12/02/06 Day 10 Thoughts

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Day 10 Building in the Present Moment

1. On page 95, the authors state, “Through His eyes, perceived failures become opportunities. He sees our need and, in His grace, responds by coming alongside us to meet that need.” Respond to this statement. Do you agree? Disagree? Why or why not? How have you seen this in your own life? How do you hope to see it in your own life?

This is one of those statements that I agree with, but when it all actually happens, when I am staring failure in the face…I don’t *live* like I believe it. I seem to wallow in the muck a bit longer than I should (at all! is longer than necessary!).

This time through, however, I don’t seem to be camping on my failures. Praise the Lord! This is progress!

However, I know from my history, that I must be wary of *not* turning my back on the grace He longs to pour out on me.

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2. A quotation of Denis Waitley in the middle of the page states, “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.” How does this thought relate to the idea of observation and correction that we have been applying?

When I apply observation and correction, each and every “failure” becomes a means of learning and changing and growing.

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4. “Failure is not something we are. Failure is something we do.” Do you believe this? How might it affect you if you did?

I choose to allow God to renew my mind according to His truth and this statement is clearly His truth!

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I highlighted a lot of stuff in today’s reading. I will share some of those:

“He brings glorious wonder from what we think are defeats.” (p. 94) I am seeing him do this very thing today. It is stunning and I am eager to tell you all about it when I have the freedom to do so! 🙂

“Under grace we are free to turn to God as we really are, free to learn from our mistakes, free to change and grow, and free to allow Him to make us all he intends us to be.” (94,95)

“Through His eyes, perceived failures become opportunities. He sees our need and, in His grace, responds by coming alongside us to meet that need.” (p. 95)

“Failure is not something we are. Failure is something we do. When we take on the identify of ‘a falure,’ we begin to act more and more in keeping with that label. Labels can be debilitating. Instead we are to see ourselves as God see us. Then we will begin to act in accordance with what He has already declared to be true.” (p. 96)

“We may believe we are failures when, in truth, we are God’s saints by calling, who fail. There is a big difference. What we believe about ourselves has a tremendous impact on the way we live our lives. We need to believe about ourselves what God declares to be true.” (p. 98)

I have more that I highlighted, but have to go. I am going on an early ride on Breezy. It has been a month since I did that. I am sure he will be glad that I have released the weight I have! LOL! (Breezy is my oldest horse and a tad bit crotchety, but very very willing…I could just hear him saying, “Good for you, kid. Now THAT is a START. Get going with the rest of it!” LOL!)

I am choosing to break free of the identity of “failure” as even today God is showing me that he glorifies Himself any way He chooses! Whoever posted that Queen Esther verse for me earlier this week…LOL…as crazy as it sounds, you really encouraged me!!!!! THANK YOU!

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