Gratitude Journal

Today I choose gratitude.
It is not an easy thing to choose at this moment.
It would be much easier to choose these things: hurt, anger, fear... Yes, admittedly, these are the things hidden (and not so hidden) in my heart today.

Yet, I will choose gratitude.
I will choose to bless His Name, even when I don't understand.
I will give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
though I would rather rail, and cry, and complain.
I will choose the sacrifice of praise.

For I know that there is a lesson to be learned here. I know that no matter what, I can trust, I can believe, I can run to Him who is able. Able to deliver me from the darkness of my own heart. Able to rescue me when I have lost my way. Able to restore what others have torn down. Able to return again to me the Joy of His salvation.

So today, though there is pain in the offering, I will say Blessed be Your Name, O Lord.

Thank you Lord for your grace, for your mercy, for your lessons- even those that are painful for a time.
Thank you Lord that for today, that every day, no matter the circumstances,
I can choose gratitude. For having that choice is a blessing in itself.