It was the wee hours of the morning as I rolled out of bed to begin my day. Jumping in the shower, my mind went back to the evening before.
Through some scheduling conflicts, my grandkids had missed one day of online school and were working on catching up before a new week began.
With Bryson, this is easy. He sits down and gets his work done without any complaint. Brailee, she is a different story.
This type of school has been more difficult for her, and her mom. She doesn’t want to sit still and get it done – she does everything possible to procrastinate. On normal days, this is a test of patience. On a day when she is behind, it is even worse.
Brailee, at almost ten years old, is testing her boundaries. This child has more stubbornness in her than Bryson ever had. With Bryson, you could look at him sternly and he would behave. With Brailee, it seems nothing works.
Taking privileges doesn’t bother her one bit. Spanking her doesn’t either. Sitting her in a corner doesn’t work. Nothing so far has worked. As the grandmother, I remember her mom going through the same phase – it was not fun.
As I prepared for the day, I almost had a dread of the day – hoping it would not be one like yesterday, but then the Lord gently spoke to me. He said, “My mercies are new every morning, extend mercy.”
Ahhh. His loving kindness invaded my thoughts.
I knew God was telling me to shake off the frustration and dread and extend mercy.
(When we have bad days with our kids, or our spouse, or our loved ones, the worst thing we can do is allow it to carry over into a new day.)
He is such a good, good, Father.
We, just like little Brailee, test the patience of our Father. We mess up. We are stubborn and strong willed – or at least I am.
There are days I do things I regret – I wish I could take back. Perhaps I speak harshly. Or I am impatient with my daughter or grandkids. Maybe I don’t display the love of God to those around me or those I encounter.
And there have been times in my past, I have done much worse. For those days and the days ahead of me when I will mess up and miss the mark, I am thankful for God and His never-ending mercy.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
The New Living Translation says it like this; The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
And the Amplified version; It is because of the Lord’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.
Why is His mercy new every single morning of our life? Because He is faithful to us. He is faithful to His word. He is a good and loving Father and that will never change.
I feel there is someone reading this today who feels they have messed up and disappointed God. Maybe you have – but I have good news. Today is a new day. Repent – once you do, it is forgotten. His mercy is new every day and He is extending that mercy to you today, will you accept it?
Brailee was in so much trouble last night, but all she kept doing was kissing me and telling me she loved me. Oh, if we would only do that when we mess up!
If we would run to the Father, throw our arms around Him, and tell Him how much we love Him. Imagine how the heart, love, mercy and grace of the Father would wash over us. May we learn to be like a little child…even when we sin. Even when we miss the mark. Even and especially when we need the most mercy. Even then.
There is a song I love the words to, it says, “My sin was great, YOUR LOVE WAS GREATER.” Isn’t that the truth.
Friends, today, receive His mercy. Receive His love. Receive His grace. Today is a new day. His mercy is new and flowing today – receive it and run free!
Meditate on this:
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7