It’s early and I am watching the day unfold. The darkness becomes light right before my eyes and I am reminded today is a new day. The choice is up to me- will I embrace this new day or live in the past of yesterday?
The past has some very good memories- as a teen I accepted Christ, meeting the man who would become my husband, and the birth of our children and grandchildren. Yes, the past has many warm memories!
However, if I am totally honest, my past includes some events I would prefer to not remember- childhood abuses by two older boys, feelings of being lost in a big world, some bad choices I’d made, the loss of one of our children and the loss of several grandchildren. Yes, my past has many harsh memories.
As a woman of God I must decide if I believe in a loving merciful compassionate God and His Word found in the Bible. I am immediately reminded of His promise in Lamentations 3:19-24 – I have hope!
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 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; therfore I will wait for him.”
His compassion IS new every morning. Will I miss out on them because I am dwelling in the pain of my past? Embracing God’s promises doesn’t magically erase the painful memories of my past. Accepting and embracing God’s compassion toward me helps me to remember the blessings, have hope for today while not letting my past pain rule who I am today. I AM a woman of God and I choose to exchange the pain of my past darkness to become God’s light as He unfolds His love, mercy and compassion on me today.
I encourage you to spend time with Him today, accept his compassion toward you and know today is a new day! Here is a worship song by Don Moen called Thank You Lord to help you start today fresh in Christ…