Common Sense – Profit from the Past

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Wisdom gleans from past experiences and applies the fruit of those experiences to the present, knowing that these present experiences are further preparations for the future.  I believe this so deeply to be true.  My upbringing, my joys, sorrows, accomplishments, trials, and challenges were gifts given to me to prepare me for where I am now and where I am headed in this life.  Somewhere, someone can learn from my experiences, the same as I have learned from the journeys of others.  I believe this is how the mystery of Romans 8:28 works.  Because we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him, for those who are called to His purpose.  Now, some of these experiences don’t always feel good at the time we are experiencing them, but if we are called to God’s purposes, that is, we are choosing to say “yes” to God, then we can and we will reconcile all of our life experiences according to Scripture to be part of the process by which God fulfills this promise to us.

What a beautiful thought.

All those sleepless nights,
the lonely times,
the dry times,
the lean times…
coupled with all the peaceful moments,
times of fellowship,
and financial blessing
times of plenty…
all of it bringing us into a state of balance
testing us,
trying us,
helping us make sense of it all,
turning our hearts to worship as we continue to say
“The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.  Blessed be the Name of the Lord.”

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.”  –Corrie ten Boom

“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future”  –Corrie ten Boom

I have a feeling that Mother Guerin and Corrie ten Boom are having some sweet fellowship in heaven.  It’s like they were inspired by the same Spirit or something!

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5 comments on “Common Sense – Profit from the Past

  1. Beautiful post. The quote by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin prompted me to read your post (I wish I had time to read all your posts!). I actually know a family that is (distantly) related to Mother Guerin. 🙂
    Indeed, God’s ways are a mystery and it is amazing how he weaves our lives with joys and sadness, trials and triumphs, in order to bring us to a place in our hearts where we can know his love.
    Blessings to you.
    ~Mar

  2. Thanks for giving me something to ponder throughout the day. Each moment being a preparation for the next, the good and the bad refining us and making us ready. Sometimes it is hard to endure a bad moment, but this puts it into perspective for me.

    • Thanks for the affirmation, Kat. I’m so glad you benefitted from my ramblings. I’m anxiously waiting and praying for the next opportunity to attend a workshop for writing icons. I really, really want to participate on a deeper level with the blessing I can see you receive in it. Lyn

      • I hope you can find a suitable workshop. Nothing has brought me closer to the Lord than creating icons. The entire process is steeped in prayer and blessings.

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