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Who Are You Walking With?

Lisa Cherry —  July 13, 2011

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By Lisa Cherry

Years ago I was taught a very important bible verse as it relates to raising my children.  I took my mentors to heart when they taught me:

Proverbs 13:20  He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.

I could immediately picture a group of six year olds, all sitting together at a school lunch table sharing their "wisdom" of silly knock-knock jokes and arguing over who is the best weird noise maker.

Right then I decided to be quite discreet about who my children spent the bulk of their time with.  I valued the mentorship of a loving daddy or grandparent over the shallow bantering of my kids' peer groups.  Role models.  Solid believers.  Mature examples.  Each would form the core of my children's world.  Why?  Because God's word is always true.  Walking with the wise would make my children wise.

But as I read that verse again today, a new question formed in my mind.  It is great that you have recognized the power of this verse's principle for your children.  But what about YOU, Lisa?  Does this verse have an age limit?  Are you walking with the wise that you may grow wise?

I do not know about you, but I yearn for growth in Godly wisdom.  With each passing year, I am thrilled with how much the Lord changes me.  But I figure there must be so much more that I cannot even yet dream of!  That's why I look to those who have traveled the road ahead of me... and walked the path I desire to traverse!

Not every companion I encounter on my journey will lead me in wisdom.  I need the Holy Spirit's discernment and wisdom even as an "old mom!"

Lord, I yearn for more of your wisdom to flow through my life.  My family needs me to lead them and serve them.  I freely admit that this job is too hard for me.  Will you send me wise companions and mentors who can point me in the way of Your Life?  Teach me to be discerning, Lord, and  to choose my friends wisely.  And help me, God, to maintain a gentle and quiet spirit so I may gain a heart of wisdom.  Thank you.  Amen

Wisdom Wednesday posts are inspired by a verse from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the posting date.

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By Beth Groh

I’m such a fool. Really. A certified fool.

I’m so simple-minded that some people think I, and others like me, believe the earth is flat. I’m that naïve.

You know, I’ve been hearing that a lot lately. Not from family, friends or professional colleagues, mind you.

No, I’ve been hearing that from the truly ”wise”—you know, those commentators on the news channels and writers of news magazines and blogs.

Not that they’re singling me out individually, of course. I’m lumped into a much larger group of gullible, simple-minded folks who ignore what they consider science and cling instead to that fiction-filled historical piece of literature called the Bible.

Just the other night, my husband called me in the office to listen to a blistering commentary on presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann.

Her “sin?” In a speech to Republicans in mid-June, she dared to publicly support the teaching of Intelligent Design along with evolution.

"What I support is putting all science on the table and then letting students decide,” she said in the speech, as quoted by CNN. “I don't think it's a good idea for government to come down on one side of scientific issue or another, when there is reasonable doubt on both sides."

In recounting that position, MSNBC guest commentator, Ron Reagan, Jr., launched into a condescending smack-down of anyone who would foolishly question evolution. The science is “settled.” according to Reagan, and only the simple-minded could believe otherwise.

Now I’m not writing this to endorse Bachmann, or to get involved in any way on the presidential political fray.

But I am calling out a profoundly important worldview battle in our nation, one that is playing out nearly daily on cable news and the internet. It’s also heating up in the presidential election.

It’s a battle over authority. It’s a battle over the perception of God’s place in our nation. And, ultimately, it’s a battle for the hearts and minds of our children.

Here it is… Who’s got the final say on important issues? God? Or Man?

Who defines marriage? God, according to the Bible? Or man, according to the current political climate?

Who defines the origins of man and the universe? God, according to His Word? Or man, according to largely untestable theories that are not without flaws and logical contradictions?  And who decides what views are presented to our children in the classroom?

Does God belong in the public square? In our Pledge of Allegiance? In our schools?

We are at a crossroads in our nation. And that means each one of us will be called to decide, “Who’s in charge?”

As we look to prophecy, we can find which way God advises: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (Isaiah 29:14)

Hmmm… perhaps clinging to earthly “wisdom” isn’t so wise after all.

“The wise will be put to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped. Since they have rejected the Word of the Lord, what kind of wisdom do they have?” (Jer. 8:9)

The Apostle Paul echoes those questions.

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (I Cor. 1:20)

So call me a “fool”…and I’ll take it as a compliment. How about you?

By Lisa Cherry

Today I sorted through some outgrown clothes from our attic, a task that was long overdue.  I opened the bags of hand-me-downs from multiple years and our living room began to look like a monument to babyhood of days gone by.

As I pulled out the last little onesies to give to my grandbabies, my eyes puddled with tears.  Sweet memories of drooling smiles and fiesty screams came flooding back to my mind.

I enjoyed those years of baby innocence.  But, I must confess that each of those baby careers strengthened my mothering conclusion: every child is born with foolishness inside!  Raw and untamed was pretty cute when they were infants, but not so cute when they were a bit older.

Surely that is why God left us with a book to help show us the way of discipline.  Proverbs 1: 3 says the proverbs are "for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair."

Acquiring....sounds like something we will have to do over time, doesn't it?  We are not able to snap instantly into maturity any more than our babies are.  But leaning into the Proverbs can accomplish our goals for growth.

Often we have read the book of Proverbs in our morning family devotion time.  As we go around the circle and read a chapter one verse at a time, I can almost feel my soul grabbing for the words on the air waves as soon as they are spoken.  We feed on His word and His word does not disappoint us.  After all these years of reading Proverbs, I still see something new in there all the time.  Wow, I must be "acquiring" my discipline one step at a time and one day at a time.

As we begin the summer months at our house and the school books are set in the corner, perhaps we could benefit from some extra time acquiring wisdom.  How about you and your family?  Do you need discipline and prudence? Do not take a vacation from God's word!  Go to the source of life.  Read, stretch, and grow.  And maybe someday, if we are faithful to plant the Proverbs on our hearts and minds, we will all be able to retire our spiritual baby clothes as well as our physical baby clothes.  Wisdom and prudence can be ours.

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By Lisa Cherry

I was sitting in my bedroom when my little boy came barging in with the most horrifying news.  It seems his brother had hit him and taken his favorite toy forcefully and hidden it in his room.  The tears were flowing angrily down his cheeks, and the brutality of his sibling made my own mama's heart burn.  "SON!" I found myself shouting upstairs, "GET DOWN HERE RIGHT NOW!"

The "bully" came running down the hall calling out, "Mama, what did he tell you?"

How often has that scene played out in my house in the last 26 years?  So many times, you would think I would have learned my lesson by now.  I often find a little investigative work turns up a few more facts to the story. 

Like the detail that the weeping child "victim" actually started the problem by hitting his brother WITH the favorite toy first.  Or that the whole game was hide and seek, until somebody wanted to change the rules, take his toy, and go to his room.  Details!  Details!  Makes us realize why we have a court of law before anyone is sentenced to jail.

I think that is why we are warned in Proverbs 18:17, "The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him."

Always listen for the rest of the story.  This works for parents as well as husbands and wives, bosses and employees, friends and neighbors, and newscasters and listeners.  Hasty judgments have cost me a lot of needless conflict and confusion. 

If a story seems a little too strange to be true, stand by for the adjustment!  Pray for the wisdom and discernment to see the whole truth before you accidentally take hasty action. 

That little bible verse can keep us out of a heap of trouble.  As you use it today, will you write me back with how it worked to save you from the wrong action?

Wisdom Wednesday posts are inspired by a verse from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the posting date.

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Frontline Moms, I must admit I am not a football expert. We played "touch" football in mandatory girls' P.E. in high school, but I must confess that I flunked out.   But I have spent some time watching football on TV with my very athletic husband, so does that count?

Picture the Monday night football game.  The running back is sprinting toward the goal line with the ball carefully protected in his arms.  He is wise and bold in his manuevers yet cautious.  Since he understands the strong likelihood that he will encounter a linebacker before he hits the endline, he is guarding the ball well.  Experience has taught him the consequences if he doesn't.  Even a weak tackle can jar a ball loose if he does not protect his treasure.  Fumbling is not a pleasant option either on the field of play or back in the locker room with the coach!

As I was reading Proverbs 4:13 today, I chuckled as I pictured myself as that football player.

"Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life."  Proverbs 4:13

Me, a football player??  You must be kidding, God!   But, I heard a fresh warning from the Lord in my heart:  Lisa, guard well the instructions you have received from me.  Do not take my principles lightly.  Do not fail to hold on to the maturity you have already attained in my word......Lisa, hold onto ME and do not fumble!  Pressures like tacklers will come, but you must be ready!

I experienced a real example of His words just this morning in our family devotional time.  As a family, we have been watching an incredible video teaching series by John Bevere called The Fear of the Lord.  It has been absolutely life altering.  As we concluded our teaching today, I could sense the Lord's convicting presence in the room.  But... we had busy family duties to attend to so we turned off the video and began to move on with our day.  Until the Holy Spirit nudged me again.  I broke into the family chatter with an earnest plea, "Please, can we stop and pray.  I don't think we should miss what God wants to seal in our hearts."

Almost simultaneously, all nine of us present in the room fell to our knees.  As we sat in His presence,  He drove His word deeper into our hearts.

Like the football player, Lisa.  Hold onto the Word!!  Guard it.  Treasure it!  Hold it!  And then run with it.  Teach your children to do the same and together we will advance My kingdom.

How about you, my friend?  Are you holding onto instruction?  Are you guarding what you learn well?  Are you continuing to read His word every day that you may press to the goal line?