If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome! Today’s devo was titled “When a Bad Day Becomes a Bad Year.”
We are in the middle of a 21-day adventure of Believing Big When You Feel Small. Women from all over the nation have joined us, and it’s been beautiful as we grow together! Today’s Encouragement for Today topic absolutely ties in with our series.
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Icky, awful bad days
You had an argument with a loved one.
You screwed up, and everybody saw it/heard it.
You stayed glued to the phone all night. . . again, even though you know you need sleep, and this is becoming an addiction.
You yelled at your kids.
Now, the result is an icky, awful bad day.
Will you do that for me? Will you do it for yourself?
It’s one day. It’s not the rest of your life. You can let this define you, and wake up tomorrow and do it again and then again until it become your story. Your life. Your identity.
My one bad day does not have to become a bad life. God offers a fresh start. https://ctt.ec/ZzHM1+
But you aren’t powerless in this.
Make that argument right. Even if they aren’t receptive, let God do the work in your heart and tell them you are sorry. Don’t make excuses. Don’t try to make yourself look good. Be humble and open to a new beginning.
If everybody saw your screwup, remember it’s only God that matters. Sure, you need to address the things that led to that screw-up, and an apology is important. However, your first response is to God. He knows your heart. He knows the plans he has for you. Invite him into the mix and start over.
Let that mistake become a learning adventure. The people that matter the most are watching. They’ll trust you again as you show them what it looks like to grow through a mistake. If they don’t, you grow anyway.
Be honest with yourself about that addiction. If it’s your phone, be truthful if you are tuning in to it and tuning out those you love. If it’s robbing you of sleep or you check it a hundred times a day. . . that’s not healthy, and it’s okay to admit that.
Whatever the addiction looks like — if you hate it, but you are still doing it, be honest about that. You don’t like it when others lie to you, so give yourself permission to stop lying to yourself.
If it feels like it is bigger than you, ask for help. That is strength, not a weakness. https://ctt.ec/caO0c+ @suzanneeller
Just admit it: This has become bigger than me.
Ask God for help. If you need Jesus-with-skin-on help, make that call for counseling or sit with a trusted, godly friend (whose life reflects joy and integrity) and ask that person to pray with you. Give them leeway to be honest with you.
Celebrate that there’s transformation ahead.
What does any of this have to do with Day #11 of Believing Big When You Feel Small?
Oh, friend, so much.
Do we ever feel smaller than when we’ve created our own bad day?
Do our feelings ever feel bigger than when we’ve left a trail of carnage with our actions or words?
Do we ever need his help greater than when we are stuck in a stream of really icky days?
Jonah prayed out of a fish’s belly for a second chance, and God answered (Jonah 2:1-10). If he’s that grace-filled toward Jonah, don’t you think there’s grace for us too?
That’s where our faith kicks in today.
We will dare to believe in second chances. We won’t let shame or guilt or emotions stick it to us day after day, until it becomes our identity. We will take God at his word.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17 (NIV)
If God himself doesn’t condemn me, but reaches to save me, why in the world am I not running straight into his arms?
Will you do that now? Be truthful about your day, and receive all that he has for you. You are not obligated to remain stuck in this place, in those feelings. Step into your second chance.
You are worthy of a second chance, and more if that is what it takes to heal. https://ctt.ec/aj0fe+ #livefree
And for those of you, for whom the enemy is already whispering, ‘you had a second chance and you blew it,’ remind him of whose you are. Let the whole world know (beginning with yourself) that you refuse to let one bad day become one bad year, or one bad life.
You are loved. You are his.
It’s Day 11 of Believing Big When You Feel Small.
- Stop — invite the Holy Spirit into this day. Ask him to show you where a second chance is needed. Most likely you already know, but listen anyway.
- Make it right. If you’ve said an unkind word, replace it with a sincere apology with no excuses. If they don’t receive it, that’s okay. You aren’t doing it to get something in return. You are doing it because this is who you are.
- If you are wallowing in condemnation, no matter where it comes from, consider replacing it with conviction. One is unhealthy and makes you stuck. The other helps you get back up.
- Take a second look at John 3:17. Is this for you or just for everybody else? This is where faith kicks in. Today is the day to embrace this truth for yourself.
- Listen to this brief encouragement from Suzie.
Color Page Live Free Suzanne Eller – Download this coloring page, made just for you. Have fun coloring it. Put it somewhere as a reminder that He is greater.
The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness — A book that will help you not only forgive others, but to discover revolutionary and life-changing truth about forgiving yourself.