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I’ve always wanted pretty flowers by our mailbox. Throughout the years, I’ve planted a variety of possibilities and all have died—until now. Last year I planted purple Mexican Petunia at the base of the mailbox post and it lived. It’s still thriving within its small circular border, attracting butterflies. Every morning there are beautiful purple blossoms on my plant. By the evening, the blossoms are on the ground. I never worry, however, because I know that tomorrow morning there will be more flowers in their place.

flowers / photo by Kelly Stigliano

It got me thinking. Isn’t that just like God’s love for us? He always gives second chances when I blow it. We may fail today and our blossoms may fall, but tomorrow we can try again. His love for us never fades; we have new hope every day. Lamentations 3:22-24 says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; there I will wait for him.’”

What a great reminder. We may blow it today, but His love is new every morning!

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”

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Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”

To read some articles I’ve had published, hear about God’s story in my life from the “UNSHACKLED!” radio program or the Focus on the Family broadcasts, see my book, Praying for Murder, Receiving Mercy: From At-Risk to At Peace; My Journey from Fear to Freedom or explore the anthologies I’ve contributed to, please visit my website, www.kellystigliano.com.

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