I have to admit, every single time I go to church I always get more than I bargain for. True to form, recently James Al Brice jr. did not disappoint. One more one-liner found its way into this redhead’s head: Compromising leads to captivity. To you that might not mean much but to me it’s powerful. Every day is a new chance to change a life, and I’m starting to take them. The chances. Well, the days too, but mostly the mercies. Today was another opportunity to begin again, with a fresh new slate. Another chance to realign priorities, and show loved ones just how much they mean to me instead of putting them on the back burner. That’s one area of compromise I’m definitely open to changing.
Lamentations isn’t a book I visit regularly, but chapter3 verses 22 and 23 say it’s because of God’s mercies we are not “consumed”, and that we get new ones every morning. They must be new every morning ‘cos I need ’em! It gives me hope to know that every night I go to sleep, I’ll wake up to a whole new batch the next day, cooked up specially for me. Folk who think their day has to go the way they want it for them to be happy just amaze me. I can’t remember the last time my day went exactly how I had planned.
Take today, for instance; it was a very trying day… with a lot of unexpected things, and I had many opportunities to get upset. In fact almost nothing worked out how I thought it was going to, including a trip to get my man’s truck inspected, which culminated in me accidentally locking myself out of the house. But God is good and God is faithful, and He has His people in the right place at the right time for the right reason. I’m living proof. I got in the house. I was so thankful I did a happy dance!
If you’re in a rough spot right now I offer you the same advice a gal in one of my all-time fave movies did; when you’re in a hole… stop digging… and look up! Our Father is always there, ready to help, if we’ll just ask. Holy Spirit is a gentleman – He will never force Himself upon anyone – His help is there for the taking, if were humble enough to do so. I highly encourage you to forget yesterday, even today if necessary; begin again tomorrow with a whole new outlook and a fresh batch of mercy at your side, just in case you might happen to need it… which I very likely will, do if you don’t use yours may I borrow some?
Kari, the professional-beginner-again
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