, longs to impart His wisdom to each of us. I encourage you to take time in the Word daily, as that is where true Wisdom begins.


Dad and Mom said...

Dear Michelle,

Yes, we do need to be in God's Word everyday as there is so much out in the world that can turn us away from God.

We love you very much.

Love always, Dad and Mom xoxo

Stephanie said...

Although it may not always seem like it, God does know best. We just have to trust that he will take care of us in the best way possible.