Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 27: Trying Your Best

Jen Final 
I have tried my best to find You --
don't let me wander from Your commands.
Psalm 119: 10

It brings me immeasurable amounts of comfort to know that God does not expect me to be perfect.  He just wants my best.  Sometimes my best is studying His Word, being a servant unto others, and praying daily for my children.

Other times, my best is making it through the day.

I find peace in the fact that often, even though I fall far short of my own expectations, God knows I'm trying, that I'm imperfect, and I will always be.  And yet...

He loves me still.

And this applies to listening to His Voice.  We will not always get it right and not for lack of trying.  God knows that things get in the way of hearing Him, and thus, there is grace to make up the difference.  We are not expected to get by on our own strength alone.  We can cry out "don't let me wander!" and ask Him for rescue, for guidance, for wisdom, for strength.

Challenge:  Give yourself some grace.


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5 comments :

  1. "Sometimes my best is studying His Word, being a servant unto others, and praying daily for my children.Other times, my best is making it through the day."

    I'm having a lot more "making it through the day" days than I'd like to admit. So thankful God still loves me.

    Beautiful post.

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  2. Love the verse and LOVE the challenge. :)

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  3. "Other times, my best is making it through the day." Love this! This is so true. Some days that's all I can do.

    You are almost through Jen. Thanks for doing this and sharing your thoughts and life. Almost across the finish line for your 31 days series!

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  4. Jen - what a lovely gift, to remind us of his GRACE.

    I read these last two posts back-to-back. First, feeling conviction & shame...as I so often procrastinate my obedience (remembering my wagging finger at my children, "delayed obedience is disobedience!"), and miss His Presence that would surely be in the place of following.

    And then - this tender reminder - He is gracious. He knows my heart, my overwhelm-sickness, my longing for more of Him.

    Grace.

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  5. I am learning this...baby steppin because the minute I open my mouth I fall. Giving myself His grace has made a HUGE difference. I don't beat myself up as much as I used to. Enjoy the long weekend friend!
    xo

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