Back To School by Trish

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The pool parties have ceased, the firecrackers from summer festivities have long been lit and for those with children, the leisure schedule enjoyed during the summer months is no longer. School is now in session and structure has been re-established in the home to maintain organization for a year of learning.

As we see our children prepare for academic growth, it can serve as a reminder of how important learning truly is.

How many of us as adults now out of school have set aside time to restructure our lives in a way that is conducive for continual growth and development? What is it that we’re taking time to learn in our lives?

For some, education is a passion that has been pursued to the maximum ability and for others, it is looked upon as something “finally over”. Can I tell you that the process of learning should never be over? That doesn’t mean everyone will go on to achieve accelerated levels of education within a classroom setting- but  we must all realize that to stay sharp in  our gifting, we must embrace a teachable spirit and adopt the mindset to continually learn.

I believe in operating in excellence. In that I believe we have much to learn from those who have blazed a trail before us. Whatever our field or craft, we can learn from those who have been before us and humble ourselves to be mentored by the wisdom of others.

God has placed incredible gifts on the inside of each of us and we have an obligation to be a good steward of those gifts and sharpen our skill sets for His glory!

I love the verse that says, “your gift will make room for you and bring you before great men”.(Proverbs 18:16) What if I’m given an opportunity to reveal God’s glory in my gift and I’ve not adequately prepared for such a moment? Each day is an opportunity to grow, to develop and to display excellence. Notice that I said excellence and not perfection.

Please note that I am not talking about a performance trap that causes you to wear yourself out and demand perfection but rather a life that is humble and yields itself to the wisdom of others.

I want to encourage you today to fall in love with learning. Increase your knowledge in the current field you’re in or a field of interest. Take up lessons or reading in an area that sounds fun- start somewhere and determine to not be stagnant in life.

To inspire your “growth spurt” consider the following ideas to keep you motivated:

1)      Take a class that teaches you a craft or skill of interest (ie: cooking, sewing, Zumba or any other fitness program)

2)      Find books to read that encourage growth and development (ie: spiritual growth, marriage, parenting, organization ideas)

3)      Research online tutorials regarding areas of interest

4)      Make a list of topics that interest you and seek out mentors that are experts on such things

5)      Journal ideas and inspired thoughts of dreams not yet achieved and ask God for the wisdom in making them a reality

Lastly, I want to leave you with some key scriptures to help support your new or rekindled love of learning.

2 Timothy 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

James 1:5

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 2:6

For the Lord gives skillful and godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 28:26

He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident of his own mind and heart is a [self-confident] fool, but he who walks in skillful and godly Wisdom shall be delivered.

Proverbs 4:7

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

Proverbs 19:8

He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.

Another jump-starter to increase in wisdom is to read the book of Proverbs. There are 31 chapters in this book, so you can read one chapter a day for each day of the month!

Go ahead ladies, get to work… School is now in session!

 

 

Ladies On Life

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