Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New again

I am in need of newness.

I had a tough weekend, one in which I was very disappointed in myself. Did you ever have a problem with someone and think that you had it all resolved, think that you had your heart in good order, think that you had forgiven and moved on in wholeness, only to discover that unforgiveness was lurking in an ugly little corner of your soul?

My weekend was pretty much ruined by a monster inside me that was unleashed. I became angry over something that happened years ago, and I acted so badly. Now, instead of having enjoyed a pleasant weekend and going on with the work of my week, I'm having to eat all those hasty words and seek to repair the damage that I wrought in my anger.

I would have been too ashamed to get out of bed this morning, except for one thing:

This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

They are new every morning.

Great is Your faithfulness.

"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."

Lamentations 3:22-24

I need NEW. God's mercies have always been there for me, but I need new ones this morning. And they are there, waiting for me. Not only that, they are new every morning. I am dismayed at how faithless I can be--surely I had grown beyond that point? Surely I can't be that bad?! No, I hadn't. I can still be that bad. So I need to know that there will still be mercy for me when I fail.

And there is. So I can in fact have hope. And I can sing all day: "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will hope in Him."

Thank God.

Unwrapped this Tuesday with Emily at Chatting at the Sky

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Especially Heather said...

What a timely post... I too am in need of newness. Thank you for this reminder.

||| laura frantz ||| said...

I have both taken comfort in and comforted my kids with the fact that His mercies are new every morning. And how we all need mercy and grace!! Thank you for sharing. :)

Carmen said...

Boy did I need to hear this today! Thank you!

southerninspiration said...

this is the verse that immmediately came to mind when I saw the title of your post. We all mess up big time, and I am so thankful for promises like this that remind me, it's really NOT about me. sometimes I get in the way, though! thanks for sharing, and I pray you will know the freshness and comfort that comes with NEWNESS.


Marla said...

Oh honey, I'm so sorry. We all fail. We all have unexpected words that we wish we could reach out and take back. Sometimes we resolve in our minds, but our hearts aren't finished aching and the pain leaks out unexpectedly.

Newness is a gift. Allow yourself to accept it.

Dawn said...

how i long to think that the ugliness in me is gone... but so often, ther it is... staring me in the face. and i put it right there. GOd keeps washing it away... and i drag it on back. so i thank Him for hope... right along with you.

emily said...

Oh Richella. I don't know why I continue to be surprised by my own weakness, but I am. I can so relate to this post. thank you for your honesty and for your heartfelt reminder of where new comes from. You are a blessing to me.

Alyssa Barnett said...

Amen Sister. Thanks for your post. I have been filled up this morning by yours (and others) posts with scripture...


Lee Laurie said...

Thank you so much. This is exactly what I have been needing to hear!

Jo@Mylestones said...

Thank goodness for those new mercies. Great reminder for all of us. Thank you.

Kelli said...

So awesome that our God NEVER changes! Before and after trials occur, he is STILL the same. Great reminder!!! (Lamentations-one of my favorite passages you cited!!)

Corinne said...

I'm so sorry for your monster of a weekend, that's happened to me many a times. Thankfully there is that newness...

Bonita said...

I love that scripture because I need it so often that I thought God put it in the Bible just for me. I'm sorry to hear that things didn't go well, but thankful that you know where to turn. We all have those times. God knew that, hence the scripture.

deb said...

I first read portion, as potion, because I think that's what it will take to magically rid me of all my bitter old stuff. But at least we keep getting new chances to learn how to wait for the grace .
I wish magical for you, Richella.

Kristi said...

I'm blessed by your post - again. Thanks for your transparency. May the Lord's new mercies be seen abundantly tonight.

Anonymous said...

Been there. Done that. Felt rotten afterwards.

Praying for you to release it. To release it to God and try not to take it back.

It is sooo easy to remember all of those feelings, but so difficult to remember to forget them.

Go easy on yourself... God' still working on you and me. :-)


Angie said...

This is one of my favorite verses! What a blessing that He gives us His Word to remind us that His fresh, new mercies are there for us each day. Thanks for the reminder!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...


You have not failed. You should not be ashamed. You have not been faithless. You have not been bad. This is part of your spiritual journey. It is an opportunity for spiritual growth and you are seizing it. Be grateful for this experience and for what you have learned about yourself. Continue the journey and celebrate each step!


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