“Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.” Prov.19:20
Today’s Christian Daily Devotional
I think about the days when every word of advise my mom said to me, was not appreciated on my end. What a waste of wisdom from a woman that had lived through a lot! I am not proud that I took the ‘dumb-person’s route’, and had to learn my lessons the hard way.(through personal experience.)
It could have been a much easier ride for me, if I would have taken her personal experiences and learned vicariously through them. As my little sister is growing up, and going through the normal rites of passage, I can hear myself counsel her in the same way my mother did to me…and the cycle of ‘not listening’ continues…I want her to have a good life. A life free from the pain that I experienced. Yet, understanding that sometimes words of wisdom are wasted because of the person they are coming from, I am praying that the Lord will do the speaking to her heart for me.
I trust the Lord with her. As I have opened my grasp on my sister, I have seen that she is listening to the counsel of the Almighty and is doing quite well on her own! Looks like this generation might make it through, with minimal cuts and bruises…Amen to that!
“Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your mercy! Thank you for your wise counsel! I pray that I can only hear your voice as I journey on this phase in my life. I have heard wise instruction in the past and have foolishly tried to make my own success, my way. Lord, I am done with foolish thinking and wasting the time and the life that you have given me. Show me your way. I receive what you say. I turn from stubbornness, and close-mindedness, and know-it-all-ness. I don’t know it all! You do. Can you steer me in the way that you want for me? I know you have good plans for me. I trust that as your ways are higher than mine, you will create a better path of success than I could have ever thought on my own. I choose your path, your way, in your time.
Give me as much patience and mercy with myself as I am growing and learning to trust and rely on you. Amen.”