Monday, March 12, 2018

I Need A Do Over

By: Jenifer Metzger

As a mom and children's pastor, I constantly hear kids say the words, "I need a do over." Whether they are playing a game or doing a craft, they mess up. All they want is another chance to start over. They know that if they can just begin again, things will be better.

Have you ever felt that way? Your day just isn't going as you hoped or planned and you just need a do over. The truth is, we've all felt that way at some point in life. Many of us have felt that way already today. We just want to start fresh.

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!
Lamentations 3:22-23

The good news is we can have a fresh start! We don't even have to wait until morning! You can start over, even right this moment. Here are a few ways to have a do over.


Close your eyes. Take a few deep cleansing breathes. When I get busy or stressed out, it feels as if I stop breathing. I know that is not the truth, I obviously continue to breathe. But it feels as if I stop, like maybe I am holding my breath. In those moments I have to close my eyes and remind myself to breathe.


Nothing changes the attitude and atmosphere faster than worship. Put on worship music and let it move you. Maybe you need some slow music like Reckless Love or Tremble. Or maybe you need something upbeat like Worth More Than Gold or Out of the Dark. Whatever it is, turn it up and worship!

Give yourself a time out.

When our kids act up we put them in time out. It's a time, just a couple of minutes, to let them refocus and start over. Maybe you need a time out. Sit at the table or in your favorite chair or on your bed, close your eyes, and just sit there for a couple of minutes. Refocus and start over.


Nothing, absolutely nothing, will give you a fresh start better than prayer. When we pray, we are aligning ourselves with God. When we are properly aligned, we have a beautiful fresh start. Spend a few minutes with the Father. Ask Him to forgive you of any actions, words, or attitudes that were not pleasing, and ask Him to help you start over.

What are other ways you give yourself a do over?

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