Thursday, August 05, 2010

Tips For Triumphant Living -- New Every Morning

Have you ever wished you could go back and do something over--do it right--do it better? When you're hit by the reality that you can't go back it can be downright painful. I had a moment like that this morning. Tears were quick to come--I wanted another chance.

Sadly, life cannot be rewound. Opportunites for do-overs just don't come along very often. And sometimes I'm sure if we could go back and "fix" something we might actually be messing everything up. God may want things to be just as they are. We have lots to learn and getting something wrong the first time can go a long way toward growing us up.

No matter where we find ourselves, we're here. And we've got to begin right where we are.

As I think on this the verses from Lamentations 3:22-23 come to mind. "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." And Psalm 30:5 says, "For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning."

I love these verses. They're filled with mercy, love and hope. We can weep over wrong decisions, lost opportunities or wasted moments, but after the weepiing is over, we begin again. Every morning we awaken to a day filled with God's love, forgiveness and new opportunities.

May we rejoice for the gift of today.

Grace and peace to you from God.

Bonnie

8 comments:

  1. Once again I'm struck by something you have said in your blog.

    "He may want things to be just as they are."

    You know I've been praying about something for ages -- praying but not letting go -- and the above sentence just shouted at me!!!

    Bless you for sharing your heart so publicly. It's helping me so much.

    Kav

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  2. Praising the Lord for that, Kav.

    :-)

    Bonnie

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  3. grrrrr---were you in my kitchen this morn, huh huh? No, I was not consumed, but sure felt like it. Yes, I would've taken a do over in a flash--but alas, it's all done, over, and we L E T I T G O. But, sigh... "it" will come around again tomorrow, and so it goes. And as my day goes, so goes my strength. Mighty God is good to me.

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  4. Patti, you are a dear.

    God bless you.

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  5. I just came to your site for the first time and was so blessed at how wonderfully bold and yet gentle in your sharing Christ's love. I am so glad I signed up to be notified when new books come out.
    In His love and Grace,
    Joan

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  6. May the Lord bless you, Joan.

    Praising Him!

    Bonnie

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  7. Amen to that!! I wish I could stop saying stupid things. My mouth just opens, and dumb words come out. I sure am glad I can start over the next morning. If not, I think I'd join Anne Shirley in the depths of despair!!

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  8. Good morning, Kristen.

    I'm like you--my mouth is full of dumb words. I'm so thankful for God's mercy.

    I love Anne (with an e) Shirley. I so relate to her. I think it's time to pop in the movie Anne of Green Gables. I'm way over due for a little of Anne Shirley.

    Love ya,

    Bonnie

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