August is almost over and it’s also the last post in the ‘Mama Moments’ series, at least for a little while.
My girl child reeled off quite a few of these lessons as we talked about what I had learned. She was kind about it. No smart remarks, told-you-so’s, or sarcasm. Just sweet times.
She also reminded me that we’re going to keep learning from each other. I like the sound of that.
For instance, just last weekend she showed me a couple of apps that would allow me to check on some things more efficiently. I didn’t have to get on my computer–I could check right from my phone. It’s not the apps part I didn’t know–I have plenty of them. These were apps that would allow me to work smarter, not harder. I’m thankful she shared.
I also learned from watching her on Facebook Live what product to use to wash my makeup brushes–she used the gender bender bar by Perfectly Posh. Sounds simple enough, but I hadn’t even heard of the product, much less used it. So, it was good to see it in action.
Then she shared a bonus tip with her audience: how to dry the brushes. The answer: a regular pants hanger with spring clips for every two brushes you have. Simply attach them on each end and hang to dry. No more drying flat. Okay, I know the ladies are getting this, right?
The point is, there should never be a day that we don’t open our hearts and minds to others who can share quality lessons and experiences with us. My hope is that we are all lifelong learners.
One of my favorite things to do at the end of each day is to think about something I’ve learned. Maybe it was something from a colleague or friend. Maybe it was from one of my students. Either way, it’s a God given opportunity and a win-win!
Throughout my life I’ve tried to always include those individuals in my circle who think differently than me. They have another perspective to bring to the table, and I have a deep appreciation for them. My girl child is one of those people. I admire her gift of discernment; her ability to see things for what they are; her love for others; and the way she articulates her thoughts to a group of people. There’s something to be learned here. Inviting people in to your circle keeps you from depending solely on yourself.
God’s word tells us in Proverbs 9:9 NIV, “Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.”
God wants us to listen to what we hear and be discerning. He wants us to learn from others, both the good and not-so-good, and gain wisdom in the process.
The entire chapter of Proverbs 1 begins with a clear statement of purpose–to impart wisdom for godly living. And while this chapters focus may be for young people, we can all benefit from the verses that speak to listening and learning, doing what is right and just and fair, fearing the Lord, and embracing wisdom.
“….let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”
Proverbs 1:5 NIV
THIS. IS. EVERY. DAY. LIFE. All we need to do is turn to the pages of God’s word for tons of practical suggestions for effective living. His word provides easy to remember lessons that call us to action.
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to learn new things. I’m even more thankful for the people who share in my learning.
As I delight in God’s word, here are a few of my girl child’s favorite verses–her go-to words for instruction, comfort and encouragement. 1 Timothy 4:12, Isaiah 6:8, Joshua 24:15, Philippians 4:13.
I love watching her in action as a young wife and mother. I am even more thankful that she seeks the Lord daily and lives in His word; a wonderful testimony for this mama to observe.
What have you learned this week? Or, what lesson, tip, or trick have you shared with others? Let me hear from you.
I’ll be praying for you.