Wisdom from Above
W in A-Z Word Challenge

We have a chapel in our backyard. On one wall there is a triptych art piece that has about 20,000 words from Scripture written on it. When I go in to listen to God, often specific words or phrases are highlighted to me. Today I came seeking wisdom. 

This time the words “bear fruit” were literally highlighted from the sunlight shining through the stained glass window Then, “I am the Vine… remain in me.” I was immediately grateful for the presence of God speaking to my heart. Yes, I want to “bear fruit.” Then I saw his words that told me how: “remain” in Him.

Gaining wisdom begins with awe inspiring worship of

Yahweh God who is the essence of wisdom.

And the knowledge of the Holy One is

understanding and spiritual insight.

In Him lies all the treasures of

wisdom and knowledge.

~ from Proverbs 9:10 & Colossians 2:3

What is Wisdom?

The online dictionary defines Wisdom as “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, insight, understanding and common sense; unbiased judgment, and compassion.”

I’ve been doing an experiment that has been working fairly well. It is just doing the next thing God is giving me grace for and not worrying about a big list of “to-do’s.”  But now I find myself feeling jumbled, like all those things to do and people to see are a pile on my plate and I don’t know how to sort things out or prioritize. Then I begin to feel agitated, not up to the task. 

Do you ever feel this way?

“Life is not thinking.

Thought is formed and guided by objective reality outside us.

Living is the constant adjustment of thought to life and life to thought

in such a way that we are always growing,

always experiencing new things in the old and old things in the new.

Thus life is always new.”

~ Thomas Merton

Words of Truth

In the chapel, writing all this down in my journal, it’s just me and the Trinity. No phone or technology. The sun, still shining through the window onto the cross with the words highlighted are from Jesus are: “I have loved you… Love one another.” Yes. Truth. I’m starting to see the priority in how to relate to God, myself as a loved child of God, and to others.

“Who is wise and understanding among you?

By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom….

The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason,

full of mercy, and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace

by those who make peace.”

~ James 3 :13-18 ESV

After pausing peace begins to settle in me. I want to add to the experiment of asking for grace and asking God, “What are you giving me grace for today?”  I’m also asking God, “What are you giving me time for?” This refers back to the ‘T for Time’ post done earlier where I took notes from Harold Eberle’s message when he visited our church this summer.

Time flows from God and is moving toward me. God is giving me all the time I need. Time is free and abundant. I have to learn how to receive it.

I also need to learn how to steward it. I need wisdom. I want to see from God’s perspective, discern what is important and do the right thing in the present moment. I want the mind of Christ.

“To everything there is a season” says the book of Wisdom.

What time and season is it?

Time to seek wisdom from above,
to listen, and then take action.

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you.”

~ James 1:5 NLT


LORD, I want to know your heart –
to listen to your voice,
to see what you are doing,
and know my part in it –
and then do it
through the power of your Holy Spirit.
Please help me.


Living Your Word 2019 Opportunity!

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2019


Bernice: https://newlycreative.com

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Word of the Year – Everyday Journal Posts


  1. This page and these words are so beautiful. I really like the question/prayer, “What are you giving me grace for today?”. I appreciate how much of your heart you share in your blog posts, Valerie. 🙂

  2. Reading James 3 certainly provides an education – who to look up to, who is worthy of praise, who is a friend, who is an inspiration, who provides good leadership, who is one to emulate, who is a source of understanding, who is can comfort, and who is full of balance. Whenever I’m walking my dog, I can’t help but think of balance. As I look at all of God’s creations and especially the very small ones, I feel the cold or heat, I hear His music in birdsong, I smell life all around, and I think deep thoughts. The wind makes me think of boats on the water, the heat makes me think of all green life given freely to me, the tiny plants that I try to transplant to my garden wither and I learn how He provides with no work from me. Balance has become my word – love/absence of love, cold/absence of heat, dark/absence of light, new life/ absence of old. I love to read your words and have never journaled a particular word but have carried ‘balance’ in my head for a couple years as I walk and think. It is comforting. Thank you for all your writings and inspiration.

    • Mary, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Yes, balance is good. Your writing helps me look at paradox in a positive light. Thank you!

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