2013 SSMT2 Waves of mercy

His mercy flows in wave after wave
on those who are in awe before him.

~Luke 1:50, The Message

New mercies every morning, I awaken to His unfathomable kindness toward me. I am in awe of this huge God Who somehow cares about the details of my life. Lots of stuff going on right now, none really bad nor really awesome, but the days are busy for me–a little too busy, truth be told. I don’t seem to do anything well, and not a lot gets done. And so we’re two weeks into this new year of possibilities. I have a long resolutions list that I made, and my intent is to master a few of them, but take them on seriously one at a time. Best of intentions, but little progress. But the good news in all of it is that He knows our frame.

If I weren’t sure He’d be there tomorrow morning to catch me as I falter, I am not sure I’d care to try. I know His sure Hand that steadies my path and His encouraging words, “Get up and dust yourself off, and try again.” After all, what are resolutions for if they aren’t to measure how badly we fail? Just kidding. Sort of.

Surely, we will fail. We can’t but God can, and sweetly, that’s enough for this beautiful God Whom we serve. Just bend the neck low before Him, confess our feeble frame, and see His mercy fall over the heap of tired bones and make them new again, ready for another day.



siesta memory verse 23

As is typically the case, my memory verse this time is chosen from where I am in my walk with the Lord. As I look through the year’s selections of memory verses, I could tell you generally what was going on in my life where those Words of Old ministered to my heart.

Today’s one of those days I need to be smarter than I am. We need a healthy dose of His wisdom and words to convey our fierce love for a family member, to convey our concern, to convey His Love and direction for them. The good news is that the Lord promises always to answer that prayer for wisdom in James 1:5, but this one from the Psalms spoke to me as a promise from a friend.

discipline or delight?

This year I have tried to tuck a few verses into my heart with Beth Moore’s blog and the Siestas. Though I have been remiss in much of it, we have completed 21 verses and are entering crunch time before the “test” in January.

The real tests and benefits of knowing God’s Word come each day. Whether it is an outward resolve to handle a situation in love or an inner calm that settles inside me, there is a delight in hiding ancient words of Life in my heart. There is wisdom. There is peace. If you have an extra few minutes, listen to John Piper extol the virtues of memorizing The Word of the Lord using memorized verses.

Psalm 119:24 “Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.”