Friday, June 1, 2007

New Every Morning

I'm watching my friend, Erika's twins today so that she can get some much needed rest. Addison has decided to nap. Asher will have none of least yet! I've been spending some time today thinking about the many challenges of motherhood. I talked to a friend earlier who is getting ready to have her 3rd baby next month. Her kids will all be under three. My younger sister is having her second boy in August. My big sister just had her first little girl. My good friend in Baltimore is pregnant with her seventh (and 6th boy!) It's hard...there's no getting around it. Whether it's your first, second, or seventh, each day presents challenges. The lack of sleep, the crying, the's hard, really hard. One of my friends once told me, "There are days we are all just lucky to be alive at the end of the day." I can relate! So, here's some encouragement:

21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 TNIV

I read this verse with fresh, but sleepy, eyes when Max was a newborn. I remember being so comforted, knowing that God had a new bundle of mercies to grant me each day. Though I was still wearing yesterday's spit-up covered clothes, and stepping in crushed Cheerios, and drinking yesterday's cold coffee, God's mercies to me were brand new, unused, and ready-made for me! And, He'd grant me a new supply tomorrow! I am still so comforted by these words and by knowing that the God of the universe loves me this way; so personally, so specifically, and that His mercies are new in my life, and heart, every morning!

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