Monday, June 09, 2014

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When Jefferson warned that the price of Liberty was eternal vigilance he had had fair warning of it. On this day in 411 BC Democracy in Athens was overthrown by some hoping to negotiate with Persia for aid in fighting Sparta. Athens had devolved, with a significant administrative presence in naval dockyards of Samos, home town to long dead Pythagoras. The plotters succeeded in Athens but failed in Samos. The hopes of Persian aid failed, and the 500 strong Oligarchy got overthrown by a 5000 strong group, which eventually gave way to Democracy. It is a salient reminder of the importance of Crimean dockyards to Russia too, which apparently Obama gave a nod to, with a wink. It is also a reminder of how seductive a baseless promise is. Palmer can promise anything, but it means nothing if it doesn't work. Gillard claimed the Pacific Solution was cold and heartless, but in fact the ALP abrogation of responsibility of border protection was murderous and harmful for desperately poor people. Our democracy is no stronger than the Athenian one. Or the US. 

When it comes to poor administration, Nero is gold standard. He married his first wife (a step sister) on this day in 53, and then suicided fifteen years later, six years after her death on the same day. His wife's death had not been an accident, he had ordered her suicide. The final words of Nero are said to be a quote from the Illiad "What an artist leaves the world." Such hubris is apparent in corrupt characters such as Shorten, Gillard, Rudd and Palmer. One may defend their activity, but one need only point to their inability to substantiate or validate their activity. Note Palmer may say that cuts are not necessary to spending, or that spending which does not benefit him is wrong. Remember, he has no reason supporting the assertion, beyond wishes.  
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For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Wilson TanVi NguyenSia Maria Manimoi  and Edwinus Kenny Thai. Born on the same day, across the years. On your day in 1815, The Congress of Vienna ended, redrawing the political map of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon. In 1863, In the largest cavalry engagement in U.S. history, Union and Confederate forces fought to a draw in the Battle of Brandy Station. In 1928, Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith and his crew landed their Southern Cross aircraft in Brisbane, completing the first ever trans-Pacific flight from the United States mainland to Australia. And, in 1973, Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths, achieving the first American Triple Crown victory in a quarter-century, and lowering the track and world record times for 1½ mile distance races to 2:24. That is right, they noticed in primary school: you like to draw. And you like to race. Above ground you fly .. if you were a horse, you'd win. And this is your day.

Matches
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RIGHTS FOR WRONGS

Tim Blair – Monday, June 09, 2014 (12:12pm)

According to strict biological definition, members of bikie gangs are in fact human. It’s presumably on this basis that the Australian Human Rights Commission has decided to join with the Nomads bikie gang to oppose NSW legislation aimed at stopping bikie members associating with each other.
But there’s slightly more to being human than just meeting certain physical and genetic requirements. Humans deserving of human rights don’t generally kill other humans, as is the way of our bikie community.
Nomads national president Simon Tajjour put a heroic spin on things last week. “I was born and raised in Australia and was taught free speech was a right we all have,” the 34-year-old said.
“A lot of people may not like us but this fight is not about me or bike gangs. It’s about everyone’s rights.”
How very noble of him. Why, Tajjour is our own version of Martin Luther King Jr, bravely standing up for the oppressed. We should probably forget at this point that Tajjour was convicted in 2006 for the manslaughter of Robin Nassour. His right to free speech, not to mention a pulse, is eternally denied.
And we should perhaps overlook what sometimes happens when bikie gangs associate with each other. In 2009, some open association between the Hells Angels and the Comancheros at Sydney Airport led to a brawl that killed Hells Angel hanger-on Anthony Zervas.
To paraphrase the line often attributed to Voltaire, our bikies may disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to be bludgeoned, stabbed and shot. They’re not exactly exemplars of the human rights ideal.
Still, that’s just the narrow view of a Sydney resident who would prefer criminals to be jailed rather than be supported by a tax-funded rights group. Let’s imagine the response to the AHRC’s decision from more broad-minded organisations outside of Australia ...

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CONDITIONAL INDEPENDENCE

Tim Blair – Monday, June 09, 2014 (12:07pm)

Australian leftists desperately want complete independence from the US. Except they don’t. It all depends on the issue.

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SUPER DAN

Tim Blair – Monday, June 09, 2014 (5:46am)

Aussie Daniel Ricciardo has just won the Canadian Grand Prix! The boy is a hero.
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The real embarrassment is this reporting

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (8:06pm)

How desperate are journalists of the Left to pretend Tony Abbott is an embarrassment overseas?
Try this, from The Age.

Tony Abbott has been having something of a linguistic outing as he rockets across the world. You needed only to listen in as he chatted merrily to schoolchildren in Villers-Bretonneux in northern France a few days ago.
‘’C’est Premiere Australie,’’ Abbott tried, or something loosely resembling it. Getting no response or even a vague sign the French kiddies had any idea what he might have been talking about, or in what language, the Australian Premier pressed on: ‘’Premier, Australee - mwaa. Set mwaa, wee?’’…
Touching down in Ottawa,.... Mr Abbott declared: “They’re very forthright remarks, and I think that they’re perfectly appropriate remarks for the Canadian Prime Minister to make. Canad-ia [and for a beat, you could very nearly hear the ‘uh oh’ as the cogs turned] Canada, probably has more involvement in the affairs of Europe than Australia often does, but ...”
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Pakistan airport attacked

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (10:52am)

The latest reason not to visit Pakistan:
AT LEAST 23 people have been killed and dozens injured after gunmen disguised as police guards stormed Pakistan’s largest airport in Karachi, hurling grenades and attempting to hijack a plane.
Most likely the Taliban, but who knows. Chances are there’s reference to Islam in the title of the group responsible. 
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One less vote for Turnbull

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (9:08am)

Ouch. The Herald Sun’s editorial:
It is only Labor that wants Mr Turnbull as Liberal leader.
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Judith Durham gets no more than she and the Seekers deserve

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (8:54am)

The only surprise is that it’s taken this long:
Having played their farewell concert at London’s glittering Royal Albert Hall, the quartet of Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley today each become officers of the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of their “seminal’’ contribution to Australian music.
I’ve met Durham only once, when she challenged something I’d written, saying I’d been wrong. She was utterly charming. She’s had this award before as an individual, but now the group is honoured. 
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Abbott now fourth longest-serving Liberal leader

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (8:50am)

Phillip Hudson on a dramatically under-rated leader:
Tony Abbott is now the fourth longest-serving leader in the history of the Liberal Party. While it has been just nine months since he was elected Prime Minister, Abbott has chalked up four years and six months as Liberal leader. 

He now sits behind only Robert Menzies (almost 21 years), John Howard (16 years) and Malcolm Fraser (nearly eight years) in the ranks of the 13 men who have been at the helm…
Despite low popularity ratings, Abbott’s hold on the leadership and authority over the party and policy (such as his paid parental leave plan, and bringing back knights and dames) has grown.
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Willesee shows up Palmer as a buffoon and his team as a joke

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (8:00am)



Clive Palmer will regret letting Mike Willesee interview his four incoming Senators - people who will share the balance of power. Jacqui Lambie talks very big - too big - and mentions having spent time in psychiatric care. Ricky Muir is repeatedly lost for words at even the very simplest question, as one stage pleading: “Can I go out for a minute?” after trying to define what he calls the “after marketing industry”.
Clive Palmer will also regret telling Willesee he would join him in Boston, where he’d sent his team on a freebie. Willesee is furious to find Palmer sent him around the world without turning up in Boston himself. Nor does Willesee appreciate Palmer’s bull in explaining his deceit.
This party is a disgrace and a menace.
(Willesee, though, is a genius interviewer.)
UPDATE
Henry Ergas says Bill Shorten is helping to make Clive Palmer dangerous:

The [Palmer United Party] wants to reduce all income taxes by 15 per cent without raising the GST, while increasing pensions by $150 a fortnight, spending an additional $80 billion on health, fully funding the National Disbaility Insurance Scheme and sticking to Labor’s Gonski commitments…
Palmer [dismisses] projections of a debt crisis as “just a lie"… PUP senator-elect Jacqui Lambie [says] the government should be “hitting the big banks”, whose profits would provide “$1300 for every man, woman and child that’s living in Australia”.’’
[It] is increasingly clear that the PUP views chaos, which validates the anxiety on which it trades, as its best friend. Its incentives are therefore to undermine, rather than support, the fiscal reforms Australia desperately needs…
Abbott must therefore learn to reach out to the other side; but since 1996, Labor has not once shown a capacity to rise above the scrum, as John Howard did in supporting Bob Hawke’s economic reforms. Now, abdicating any responsibility for Labor’s mess, Bill Shorten has even jettisoned the commitment to a surplus Wayne Swan and Chris Bowen previously trumpeted.
That is Shorten’s choice. But it is that choice, not the voters, that will put Palmer, with his poisonous cocktail of economic recklessness and tawdry self-­interest, firmly in control. And it is that choice, not the voters, that is pushing the country to the verge of a fiscal nervous breakdown, from which recovery will be long, painful and uncertain.
UPDATE
Liberal Democrat Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm still hopes he can bring some of Palmer’s people out from under his control:
ANDREW BOLT: Do you think they’ll always vote together as Clive Palmer dictates?
DAVID LEYONHJELM: Initially, they will. I mean, they’re all new, and there’s strength in unity, and all that sort of thing. But, over time, I have my doubts. They are all individuals.
I don’t think any of them is a puppet. They have their own minds about things. Jacqui Lambie, for example, in Tasmania, is very concerned about Tasmania, very concerned about her state, I should say. And, she mentioned the other day a special economic zone for Tasmania. Well, I’d support that and I know Bob Day from Family First would support that as well. In WA -
ANDREW BOLT: Well, you and Bob Day, David, have approached these four senators that Palmer controls. Palmer says they’ve told you to - told them to get stuffed. That’s what they told you. Is that correct?
DAVID LEYONHJELM: No, They didn’t tell - they haven’t told us to get stuffed. I think that was a comment in a newspaper. I’m not sure whether Clive even said that. No, we - Bob Day and I have formed a sort of an informal alliance, we think alike on economic issues, not social issues, I should say, but on economic issues, we are on the same page. We’ve decided to work closely together. We also think that the Palmer United Party senators will find common ground with us on a variety of issues. And we look forward to finding that common ground. We don’t see that the Palmer United people have a common ideology, common value system, anything that binds them together. They’re together because of the fact they joined the Palmer United Party not long before the election. So, on that basis, there’s no strong reason, other than a fear of outsiders, I suppose, for them to work together. We think when Bob and I prove that we don’t have horns and a tail either, we’ll get along fine.
The full Leyonhjelm transcript here:

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Leave Geoff Shaw his seat

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (7:56am)

OUR political class is getting dangerously arrogant in deciding who is allowed to speak. Another state Parliament — this time Victoria’s — is thinking of sacking one of its members, this time just for being obnoxious and submitting dodgy expenses. 

This isn’t how democracy should work. Victorian Labor is desperate to get Frankston independent Geoff Shaw kicked out so it can win — it hopes — the by-election. That would give it as many seats as the Napthine Government and force an early election.
Its excuse is that Shaw used his parliamentary car on business for his hardware store, with Parliament’s privileges committee ordering him to repay $6838. The case is so murky, though, that police dropped charges.
Labor’s call to now sack Shaw for contempt of Parliament is bizarre — not least because it robs Frankston voters of their elected representative. Opposition Leader Daniel Andrew argues “the people of Frankston can do much better than Geoff Shaw and that’s why Labor will move to expel him from Parliament”.
(Read full article here.) 
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Witness list proves Gillard is a person of interest

Andrew Bolt June 09 2014 (7:45am)

Media, The AWU scandal

THE witness list for this week’s hearings of the royal commission into union corruption should shame the journalists who for so long protected Julia Gillard. 

It should especially shame the ABC, so quiet on the former prime minister’s links to the Australian Workers’ Union slush fund scandal.
The ABC used to sniff at claims that Gillard had a case to answer, even though she’d given legal advice as a solicitor to her then boyfriend, AWU official Bruce Wilson, in creating the slush fund then used to rip off bosses.
No, no, it insisted: nor was there any need to inquire into other claims — such as money from Wilson’s fund, deceptively named the Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association, not just going to buy him a house but to pay for renovations to Gillard’s.
“Every allegation ... has been aired, and dealt with publicly by Julia Gillard, multiple times,” the ABC’s Media Watch falsely claimed in 2011.
(Read full article here.)
UPDATE
More about one of those witnesses:

Athol James will this week give sworn evidence at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption about allegations that “substantial” work he performed at Ms Gillard’s house in Abbotsford in the 1990s was paid for by her then boyfriend, Bruce Wilson, who was an Australian Workers Union official at the time.
Mr James is believed to have given royal commission investigators detailed copies of quotations, invoices, bank accounts and notes related to glasswork, paving, flooring and sanding he did for Ms Gillard.
The former prime minister insists she paid for the renovations herself and that the money did not come from Mr Wilson or the slush fund he is accused of using to siphon off hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sydney broadcaster and former police officer Michael Smith, who has closely followed the AWU slush fund saga and was dismissed from his Fairfax radio job in 2011 over an unaired related interview, told The Australian yesterday that he was in possession of a sworn statement from Mr James in which the now-retired tradesman claimed the payment for the work came from Mr Wilson. 
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Looking towards SF's glow from Muir Beach.
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Rise and Shine from the most beautiful place on earth, the holy city of Jerusalem...we hope you all have a wonderful day!

Thanks to Jerusalemoftheday...
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This is the man who bought this lion as a cub in the 60’s and then when it got too big he let it into the wild. 10 years later it was the alpha male in a nature reserve in Africa and it was really violent. The guy went to see it and it walked up to him and gave him a hug.
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“My kids are starting to notice I'm a little different from the other dads. "Why don't you have a straight job like everyone else?" they asked me the other day. 

I told them this story: 
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at you...you're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
― Tom Waits

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Pastor Rick Warren
I think public people should be given a 10% grace factor in everything they say since we all say dumb things eventually.
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Pastor Rick Warren
Given enough words,everyone says stupid things."The more you talk, the more likely you are to sin" Prov.10:19
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DEVELOPING STORY: Thirteen asylum seekers are dead after their boat capsized near Christmas Island, thought to have been carrying about 55 passengers, including women and children.

The bodies are yet to be recovered and authorities are currently searching for survivors as dozens are still missing. 

Home Affairs Minister, Jason Clare, has called this another terrible tragedy.
Jason Clare has said that it is too soon to exploit the tragedy for politics. That is right, and I won't do that. I want to know why the ALP policy is so murderous even after over a thousand people had died? The Pacific Solution had been more fair and more compassionate. - ed
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I Hope they come! Hollwood Bowl. - Hillsong united
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Billionaire, Clive Palmer, has put forward the names of 40 candidates who will stand for NSW seats at the September 14 federal election, including a small business owner and a Bollywood film producer.

Mr Palmer has now endorsed candidates in Queensland, NSW and Victoria for his Palmer United Party.

Do you think his new party stands a chance?

Read more: http://ninem.sn/C7NYNpK
As the independents showed .. if you don't want to vote ALP, you have to vote Lib/Nat. - ed
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June 9Whit Monday/Day of the Holy Spirit (Christianity, 2014); St. Colmcille's Day in Ireland
Joseph Welch
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“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.” Habakkuk 3:19 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"There fell down many slain, because the war was of God."
1 Chronicles 5:22
Warrior, fighting under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old so is it now, if the war be of God the victory is sure. The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh could barely muster five and forty thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the Hagarites, they slew "men, an hundred thousand," "for they cried to God in the battle, and he was entreated of them, because they put their trust in him." The Lord saveth not by many nor by few; it is ours to go forth in Jehovah's name if we be but a handful of men, for the Lord of Hosts is with us for our Captain. They did not neglect buckler, and sword, and bow, neither did they place their trust in these weapons; we must use all fitting means, but our confidence must rest in the Lord alone, for he is the sword and the shield of his people. The great reason of their extraordinary success lay in the fact that "the war was of God." Beloved, in fighting with sin without and within, with error doctrinal or practical, with spiritual wickedness in high places or low places, with devils and the devil's allies, you are waging Jehovah's war, and unless he himself can be worsted, you need not fear defeat. Quail not before superior numbers, shrink not from difficulties or impossibilities, flinch not at wounds or death, smite with the two-edged sword of the Spirit, and the slain shall lie in heaps. The battle is the Lord's and he will deliver his enemies into our hands. With steadfast foot, strong hand, dauntless heart, and flaming zeal, rush to the conflict, and the hosts of evil shall fly like chaff before the gale.
Stand up! stand up for Jesus!
The strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle,
The next the victor's song:
To him that overcometh,
A crown of life shall be;
He with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.

Evening

"Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not."
Numbers 11:23
God had made a positive promise to Moses that for the space of a whole month he would feed the vast host in the wilderness with flesh. Moses, being overtaken by a fit of unbelief, looks to the outward means, and is at a loss to know how the promise can be fulfilled. He looked to the creature instead of the Creator. But doth the Creator expect the creature to fulfil his promise for him? No; he who makes the promise ever fulfils it by his own unaided omnipotence. If he speaks, it is done--done by himself. His promises do not depend for their fulfilment upon the co-operation of the puny strength of man. We can at once perceive the mistake which Moses made. And yet how commonly we do the same! God has promised to supply our needs, and we look to the creature to do what God has promised to do; and then, because we perceive the creature to be weak and feeble, we indulge in unbelief. Why look we to that quarter at all? Will you look to the north pole to gather fruits ripened in the sun? Verily, you would act no more foolishly if ye did this than when you look to the weak for strength, and to the creature to do the Creator's work. Let us, then, put the question on the right footing. The ground of faith is not the sufficiency of the visible means for the performance of the promise, but the all-sufficiency of the invisible God, who will most surely do as he hath said. If after clearly seeing that the onus lies with the Lord and not with the creature, we dare to indulge in mistrust, the question of God comes home mightily to us: "Has the Lord's hand waxed short?" May it happen, too, in his mercy, that with the question there may flash upon our souls that blessed declaration, "Thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not."
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Jesse

[Jĕs'se] - jehovah exists or firmThe son of Obed and father of David, and grandson of Boaz and Ruth, and an ancestor of Christ (Ruth 4:17, 22). Jesse had eight sons and two daughters by different wives (1 Sam. 17:12-14, 25). Isaiah speaks of "the stock of Jesse," a phrase indicating that it was from Jesse the Messiah would come. The humble descent of the Messiah is contrasted with the glorious kingdom He is to have ( Isa 11:1).

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Today's reading: 2 Chronicles 30-31, John 18:1-18 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: 2 Chronicles 30-31

Hezekiah Celebrates the Passover
1 Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel. 2 The king and his officials and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month. 3 They had not been able to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled in Jerusalem. 4 The plan seemed right both to the king and to the whole assembly. 5They decided to send a proclamation throughout Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, calling the people to come to Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel. It had not been celebrated in large numbers according to what was written....

Today's New Testament reading: John 18:1-18

Jesus Arrested
1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons....
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Renee Swope
June 8, 2011
Getting Up Again
Renee Swope
"...though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again..."Proverbs 24:16a, (NIV)
I've always admired people who aren't afraid to fail. You know the ones who don't even consider defeat when they blow it; people who see a personal setback as just another goal to conquer.
I'm not always so courageous. In fact, I can be really hard on myself when I fail, and it doesn't even have to be a biggie. You see, I have what I call a "meanie in me" who replays my mistakes over and over, reminding me of how badly I've disappointed someone, or how impatient I was with my husband, or how harsh I was with my kids, or all sorts of ways that I fell short that day.
But the greatest defeat comes when I allow a mistake, a bad decision, sin, or a broken relationship to convince me that I might as well give up. Perhaps you have also allowed failure to knock you down, tie you up with the ropes of regret and hold you hostage like I have.
When I surveyed over 1200 women for my upcoming book, A Confident Heart, I discovered that our past failures, and our fear of failing again, are two of the biggest triggers that make us doubt ourselves.
Today's key verse, Proverbs 24:16, has helped me release the regret, guilt, fear and shame that have weighed me down and held me back. Take a minute to read it now and notice how it says the righteous will fall. That is right. Even those of us who have received the gift of Christ's righteousness and redemption will fall down. But we were never intended to stay down.
Instead of giving up Jesus empowers us to get up again.
In getting up, we can apologize and ask for forgiveness. In getting up, we can choose to try again with our kids, in our jobs, in our ministries, in our marriages, and in all of our mistakes. Because we trust that although we fall, God will help us up. Listen to His promise in Psalm 37:23-24 and as you read it insert your name in the blanks: "The steps of ____________ are established by the Lord, and He delights in ____________ way. When ____________ falls, __________ will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds ________ hand." (NASB)
When we get up again failure can actually help us become the confident women God created us to be because it makes us stronger and better - when we go to God for help. Failure can stretch us to do more than we think we can and push us to try other methods of doing things when one way doesn't work.
Yes, failure can be hurtful but it can also be beneficial. Failure produces wisdom when we ask for it and maturity when we learn from it.
The truth is, following Jesus is not about avoiding failures and being perfect. It's about accepting our weaknesses and becoming more dependent on God's perfect love and power at work in us. So the next time you fail to be the woman He calls you to be, or the woman you expect yourself to be, ask God to remind you of this truth.
We will sometimes fail to be who we want to be but we will get closer to who we are meant to be every time we fall and then choose to take God's hand so we can get up again!
Lord, I'm so thankful for Your grace that reminds me there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Because my steps are established by You, Lord, I will believe that You delight in me even when I fail or fall. Today, I want to take Your hand and trust Your heart as You pull me back up again and use my failures to help me become the confident woman You created me to be. In Jesus' Name, amen.
Related Resources:
This devotion is taken in part from chapter 7 of Renee Swope's upcoming book: A Confident Heart: How to Stop Doubting Yourself & Live in the Security of God's Promises. To pre-order your copy, click here.
If you want to lose the weight of self-doubt and defeat, sign up for Renee's FREE "7-day Doubt Diet." Click here to find out more and then sign up to receive a week's worth of FREE devotions from Renee's upcoming book A Confident Heart.
Visit Renee's blog for more encouragement and some practical ways you can get up when you feel like giving up. Also,enter to win her "Getting-Up Again" give-away.
Application Steps:
List one or two areas of your life where you have felt like you were failing and wanted to give up - mainly on yourself. Then ask God to show you how you can get back up with His help.
Reflections:
Have I ever wanted to give up? What got me to that hard place and how can I receive God's grace and rely on His strength instead of my own?
Power Verses:
Psalm 37:23-24, "The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand." (NASB)
Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (NIV)
© 2011 by Renee Swope. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
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Matthews, NC 28105
www.Proverbs31.org

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