What would our lives look like if we made insight (wisdom) our priority? It is so easy to make entertainment, pleasure activities, socialising, work etc. our priority, but in the end, is it giving us the lives we want? Abundant, light, calm, loving, healthy and full of good choices?
Proverbs is really helpful to make wisdom and insight a top priority and help us live the life we want. These words from The Message Paraphrase always remind me to adjust my priorities.
2 1-5 Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
6-8 And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free,
is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.
He keeps his eye on all who live honestly,
and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.
9-15 So now you can pick out what’s true and fair,
find all the good trails!
Lady Wisdom will be your close friend,
and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.
Good Sense will scout ahead for danger,
Insight will keep an eye out for you.
They’ll keep you from making wrong turns,
or following the bad directions
TEACHING YOUR MIND TO BE YOUR FRIEND - WORKSHOP
There is till time for your to register!
Donna Mandelkow and I are excited to bring this face to face workshop to you from New Heart Church in Rochedale. The concepts taught in this workshop are so important if you want to understand yourself and know what makes you 'tick'. We will be exploring the deep subconscious in a way that is Biblical, pragmatic, easy to understand and follow. It is so important to know your 'buttons', your own king lie, default mood and triggers, then you can begin to see the abundant life waiting for you. How to readjust and heal the problematic subconscious programming is all part of this workshop.
CAIRNS LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL - 20TH JUNE TO 1ST JULY
I am always excited to visit Cairns each year. I have said several times that the people there are like a 'second family' to me. I don't know of another community that is so friendly, helpful, sharing and hospitable. There are 3 places left in this life changing training. Is one of those for you? Is this your time? Register NOW.
AUCKLAND LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL - 25TH OCTOBER TO 4TH NOVEMBER
David and Rosemary Riddell ran 2 week Living Wisdom Schools for over 30 years in Auckland but now in their semi-retirement they have chosen to run their schools in Nelson, at the Living Wisdom Headquarters. Many of you know I am a Kiwi but have been in Australia for a long time now. I would love to come home again to offer Aucklanders (and surrounding towns) the opportunity to attend the training locally. The dates are set, but because 24th October is a public holiday I have decided to begin on the 25th October and make up the 'lost day' of training by adding 30 minutes to each day. We will start at 8:30am and finish at 3pm. I have run two schools this way in the past and it has been successful, so here we go, registrations are now open!
My ministry partner, also a Kiwi who has been in Australia for a long time, is coming with me to make your experience extra special. Shirley-Ann adds colour, spice and all things nice to the schools. I really appreciate her input.
If our numbers exceed 18 I will have a second counsellor with me to make sure everyone receives their counselling appointment (which is included in the school fee) during our time together. I am still working on finding a venue, this is proving more difficult than I was hoping! Please contact me with your questions.
COUNSELLING AND SPEAKING SERVICES
I do apologise for the waiting time to receive a counselling or supervision appointment. I realise this is a common problem these days and it doesn't make it any easier on folk who really need counsel. Once you have booked an appointment you do have the option of asking to go onto my cancellation list, please use this option if you need to.
I am also available for speaking engagements at conferences, camps, training days, professional development, parenting workshops and more, especially around the South East Queensland area or online. Touch base if you would like to know more.
INTEREST IN LIVING WISDOM SCHOOLS FOR 2023
There is quite a bit of interest in schools for next year already! I am planning January in Brisbane as usual. Then Bundaberg is keen for another school so that could be towards the end of Term 1. In 2019 I made a promise to Zambia that I would do a school for them in 2021 but the Covid pandemic blocked that. We are planning a school for Zambia in June next year. I will be giving people the chance to help sponsor students to attend as Zambia is a very poor country. It is impossible for Steven Sakala's (Zambia's Living Wisdom ambassador) people to attend without my Pro-bono services and outside help from people willing to invest in this. If you are interested in any of these schools I would love to hear from you.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
Our family is so grateful to have our matriarch Mum, Grandmother and Great-grandmother visit from New Zealand to see us all. It was a momentous visit in so many ways and it seemed as if it was just what was needed after 2 years of restrictions, isolations, obstacles and disruption. Her trip was not without a few obstacles but she managed to outrun Covid while many around her either had it or got it just as she left. This great 87 year old arrived back to NZ safe and sound having seen her 4 children, 12 of the 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren who are spread across 3 states in Australia. What a legend!