Hello there.

I am trying to figure out a blogging rhythm now that I am away from

this little rectangle (my laptop) while at work.

I assume blogging when I should be charting on patients is not appropriate behavior.

I am aiming for a two posts a week.

That might be shooting for the stars but today’s post will be short.

That should help with the quota.

I wrote a post almost exactly two years ago about the search term

that comes up on my administrator page every single day.

People are always looking for references to this verse:

For I know the plans I have for you,” 
declares the LORD, 
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29: 11

Today something happened that landed me squarely back in the past.

A hurt recalled,



seems more real than distant.

I was surprised this past wounded area instantly felt fresh and exposed.

However this time, I chose a different path.

I didn’t throw open the cupboards for a snack or

a multitude of other possible responses.

I took a walk.

Tonight while working on my homework

for The Patriarchs study, I read a paragraph that

caused my mouth to form a perfect “oh”.

This is the second time I have done this study which

makes it more impressive.

Somehow I missed it the first time because something else must

have taken my attention.

Interestingly, the Hebrew word often translated future in Scriptures

like Jeremiah 29: 11 comes from the same root as the word translated


The Hebrews felt that the future was not whole without the past.

If we’re convinced God is sovereign, good, and purposeful, why would

He allow or even ordain a season that has no value or contribution

to our future.

Today, I walked in the midst of my past, present and future.

Each footstep reminding me that the past is a necessary part of my tomorrow.

The future enhanced by the rear view mirror.

How is God using that which is behind to give you hope in the future?

Will you let Him use the past to breathe hope into  your future?

Model the  little ladybug above…let yourself be hemmed in by the Lord,

protected on all sides, marvelously safe in the sovereign arms of God.

2 thoughts on “hello

  1. Thanks again, your message is real food for thought. The temptation is very easily to do what people say is the best thing to do ” leave the past where it belongs in the past.” but as you so well put it, God can indeed use your past to breathe hope into your future.

    Had David not looked into the past and remembered how God had helped him in then to kill a lion and a bear, he would have not had the confidence to face Goliath from a point of victory. He did not fight for victory but from a point of victory and that is is the God we serve!


  2. There are so many rich examples from
    the people of the Bible. Recently
    I have underlined every time I see the
    words “earnestly remember”…God remembers
    us and we need to remember the victories He
    has enabled so we can keep walking through
    the hard stuff.
    Bless you Sharon!


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