Monday, February 09, 2009

Mercies New Each Morning

This week is a busy one. In face, each of the past few weeks have been extremely busy. But with 3 tests this week and a big project due next week that need to be finished, there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day.

Days are tiring. I didn't get as much done over the weekend as I had hoped. I'm learning that I can survive on 6 1/2 - 7 hours of sleep a night, though it's not ideal. Classes and practicing from 8 a.m. to 4, 5, or 6 p.m. each day (with an hour or two break in the middle for lunch) leaves the evenings for homework, and it can be exhausting to do it day after day. Add to that a show this week that I'm on box office crew for, and a few evening hours this week are taken up.

However, God gives strength for each new day. Even when going to bed late, I can't forsake the early morning time to seek Him in the mornings. Without theses devotions and quietness in prayer and in His Word, I truly wouldn't be able to get through.

This morning my roommate and I were able to witness a beautiful reminder of the joy and mercy that God brings new each morning. Mary-Khris opened the shades around 6:30 a.m. to witness a beautiful sight in the dawn sky.

It was absolutely beautiful, so I had to grab my camera and take some pictures. It lasted only for a few minutes and then faded away.

Such a small thing, yet such a poignant reminder of God's faithfulness. It's left me with more strength for the day and the busy week ahead.

"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."
~ Lamentations 3:22-23


Anonymous said...

Wow anna! that's exactly what went through my head looking at that gorgeous sky. "his mercies new each morning" it was like a gift reminding us that he cares, and is with us all through our long days. I am so glad I had someone to share it with!

Ella said...

I needed that reminder as well. I have been feeling as if there aren't enough times to do all this HopeChest work. But God is good.

When we are weak, He is strong!!

Anonymous said...

I know your very busy and that you like to spend some time off your blog and not be tied to it all the time, etc.

But I sure miss the daily disciplines!!!


Bethany Hudson said...

Wow...that last picture is absolutely incredible. It reminds me of cotton candy :)

I used to love watching the sunrises at college. Sometimes, my then-boyfriend/now-husband and I would walk around campus until dawn (so we wouldn't be alone in our dorm rooms), and stay up to watch the sunrise together.


Anonymous said...

That is very beautiful! Great job on that photo! What a great reminder of God's goodness.


Damask-rose said...

Dear Anna,

do take care of yourself and get enough sleep! The stresses of having left home and all the work you have to do will take their toll if you don't look after yourself. I must sound like a fussy old grandmother, but I got very sick when I went to college for these reasons, and never recovered properly. And I feel worried for you!

Anna Naomi said...

Mary-Khris: It was fun having you there to share it with!

Ella: Amen!

M.B.H.: I have missed the daily disciplines posts as well. It's hard for me to find time to write, especially ones that take a little more time, such as the series. But, I'll try to make it more of a priority. It may not happen every week, but I'll try to bring it back!

Bethany: Yes, it is a cotton-candy type sky!

Kelsey: I enjoy finding God's fingerprints in His sky. Amazing.

Damask-Rose: Thank you for your motherly concern. =) I do know the dangers of too little sleep, and there are quite a few sicknesses going around, though thank God I haven't caught any so far. These last few nights I've been getting around 7 hours of sleep, but I'm going to try to get back to 8 hours. The biggest test is over, and after my big project is done next week, I shouldn't be quite so busy...

Sarah Ferrante said...

Thank you for posting these, Anna!
I attend Bryan College in Dayton, TN, and it's a long ways away from the Washington, D.C. suburb I grew up in. When I see the sun rise and set in breath-taking splendor, I see again the God Who is with me where ever I am. Your post reminded me of that again.
God bless you!

Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean. Yet somehow, making time for God adds hours to my day.