“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.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
– Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
Daily Meditation: Philippians 2, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
The dew on the ground, the small green blades of grass poking out of the lawn after a hard winter, the warmth of the sun’s rays on a cold morning; they all shout “fresh and new” to me. It’s a new day!
God’s faithfulness is like that. Even after a hard season, a broken heart, or a long battle, his faithfulness never runs out, and his compassions never fail. They are new every morning.” Every moment of every day, love and compassion are fresh and new from our heavenly Father. He doesn’t run out of anything. He always has plenty of whatever we need.
Indeed, “The Lord is my portion,” for he is more than everything we need. He is always much more than enough for us. In that we can rejoice!
As women, we may run out of energy, strength, passion, or patience. We might feel like we are “at the end of our rope” or just “so done” with the day’s challenges. It is at these junctures that we must stop and make sure we are staying connected to the Lord so that he can renew our strength. The Lord wants to pour new mercies onto and into us, but he will not force himself on us; we must seek him. When we are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, we can buy into the lie that we don’t have time for relationship with the Lord, but the exact opposite is true. It is only with the Lord’s strength that we can continue living well. We can do all things—persist in all situations, hold fast to our faith no matter the circumstances—“through Christ who strengthens” us (Philippians 4:13).
“Sanctification, again, is the outcome and inseparable consequence of regeneration.
He who is born again and made a new creature,
receives a new nature and a new principle and always lives a new life.”
– J. C. Ryle
Be fearless: Thankfully, the fact that we can run out of gas, run ourselves ragged, or even run on empty is in no way a reflection of our Father! He never runs out. And yes, we can reflect him by giving to others, but only when we are anchored in him. So renew yourself each morning by plugging into the only unlimited source of life, power, and peace.
Let’s let 2019 be the year we grow closer to the Lord and become the fearless, strong, and faithful woman we are meant to be in Him! In Be Fearless, Julie Clinton provides a scripturally-sound guide for finding freedom, purpose, joy… and fearlessness. Be Fearless is now available in our store! https://www.aacc.net/product/be-fearless/ Consider working through Be Fearless with another extraordinary woman or group this year!
Julie Clinton, MAd, MBA, is president of Extraordinary Women and host of EWomen conferences all across America. She is the author of several books including A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and Extraordinary Women. She is passionate about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia with their children, Megan and Zach.