Monday, February 4, 2008

New day

Well - I am successfully failing at all of my resolutions this year so far. However, it is now a new month. I was watching Martha Stewart last week (yeah - I should have really been working on my resolutions instead of wasting my time... I know, I know.) and she had someone on the show that was talking about resolutions and how everyone is pretty much giving up on their "new year's goals" by the end of January - - and well - - I am.

But, the point was that we can change the way we look at it and we can get a enw start without waiting till 2009. We all like new beginnings. A new chance to look at life again. A day to start without the mistakes from yesterday, and a blank screen to start writing on again. Being a musician, I like my blank screens to start a little later than you early birds... but I love a blank screen that starts around 10:00 and I can write on it late into the night. Anyway, that is beside the point. (I don't GET that late start usually.. I am just saying that is the way I prefer it!)

Today - its the 4th of February, 2008 - I get to start over again today! So far, I have successfully done a few things this morning, and I have a list a mile long today however... what a wonderful opportunity to start again.

yesterday - we sang a "good hymn of the faith" as many like to call them at church. The lyrics are like this,

Great is thy faithfulness, Oh God my Father
there is no shadow, of turning with thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness - Lord unto me.

Now, in my own words - without the "Thee's and Thou's" since I dont talk like that usually.

Oh my Father, Your faithfulness is so great!
You never turn - not even a shadow's worth!
You do not change, your compassion never fails
As you have been... That is forever how You will be (for a girl... this is the ultimate security statement)
Great is Your faithfulness
Great is Your faithfulness
Everything I need (not want) You have provided through your generous hand
Your faithfulness is so great to me Lord.

Those words had me near tears as I played the bass during the morning service. I wanted to fall to my knees and bow to the realness of the faithfulness of my Father. He is faithful to me - to us. Even when we don't see it. Even when we feel lonely. Even when we are ungrateful. His faithfulness (thank goodness) is not one of those "dependent on our actions" type of things. It is not a conditional promise. He is faithful through our unfaithfulness! (not sure if that is a word).

Every morning he gives me new mercies, as our worship pastor said yesterday - this is a good thing... because He knows I certainly used up all my mercies for yesterday, I need new ones today!

So, today - the first Monday in February. I am going to work on the resolutions again. New today.


Anonymous said...

Good for you, Julia. That is the best thing I've learned over the last year, that God's happiness with me depends on nothing I do, but on Jesus' sacrifice. So many people are trying to jump through hoops to get to heaven; it's wonderful to know I don't have to depend on me. God's mercy is all I need.

Tricia said...

Hey Julia
That is one of my favorite hymns, it was sung at our wedding as James and I both love it. And, like you, I am so thankful that God's mercies are new every morning. I really needed new ones this morning, yesterday was a tough day for me and I definitely used up my share for the day yesterday, but I received my new mercies this morning and today has been much better!