Tuesday, October 31, 2017

When Things Don't Go As Planned

Two gorgeous prophetic art pieces up for grabs, that was my last post. I was sure that people would be commenting, liking and sharing their way to winning, but nothing. Silence.


Not one entry except for the one girl I had comment to be sure Rafflecopter was working.

What happened?

I’m learning that I don’t have to figure that out. God has a plan. It isn’t my responsibility.

I will admit I haven’t been sure how to move forward since then, but it’s simple just move forward.

"Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says:“‘When people fall down, do they not get up? When someone turns away, do they not return? Jeremiah 8:4

I've been here before with projects, scrap booking and books. I get stuck and stay stuck for a long time. One scrapbook sat for a whole year because a page turned out horrible.

That was the old me.

The new me dusts herself off and tries again.

"A failure is not a loss. It's a gain. You learn. You change. You grow.” - Michael Barata

So it goes with a lot of things. Relationships, ministry, finances - He has a plan. We put our best foot forward and we fall flat on our faces. It's okay.

If I put my trust in Him, commit my ways to Him, "He will act" it says in the English Standard Version of the Bible. He is responsible to act and I am responsible for my part and He will show me what that is.
"Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success." - Arianna Huffington

One of the paintings has found its way into the hands of someone who really wanted it, so that is a blessing.

What about when we are talking about something more serious than a blog giveaway? The same principle applies. We are responsible for our part (no one else’s) and He is responsible for His part.

I used to believe that failure made me useless, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

David failed.

Peter failed.

Elijah failed.

Jonah failed.

The list goes on and on. These are the heroes of our faith. The ones we read about to encourage ourselves, to be reminded of how Jesus stepped in and saved the day. Jesus always saves the day.

Failure isn’t fatal or final, sometimes it is just a stepping stone to faith.
"From your perspective, failing makes you a failure. But from God’s perspective, your dream may have to die for His plan to come to come to life." - Steven Furtick

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