Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Worship—When God Takes Failure and Turns it Into Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23

For me, this verse is tough. Some of the things listed are easy. Some…well…not so much.

In my travels this fall, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about other the journey to publication from a lot of different authors. I noticed most of us have a similar story. Very few had a direct route. Instead we traveled a circuitous trip full of bumps and detours.

Frequently a writer's path is littered with broken dreams and shattered expectations.

As I listened to all these stories, one thing stood out. That sometimes-tortuous path, made us better writers. And beyond that, it made what was published, publishable.

That insight made me stop and reflect on those instances in my life that I'd always labeled as failures and shortcomings. Now I saw them as opportunities to grow and learn. Those times of waiting had become patience, the frustration had become discipline, and the rejections became joy. All those difficult circumstances had been used by God to teach me things I lacked, as well as giving me compassion for others on similar journeys.

Somewhere along the way, God used the seeds of failure to grow fruit in my life.

How have your failures turned into fruit? I’d love to hear your insights.


  1. When my article isn't published, or my thinking is slow, or my creativity seems to be on hold, it makes me stop and evaluate what I need to change. And when I lost an entire document because I forgot to save it and then the computer started an update, I wanted to scream.But instead I knew if I was going to do this, I had to start over and my new document was better then the first because I had to think harder and more carefully. This time I saved it!

    1. Barbara, good insight and a great way to look at what seems to be a set-back. Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings, E

  2. This has been my exact experience. It was never my intention to write a book. My intention was to survive the chaos that was my life. God had other plans. The 40 years of walking a broken road through obesity, loss and depression brought me to a place of Joy I never imagined. God used the process of writing our love story to bring me to him. I published "Coming Home to Joy" in September. Without the broken pieces there would be no story and no inspiration for 3am Women to come home to the Father who made them. It hurts... A LOT... but it has been worth it.

    1. Tina, so true. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your story. Blessings, E

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    1. Traci, thanks so much for stopping by! Blessings, E

  4. My pastor says failure is your friend and success can be an enemy because it takes our eyes off the Lord. But when we fail, we draw near to His throne of grace to receive mercy.