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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: New Every Morning
By Betty Castleberry
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A hummingbird is visiting the feeder. He is already going about the business of his day. The tiny wings beat so fast, they are nearly invisible. I reflect on yesterday, recalling an embarrassing moment and how I reacted. I would have loved to be invisible then.
Lord, please guide me through today and help me to not make foolish mistakes.
The swing beckons me and I sit, enjoying the cool fresh air, so far undisturbed by a hectic day. An unkind word spoken to my husband the day before haunts me. I wish the peaceful feeling I am experiencing now would have blanketed me then.
Lord, grant me your peace that surpasses all understanding.
I see a new bloom on my Mr. Lincoln rose and venture out to get a closer look. The blossom is not quite fully opened, but already, it is beautiful. It is Valentine red and fragrant. Its velvet petals hold drops of dew. I remember a time yesterday when I heard some disturbing news and cried.
Lord, hold me and dry my tears today.
A lady bug is climbing up the stem. She is tiny, but remarkable in her ability to climb such a daunting mountain. I think of a situation that seemed impossible yesterday. How I wish I could climb my mountain with such ease.
Lord, give me a boost up that mountain.
My honeysuckle vine perfumes the air. Butterflies are landing on the little flowers, feasting on the sweet nectar. Something made me angry yesterday. My attitude created a stench that even I did not appreciate. I wish I could go back and change that disposition.
Lord, help me to keep my attitude sweet and fragrant today. Fill me with your spiritual nectar.
Gentle rain begins to fall. I turn my face to it, relishing the soothing drops on my cheeks. They fall from heaven, washing away all traces of yesterday, and I am eager to receive them. I make a vow to exercise my faith better today, and praise God for who He is. His mercies are new every morning.
~Lamentations 3:22-23: It is of the Lordís mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning, great is the faithfulness. ~KJV
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