Bible Verses for the Day | Ecclesiastes 3:22-24
22.) It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23.) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24.) The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore, will I hope in him.
Hello everyone…and how are you doing today? I sure hope that your day is off to a good start! As we begin our first visit of the week together, I pray that God will use this time to instill hope within each of us…and that no matter what we may be facing; we will be encouraged and uplifted, as we begin another new week together…Amen!!
After ending a very busy week, I was all excited about having one day off to myself…a time when I could just sit and visit with my husband and enjoy whatever Diane wanted to enjoy. When I get a day off like this…to me it becomes a very special moment to look forward to.
Anyways, as I got up Saturday morning, I began to check emails and prepare for my day off. After leaving the office, I began to feel a little on edge, which I felt was due to being overtired. At that very moment, I began to pray and ask God to bring peace. For a while…it was that way; but then by late afternoon, as I began to think about another new week, my heart began to sink lower. You see…just as you have struggles from day to day…so do I; because I am no different than you. Yes…I serve God; but the battles still come and the struggles and challenges of this life can be very real…just as they are for you.
Anyways…later in the evening, as my day off was now coming to a close, the feelings that I had been experiencing throughout my day, were now becoming even more real, so I decided to share my heart with not only God…but my husband too; and throughout that visit, I came to see the reason behind these feelings that I was experiencing…and that is because a new day for me doesn't always feel like a new day; because the pain that I may have experienced yesterday, is now spilling over into another new today, which can be overwhelming at times, due to the work load I have. Don't get me wrong…I love my work for the Lord…and even around this house. In fact, I have grown to love cooking and life itself so much; but when the pain worsens…so does the task I'm doing at the moment, which can not only make it difficult for me to begin a new week…but a new day to.
Last night…before going to bed, I began to share my heart with God even more…and as I opened up about every little thought and feeling that I had been experiencing throughout the day…I began to feel a peace that I hadn't felt throughout all that evening. From there, I laid my head on my pillow and went to sleep.
After getting up the next morning, I tried to begin my Sunday, by seeing the day through God's eyes, rather than what I had seen through my thoughts the day before…and as I began to sit and spend some time alone with God; He began to lead me to the Bible verses that I have posted above…and as I read each word, I was reminded of a God who begins our day with new mercies…a time when He can turn life around and prevent something unpleasant from happening…a time when He can provide relief from the sufferings we experience.
You know…we all have our moments, when we experience something bad…and what can seem almost impossible to get through; but these mercies that God gives us each morning; is what actually keeps us from being consumed within the problem; and the hope that can keep us moving forward into a new day, is that these mercies are filled with His compassion…compassion for whatever we may be facing at the time. We may feel that yesterday's pain will continue to spill over into another new day; because we haven't seen a cure to the problem; but we can't continue to predict that, when there is a God who is offering us newness each day; for what we may think will happen…may never be, which in the end, only brings about needless heartache and pain.
I don't know about you; but I needed to hear these words today…and as I've been spending this time with you…I now see my situation in a different light. You know…it's so easy to fall prey to pain or any other controlling problem; but we must stop and remind ourselves that God offers newness into each new day…and to me, that is hope.
As we begin this new week, I pray that we will be able to find the strength to look beyond every symptom of the problem…to find God's new mercies…mercies that can give us a break and open up something new to us; that can help us to walk out of these troublesome times.
Well…it's time for me to go back to my work; but I definitely have enjoyed my time with you today. As we begin to take another step forward into this brand-new day…and this brand-new week, I pray that we will stop allowing our problems to control us…and instead, seek the Lord, for the newness that He longs to give us in this brand-new day…Amen!
Have a great day…and may your heart be truly blessed…in a way that will allow you to experience something new, in this brand-new day! Take care…and I hope that you will come back tomorrow and join me for another great God inspired visit together!
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