Week 11: New Morning, New Mercies

Old Branson on a foggy morning
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope;

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

his mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning

great is your faithfulness.”



How life-giving is the word of God! This week God has very simply and sweetly put these verses on my heart and they are changing  the way I approach each day. Why? Because I have something to look forward to every day: ‘they [his mercies] are new every morning;’

Fun fact–I love searching for things. Growing up I loved games like hide-and-seek and Easter egg hunts, and really anything of the sort, simply because the challenge and objective was to find something.

When you combine my love for discovery with the promise of ‘new mercies’ each morning the result is an eager girl with an unshakable joy. New mercies every single morning… and they never cease! That is something to look forward to if I’ve ever heard it! It’s sort of like a surprise from God every day, we get to see a little bit more of his merciful character every single day.

I sleep in a twin-sized bamboo crib here at the Institute. This requires me to begin my days with a sort of high kick, crawl combination to get myself over the bamboo guard rail. As you can imagine, some mornings I let this little task determine the start my day. Many times I have knocked my knee, had a painfully ungraceful dismount or even just forgotten the rail all together; all of these have put a damper on my morning at one point or another. This past week, however, before my feet hit the floor, (or my knees hit the rail) I have found myself curiously wondering what the day’s mercies will be. It’s as if there is a gift waiting for me for that day and I had to find it, receive it and enjoy it. Talk about motivation to get out of bed! It’s a fun approach to a morning.

So what about the really stinky days? Oh, the mercies are still there, sister. We just have to look a little harder to recognize them. We can always ask God to give us eyes to recognize his mercies, too. His ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts…. so you can only imagine what He considers a mercy! It’s exciting and fun, just like our God.

So I must ask, what mercies did God give you today?

Here’s to laughin’ at  tomorrow

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