By: Jennifer Murray

Always Fresh. Never Stale.

Yesterday was one of those days”.Tullip

A day in which nearly every waking moment was filled with a tantrum, an argument, a complaint, a total meltdown, an act of disobedience or the ultimate combo platter. 

x4!

It was mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, exhausting. My eyes welled up with tears on more than one occasion through the long day. It was one of those days that you loose hope…that you feel absolutely stuck.                                                   Photo Credit

My selfishness took over and tempted me to throw in the towel. (Like I even have a choice.)

Not even a hot bath could shake it.

I needed a fresh beginning that only God could provide.

Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

His love and mercy are always fresh!

So I woke up this morning clinging to His promises that “His mercies are new every morning” and choosing to be joyful, thankful, and obedient to His calling in my life regardless of my circumstances or the possible insignificant difficulties that I may face in the hours ahead.

I Peter 1:3-7 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation read to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuiness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

(Thank you so much for this reminder, Mari!)

There’s much comfort, hope, joy, mercy, and encouragement in the Gospel. How often I forget its promises and its truth! It’s fresh and applicable EVERY SINGLE DAY.

May it be your strength today no matter what you difficulty you may be facing, sweet friends!

15 Responses to “Always Fresh. Never Stale.”

  1. slivengo
    March 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Have totally been there way too many days in the past two weeks. Thank you for the encouragement and reminder. 🙂 His mercies ARE NEW EVERY MORNING. 🙂 Hang in there. 🙂

  2. Krystyn
    March 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Thank God for a new day and a fresh start! We all need it.

  3. kara
    March 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

    You'll make it through evryday no matter how hard! Just call or email (don't hesitate) if you need ANYTHING!

  4. Debbie
    March 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    The Lord does speak us when we need it most. Thank you for this post. I am asking you for prayers for my family. My son and his wife and three year old daughter lost everything in a house fire a little more than a week ago. The devil has tried to push them down BUT the Lord is good and has turned this horrible thing into a thing of love. The out pouring of love and support has been over whelming. They are moving into a rental house this weekend that is being furnished by family, friends and strangers. My son works for Carter's children clothing and they are giving them 3 years of clothes for their daughter! (Shop Carter's!) But now again today the devil has tried again to turn us away from our faith…my daughter who has the triplets have found out her husband will be losing his job at the end of the school year because of budget cuts. I know you know exactly what this feels like. So I am asking for your prayer because the one thing that we know works and heals is prayers. Thanks!!

  5. Katie @ Nap Time in Naptown
    March 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    Thanks for the much-needed reminder. I love that His love is fresh.

  6. Stacey
    March 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks Jen I needed that! It has been some tough days here lately also. I don't know who took over my sweet little two year olds when they turned 3!

  7. Jen
    March 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    Jen,
    Thank you! Sometimes when I look at other quad mom blogs I wonder if I am the ONLY one that has days like the one you had. Thank you for being so honest. God Bless your beautiful spirit and your wonderful family!
    Jen

  8. Sarah
    March 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    I had one of those days today. I am a nanny to two beautiful baby boys and most days are wonderful. We all have our rough days, and today was one of mine. This post helped me remember that it is normal. It helped me to remember to thank God for sunny mornings and fresh starts.

  9. john cave osborne
    March 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    simply awesome. thank you for that.

    mywife and i have a joke. first one who leaves takes the triplets. (that'll make a marriage last!)

  10. Amy
    March 19, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I'm soooo with you friend! Thanks for the encouragement from the Word. It was so fun to be with you the other night. You're awesome! The perfect, God-ordained mom for those four precious boys! Love you!

  11. Joe and Carrie
    March 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    Hang in there, Jen! I have recently been reading "The Forgotten God" by Francis Chan. I'm liking it better than Crazy Love and am feeling so challenged by it! The question I keep asking myself is, "how different would I be as a mom if I let the Holy Spirit lead and guide me more?!" especially on those super challenging days!

    blessings to you and your whole crew. may the Lord give you a fresh anointing as a mom today!

  12. Sarah
    March 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Jen! I imagine everyone has those days…but x4…not so much!

    Remember, among God's beautiful creations…Harry Connick, Jr. :).

    Have a great week!

  13. Sandy
    March 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    homeschooling my (now rather defiant, but occasionally sweet) 4th graders, and caring for a needy baby, all with the hubby away all week, has been getting me down for a while. Today, this was just what I needed to read!

  14. Emily
    March 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    Jen, I didn't get a chance to read this post until today, but I wanted to thank you for sharing both your heartaches and the Word of God. Those goes best hand-in-hand, don't they…I'm so thankful that we have a merciful Savior who knows our every need, and who has given us His Word to sustain and uplift us. Thanks be to God for His incredible gifts! (And thanks be to God for you and your family!).

  15. Mommato2miracles
    March 23, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    Jen,
    I have been following your blog for quite a while (usually not on a daily basis due to the craziness of my life) but when I do read I go back to read all missed posts. Anyways I can't even begin to tell you how this type of post that you posted about God's love is ALWAYs right when I need it. Having a chronically ill child is such an overwhelming task, and sometimes (unfortunately often) I get overwhelmed and sad and scared, and then I come here and am refreshed rejuvenated and reminded so well of God's love and perfect plan. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping me to keep my chin up:-)

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