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  • Have You Ever Blown It?

    For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
    John 3:17 ESV

    Have you ever blown it? Ever seriously, made a really bad mistake? Said the wrong thing at the wrong time that brought hurt to someone you love? Dropped the ball and ruined things? Messed up on your morals and feel the sting of your mistake?

    There are so many ways you can blow it and I know it, because I’m completely talking from experience here. My tendency after blowing it by doing something stupid is to beat myself up, passing the gloves over for condemnation to land some destructive blows.

    I can be the worst trash talker to myself but one day God showed me how He was in the business of using people who blow it by showing me biblical examples of people who went from making mistakes to pursuing their purpose.

    THE GOOD NEWS IS—
    GOD GIVES SECOND CHANCES

    Moses
    God positioned him in the palace to fulfill his destiny as the deliverer, but he blew it.
    Moses killed a man and ran away into the desert for 40 years.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Moses got to lead the same people out of slavery.
    Jonah
    God called Jonah to reach the people of Nineveh, but he blew it.
    Jonah ran away from God’s calling on his life and ended up in a BIG fish.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Jonah preached to the people of Nineveh and they came to faith.
    Samson
    God appointed him to stand guard for the nation of Israel, but he blew it.
    Samson broke his Nazarite vow, living rebelliously, violently and immorally.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Samson defeated more of God’s enemies after his mistakes.
    Peter
    God called Peter as a disciple to follow him, but he blew it.
    Peter denied Christ.
    God gave him a second chance, and then…
    Peter preached with boldness and thousands came to faith in Christ.
    You
    God has appointed you for good works to bring him glory, but you blow it.
    You don’t have faith to believe God can do it through you, fall into sin, let fear immobilize you…you do what you do.

    THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU IS—
    GOD GIVES YOU SECOND CHANCES

    It still amazes me that God can take my mess and use it to share His message. I’m awed at how He doesn’t condemn when we ask for His forgiveness.

    The devil on the other hand loves to heap on condemnation. The enemy wants you to sit and wallow in your wandering, he strives to keep you in the shame of your past mistakes; that way, he can keep you feeling low and stop you from moving forward in the plans and purposes God has for your life.

    I love the words in Rend Collective’s song that echoes how, “A second chance is Heaven’s heart”.1  Jesus didn’t come to make you feel horrible about yourself… He came to set you free not bind you up. 

    So, the next time you blow it, why not show some grace; ask for forgiveness, let God work in you and speak His purposes over your life. Then, move forward and watch God doing something great through you!

    Father… I thank you for Your abundant grace and willingness to give me chance after chance to get things right. Help me to forgive myself in the same way You forgive me and please… let me learn from my mistakes, so I don’t keep repeating them. In Jesus Name…Amen

    DRAWING FROM THE WELL

    1. John 3:17
    2. Romans 8:1
    3. Lamentations 3:21-23
    4. Ephesians 2:10

    musicpic SONG: Second Chance

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Thankful
    Sung By: Rend Collective
    Website: https://rendcollective.com/
    Album: Homemade Worship by Handmade People © 2012
    Youtube Video https://youtu.be/W6RNJ6HDTpU
    Spotify Link https://open.spotify.com/track/2OtppI9PZe4h77OZGmecvm?si=pSAd58mnQcShK1P09Mu_vw
    AZ Lyrics of Song
    https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/secondchance.html
    Fave Lines
    A second chance is Heaven’s heart

    musicpic SONG: Second Chance

    Makes Me Feel: Hopeful, Thankful
    Sung By: Hillsong United
    YouTube Video https://youtu.be/yKIT4KPS-VQ
    AZ Lyrics of Song https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/hillsongunited/secondchance.html
    Album: In A Valley By The Sea © 2007

    ENDNOTES
    1 https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rendcollective/secondchance.html Website Accessed: 2019-12-30

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  • How To Face An Imperfect, Change-Charged Christmas

    For those of you who might be facing an imperfect, change-charged Christmas this year like our family and feeling a little anxious about the season of cheer; here’s a post to encourage you how God can turn things around and bring peace on earth… or more importantly, in your heart!

    IMPERFECT CHANGE-CHARGED CHRISTMAS BLOG IMAGE

    AN IMPERFECT CHRISTMAS

    It was the second Christmas after the divorce but the first out of our family home. 

    The kids and I were living in a rented cottage at our church camp and due to struggles in their relationship, I knew the kids wouldn’t be seeing their father or family on his side again.  Nothing was the same, but for the first time in a long time—I knew it would be peaceful.

    I worried how I could make this Christmas special. There was no room for our 9-foot Christmas tree decked out in holiday splendor… it was packed away in the storage unit with all our other familiar things.

    On top of this, I had started dating Todd and we knew we wanted to get married soon, so we felt it would it was time to begin celebrating the holidays together. I knew it would be hard for all the kids. Mine, who had everything turned upside down for years, living way out of their familiar surroundings and Todd’s kids who had to open up their family traditions to three more they probably weren’t sure they wanted there.

    NOT FOR COWARDS

    Not a situation for the cowardly.  I knew it wouldn’t be an easy year for all the kids, so I was bent and determined to do my best to make it a Christmas they would want to remember.

    Celebrations started off with joining Todd’s family at their annual Sudds/Stahl Christmas party put on by his mom. I was worried how the family would treat us.  Would they accept us and make us welcome or would we get the cold shoulder and end up sitting in a corner alone? 

     In true Bevie (Todd’s mom) fashion, there was lots of good food and games galore. The Sudds and Stahls all made us feel so welcomed and a part of the family. We felt like we came home. My kids and Todd’s kids laughed all night long.  Back at Todd’s house we had our first Christmas as our amalgamation of a family. I’ll never forget how my stepson-to-be responded to his gift from us, reportedly his best Christmas gift ever; thanks to Shelby knowing him so well!

    We left Todd’s and went back to the little cottage.  My kids were in special form being silly and having fun, even acting out the Christmas story for me.  We laughed as we wrapped more gifts.  Then we went to my parents and slept over with my sister’s family. There were a few emotional times, but we worked our way through them. 

    What started with the potential for a disastrous, depressing Christmas
    turned out to be one of the best ever!

     Contrary to all my fears and concerns, that Christmas turned out to be amazing! If I would have given in to the A great new beginning. 

    There’s no manual on how to join two families. I’m sure we didn’t do everything the right way… because I don’t think there is a right way to blend a family.  I know it’s never God’s original intent but I’m thankful that God works all things for our good and allows second chances at love—real love… and gives us more family to embrace!  

    The kids are older now, some starting to make traditions of their own. But we still get together. Celebrating as this new family hybrid has become our norm and one of the most wonderful times of the year! Right now, the house is full of the kids, a boyfriend, a fiancé, a cat with one more “kid” coming tonight. We’ve having meals together, playing games and watching movies.  It really is a wonderful time.

    It’s taken us years and many bumps in the road to get here, but I feel we’ve transitioned from an awkward, not knowing how to mix group, into a loving, accepting, warm family unit. Not perfect, because let’s face it… whose family is perfect.  Not perfect, but perfectly ours!

    BRAVE AN IMPERFECT CHANGE-CHARGED CHRISTMAS

    My advice to those wanting to experience peace and joy this Christmas while facing an imperfect, change-charged Christmas is to be brave! The reason why you can be brave is solidly based in the reason you celebrate Christmas. Bravery is possible this Christmas and always because God is with you.

    Matthew 1:22-23
    Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.

    Jesus is Immanuel… God with us.
    There is nothing you face without His presence, power and love.

    In practical ways: change or if needed, lower your expectations, try to follow as many traditions as you can but make some new ones… think positively, reject fear and doomsday thinking… lighten up, plan some fun… expect some issues, be ready to show grace… love lots… and enjoy every blessing on your way to the good times!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Much love,

    ~Sherry
       xoxo

    Drawing From The Well

    Scriptures to Fill Up Your Bucket

    IMMANUEL—PRESENCE VERSES
    Isaiah 7:4
    Matthew 1:22-23
    Genesis 28:15
    Exodus 33:14
    JESUS—PRINCE OF PEACE VERSES
    Isaiah 9:6
    Isaiah 26:3
    Ephesians 2:14
    John 14:27

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