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Devotional I get in my e-mail each day… this one is really applicable

May 13, 2009

 

Failing Forward

Renee Swope

"The
steps of a [woman] are established by the Lord, and He delights in
[woman] way. When [woman] falls, [woman] will not be hurled headlong,
because the Lord is the One who holds [woman] hand." Psalm 37:23-24
(NASB)

Devotion:

I admire, maybe even envy, people who aren’t afraid to fail. You know, those people who see personal setbacks as another goal to conquer. People who don’t even consider defeat when they blow it.

I wish I were that kind of person. But honestly, I am not always so courageous in the face of failure.

Failure is painful. It’s embarrassing. And sometimes it makes me want to give up, mainly on myself.

God is teaching me a lot about failing. In fact, He is giving me a little push these days, to fail forward.

This
week He’s been challenging me to determine in my heart and mind that I
am a work in progress and move forward even when I have a setback. He
is reminding me that I am a woman who is becoming all He created her to be.

A woman who is growing.

A woman who is getting better and better each day.

A woman who is not perfect – but who tries to surrender to God’s perfect love and perfect power at work in her.

 

Failing forward…after I shoot harsh words across the room to "shoosh"
my child when he announces that the yogurt in our near empty
refrigerator has expired and there is nothing to eat! That is, after
I’d just opened the large container of perfectly good yogurt, eaten
some myself and served it to his brother for a snack.


Failing forward…after
I criticize my husband and realize I failed to honor my man, again.
Instead I’ve added to an already stressful day for the husband and
father who just brought home groceries.

Failing forward…after I let myself be "too busy" to take the time to encourage, sit with, talk to, and listen to my always-giving-and-forgiving-mom who stopped by unexpectedly this afternoon.

Failing forward…after I tell God that a certain ministry assignment is too stinkin‘ hard so I can’t do it because surely I don’t have what it takes.

 

Every time I fail to be the woman
God calls me to be, or the woman I expect myself to be, God reminds me
of the progress we’ve made. Because, even though I may not be who I
want to be, I am not who I used to be!

And I get that much closer to who I am meant to be every time I fail forward.


Dear Lord, I am so thankful that with Your
help, I can fail forward!! I don’t have to see my setbacks as a step
back. In fact they can lead me forward if I let them. Today, I will
take Your hand and trust Your heart as You pull me back up again and use my failures to help me become the woman You created me to be.
In Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

Application Steps: 

List
one or two areas of your life where you have felt like you were
failing. Then ask God to show you how you can take one step forward
with His help. And also ask Him to show you the progress you’ve made
and how you are becoming the woman He created you to be.

 

Let Renee know how she can pray for you today by clicking here.

 

Reflections:

Do I allow failure to discourage me and make me feel like I’ll never move forward or make progress?

 

Am I willing to believe God’s promise in today’s key verse: That the LORD establishes my steps, and delights in my ways. And even when I fall, I don’t have to be hurled headlong, because the LORD is willing to hold my hand?

 

Power Verses:
Proverbs 24:16a, "…though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again." (NIV)

Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (NIV)

 

© 2009 by Renee Swope. All rights reserved.

 

Proverbs 31 Ministries

616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road

Matthews, NC 28105

www.proverbs31.org

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