The Lessons of Tough Times
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me
and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song
in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God . . . .
Psalm 40:1-3 NIV

Life can be difficult at times. And everybody makes mistakes. Your job is to make them only once.

Have you experienced a recent setback? If so, look for the lesson that God is trying to teach you. Instead of complaining about life’s sad state of affairs, learn what needs to be learned, change what needs to be changed, and move on. View failure as an opportunity to reassess God’s will for your life. View life’s inevitable disappointments as opportunities to learn more about yourself and your world. 

No matter what trials we face, Christ never leaves us. - Billy Graham, 100 Days of Prayer

God is able to take mistakes, when they are committed to Him, and make of them something for our good and for His glory. - Ruth Bell Graham

Mature people are not emotionally and spiritually devastated by every mistake they make. They are able to maintain some kind of balance in their lives. - Joyce Meyer

Father, take our mistakes and turn them into opportunities. - Max Lucado

Today’s Prayer
Lord, I know that I am imperfect and that I fail You in many ways. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Your unconditional love. Show me the error of my ways, Lord, that I might confess my wrongdoing and correct my mistakes. And, let me grow each day in wisdom, in faith, and in my love for You. Amen