A New Day Brings New Mercies

by Virginia Grounds

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:22-23 NRSV

Mornings are special for me. Like the spring season of the year, mornings usher in new opportunities for new growth. Those early hours of the day mean time spent with the Lord and His Word. It is during this time, when I draw near to God, that He draws near to me. He teaches what He would have me know for that day or season of life. He is faithful to reveal Himself through the pages of Scripture and His Spirit, and He inspires me with new thoughts that guide me on His path.

The author of Lamentations lamented over the unfaithfulness of Judah. Yet, his hope was in the Lord. In chapter three, verses 22-23, he mentioned the attributes of God applied every new morning and reasons for his hope. These verses are the bright spot in a book of suffering and judgment. That he could acknowledge these things about God when things looked so bleak shows the faithfulness of God to remind us of who He is during times of our suffering:

  • His love is steady; therefore, difficulties do not consume us.
  • His love never ceases.
  • His mercies never end; they are new every morning.
  • He is faithful.

It is because of God’s love for us, that every morning, he shows mercy. Whatever our situation, God is faithful to apply mercy as we come to Him. What great assurance this is to us on those mornings when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed with an attitude, or with an exhausted body and mind that says, “I don’t want to get up,” or with difficulties facing us. One day we may bounce out of bed, the next, we want to stay in bed.

As the author concluded telling of the goodness of God, he proclaimed Him as his portion (Lamentations 3:24) and committed to putting his hope in the Lord. What is the portion he speaks of? It is the inheritance reserved for the individual. He had hope because he knew something better was in the future. This hope is for us as well. As believers, we can confidently say the Lord is our portion. We have an inheritance from Him.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4 HCSB

God’s daily mercies show us that God is faithful to us even when we are unfaithful to Him. The portion He has given of Himself through Christ in us is a promise of eternity to come. It is our inheritance. Therefore, mornings with Him are opportunities to confess our unfaithfulness, knowing our merciful God forgives. As we pray acknowledging His mercies, love, and faithfulness, He reminds us that we have so much to be thankful for. Great is the faithfulness of the Lord!

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s Word have been an important part of serving for more than 30 years in ministry in one of the largest churches in America. Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry

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helping to meet the needs of hurting people. This motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional book for overcoming fear and anger.

Virginia writes to grow women in their faith and teach life lessons for survival in today’s world. She is married with three adult children and grandchildren. Her ministry website is majesticinspirations.com.

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Christmas China

by Virginia Grounds

But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.” Luke 2:10-11 HCSB 2014

It was Christmas Eve. At five years old, I was excited about the occasion. With my siblings gathered around her chair, Mother read to us as she did each night before bed. It was getting late when the door opened and Daddy entered with one of my brothers carrying a huge, gift-wrapped box. I could not contain my excitement! “Who is that for?” we asked.

Daddy replied, “It is for me!” Then they carefully slid the box under the tree. When I could not wait any longer, I slowly made my way to the box and stuck my head under the overhanging branches of the tree. “Daddy,” I cried. “It says to Mother!” He chuckled and called me a little stinker for spoiling the surprise.

This is one of my favorite Christmas memories. Daddy gave a sacrificial gift to Mother out of his great love for her. It was an eight-piece place setting of China. In all the years of their marriage, she had not had anything so special. It was costly and certainly not in the household budget, but it was a gift of love that was never forgotten.

Today, my parents have been gone for a long time. I was 24-years old when they went to be with Jesus. Somehow out of eight offspring, I ended up with Mother’s China. Daddy gave it to me after she died. It makes me wonder if he also remembered that long ago Christmas Eve and his 5-year-old daughter sneaking under the tree.

As I remember this story, I think of the sacrificial gift God gave out of His love for us when He sent Jesus to earth, born on a day we call Christmas. He is the forever gift that keeps on giving, one that we should never forget. He is the gift of great love for all. But, to receive the gift, we must open it. We must trust and believe in His saving grace.

God gave the gift of eternal life through Jesus , and we cannot truly appreciate the significance of Christmas until we accept  His free gift of salvation through Christ. On the day Jesus was born, a multitude of the heavenly host with the angels began praising God. On the day of any one of us being born again through Christ, a celebration breaks out in heaven.

When Mother received Daddy’s gift on Christmas morning, she opened it, washed it, and put it to use that very day serving the family. When we receive Jesus as Savior, we too are washed clean and made new for His service.

Be encouraged to celebrate Christmas this year by remembering why there is a Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the celebration. His gift of eternal life is the good news of great joy for all people. Pray for those who do not know Him or the reason we celebrate.

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15 HCSB

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. She has a passion for God’s Word and serving in ministry. Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s word have given her success in those areas for more than 30 years. 

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Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry helping to meet the needs of hurting people which motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional book for overcoming fear and anger. Her second book, Rock Solid Trust, trusting God when life is hard released last year and is available on Amazon. Her latest book is a Bible Study titled, Living Your Glory Story –  knowing God’s word for sharing your story.

​Her ministry blog is Grounded Through Faith (formerly Majesticinspirations.com) at www.virginiagrounds.net. She also formats manuscripts for print at www.manuscriptprep.com

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The Ladder-Bridge

by Virginia Grounds

One of our grandsons has been playing football in the position of quarterback since he was five years old. We love to watch him play. He is now a senior in college, and we missed most of his games this year. But as we traveled home from the one game we were able to attend, the clouds from the rainy day began to break up.

At one point, as the sun was going down, the sky was clear blue and cloudless directly above us. Yet surrounding us on all sides were the most beautiful clouds. We seemed to be in the middle of this circle of clouds with the rays of the sun creating the most beautiful colors in them. In each direction, the colors varied from gold, coral, lavender, and red, ending in deep blue. The sight was awesome!

My immediate thought was, this is a reminder of what it means to be surrounded by the presence of God in all His creation while at the same time filled with His relational presence.

In Genesis 28:11-15 (ESV), Jacob had a dream of a ladder from heaven to earth with angels from top to bottom. God spoke to Him and gave multiple promises. But it is in Verse 16 that we see Jacob’s response when he awakened. “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” He was awestruck with the realization that God was present.

That is how I felt when I saw the evidence of the presence of God in His creation. God is Omnipresent. He is everywhere, always present. But we often forget that He is always there for us, seeing us through every storm. I had to be honest and ask myself, “When was the last time I was so aware of the presence of God?”

We find the beginning of an answer to His personal presence in John 1:51 (ESV). “And He [Jesus] said to Him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”  Jesus is the bridge between heaven and earth, between God and man. Jacob had a vision of this bridge in the form of a stairway and realized God was in his presence. But we have more than a glimpse. We have the reality of Christ in us, the bridge to God always, in every place.

Had I not been driving from the game that day, I probably would have been asleep or looking at my phone as my husband drove. How often do we miss the glory of God and the reality of His presence due to distractions? That afternoon was a wakeup call for me to look around more, to be alert and aware with my focus directed upward. God reveals His presence in incredible ways, as we put aside those distractions and look to Jesus in everyday life.

I am so thankful for the gift of God’s grace that allowed me to cross that bridge through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to constantly be aware that He is all around me, as I look at creation. I do not want to say as Jacob did, “and I did not know it.” Knowing God through Christ Jesus is something to be thankful for as we struggle in this journey called life. He is our sustainer and strength. He is our way to heaven. Let us give thanks to God for Jesus and the way He made for us to be with Him always.

God to Jacob – “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go…” Genesis 28:15a ESV

Jesus to the disciples – “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b ESV

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s Word have been an important part of serving for more than 30 years in ministry in one of the largest churches in America. Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry helping to meet the needs of hurting people. This motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional book for overcoming fear and anger. Her second book, Rock Solid Trust, Trusting God When Life is Hard released last year and is available on Amazon. Her latest book is a Bible Study titled, Living Your Glory Story –  knowing God’s Word for Sharing Your Story.

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Virginia is married with three adult children and grandchildren. Her ministry website is majesticinspirations.com. Her ministry blog is Grounded Through Faith (formerly Majesticinspirations.com) at www.virginiagrounds.net. She also formats manuscripts for print at www.manuscriptprep.com

Join the conversation: What do you see in nature that reveals God’s presence to us?

Packing for the Journey

by Virginia Grounds

And He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, neither staffs nor bag nor bread nor money, and do not have two tunics apiece. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart.”  Luke 9:3 NKJV (emphasis added)

Summertime – my favorite time of year. It is a time for break from the everyday routine. For many, it is a time for vacation, fun, relaxation, and family gatherings.

Summertime is also a time of church mission trips and conferences. Packing for a mission trip can be a challenge, as there are normally limits on how much luggage you can take. How to squeeze a change of clothes for each day into one small bag is an interesting experience. And we cannot forget about all the incidentals including mission gifts.

Several years ago, I went on mission to El Salvador. The message God gave me to the women there was about the rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ. I had this great idea to take some polished rocks and markers for each woman to write the scripture reference on that most spoke to them through the message. When we arrived at the airport, my luggage was overweight. I had to open it right there at the check-in counter with the eleven other women around me and distribute bags of rocks to each one. How embarrassing! From this experience I learned an important lesson. What we take is not important; the message and the mission is our purpose.

When Jesus sent His twelve disciples out on mission, His instruction for their travel was quite different than what we are inclined to do as we prepare to travel. He told them to “take nothing for the journey”, not even a change of clothing! They were not to take a suitcase, food, or money. Can you even imagine leaving on a mission trip with only the clothes you are wearing?

No purse full of stuff, ladies. No briefcase of work to do as you travel, or technology. No snacks. No cellphone. Nothing.

As I read the Scripture, I thought perhaps the journey was a short one, and they would not need provision. However, the words of Jesus dispute that claim by showing their need for housing. Therefore, I believe the message Jesus is teaching them is to trust God to provide as they carry out the mission for which they are sent. A change of clothes for everyday is not to be the focus. Worrying about food and housing was not to be the focus. Their mission was to preach the kingdom of God for salvation to all who would hear. Jesus would inspire others to house and feed them. The disciples were to be dependent on God to provide.

The Lord, who knows all things, sent them out knowing that provisions would be made for them, as they obeyed what was asked of them. He had given them the power to do so. When Jesus empowers and we respond, He provides. That is a trust building truth you can count on.

When it seems the provisions in your life journey are not what you wanted or hoped they would be, Jesus provides what is needed. He tells us in Matthew 6:31-33 (NKJV) not to worry about what we will eat or what we will wear. Just take care of today for tomorrow will worry about its own things.

He applied this same message to sending the disciples on mission, and it applies to our lives as well. Focus on the moment. Don’t worry about what will take place there, just do what we are sent to do. Trust God to provide.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s Word have been an important part of serving for more than 30 years in ministry in one of the largest churches in America. Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry

Rock Solid Trust: Trusting God When Life Is Hard by [Virginia Grounds]

helping to meet the needs of hurting people. This motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional book for overcoming fear and anger.

Virginia writes to grow women in their faith and teach life lessons for survival in today’s world. She is married with three adult children and grandchildren. Her ministry website is majesticinspirations.com.

Join the conversation: What do you prioritize when preparing for a trip?