“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5


It’s a quiet morning. The widows are up. A slight breeze is dancing with the curtains faintly as I sit on the sofa, feet propped up with my cup of coffee.

Thorntonville has been high on emotions for the last part of summer as we’ve evaluated colleges, worked on senior year plans for a talented young man, and evaluated freshman year for the young beauty stepping up very quickly into the dreams of her future. I also put my pinky toe back into the working world for the first time in fifteen years by accepting a small part time position. Change mixed with excitement and anxiety creates some unexpected moody moments.

Sitting here this morning for a still break is refreshing.

The calendar hangs on the refrigerator very full of activity.  Good things.  Great opportunities.

My daughter commented yesterday how she was ready for the “Leaves” (Bath and Body Works scent) candle to come out of the cabinet; even though, technically it isn’t autumn for a good month or so. And although, I’m not overly eager to rush time, I am eager to move from planning into action, from anxiety of upcoming events into steps of faith moving forward.

Once it starts, we move in life’s continuous motion.

This point is where I hesitate. I don’t want to live in just the marathon of motion and emotion- the results of busyness and scheduled activities. I want to breathe in intention with focus on God’s will for each moment and exhale grace and encouragement amidst the action. The path I travel in and out of activity is as much my mission and worship as going to church and volunteer opportunities.

It takes wisdom to live life with focus, to make the in between times count. Wisdom to discern which activities and schedules need to be adjusted so I can be who God called me to be. Wisdom to hold my tongue and open my ears when my husband needs my support by listening even more than he needs dinner. Wisdom to know when to teach or walk beside these wonderful teenagers. Wisdom to recognize when ballet and bassoon lessons need to be cancelled because my family needs restoration through rest.  Wisdom to show gratitude to the people around me who pour into my life. Wisdom to acknowledge the God who makes all this possible. Wisdom to abide in God by steadying my spirit though out the scheduled day taking time to pray for wisdom and listen for His direction.


“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5)

I need wisdom for living life on purpose.

And so I ask, “God, thank you for beginnings, for activity, for life. Please, give me wisdom to live this life deliberately for you. Help me to listen in between activities and through busyness to hear your guiding spirit so that even in the filled days I would show your grace to those around me and stay connected to you.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen”


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