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Grace Filled Plate ~ Day 4

May be an image of text that says 'Day 4 Jesus, today I will boast in my weaknesses in because they remind me of the great cost You paid on the cross for my failures. Help me to get my eyes off my shortcomings and keep them locked in on You. GRACE FILLED PLATES'

Ouch, ouch, ouch…just now getting to my daily devotion from Grace Filled Food Freedom Plate boasting in my weaknesses ouch, ouch, ouch. I hate to acknowledge my failures and my weaknesses. I want to come across as a strong woman who knows what she is doing. Today was plain hard…first 15 minute interaction with one of the boys and I was ready to say “I’m out of here!”

Day 4 is titled: Feeling like a Failure?

VERSE: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

READ: 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

The Living... — 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NIV) Three times I pleaded...

EXCERPT: When we attach our value to our behavior, we’re headed for a rocky ride. Just as our early marriage will be tumultuous if we’re only happy when our husbands meet our perfectionistic standards, so will our relationship with ourselves.Accepting our faults is not meant to be a license– but an invitation. When we can recognize our inability to meet our calling to holiness, we see the cavern between us and God that only He can fill. Your struggles with food do not define you, but your reliance on God to overcome them will transform you.

GRACE IN ACTION:Today, when you notice a weak point, stop any self-condemning thoughts and take them to God in prayer. Then praise Him for the power of Christ that will rest upon you!

It’s settle down time in the house, three of the kids are with Ron at a Flag Football game for our new girl (she is a spunky one), two are playing on the PS4/Xbox, two are watching the movie and two are outside with another staff member and so I thought “time to get into the Word!” And God is telling me to talk about my weaknesses, about my failures…WHAT???? And then He goes on to say my grace is sufficient for you! In other words, HE is enough for me!!! Even in the midst of feeling like my world is out of control I am reminded HE is enough! I am enough just the way I am. No one is perfect and this afternoon was a clear example of that, AGAIN!!! And so I sit here with tears streaming down my face, thinking LORD show me how to be the House Parent you want me to be, show me how to love these kids (can’t say boys anymore because we got a spunky little girl last night in our care). Lord help me to not get stressed over the little things and more importantly remember that most things are just that … little things!!!

This daily devotional that I am doing is themed around food, getting healthy, BUT in reality it is about my whole life…becoming the woman of God that God wants me to be. And God wants me to know that He loves me for who I am not for what I do or how I look but that my Abba Poppa loves me, his daughter and I am enough just the way I am. It’s okay to want to get healthier, to do things with love and not frustration but most of all He wants me to love myself just the way He made me!

So along with the Grace Filled Devotional I am also doing NOOM. I was led to it by a good friend. I am into my third week of the program…I have taken about five steps forward and three steps back…you know that failure stuff that I don’t like to talk about…but that’s okay…life is a journey and like I tell our kids…every day is a new day!! And for that I am truly thankful.

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How do you handle failure?
Do you see a failure as a way to learn something new?
Do you have a catch phrase/mantra that you say?


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