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Wisdom Poured Out

Dec 17, 2013

I was going through some of our old blog post last night and came across this gem.  I read it and re-read it, soaking in all of the wisdom dripping from it.  So here, at the end of the year, I thought it would be great to share it with you again.

Enjoy 🙂


Yesterday was a day that I’ll never forget for as long as I live. I sat in a room with 24 other women for six hours… and we talked. Actually. . . we did more listening than talking. Because that’s what you do when a woman who has lived 70 years, been married nearly five decades, served in ministry for four decades and has raised successful God loving children is sitting on a stool in front of you. So, yes, we gladly did as little talking as possible so as not to interrupt this woman of maturity and grace. She took this day to invest in us and to pour wisdom into our lives. We were grateful …and teary-eyed… and overwhelmed.I took notes faster than a Harvard law student the week before the bar exam. I couldn’t type fast enough as insights shimmering with Biblical maturity and life experience came tumbling out of her mouth.I thought you might enjoy sharing in a bit of those nuggets today. So, take notes and then. . . tell me, what is a great piece of advice you’ve gotten from an older woman in your life?

It’s takes a lot of courage to just be yourself. 
 It takes a lot of courage to be led by the Holy Spirit. 
The church isn’t called to “in-reach”, it is called to outreach. So, help others. 
Life is a compilation of many different seasons. Don’t be afraid to let go of one season in order to grab hold of the next one. 
If you can’t pay for it, don’t buy it. Money pressures can kill your marriage, your ministry and your sanity. 
If you cannot be in ministry and enjoy it, don’t do it. Abundant life was meant to be enjoyed and that is exactly what the enemy has come to steal from you. (Jn 10:10) 
There is a different between being the boss and being the leader. Leadership takes maturity and wisdom.  
The key to longevity is a willingness to change. Don’t change principles or morals. . but be willing to change the packaging. 
Anyone can start a new thing. . but only some can finish what they started. Be a finisher. 
Sometimes you just have to say “No” which means you have to be willing to disappoint others in order to set boundaries in your life. 
Guilt is a terrible task master. Never listen to it. 
You won’t make good decisions unless you take time to really think about them. 
Give up the thought of being normal. To do what you have been called to do, you’ll have to get used to being abnormal. 
Stop trying to get something out of your spouse that he was never meant to give you. 
You can’t be happy . . . and selfish. Generosity puts a smile on your face and joy in your heart. 
Being right is overrated. You get a smug feeling in the moment but it fades quickly. 
Don’t let your ministry get ahead of your relationship with God. 
It’s dangerous to promote people who have charisma but no character. 


Which one speaks most to you? And why?