Just running by to say I'm still here! We are beginning to realize that we leave for Texas in 2 weeks. I still have a couple of displays of Samuel's school years to put together. I'll be getting out our photos tonight to get started on that, along with his various ribbons and trophies and certificates through the years. I saved all these things, thinking it would be SO long till I needed them for his graduation, and now here it is upon us. Amazing!
Wes and I went to Washington for a bit today, and Beth rode with us. The weather is simply beautiful this week, so it was a pleasant drive. I started a new cross stitch project for a wedding, so I worked on that while we rode. I'm using 22-count Hardanger fabric for the first time, and working the design over one square. It's very tiny, but that gives this piece a very delicate look, which is what I was striving for. I'm planning to make it into a pillow; we'll see when it's finished, and I'll show you a picture of it when it's done.
Wes has been preaching through the book of James on Sunday nights, and I really enjoyed the past two weeks' sermons. He was at the end of chapter 3, contrasting worldly wisdom with heavenly wisdom. He taught on one last week, and the other this week. It's basically a word study, which I really enjoy. I wrote the notes in the margin of my Bible so that I can get to them easily and check myself out every now and then to see what kind of wisdom I have.
First, worldly wisdom, from verse 14 - "But if ye have bitter enjying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth." The symptoms of worldly wisdom are a bitter spirit, a belligerant spirit, a boastful spirit, and a blind spirit. Verse 15 gives the sources of worldly wisdom . . . "This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is eartly, sensual, devilish." Worldly wisdom is secular, physical, and satanic. In verse 16 are the results of worldly wisdom: confusion and ungodliness - "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work."
Heavenly wisdom is the opposite of worldly wisdom, of course. Verses 17 and 18 say, "But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." This lesson was more of a word study:
Pure - free from defilement - Proverbs chapters 1-9 compare pure wisdom and foolishness by personifying them as two women - wisdom and the strange woman.
Peaceable - predisposed to peace - wisdom brings peace Romans 14:19
Gentle - moderation - look out for others' welfare before your own - Philippians 4:5, I Timothy 3:3, Titus 3:2
Easily intreated - approachable - I Corinthians 9:20-22 - witness to people where they are spiritually
Full of mercy - show pity - mercy is not only an attribute of God, it is his very nature - to be like God is to show mercy
Good fruits - benevolent, kind actions - example, David toward Mephibosheth, II Samuel 9
Without partiality - not a respector of persons - already discussed in James 2
Without hypocrisy - no pretense, genuine
Peacemaker - fruit of a peacemaker is peace