Eek. I do not like that word. Not one single bit. But I’ve done it in the past and I know I am sure to do it in the future. But it’s terrifying. Failure. Those “what have I done?!?” and “why did I even attempt this?” questions linger–sometimes, too long.

Today’s focus is this: “Failure plays an important role in our development and a critical role in our attempts to become more perfectly ourselves.”

And this is so true. If you don’t fail, what will you learn about yourself? What about when you succeed? Will it be that much more sweet without failure? We want to become more perfectly ourselves. That’s what we strive for each and every day. Failure helps us to achieve that.

Today’s action calls for us to think about one time that you failed. Now think about what you learned from it and how God used that failure to help you become a-better-version-of-yourself.

Can I even begin on my list of failures? There are plenty of them. As I sit here and look back on them–I have learned so much from them. I have learned that the world doesn’t work into my hands, I have to work with the world. I have learned that I must be truly passionate and believe in my work for me to be successful. I have learned that relationships are a two way street–that I can’t take and take and expect that relationship to remain healthy. I have learned that I can’t let my emotions overtake me each and every time something goes right or wrong. And I have no doubt God has been there through each and every failure–coaching me and guiding me.

What are your failures and how have they shaped you?



This little stinker. He is the JOY of our family. He is such a silly goose and loves to laugh. He loves for everyone to laugh. He loves to be happy and have everyone around him happy. He makes my intention to be full of JOY and GRATITUDE very easy (most of the time). Don’t get me wrong. He IS two so he DOES have those moments when I just have to step out on the deck and scream in frustration before returning to him.

But he loves deeply. He laughs continuously. He is the final piece that makes our family complete. We all serve a purpose in our family and he completed us. We are whole.

I pray I never fail him (or his brother or daddy), but instead be the best version of myself for them and show them that even in this sad, scary world, we have each other and we can find our JOY and GRATITUDE in each other.

And if I ever do fail, Jesus, grant me the grace to accept and learn from my failures.


Written by Shay Rafferty
I help families shift to living live a life of wellness and abundance by using natural, plant-based products.