Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 4:6

“Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.” – Proverbs 4:6

Want protection for business deals, holiday plans, the school run? Ask for and apply wisdom. Wisdom will protect you and your family from motor accidents, shady business deals and harmful relationships. The Holy Spirit will guide you and lead you in all things. Heed His warnings and look for His peace (Philippians 4:7).

Wisdom Wednesday

Proverbs 3:15

“Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” – Proverbs 3:15

God appeared to Solomon and gave him the opportunity to ask for anything he desired. What did Solomon desire more than all else? Wisdom. Not gold or long life, wisdom. Wisdom is paramount. It is great to be smart and have knowledge, but more valuable to have the wisdom to apply it appropriately. If you aspire to anything in this life, I pray you desire wisdom. Amen 🙏🏼

Wisdom Wednesday

The Bible says wisdom is more precious than rubies (Proverbs 8:11) and gold (Proverbs 16:16).

So are we willing to pay? Talk is cheap. Wisdom costs. Wisdom is only words if not applied. Words become wisdom when they are internalized and the heart changes. And that is a sacrifice only a few are prepared to make.

The Path To Wisdom

1 Corinthians 1:24

“But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:24

Jesus is the wisdom of God. If wisdom is what you need, you must start with Him. All other wisdom flows from that. The wisest decision you can make is to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us we have the mind of Christ, so if you call on Jesus, He will give you His wisdom for your situation. Amen Sisters! 🙏🏼

What Is Ash Wednesday?

In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day or the start of the season of Lent. It was initially called the “Day of Ashes.”

Ash Wednesday always falls 40 days before Easter (Sundays are not included in the count). Lent is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, giving up of sinful habits, and spiritual discipline.

Not all Christian churches observe Ash Wednesday and Lent. These commemorations are mostly kept by the Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterianand Anglican denominations, and also by Roman Catholics.

Eastern Orthodox churches observe Lent or Great Lent, during the 6 weeks or 40 days preceding Palm Sundaywith fasting continuing during the Holy Week of Orthodox Easter. Lent for Eastern Orthodox churches begins on Monday (called Clean Monday) and Ash Wednesday is not observed.

The Bible does not mention Ash Wednesday or the custom of Lent, however, the practice of repentance and mourning in ashes is found in 2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1; Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21.

What Do the Ashes Signify? 

During Ash Wednesday mass or services, a minister distributes ashes by lightly rubbing the shape of a cross with ashes onto the foreheads of worshipers. The tradition of tracing a cross on the forehead is meant to identify the faithful with Jesus Christ.

Ashes are a symbol of death in the Bible. God formed humans out of dust:

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. (Genesis 2:7, Human beings return to dust and ashes when they die:

“By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:19, NLT)

Speaking of his human mortality in Genesis 18:27, Abraham told God, “I am nothing but dust and ashes.” The prophet Jeremiah described death as a “valley of dead bones and ashes” in Jeremiah 31:40. So, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday symbolize death.

Many times in Scripture, the practice of repentance is also associated with ashes. In Daniel 9:3, the prophet Daniel clothed himself in sackcloth and sprinkled himself in ashes as he pleaded with God in prayer and fasting. In Job 42:6, Job said to the Lord, “I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

When Jesus saw towns full of people reject salvation even after he’d performed so many of his miraclesthere, he denounced them for not repenting:

“What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.” (Matthew 11:21, NLT)

Speaking of his human mortality in Genesis 18:27, Abraham told God, “I am nothing but dust and ashes.” The prophet Jeremiah described death as a “valley of dead bones and ashes” in Jeremiah 31:40. So, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday symbolize death.

Many times in Scripture, the practice of repentance is also associated with ashes. In Daniel 9:3, the prophet Daniel clothed himself in sackcloth and sprinkled himself in ashes as he pleaded with God in prayer and fasting. In Job 42:6, Job said to the Lord, “I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

When Jesus saw towns full of people reject salvation even after he’d performed so many of his miraclesthere, he denounced them for not repenting:

“What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse.” (Matthew 11:21, NLT)

Thus, ashes on Ash Wednesday at the start of the Lenten season represent our repentance from sin and Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death to set us free from sin and death.

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A Season of Change

This is a season of change for the world, so why can’t it be a season of change for you and for me?

A time where we shed the dead leaves to make room for new ones in the spring.

So, this week, I challenge you, take a moment, and ask yourself, “what dead leaves do I have in my life?”

As you begin to shed them, you may feel bare like a tree in the fall, but remember that God will fill you up with so much good and new when it comes spring!

Happy Monday!! Have a great week! And feel free to drop you dead leaves here in the comments! ❤️🍂🍃

Purposeful Pause Bible Reading Plan Day 17

Follow the daily Bible reading plan, and read the passage.

Look for God’s purpose in the pause.

Write what you are learning in your journal.

Decorate your journal and share what you are learning with the Women Walking With Jesus Facebook Page. 😇

Psalm 25: 6-12 KJV

(6) “Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.“

(7) “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.”

(8) “Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.”

(9) “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.”

(10) “All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.”

(11) “For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.”

(12) “What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.”

Purposeful Pause Bible Reading Plan Day 16

Follow the daily Bible reading plan, and read the passage. Look for God’s purpose in the pause. Write what you are learning in your journal. Decorate your journal and share what you are learning with the group.

Psalm 25: 1-5 KJV

(1) “(A Psalm of David.) Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul,”

(2) “O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.”

(3) “Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.”

(4) “Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.”

(5) “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation. on thee do I wait all the day.”

Purposeful Pause Bible Reading Plan Day 15

Follow the daily Bible reading plan, and read the passage. Look for God’s purpose in the pause. Write what you are learning in your journal. Decorate your journal and share what you are learning with the group.

Romans 8: 19-27 KJV

(19) “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.”

(20) “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,”

(21) “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”

(22) “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

(23) “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

(24) “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”

(25) “But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

(26) “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

(27) “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

Purposeful Pause Bible Reading Plan Day 14

Follow the daily Bible reading plan, and read the passage. Look for God’s purpose in the pause. Write what you are learning in your journal. Decorate your journal and share what you are learning with the group.

Hosea 12: 1-6 KJV

(1) ” The word of the Lord that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.”

(2) “The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.”

(3) “So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.”

(4) “And the Lord said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.”

(5) “And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.”

(6) “And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.”