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100 Lessons I've Learned In Life

Lori Colbo loves to write about her Christian faith and the Bible to encourage and inspire others.

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The way we learn lessons and their benefits

Lessons are usually learned via our failures, mistakes, unpleasant or stressful experiences, and observations. Learning lessons should make us wise, make us mature, change our attitudes and perspectives, and our behavior. Many of us are slow learners. Some people go to the grave not having learned some lessons that may have given them a better quality of life spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally. In some sad cases, people have lost their lives as a direct result of not learning a lesson.

The 100 I share here run the gamut from fun, happy, and humorous, to reflective, poignant, shameful, and spiritual. If you care to comment, share with me a valuable lesson you've learned in your life.

I've also added several internal links.

On God and the Spiritual Life

1. Gratitude - one of the most valuable lessons I've ever learned. To be grateful for everything God has blessed you with, is to honor Him and acknowledge his lovingkindness. I learned to make gratitude lists regularly, especially when life is hard, then I share it.

2. Hope is eternal - There is ALWAYS hope. When we can't see it, or won't see it, it is still there because God is eternal, and He alone is our hope. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jer. 29:11).

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..." (1 Pet. 1:3).

3. God can be trusted - Prior to my joining hubpages I was in a difficult place in my life. My trust in God was sorely taxed. Hope seemed impossible for me, but God proved Himself to me. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths" (Porv. 3:5-6).

4. Faith and Obedience pleases God. Having said that, I am still a child of God wrapped in human flesh and I fail to obey from time to time. I walked around for a few years feeling God was always displeased with me. But I am growing in this area, and discovered obedience and faithfulness are part of pleasing God. "Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them" (John 14:23).

5. God values me. This is a lesson I have to relearn from time to time. I forget sometimes that when He looks at me He doesn't see my sin, but the cross. Looking at the cross reminds me that He valued (and still values) me enough to take my punishment on the cross.

With kids it's guaranteed to happen

6. Your child will lie if you ask if he got into the cookie jar.

7. Your baby will poop his diaper just as you're leaving for church. What's worse is you are already running late. Say it ain't so.

8. Your children will have to go to the bathroom right after you've spent 15 minutes putting on snow clothes and boots. He will be late for school.

9. The dog never eats a child's homework. It's an urban myth.

10. Something very bad is happening when your child is in another room and the house is quiet as a tomb.

11. If you tell a kid not to touch something or to go near something he will.

12. Every child in America will at one time or another, cut his or her own hair. You either have to shave what's left completely off or make them wear a hat for 3 months. It always happens when a family portrait is scheduled the next day.

13. When your teenager tells you his or her friends' parents let them do the things they can't do, most often it's untrue.

14. When your four or five year old child comes out of the bathroom with your make-up all over her face, she will lie and say "No I didn't" when you ask her if she got into your make-up.

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15. Parents are not mean and don't want to spoil their teenager's fun when they won't let them go to an unchaperoned party.

16. Every child in America will get gum stuck in their hair at least once.

The Bible

17. The Bible really does tell me Jesus loves me.

18. The Bible is a love letter from God, and an instruction manual for life.

19. "A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't." ~ Charles Spurgeon

20. King James is not the only Bible translation that is accurate, nor is the language easy to understand, especially for a new believer.

21. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:15-17).

All Scripture is God breathed...

All Scripture is God breathed...

Myths about food and eating

21. You can eat just one Lays potato chip or cookie.

22. Canned spinach or beets are good for you, puts hair on your chest, and tastes good.

23. Putting salt in the sugar bowl for April fools will make your father laugh.

24. A low salt or no salt diet will not affect the taste of your food.

25. Butter on a bologna and cheese sandwich is good (my mother tried this on me for 18 years

It's a myth you can' eat one potato chip.

It's a myth you can' eat one potato chip.

Church life

26. You will embarrass yourself in church at least once in a lifetime by snoring or drooling while sleeping through a sermon. This happened to me. The pastor said real loud, "For those of you who are asleep...blah blah." My head popped up in shame. I felt bad but I didn't sleep but a few hours the night before.

27. God doesn't care whether the music is traditional hymns or contemporary worship music. He only cares about our hearts.

28. Many church-goers are unyielding when letting visitors sit in their regular spot in the pew. "Uh, excuse me, that's my seat," or "I'm saving this seat for my friend." Worse yet, there is tons of room in the pew in front of them or at the other end of their own pew. Ushers should dispense pole vaults to new visitors.

29. There will be conflict when something new needs to be fixed or replaced - carpet, paint, pictures hung, etc.

30. The Lord doesn't care about your voice when singing in church. Those who can't sing worth beans are making a joyful noise to the Lord.

Weather

31. The weather forecast is not a prophetic word.

32. If you wash your car, it will rain that day.

33. Your parents really did not walk ten miles in the snow barefoot when they were little.

34. A heat wave in the Pacific Northwest (where I live) is 80 degrees.

35. The month of June will always be cool and overcast in the Pacific Northwest.

If you wash your car it will rain that day.

If you wash your car it will rain that day.

Grandparents and grandchildren

36. A grandmother will spell the word candy when asking your mother if you can have some even though you've known how to read and spell for years.

37. Grandma's make the best pot roast, hands down.

38. It's true that one of the benefits of being a grandparent is that the grandchildren will go home with their parents at the end of the day.

39. Not all grandparents wear funny underwear or have bad breath.

40. Playing with grandchildren will make you feel younger; make you feel older; wear you out; give you energy you didn't know you had; make you laugh; make you scared; make you cry (when they get hurt); make you crazy; restore your sanity.

Playing with grandchildren will make you feel younger; make you feel older; wear you out; give you energy you didn't know you had.

Playing with grandchildren will make you feel younger; make you feel older; wear you out; give you energy you didn't know you had.

Dogs

41. Dogs really are our best friends.

42. Dogs love us unconditionally.

43. I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.

44. Dogs understand the words walk, food, and treat but have no idea what your talking about when you say bath, vet, or heel.

45. Dogs can break wind and burp and get away with it.

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.

I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.

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Grief, loss and stress

46. Watching your parent's health fail in their golden years is painful, especially when demential or Alzheimer's is the disease.

47. You can't put grief in a box. It is not a structured process. There is no timetable to finish grieving. There is no wrong reason to grieve. There are many kinds of losses, and what one person feels is a great loss, may be someone else's blessing.

48. Losing a child is not the same as losing a parent, grandparent, sibling, best friend, or pet.