True Knowledge Comes from Above

back to school

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love,

and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding,

to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Colossians 2: 2-3

The day has finally arrived!

Today is the first day of our new school year. Summer break has been one of adventure and excitement, but the time has come for us to put on our thinking caps and get back to learning.

Supplies have been bought and placed in backpacks, awaiting their turn for service. School uniforms have been purchased and pressed, ready to be worn. Classrooms have been carefully decorated in preparation for the arrival of new students.

I do not know about other teachers and students, but in our house, school is not an ugly word. My children enjoy learning and I enjoy teaching, therefore the first day of school is very exciting for us.

I was thinking about the new school year and what I wanted to write about today. As I read through different Scriptures, I came across this one. I was reminded once again what my job as a teacher really is: To share the love of God with each of my students.

We make it a priority at our school to teach our children about God and to share His love with them on a daily basis. Our principal tells our kids throughout the year that even if they learn the text from their books forward and backward, but they fail to learn about God and the salvation He offers, then we as teachers have failed them.

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”- this is the part of the verse that really stuck in my mind this morning. If I make it a priority to share the love of God with my students and to lead them to Christ, there will they find the true meaning of wisdom and knowledge.

Yes, I do believe that education is important. I enjoy watching my kids learn every day. I love to see that moment when something new is discovered, I can almost see the light bulb turn on above their heads. I enjoy seeing them have an aha moment: that moment when the concept they have been trying to grasp finally clicks. Those are priceless memories.

Being a teacher is often exhausting, and there are times when I feel like my efforts are in vain. These are the times when I will cling to today’s scripture and remember why I am truly a teacher. No matter what happens throughout the school year, no matter what trials I face, I will remember that teaching my children about God is what will truly lead them to wisdom and knowledge.

I know you may not be a school teacher, but I want to encourage you today, and remind you that no matter what your title is, someone is still learning from you every day. Ask yourself, “What am I teaching others today?” I pray that you will hide this verse in your heart. I pray that it will serve as a reminder that no matter what others learn from you, the most important thing you can teach them about is God.

Motivational Monday: Follow the Leader

Sculpture by Max Frassi Photo Credit: Unknown: CC

Sculpture by Max Frassi Photo Credit: Unknown: CC

For the LORD giveth wisdom:

out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous:

he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.”

Proverbs 2:6-7

Did you ever play the game ‘follow-the-leader’ when you were a kid? Do you remember watching the leader so that you could do the exact same things that he or she was doing? If the leader began to skip, then you would skip. If the leader began to walk backward, than you would walk backward.

Did you know that our lives are like a game of follow-the-leader?

From the time we are children, we are following someone. Babies learn to walk and talk by following the examples of those around them. Children tend to do what everyone else around them is doing.

As we grow, we look to those older than us to lead and guide us.

We tell our older school children to make sure they are setting a good example for the younger ones because they are being watched.

As adults, we must be very careful to lead our younger ones in the right direction. They are watching us to see how we are going to respond to situations, how we are going to treat others, and how we are going to live every day. It is our responsibility to lead them in the ways that God would have them to go. The Bible tells us in Matthew 18:6  :

“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,

it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck

and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”

As Christians, we too have a leader: Our Heavenly Father.

In God’s Word, He has set out guidelines for us to follow, and commandments for us to obey. In order for us to grow into the Godly men and women that He has called for us to be, we must watch the leader closely. We need to stay in God’s word, we need to search for direction, and we need to seek out the wisdom that can only come from God.

Our verse today promises us that the Lord will give wisdom and understanding to those that follow Him. We need to make it a point, just as we did when we played follow-the-leader as a child, to keep our eyes on the leader, watch Him closely, and follow His example. This is the only hope that we have of living Godly lives in front of those who look to us for guidance.

I  pray that you have been encouraged by these words today. I pray that we will remember to follow the Leader in every decision that we make everyday, so that we may gain wisdom and knowledge as it has been promised to us.

God bless you, friends.

Confessions of a Tween Mom

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 “Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old,

he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6

Confession: I am a mom, and I do not have all the answers.

There are times when this is the hardest thing for me to admit. As the mother of a “tween,” a nine-year old and a five-year old, I often have to admit that I no longer have all the answers. As much as I would like to believe that I have it all together, too many time I am faced with the stark reality that I do not.

As a woman, a mother, and a wife I want to believe that I know what I am doing. I am reminded, however, that there is still so much that I do not know, so much that I still have to learn. Every day I am learning exactly what God means in His word when He tells us not to lean on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

Just recently I was faced with the reality that I do not have all the answers that my children need. I suddenly found myself faced with a conflict for which I was not prepared. I had to sadly admit to myself that I had failed. As a mother, I was not prayed up. I had not taken the time to seek the knowledge, from the Lord, that was needed to minister to one of my children in need.

At that very moment, I had to cry out to God. I was in desperate need of help. I knew I was traveling in uncharted territory, and I needed guidance. As I poured my heart out to God, I felt a peace come over me that I knew could only come from God.

As I began to council one of my children, I knew that God was right there holding my hand and healing the broken heart of a child. As I talked to him about the issues of a young person, I could see God working in his heart. I could see that God was already doing a work in our child’s life. All I needed to do was to trust God with the results and be there to offer support and guidance.

As I sit back and look at my children, I see just how fast they are growing up. While they will always be my babies, God is growing them into precious young people. I often look at my children and wonder what God has in-store for them. I trust and believe from the bottom of my heart that God has big plans for each of them some day.

I want to be prepared to minister to my children when they need some guidance. I realize that the days of hard knocks is coming. We are soon going to have a teenager in our house, I can only imagine what that is going to mean for us.I want to be prepared for those years. I know they are going to be the most important years, and I want them to be years of making memories and building dreams.

I was reminded this weekend how much more I need to be praying for my children. I pray every day that God will keep them safe and healthy, but I realize now that there is so much more for which I should be praying.

As a mom, I need to be praying for wisdom. I need to be seeking God’s guidance so that I can lead my children in the right direction when those temptations come to wander.

Psalm 127:3 tells us:

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

My children are such a blessing to my heart. I love to watch them grow, and mature, and become the people who God would have them to be.

My prayer is that I can be the Mom that they need me to be . I pray that God will empower me with the knowledge and the wisdom I need to raise them to be Godly boys and girls. I pray that I will never forget to whom they truly belong, that these precious children of mine are just lent to me for  a season. I pray that I can honor my Heavenly Father with not only the life I live, but the lives that I teach my children to live.

I want to encourage you, today. If you are a  parent, please take the time to realize what an awesome responsibility you have been given. Our children are our future. We should be on our knees every day praying to God for guidance and wisdom to raise these precious little ones with whom He has entrusted us.

If you find yourself lacking the wisdom and the knowledge that you need, as I did, go to God. Cry out to Him. He will give you the answers that you need. He will give you the wisdom that you seek.

I pray that as parents we will cling to the promise that is quoted at the top of the page:

 “Train up a child in the way he should go:

and when he is old,

he will not depart from it.”

God Bless you today!