Here’s a random bit of trivia to start your Monday: it’s one of those “special dates” today! The date is a palindrome: 5-11-15 – same numbers, forward and backward! This phenomenon will continue through 5-19, so…Happy Palindrome Week+ ! 🙂
On this particular palindrome day, my Making it Monday plans include making it through the day, making progress on freelance work that needs to be done before Thursday (surgery day!), and hopefully also making more sewing projects!
So onto today’s devotions. Remember, too , you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND you have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“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”
“Sadly, many people today continue to fall back into the mistakes and patterns of their past. They keep going around the same mountain, time and time again, having to learn the same lesson multiple times.
Wisdom is learning from your mistakes and moving on. You don’t have to be a repeat offender–you can have victory once and for all!
Thank God for His mercy and the opportunity to begin again no matter how many times we have made mistakes in the past. We don’t have to live our lives in the prison of regret, guilt, and failure because we have made some mistakes. Jesus came to open prison doors and set captives free! (see Isaiah 61:1)”
–Joyce Meyer in “You Can Begin Again”
-1- It’s hard to see that light at the end of the tunnel when you’re going through the darkness and difficulties, but I’m thankful that some how, God ultimately works things out for our good.
-2- Oh goodness, this does describe me in some ways–really must exercise more wisdom, learn from my mistakes, and move FORWARD! So thankful for new beginnings that allow us to create new patterns of behavior that will be more successful than the old patterns or habits we have been following.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you have trouble seeing the light or ultimate purpose for the negative things that happen in your life?
Have you gone around the mountain so many times that you’re wearing a rut in the trail, or have you learned from your mistakes and blazed a new trail for your new beginnings?