Consider the Lilies..: What I've learned recently..   

Nov 7, 2013

What I've learned recently..

Arrogance is almost always a mask for insecurity. 

I am amazed at how practicing just a little patience can turn a bad situation around. 

You can know everything there is to know about the Bible; who wrote what book, when, and why. You can know what every number, color, and symbol means. You can even know and understand every single verse; but if you don't KNOW Jesus, it's all worthless. 

Knowing the truth and living it are two very different things. 

Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. 

Just because you are older and wiser doesn't mean that you can't learn from someone younger and less educated. 

If you have decided that you know exactly when, how, and where you are going to hear from God, chances are you won't. 

The voice of God may come from the mouth of someone you least expect. 

Instead of being envious that the prayers of others are being answered, ask yourself why yours aren't. Maybe your prayer life isn't the problem, maybe it's your real-life. 

Seasons in life always end, but only so new ones can begin. 


  1. Great word Ren! This reminds me of Philipians 3:8, where Paul talks about how he counts everything he learned and all of his degrees as dung, in comparison to knowing Christ! We can get caught up in all the things we "think" we know and miss the most important thing, and that is having a true relationship with Him and living our lives as if we do. Thanks my friend...blessings!

    1. It's something I have to remind myself of quite often. I thank God everyday that He pushed through my pride and my book smarts to help me to know Him on a personal level. A couple times reading through Ecclesiasties didn't hurt either!

  2. What great truth in these words Ren; you could start your own book of Proverbs here! How true it is that reading and knowing the bible is not the same as living in the way it (He) instructs us to. Our trust, faith, and wisdom come from Him alone, and through our authentic and loving relationship with Him and His Word, we have everything we need to live out a life of love and perfect harmony.

    Blessings sweet friend; I hope this finds you well! Have a blessed week!

  3. Ren so many wise words you have shared. Reading your words make me think of the scripture that says knowledge puffs up. All of knowledge amounts to nothing if we don't know God and walk in His love.

  4. " Maybe your prayer life isn't the problem, maybe it's your real life"...WOW, what a HUGE statement with just those few words. Any one can throw out a few words of prayer, but to really know Jesus, to know who He truly is and to obtain his knowledge.......That's where I want to always be!!! Thank you for sharing such a great post of wisdom!!

    1. I'm so glad you like it.. Thanks so much!

  5. Hi Ren! Nice to visit you today, you have a pretty blog here!

    I have just been reading about being vulnerable. To be vulnerable means being in touch with your feelings, not covering yourself up with a blanket. I am coming to see how important it is to be open to life, people and prayer.

    And knowing Jesus is the whole idea, isn't it?
    Have a blessed weekend!


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