Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Every Morning

Lamentations 3: 22-23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

Lord willing, a brand new year will arrive on Friday! Where did the last one go? It seems just a few weeks ago since it was New Year’s Day and here it is again. What do I have to show for the 365 days I spent in the year 2009? Is there anyone whose life was changed because of something I did? Or , God forbid, because of something I didn’t do? Did I reach out to a lonely person in a nursing home and make their day a little brighter? Did I listen to my child when he was hurting and only wanted to confide in Mother? Did I take time to go and visit my parents for no reason other than just to be with them for a few hours and enjoy their company? Did I diligently study to teach my Sunday school class of seven and eight year olds even though I felt I already knew the stories well enough to tell to children?


Did I show my appreciation to my husband for all the things he daily does to make my life better? Did I speak kindly to and try to understand the irritable person at the check out stand in the grocery store? What kind of turmoil or hurt might she be going through that was making her so hateful that particular day? Did I remember to thank God for the rain that we needed so badly even though I had just washed my white car and live on four miles of dirt roads?

Did I introduce anyone…anyone at all …to Jesus Christ last year? And if not…why not? I have a lot of questions to ask myself. I hope in this next year of 2010 that I will remember life is fragile…here today…. gone tomorrow…and that I will make the most of every moment the Lord Jesus gives me to spend here on earth. We don't have to wait until a "New Year" to start over, for every day that we wake from our sleep we have a new beginning. And with that new beginning a responsibility to be all that we can be for Christ.

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5


Happy New Year to Everyone!

Marilyn

9 comments:

Yolanda said...

Marilyn,

Your heart is so beautiful and I'm thankful to have met you in 2009 through the writings of our hearts.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Zoe Elmore said...

Marilyn, Thanks for this great verse on your bolg and for the helpful info about deleting posts. I'm all about reNEWal in the new Year.

Leah said...

Marilyn,

This is a beautiful post that really steps on my toes. There is so much that I did not do in 2009 that I should have done. I pray the Lord will help me be more faithful in 2010.

Happy New Year, my friend. God bless you and your family.

Leah

Deborah said...

Praise the Lord for new begiinings every day! Happy new year to you too!

lisasmith said...

Hi Marilyn!! Just read your comment over at Lysa's & wanted you to know Im so no that girl either. Im me. The lady who can make chaos look fun. Happy new year!

Liesa said...

Happy New Year dear friend!

Cindy said...

Your post got me to thinking about all that I didn't do last year that I should have done. This year I will strive to be all that I can be for Christ.

Happy New Year,

Cindy

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

While reading this, I am reminded again of something I wrote about not long ago... a piece of wisdom I received from Alicia Chole in her latest book.

“Focus your vision on what is small not big; what is near not far.”

So often, I get trapped in my thinking that my offering to God has got to be grand; so often, I feel disappointed because of that thinking.

This year, I'm making an intentional effort to pay closer attention to the small and the near and be satisfied with the kingdom gain therein.

365 days worth of small and near looks a whole lot like big, sister. Keep to it. I for one, have benefited from having you in my life. Wouldn't want to change a thing...

Lots of love and peace to you as we embark on 2010!

~elaine

LisaShaw said...

Hi Marilyn,

I enjoyed what you wrote especially your last paragraph. Thank you for sharing with us and I came by to wish you and your family a beautiful and peaceful New Year as you rise new each and every morning I pray that all the opportunities the LORD places before you that you grab them.

Blessings.