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Knowledge and Discipleship…

Wednesday Wisdom 🙂

Inspiration this week comes from 2 Peter 1: 5-7

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.”

For the past few weeks at the Refuge, our Youth Pastor has been preaching in 2 Peter. I love spending Wednesday nights hanging out, learning and praying with the middle school students that God brings us. The *added bonus* is a mid-week sermon that always seems to leave me thinking. One of the themes that we’ve been studying throughout 2 Peter is knowledge. Through this series of sermons, I’ve been personally challenged to both rethink my definition of the word and also my ability to attain it in my faith journey.

Peter makes it pretty clear in his epistles that we are called to be both a people of hope and a people of faithful action. Our hope stems from God’s promises, and our faithful action from Jesus’ presence in our hearts. Peter’s letters read a bit like an elderly coach trying to make sure that his mentees are reminded of and truly understand what it means to be on “Team Jesus”. He discusses not just how to get on the team, but also about what being a teammate entails.

I don’t know why, but I had never fully understood what Peter describes as knowledge. In particular, I had not thought of knowledge as something that naturally builds and flows from a deep, personal relationship with my Creator and Redeemer. It is so beautifully simple, and yet my “humanness” wanted to make the word so complicated that I’d previously dismissed it as “unattainable”. God offers us many things, knowledge is one of them. It, like all of God’s promises, requires our choice to move forward to accept it.

Proverbs 2: 6-11 reminds us, “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you, Understanding will keep you safe.

What if attaining knowledge is intrinsically tied to our willingness to honor God by giving him our hearts and our time?

When I look back on my life, I can see moments when God asked me to do something and I turned him down because I did not feel qualified – I did not think I had enough knowledge to succeed, so I said “no”. I realize now that in those times I missed both a learning opportunity and a loving opportunity. Through the years, God has brought many people into my life to help me move closer to Him. As they were “Peter” to me, I learned that prayer, time reading the Bible, and intentionally searching for that intimate relationship with Jesus could lead me to knowledge and fill me with confidence.

I’m not the same person that I used to be. Every day, Jesus grows and shapes me. That’s a good thing. Along the way, I’ve learned to trust more and to say “yes” to that soft, quietly persistent voice that asks me to be “Peter” to someone else. When I choose to lean into my faith to disciple, then my heart is open for God to fill it with the knowledge and understanding that I need to be His hands and feet to someone that He enables me to love.

How are you pursuing knowledge as you answer God’s call to disciple?


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It’s Your Turn…

A couple of weeks ago, Feed Yard Foodie passed its “18 month birthday”.  In honor of reaching that milestone, I would like to share a few statistics and thoughts with each of you regarding the cyber journey

Thank you for coming along with me on this adventure!

In the last 18 months Feed Yard Foodie:

  • Received approximately 85,000 hits from more than 130 countries around the world.
  • Created 176 posts that are archived under 14 different categories.
  • Welcomed 266 regular blog site followers and 554 facebook “likes”.

    A special thanks to my family–for their contributions to the pictures and the posts–and also for their patience and understanding as we opened the door to our farm and our lives…

In the last 18 months, I have learned:

  • Creating a good blog post takes several hours.
  • Often ideas for posts pop into my head at odd times, and sometimes the resulting post metamorphoses into something only distantly related to the original idea.
  • I love taking pictures for the blog even more than I love writing the posts.
  • As with every other aspect of my life, I am a creature of habit.  My regular Tuesday and Thursday posts reflect that tendency.
  • Maintaining a conversation with many many people that I do not know is a unique challenge.
  • I love to read comments relative to my posts because they give me a glimpse into who my readers are and what inspires them.
  • Explaining how I care for cattle and raise beef to each of you drives me to be a better caregiver to my animals and inspires me to constantly improve.

    What questions do you have about my animals or the beef that they produce?

After 18 months of hearing me pontificate, I would like to know from you all:

  • What do you like best about the Feed Yard Foodie site and my blog posts?
  • What do you think that I can do better in the next 18 months?
  • What topics do you wish that I would write about?
  • Do you feel as though I do a good job articulating about my family and our lives on a farm?  If not, what I can do to better help you understand?
  • What motivates you to “like” a post or to comment?

I would very much appreciate any and all insight.  Pick an above question to answer, or answer all of them 🙂

I have come to understand that “It’s not about the trailer”, rather it’s about building a relationship that is based on trust…

Please know that I value your insight, and am so very thankful that each of you has allowed me to become a part of your life over the past 18 months…


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