New Mercies, Part 2
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
As you accept His call to encourage others, you can do so with complete confidence that He will provide new mercies every morning for the tasks that day.
He gives you the mercy needed to represent His compassion, whether it is through your presence, doing menial tasks that are too difficult for your friend or working alongside of her in her daily responsibilities. Extending His mercy might be writing a note with a Scripture promise or whispering in her ear, “I love you and I’m so sorry for this pain you are in.” Your obedience to the encouragement mandate is one way God is sending new mercies to your friend. Watch for those mercies and treasures. They are designed as love notes for you, to remind you that the Lord your God loves you and calls you by name.
As each new day starts, remember this promise to God’s children. Be on the alert. Expect new mercies designed to remind you that He is the Lord your God and calls you by name. Be intentional in your prayer time and “consider carefully” how to encourage the people in your circle of influence. Ask the Lord what your friend, child, co-worker needs from you today: a phone call, a text with Scripture, a visit, lunch in a park, a walk, a meal? Make a note in your journal of one practical way you will extend mercy to your friend or child today.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the grief audio resource titled “When A Child Loses a Parent” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Joy was 10 years old when her mother lost her battle with aggressive breast cancer. Her two little sisters looked to her for mothering. She became her father’s confidante as he tried to navigate grief, single parenthood, and looking for a new wife. Joy’s story gives listeners a glimpse into how the loss of a parent can create an ever widening circle of grief that takes years to process.
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