Set Your Heart To Wisdom

I retreated to the #LittleCedarLodge this weekend for a twenty-four hour bible study marathon hosted by my Mom Westlake.

Go ahead and call us crazy. This study was actually written with the intention of it having a six week timeline. I remember when my mom came to me with the dream to start this retreat. My mom loves gathering women of all ages from all stages of life. She prayed for months about who she would invite, the women who are living with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule and ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul.

As we sat in my mom’s living room this weekend, watching through Lysa Terkeurst’s DVD sessions and discussing what it looks like to make wise decisions in the midst of endless demands, I was personally challenged to define who I am and why I choose to do the things that I do.

Proverbs‬ ‭2:1–6‬ 
My daughter, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding — indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the wisdom of God.

I am a friend. Friends love through all kinds of weather / a friend loves at all times. (Proverbs 17:17)

I am a leader. [A leader’s] responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)

I am a writer. Your love, God, is my song, and I’ll sing it! I’m forever telling everyone how faithful you are. I’ll never quit telling the story of your love. (Psalm 89:1)

I am an advocate. He has called and anointed me. The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness the prisoners. (Isaiah 61:1)

I am His daughter. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9 — 10)

I am called to be in covenant relationship with others. I am called to help equip His people. I am called to share stories of hope and redemption. I am called to help women find meaningful purpose. I am called, as His daughter, to feel challenged in each of these callings day after day.

In order to not feel overwhelmed, I must choose to be wise with my daily commitments. Are my commitments lining up with my calling and the person that I hope to be?

“The decisions we make dictate the schedules we keep; the schedules we keep determine the life we live; the life we live determines how we spend our soul, and how we spend our soul matters.” — Lysa Terkeurst

While learning how to choose my Best Yes, my greatest take away from the 6 sessions was studying Proverbs 2:1-6 and understanding how to find the wisdom of God in the midst of endless demands.

  • Get into God’s word.
  • Let God’s word get into you.
  • Listen to wise instruction from God and wise people.
  • Apply wise instruction to your current situation.
  • Ask God for insights you wouldn’t think of on your own.
  • Pray out loud over situations where you need wisdom.
  • Actively look for God’s revelations. Look for the hand of God in everything.
  • Treat wisdom as one of the greatest treasures you could acquire.

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the wisdom of God (Proverbs 1:6). This fear that the Bible talks about, is a reverential attitude that looks for the hand of God in anything. It’s not scary. And it shouldn’t be overwhelming. Those who fear the Lord are joyful (Psalm 128:1).

If you find yourself constantly struggling to manage your time and reduce stress, I highly encourage that you pick up a copy of this book. I have reread it at least once a year since it was published in 2014. Each time, I receive it in a new way.

Thanks for a restful and refreshing weekend, mom. ❤

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