His Mercies: A Birthday Prayer

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
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.”
The Lord is good to
those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him.
~Lamentations 3:21-25
      Another year has passed, slipping quietly into the memory of my mind. It’s pretty busy in that place. My mind, that is. Some days more than others. I have found only one way to quiet the many voices competing for my attention in my own mind as well as allowing me wisdom for the one’s clamoring for my attention outside myself. Sitting in His presence. Basking in His love. Letting His mercies wash over me. I am needy of those. Desperately so. You see, I am a woman of many passions and desires. Big dreams and many ambitions. I am one who would fall into sin with all my good intentions, if it wasn’t for the realization of my own wretchedness and more importantly recognition of His mercies and tender graces. I am talking of the kind that makes people wag their tongues and shake their heads. We all are guilty of hidden sins (what you think in your mind, God sees it as clearly as if it has been done and with piercingly accurate perception of motive and intent-Hebrews 4:13) and it is so easy to look at the outward sins that can be seen and judge from our place of perceived superiority. Well I have been guilty of all. I have fallen flat on my face and battled in the spiritual realm and failed. I have also learned to rely on His strength and let Him fight my battles instead in life and the spiritual realm. (Zechariah 4:6) I am still learning and growing in the grace and knowledge of my beautiful, Lord and Savior.
     Today, I am grateful for His mercies more than ever. I am aware that, although my life is far from perfect,  (that expectation is happily crucified) my hope is properly placed. Today is the celebration of my physical birth, my birthday. I like to reflect and consider the past, and check my expectations for the future. I am grateful that He is greater than all of my past, present and future and He holds all in the palm of His hands. Every year I come to the same conclusion…I need Him more than ever to go on. I need His mercies EVERY morning. Some days more than others. He never fails to give them. (1Corinthians 13:8, 1 John 3:16) For this I am grateful. 
Dear Lord, I thank you that your love is faithful,
and will never fail for all eternity. It is this love I fully believe and rely on.
Let me call to mind this great love and hope when I am weak and let me trust You completely.
I praise You and thank you that your mercies are new every morning.

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