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New Morning Mercies

Happy new year!

I have an update to share with you but, first let me share a bit about a devotional that is making a big impact on us.

It is called “New Morning Mercies.”  Every devotion begins with a “thought for the day” that is then expanded upon.  Scripture references are provided if you want to dig deeper.

It is not too late to pick up your own copy because, let’s face it, “Mornings can be tough.  Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the  most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.

Forget ‘behavior modification’ or feel-good aphorisms.  Tripp knows what we really need is an encounter with the living God.  Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on His grace, and live for His glory each and every day” (copied from the cover of the book).

Encounters with the living God are exactly what we need to carry us through each day when “real life” hits.

The past several months have been trying for our family.

Eric and I are being stretched and asked to trust God in ways that are uncomfortable.

We’re preparing to uproot and plant our family in a new place, Eric has started a new job in another state, we are trying to sell one house while buying another, and our family is still currently split in the midst of it all.

We don’t know when our move will take place or when God will sell our home here.

The fear, doubts, questions, anxiety, stresses, loneliness, and sadness easily consume me. I have faced the reality of how unnatural faith is to me again and again.

But, as Tripp wrote in the January 8 devotion, “In grace, God grants us to believe. Faith is a gift of God. By grace He works in the situations, locations, and relationships of our everyday lives to craft, hammer, bend, and mold us into people who build life based on the radical belief that He really does exist and He really does reward those who seek Him. He is rescuing you from thinking that you can live the life you were meant to live while relying on the inadequate resources of your wisdom, experience, righteousness, and strength; and He is transforming you into a person who lives a life shaped by radical God-centered faith.”

How easily my heart despairs, BUT GOD. He is still working on me! “He is near to [me] and doing in [me] a very good thing!”

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