January has come and gone. This year I have dispensed with my normal resolutions and don’t feel a bit bad about it. This year, instead of grasping white-knuckled at tasks or self-improvement projects, I am letting go and standing still, taking pause to notice God’s merciful blessings in my life–the small assurances of His awareness and love.
As I read my scriptures, I am studying the evidences of his tender mercies. In my prayers, I am trying to remember to thank God for at least as many things as I ask for. Day-to-day I want to stay in tune with the truth that, as a child of God, I am “encircled about eternally in the arms of his love” (1 Nephi 1:15). This is where inspiration and motivation for true growth is to be found.
The “tender mercies” I have experienced in my life have come in varied ways:
- A missed opportunity regained.
- Compensation/overcompensation for a sacrifice.
- An important truth recalled.
- A new perspective granted.
- A personalized rescue.
- A “wink” or humorous occurrence.
- A meaningful connection.
- A special comfort given.
- Specific guidance or direction.
- A need met.
- Extra strength/enablement.
- Enhanced meaning.
- An answered prayer.
- A significant personal interaction.
- Growth conditions.
Over the next several days, I will explore each of these specific divine mercies. I invite you also to reflect upon times you have felt God’s love and awareness in your life.