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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Where does wisdom begin??

Wisdom begins with respect for the Lord; 
       those who obey his orders have good understanding.
       He should be praised forever.
Psalms 111:10 (NCV)

When I told my husband that today was the final of 31 days of praying for him, he asked if he could have another month. (I said, “Of course.”) When I told him that the scriptural reference for this last day was “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Psalms 111:10 (KJV21), he said, “Fear?” We agreed that fear likely originated with an older translation, but it got us to wondering? Where does wisdom begin?

In Barnes Notes on the Bible, the “fear of the Lord” is described as “Reverence for God; respect for His Law, His Will, His Government, Himself; the fear of offending Him, which leads us to do right.”  Our relationship with God is not based upon fear of retribution, but rather “awe and respect.” Yirah the Hebrew word for fear from Psalms means “piety and reverence” rather than terror.   That feeling, that sense is the ultimate WOW.  It is a profound appreciation for Grace when we acknowledge that if we were getting what we deserved we’d be somewhere far worse off than where we are. 

In explaining Grace, Pastor Bob Deffinbaugh writing for Bible.org explains “Grace seeks us and saves us; grace keeps us secure; grace enables us to serve and to endure the tests and trials of life.” Grace is something special.  And the appreciation of that gift of Grace, undeserved, unmerited, that is where wisdom begins. 

This, then, is both a beginning and an ending.  It may be the beginning of wisdom, but it is the end of this series.  All good things must come to one (an end).  A beginning and an ending, as in Alpha and Omega, one of many names for God.  He, who as always, is Good.

(now, go pray for your husband, your wife, your friend, a stranger….someone.  Anyone.)

Today’s feast: The Alpha and Omega Niciose Salad courtesy of Longevity Magazine (recipe by Julie Hirner)

Backstory~I love salads, particularly Niciose Salads.  What I found particularly intriguing about this recipe, in addition to its sounding delightful given the blog topic, was its name. Enjoy.


This salad packs together the omegas, lycopene, vitamin C, E and the power of antioxidants. If sardines are not your thing, use grilled salmon, peppered mackerel, pilchards or seared fresh tuna. We used salmon. Leave out the eggs if you are on a strict detox.


Shake together in a screw-top jar and keep in the fridge. Makes enough for 4 portions.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

green beans, steamed for 1 minute
boiled free-range eggs, halved
cherry tomatoes, halved
gem or iceberg lettuce or watercress
baby potatoes, steamed, halved and tossed in herb salt
red onion, sliced
black olives, just a few
sardines in tomato sauce
For the dressing:
0.25 cup cold pressed nut oil – macadamia, walnut or avocado
2 Tbs Dijon wholegrain mustard
0.25 cup lemon juice
0.25 cup apple juice or water
1 garlic clove, crushed

Nutritional Information:

2 033kJ; 23g protein; 34g carbohydrate; 7g total fibre; 28g total fat; 5g saturated fat; 17g monounsaturated fat; 6g polyunsaturated fat; 326mg cholesterol; 459mg sodium

Health kick:

The dietary cholesterol level of this recipe is high due to the egg content.

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