Sometimes on this journey, I get lost in my mistakes
What looks to me like weakness is a canvas for your strength.
And my story isn’t over, my story’s just begun.
And failure won’t define me ‘cause that’s what my Father does.

Cory Asbury, “The Father’s House”

I was walking on the treadmill the other day when this song came on the radio and it almost stopped me in my tracks! I had heard this song before but when I really listened to the words I couldn’t help but think about The Creative Retreat devotional this month. We have been reading and studying about the mirror of scripture and how to use it to reflect our lives in light of God’s truth. We have been talking about obedience to the Lord and how to put into practice what the Bible says. We have talked about how living out authentic faith really means that we are living in the light of God’s grace. It doesn’t mean that we are perfect, but that we accept His forgiveness and strive to do what is right and what is pleasing to Him.

But there is one truth that we must remember about that mirror of reflection: Satan uses it too. However, his purposes for that mirror are far different than what Jesus ever intended it to be. Satan loves for you to look into the mirror and see the past. He loves to remind you of your weaknesses, your failures and the places where you feel inadequate. Instead of seeing a child of God who has been redeemed, he wants you to see a broken vessel who “can’t possibly be used by God” He wants you to see someone who has already destroyed their testimony by the choices they’ve made. He wants you to see someone who is so far beyond receiving forgiveness that you don’t even try to ask for it.

And friends, I’ve been there…in the not so distant past, I’ve been there. I’ve been the one destroyed by his lies. I’ve been the one stuck in the bottom of the pit believing that there was no way out. I’ve been the one succumbed to his deceptive ways. But, sweet friends, let me tell you about my Jesus. He rescued me because he delighted in me (Psalm 18:19) When all that I could see reflected in that mirror was failure, the voice of my Father called louder:

You are REDEEMED.
You are LOVED.
You are MINE.
And there is NOTHING that could ever separate you from my love.

Romans 8:1-2 says it all, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death”

No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, Jesus calls to you: come to me all who are broken and wounded and weary; I will give you rest. Don’t ever think that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. Don’t ever let your failures, your inadequacies or your weaknesses define you – that’s what Jesus does, and He does it best! He calls you by name, you are His (Isaiah 43:1). In the arms of the Father there is forgiveness. And no matter how far you have run, know that there is NOTHING that can separate you from the love of God ❤

Jennifer

Crafty Details
I started this page by stamping the mirror from the kit with Mermaid Teal and Denim pigment ink and then embossing it with clear embossing powder. I typed the words “my failure won’t define me” and printed it onto clear sticker paper and adhered it to the center of the mirror. Using the stickers from the kit as well as a few of the digital images, I pieced together the remaining section below the mirror. I topped my page with the bow clip from the kit and used a few of the stickers from the new sticker set in the shop to add some highlights around my scripture and tab. Although the physical kit is sold out, you can still grab the digital devotional and images from the Creative Retreat shop.

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