Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

Drawing Proverbs

Friday, May 16th, 2014


A fun way to gain wisdom is drawing Proverbs. These illustrations can be really fun, since many Proverbs contain pithy statements that have two opposites. The righteous and the wicked are compared. What other antithetical character qualities are compared?

  • The diligent vs. the slothful
  • The wise vs. fools
  • Gentleness vs. anger
  • Cheerfulness vs. a broken spirit
  • Humility vs. pride
  • The rich vs. the poor
  • Restraining speech vs. gossip
  • The Proverbs 31 woman vs. the constant dripping of a quarrelsome wife

Go ahead and choose a fun Proverb from the Bible, and try to illustrate it. An easy way to do this is to divide the paper in half, drawing the first part of the verse on the first half, and the second part in the second half.

The illustration at the top of the page is: “Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, than a fattened ox and hatred with it.” Proverbs 15:17 NASB  My daughter drew a table with vegetables on it, where everyone was happy. Then she drew another table with meat, where everyone was angry at each other.


This next picture has four boxes. My son illustrated actions and their consequences. You can discuss consequences of actions with your kids. Proverbs 10:4 says “Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” (NASB) First a lazy man is sleeping, and he has empty pockets. Another man works hard scrubbing the floor, and he has lots of money.

drawing-proverbs-3The third illustrated Proverb is found in Proverbs 15:28: “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” A heart is pictured, looking like he is pondering. Then a mouth pours out evil things.


This last illustrated Proverb is about getting counsel from wise people before making big decisions. “Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 11:14 NASB  My son drew a cliff with a guy going off the cliff because he had no good advice from anyone. In the second picture, the man is getting advice and avoids falling over the cliff.

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How to Pray for Wisdom

Friday, January 10th, 2014


On the night before teaching the prayer Bible study about how to pray for wisdom, I was out on my porch talking to my husband. I asked him what I should say if some of the women have asked God for wisdom and didn’t get it. In other words, what blocks people from getting wisdom from God? And conversely, what can we do to ready our hearts to receive God’s wisdom?

I asked my husband because so many times he has received supernatural wisdom from God when I came to him with an impossible situation that I needed him to fix. I always thought my husband was just gifted in godly wisdom, but he laughed. He said that whenever I came to him with an impossible situation, he would freak out God-ward, and then God would give him the answer. In other words, my husband leaned on God and cried out to Him with all his heart and soul, and God answered by giving him wisdom on the spot.

Many times God has done this in my own life. I have counseled women, where I felt like I was in over my head. I would inwardly freak out God-ward, and then He gave me the right words to say at the time that were straight from the heart of God to that person.

God is King of the universe, and He knows all things. He knows the real answer to everything. As a believer, the God of the universe lives inside of us through His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our paraclete or counselor. (Psalm 16:7) He counsels us, and if we ask Him for wisdom He will grant it. (James 1:5)

So what are the things that block us from getting wisdom from God? There are two main reasons:

  • unbelief
  • unconfessed sin

First let’s deal with unbelief. James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” So we must believe Him at His Word. Is God a liar? If not, He will give us wisdom. James 1:6-8 says that if we doubt and don’t believe that God will give us wisdom, we shouldn’t expect to receive anything from the Lord. So we must believe Scripture. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) So we can ask God for faith if we have no faith. But His Word says He will give us wisdom when we ask, so please believe God at His Word.

Secondly, if you have unconfessed sin in your life, God will not hear you. (Psalm 66:18) So of course He will not give you wisdom.

But if your sin is confessed and you believe that He can give you wisdom, the reason you haven’t received it is probably because you didn’t pause long enough to receive it. Do you race into your prayers, ask God for wisdom, and say Amen, and run off to the next thing? Did you pause and open your heart to God to receive the answer?

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Proverbs Puzzles

Monday, October 14th, 2013


Proverbs puzzles are fun to put together because the book of Proverbs contains such pithy statements filled with antithesis. You have opposites right next to each other:

  • A gentle answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
  • When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable;
    but he who restrains his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)
  • Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
    Reprove a wise man and he will love you. (Proverbs 9:8)
  • A man’s pride will bring him low,
    But a humble spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 29:23)
  • The hand of the diligent will rule,
    But the slack hand will be put to forced labor. (Proverbs 12:24)
  • Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    But he who hates reproof is stupid. (Proverbs 12:1)
  • The rod and reproof give wisdom,
    But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.  (Proverbs 29:15)
  • A joyful heart is good medicine,
    but a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Grab some colorful construction paper in a light color and cut strips. With a black marker, write the first half of the verse on one slip of paper, and the other half of the verse on the other. Now cut a notch where they fit together. Do this with as many verses as you want.


You can address different character issues with your children, using these pithy statements. Why not do a character study in an area of weakness for your child?

 Diligence – Lazy people end up being dead beats, mooching off society. People who are diligent accomplish their goals and have satisfaction in their lives that is impossible for a lazy man to have. I know of a lazy man who destroyed his marriage and family because he just didn’t feel like working. Teach your children now that diligence brings delight and that laziness is harmful.

Wisdom–I pray every day that my children will grow in wisdom. I don’t shield them from everything in life, because I want them to have understanding and perspective. I have read books to my children about Christians who have suffered persecution because of their faith. This helps them to see that when their brother pushes them, this is not the end of the world.

Pride–I also pray for humility for my children. I want them to learn to put the needs of others ahead of themselves, because our basic instinct is to get the best for ourselves. I want my kids to make other people feel valuable and include them. Above all, I don’t want them to be self-righteous and look down on other people, but to consider others as more important than themselves. (Philippians 2)

Anger–Hot-headed people do things that they regret later. They say words that destroy. Proverbs tells us that when we are controlled by anger, we are fools.

Self-control–Our children must learn this character quality before they become teenagers. The key is to yield to God and ask Him what you should be doing. Your mind has a doorway, and you must control what goes in. If you are furious about something, focus your mind on something else until you can gain perspective on the situation. If you feel lust, turn your mind away from it. Never indulge sin, or it will gain a stronghold that will eventually ruin your life.

Purity–I was about 12 years old when I committed before God that I would remain pure until marriage. My husband also committed the same thing when he was a child. Don’t wait until your children are teenagers before addressing this topic, because hormones will make it impossible for them to think clearly. They need to want to obey God more than to please their own desires. This is something that can be taught much more easily at younger ages, when urges are not as strong. The book of Proverbs is not called a wisdom book for nothing. Have your kids memorize these verses and mull them over in their minds until they acquire each positive character quality.

(Scripture references from NASB)

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The Story is in the Wallet

Monday, February 21st, 2011


Before I send my daughter off to college, I will teach her a trick that will save her a lot of heartache. I’m sure that at first you’ll gasp at what I did back when I was in my mid-twenties and I had no potential suitors. Men were asking me out every week, and I wanted a quick way to weed out the losers.

I riffled through their wallets.

But I had their full permission. How did I get permission? By now you know me well enough that you should know I never pulled their wallet out of their back pocket. Oh, no. I never let them get that close. I waited until he paid for dinner. When his wallet was out, I asked if I could see his wallet.

What made the man say yes? (I never had a man say no.) To diffuse the awkward situation, smile sweetly and make your eyes dance. Say please if you have to. He will take it as flirtation. Since he asked you out, he’s obviously interested in you. Let this give you the confidence you need to pull this off.

Once he hands you the wallet, be quick about it. You’re looking for three things:

  1. A picture of a girl. This is a sure indication that he’s not ready to move on. He’s still in love with that person, even if he denies it. If the man tells you it’s his sister, he’s a liar. No one keeps a picture of his sister in his back pocket.
  2. A condom. If I saw a condom, the date was over. He didn’t care about my purity.
  3. Number of credit cards. If he has 10 credit cards, this indicates that he’s bad with money. One or two is ideal. Amount of cash is no indication of character. Sometimes more cash indicates that he uses cash rather than credit to buy things, which indicates good money sense.

Scripture tells us to be wise as serpents, innocent as doves. I’m telling you this to help your daughters preserve their purity and not get their hearts broken. Do you actually want your daughter to walk into a room alone, with a man who has a condom in his pocket? Didn’t think so.