Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Fresh

 Do you know what I love about my Father God? It’s this…He let me have another run at it today! I got another opportunity. I got a fresh start. I don’t mean that He put me all the way back at square one. That would be a curse, not a blessing. I mean that He let me have another go from right where I was. Isn’t that great? I needed it too.  Because yesterday I messed up. I had intended to do better, but I failed. In spite of my long litany of failure, God was waiting for me when I got up this first day of 2009 and graciously greeted me with another chance.

Lamentations 3:22-23 has this…” 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.” Remember who wrote that? Jeremiah, the “weeping” prophet! It is said that for some fifty years he called God’s people to return to faith and truth without success. As far as we know, he had not a single convert. And yet, in the face of fifty years of failure in getting anyone’s attention, he still believed every morning was pregnant with possibility…every man and woman who woke up every day did so on a day when God’s compassions were alive and well and waiting to be bestowed on humans.

You know what? It’s not only on New Year’s Day that God does this! It’s every morning! And I am already looking forward to my brand new fresh start tomorrow, if God keeps me here another day. Yep…I need it too. For…like yesterday, I messed up again. I pray for a faith like that of Jeremiah, who kept on believing, even against his  experience that God’s mercies were created new every morning of every week of every year from age to age. Can you believe it for you too, dear ones, beloved of God?

John R. Rice said something like this, “No matter how spotted a man’s past may be, his future is completely unsoiled.” I love this kind of faithful optimism. Listen, the Savior Who died for our sins and the Father Who greets us daily with morning mercies, deserve better from me than bitter resignation to my ugly failures. Each day, let us welcome His mercies. And dear friends, one of these mornings…one glorious morning indeed…one joy-filled final morning…we will discover our heartaches ended, our disappointing Him finished forever…one sweet morning we will awake and be like Him as never before. There’s no need of you and me quitting now, is there?
 

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4 thoughts on “Fresh

  1. John Brooks on said:

    “New every morning!” I like that…I need that…I can’t live without it!!! Thanks for reminding us of God’s truth this “new” year!

    I’m really looking forward to this year and all it’s “do-over” opportunities.

    ME TOO, JOHN. IF IT’S NOT BY GRACE, THEN IT’S JUST NOT! THANK GOD, IT’S BY GRACE!

  2. I will not be consumed … God is compassionate and will spare me that … thanks be to Him. I’m glad I can trust His promises, because some days I feel consumed … I feel like there’s nothing good left and that the great punishment is coming just around the corner.

    Thank you for the reminder that His compassion always grants me a spotless place with Him. I can choose to start my day over fresh anytime I need to … because in His eyes … it is so.

    TO KNOW THAT WE BELONG…NOT JUST HERE AND NOW…BUT THERE AND THEN…IN ETERNITY WITH HIM…THAT WE ARE NOT JUST ACCEPTED…BUT WELCOMED…NOT JUST PUT UP WITH BUT DESIRED…THAT WE AREN’T JUST ADD-ONS OR TAG-ALONGS, BUT THAT WE WERE PLANNED FOR…ALL THIS IS KNOWLEDGE TOO WONDERFUL FOR OUR HEADS, SO WE’LL JUST HAVE TO LET IT FILL OUR HEARTS AND RELY ON IT. “NOT CONSUMED” IS MORE THAN WE HAD A RIGHT TO EXPECT. BUT GOD WANTED MORE FOR US…HE WANTED US AND THIS IS MORE THAN WE COULD HAVE DREAMED.
    PAIGE, LET’S KEEP CHOOSING, EVERY DAY, A FRESH START! MAY HE KEEP YOU SO CLOSE THAN YOU CAN ALWAYS HEAR HIM WHISPERING HOW MUCH HE LOVES YOU AND HOW PROUD HE IS OF YOU.

  3. Email Girl on said:

    I should be taking time every morning to remember that each day is a new day and I get a 2nd chance. 2nd chance upon 2nd chance. Sometimes I feel that I’ve failed so long and so hard that there is not a path back to God’s mercies. I know in my head that that is wrong…that there is a way back, but in my heart I don’t know how He regards me after such a lifetime of disappointing Him. I am so ashamed of my life and of my avoidance of Him for so long…its hard to think that He’d still be merciful to me. I don’t think I truly understand our Lord or His love. But I want to…I guess that’s enough to keep me seeking His approval.
    AND, I’LL BE PRAYING FOR YOU, E-MAIL GIRL, TO COME TO UNDERSTAND DOWN DEEP THAT YOU ARE THE DAUGHTER OF GOD, WHO DOESN’T HAVE TO KEEP SEEKING HIS APPROVAL. FOR YOU ALREADY HAVE IT. MAY HE LEAD YOU TO THE PLACE WHERE YOU CAN SIMPLY OPEN UP TO THE TRUTH OF HIS LOVING ACCEPTANCE OF YOU AND BE ABLE TO ENJOY TIMES OF JUST RELAXING IN THE ARMS OF YOUR LOVING AND APPROVING FATHER. FOR, AS SURELY AS HE APPROVED OF JESUS CHRIST, HE DOES YOU AS WELL. HE HAS MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS TO BE YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. MAY THAT TRUTH COURSE THROUGH YOUR SOUL, YOUR HEART, YOUR MIND AND FREE YOU. GOD BLESS YOU.

  4. I have immensly enjoyed reading your thoughts and words of wisdom as well as your readers responses  to the various topics you write on. Like Gail I have been filled with emotion and brought to tears  a few times. Yes, I also am thankful that we have reconnected,because I ‘ve been blessed by the words that you write.You have a wonderful gift in your expression of thought,which encourages people to pause for a moment out of their busy livesto think about Jesus perhaps in ways they never did before. I feel God must be discouraged with me too at times,because I mess up frequently. Our refrigerator is covered with scripture on various topics,all in plain view,so I can read them and be reminded of those things needful in my life.One I look at a lot is Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy site O Lord…. Many times it is’nt the big sins Christians have trouble with, its the little ones. It is refreshing to think about each  day as a brand new beginning to start  over with God. I need to stop fishing in my memory bank of past sins as Derek our minister once wrote,and press  forward in my christian walk so I can be more effective in my service to God.Philippians 3:13-14. Keep up with your thoughts and your writing. You are a deep thinker about many things….P.S….I’m glad we are family!

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