On Voting and “What Would Jesus Do” – Isaiah 46:9-11

Our voter's pamphlet arrived a couple days ago, and it's calling me from the pile on my kitchen table. How should I vote? Remember WWJD? Does it work during election time to ask myself what Jesus would do, how he would vote? Such a question leads only to guessing, and I want something more solid than speculation. … Continue reading On Voting and “What Would Jesus Do” – Isaiah 46:9-11

Wisdom is a Noisy Lady – Proverbs 1

I’m away at the Oregon Christian Writers coaching conference this week, so I’m sharing a favorite post from my archives.

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How much noise can you tolerate? Because of my sensitive hearing, I withdraw from situations where the noise level is uncomfortable. If I’m behaving foolishly, however, I want wisdom to raise her voice.

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In the first chapter of Proverbs there’s a list of warnings for those who ignore wise counsel.

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice. At the head of the noisy streets she cries out, at the entrance of the city gates she speaks” (Proverbs 1:20-21 ESV).

We don’t have to copy other people’s mistakes. We can learn discernment from paying attention and making changes. This will bring more desirable outcomes, as the last verses in this chapter promise.

“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me (wisdom) will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster” (verses 32-33).

Do you hear me now? 

These verses are telling me that if I listen to wisdom I will be secure, at ease, and not need to fear disaster. I want to hear what wisdom’s saying, and not turn away or become complacent. I don’t like being yelled at, but I’d prefer hearing her warnings than losing my way.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

I’m away at the Oregon Christian Writers coaching conference this week, so I’m sharing one of my favorite posts from my archives.

In the first chapter of Proverbs there’s a list of warnings for those who ignore wise counsel. Wisdom is clearly a voice determined to be heard.

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“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice. At the head of the noisy streets she cries out, at the entrance of the city gates she speaks” (Proverbs 1:20-21 ESV).

We don’t have to make the same mistakes as everyone else. We can learn good judgment, common sense, and discernment from paying attention to tried-and-true insights. And from these we will have more desirable rewards, as the last verses in this chapter promise.

“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me (wisdom) will dwell…

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Marriage Tip #3 – How to Get What You Want

What do we really want from marriage? Isn't it more than those first thoughts that pop into our heads like sexual fulfillment, companionship, life purpose, a stable home, etc.? I Need Love. "What a person desires is unfailing love" (Proverbs 19:22 NIV). Though other translations interpret this verse differently, it's still true that what we need and … Continue reading Marriage Tip #3 – How to Get What You Want

Four Small Animals with Extreme Wisdom – Proverbs 30

I think this is better than a David and Goliath story, where a young, untrained fellow takes on a gargantuan warrior. In this chapter of Proverbs we find a list of tiny, unassuming creatures that possess powerful attributes. "Four things on earth are small, yet they are extremely wise: Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they … Continue reading Four Small Animals with Extreme Wisdom – Proverbs 30

How to Bring Calm to the Angry – Proverbs 29

It was fantasy just a short time ago - to think pushing a magic button could produce a perfectly cooked meal in just minutes. Now it's reality. It's magic When I was a child I believed saying the words "abra cadabra" could make amazing things happen. A few years later TV showed me it could … Continue reading How to Bring Calm to the Angry – Proverbs 29