I don’t have to wonder when I wrote this. It was 12 years ago on my 50th birthday!  That verse was my heavenly birthday gift that day. 

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in the do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.  Psalms 143:8

Today we go from lovingkindness to locusts! Hang on!  I heard His lovingkindness that day, which was also my 21st wedding anniversary, if I did the math right. 

Because I am an early riser, it is quiet when I get up. It is easy to hear God’s lovingkindness when I listen for it. What a perfect time to praise God telling Him I trust Him with the day and His plans for me. It is this time that I can ask God to show me the way for that day, to help me to be the woman I should be at 50. That was then. This is now.

 As I consider this verse, my life has changed dramatically, but likely so has yours from 12 years back. This verse is a sweet reminder of the freshness of God’s Word, His never-ending lovingkindness to us. Do you listen for it?

I still get up early and the house is quieter than ever.  These quiet days are to be savoured. Many of my friends cannot relate to rising to the kind of quiet that allows our minds to naturally lean toward what, toward Who is important. 

When we are alone, we can decide how to use these days. Let us not be women that fritter days. Listen for Lovingkindness when you awaken. Develop a real sense that you are not alone and that God has something for your day, possibly quite exciting.

To be perfectly honest: These thoughts are on my mind today because I am considering the gift of this verse. It is a reminder to a woman that fails often. Thankful for a loving Father, Who also happens to redeem. I still pray that he will restore unto me all the days the locusts have eaten.  Joel 2:25a  While I am praying this way, I ask Him to strengthen me – that I not give anything else to the locusts. Again, I have the Redeemer. With God, all things are possible. Redemption and restoration.

Scripture really does have an answer for anything! My cards – they make me smile. It’ll be okay.

Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.  Alexander MacLaren