I LOVE Mondays. I know…weird. I also love mornings, new months, fresh seasons, back to school and New Years. Are you catching on here? This morning, after waking up dreading a much needed workout, I decided to go for a walk instead. Although I am not one that finds the thrill in exercise, I do enjoy a good 30 minute morning walk. No music, no friends, just me and the birds…and Jesus. The day is fresh and new, I haven’t yet heard of the days tragedies, and I can be sure Jesus is going to speak directly to my heart. He’s a pretty smart guy, He knows this is the only time I will be quiet and still enough to listen and not talk 😉 This morning, Lamentations 3:22-23 kept spinning in my head. I found myself pondering the fresh starts we are blessed with and how desperately I need them! I start my morning with quiet time and often have a goal in mind of something I am trying to overcome, (generally it involves my shutting my mouth), but by mid-morning I have already failed my mission. It’s exhausting really… sometimes I just want to take a break from trying so hard, and then Jesus reminds me that I don’t need a break, I just need Him. He reminds me that weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning. So yes, I will probably always love Mondays and mornings because I NEED the grace and mercy that is found in a fresh start. Oh, and the best part of my walk this morning? Spring was in the air…a sign of new life!