today I choose . . .

words from my favorite football movie are running through my mind today – words the coach said to his players, “we praise God when we win, we praise God when we lose.” (Facing the Giants)

today I choose – today I choose? – today I choose! that’s the revelation and the realization – the choices are mine alone to make . . .

“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

today I choose to see God’s hand in every circumstance surrounding me, I choose to be grateful and to give thanks to Him for His undeserved kindnesses to me in the moments of my day –

“He does not treat me as my sins deserve or repay me according to my iniquities.” (Psalm 103:10)

today I choose to rejoice in the rain as well as to celebrate the sun – knowing both are necessary for life and growth –

“He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” (Acts 14:17)

“Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.” (Zechariah 10:1)

today I choose to look for the good in people around me, believing I will find it if I look long enough, if I look with eyes of compassion and understanding, if I look at others like my Heavenly Father looks at them

“Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.” (Isaiah 43:4)

today I choose to climb the mountain before me that God hasn’t moved, knowing the climb will make me stronger, accepting that there are lessons I need to learn along the way –

today I choose praise over protest, confession over complaining, repentance over refusal to face my flaws, today I choose to trust my Creator’s ways rather than my ways, I choose delight in Him over despair in my present sufferings –

today I choose to bend my knee and bow my head and raise my hands to the God of all creation –

“I will exalt You, my God the King; I will praise Your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise You and extol Your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” (Psalm 145:1-2)

today I choose to run the race God is asking me to run – I choose to run for His glory, not mine –

“let me throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let me run with perseverance the race marked out for me. Let me fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith,” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

today I choose to be still

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

today I choose God’s eternal truth over satan’s divisive lies – Jesus has prayed this for me –

“Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth.” (John 17:17)

today I choose hope despite how hopeless things might appear to be –

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

today I choose to dance, to sing, to praise, to give thanks to God –

“You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever.” (Psalm 30:11-12)

today -today I choose joy!

“This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

sincerely, Grace Day

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