Is Knowledge Wisdom?

I can read books or the Bible and gain knowledge, but does that mean I have wisdom?  Wisdom ads knowledge and insight to the equation.  But how do I become wise?

Wisdom isn’t something you have it is something you gain through experience.  For example, I am wise enough to know not to put a fork in a socket. I don’t think I have ever tried, but it makes sense.  I thought it out and decided from my knowledge that it is not a good idea.

But that is earthly wisdom.  How do we gain Godly wisdom?  That requires acceptance that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.

Then after studying the Bible, we gain understanding, then through application of the Bible, we become wise.  Want a shortcut?  Sorry, I don’t have one.

Proverbs 9:10: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.



Domestic Violence Awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness as a 25 year survivor, I feel a need to talk about some of the misconceptions.

The relationship starts with the aggressor placing the future victim on a pedestal and then proceeds to make them better.

Victims are weak minded people. I have a friend that lost her life to domestic violence.  She is the best example that I know to dispute this myth.  My friend was an NCO in the United States Army.  She was one of my mentors teaching me how to advance my military career. It was a time when women had to be better than everyone else to advance she was neither physically nor mentally weak.

She went to a public place to get her husband to sign divorce papers, he shot her, leaving their two children parentless.

This brings another myth: aggressors only abuse in private, while this is generally true; my friend was shot in a public place, knowingly in front of a video camera. After he shot her, he looked directly at the camera and waited for the police to arrive.

Another misconception: aggressors grew up in abusive situations.  While there are documented case studies demonstrating this, it is not always true. My friend’s husband was thought to be well-balanced, had a dream childhood.  He had two educated parents. He was very well-educated, PhD level educated.

My own experience also contradicts this myth.  My ex-husband was educated and grew up in a “Leave-it-to-Beaver” household.  His family was well-to-do.  For some reason it shocks people to learn that he tried to run me over with a car.

By the way, I am considered to be a strong woman as well as being educated.

There are two thoughts I want to leave with you.  One is the aggressor generally isolates their victims by keeping them away from friends and family. Often making them feel as if they are dependant on them.  For a time, you are weak-minded but that is not what is generally thought of many survivors or victims.

Domestic violence does not start with physical abuse. It starts with verbal abuse disguised as trying to help.

Statements like you would look better if…

This chicken is great but it would taste better if…

The house looks great but it would be better if …

Nothing is ever perfect and the victim wanting to have the praise that was present when they first started the relationship, strives to do things better.  That is how they get you into that weak-minded state. When the first hit occurs, you are shocked and find it easy to believe that it was a mistake. Agree to counseling, expecting change.

By the time they are trying to run you over with a car; that is when you know it is get out of you will be another dead statistic. And yes, for  the vicitm to become a survivor, they have to realize the aggressor will never change. It generally takes a big shock or a really caring person to approach them personally.  Not condeming or asking the question why don’t you just leave.  The compassionate person shows them How they can leave. My friend had another NCO tell them about an Army program that would help them leave.  Not only did he tell her, he took her there.

When we advised her to meet him in a public place, we never dreamed he would shot her.

God will give you exactly what you need

Joshua 1:7-9:  It is amazing how God gives you what you need exactly when you need it.

Lately, I have been feeling weak and helpless.  A few weeks ago the muscles in my legs were twisting and I had to use uncomfortable braces to straighten them. (This is from an injury I received about 15 years ago)

There are stretches I am supposed to do to avoid this but I was being lax on stretching. And my muscles had started to twist. This means, that I had to pull out my uncomfortable braces. I wear them for a period then remove them.  During a period of not wearing them, I severely twisted my right ankle.

I could hardly walk.  Even with the braces on,  each step was forced.  leaving me feeling exhausted.   I couldn’t take my daily refreshing walk and was feeling weak and defeated.

Then I read this:

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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