Have You Ever Blown It?

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

Have you ever blown it? Not just miss a beat, but miss the whole boat? Think you’re humming right along, focused in, on target, and then—wham?

This picture of Linger Rodeo Company’s saddle bronc horse, Curly Wolf, circa 1980s, drives home my point. Curly had a way of tossing the boys “out the front door.” Even if the rider thought he was tapped off and sittin’ pretty, he could sail through the air in the next heartbeat.

What a life metaphor.

I missed a big one last week and rediscovered how easy it is to get down on myself. To browbeat myself, and say all kinds of discouraging things about myself … as if that would fix the problem or me.

Why do we do that?

The very next day I “happened” to read a familiar passage of scripture that was just what I needed. I didn’t search it out; it was one of the day’s collection in a little book called Daily Light for Your Daily Path. 

Funny how God does that. As if He knows.

[Jesus] understands our weaknesses…So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.     Hebrews 4:15-16

Grace says, “Stand up, dust off, and get back on. I’ll help you.”

Jesus is the face of grace.


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“I’m suggesting that you haven’t forgiven yourself because you don’t believe you deserve it.” He let the words settle, then lowered his voice. “None of us deserve it, Betsy. It’s a gift.” ~An Unexpected Redemption


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8 thoughts on “Have You Ever Blown It?

  1. Thank you, Davalynn. I really needed to hear those words this morning. I agree. The Lord Jesus is the face of grace!

    1. davalynn

      So glad, Marjorie. His grace never fails.

  2. Jenny Berlin

    Your post came at the perfect time for me. Far too often I listen to the discouraging words in my head instead of the merciful and loving words God speaks to me. Also, I love the quote from your new book. I’m looking forward to reading Garrett and Betsy’s story.

    1. davalynn

      Praise God, Jenny. His love is unending, and oh, how I need it, too! Hope you enjoy the book.

  3. Marie Pinkham

    Thanks for the reminder, Davalynn, that His grace NEVER fails. ???

    1. davalynn

      Amen, Marie!

  4. Nancy

    PBPWMGIFWMY – When I first moved to Colorado MANNNNY years ago, I visited a church that had a great youth program for teenagers. They wore pins that had those letters on it. Remember in the 70s there were round pins with all kinds of thoughts, and this was a good one. Please Be Patient with Me. God isn’t Finished With Me Yet! That has stuck with me & my Christian walk for all these years. I’m in my senior years of life, and Proud of them all. God has been Faithfully by my side, in my ups and downs. I kind of have it figured out most days now. God Loves me just as I am…..but He doesn’t leave me there. He always makes gentle changes along the way. I cry, get annoyed less often with myself. If God Loves ME, it’s time I do too. He actually makes me laugh more now than cry…..He’s laughing with me. And holds me close to Him. He is an AWESOME God…..and I, and YOU TOO, are His Favorite Kids!! What a GREAT Dad! Thanks for not giving up on me, Lord. I LOVE YOU SOOOO MUCH!

    1. davalynn

      Nancy – thanks so much for sharing what you’ve learned. I particularly like, “If God Loves ME, it’s time I do too.” What a great way to live!


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