Do Over


I want to first of all apologize for not blogging this past week. I feel like I have dropped the ball and I ask for your forgiveness. God has been working on me this past week and I pray to be more faithful to Him in the coming weeks. I don’t know whether this blog will hit home with you or not, but it definitely strikes a chord in my own life.

I don’t know whether you have ever heard or maybe said yourself, “Can I have a do over?” The kids seem to say this when they are playing a game for the first time or just learning a new skill. However, this phrase is not limited to young children. My school age children will sometimes receive an opportunity to redo homework or a test from their teacher. In the work place you may find a boss giving you the chance to rework a project. I have found, being a stay at home mom, that there are several times that I myself would like a “do over”. My day starts out good and then for one reason or another I find myself running out of patience with the kids. To no fault of their own, some days I simply just lose it. I don’t know whether you can identify or not. I would like nothing more than to have everyone go back to bed and start the day over. Although, I can’t do that I do have the ability for a new beginning. This is promised to us in Lamentations 3:21-23, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” I am so encouraged by this passage of scripture. You and I have that same hope. God’s grace and mercy are poured out upon us new every single day. He gives us the opportunities for “do overs.” It doesn’t matter where we failed the day before. Simply give it all to God and not only will He take care of it, but will forget our past failures and give us grace each and every day. I encourage you to remember this when you see the sun first peeking over the horizon tomorrow, that it is a new day and you have the chance to start fresh.

One thought on “Do Over

  1. Re-creation is an interesting thing. I love that you frame God’s promise of renewal of spirit in the example of a single day. As I surrender to His will for me, I understand that thinking about getting a “do-over” only shows my human nature of holding onto the past. I choose a path of wisdom and enlightenment, and whether it is getting one day off track with the kiddos or an even bigger–Stop. Breath. Regroup. Listen–it is only when I surrender and feel no regret that I am able to see how the people and situations in my life are building me toward what IS to be. That can be difficult when the rug feels pulled out from under you. That’s when I know that God is carrying me and I will find wisdom by simply moving forward and working hard every day to hear how God speaks to me in every situation I’m in, in every person I see. If I’m in the past, then I can’t be in the moment to see those things. I’m listening and learning all the time, and those “do-over” kind of moments are the uncomfortable ones that I know are points of growth should I choose to accept God’s will for me.

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