Past Lessons, Future Blessings, and Doing Things One at a Time – August 11 Devotions

Exciting day. I had the training for my new primary long-term job this morning and I think it’s going to be a great job. With weekly pay to top it all off, this is definitely an answer to prayer!

 

 

Here are today’s devotions.

 

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Lord, I praise You that the things that happened in my past, both enjoyable and painful, are raw materials for blessings, both in my life and in the lives of others. And thank You for the things in my past that appear to be limitations, hindrances, bad breaks…the wounds of old hurts, the unmet emotional needs, the mistakes or neglect of other people–even their cruelty to me, their abuse.

How comforting to know that in all my distresses You were distressed. And how I thank You, Lord Jesus, that on the cross, You bore my griefs and carried my sorrows, as well as my sins…And how comforting to know that in the present, day by day, You feel with me any pain, confusion, inner bondage, or struggles that stem from my past.

I’m so grateful that all my past circumstances were permitted by You to make me see my need of You and prepare my heart for Your Word…to draw me to Yourself, and to work out Your good purposes for my life.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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“One of the reasons people don’t get things done is that they mentally see their unfinished assignments as monstrous undertakings. If they would just take care of those projects, they would find they aren’t that big of a deal.”

Don’t let your mind rule you. When thoughts of inadequacy fill your head, stop and remember  that God’s grace is sufficient to meet all your needs.

Just do things one at a time, and keep your mind on God’s ability, not your own.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

 

-1- New motto from this first devotional: Past lessons, future blessings. It’s hard to see sometimes how difficulties can be transformed into blessings, but I know they have before–and probably will again.

 

-2- I can so relate to this one, because getting overwhelmed at the beginning of a day or a major task often sets me up for failure. It’s important to remember to do one thing or one step at a time.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

-1- Do you agree that things we learn in the past become sources for positive changes and blessings in the future?

 

-2- Do you get overwhelmed and discouraged about big tasks ahead of you?

 

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  1. I sometimes get overwhelmed remember to take it one step at a time and I truly believe God doesn’t bless us with things unless he knows we can handle it!
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  2. Time and again, I have seen past experiences prepare me for what the present has set forth for me – it has happened so much. A large undertaking for my husband and I still isn’t over, but at times the shear amount of detail was so overwhelming. We learned to take things one day at a time, but this week, especially, was rough. I am hoping that good comes out of this family undertaking.
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  3. Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow it down. It’s not always easy, though.

  4. Yep, you’re right. It all starts with the little things that you do everyday. It’s amazing what building a habit can do!

  5. My blessings are so evident, even in the least appealing of circumstances. And for the, I am very thankful. I love posts like this that remind me to remember. 🙂

  6. I agree that things we learn in the past become sources for positive changes and blessings in the future. God uses all things to work together for good for those that love Him and are called to His purpose.

  7. Thanks for the uplifting post. This has helped brighten up my day which was off to a bad start.

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