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But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

James 3:17-18

Tell-tale sounds resonated from upstairs.  As I got nearer I could see that lights were on which could only mean one thing–the little jack-in-the-box who resides within our walls was at it again.  Getting out of bed is not new, but now there are school mornings to be reckoned with.

Just before bedtime I had explained that there would be consequences for being up for ANY REASON other than going to the bathroom.  As most young kids, my bright, independent, and strong-willed 5 year old is fully capable of “reasoning” his way into disobedience.  Most often the justification for doing something that he has been instructed against is “because Momma and Daddy wouldn’t see it.”  Humph!  Does he not know about our super powers?


Through conversation with my little guy I informed him that he had decided he wanted the consequences by performing an action.  He assured me he DID NOT want the consequences at all!  Can you say “teachable moment in logic”?  By guiding him in thinking and predicting, all the while basing our standards on God’s Word, I am giving him a start in wisdom instruction.

My most frequent prayer is for wisdom.  Intelligence and smarts can have worldly benefits and rewards, but often fail in the long run if not directed by wisdom.  This verse from Proverbs promises what I want most for my son, my family, and myself.

“For whoever finds me {wisdom} finds life and obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 8:35


Is there anything better than life and favor from the LORD?  There aren’t any riches or advantages that compare.  It is the finding that takes the work and we must lead the way.  Therefore, we must be seeking wisdom to show our sons how to do the same.  There will be mistakes and missed opportunities along the way.  This is the struggle that will lead to growth.  We start this growth in small ways with small decisions and acts of obedience.  Without wisdom in the small or less significant areas of life, there can be no expectation of wisdom over the more important.



  1. List behaviors in your children you consider foolish…why?
  2. Sometimes our children make foolish decisions.  Other times they make poor decisions simply because they don’t know better. Describe the difference between the two and how that might impact your correction of each.

Throughout the day, pray the ten scripture prayers found at the end of the Wisdom chapter in Praying for Boys!

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Raised in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, this country girl loves to tackle a good subway system to find the hidden treasures any city can hold. Being a serial mover with her husband of over 23 years and 5-year-old son keep life interesting. Amy is a researcher and tutor at heart. Nothing makes her happier that finding what you need, before you know you need it, and passing that information along. You are just as likely to find her alone, with one friend, or in a crowd. You might even occasionally find her blogging at www.Amylearns.com.

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