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

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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?

 

20 Comments

  1. Angelica

    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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    11 . Aug . 2015
  2. Alana

    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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    11 . Aug . 2015
  3. Life as a Convert

    I have to remind myself often that God is in charge of my life and will not give me more than He thinks I can handle. It definitely helps me conquer those hard tasks.
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    11 . Aug . 2015
  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Sometimes I have to remind myself to slow it down. It’s not always easy, though.

    11 . Aug . 2015
  5. Claudette P. Esterine

    Another person, Covey I believe it was, said “doing first things first.” Thanks for the reminder.
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    11 . Aug . 2015
  6. Liz Mays

    I’m wishing you luck in your training and new position. I hope it goes well!
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    11 . Aug . 2015
  7. Shannon Peterson

    I think every experience we go through definitely teaches us a big lesson!
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    11 . Aug . 2015
  8. Patrice M Foster

    I can be a little impatient at times and lately training myself to be more patient I am grateful for the experiences in life that teach me several lesson most of all nothing come before the time.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  9. Bernadette Callahan (@AimlessMoments)

    I used to stress and worry about EVERYTHING. I used to think all the time about all the things that could go wrong. It was exhausting to my mind, to say the least. Now I am just whatever with all of it. I kinda just go with the flow and only stress if absolutely necessary which is really not that often.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  10. Salma

    Congratulations on the new job, that is very exciting!
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  11. Carolyn K

    Nothing steal more energy than an unfinished task, just get it done. Start working and soon it is done and a weight is lifted.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  12. Dogvills

    I used to do too many things at once and found it hard to finish them on time. Doing them one at a time really works. Congrats on your new job.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  13. Elizabeth O.

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

    12 . Aug . 2015
  14. Shann Eva

    I definitely believe in learning from the past to help with future blessings. These are great. Thanks for sharing.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  15. Michelle Liew

    It’s difficult to remember, but yes, God’s love is enough to meet all our needs. Beautiful.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  16. Bree

    I’m constantly reminding myself to slow down, these are so great! Love these devotions!

    xo Bree
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  17. Krista

    I don’t get overwhelmed with things very often. I am a let go and let God kinda girl.
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    12 . Aug . 2015
  18. Rosey

    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. 🙂

    12 . Aug . 2015
  19. Jonathan Key

    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.

    14 . Aug . 2015
  20. Victoria

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

    17 . Aug . 2015

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