Value in Wisdom: Chasing the Wind as a Busybody

*Dear Readers, I initially wrote this post Feb 2012. I thought it would be good to share it with those who I did not have the honor of meeting through the blog at the time. Enjoy

Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11 NIV)

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Take inventory of what’s going on in your life. Eliminate ( cut and prune ) things that are not profitable. Staying in direct line of the will of God that He has for you will profit greatly and it will bring Him the glory knowing you are acting in obedience.

For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. (Ecclesiastes 2:26 KJV)

Stepping back to observe and weigh the things you say and do on a daily basis gives you a broader perspective of what’s really important. Pleasing God should be your first choice; not the last resort if you seek to live righteously for Him. A time of rest may be in order. This time of rest I am referring to is of stepping back from things that are optional and/or not of great importance. If you have a job that pays the bills then that is not what I am talking about. It’s those social gatherings, projects, idle time given or used that is of your free leisure and things along those lines. Now I’m not saying that they are not valuable or of good service to the Lord even if it’s volunteering within your local church. What I am saying though is that there is a season to everything. (Ecclesiastes 3)

Don’t hinder your growth and time with God if He is wanting to spend some alone time with you. This is something you should want as well. Doing so will develop a more personal and intimate relationship with Him as well as building character within yourself.

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Chasing the wind doesn’t give you perfect peace. Jesus does. Running around as a busybody trying to make good on pleasures and vanities of this world, you will continue to search after things in life that brings temporary joy that will soon dissipate. Rich or poor we will all leave this earth with nothing in our hands. The life we live ( in Christ ) the values, integrity, service unto the Lord that is shared with others matters. No treasures, beauty or excellent education will be of gain or profit in heaven.

* spoken by Jesus “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 KJV)

Don’t become consumed with the ways of this world that profit you nothing if you want to truly be grounded in God. It is very easy to get caught up doing “good works” that eventually may lead you astray from choosing ” the better part”; receive the word of God that it may be applied to your life and that of others. With wisdom comes discernment and knowledge. Peace and joy with contentment will be your anchor for it is the Lord Almighty keeping you with a steadfast heart and mind.

Which will you choose?

Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)–[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be). (1 John 5:21 AMP)

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Rejoice O Earth! Sharing Monday’s Thoughts From My Front Porch

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This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 NKJV)

Hannah’s Prayer ( first 2 verses that inspired me )

Then Hannah prayed and said:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.

“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you
there is no Rock like our God. (1 Samuel 2:1, 2 NIV)

So I just thought I would share the joy in my heart this morning with you all. I’m feeling the rays of the sunshine fall fresh over my face though it started in my heart when I opened my eyes.

The Lord woke me up this morning!

Not an alarm clock, not the dogs barking at something in the woods or just waking up because I’m tired of sleeping but because of the goodness of the Lord, because of his mercy and grace, breath has been put into my body yet another day! Oh how we take life for granted! The hustle and bustle of getting up and getting your day going not even realizing to the fullest that nothing we have done no matter how good it was, granted us life.

THIS IS ALL ABOUT GOD!

If you don’t know, I am a wife of 17 years with 6 children. I’m blessed to be able to be at home and take care of my family while my husband goes off to work to provide for us. It’s a blessing to be able to wake up SMILING, to have a heart to pray, spend time with the Lord and get my husband off to work. After that, it’s about the kids and the chores. ( can’t forget about having some fun either. Making memories is the best. )

It’s Spring Break so my kids are sleeping in for just a little bit. Wow. I have 6 kids! Yeah I know it already, but these are lives that God created! We were all known before conception. How amazing is that?!!

Perhaps you may be wondering why on earth is she so happy! At times I ask myself the same thing but I know that it’s the joy of the Lord that is in me! He woke me up. I have all my senses, I am in my right mind and I have a willing and able body to make choices for the good or the bad. ( and my goal is to make the right decisions every day )

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. The next breath isn’t either, but I CHOOSE to make the best with what I have been given. May we be thankful over the small things in life and just be content with what we’ve been blessed with. If we are blessed with more be thankful and if not, still be thankful. Your pocket and bank account can be plenteous yet you can be poor in spirit. On the flip side you can be poor in finances and the wealthiest is spirit.

Just take some time and think on these things would you please? Life can change in a blink of an eye and you can never be fully prepared.

Listening to the birds tweet, the wind chime slightly clanking as a breeze passes through and soaking up the sun rays for this brief moment I have to myself gives me many reasons to rejoice. There’s no Manic Monday living here. Just another day to gain perspective and to grow in the Lord and to live my life the best I know how with His help.

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Lord I am so thankful and blessed that I arose to see another day, to bask in the beauty of your earth creations, to have a heart’s desire to choose to make the best of this life given to me. Living Simply In Abundance….. my life, my love and my joy is found in Your presence. Thank You ❤

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