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The Value of A Lesson Learned

Posted in Encouragement, Faith, Home Page, Lessons I've Learned (so far) Series, and Self-care

Portuguese lessons were a perk at my preschool. Decades ago, the few words I spoke impressed my older siblings. They marveled as I grew interested in something other than my dolls and my new puppy.

I was far from fluent. But in time, my foreign vocabulary and my confidence began to grow. However, outside of the classroom there wasn’t much need for Portuguese in northwest Indiana. The memory of the language left shortly after my preschool departure.

“Use it or lose it” was one of the first life lessons I learned.

Other lessons soon followed. A few poor hairstyle choices taught me: You can learn from your mistakes.

Making tuna casserole too frequently as a newlywed convinced me: There can be too much of a good thing.

Whether it’s a new skill, a new situation or a recurring challenge, life lessons are ongoing. Every season of our lives teaches us something. Pain pinpoints our struggles. Pleasure reveals what brings us delight. Distractions lure us away from purpose.

However, if I listen to lessons taking me on a guilt trip or inviting me to a pity party, I learn how to feel unworthy, bitter or afraid.

But the value of a lesson learned is the wisdom gained to live a better life.

Even if the principle is painful, by God’s grace, it can yield a positive outcome. I’ve found it’s helpful to take inventory of what I’ve learned. It allows me to see how I’ve grown and even what I’ve resisted.

Because when I avoid life lessons they don’t go away. They tend to show up later when it’s less convenient.  However, Proverbs 19:8 NLT, offers us valuable insight and a powerful promise:

“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” 

I desire a deeper understanding and I cling to this promise. I hope you do too. As I took the #write31days challenge with Crystal Stine (write31days.com), I put my “life lessons” inventory out in the open. It’s my second year participating. Last year’s theme was It’s Time to FLY.  However, this year’s focus is:

“Lessons I’ve Learned About Life (so far).”

Each week I shared short posts or quotes Monday through Friday on the following topics: 

(Click on a topic to read the series’ posts.)

• Friendship (Mondays)

• Grace (Tuesdays)

• Loss (Wednesdays)

• Love (Thursdays)

• Purpose (Fridays)

Saturdays and Sundays are for pondering points from the week (or for catching up).  A few of my blogger friends will drop in and share life lessons too. Join us and take inventory of what life has taught you. Each post will also offer an encouraging life lesson and Scripture.

I’m praying God will use the lessons in this series to tutor us in what’s tough and bring healing where we need it most. I look forward to us sharing what we’ve learned and gaining more hope for the heart and joy to the soul.

Here are the 5 most popular posts in the series:

When Loss Begins to Linger

When Love Becomes Complicated

When Insecurity Is Turned Inside Out

I Love You, but…

The Enemy of Our Purpose

16 Comments

  1. Joy, I love the theme you have chosen for your blog series. It’s good timing for me. I really appreciate what you wrote above. I’m your neighbor at Kelly’s and glad of it! It’s nice to connect with you here, today. Your blog makes me feel right at home. : )

    September 26, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Leslie! I’d love for you to join me on this #write31days journey. Stop by anytime!

      September 26, 2017
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  2. I always admire bloggers who take on the challenge of writing for 31 days! Blessings to you — and hoping to catch at least some of your good thoughts.

    September 27, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Michele! I appreciate the encouragement. I’d love to hear your thoughts as the series continues. 🙂

      September 27, 2017
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  3. Karen
    Karen

    Life lessons from God are like a merry-go-round. If we don’t learn them the first time. Just wait. He’ll take us around again until we do learn them.

    September 27, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Karen! Unfortunately, I’ve been on that merry-go-round many times. Thanks for stopping by!

      September 27, 2017
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  4. Hi Joy! Love this post…Life Lessons do bring wisdom, growth as well as bring us into a more intimate relationship with God.

    September 27, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Neca! Yes, I’m excited about this series. I’m sitting on the edge of my spiritual seat waiting to see what God has in store!

      September 27, 2017
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  5. Such a great topic (and sub topics!) I hope to pop by then : ) Thanks for these wise thoughts on learning from lessons (for good!)

    September 27, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      You’re welcome Bethany. I hope you stop by and share your wisdom too!

      September 28, 2017
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  6. This sounds like a WONDERFUL series, Joy! I’m looking forward to reading your life lessons and learning too. <3

    September 28, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Hi Christine. I look forward to you joining us!

      September 29, 2017
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  7. Elizabeth Joy
    Elizabeth Joy

    Your challenge sounds like an excellent idea! Many blessings as you take inventory. 🌸

    September 29, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Elizabeth!

      September 29, 2017
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  8. Great idea for your series!

    October 14, 2017
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    • Joy
      Joy

      Thanks Christa!

      October 15, 2017
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