New Every Morning!

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”  The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.  Lamentations 3:21-25 NKJV

God is forever making things new. New seasons. New revelation. New possibilities.

We should follow our Father’s example and move into the new things He would do with us. It is possible to free yourself from the grasp of your past without losing those lessons learned. Our past actually supports us when we gain knowledge from our experiences without allowing ourselves to become trapped by them. 

Like the hydrangea, our past makes our future possible. We don’t gain wisdom and experience without going through some “stuff.”  Those blooms wouldn’t be possible if I’d cut the old ugly wood off in the winter. The barren and ugly stems that survived the harsh cold are necessary for the plant to bloom.  DSC_0638 (2)

We would miss out on some of the beauty in our lives if God readily cut away those things (situations, experiences, trials) about ourselves that are sometimes “ugly and unattractive.”  Because our God is merciful and His faithfulness endures, He doesn’t allow our “ugly” to consume us. Instead, He allows it to build us into better people. Usable people who eventually fulfill our purpose and bloom.

Our transitions from old into new require that we seek and serve the God who can make us new. Many of us  propose to seek God. But are we really willing to serve Him? Turn ourselves over to Him?

God can renew our minds, hearts, spirit or whatever we have that is in need of fresh blooms. We must seek Him and often wait on Him, but to those who hope and wait on the Lord faith is rewarded.

If yesterday has you looking back and you find yourself feeling stuck or trapped, look UP instead.  Allow God to transform you into something new.

“A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the hills–From whence comes my help? My help comes form the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV



By Lilka Finley Raphael

Author, Editor, Gardner, Photographer, Pharmacist


  1. So glad to see you here once again, Lilka! How are your roses doing? How are YOU doing? I’m trying to get back to posting again on my site. Needed a break for a while, but hope to continue on now…

    Hope to talk with you soon!


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    1. Good to see you Steve! My roses are fried! They did bloom beautifully but the high temps have not been kind. I’ll be cutting them back to see if they bloom again. I can relate with needing a break. Other pursuits have kept me off of WP more than I’d like but such is life. I hope things are well on your end. B Blessed 😉

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      1. Oh, I know about “fried roses!” Here in California, even without a drought we have desert heat. Now, as the water supply becomes a bigger problem, the roses are really suffering!

        All is okay with me…things could always be a bit better in some areas. But that can be said for just about everyone.

        Nice to have you “check in!” Hope to see you around…


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  2. I have tears in my eyes, Lilka, because these words are so needed in my life. Bless you! Our Rusty is still not out of the woods. Bless you for helping me to again stand on Holy Ground of Calmness. (((HUGS))) Amy


  3. “If yesterday has you looking back and you find yourself feeling stuck or trapped, look UP instead.” Love this! He doesn’t want us to dwell on the past or the future or even stay stuck in our own thoughts. We need to look UP to see what He has in store for us. Thanks for a lovely post.


    1. Thanks so much!

      I’ve been reading your posts and think they would make for a fascinating book. Not that there aren’t a million books about race but your posts are certainly from a unique and varied perspective. I look forward to reading more.

      Enjoy your weekend!


      1. Aw, you rock, L. Are you referring to the Race Around the World series? Several readers have expressed the wish to see it compiled it an ebook. Or did you mean race posts in gen’l on my blog, incl the Mirror, Mirror on the Wall?


        Keep shining.



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