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God can use…

…my mistakes.

Monday, our rabbit hutches finally arrived, but since I’d spent most of the morning getting my allergy shots, I hadn’t planned on putting them together until later.

Plans changed at noon, when I went outside to feed my lamb her bottle, there was a commotion at the old hutch.

As soon as I could, I went over to the barn to see what was going on.

Our male rabbit was chasing our female in circles all around the pen.

She was making the worst noises I’ve heard and was obviously stressed.

I grabbed out our male and tried to figure out a good place to keep him till we could get the hutches put together.

First, we tried the lamb’s outdoor pen, but he scooted through a hole.

Thankfully, Jase was standing right there and got him.

Jase suggested the lamb’s other pen which is under cover.

It was perfect.

Jase lugged the boxes, each containing a hutch, to the barn.

Praising God that my husband had taught our son so much about tools, because he knew where everything was, I suggested we build both at the same time, we’d each work on one.

As we worked, I kept noticing our female rabbit.

The old hutch has a completely wire bottom and in an effort to keep the bunnies from getting sores on their feet, we have grass hay down.

They get fresh hay twice a day and she had plenty, but she kept digging at it.

Although, we’ve never raised rabbits, I have read up on them since receiving these and began to feel concerned.

We’ve been fairly certain the female was pregnant and I remembered reading about a female making a nest near delivery.

I was worried she was attempting to make a nest.

The wire cage would require a box for her to have the kits in.

We didn’t have any wooden boxes and had the male rabbit in the lamb pen.

Letting my fear get the better of me, I sent Jase to the workshop to get a box.

Praying as I worked, the Lord reminded me He was in charge.

Didn’t He send the hutches in time?


Then, He would handle the box and I needed to simply focus on the task at hand.

When Jase returned, he was carrying a large cardboard box.

“Mom, this is the only box we have that she could fit in.”

I shook my head.

“Nevermind, sweetheart. I’m sorry I sent you on a wild goose chase. Let’s just finish these hutches.”

He went back to work on his and I had moved mine inside on a piece of plywood to attach the run to the rabbit house.

I put it on upside down and realized it, then thanked the Lord for the mistake.

I was thankful, because I always make a mistake when putting things together and thought how fortunate to have messed up on something so easy to fix.

Jase came over to help me get the ramp on, but it wasn’t touching the ground.


But I passed it off, added a small piece of wood to make the ramp stable and finished up the hutch.

I put a full waterer on the side and broke the new feeder trying to get it on.

Jase found a dish to use instead of the feeder and I went to get our male bunny.

It didn’t take long for me to realize something was wrong with the hutch.

Although, I’d placed a piece of 2×4 under the ramp it was ridiculously steep, and there was a gap between the roof and the top of the run.

Jase got a longer 2×4 and covered the gap.

I knew this wasn’t just poor design, something was off.

I prayed about it, asking the Lord for wisdom and then I realized the problem.

This piece was upsidedown.

I was less than happy, because that was step three or four and I really didn’t want to take it all apart and start over.

Jase was less than thrilled as well, so I told him to head to the house and take a break.

I didn’t want to have our male back in the pen with the female, so the first step would be to finish the other hutch.

Once that was completed, I placed our male in it so I could begin to take apart and fix my mistake.

As I began to take the run off the rabbit house, I prayed.

“Lord, please help me figure this out. I don’t want to have to take it all apart, but I’m willing.”

The Lord answered.

He showed me that I could remove the side without taking the house completely apart.

Before I had expected, I was putting it all back together!

My mind turned to the female rabbit.

“Lord, I need a box, please help me to know what to do.”

I finished the run and was looking at the hutch when it hit me.

The house part of this was the exact size and shape she needed.

“Thank You, Jesus!”

He had supplied all my needs.

After putting hay in both the run and the house, I placed our female inside.

I could tell she was much happier in the new hutch.

Last night, I checked on both bunnies before bed and discovered a nest.

Our female is all set to have kits in the next day or two.

As I headed back to the house to tell my husband, my heart was filled with thanksgiving to God.

If the Lord had not allowed me to make the mistake about the hutch side, I’m nearly certain I wouldn’t have been so keen on moving both rabbits to the new hutches as the female doesn’t like to be handled.

God knew I needed a set of circumstances to help me fully understand what the priorities were; not just getting the bunnies separated, but giving the female a safe place to have her babies.

It’s another example of God’s Word.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28 NKJV

He really can use all things, even my mistakes.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your patience with me. Lord, too often I get sidetracked on what I think is the priority or need rather than consulting You. I run ahead of Your direction then feel lost in where to go next. Lord, please help me to walk beside You, diligent in listening to Your voice, patient with the season I’m in, being guided by Your truth. Lord Jesus, please help me to walk with understanding and discernment throughout this day, looking to Your Word for my all. Lord Jesus, I thank You so much for bringing me exactly what I needed when I needed it and helping me to remain calm, trusting You despite my mistakes. Lord Jesus, for those who have yet to know You and thus no idea how to trust You, I humbly ask You reach them with Your truth and salvation. Lord, for those who have put their trust in You, I request that they walk in faith, without doubting or fear, but in the understanding of Your perfect peace and love. Thank You that we can come before You for direction in all things. Thank You for Your love and blessings. May Your name be glorified this day. Amen.

A Wednesday lesson

Jase’s new mug.

I drove to my allergist’s office to get my shot today, only they were closed.

They’ve had a sign on the door for weeks announcing the closure, but I ignored it.


I don’t get my shots on Tuesday or Wednesday, so it didn’t apply to me, or so I thought.

The problem is, I had a migraine on Monday and didn’t go on my regular day.

Since I hadn’t taken note of this closure I drove the hour distance in our old truck only to discover my error.

I felt like the drawing of the lady slapping herself on the forehead with the palm of one hand.

Both Anne and Jase had accompanied me, as they wanted to be dropped off at Hobby Lobby.

I’d checked the store’s hours before leaving home and I dropped both at the front door before heading to the office for my immunotherapy.

As I walked back to the truck, my thoughts kept running me into the ground for the wasted trip, the unnecessary gas used, loss of schooling time, and pretty much anything else.

But I knew that wasn’t honoring the Lord.

To clarify, I don’t think God is to blame for me ignoring the sign or for driving an hour to turn around and drive back.

But I do believe God uses my mistakes to teach me and I knew beating myself up over the error would only rob me of the perspective to see what God was doing.

So, I asked God to forgive me for my carelessness and to teach me through the mistake.

It took a while before I could look backwards and see anything good from my error.

Several good things have happened:

* Both Anne and Jase bought something they wanted at the store. (Jase’s mug is pictured.)

* I was able to save my husband a trip to the bank.

* The bank is in a nearby town I’m unfamiliar with, so I gained knowledge I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.

* I was able to be real with my kids and admit although I’m disappointed with myself, it’s an opportunity to learn.

* The weather is beautiful and I enjoyed the countryside on our drive home.

The best part about it all is the cycle from my past is broken.

I made a mistake, but I’m not caught in an unhealthy response of running myself down because of it, rather I’m thankful.

Because God truly is working through all things for good.

Romans 8:28 NKJV — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for being God Almighty. Thank You for Your Sovereignty. Lord, I know You are using these things I find annoying to hone my heart and help me not to fall into unhealthy attitudes or actions. I know You are working all things together for good, even my moments of carelessness. Lord, please help me to be careful, mindful, responsible, and honorable. Please help me to walk with You in understanding and wisdom. Lord, I know You are worthy of all my trust. Your ways are perfect and Your truth is amazing. Thank You for all Your patience with me. Thank You for providing so much and showing me what I need to work on, surrendering to You my expectations. Thank You for loving and saving my soul! I love You, Jesus. Amen.

Blue Jay

(Sorry, He wouldn’t hold still, so you get a blue flower!)

After two nights of bad dreams, I awoke this morning feeling panicked.

Instead of following my normal routine of prayer and Bible reading, I began searching the internet on my phone.

This lasted for a bit, when He spoke.

What are you doing?


“Lord, I have no idea. Please forgive me for allowing myself to be driven by fear.”

I closed the internet and opened my Bible.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
Psalms 119:36 NKJV

After spending more time in prayer, I got up and began my day.

Yet, I just couldn’t get past my poor choice this morning.

I’ve fought fear as long as I can remember.

I felt ashamed that I had walked in it for any length of time.

Because it’s an old foe.

In this case it took a familiar form.

Fear of the future driving me to make plans and secure items in case…

To have everything I might possibly need because the future is uncertain and I might not…


What utter nonsense!

Like I have any idea what is best?

Do I really have so little faith in God’s provision that I think I have to figure it all out?

The moment the Lord spoke I could see it all clearly as a lie which I’ve fallen into before.

And I was disgusted with myself.

But God is so faithful.

His mercy is broad.

After I confessed and repented, He brought me another reminder.

A blue jay.

I was opening the house and startled a fledgling who has been hanging out with his mom in our yard.

He clumsily flew to the vegetable garden.

As I watched him I remembered earlier this week.

I’d been near the fence, pulling a weed in the flower bed, when a loud sound caused me to look up.

There he was barely hanging on to the top.

From the sound of things, I gathered he’d hit the fence first and then managed to hang on instead of plummeting to the ground.

Of course I scared him badly and he lept into one of the trees.

The memory coupled with the fledgling hoping around the tomatoes helped me let go of my shame.

“Thank You, Lord. Sometimes, I’m going to hit the fence instead of land on it. Thank You for showing me that I’m really just a fledgling, still so much to learn.”

God wants to free us from sin, not burden us with shame, because we are sinners.

Of course we shouldn’t go overboard the opposite direction and think we can behave anyway we like either.

It’s a delicate balance.

And it takes walking with Jesus daily to remain on the narrow path.

Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:14 NKJV

With my errors and scrapes of late, I’m spending today seeking Him.

I’m so thankful He is shining His light into my heart, but I also want to be cleansed completely of anything else which might cause me to stumble.

And it takes time with Him to become clean, renewed, and taught.

Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness. Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord — Your salvation according to Your word.
Psalms 119:39‭-‬41 NKJV

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for forgiving me of my poor choice this morning. Lord Jesus, I choose to trust You alone, not put my hope in things or people or even times and seasons. Lord, You alone are worthy of all my praise and worship, I do not want to look to anything else. Thank You for teaching me and loving me always. Thank You for humbling my heart and making the truth clear. Only in You is there peace and security. I praise Your Holy name, Jesus! Amen.