Slip-Away Saturday – Belated April 11 Devotions

Yes, I did – I managed to “slip away” on Saturday to do a few errands, enjoy some FINALLY spring-like weather in Maine, and do a bunch of OFFLINE activities. SO I never made it here to blog. Sorry about that!

 

 

So onto Saturday’s belated devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.

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“Lord, 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.

And Lord, I choose to look beyond my past and present troubles in this life–this temporary life–and fix my eyes on the unseen things that will last forever. I praise You for the eternal glory these things are piling up for me as I choose to trust You.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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“To avoid pain, some of us build walls around ourselves so we will not get hurt, but that is pointless. People are not perfect; therefore, they hurt and disappoint us, just as we hurt and disappoint others.  I used to put up walls to protect myself…however, I learned that if I wall others out, I also wall myself in.

If you build walls around yourself out of  fear, then you must tear them down out of faith.

Go to Jesus with each old wound and receive His healing grace. When someone hurts you, take that new wound to Jesus. Do not let it fester. Take it to the Lord and be willing to handle it His way and not your own. With the help of the Lord, you can survive hurt and disappointment and find your completion in Him.” 

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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-1- It really is hard sometimes to see how certain circumstances could possibly be part of a master plan for our good. Yet it’s better than allowing negativity to take over.

-2- Building walls around ourselves is definitely a defense mechanism that I think we all do sometimes. Probably don’t think about that fact: if we wall others out, we wall ourselves IN. I like that sentence, too:

“If you build walls around yourself out of  fear, then you must tear them down out of faith.

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So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you believe that all circumstances are part of the overall plan for your life?

Are you a wall-builder or do you tear walls down and build bridges to pave the way to your future?

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  1. Oh, Karen. I’m thinking about childhood abuse today. I’m wondering how these children can accept their trauma as part of life’s learning process. I send them my sympathy and hope they can remain open to the good things that will come their way.

  2. Beautifully said. I often build walls out of hurt and fear. It only serves to make me lonelier. Thank you for the gentle reminder.
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  3. I do believe that your past experiences make up who you are today. The love and understanding that you learn is all part of the master plan which God intended for us. I learned to tear down the walls as they are confining.
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  4. I fully believe your past experiences prepare you for what is to come. The fact that I had a father who survived a traumatic brain injury in his early 30’s helped to prepare me for being an advocate for some one else with a disability – and now, for my brother in law, who is developmentally disabled. What I learned in one experience seemed to lead to an opportunity to exercise that learning – time and again.
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