Grace by Year

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”

– Lamentations 3:22-24

His mercies are new every day, and He gives grace day after day, but I realized- His mercies are new each year, each month. He gives grace anew for each passing year and each moment in it.

I tend to start to think that each day is the same. New grace today, new grace tomorrow, new grace the next day. Almost like a reset. Each day is reset. In a sense, that’s true- each day is a new chance to serve, love, follow, learn, obey. It’s a new chance to be whole.

I was just thinking about how different this fall is from last fall. Last fall every day was hard. It was another day of walking with weight on my shoulders, and it lasted for months. I wasn’t looking forward to much. The holidays annoyed me. But this year, I look forward to each day. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Years or tomorrow. I know it isn’t always easy and there will be more days of struggle, but I know that I can’t carry what only God can hold, and I can’t control what only God can.

Recognizing that His grace is new every morning is good. But you also need to realize that His mercies are new every month and year. It won’t always be the same each day. He works immediately, and He works over time. If this year just seems hard, wake up each day and see His grace, and remember that is not the only grace you get- in a year it will be different too.

give grace,

Linds

Grace and Stress

Woot woot, I’m back after far too long!

It’s been one of those semesters. Like every college semester. It’s been like that. But I’m sitting here thinking about my blog, as I frequently do lately. I keep thinking, it’s been too long, what’s the point in posting anymore? But, I still want to do this, and later is better than never.

So last week was one of the rare times in my life where I remembered my dreams more than once. Oftentimes I don’t remember my dreams at all for long periods of time. But last week I dreamed multiple times that I failed my group presentation, my speech, my lecture exam, and my practical exam. All failures. Even my dreams are full of ridiculously bleak scenarios entirely in my head.

This made me realize- maybe I’m a little stressed out after all…

So far, I’ve made it through the semester with considerably less stress than last year. There have been few or no breakdowns, there’s been no crying over school or classes, there’s been no nights of being up until 4 am because I have got to finish something last minute. It’s been good.

I learned how to handle stress a little better, and shocker, it involves grace! To cope with stress, not only do I have to give myself grace, but I have to remember that God is giving me grace every day as well, far beyond what I could ever deserve.

In addition to this though, I’ve also learned to cut things out that aren’t entirely necessary. I have to give myself time to be alone, time to be with family, and time to not think about the very next thing I have to do 24/7. I have to prioritize time with God and others. Working out has helped majorly too (although that’s been less a priority lately than sleep).

Yet even with all this learning happening, stress got to me! It happens. But you give yourself grace, you pray, and you keep going. Also, remind yourself that a little bit of stress is good- it pushes you, it motivates you, and it keeps you going. Maybe that is just what I needed over the past week.

God is good, and He is abounding in grace.

Thanks for reading my thoughts!

give grace,

Linds