Mistakes That Make You Think

Mistakes

I’m sorry again for not getting my Soul H2O Devotion out again last week. It posted partially on my website blog and not at all through email. I would appreciate your prayers for all the technical problems I’ve been facing over the past months with my email, website and computer.  So, here’s the devotion that was supposed to go out last week.

~Sherry
xoxo


In due time
she gave birth to a son.
She named him Samuel,
for she said, "I asked the LORD for him.” 
~1 Samuel 1:20 NLT

We all make mistakes, but the key is learning from them.  Last week I made a few mistakes that made me think… like, really think.

MISTAKES THAT MAKE YOU THINK

Last week’s devotion was about a woman named Hannah who desperately wanted a baby. When I talked about how she asked God to give her a son I wrote:

“When telling Eli this covenant she made with God,
he prayed a prayer of blessing over Hannah’s life
and the next year she gave birth to a baby boy named Samuel.”

Last week’s devotion was about a woman named Hannah who desperately wanted a baby. When I talked about how she asked God to give her a son I wrote,

“When telling Eli this covenant she made with God, he prayed a prayer of blessing over Hannah’s life and the next year she gave birth to a baby boy named Samuel.”

That’s what I said last week but if you read today’s verse that is a part of Hannah’s story, you know the statement I made was wrong.  I’ve already corrected it on the post but wanted to make sure I let all of you know.  I was clearly getting the story about how Sarah and Abraham had a baby boy one year after the angel told them they would. But, as I said in last week’s devotion, Hannah’s story isn’t wrapped up neatly with a bow on top.  Like the story of Abe and Sarah, the promise didn’t come in a short time-frame.  When talking about Hannah, the Bible only says that “in due time she gave birth to a son”.  We don’t know how long she had to wait for the promise.  So often, we have to wait for the promise.

IN DUE TIME

Hannah, Sarah and Abraham all made mistakes while waiting for their promises so I think we’re in good company when we get it wrong.  The key is picking yourself up and moving forward… towards the promise, until you receive all God has for you!

Prayer

Father…I’m sure this isn’t news to you, but I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes. Please forgive me and help me to learn from my mistakes, so I don’t continue to make the same ones. With Your strength, I commit to taking the necessary steps to change my ways.  In Jesus Name…Amen


pdf download image9 TIPS ON HOW TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES_2643

As I thought about the mistakes I made last week, I came up with 9 Tips on how we can all make the most of our mistakes, learn how to Fail Forward and not go backwards. So for this week’s Drawing From The Well section, I’ve put these tips into a Downloadable Bible Study for you!

DOWNLOAD—9 TIPS ON HOW TO LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES—BIBLE STUDY


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THURSDAY Heart Encouragement Thursday – Crystal Storms
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Comments(4)

  1. Stacey Pardoe says

    Love this sweet reminder, Sherry! This summer I wrote a post that was supposed to be called “Why Starting Poorly Is better than Not Starting at all.” Instead, I wrote “Why Staring Poorly Is better than Not Starting at all.” Mistakes don’t make us feel great, but God is so much bigger. As I laughed over the mistake with a friend (after sharing the incorrect post with countless readers), she told me it was just perfect that my post about starting poorly actually did start poorly. I sensed God smiling . . .

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Stacey that’s hilarious! God surely has a sense of humor 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. Lauren Sparks says

    I feel like I am in a season of mistatkes, so this speaks to me. And no, I’m not going to correct the mistake I made spelling that word. Good grief. laurensparks.net

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Lauren, I’m hoping you saw Stacey’s comment and her spelling mistake too. God has a sense of humor, He really does. Praying you don’t let the mistakes get you down, but let it be a catalyst to receive His grace on a deeper level and so be freer!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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