Today’s Bible passages are: Exodus 32, John 11, Proverbs 8, and Ephesians 1

Proverbs 8 postBy Tricia Lott Williford

When my children were small, I began a list of sentences I never imagined I would hear myself say.
“Please don’t put cheese in your eyes.”
“Don’t lick trees or people. Hey! I said don’t lick people!”
“Honey, please get the banana out of the toilet.”
“Great job peeing on the Cheerios!”
Even just last week, I said to my first grader, “Buddy, this is the third time in a row that you’ve sniffed pepper and you can’t stop sneezing. Do I really need to tell you to stop this?”
Especially when they were smaller, I heard myself saying the same phrases, requests, and warnings over and over again, many times in one hour. To make sure I held their wandering attention, I held a hand on his shoulder or held his face in my palm, and I peppered our conversation with reminders.
“Look at Mommy.”
“Eyes on me, please.”
“Mommy is talking.”
“Do you hear me?”
“Are you listening to me?”
“Look at Mommy.”
“Look at Mommy.”
“Look at Mommy.”
Even still, I wondered if they heard me at all.
This morning I read Proverbs 8 in Eugene Peterson’s version, The Message. The writer is calling us to wisdom, which I think ultimately is what the entire book of Proverbs is about, so I love how Peterson worded this chapter – Lady Wisdom calls to me like I once called to my toddlers.
Do you hear Lady Wisdom calling?
Can you hear Madame Insight raising her voice?
She’s taken her stand at First and Main,
at the busiest intersection.
Right in the city square
where the traffic is the thickest, she shouts,
“You!  I’m talking to all of you,
everyone out here in the streets!
Listen, you idiots!  Learn good sense!
You blockheads – shape up!
Don’t miss a word of this –
I’m telling you how to live at your best.With my help, leaders rule,
and lawmakers legislate fairly;
with my help, governors govern,
along with all in legitimate authority.
I love those who love me;
those who look for me find me.When you find me me, you find life, real life,
to say nothing of God’s good pleasure.
But if you wrong me, you damage your very soul;
when you reject me, you’re flirting with death.”
Wisdom calls to me.
Look and listen. I know what is best for you.
And may I listen better than a toddler.
image credit: WhitneyLTaylor cc

Today’s Question: How have you seen that finding God’s wisdom is finding life itself?

TriciaW_200Tricia Lott Williford’s great loves are teaching, writing, and her two young sons, Tucker and Tyler. She collects books, words, and bracelets, and she pushes the boundaries of ‘widowed, single mom.’ Tricia speaks at events and retreats all over the country, and she writes daily on her blog,

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  1. Loved this. Simple and profound. Thank you Tricia!

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