Thankful Thursday

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I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. Proverbs 4:11


Oh, how I wish I had learned to allow the Lord to "guide me in the way of wisdom" at a much younger age! I'm guessing that probably we all feel that way. Unfortunately, the understanding of the importance of wisdom in our lives doesn't come until we have lived a few years and reached some level of maturity.

As I sat and thought about this topic that Lynn chose for this week, I considered a number of things I have done that certainly did not involve me seeking any sort of wisdom from God. I found myself mentally cringing about some things, shaking my head in disbelief at others, feeling a bit embarrassed about still more. Instead of feeling thankful, I began to experience a feeling of regret.

But, you know, I don't think this is how God wants us to feel. In order to learn and to mature, I think we all must have some of those experiences. Sometimes it is the only way that we grow. Sometimes it is the only way we realize that we can't do this alone and that we need to turn to God and allow Him to guide our steps. Allow Him to lead us down straighter paths.

So, today I have chosen to be thankful for those experiences... no matter how much I might wish some of them had not happened. I'm going to be thankful that they have been learning experiences for me. I'm going to be thankful for what God has taught me thru them. I am going to be thankful that today I am so much more aware of the importance of turning to God for wisdom and guidance.


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Lynn at "Spiritually Unequal Marriage".


14 Thoughts Shared:

Christy said...

I too have had many experiences that would make many cringe...but that is what God used to mold me into the person that I am today. So I too am thankful for those things as well. Great post and happy TT!

Rita T. said...

Great thoughts. Yes, I think we are thinking along the same lines tonight. Your post touched my heart. Happy Thankful Thursday.

Pia said...

you're right, melanie. like you, i wouldn't have realized so many things had i not experienced some of those things i wished i didn't. it paved the way for me to be transformed by God. happy TT.

God bless you, melanie.

Denise said...

Such a great thankful post sweetie.

Princess Sarah said...

Yes, that's true, we learned out of experience and the Lord is working...in many ways!
Thanks for your post.
Blessings from above!

Melissa said...

I agree completely. I didn't come to know Jesus until I was an adult, and I've done my share of things that I regret. I think you're right that God uses these things to help us mature in faith. I am acutely aware that I can't do anything without Him!

Mariposa said...

Amen. Whatever we went through, they're part of growing...and more importantly it lets them grown in Christ.

Joan said...

I'm thankful I don't have to go back and relive all those times I didn't use wisdom.

Blessings

Diane ~ said...

Hi Melanie! When I look back, I too often cringe & have regret. I still struggle with Wisdom. One area I've noticed that seems to reoccur is in talking. His Word tells us to be "quick to hear & slow to speak" which is usually the opposite of what i do!!

Laurie Ann said...

I've done the mental cringe before, too, Melanie. Thanks for the reminder that God doesn't want us to keep cringing. Great word on wisdom, my friend! Happy Thankful Thursday to you!

Michele Williams said...

I actually posted something like this on my post today on Laced w/ Grace. "Excuse me, My attitude is showing!".... We all struggle with this... wisdom... Great post my friend.

LAURIE said...

Melanie - great post today on wisdom. It is in those times of trial and tribulations that God is molding us and teaching us. Lessons learned now that is wisdom! -Happy TT!

Erica said...

Awesome post, Melanie. You are so right!

Lynn said...

Melanie, Excellent post as always. I am inspired every time I stop here.

I am finally getting over to your place for Thankful Thursday…. Last week. Yikes, I am a bit behind. Thank you for honoring the Lord with your Thankful heart. I will see you again this Thursday. Hugs

PS. I forgot the computer tip last week but have a good one for this week.