My husband’s birthday this year was not my finest moment as a wife. There had been some stressful events lately and we both were exhausted. Our morning was less than ideal.

Do you ever have those times where you just want to give up? You constantly feel like you take one step forward and 13 steps back 😞

The apostle Paul must have felt the same way as he penned the words,

“For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15.

Yet Paul found hope in one thing, and to that one thing he clung to and based his whole life on, so that even in his possible 13 steps back, he knew that what really mattered was his perseverance to glorify God’s name, not to count the times he got it right or wrong.

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.” Phil. 3:12-16

Why am I telling you that I failed/fail? Because life isn’t all about telling you how to win, it’s also about telling you how to get back up again.

In my counseling training, one of the teachers would say this frequently as he quoted 2 Timothy 3:16-17,

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching – (it gets you headed in the right direction),

for reproof – (to bring to the point of conviction, not only telling us we are wrong, but able to admit we are wrong).

for correction – (to make straight that which has been knocked down; teaches us to clean up our messes),

and for training in righteousness – (Scripture will teach us, empower us to live the future different than the past).”

What has been an ongoing issue in my life is staying in the Scripture. Last year I used a reading plan to read through the Bible in a year and did well and finished strong, but this year I choose a different plan – praying through the Bible in a year. This year I have failed in my endeavor, and my flesh has won. Sin is subtle. The enemy wants you to think that you don’t need daily spiritual food because you already know things in the Bible. The enemy is a liar, even if he has a few good points. Yes, you do know things about the Bible, just as you know things about food, but you still need both, several times a day, to survive.

Open your Bible for teaching, correction, conviction and empowerment so that you can open your mouth for edification and a future that is different than the past! 😊

Blessings and peace,