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So let God work his will in you….Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.  James 4:7-8 MSG


As we’re on The Daniel Plan and trying to move forward in five essential areas of health, we are bound to face temptations to quit. We are bound to face setbacks and relapses. That’s part of growing – three steps forward and two steps back. There is no straight line toward our goals. When the steps back happen, we don’t need to be discouraged. God will never let us down, and he’ll never let us be pushed past what we can endure. He will move in close and offer help if we let him.

     Instead of focusing on the two steps back, celebrate the three steps forward. Progress is what matters, not perfection. Over time, there will gradually be more forward steps than setbacks, leading to big results in the long run. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:  Amid setbacks and temptation, God is at your side. He’s helping you up and moving you on your way again toward victory.

The Daniel Plan 365 Day Devotional pg 220

Rachel’s thoughts:  I realize not everyone is following The Daniel Plan as this devotion assumes….but the content of the devotion speaks to all plans and any time we apply ourselves to healthy efforts.  Setbacks happen. Relapses happen.  We are human and this Good Health journey we are on and striving for feels hard sometimes.  It can be discouraging.

Through the month of March and now moving on into April  we have been breaking down our old habits and looking at them much as a scientist would.  Figuring out what works and what doesn’t and what triggers our actions.  We’ve been having some great conversations in our meetings and have been brainstorming collectively as a group a better course of action to put in place the next week. Working toward "steps forward"

Mindset is key.  Figuring out how to move past a setback. Resetting as often as we need to.  Putting  in place all the small steps that eventually lead to big results.  Sometimes it feels more like 10 steps backward and 3 steps forward but the main thing to remember is that we do not have to be perfect, we just need to not give up.   Progress will happen.  We are learning to celebrate all the things we already do well and are working on what we can do better.  Consistency is also key to progress.  Perfection is NOT a part of the equation.

Come join us this next week as we look at our topic of Consistency vs Perfection.   We’d love to hear your thoughts.  

Tags: consistency, effort, progress