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His Mercies are New

I stopped to watch the sunrise this morning.

I wake early. Much earlier than I prefer. My body and mind battling. Thoughts running through my mind of tasks waiting to be done. My body wanting to sleep just a bit longer.

The winning side changing from day to day. But on this morning the mind finds victory.

Moving to my favorite chair I read the scriptures for the day. As I journal I glance back and forth from the page to the east facing windows.

Barely a hint of dawn peeks above the treeline. Slowly pink, purple, yellow begins filling the horizon.

Perhaps these early morning awakenings and restless nights are a reminder that His mercies are new each morning. His grace is always there.

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 ESV

How easily we forget. Quickly our minds can lose trust in what we cannot see as we absorb all we do see.

Guilt of yesterday’s mistakes tries to steal joy and sleep.  My psyche replaying what I should have done. Yet His grace never departs.

So my listing of each gift continues in spite of what I see. In spite of droughts and hurricanes. In spite of human horrors and friends burying children. In spite of illness and children struggling.

The listing.  Reminders of His faithfulness and mercies anew each day. Reminders of His mercies and grace. Reminders to trust.

546. The hint of Fall in the early morning air. (8/29/11)

547. For words written. (8/31/11)

548. For rain. (8/31/11)

549. For making it through subbing at school. (9/1/11)

550. For motivation to cook dinner after a rough afternoon subbing. (9/1/11)

551. For a relaxing time at the pool to read. (9/2/11)

552. For cool morning temps. (9/3/11)

553. For catching the sun rise. (9/3/11)

554. For no ankle pain after a week off running. (9/3/11)

555. For an afternoon of lower temps to lay by the pool. (9/3/11)

556. For my friends at Highlands. (9/4/11)

557. For a bit of motivation to exercise. (9/4/11)

558. For waking up to pouring rain. (9/5/11)



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December Sunrise

My twitter friend Trina is doing a Photo Friday project this year. After doing a Photo 365/Project Life/Photo-a-Day project for the last 2 years I’ve decided to step back and do more of a monthly wrap up in photos this year instead.

I also need to step back and focus on finding me in my photography again and rediscover the fun I used to find in doing it for myself. I don’t mean putting myself in the photos more although I think I have been doing better with that aspect. I need to find the joy in it again and find my voice with it. I’m finding my voice with my writing so the photography I think (I hope) will follow.

So Trina’s theme for this week was “cold.” Technically this photo was taken on December 30, but it says cold to me.

December sunrise over the lake.



Most mornings now I wake up before my alarm would normally go off. I suppose having to get up so early to get squirt readyfor school for several years now has made it a habit for my body. A few mornings this month I've peeked out the window and seen the most beautiful sunrise. Of course I grab the camera and run outside to get some photos.

Yesterday the sunrise didn't disappoint. These photos are straight out of camera. The colors were just amazing.

What about you? Do you ever wake up early to find a beautiful sunrise awaiting you?