30 Days of Praying for Your Local High School: Day 14 Failure

30 Days of Prayer

Last night when we went to bed, Brad reminded me that he had an 8am appointment, so I needed to return early enough so that he wouldn’t be late.  Instead I dragged myself out of bed at 6:35am, and ended up in the office listing all the things I needed to get done all week.  By the time I got out of the shower and got dressed it was 7:20am and much too late for me to go for a walk and get back in time.  I felt discouraged about missing my walk and prayer and quiet time.

A large part of my failure was due to a lack of preparation.  I didn’t set out my clothes, prep the coffee pot, or set the table the night before.  I didn’t go grocery shopping on Saturday, so we were out of oatmeal and bread.  I didn’t plan my weekly schedule on Sunday afternoon, so I felt scattered on Monday morning.  As Ben Franklin said it so well, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

This afternoon I put the kids down for a nap, and went for a walk during the heat of the day.  Brad wrote thank you notes while I walked around the high school with a roll of duct tape, hanging posters advertising our next club.  Although I didn’t get to walk and pray when I’d hoped, it was still nice to get out and see what the school was like at midday.  I passed at least three different P.E. classes outside playing sports in their matching t-shirts and athletic shorts.  Even when we fail, God is our strength.  We can get up again and keep going because he loves and forgives us.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

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5 Responses to “30 Days of Praying for Your Local High School: Day 14 Failure”

  1. Dad says:

    Wow! Even when you fail you succeed by showing us how to deal with failure!
    Awesome devotional. Thanks!

  2. Karilyn says:

    You can do it! I believe in you! Don’t give up! (Which I know you won’t give up) I love how real you are in your posts- you are honest yet always encouraging and inspirational. Papa’s grace is so good for restoring us.

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