Monday, May 19, 2014

New Mercies Every Morning

absolutely love writing in the solace of the morning, so here I am again...

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.'  The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.  It is good that one should wait patiently for the salvation of the LORD. "
Lamentations 3:22-26

This scripture was written by the prophet Jeremiah during a very hard time for the Jews.  A time that was filled with tragedy and sorrow.  In the midst of what is known as a rather depressing book in the Bible, he pens these words of hope that come out of his heart from God.  

These words of life and hope are what the prophet chose to meditate on amidst otherwise very dark times!  I wonder how many mornings He had to choose to remember this truth?  I had this verse on my mind this morning in my quiet time, because I'm so thankful for new mercies every day, but as I read deeper in the chapter, it's amazing to see how such peaceful words came about in a time devoid of peaceful circumstances.  That same inner peace is what I am accepting from God, and that is truly a peace that passes all understanding!  

The dew is fresh and the air is still cool, as I'm here sitting outside on my patio in my pjs, (warmest) robe, with a cup of favorite dark roast Caribou coffee.  I've been talking to my Lord, and I'm thanking Him for the wonderful things I have in my life, and the promises He's fulfilled!  My marriage, children, house, my personal growth in knowing God, and so much more than time I have now.

Thanking Him for carrying me in the times I couldn't lift my head from the fog of worries and fear.  When Psalm 91 was my air in the day, and blanket of security at night.

For the future and hope He has for my family that I have yet to know!  While there are crossroads we'll meet, and bridges to cross, Holy Spirit will direct us along the way.  There is not even one place we could ever go in our mind or heart or on the earth that is out of reach for God to meet us there.

I'm sitting in wonder at the incredible beauty that all my senses are soaking in! Just sitting in the small part of the world He has given Heath and I to live.

I admire the old yet strong, steady, heaven-reaching oak that stretches his massive branches up and into about 4 different yards surrounding us.  It has endured years of storms and change, yet keeps growing!

The flowers so delicately formed, so varying in color, so dependent on the water I give in order to stay fresh.

The squirrel families who chase or dance from branch to branch and tree to tree with all the energy my own two "squirrels" wake up with each day!

The chirps of birds in the neighborhood singing a song about something that invites me to want to be a part of.   Maybe it's the tune of their babies hatching or perhaps it's their own way of rejoicing over God's creation!  

The patio is the outside hub that parks a pastel pink tricycle and Spider-Man bike that is waiting for eager little feet to jump on and find roly-polies to play with. The stack of coloring books with a jelly jar of well-used crayons waiting for innocent hands to make their black and white pages come to life.  The crumbs on the table from last night's supper eaten on the patio.

There is no denying God exists, when we take a moment to truly look at what is going on around us.  He will not only open our eyes but fill our senses with new wonders every single morning, if we just ask Him to!  

Speaking of new, I'm crazy thankful that His mercies are brand new every morning!  My heart and soul (cup) can be filled over and over to overflowing and I can once again receive His joy, peace, hope, love, patience, forgiveness, grace, direction, wisdom .....

New every morning, Friends!  The God of Wonder gives us new mercies!!  

Let us wake up and come to Him laying our doubts and trials at the cross, at His feet.  I have been inspired to take His (free!) gift of forgiveness, love and peace in order to live the life He has planned for us.  As Christians, we have access to that!  At His feet is where freedom is found, and there are no limitations to God using a humble heart who is free in Christ and willing to serve Him!!  

Today is --again-- a new day for me, and  I choose to accept the gift of mercy and peace!

My coffee is now gone and though I could go on and on, my sweet ones are waking up!  Excuse me as I use my new portion of His peace and love on my family this beautiful spring morning!  

**Keepin it real update: It's actually taken a few hours after actually writing this between breakfast and playtimes to finish this post!  While my blogging isn't a high priority now, I still love to share our experiences with you and pieces of my heart!! :D 
Thank you for reading!


Sarah Grace said...

Love and miss you guys so much!!

Mimi said...

Sweet Leslie~Thank you for your beautifully composed post today. How I have enjoyed reading about your family's journey, praising our Lord for all He has poured out on Heath and you, straight from heaven's window. I remember so well the days of raising littles, like you are now doing, so find myself blessed knowing a new generation is being raised up to love and honor our Lord Jesus. Being further along in life, we have been living difficult days for the past seven years due in large part to being one of our nation's under-employed 'statistics'. While we know we're just another number to the US government, we rejoice that our Father knows us by name and goes ahead of us daily. God be with you as you continue to share your heart and life with those of us blessed to find you in 'blog land'. His best blessing, our wish and prayer for you~Susan

Mimi said...

Sweet Leslie~Thank you so much for your beautifully composed post. Thanks, as well, for sharing all that God has been doing in the lives of your family~sweet to witness our Lord pour down blessing on Heath and you straight from heaven's window:) You offer great encouragement to me, and so I count myself blessed beyond measure. Trusting this day will be full of His best yet again~what a mighty God we serve.

elizabeth said...

Love it every time you post! Your yard is beautiful, and I get happy for you all over again when I see you two little gifts from God. Our daughter and son-in-law that adopted biological siblings, (now ages 10 and almost 11-they're 11 months apart), had her surprise from heaven last week. After 13 years of marriage, (surprise!), they got pregnant. Our grandson was born over 5 weeks early due to preclampsia, but is doing so well that he should get out of the NICU in a day or two.