What God is Teaching Me…through my Failures {guest post}

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What God is Teaching Me through my Failures

{Guest Post}

I would like to thank Tauna for sharing her heart with us today! What a great and powerful message God has given her. Read on and be blessed!! ~ Annette

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” ~ Zechariah 4:6

I love that God purposes to teach us anything at all. He is God, and we are His children. What a beautiful privilege. The great I AM slows down, so to speak, and draws near to step us through the lessons He has for us. 

He is so patient and kind. He holds His hand over ours when we can’t quite get it right. In His intimate, Creator-knowledge of us, He teaches with words and circumstances perfectly suited to our hearts.

And yet we are so slow to transformation. 

At least, I am. 

God has been speaking to me in His gentle, pointed way. He’s calling me out on my (perhaps not so very) deep-down belief that maybe, just maybe, I really can do this whole gig called life all on my own. 

My words declare and my mind understands that “apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) That “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”(Zechariah 4:6)

He calls me to be transformed by the Holy Spirit into His likeness, overcoming those sins that I mourn in my soul. But instead, I salute the Savior and go off to pull myself up by the bootstraps, determining to be a better Christian. 

And I fail. 

I fall flat on my face. Every. Single. Time. 

What has God been teaching me? That He alone is able to change me. I can’t. 

I can’t be a loving wife but by His grace. 

I can’t teach and disciple my children except by His empowerment.

I can’t get through my day full of joy and gentleness without His mercy.

I can’t finish well

I can’t do His work

I can’t even breathe without Him. 

But God… 

He has given me a starting point. A phrase to meditate on. It’s a phrase that encompasses it all and makes my heart, soul, and mind line up to sing to Him throughout the day.

You alone, Lord.

You alone plant this great desire for more of you

You alone equip me to serve you.

You alone empower to do the work of your calling.

You alone overcome sin in me. 

You alone transform my soul.

You alone are able.

You alone are worthy.

You alone. 

From You alone. Through You alone. For You alone.

So, I’ve been going through my days with “You alone, Lord” ringing in my mind and coming to save me from myself in the hard moments. He boils it all down to the most essential teaching for my heart. And I’m finally beginning to see transformation where I’ve been longing for it for so long. 

“Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” ~ Psalm 115:1

Proverbial HomemakerTauna loves her family and loves God. She is a homeschooling mama that has been married for 8 years and has 4 young children. She writes at ProverbialHomemaker.com, so named because, as she says, “me becoming a wife, mom, and homemaker proves that anything is possible with God.” Like what she read? Join her on FacebookTwitter, or Pinterest!


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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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  1. Wow, great post. You know, you are actually the answer to my prayers. This morning, I was praying for help. I (once again) tried to do teaching and disciplining on my own yesterday. Guess what, I failed, lost my temper….again (sadly). So here I am, starting a new day….and praying. And then……. there you were with a post that seemingly was written just for me 😉
    Thank you and God Bless.

    1. I am so glad for your note Amanda! I can completely relate to your struggle. It’s a big one for me too and can be so discouraging. I’m glad you found some encouragement in these words, and today I’ll be adding “for Amanda too” to my “You alone” prayer. 🙂

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