Choose Well

“Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Everyday, since March 16, my mornings have mirrored this prayer.

My husband has the news playing. I hear it in the background – the despair, the hopelessness, the trouble overwhelms.

Discouragement is easy.
A sad heart is expected.

But every day we have to make a choice.
Will we put our hope in God or will we put our hope in what’s going on around us?
Will we praise our Savior, our God or will we complain and praise the acts of our enemy?

Honestly, some days I don’t make the right choice.
Perhaps, that is why His mercies are new every moment.
No matter how long before I realize I made the wrong choice that day, His mercy allows me to stop and re-choose.

This has been a week!
But I will not choose discouragement. No.
I will not choose a heart of despair. No.
I choose to put my hope, my trust, my faith in God. (He has never failed me.)
I choose to praise him rather than complain.
I choose to dance rather than lament.
I choose to sing rather than mourn.
I choose him again and again and again.

Who are you choosing this morning?