July 7, 2006

Everyday Things...Mistakes

"...For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances."
Philippians 4:11

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...Mistakes
I was thinking today about mistakes. I have made a lot of them. Probably more than normal people. Some people choose to beat themselves up over past mistakes, big or small. I am one of those optimistic types that sees my mistakes as small blessings in disguise.
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I am pretty good with computers- I can usually trouble-shoot most problems I might face and deal with all my computer issues myself. And I have never even had so much as a typing course before! But, I had a job once where our computers always crashed and I was the one on the phone for hours with the 24-hr computer techies fixing the problems. I remember a lot of what I had to do then, and it has come in handy more than a few times!
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If you have a problem or make a mistake, who do you usually seek out? Not someone that has never been through the same situation before. You're going to want someone that knows what you're going through, understands where you've been, and learn what worked for them when they went through it, too.
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Mistakes and troubled times can make you an expert on things if you go about it the right way. I would never have wished to go through what we have with Noah and his epilepsy. However, I have helped more people along the way in our journey to get him better- I can't even keep track! I remember how I was in the beginning and searching for someone that could give us hope & answers. Now it's my turn to bring help & hope to others. Show them what worked and didn't work for us. And show them that anything is possible.
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"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" -Whoever said that knew what they were talking about! I bet they were given lots of lemons in life.
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I love lemonade.
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And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. - Romans 8:28

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful post! I hope that your son is doing well.

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  2. Great thoughts, Stephanie! God often uses mistakes I've made to help others not make those same mistakes. I've learned a lot of the years. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I have learned that mistakes often produce wisdom -- just as long as you open your heart and ask the Lord to "mold me and shape me". Great post!

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  4. Very nice. If we could just remember this after we make our mistake instead of getting down on ourselves. Thanks for the reminder that God can use those mistakes for helping others.

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  5. This is truly uplifting... I think it takes a couple hard knocks to figure out your purpose - if life was always perfect how would you know to treasure each moment?

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  6. That is funny that you posted about this today. I saw a program on TV last night about a man who has had a really tough life. I caught it half way through, but he was homeless and had a rough upbringing. He was saying that if you change one thing about your life, you are changing ALL of your life. I totally agree with that. I feel like the mistakes that I have made have been SO worth it because if I hadn't of made them, I wouldn't be where I am today! I think that is so improtant to remember when parenting. Mistakes are meant to help you grow! Everybody makes them and they are OK!

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  7. Great attitude! Way to turn something that can be negative into something positive!

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  8. Great post, Stephanie. It's so easy to beat myself up over mistakes, but you're right - there's another perspective. God uses all things - even my major mess-ups - to shape me and help others!

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