I keep making mistakes!  Lately I’ve made mistakes as a wife, a mother, in personal relationships, socially, and in my daily tasks.  Sometimes it’s what I’ve done.  Other times it’s what I failed to do.  So frustrating!

Here’s what I’ve learned from my mistakes:

  • I can’t change the past, but I can work to improve my future.
  • About mistakes:  No matter how big. No matter how small.  God’s grace is sufficient to cover them all.
  • Correction isn’t fun, but it’s good for us.
  • Just because God is gracious, doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences.

Consequences can affect our relationships with others.  Consequences can also involve correction, disciple, and punishment.

The Bible says this:

…God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.  No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.  Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.   Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.  Make level paths for your feet…    ~ Hebrews 12:10-13

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he that trusts the Lord.   ~  Proverbs 16:20

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  ~  Ephesians 2:8-10

You therefore, my son (or daughter), be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.    ~ 2 Timothy 2:1

My (the Lord’s) grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.  ~ 1 Corinthians 15:10

Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…    ~ 1 Peter 1:3

“God’s heart of mercy provides for us not only pardon from sin, but also a daily provision of spiritual food to strengthen us.”  – Jim Cymbala

Praise be to God!