The Playhouse (#jammed daily devo, day 142)

May #jammed: Growing Grace.

Day 142: Emptiness.

“The wise are mightier than the strong.” Proverbs 24:5

We thought we would never be able to drag them out of it. The log cabin playhouse stole a image-142piece of my husband’s pristine lawn in the hopes of years of treasured memories of playtime. We waited for it to be built …waited for it to be delivered, and then celebrated it’s arrival. It was painted, decorated, and decked out.

“It’s too hot in there….” and back into the actual house they went.

My husband and I were defeated! We couldn’t believe it! We’ve threatened to turn it into a man-cave, a mommy-office, and a storage shed …sell it to someone else …nothing. They go in there when they feel like it, but we don’t feel like it’s enough time spent for what we spent.

Today’s verse reminds us that wisdom trumps strength. Bigger is not always better, proven by the loads of fun had with the cardboard box in the front yard as opposed to the actual ginormous playhouse in the back yard.

There is also a lesson in will to be learned from the mightiness of wisdom. Anyone with strong-willed children (who refuse to play in the grand playhouse, for example) know that yelling at the problem isn’t going to change the problem.

Wisdom takes more effort to attain and execute. It’s on the job experience and extra prep work. It’s the early morning workouts and the spin of presentation on the project.

When I let my daughters rearrange their house the way they wanted it to be, they played in it more. And not just, “Hey, don’t you think that chair will look good over here?”….wink wink. No, I actually let go and let them make it their own.

Jesus wants us to let go of life’s control, and reach for His hand. He’s chasing after our hearts, but not badgering us to surrender them. We hold that card. We can choose life anytime we want by welcoming Him into our life as our Savior. God loves us perfectly, which is why He knows that wisdom is better than strength.

jammed-click-to-tweetFather, Praise You for love. Thank You for wisdom. We confess our attempt to stronghold the truth, and pray for the strength of Your Spirit over our own intentions. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Wising-up,

Megs

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