Wise Guy

In my previous post, I share about the Pearl of a Girl who was added to our family strand almost a year ago. Just as I looked up the meaning of Megan’s name, I continued on and looked up the meaning for Drew. Of course our Drew’s full name is Andrew.  Here is what I found; Drew has a Welch origin. The short form of Andrew and it means “wise.”

In raising Drew, I was faced with many challenges that come with raising a boy. Grass stains that magically jumped up on his pants as he would explain why his good pants had stains. Loud noises and sometimes rude noises that I would immediately attempt to put a stop to. And, then there were things Drew would say out of the blue that would make Jim and me realize that he was sometimes wise beyond his years and sometimes actually knew a little more than we did. Yes, challenging!!

Drew was the type of child where Jim and I would have to draw straws to see who was going to do the punishing when Drew did get into mischief. You see, Drew had a way of looking at us and breaking us as we were attempting to correct/lecture him. One of us would have to do the confrontation/punishing while the other was in the other room with their face buried in a pillow laughing while it was all going down in the other room.  Drew had and still does have a quick wit and tongue.

Yet, Drew has always been a child that Jim and I have great admiration for. He is always calculating, analyzing and researching before he makes any decision. For example, Drew did not actually start walking on his own until he was about twelve months old. However, we knew he could walk at six months. The reason we knew he could is because you could give him the thinnest  of thread to hold on to and he would walk. Yet, he had to have it perfected in his mind before he would reveal that he actually knew how to walk.

We have watched Drew make life decisions in the same way. He would bounce a thought our way to see what input we would have but then would not pursue the issue as far as we knew. Yet, all the while Drew was gathering facts, and information to make the best decision. He did this as he prepared to start his career life in Chicago, as he moved to Atlanta last year and as he made he most current move to the DeMoss Group.

Jim and I have a lot of respect for our son, Drew. He reminds us so much of Jim’s dad.  Jim, Sr is the type of man where people seek his advice and value his opinion. He is a man of wisdom.  They are both kind of like the old commercial that was on years ago; “When EF Hutton speaks, everyone listens.” 

Jim and I are proud of all of the decisions that Drew has made through the years. Yet, the decision to marry Megan has to be one of our proudest out of all of his accomplishments. It was only after a few visits with Megan that we knew that Drew was calculating something far more than a friendship. He was looking ahead at  a life-time friendship, relationship and partner to walk with him the rest of his life.

Drew getting ready to propose to Megan

Just as I looked up scripture that went with Megan’s name, I did the same for Drew. Have I not command you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Jim and I know that in ALL  the decisions Drew has been faced with that he has faced each one with confidence and great courage. He is a man who walks with God each and every day. It is because Drew has exemplified these characteristics over time that we know without a doubt that he will always watch and do what is best for his family. Most importantly, Drew will do everything it takes to take care of his “Pearl of a Girl”, Megan. Yes, Jim and I consider Drew a very ‘wise guy.’  

Drew had just popped the question!

Precious Words

In our home, you will find many bibles of many translations. Some people may question the number of bibles that are in my possession. However, I learn something new of God’s teachings, and gain different perspectives of God’s message to me through the various translations. One of my favorite study bibles that is marked, highlighted and showing some wear is the NKJ Women’s Study Bible. In this particular bible are devotionals, quotes of wisdom, historical information  and insights of how the scriptures apply to me in today’s world.

This morning as I was reading my study bible. I was reading in  the Psalms. In this reading,  I came across a devotional reminding me of how God’s word is such a precious treasure. At the end of this devotional was this hymn that was written by John Burton ( 1773-1822). After reading through this poem, I felt lead to share it with my readers.

When reading this poem, be reminded that the Word of God is the light to our daily path. It is not only light for our every day path but it is a reminder that the Bible is a place where we will find comfort, wisdom, healing, and learn the true meaning of unconditional love. The poem also reminds us of our beautiful heritage and that we are all children of God.

After you read this poem, I encourage you to begin reading a Psalm and a Proverb each day. You may want to begin a journal where you read scripture and write what God is saying to you.  Trust me, it is a wonderful way to begin your day and to draw closer to your Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Holy Bible, book divine

Precious treasure, thou art mine;

Mine to tell me whence I came;

Mine to teach me what I am.

 

Mine to chide me when I rove;

Mine to show a Savior’s love;

Mine thou art to guide and guard;

Mine to punish or reward.

 

Mine to comfort in distress.

Suff’ring i n this wilderness;

Mine to show by living faith,

Man can triumph over death.

 

Mine to tell of joys to come,

And the rebel sinner’s doom; 

Oh thou Holy Book divine,

Precious treasure, thou art mine.

John Burton

 

The bible.  May you not only read its words but will  engrave and treasure the words of God in this precious book on your heart. I challenge you to share this precious jewel of words with those you encounter on your faith journey.

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Don’t Feed The Dragon

Dragon Green

All of us a familiar with the dragon. At some point and time we have experienced his fire. We have also helped him with the fire that he spits out. And, as you know, when he spits fire, everything around him burns.

This dragon is better known as gossip. Yes, most of us have been the subject of gossip at some point and time. We have also helped in the gossip pool by joining in and giving our input. Or,we take what we have heard and share our interpretation of the story.

As we participate in gossip, we are the fire of the dragon. The more we participate in gossip the more we  allow others around us to burn with the fire. And, sometimes the fire burns so much that there is no way to repair the damage that has been done.

Proverbs 11:13 says; “A  gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.”  We all know both types of people. There are those who you can confide in and they will take the information to the grave before revealing what they know. Then, there are others we know that we are best just not saying anything to at all. Along with not confiding in those who can’t keep a secret, we must learn to take what they say with a grain of salt. It is important that we remember that some things get lost in translation which can even make the dragon blow even more fire and destroying more in its path.

Each day we are faced with the  dragon. This dragon may be in the carpool group, work settings, school and the list of where we are exposed to the dragon goes on. It is important that we start our day out in prayer with God asking him not only to guide our steps but to guide our thoughts and words. Yes, there will even  be times where the dragon will disguise himself and you don’t realize you have fed him until the fire begins spitting out. Thus,we must also ask God to give us discernment and wisdom to what we hear.

My advice/encouragement for today is simply this; “don’t feed the dragon!”  Place these words from Proverbs 26:20 on your heart.

Without wood a fire goes out;

without gossip a quarrel dies down.

Blessings

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