thankful for HIS mercy

Lamentations 3

God has been teaching so much the past months! One lesson He is so very patiently teaching is who HE really is. I doubt I will ever be able to fully grasp here on earth who He is or what He has done for me but I am thankful for what He has been revealing it to me more fully these months! The beautiful fact that He is so MERCIFUL has on my mind more than usual the last few days. I know, a really vast and somewhat unfathomable topic, right?! :) Mercy, that is a big word! In 1 Peter 1:3 we are told that “because of his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope”. That is exciting! Today I was thinking about how, in a very strange way, trials are God’s mercies though they may not seem like it{1 Peter 1:6-7}. They are His mercies as they cause us{His children} to look to Him, cling to Him, and seek Him more diligently. All the while, He is using them to shape and mold us{Hebrews 12:11}! Today I am so thankful for God’s mercy. Even for the mercy that has been and will be disguised as heart-ache or trials {as painful as they can be} as they are being used by the merciful Savior to refine me. :) His mercies truly are new every morning!

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
{Psalm 103:8-12}

And this is just some randomness {from my phone!} :) Enjoy your weekend and the new week!

P.S. Posts may become very random to non-existent for the next couple weeks. Work will be keeping us super busy and I think a blogging break may be fitting. :) So, if I don’t post in a while, I’m still alive{Lord willing}! Shoot me an email if you feel like saying, “HI!” I would love to hear from you. :)

” It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23

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"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword"; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 1:18-20

10 thoughts on “thankful for HIS mercy

  1. That funny because this week as I was going through some very stressful days, the Lord put Lamentations 3 on my mind (how thankful am I for the Bible apps on my mp4 player, that I can reach for it while at the lab ;-)) And this artwork reminds me of it ! I love the pics too, and it’s great to be reminded that our God knows our condition and what’s best for us.
    Have a blessed day Rachel ! And thanks for taking time to comment on my blog !

    1. I know, I am extremely thankful for my bible app too. :D God is so good and, yes, He is so merciful and loving to care for us and give us what is best for us {though we don’t deserve it}!

      Thank you for your comment, Marie!! :)

  2. I shared Ps 103:8-12 in bible study this morning along with other verses about how God views us as His people – and it’s only by His mercy that He views us like He does. Some Biblical examples being Gideon, called by God “a man of valor”; David, a man after God’s heart; Abraham, the friend of God; Nathanael, a man with no guile; Peter, the rock of Christ’s church… These were all earthly men with their faults clearly recorded in the Bible, yet, by God’s grace and mercy, they found favor with Him. Inspires the question, How does God view me?, and spurs me on to seek Him more.

    1. So true, Sarah. Amen! And thank you for your comment that has encouraged me in the Lord!! :) I am reminded by your comment of a few verses I read in Ephesians yesterday:
      4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will”
      Then of Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us and then how we are called “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people” but all this not of any good that we have done or our own righteousness but God’s mercy and grace.{“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one”} “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

  3. Thank you for sharing these thoughts on His mercy, Rachel. Learning WHO our God is to us, is one of the most important lessons we can learn – and is so comforting to lean on and rest in in the storms of life. He is a tremendously GOOD Shepherd to us, and if we only fully knew His glorious attributes and mercy, we would never doubt that reality!

    Love the picture shots from your week – all that food looks incredible! And love the pictures from your work. I am so blessed to hear the Lord is enriching your time in His Word each day. May His strength be yours!

    Will miss your posts but hope the coming busy weeks are fully blessed and joyful for you. Psalms 103:11-2: For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

    1. I know I will be constantly learning who God is the rest of my days but I am so thankful to The Lord for revealing who He is more fully to me as of late! :) And can’t help but share it with those who stumble across my blog. (: His mercy is vast and love unfailing!! Never doubt, only trust. Even during the storms! ” O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

      The food tasted incredible! ;) Glad you enjoyed the pictures and THANK YOU!

      Thank you for your comment, Sarah! :)

  4. WOW!!!!! I really love this post, Rachel!!!!! Something I have been thinking about a lot these past few days.

    “Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which ENDURE. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.” James 5:10-11

    1. James 5:10-11 is a wonderful passage for this, Grace! Glad you loved the post. :) We must have been reading each other minds again because we both have been thinking about it!! :D

      “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:7-8

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