I went out to dinner with a friend last night at a local restaurant and noticed this phrase on their drinking cups. It’s a marketing pitch for sure, but I love it! Think about it, everyday we get to start over. We get a FRESH START. Yesterday’s struggles and failures are in the past and we get a new beginning. Every new day is a gift from God. It is a brand new day full of possibilities and opportunities just waiting for us to live out. Even though we all have a different amount of days in this life, the fact remains that we have each been given this one day. We would be wise to make the most of this day, and every day we are given.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.~~
(Photo credits/story go to my family member Rosanne Rodgers who graciously allowed me to share both)
The reflections are mine.
I have a family member who lives in Wisconsin and has the most wonderful opportunities to photograph birds and nature of all sorts. Over the weekend she snapped this photo of a fawn that was born in a neighbors front lawn. After awhile the doe just up and left the fawn and it didn’t seem that she was coming back. So they called animal control and were told that this was quite normal, that the doe was most likely off at a distance somewhere and had her eye on her young one. They were told it was best to leave the fawn alone and just let nature take its course. This became quite concerning for my family member and her neighbors when several hours had passed and there was no sign of the mother deer. As they were thinking of intervening they were amazed to see that mother deer had in fact returned for her little one and all was well.
You know, at times I think that is the way it is with us in our situation’s and struggles. Maybe we can’t seem to see God at work, we feel like He has left us all alone. The reality is that all the time He is orchestrating things in the background. He is off at a distance where we don’t see, but he is working on our behalf and at the right time He will come in and we will will see that all is well. Is there a situation in your life where you don’t see God moving on your behalf? Don’t give up hope. He is working in the background and He will make Himself know in His perfect timing.
So on my last visit to the rheumatologist she tells me that my left knee is pretty bad. Something I already suspected. She says my left ankle isn’t sounding or looking to good either. Now this is news to me. I haven’t felt any difference with either ankle of foot, but she is the expert and I trust her completely. I am thankful for her thoroughness. She does a good job caring for me.
Her STRONG suggestion to me was to start using a cane when I am out and about or have to do any long walking so that I can take pressure off my left knee and ankle as much as posible. Like I said I really like my doctor, but I was upset as I left the office. I thought to myself, I am too young to be using a cane. I am not ready to be using a cane. I had heard all of her advice and understood why she was suggesting this, but in my pride I was upset and angry at my situation. In my pride. Yes, my pride. Pride can be a good thing when used in the right way, for the right reasons. Taking pride in your work or your craft makes for a job well done or a product well made. However being prideful for the wrong reasons can cause serious problems, and I knew this. Pride for the wrong reason always leads to destruction.
I got home and started to reflect on everything that she had told and what we have talked about. I started to realize that I was being prideful and foolish for not wanting to use the cane. If I want to keep my mobility for as long as I can I know I need to follow her suggestions. So with God’s help I am working on my pride issue. Don’t be surprised if you see me sporting a stylish cane one day soon.
My journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis has certainly taken me down some hard roads and as each day unfolds it seems it is leading me to places I would rather not be. This past week I had another unexpected detour on my RA journey that sidetracked me for a few days and kept me home in bed on Monday. It seems that the RA has decided that my jaw would be a good place to take up residence. So it decided to let me know that is was happily situated on the left side. Well let me tell you this was not a pleasant experience at all. It made doing everyday, ordinary things like eating, swallowing and talking excruciatingly painful. Not to mention that one side of my face was swollen and looked slightly different from the other. Not pretty or fun at all. I think I may have lost a couple of pounds though; so that may be one way to take off those extra pounds I have been trying to get rid off. All kidding aside though, this was rough. Thankfully it is getting better, but leaving me to wonder when it will flare up again. So not looking forward to that.
I must say though that God has been supremely faithful to me even in this valley place I found myself in on my latest RA path. Even this past Sunday when I couldn’t sing in church, I found myself singing the words in my heart and felt Him so near to me, that I had to cry from the joy of having Him hold me. SO I have to say that in many ways even though my road is hard there are many rays of sunshine and unspeakable joy that I might have never known if He hadn’t allowed me to take this path.
As I spent time in prayer with Him this morning I got to thinking that the dawn of every new day, including this one is a custom-made gift from God specifically designed for each and every one of us, and certainly a reason to celebrate, even in the valley places that life might take us. I just want to say don’t let the distractions and worries that may come put off your celebration of this wonderful gift. I believe as we make this day and everyday a celebration we may truly find that He gives us even more to celebrate. Go celebrate your day y’all.
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Monday evening of this week I was sitting outside enjoying the cooler evening we were having here in Phoenix and doing a little star-gazing. The sky was clear and I was thinking as I enjoyed the twinkling stars of how … Continue reading