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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: New Every Morning
By Betty Castleberry


I take my first cup of coffee out to the patio with me. The first sip burns my tongue slightly, but it is rich and strong and begins the process of waking me.

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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Angela Posey-Arnold05/03/07
beautifully written
Vickie Thomas05/03/07
I really enjoy this piece. Great job. Vickie
Joanne Sher 05/03/07
I just love the style of this - the jumping back and forth from nature and your struggles to your prayers. It flowed seamlessly, and was lovely.
Jacquelyn Horne05/03/07
I liked the comparisons here. We all need to reflect now and then.
Mo 05/04/07
Great descriptions, with all the senses. Nice prayers/format, too.
Lynn Mosher05/06/07
Very vivid depiction of how to welcome God into our thoughts through His smallest creations and events in our lives, culminating in a minute-by-minute relationship with Him through our prayers.
David&Dee Jobes05/06/07
Beautiful anointed piece!Brilliant!
In Christ,Dee:)
"Numbers 6;24,25,26"
David&Dee Jobes05/06/07
Beautiful moving anointed piece that speaks to the heart!God Bless!
Elizabeth Baize05/06/07
Your brief descriptions of nature are so poignant, and beautifully compliment the theme of "New Every Morning." This was a blessing to read.
Mariane Holbrook 05/06/07
I can't think of any other hymn that reduces me to tears more than the worship song, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," which frames your piece. I can still see my mother, during the days of the Great Depression, when Dad had lost his job along with millions of other men, we lost the mortgage on our house, and everything was so bleak. But Mother would stand at the kitchen window and sing softly, "All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." Thank your for this lovely piece which just by reading it spreads calm and peace all over me like a warm blanket.

Angela Winters-Turner05/07/07
This was a blessing to read. Nice work.
Pam Carlson-Hetland05/07/07
I second all the comments made above. What a beautiful, calming piece. Thank you. I needed this today.
Cheri Hardaway 05/07/07
You have captured the essence of praying without ceasing in this lovely devotional. So often we spiritualize things and miss the beauty of the ongoing relationship we have with our heavenly Father. I enjoyed reading this. Many blessings, Cheri
Jan Ackerson 05/07/07
What a wonderful morning meditation! We should all see God-opportunites in every little thing. Quite nice.
Ann Grover05/07/07
Lovely and peaceful... great imagery...
Catrina Bradley 05/07/07
Beautiful work! You've captured seeing and worshiping God in His creation - nature - beautifully.
Myrna Noyes05/08/07
I like how God often speaks to us through nature, and you showed this experience beautifully in your debotional! Very well-written and with an encouraging message! :)
Venice Kichura05/08/07
This is beautiful! It makes me want to go outside and have my quiet time on my front porch as we live in the country.
Patty Wysong05/08/07
Wonderful! I loved how you wove your prayers for today in with the recollections of yesterday and the 'happenings' of those few moments out there with your coffee. I felt the 'new every morning' as I experienced the morning with you. Very nice!