Got Wisdom?

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5

I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel a lack of wisdom in raising my children.  What works with one child doesn’t necessarily work with another, and what works one day might not work the next.

At times, I have been discouraged because it doesn’t seem that my asking for wisdom is having many results.  As I was talking to my mom yesterday, however, it hit me that the Lord never promised to give it to me all at once.  Duh!  He will give me only what HE knows that I need for the moment, not what I think I need.  If I got all of the wisdom at once, I wouldn’t need to ask for anymore.  I would start relying on my own strength rather than recognizing that I need His strength.

When I look at it that way, I guess that I am glad that the Lord doesn’t give me all the wisdom I need for the rest of my life at one time.  I know my tendency toward self-reliance, and it is not a good thing.  I tend to mess things up in big ways when I think I can do it on my own!  Needing to rely on the Lord and trust Him to give me the wisdom I need when I need it keeps me much more humble and therefore much easier to live with.  😉

It WOULD be nice to FEEL a little wiser sometimes, but I am thankful that the Lord truly does give the wisdom He promises – in His ultimate wisdom and timing.   I’ll keep asking and trust that He will provide what I need when I need it.

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8 Comments

  • EDBlogger says:

    I need patience as much as I need wisdom…

  • The Mother says:

    NO ONE feels like they know everything when they’re raising their kids.

    And if they tell you they do, they’re either lying or they’re arrogant. Which means you really don’t want their advice.

  • Your Mom's friend Dorine says:

    My dear, dear Beth. Of course the Lord gives you only what you need at THAT time. He knows what you need all the time, He knows what you need till He calls you to be with Him. You just keep on doing what you are doing my dear girl. You are doing great and you know what? You are following His will, if you realize it or not, because the Lord is right there with you.Your Mom and I are keeping you in our prayers and where two are gathered in His name, it will be done, if it is His will. Thank you for your blog, I get so much out of it, although I do not have any children.You have a great Mother’s day. Love you!

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, Dorine! It means a lot to me to know that you are reading my blog and enjoying it. I am very grateful that Mom has you as a friend, and only wish that we lived closer so that the whole family could have a chance to know you. I’m praying for you, too!

      BTW – congratulations! You are my 1ooth commenter! 😀

  • DhoyM says:

    I envy you for having mom around and get an immediate answer when you ask about child rearing.
    Just to let you know that your blog is very informative. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. TC

  • Petula says:

    That’s an excellent realization. I’ve never thought of it like that before. I often feel like I need more wisdom when dealing with my youngest child because – as you said – what worked for the others may not work for another one. It can be so trying though.

    It’s refreshing and inspiring to see such faith expressed.

  • Brandy says:

    I think I need more patience lately. I have an open mind to see what i need to change as my middle child doesn’t respond to same parenting techniques my oldest does/did.

    I gave you an award for your blog today too!

    http://happilyblended.com/2009/05/one-lovely-blog-award/

  • Michelle says:

    Hi,

    There is always no end for learning. Especially in being a mom. There is always a room for imprvement each day. What matters is we value what we learn. Thanks for shring this post.

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