Thursday, September 10, 2015

What to Write ~ Back to School: Wisdom

It's the second Friday of September - I can hardly believe that  - and it's time for writing monthly letters. The big news in our house is that we are officially back to school, and that's the subject of this letter. I did a back to school letter last year and you can find that HERE.

This year, I'm taking a different approach.

 Dear .....

Our summer break has come to an end and the girls have started back to school. This year Kayleigh is in grade 4 and Sydney is in grade 5. We are homeschooling again this year. This means we do our school work at home, and I (Jill) am the teacher. 

On the first day of school we talked a bit about what the Bible has to say about education and knowledge. Over and over in the Bible we read about the value of wisdom. 

What is wisdom? Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge and good's being able to act with common sense. 

How do we get wisdom? Well, some of it will come with age and experience. The older you get, the wiser you will become (hopefully). You will be able to rely on past experience and what you have learned from your teachers to act appropriately. 

But we can also ask God for wisdom. In the book of James it says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5)

Why is wisdom important? Because it makes us stand out from those who do not follow or obey God. In the book of Daniel it says, "Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever" (Daniel 12:3).

One of the best places to learn about wisdom and how godly wisdom is necessary for our lives is to read the book of Proverbs. There are 31 chapters in this book - and most of our months have 30 or 31 days - it seems reasonable to try to read or listen to one chapter each day. I've read these over and over for many years and I always find new insights each time I read them.

Wisdom is a gift God will give to us, and we can use it to glorify point others to Him and his truth.

Will you pray for us as we begin our school year and set out to learn new things? Most importantly, will you pray that we seek God and his wisdom for our lives? We'll be praying the same for you.

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