“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22
 
When the fall season starts, it brings new beginnings, new adventures, new commitments, and a new start. Make this fall a new start in your relationship with your Heavenly Father.
 
Maybe you have let the summer schedule get you off of your routine. Maybe all the visits to the cabin were fun but you feel disconnected from God. Maybe you just feel overwhelmed with a new schedule, your finances, the baby weight that still just won’t come off, or the hard stage of life you’re in as a parent. Whatever the case, don’t let these burdens take over!
 
Lamentations 3:23 says that the Lord’s mercy or compassion is new every morning. This means that every morning we get to start over! He has cleared our offenses like a cloud; and just as the clouds constantly change and are cleared from the sky, so are our sins.
 
Now imagine that you’re walking down to the lake by a cabin or a campground in the morning. Often there is a mist suspended above the waters, covering the whole lake as far as the eye can see. Picture yourself sitting there, coffee in hand, waiting for the sun to rise. Just as it finally does, you notice that the mist immediately evaporates. This is exactly how our Heavenly Father dissolves and takes away our sins each day!
 
With this knowledge of forgiveness and love, let us return to Him this fall season. Make a new commitment to pray and be in his Word daily so you can rest in him and know that you are redeemed.
 
This is your chance to be refreshed. This is your chance for a new beginning!
 
Journal/Reflection Questions
  1. What “new” way can you start this week to ensure that you connect with God on a daily basis?
  2. What sin do you need to confess and let go of so that you can start living out your calling?

 



Angela Larson is a science teacher, cycling instructor, outdoor adventurer, wife, and mom of three girls. She loves to include ideas about science and nature into her writings. You can often find her at the YMCA working out and spending time with other women. Quality time and vanilla lattes are her love languages.