May 2014 10

Republished from Crimson Bridge’s new blog.  

photoBillye and I recorded an album a few years ago that we titled “Brand New Mercies”. On it is a song¹ that says “Thank You Lord for brand new mercies and grace that meet me every single morning when I wake”. These words from Lamentations didn’t resonate with me until recently when we were preparing to speak for a retreat of the same name. As I read the prophet Jeremiah’s words, I wondered how I’d missed this message all these years.

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is His faithfulness;
His mercies begin afresh each morning.
Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT


I was about to get up in front of a group of people to teach about something I suddenly realized I didn’t understand. I’d been in a long term funk, hunkered down in fear and worry, doubting everything I am and do.  The idea of something being new had become foreign to me.  I had been walking with Christ for nearly 15 years, but for months, I’d been a dead woman walking. I needed a new perspective.

And there it was. “His mercies begin afresh…” 

But what does it mean?

His “brand new mercies” give us a chance to live out our story differently as we start yet again, making choices that are in alignment with Him.  But even when we do, that’s not even why He loves us.  No, He loves us because of Jesus. We can stand in front of this pure and holy God, fully loved and accepted because of what Jesus did when He saved us.  His brand new mercies mean that no matter what we might have done to mess with Him in the past, He looks at us with fresh love and new compassion today

BNM Cover

So maybe we can start… by stopping.

Stop trying to make God be a part of our story. Instead, maybe we can begin taking the opposite approach and join Him in HIS story. And while we’re there, get a brand new perspective of what it’s like to live in the hope that His love brings. Brand new. Every day.


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¹Amen, by Tommy Walker. Available on Crimson Bridge’s CD “Brand New Mercies”.


  1. Carol H. says:

    Thank you for your encouraging words; growth and wisdom shared. Loved seeing and hearing you again at Kindred Community Church, Anaheim Hills

  2. Cindy Brown says:

    Thanks for that wonderful reminder! Starting new with His plans and not our own! His story! Learning to stay at the feet of Jesus every morning! Blessings to you!

  3. Brian Smith says:

    The next time that you feel like all hope is lost be reminded that you are being prayed for by at least one brother in Christ. In my prayer life I have developed icons for indicators of who to pray for when prompted by the Spirit. For some in my life it may be a number, others a car, and for you it is a bird, the seagul. God purposes these icons in my heart so that I can be reminded to pray for a brother or sister when I see them. I am confident I am not the only one petetiong Him on your behalf as the Spirit leads and I know that others do this for me when I feel without hope. Be encouraged!

  4. Susan Kennedy says:

    So glad to see you back!!
    That one minute without hope, is so scary!
    It is so easy to lose sight of Him in times of darkness
    Thank you for the reminder that Morning brings the light, His mercy and love to us each day.

  5. John says:

    Welcome back, Sylvia. We missed you. Thank you for sharing so openly. Psalm 136,1 repeats this recurrent theme: “O give thanks to the Lord; for He is good: for His Mercy endureth forever.” I thank God for Jesus and his enduring mercy/love. I often experience the eternal/unconditional love/mercy of Jesus especially when I venture out on own.

  6. DivaKate says:

    Thank you for your candor and depth, for a heart that is always open.

  7. james says:

    So amazing, common sense yet amazing!

  8. Robbie says:

    Sylvia, thank you for writing for all of us. I feel like we may have been on the same path. Needed to hear and understand…….Stop trying to make God be a part of our story. Instead, approach it from the opposite side… joining Him in HIS story.

  9. Lora says:

    Thank you so much for the gentle, and much needed reminder. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own “stuff” we forget to thank the Lord for our MANY Blessings and continue to walk a new with each and every new day.

  10. Demi says:

    Words fail me..except thank you for the reminder! Hugs!

  11. Carol says:

    Boy, I needed to hear this today. Thank you for articulating what my heart wanted to know. Blessings!

  12. Mary James says:

    So happy to see you back in the swing and expressing His immeasurable love through your gifting of words.

  13. Carol LeBeau says:

    I can’t even tell you how much I needed to read this. Thank you for your fresh perspective.

  14. Beth says:

    You have a gift with words that go, “Pow!”–right to the heart.
    This is a tremendous reframe, Syl, and such an important one.

  15. Anne says:

    Sylvia you never cease to amaze me. No matter how deep the rut or valley you come forth like a new flower fresh and full of love and life. What God has begun in you He continues to nourish helping you grow and enabling you to send forth the sweet aroma of His love and grace.
    Stay close to Him and stay as sweet and loving as you are to all who cross your path.

  16. You said this so beautifully – with honesty and transparency.

  17. Jean Froning says:

    That was just AWESOME! I could feel my little heart swelling up with love and gratitude to my Lord as I read this! Thank you SO, so much for the ability and the willingness you have to be able to put into words the growth that you experience in Christ, and share it with us…who so desperately need hope! Love to you today, a fresh NEW day!!

  18. John Winslow says:

    I’m a big fan, where have you been? “… not one second without hope”. That’s so true!

  19. Annie Pender says:

    We’ve missed seeing you here. My husband and I are big fans of your music and your writing and this post is no exception. Thank you for the reminder to allow ourselves to start fresh every day.

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