There are very few mornings that I wake up “feeling” loved by God. I usually wake up feeling ashamed of my failure to live my life the way that I so badly want to live. It’s not a lack of desire that I feel this way, however, I’ve learned that it is a lack of ability to live according to those desires. I find that, although I want to live a life of love, purity, and sacrifice, my inner self fights against those things, and wants to please me, and to live for me alone. So, usually, I wake up, and my first thought is of my basic failures.

Now, is this the way to begin my day as a follower of Jesus? Of course not. The thing about Jesus, the Savior, is that He did live the life I dream of, and so much more than that, and He counts His life as my life. Too good to be true? Yes, but He has assured His followers that this  is true in the Bible, His revelation of His truth. So, in fact, and I mean “fact”,  I can wake up and replace my feelings of failure with the truth of His love and forgiveness. Is this easy? No, but with practice, I am getting better at it. The good news is that you can experience this fact as well. Just come to Jesus, and confess your failures, and He promises His forgiveness to you too. And then you, as well, can wake up knowing that it is a new morning in Him and for you. What a way to start your day.

The Lord’s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions  never end. They are fresh  every morning; your faithfulness is abundant! 

“My portion is the Lord,” I have said to myself, so I will put my hope in him. The Lord is good to those who trust  in him,

to the one who seeks him.  (Lamentations 3:22-25)