Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Happy New Year!

on January 1, 2014

Lamentations 3:21-23 – Living Bible

21 Yet there is one ray of hope: 22 his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.

 Happy New Year!
I hope you’ve all had a terrific start to 2014. I have. Today I celebrated 14 years of marriage to Bill.  We saw a movie, ate out and are now home in our living room.  This is good in my book.
Some of you started earlier than I.  I did not usher the New Year in at 12:01, but I celebrated in my sleep. I dreamed of what lies ahead.  I dreamed of all the promise a new year holds.  There is potential for growth in my life in the coming year.  There is potential for God to use me in ways I’ve not begun to think.  There is potential for growth in my marriage, my obedience to the Lord, my family life, my children and my work place.  There is even potential that my household may become as organized as my mother’s and I will have socks in matched pairs for all my family members.
Yes, God is good!
I am not the only person that looks toward the new year with hope filled anticipation.  Most people look at the start of a new year as having a clean slate – a new beginning.
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this.  It’s not a new comparison.  It is worth repeating.
As a child of God and a follower of Jesus, we are in a unique position.  We are not held to human standards set forth by dates and events.
We are blessed each day with new mercies.  We are not bound, because of the grace our Father grants us.
I normally use the NIV, but I really liked the way the Living Bible said it.  There is one ray of hope – we have one ray of hope – His compassion never ends.  I don’t know about you, but I am always in need of compassion for something I have done – or haven’t done. 🙂
We are kept from complete destruction from the Lord because of His mercy.  I know there are times when I’ve believed complete destruction was imminent – at any moment.
His loving kindness begins afresh each day.
Afresh.  I love the way that word sounds.  It makes me feel l like I will awaken to the smell of fresh linen in a bright white Pottery Barn type bedroom.
 Doesn’t that sound delightful?
It makes me want to redecorate right now, but I’ve laundry to do. 🙂
Anyway, we don’t have to wait for the calendar to turn for a fresh start.  We have one every day from the one and only God of the universe.
Thank you Heavenly Father for being my ray of hope and keeping us from complete destruction.  Thank you for compassion and loving kindness that you give to us afresh each and every day unconditionally.  We praise and worship and adore you Mighty King.  Amen.
Blessings & Hugs, Elizabeth

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