Just sitting here waiting for a return email to see if an article I submitted was accepted to a dreamy website I would just love to write for. The deadline was too soon so I wrote it in an hour and hit submit. I am hopeful. It has now been days. No word. I am getting anxious...Finally, the email pops up....

"Thank you for your submission but...."

It's like I can physically feel my heart sink into my belly.
You get an email, a call, a look in their eye. You can feel it.
Exhale. I failed.
I am a failure.
I failed.
I give up.
I can't do anything right.
Why  bother?

The article I submitted got denied. I didn't get the promotion. I yelled at my kids after I promised them I wouldn't. I didn't lose the weight. I didn't get the grade I wanted.  I didn't work out again.  I played on my phone instead of playing with my kids.  I forgot my friends birthday. I didn't get the turn out at the party I was hoping for. I didn't finish the dishes or clean the house at all tonight. I burned dinner, again. I am not where I want to be in life. On and on.

Enough already. We women too often hold ourselves to these standards that simply cannot be met. We can't balance it all and be great at everything. We can't. And you know what?
It is okay.
It is okay.
God's love for us is so deep and wide and does not look at our failures or achievements. He doesn't look at if our house is clean, what degrees we have, our income, how many friends we have on Facebook, or how much we weigh. He just loves you for you. Each failure He just holds you and whispers the love He has for you, the vision He has for your heart, the hope He has for your future, the joy on His heart when He holds you.

Each failure is painful, it is sad, it is eye opening.
Each failure is a stepping stone to being more aware of who God created you to be.
Each failure stretches you, adds more room to your heart, and wisdom to your soul.

David, Paul, Moses, Jonah, Sarah, Rachel, Martha...they all felt like failures at some point and all were still used mightily by God.  In whatever role you may feel you are failing at tonight, know this, you are not a failure.

Tomorrow is a new day. Get up, take off your failure t-shirt and put on your
"Jesus' girl" t-shirt and rock your day.
If failure comes, press on, He is with you cheering you on. Keep running the race. Pursue your passion despite risk of failure. Pursue love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control and gentleness. He has made you for so much more. Go find it.

"He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” " Joshua 1:9

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13


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