Monday, August 16, 2010

God's mercies are new every morning

Actually what the Bible says is, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23. I have thought about those verses as I've used a new application or app for my i-Phone, which I originally downloaded to help me track calories when I'm away from home. I have been trying to lose a few pounds to help lower my cholesterol since I cannot tolerate the modern medicines that would do it for me. It has been a frustrating battle, but a necessary one.

When I read about apps that would help count calories, I checked them out and downloaded one that had a high user rating. Now I am hooked on this particular app. Not only does it have lots of information about food, but it also helps me track exercise. Now I can easily type in what I eat and add in exercise as I do it, which promptly adds to my calorie total for the day so that I can eat a bit more and still lose weight over the long haul. I find that a great motivator to keep moving.

What I have come to appreciate even more than the information, convenience and encouraging feedback, however, is the way the app gives me a fresh start each day. Every morning when I log in, I find that I have a clean slate. I have not yet indulged in too many calories or done too little exercise. I have the promise that today I have the opportunity to do better than yesterday. That reminded me of this verse in Lamentations with its promise that in life God gives me a fresh start and a clean slate each morning, regardless of how I did the day before. What a blessing to know my failures from yesterday are behind me. I can try to do better today. What a great gift from a loving God to keep me moving in the right direction in my life's journey.

Grace and Peace,
Donna Sue