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Until Morning Comes…

     She’s a Facebook ‘friend,’ although I don’t believe I’ve ever met her. Nevertheless, my heart ached for my social media ‘friend’ when I read her recent post. She’d been let go from her job a couple days earlier. The restaurant where she worked didn’t have enough carry-out business to keep paying all their employees.

     The woman said she’d spent one entire day crying.

     Many people in the world, our nation, and community have been doing quite a bit of crying recently. The pandemic situation in which we find ourselves is filled with unprecedented unknowns. People are feeling

          Sad,

               Scared,

                    Lonely,

                         Helpless,

                              Fearful, and

                                   Increasingly angry.

     Having spent many years working in the field of critical incident stress management, I recognize every single one of these emotions is a normal, legitimate response to the abnormal, unanticipated Covid-19 crisis. I also realize different people are experiencing uniquely different emotions and reactions. Every emotion is all right. Some reactions are healthier than others.

     The psalmist declared weeping may endure for a ‘night.’ ‘Night’ is probably a metaphor for a segment of time. I will take liberty here to interpret the psalmist’s thoughts and say,

Your tears of sadness, helplessness, fear and frustration may extend for a segment of time, but hang in there. MORNING IS COMING!

     So, what can we do UNTIL MORNING COMES? Here are some very basic tips:

  • Lean into the emotion I am feeling and name it. Some wise person said, “You cannot tame what you cannot name!”
  • Ask God for wisdom to manage troubling emotions. James 1:5 is a verse I return to often, especially during times of stressful ‘unknowns.’
    • If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault… (NIV)
  • Soak up as much sunshine as possible. I read not too long ago that 20 minutes of early-morning sunshine helps regulate emotions and even improves quality of sleep.
  • Play in the dirt! This morning I planted some radishes. The mere thought life will emerge from those tiny brown seeds, and soon tender green leaves will emerge from the soil reminds me JOY WILL COME!
  • Move as much as possible. Breathe deeply in the process. The act of deep breathing intercepts destructive work of Cortisol, a stress hormone.
  • My friend, Joanie, shared an acronym that is well worth remembering anytime, but especially during ‘nights’ filled with stress.
    • In order to WIN this battle, focus on:
      • What’s
      • Important
      • Now
    • What’s important now may be:
      • Cuddling your kiddo and reading a book together.
      • Calling a friend—especially one who is living all alone.
      • Donning a face mask and delivering some homemade chicken soup or cinnamon rolls to a neighbor.
      • Sending a handwritten note of encouragement.
      • Cleaning out that junk drawer you’ve been meaning to get to ‘forever.’
      • Playing a board game or putting together a puzzle.
      • Grabbing your phone or camera and taking photos of whatever reminds you of God’s goodness throughout the day. Post one photo daily on Facebook or Instagram.
      • Turning off the news.
      • Reading a good book or watching a great YouTube video or uplifting podcast.
      • Eating nourishing foods, drinking lots of water, and avoiding too much non-nutritious junk food, or especially, alcohol, which is a central nervous system depressant.

     Above all else, during this difficult ‘nighttime,’ express gratitude often to loved ones, friends, ‘essential,’ and those who wish to once again be considered ‘essential’ workers. Above all else, thanking God for the great abundance of goodness we still enjoy.

     If you’d like more insight about ways to manage during this traumatic season, my pastor and several friends I know to be wise and reputable advisors, have participated in this video. It’s worth checking out.

https://www.facebook.com/LakeCityGo/videos/675494493203584/

Prayer:

God, Who Cares Always,
You know how challenging this ‘nighttime’ is for many.
I ask You will show grace, mercy, peace and love to us.
Thank you that you are aware and that you care.
Please help me wait patiently and gratefully for
Joy that will come in the morning!

Amen

Sue Reeve

 

 

Searching for Wisdom…

 

Get wisdom; develop good judgment…
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!             Proverbs 4:5-7a NLT

     I enjoy reading signs. Not those glitzy LED signs along the freeway with messages programmed on some unseen computer. I like signs with removable letters you see on small-town businesses or country churches, the kind where the contraction for you are is always misspelled y-o-u-r.

     Some favorite signs have been on Davis Donuts, a local Coeur d’Alene business. My all-time favorite read:

Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing you don’t put tomato in a fruit salad.

     The first time I recall asking God specifically for wisdom, I was 27 years old.

     “God, I am SO scared! I don’t know what to do! Please, PLEASE help me!!” The prayer I prayed that evening was desperate.

     My Bible lay open on my lap. When I looked down at the book, my eyes landed on these words,

If anyone lacks wisdom, let him [or her] ask of God who grants to all liberally without finding fault. (James 1:5)

     Wisdom is what I need, God. I need wisdom!

     That night I began to search for wisdom—something I previously thought only ‘old’ people did. I realized I desperately needed it, but since I really didn’t know what wisdom was, I could only hope God might give it to me.

     Since that long-ago night, when I don’t know what to do, I pray for wisdom. Sometimes, when my situation seems especially desperate, I feel the need to add, “Remember! You promised, God!”

     I’ve discovered a couple things about wisdom. First, when my motives are pure and sincere, God grants my request for wisdom, and I’ll never regret the outcome. Secondly, often I won’t know I acted wisely until I’m able to see an event through life’s rear-view mirror. It’s from the perspective of looking back we’re often able to realize good decisions we made or blunders we managed to avoid.

     Searching for wisdom is worthwhile. The search can begin simply by asking an all-wise, all-knowing God for a smidge of Divine understanding, aka WISDOM.

     If you’re in one of those places where you’re scared or simply don’t have the answer you need, I urge you to ask God who knows you need wisdom and who promises to “grant liberally without finding fault.”

Blessings on your search for wisdom…

Sue Reeve

Searching for Wisdom

Sue Reeve

My Random House Dictionary says: wisdom is the knowledge of what is true or right, coupled with good judgment. Several years ago, I was frightened and didn’t have a clue how I was going to navigate a difficult segment of my journey. The discovery of this verse of Scripture became—and has remained—a lifeline in my faith journey. I’ll talk more about this in my next post:

If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who grants to all liberally without finding fault. (James 1:5)

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