Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Dear Lord ~~ Today I want to start anew. 

Dear Lord ~~ I promise you that today I will. 

Dear Lord ~~ Forgive me. Starting today, I will start again.

How many times have you said those words or some variation of them?

I think I may have started over today, more times than there are today's on the calendar.

I don't know ... We're convicted. We glance back at yesterday and clearly see where we went wrong. 

An angry word. Impatience with the kids. Gossip. A less than God-honoring post or conversation on Facebook.

We didn't take God seriously.

We weren't serious-enough of a Christian.

Today we want to start afresh.

We promise that starting today.

"Here I am again, Lord. I know I've said it before. But today I really mean it!"

Is this wrong? Is it pointless?

I reckon it is not.

I reckon it is just as Jesus would have it. Watch this...

God's mercies are new every morning ~~ Lamentations 3: 23

Indeed, the "right time" is now. Today is the day of salvation ~~ 2 Corinthians 6:2

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! ~~ Isaiah 43: 18-19

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~~ Matthew 6: 34

In between the past and tomorrow lies TODAY.

The past is called the past because it's passed.
Frankly tomorrow may never come.
We are left with today.

To live.
To laugh.
To love.
To do our best.
To open our eyes and have ears to hear.
To do all for His glory and the display of His splendor.
To follow.

Wherever He may lead.

I reckon that's all together Biblical.



  1. Hi Ruth! I "reckon" its a small blog world huh? ;-) I love that Matt 6 scripture. Visiting via Tuesday's Archive LInk Party.

  2. I reckon you posted this for me... I needed it today!
    Love you!

  3. Love this Donna! I remember hearing something similar that has always spoken to me... God tells us "My name is I AM. My name is not I Was. If you live in the past I am not there, My name is I AM. My name is not I Will Be. If you live in the future I am not there. My name is I AM." Thanks for your beautiful encouragement!

  4. lovely post - thanks for sharing some sweet inspiration.

  5. The president of my university always used to say, "Wherever you are, be there." It has stuck with me through the years because it truly is so hard to be present. So much easier to live in the past or future. Great Scripture reminders :)

  6. Yep! Today is the only way to move forward... over and over and over again as we "forget" the "today" plan or get sidetracked [that would be ME]. I'm trying more and more now. Really, truly.

    Thanks for sharing. Good reminder.

  7. So true! All we have is today!

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!
    Mary Beth

  8. Today is the gift we've been given. That in itself is amazing! May we slowly stop and unwrap the gift slowly to ensure we savor every moment, every memory! Thank you for linking up with Simply Helping Him :) Blessings!

  9. And my favorite...which is what my blog is all about: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

    Great post!

  10. Great post!!

    Thanks for linking up to What Works Wednesday!!

  11. I daily pray the prayers: "Forgive me, Father." And, "I want to start over again." I rely daily (hourly!) on his grace. Thank you for your post, a reminder of God's abundant grace.

  12. I am so glad that Jesus said that we are to forgive our brothers 70 x 7 - because I think He forgives us when we ask 70 x 7 - and so each day I can start anew to live the relationship He wants with me. I am slowly learning more to live that relationship fully in the now - and let tomorrow and yesterday deal with themselves.

  13. Yep..pretty true. Thanks Donna. Great message

  14. Amen to that sister. What we do today will affect our tomorrow. So today is important, We have to make the best of it:) Dropping by from Spiritual Friday"

  15. Love this. I think that is the purpose of dying to Him daily. We are imperfect and only He in is grace and wisdom is perfect.

  16. Hi Donna,

    Visiting from Spiritual Sundays! Yes, I've said those things many times. But thank goodness we don't have to rely on our own strength to be more Christlike. We have the holy spirit working in and through us to become more like him when we rely on him.


  17. Oh Donna, this is so good. His mercies--new every morning. No one on earth could love that much. Regardless of yesterday, new mercies. Great is His faithfulness! Encourages my heart on this Monday morning.

  18. Beautiful! Thank you for this!

  19. Yes, fresh mercies. Today and five minutes from now. And even an hour after that. So glad we can re-start whenever we need to call on his grace. We're neighbors at LL's- glad I stopped by.

  20. Donna, yes, sometimes I have to start over and over again. I'm a new follower who found you through Ruby for Women. I'm a blogger, too. Come visit when you have a minute!

  21. Thank you for the sweet reminder that today is all we have! The past is past and tomorrow is not here - only what we do for Jesus today will last!

  22. I reckon you're right. :)

    Thanks for connecting in the True Vine Challenge. Great to have you join in the journey!

  23. Lovely... and beautiful truth. Thank you for this reminder. So many worries out in the unknown future are washed away in Today's light. Today in Jesus... He is here and in all our days.

  24. Yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow may never come, so today is all we have. We need to live each day with thanksgiving and be glad that with God we can always start anew.