BY: SHERIE GROSSMAN
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BIBLE TEXT: Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT): “The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Most people that know me know that I am a bit of a routine person. I like to go to bed by 10pm. I wake up by 5:30am every morning with or without an alarm clock. I follow patterns, rules, and plans. That’s just who I am. So before starting something new I have to decide if I will actually follow through with it.
At the start of December I saw a post on Facebook that showed a Bible verse writing plan. It gave a section of verses each day that would take between 5-10 minutes to write down. I thought, “This is it! I can do that!” I was very diligent the first week, making sure to write down the verses nightly before bed. I was amazed at how the verses spoke to me, related to each other, and opened my eyes and heart to God.
Then I missed a day. The guilt set in. Why did I start this “program” if I wasn’t going to follow through? Now I had twice the “work” to do the next day. I beat myself up until I remembered the verse in Lamentations. If HIS mercies are new every morning, why can’t I be more merciful on myself? I asked God for forgiveness for not only missing a day (not sure that really mattered to Him), but also asked him to allow me to forgive myself.
I stuck with the writing plan and felt closer to Him because of it. If I missed a day, I’d make it up. If I missed two days, I’d make it up. I didn’t let the guilt take over my mind or discourage me from continuing to spend time with him. I found that I would not only write the suggested verses but continue to read the entire chapter before and after the verses. I was spending more time in prayer, and His Word was burning in my heart with every swipe of my pen.
I am now following a writing guide for January and love it. It fits my personality to have something to follow and allows me to then go deeper and further into His Word after I’m done writing. If you are interested, you can find it at www.swtblessings.com
PERSONAL APPLICATION: You may have started something in this New Year and already “fell off the wagon.” Get back on! Try again! Keep working! Whether it’s fitness, diet, study, or anything else, don’t let Satan invade your spirit with defeat! HIS mercies are new every morning, so be merciful to yourself!!!
PRAYER: Lord, thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your mercy. Please forgive me when I fail you, when I sin. Help me to forgive myself. Help me to stay the course in writing and studying your Word. Invade my heart, and burn your Word on my mind. In Jesus name, Amen!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am the wife of the wonderful Jay Grossman, the mom of Ellie, Ethan and Christian, and the surrogate mom to hundreds of high school band, orchestra and choir students. I run a community band, volunteer at Life Assembly, co-sponsor the Interact club, and like to crochet in my “spare” time. I try to hear God’s voice through the chaos daily!