Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankful Thursday: Wisdom

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (Proverbs 1:7)

One day recently I was feeling stressed about having a long to-do list and a short amount of time. I was on my knees--not praying, but looking for a book on a lower shelf--when the phone rang. My dad had been taken to the emergency room. As I stayed on my knees to pray, I was struck by the revelation that nothing on my to-do list was very important. The laundry, the grocery list, the dust on the tabletop ... all of that could wait.

I have two reasons to praise and thank God today. I'm thankful that my dad is fine. And I'm grateful for the instant "attitude adjustment" that God provided to me. I am trying to hold onto that reminder.

The verse I quoted above is my favorite Bible verse about wisdom. However, as I was writing this post, I came across a few more that I wanted to share:

Ephesians 1:17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Lynn is hosting Thankful Thursday this week.


  1. Glad to hear your dad is doing okay. :-) Thankful the Lord is faithful and patient with us...loved all the verses you chose to share - great words to ponder and meditate on. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Thanks for the reminder that earthly things can wait. Glad to hear your dad is okay.

  3. Yes- the point of having wisdom is to know Him better! Thanks for sharing that scripture.

    We all need "attitude adjustments" now and then! Glad your dad is fine.

  4. Amazing what timing God has. You were already on your knees...So glad your Dad is on the mend. Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

  5. Thankful that your dad is okay and thank you for sharing such great verses. James 1:5 is the one I wrote on today as well.

  6. So happy that your Dad is ok. I too tend to obsess over the small things.

  7. I enjoyed my visit here tonight. Loved your post.

  8. So glad your dad is ok. Loved your post!

    Thanks for coming by and leaving such a sweet comment today.

  9. Praise God your dad is fine! LOve the term "attitude adjustment" - I need it too everyday.

  10. Love this Eph verse:)
    Thank you for sharing what really matters. Glad your dad is ok, and you used this time to re-focus:)

  11. i know the feeling of having a long to-do list and a short amount of time. glad your dad is ok.

  12. Melissa,

    Excellent verses and girl.. I was touched as you fell to your knees for your Dad and then realized what was really needed. Neat.

    I am finally getting over to your place for Thankful Thursday…. Last week. Yikes, I am a bit behind. Thank you for honoring the Lord with your Thankful heart. I will see you again this Thursday. Hugs

    PS. I forgot the computer tip last week but have a good one for this week.


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