Jess Reiche

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Get Wisdom

Years back, before I was mommy, I was a youth leader at church. My friend Michelle and I ran a dance ministry and often found ourselves in some amazing conversations in the process. In between teaching kids about dance and worship, we would share our past dance experiences – secular and Christian both. We were such a fun combination – I danced in the secular world competitively for 14 years and she spent more of her experiences on the stage of a church. Though she only lived in NY for a short amount of time, I still consider her one of my close friends because of those few years we spent together. I remember one particular conversation where she shared how her old team had these dance sticks and on each stick they wrote one word that expressed the Godly character and strength that person not only contained, but could do serious spiritual battle with. The thing that I liked the most about this idea is that their team chose the words. The word wasn’t chosen after some crazy self-analysis like we women do, it was meant to demonstrate to the person how others see her. What an amazing experience – to have someone actually tell you the honest truth of how they see you and how God sees you. Seeing as we were running a youth ministry, we decided not to do this but she looked right at me and said “I’m giving you your word. I’ve known it since the day I met you. It’s wisdom.”

I sat there in shock. Because just that week I was feeling so sad that whenever I needed wisdom, I turned to my husband for the answer I couldn’t seem to find. To me, everything that came out of my mouth was regurgitated Chris words, not original Jess words.

But she didn’t see me that way. And neither did God.

She continued to explain circumstance after circumstance where I was the one who spoke wise words into her situations. I was steady-hearted and patient. I spoke in kind words and “kept my cool” in the hottest of situations. I didn’t judge and made sure to have compassion to all, deserving or not. I didn’t let things get to me but didn’t ignore problems either. I got wisdom, and put the wisdom into action.

I sat there in awe. Not because she saw me this way, but because I agreed with her. I am all of those things. I do all of those things. I just hadn’t thought about it. I wasn’t seeing myself the way God sees me.

I’ve always prioritized learning but wisdom is way beyond learning. It’s about seeking out the truth – whether it be from God directly, good Christian mentors, established professionals, compassionate leaders or anyone that credibly knows more than I do. Wisdom can come from the most obvious person or a complete stranger. God can use anyone and anything to provide the wisdom that we need to get the best outcomes of our circumstances – but we need to actively GET WISDOM. It doesn’t just come. We need to seek it, search for it, desire it. And boy do I desire it.

I’m not a compulsive person. I like research and reading, educated decisions and things that “just make sense.” That’s my natural comfort zone. But sometimes, against all odds, God provides wisdom through impulsive, God-led, no book cracked open decisions.

Wisdom is about asking God and accepting that you may not know the answer yourself.

I live my life by wisdom, and good things have happened to me and my family because of it. I long to provide wisdom to anyone that will let me. I’ll pray with them and for them just to find the answer God wants them to hear. I never tire of wisdom. And the bible tells me why:

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 4:6-7

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

1 Corinthians 1:25

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

James 3:17

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Proverbs 3:13

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.

I think it’s safe to say that God puts importance on getting wisdom. And I should too.
Thanks to (in)courage, I was able to create my own words to hang on the wall of my house. What do you think? I love it.
get wisdom
It’s not only beautiful to look at, it’s a beautiful reminder that my house and life are built on Godly wisdom, and hopefully it’ll inspire all who enter to get wisdom too. It’s a reminder. It’s a declaration. It’s a conversation starter.

Want to try making your own letterpress block words? Give it a try here!

Comments (3)

  1. Lovely blog, Jess! Good, comforting, and uplifting words that point us toward the Lord.

  2. Jess,

    This such a great post and a needed reminder on the importance of Godly wisdom. Thank you for that
    ~Lovelle from DaySpring

  3. I love your last paragraph where you state that you’re life is to be built on Godly wisdom. Amen. Thanks for sharing.

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