Monday, August 18, 2008

Because We Are Human

I'd like to delve a little deeper into the post I did last week about blogging without glossing over the bad days. I have kept that thought in the back of my mind this whole week and I just keep coming back to it. And thank you to everyone who left such honest and encouraging comments. Here's to a little honesty, huh?

I have been reading through the Mitford series by Jan Karon. Anyone who is familiar with these books may recall that Lamentations 3:21-23 is brought up often, especially in books 3 and 4. I have really been drawn to this passage. I keep thinking how nicely it ties in with what I was saying last week, in a roundabout sort of way.

It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

In my book, that is one mighty powerful promise. One that I'd do well to remember, and also to try to copy. If the Lord is willing to grant me new mercies every morning, who am I to not grant them to husband, my children, or more difficultly, myself?

I've noticed as I get older, I have a more difficult time of letting go of yesterday's frustrations in order to start the new day fresh and optimistic. It used to be a good nights sleep was all the refuge I needed to let go of the previous day and bound joyfully into a new one. Now, I hold on to irritations or frustrations throughout the night, which means I don't sleep as well, which then means I'm not as positive as I need to be in the morning.

But now, I almost feel the freedom to let myself off the hook. I want to extend the compassion of the Lord to my family and myself. I officially cut myself some slack. I will face some negative feelings (the average, day to day things I mean, not the seasons that we may cycle through where everything is difficult), I may even blog about them, but I will do my best to accept the Lord's new mercies every morning and to apply that on a personal level also.


Michele 3:24 PM  

This is beautiful, Kate. Thank you so much for sharing this! :) I just love Lamentations (however odd that may sound). At so many times in my life, God has spoken just the perfect word to my heart through Lamentations.

Michele :)

Country Gal 6:28 PM  

Well said. For me it's the cares of yesterday that keep spilling over into my today's and polluting them with worry and stress.

His mercies are new every morning and He is faithful! Why am I worrying?

Melody 2:54 PM  

I have such a hard time with that both with myself and others. It is something I definitely should work on.

Thanks for such a great post.

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