Today is Monday, a new start to the work week, a day of fresh beginnings---the first day of the rest of your life! It's a day that God can bring fresh and new mercies to you. They are His gift to you---you but need to make the choice to accept each happening as His lesson for you. You can choose to grumble or rejoice about the new thing occurring in your life, the gift of His circumstances He is allowing today. You can choose to see it as His Hand at work in your life to teach you, to grow you up, to bring a sense of acceptance and trust in your relationship with Him. There is nothing that happens in our life that God is not completely aware of and will use it to mature us and help us understand Him and ourselves better! We just need to look for the little gems He brings our way and see them as blessings. Even those things that appear to be curses sent our way to destroy our day can turn out to be God's greatest blessings in the overall view of our lives. God is the Author of our story and He is writing it page by page, day by day. He knows the end and He has already written the final chapter. We can trust Him!
I have a couple of new things occurring in my life that I am very excited about. My girlfriend in Minnesota and I have agreed together to call each other on the phone to pray for each other and our families at least twice a month. I love the image of each of us picking up the phone with a third-party (God) picking up His phone and listening in and agreeing with us over the things that we pray. Some things God will nod His head and say, "yes, my children, I can grant that"; some things He will say "no, my children, that is not best for you or your family'; or "just be patient and wait, I know the right timing for that answer." Prayer is our most powerful asset for each new day and I'm looking forward to having a prayer partner agreeing with me over my heart's desires.
Also, this past summer I decided to attend Weight Watchers and accomplished a weight loss of 26 lbs. Now that I have returned to Hawaii, I convinced my great-niece to attend the meetings with me here in Maui. Tonight will be our new beginning on the journey of losing weight to meet our goal. It's a good feeling.
Fresh beginnings---life never needs to be boring with God in each new day! I pray you will see today in a fresh new way and rejoice in the fact that God is allowing you the opportunity to enjoy it! Even on Mondays, the start of a new work week!
Happy to be back!