Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the day and keeping warm. This morning I studied and went to Aldi’s and down for coffee and donuts. This afternoon we have our Bible Study and it is a blessing as so many share. Tomorrow is our monthly Birthday party here. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
If you are like me, you have most likely prayed numerous times for wisdom from God. Wisdom is far more than knowledge and is the capacity to use the knowledge in view of the bigger picture. So many situations we find ourselves in and simply don’t know how to respond; we need God’s wisdom to know how to proceed. It’s good to admit that we lack wisdom for we are told we can ask of God and he will give it to us liberally. Think of how much trouble we would avoid, if we continually prayed for wisdom from above, rather than depending on our own limited knowledge and insight.
Recently I read what Debbie Holloway wrote on about God’s wisdom and how we should seek it. As James says in James 3:17 (ESV), “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.”
That means that when we are full of His wisdom, our motives would be pure and reflect what Jesus would do; nothing selfish or impure or greedy. His wisdom would also be peaceable and gentle. Wouldn’t others be able to receive from us better with that attitude?! We would also be reasonable and avoid angry debates and instead show mercy…even for those who put negative comments on Facebook!  God’s wisdom is full of good fruits that would be evident and pleasing to others. Debbie goes on to say that even in the midst of opposition we would be unwavering and our lives would match up with what we say and believe. Isn’t His wisdom what we should all seek daily?
Message translation says James 3:17 simply, “Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-face.”
Let us not be puffed up with knowledge, but rather recipients of God’s wisdom!
Challenge for today: Before giving your opinion, ask for God’s wisdom and share in a humble way.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy