Irish Blessings

"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
the foresight to know where you're going 
and the insight to know when you've gone too far."

Irish blessings were all over blog-land and facebook yesterday.  (I'm sure you noticed!)  I wish I'd kept track of all of them.  THIS one particularly captured my thoughts.  Looking back, I see that many of the bumps on my road have been because I wasn't exercising hindsight, foresight, or insight! 

Some time ago, I wrote a women's Bible study book titled "The Beauty of a Disciplined Life."  It was based on the book of Proverbs.  One passage that stands out for me in this incredibly practical book are the verses in chapter 2:1-5:  "...treasure up my commandments...make your ear attentive to wisdom...:ncline your heart ot out for insight...raise your voice for it like for it as for hidden treasure..." 

Wisdom is HINDSIGHT, FORESIGHT, AND INSIGHT!  Wisdom results in a healthy fear of the Lord and  the knowledge of God (vs. 5).  How I long to be a wiser woman!  I thank God that He has given me everything I need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called me to (and by) his own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3).


  1. Well I think as long as we keep trying, we're good! Love Di ♥

  2. I've long thought how interesting it is that wisdom often shows up late in life when it would seem the need for it is far less than when we're younger. Then again, it's the testing of our faith and our decisions that forges wisdom, much as the blacksmith forges metal.

    What an amazing God we serve!


  3. I think everyone is Irish on March 17th, it is a lot of fun......and yes I have noticed and enjoyed all the blessings.
    I agree with you Rebecca.....:-) Hugs

  4. I am definitely a work in progress!! Hugs, andrea

  5. I love you beautiful fresh look here! Hindsight, foresight, and insight. Yep, count me in!

  6. I love the book of Proverbs...every single verse is a treasure trove of truth...Thank you, Rebecca for this beautiful post! Love you! Janine XO

  7. Dear Rebecca
    I love Irish blessings, and the one you shared here is something new to me. You are so right about hindsight, insight, and foresight being the main ingredients of wisdom.

    Thank you for always gracing my blog with your makes me feel valued. I have visited one or two blogs before (one of them is a actually a frequent commenter on your blog) and left a friendly hello, but sadly I never got the courtesy of a return visit.

    Well anyway I'm aware of the tacit rules that govern blogland. One of them is "Never expect a return visit."

    True, but still I do appreciate all those friendly and kind souls out there, who go out of their way to reach out to someone from a faraway place in this planet!

    Blessings on your day!


  8. I like the words... Seek it like silver.

  9. I have a soft spot for the Irish Blessings, and this is a new one to me. Thanks for sharing it, and for sharing your reflection on it, and the lovely way you have incorporated your Bible study and the beautiful verse too.
    And that beautiful Wisdom is something I'm praying for!
    Lovely post!
    Love to you,

  10. Actually what struck me the most from this post is that you wrote a woman's Bible study book? Wow, that's really it available?
    Lovely Irish blessing too by the way. They had a lot of wisdom, those Irish!:)

  11. Colleen, it was published by Victor Books more years ago than I realize. It is out of print.

  12. This is the *second* reference to Proverbs that has been put before me this evening.

    Guess what I'll be reading from at bedtime tonight?


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