New Mercies



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


The morning after surgery for breast cancer I looked out the hospital window at a gorgeous, hot summer day. The sunny day did not match my mood. I was afraid. Final biopsy results would take a few days. Today’s Treasure scripture came to mind. I didn’t conclude that the Lord was promising I would survive cancer. I knew I could die. But I heard Him say through this verse that I was not alone in this journey. He would send new blessings or “treasures of encouragement” every day. I could depend on His presence to be revealed through little love notes reminding me that He was present, He was aware and He was enough for this journey.

I could “wait for Him” with confidence that whatever I needed, He would provide. Great is His faithfulness. I started looking for “treasures” that I knew only He could send my way. Most of them would seem insignificant to someone else, but each one held a message uniquely created to meet a need only He understood.

As you review your village (your family, friends), you might identify enormous needs that you know you cannot meet. Trust this promise from your Father. You do not need to be consumed by these needs, but instead, pray and patiently watch as He sends “treasures of encouragement” to you as a means of equipping you to “revive village life” in those you love.




Oh Father, Your compassion never fails. Your love covers us in ways we don’t even know. You send treasures of encouragement, new mercies, not just to help turn our hearts toward You, but to also infuse into our hearts a reminder of Your faithful love in a way that overflows into the lives of others.

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