Monday, July 18, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Wisdom

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

in our home, we talk a lot about the difference between knowledge and wisdom. you can know you should do something (or not do it), but unless you follow through with the right choices, you are not living in wisdom. wisdom takes the knowledge you have been given and puts it into action.

i love how Proverbs 9:10 expresses that it is the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom (or what i like to think of as true wisdom for your eternal life). when we fear him and have a holy respect and reverence for His presence, we will more likely chose to act in a wise way and lead lives guided by wisdom, as opposed to simple selfish and temporary desires.

{book image from the scholastic books website}

now, i know the "owl thing" may be oh-so-last year, but i don't really care. it is the perfect image to go with wisdom. plus, currently in our home we are surrounded by owls. from my son's passion for reading the guardian of ga'hoole series in which he is being challenged with knowing real truth (as opposed to what others just tell you) & true bravery, courage, and loyalty to

pumpkin-poo's new bedding (from december when she moved in with big brother & big sister), owls are now a part of our life.

now that i knew i wanted to visually illustrate this verse for our home and my children, how on earth would i photograph an owl?!

i was also inspired by one of my favorite photographers and this gorgeous photograph, which i emailed her to ask how on earth she got such an awesome shot. she replied quickly, basically saying, "it's dead." (she shot it at a natural history museum!)

i knew exactly what nature center i would go to, so we took a family field trip to chicago & i was able to photograph the owl (above). (i do not know what type of owl it is off hand, but if you ask my son, he is sure to tell you.)

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may you live in wisdom!

grace & peace,


Julie said...

Lainey loves, loves, loves owls too. She is reading the Guardians series with Kevin and is obsessed with them. I had no idea you were an owl family too. I will have to keep that owl print in mind!

Jane Hsu said...

wonderful verse!! love it!! and I LOVE OWLS too :) love the one your daughter is holding esp. i bought a purse with a similar owl on it. great ideas you have!!!