Choosing hope and joy in the midst of each moment

In every season, remember who you are.

When the world says you are a failure, that you’re contaminated and unworthy because you don’t think the same way as everyone else, remember that the truth you follow shines light in the darkness.

When our leaders, elected or unelected, technocrat or Hollywood idol, tell you that you’re making the wrong decisions and afflicting society; that your intent is malicious and your beliefs are baseless — remember your life’s purpose and the joy of His presence.

There was a circumstance a few years back where I felt the heavy burden of deception so plainly attempting to cover my life in darkness. Looking back, I didn’t do so well in handling it. I let the indignation of the situation overcome my spirit to an alarming degree. And it was a long and painful walk back to restore my self-worth and confidence and regain a sense of well-being and perspective.

Today, I face another choice between believing the lies of the world about who I am or standing strong in my faith. This time the consequences are even greater. I perceive many poisonous arrows from the evil one. The path before me is wary, imprecated in briars and thickets. In deep moments of doubt, the darkness attempts to overwhelm my soul. If I’m not watchful, I can easily feel defeated and weighed down in grief.

Todd Herman, a well-known conservative talkshow host calls today’s times a “time of choosing” and “the time in which God has chosen for us to live.” For me, this means I that I still have the power to decide to stand strong in my convictions, fearless and unabashed, and I can choose to believe I’m still a precious child of God, despite the fury all around me.

None of us would choose to go through a pandemic proffered by fear and fueled by corruption on a global scale. All I know to do is to cling even closer to the Word of God, profess my faith amidst my own brokenness, and apply the power of prayer to an increasingly depraved world. I heard well-known author and biblical teacher, Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries, recently say that “God is never more than one thought away.” This spoke to my heart, in this time of choosing.

My daily prayer continues for unwavering strength to walk closely with Him each day, choose life in every waking moment, and yield to the greater purpose for which he has planned for me. And to know that this is not the end, because grace and truth and light have no end.

My prayer for today

God, you protect me all day long. You fight off sharp arrows from the evil one attempting to destroy my thoughts. In faith, I look to you each morning. You lift me up and calm my heart. Even though I sense the darkness all around me, your light shines through, inextricably reaching the part in me that sings out to you. Thank you for this sweet day of life.

The LORD is my strength and my shield;

my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.

My heart leaps for joy,

and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 28:7-9

Let the serenity of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to tranquility. And be thankful.

Col 3:15-17

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have calmness. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Remember not the former things,

nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19

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