January 22 – Winter is Just a Season

For riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations. Proverbs 27:24

Early last year year, the sand plums were thick. Four years ago, when we moved to the farm, they were everywhere. We picked a few and canned a bit.

But the following years, if you weren’t diligent enough to put up plenty, there was no way you had homemade jelly to last until the next bumper crop.

We as a society are smart and we have figured out ways to override natural order and supply and demand. But, for the listening soul, seasonal abundance is still ever present to instruct.

“Bomb, bam, bang” can’t maintain forever. Winter must come. Fall lets us know times are changing so we can prepare.

True, after winter comes spring, but how long winter lasts has everything to do with…how long winter will last.

August 27- Skill Set

Skillful and godly [a]Wisdom is more precious than rubies; and nothing you can wish for is to be compared to her. Proverbs 3:15 AMP

Skill is the ability to do something well. And it matters not how old you are, if you have the “how to,” opportunity will find you.

At the time of this writing, my eldest daughter is operating her own baking and food catering enterprise. And her younger brother (by eighteen months) continues to be sought after for his craftsmanship in wood.

Yes, they are young, but in the area of skill, they have been “practicing” their unique crafts for almost a decade.

Early on, when they were seven and eight, we allowed them to cook and fix stuff. Indeed, there were many messes to clean up and mistakes to correct along the way. But that allowed their confidence to blossom. This is where godly wisdom kicked in, because until you or I or anybody else has our heads and hands in the game, with our necks on the line, wisdom makes no sense to us.

That’s why as a father today’s Proverb makes me smile. It assures me my kiddos will always have what they need. No matter what happens in the world, as long as people need food and shelter, I know at least two people who will always have plenty of work!

But beyond that, my prayer is on behalf of the masses that have never seen themselves as having any valuable skill. May God open a door of enlightenment and development so that each and every person on the planet will see themselves as part of the solution and not just a helpless case in the wake of a torrential down pour of chaos. May we all be infused by God, with the assurance that when the storm is over, we can and will be the skill and wisdom He uses to put it all back together once again.