It is February 9- an ordinary day by any measure. February 9 is not known as a day to set goals, create resolutions, or change your life. Except, that is, in God’s economy of time. In the book of Lamentations, King Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, tells us that God designed every day for fresh starts and new beginnings.
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)
New beginnings are always an option from God’s perspective. And I am so grateful. You see, I need God’s new mercies every single day. It doesn’t matter if it is Monday or Thursday, if it is January or July, if it is 6:00AM or 8:30PM, I need new mercies all the time.
I need the kind of new mercies that allow me to start fresh and begin again every day of the year.
For the past several years I purchased my Erin Condren Life Planner in November.
This is a big deal. You see, I am a stickler when it comes to calendars and planners. I need structure, but I do not want a rigid layout. My life does not divide neatly into 30 minute segments beginning at 6:00AM and ending at 10:00PM.
I need a planner that allows me to schedule my day in a way that works for me. I need the ability to enter events and appointments right next to the list of things I need to accomplish that day. I have too much going on to coordinate multiple lists and pages in a calendar. The Erin Condren Life Planner is the only planner I found that gives me this freedom.
Plus, it is pretty!
As wonderful as the Life Planner is, I did not use mine very much last year.
I began using Google Calendar as my editorial calendar. I loved its functionality. It synced with all my devices, making it the perfect on the go calendar, not to mention the ease of moving back and forth between my blog, Scrivener documents, and calendar. I loved it. I still do.
For that reason, I decided not to buy a Life Planner this year. I assumed I could add my personal calendar and lists to my Google Calendar. I was right, but it didn’t work for me.
Keeping long lists of tasks and events visible is a challenge. Google Calendar lacks the versatility I need to manage my daily life. Plus, it isn’t pretty! (I know… I have a thing for pretty.)
So, at the end of January, I decided to order a Life Planner. Sure, I missed a lot, and that is frustrating. My calendar will not be perfectly filled out from beginning to end, but there are almost 10 months left this year.
There was no reason to wait for a fresh start besides pride.
I had to remember that new mercies abound. Fresh starts and new beginnings are ALWAYS an option. The only thing we have to do to is embrace them. God gives us new mercies every day whether or not we accept them. They are already ours for the taking.
So, what about you? Do you need a new beginning? Do you need to reset your year and begin to the process of change all over again?
If so, I invite you to join me in the daily process of beginning again by accepting God’s new mercies. Leave a comment and tell me about your fresh start and how you experience God’s new mercies each day.