Welcome to the site. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you taking some time to visit. When it was suggested I write a blog, my first thought was:
Do we really need another blog?
That’s a fair question, no? I actually had a similar thought before I started writing my book I’m Not Crazy; I’m A Christian some 13 years ago. Did I really have anything to say? Would anyone actually want to read it? Would it help anyone who did read it? But then, as now, there was this overwhelming desire that I just couldn’t shake.
In the case of the book, I started and stopped writing many times over the next decade. Finally, when I had poured out all my ramblings, I began the process of organizing them into some sort of cohesive narrative that I hope you enjoy.
My favorite writing style is this conversational one that I’m using here and I used throughout the book. I like feeling as if we’re sitting together just having a good chat and, hopefully, some laughs. And if there’s a cupcake or cookie, well then I’m really, really satisfied. I’m a simple gal. It doesn’t take much to make me happy.
What would make me truly happy is if you and I can connect here. I want this site to become a platform for healthy conversations about life—the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. As a Christian, I believe the Bible is the guidebook for our lives. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend you do. If you even start with the book of Proverbs, you’ll soon see how much wisdom is contained in it. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s how the book begins:
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings
and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
That’s the biggest spoiler alert ever! It gives the whole plot away! But whether you believe it or not, and whether you read it or not, you’re welcome here. I think we could all benefit from more humor and honest conversation.
In that spirit, as my title states, my only wisdom has a cavity. It’s a fact. Three of my wisdom teeth chose never to make an appearance. The one that did went bad. Because my mind thinks the way it does, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was some natural expression of a supernatural truth. Whatever little wisdom I may take credit for is…well…rotten. Thankfully, because I’ve read Proverbs, I learned this valuable lesson:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
(Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV, biblegateway.com)
Don’t be wise in your own eyes.
What a simple statement that holds so much truth. I don’t know about you, but many are the times that I think I know the whole picture, or I know I’ve got it all figured out. When I inevitably learn that I was wrong, it’s quite humbling. In this season of my life I am learning not to lean on my own understanding. When my mind races to solve a problem, I have to pause. I have to breathe. I have to consider that there might be more going on than what I know in that present moment. I might not have all the information. The intel I gathered (because now I’m a covert ops specialist, apparently) could be wrong. My sources might not be the most reliable.
But I’m sure you never have that happen to you. You’ve never gone off on a mission (again, because we’re spies now) only to see that mission fail, spectacularly. And there’s the collateral damage to consider. The unintended consequences of us being wise in our own eyes. Our choices may end up hurting others as well as ourselves.
That’s why I’m trying now more than ever to make sure I’m getting my marching orders straight from HQ. (I don’t know how I got on this militaristic theme, but we’re here.) For me, that involves giving what I think I know over to God and asking for His input. I won’t lie and say that I’m obedient and follow orders at all times. Nope. I do not. But I did better today than yesterday. And don’t get me started on last week!
The point is we’re all trying to navigate far from normal times. This site and my blog will be a place to share our hearts with humor and hope.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.