As we continue our series, 7 Days of Thanks and “Thanksliving”, I pray that we are encouraged to see all the blessings we have in our life, outside of material possessions. I pray we are challenged to dig deeper into the character of God and see how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in our lives with some simple actions.
If you missed it, we began yesterday and it was all about Grace.
Day 2: Fresh Starts
Do you ever have those mornings where you feel like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed and things pretty much go downhill from there? You seem to drop or spill things a little more, hit a little more traffic, have a little less patience and say the wrong things or have the wrong attitude a little to often?
We’ve all been there.
“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. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ ”
Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV
Today, I am thankful for fresh starts and do-overs. I am thankful that a bad day does not need to turn into a bad week and that bad days do not mean we have a bad life.
If you find yourself in a slump or you right in the midst of a bad day, don’t lose heart – God is good and He gives us a fresh start each morning. Not sure where to start, just ask Jesus to give you this promise and repeat this scripture over your life.
Faith does not require special words or prayers, only an open heart.
As sure as the sun rises, He promises a new day to call to Him and to experience His mercy and love.
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness.”
We have a God who is filled with patience, mercy and grace; who is abounding in compassion and lovingkindness. Mercy is defined as an action “performed out of a desire to relieve suffering; motivated by compassion.”
What a beautiful truth. What a beautiful Lord.
Jesus gives us “Fresh Starts” and Do-Overs every morning. May we express that type of patience and compassion to someone in our life. Is there someone who is looking for a fresh start? How can we help? Can we pray with them? Share a conversation with them? Share a hug?
May our life of “Thanksliving” be expressed in offering someone a fresh start today.
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”
We continued our series here: