his mercies begin afresh each morning

Lamentations 3:22-23 says “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

Isaiah 65:17 says “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”

Ezekial 36:26 says “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Whoever belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

I find it hard to believe that it’s already July. July! Halfway through the year! There’s something I love about a new month. It’s kind of like a mini fresh start, a new page, another beginning.

Throughout the Bible we often hear about people getting new hearts, new spirits, and new identities. I love in Corinthians where we hear that we are a completely new person in Christ. That old junk we have? Gone! That old life? Passed away! What forgiveness that is. What belief in us, as mere humans. What a chance at a fresh start!

Even though I made the decision to love Jesus years ago, sometimes I need the reminder that I can still come to Him and ask for a fresh start. I can still confess my sins, I can still repent, I can still decide to live a little bit more for Him. God doesn’t say “oops, missed your window!” or “too late!” He says “come to Me as you are and I will greet you with open arms.”

As we passed the halfway mark of this year and yet another month came to a close, I found myself needing just a little extra reminder of God’s promises, of His love, and of His acceptance. I am flawed, but I am worthy. I often fall short of my own expectations, but not of God’s. I stumble and succumb to this world, but still I am loved.

Sometimes I struggle with giving myself a break. Sometimes I hold my officer to unrealistic expectations-or just don’t let my expectations be known. And still, I am cherished as a child of God. If you also need a little bit of a fresh start this month, and a reminder that you are doing the best that you can-please hear me say, GO YOU! Hear me cheering you on. Being a police wife is hard work, and loving a police officer is hard work. Managing life, and a family, and responsibilities, and finances, is hard work. Give yourself the grace that God does, friend, and fall into His arms this July.

Lord, thank you for loving me unconditionally. Thank you for giving me so many chances, so many fresh starts. As time passes and we enter another month, I ask that You remind me of Your promises. I have become a new person in You. Help me live as You want me to, to love my officer as You want me to, to follow Your plans as You want me to.

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