Knowledge and Understanding

This is the last passage inspired by the prompts at the end of chapter seven of Writing in the Margins.  It’s fitting because I am feeling ready to turn a new chapter in my life.  It feels like it has been a long winter and today is the first day of spring!  Even though it is snowing where I live I am really feeling the hope and lightness of a new season today!  I love this passage:

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom from the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity.-Proverbs 2: 6-7

Maybe because we just celebrated St. Patrick’s day, but this passage really reminded me of St. Patrick’s breastplate.  I love reading this prayer out loud and just soaking up the knowledge that we are completely and totally surrounded by Christ in all that we do, wherever we go.

And it is a knowing! Not something anyone can really teach.  I’ve been reflecting on the idea that wisdom is a combination of knowing, which comes to us as we spend time in communion with God, and understanding, which comes to us as we spend time with others who have more intellectual knowledge than us and have something to teach us.  I love that the Bible teaches the importance of both knowledge and understanding.  For whatever reason, our society today seems to put more emphasis on what can be agreed upon and taught versus personal knowing.  For me spending time just doodling in the Word is a way of correcting the imbalance, rolling around and playing in the goodness of God’s Word!

I turned the page to start reading the next chapter.  I love this quote from Lisa Nichols Hickman and just wanted to share it right here, right now:

What’s wonderful about the margins is their potential for discovery, creativity, and daily joy.  The margins offer a place for faith to develop in clarity and deepen in mystery.  The margins offer a place for hope to gain security, grace to gain awareness, and wisdom to find its ground.  The margins are a place for love to be nurtured into actuality.

If you’ve stumbled upon my blog because you are interested in starting to journal in your Bible, just get started!!!  It brings so many wonderful blessings!


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