Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fresh Mercies

It has been one year since my last blog post. Yikes! I cannot believe how much time has gone by! I began 2012 with the intention of writing posts on a regular basis, aiming for just one a month, lest I be overly ambitious and fail miserably as a result. Turns out, writing more than one for the ENTIRE year was overly ambitious! I had many partially written devotional posts that I never got around to finishing. Or, as is more accurate, posts that I did not deem "perfect" enough for posting. Such is the writing life of a woman who is a control freak, a perfectionist, and a victim of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Please do pray for my husband and 3.5-year-old daughter. Ha, ha.

On this Valentine's Day eve, I had planned on a traditional post related to Jesus, our eternal Valentine, etc. But, something struck a chord on my heartstrings this morning. In addition to my above listed "issues," I am also a Pinterest addict and a coffee addict. This morning on Pinterest, I found a picture featuring a glorious cup of coffee and Lamentations 3:23, which says, "His mercies begin afresh each morning." I had read that verse many times before and had even rejoiced in its truth, yet I had not been able to grasp the meaning in a personal way. Something about the cup of coffee on that print this morning finally brought clarity to the verse. 

One key to enjoying a fabulous cup of coffee is a fresh brew from quality beans (and, if you're like me, a fresh brew from a French press). There are few things that can gross me out like a cup of stale, nasty, cold coffee. There have been many times in which I have taken a sip of what I thought was a nice, hot, and fresh cup, only to discover that it was old and cold. (I can add easily distracted to my list of "issues"!) Coffee is meant to be enjoyed as freshly made. And guess what, my friends? The same is true of God's mercies. Every morning, God brews up a fresh pot of His amazing mercies for us to savor. We don't have to rely on the preceding day's mercies to get us through what lies ahead. God has new mercies for us every single morning. Isn't that wonderful?!

I have no idea when my next blog post will be, and I know my high-strung self well enough to know not to make another goal for a specified number of posts! So, in the meantime, I encourage you to join me in raising a cup of gratefulness to our loving Father God for brewing fresh mercies every morning. Oh, how He loves us!