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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Jen,
    I was nodding in total agreement. We, too, lived out this exact same scenario and have the replacement window to prove it. Even as adults we get caught up in our own thinking and use scripture to back it up. It needs to be the other way around – scripture first and then we can add our interpretation prefaced with, “I believe…” Thank you for a healthy and convicting post that reminds me I need to be really careful before I get up on my soapbox. Let me be wise in God’s truth, not my own opinions. Great post!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Thanks Bev – Yes, that window stood cracked with the ball for more than I care to admit but was such a visual representation for my own heart.

  2. Oh my, God has used 2 different devotions this morning. I read two each morning. But I have yet to open his word. I sleep too late, then “don’t have time.”. Thanks Jen, for this reminder, especially in this era of being all about our own opinions. I’m as self-centered as everyone else our there, trying to fix everyone on FB and in my own spaces as well. I need Jesus’s words daily. His wisdom and guidance through Holy Spirit are necessary minute by minute. I need scripture to anchor me in HIS truth, not my own!

  3. So eloquently put! Thank you for this encouragement! May we not only seek to know Him & His Word better ourselves but be the example, cheerleader, challenger to others to do the same.

  4. Jennifer,

    God is trying to tell me something. This is the third time I’ve heard/read something like this. I feel like I’m back in Noah’s day. Everyone doing/saying what’s right in their own eyes. Our authorities aren’t helping. They just want appeasement. Let’s all get along. We need to get true wisdom from the only one who has it-Jesus. We all need to read the Bible & pray more. Now is the time for Christians to stand up, speak up & shout the true word. Let’s spread some of God’s love to this world letting them know where true wisdom comes from but also where true love is.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Amen, Beth!! I bet it is a bit like what Noah was feeling and it’s only when we are firmly planted in His Word that we can step forward and be bold.

  5. Thank you so much. I agree with you, true wisdom is when we submit to God, pray for guidance and then trust and obey God’s Word. It is a trick of the enemy to make us think we are wise in our own eyes.

    We are sheep, we need constant help and assurance.

  6. Strong truth, Jen. I came across this quote just today, written by a secular columnist, but applicable to believers in Jesus Christ and coinciding with your thesis : “Wisdom does not consist so much in knowing what to do as in knowing what NOT to do when you are ignorant; the chief fault of the unwise is driving toward conclusions from insufficient premises”–Sydney Harris. Your son drove toward a faulty conclusion based on an insufficient premise that he could never break the window. As Christians we drive toward faulty conclusions based on insufficient premises from scripture! I don’t know if you intended to, but your post today has implications for us as voters, with such an important election approaching. We dare not drive toward a conclusion of candidate-choices with insufficient premises.

    • Oh yes, Nancy – Let’s shout your words loader for those in the back! And while I didn’t write it with election in mind, but more towards the influx of “Christian celebrities” and how we are quick to read their opinions first, rather than last, “being wise in our own eyes” definitely has implications across the board.