Choose Joy.

"All my delight is in You, Lord... all of my hope and all of my strength.  All my delight is in You, Lord.  Forevermore."

Hardships come and hardships go.  Something that's certain is that when they go, our relationships with Christ have been challenged, stretched, and hopefully strengthened.  These difficult times, whatever they may be, are never easy to face, and I don't try to pretend that whatever I'm facing isn't hard.  When I'm in it, I don't ignore it... I acknowledge its difficulty and let myself feel it.  But I refuse to wallow in it.

Even now, it is very hard not to be discouraged.  It's hard not to be confused, frustrated and upset.  It's hard to deal with another "let down".  But I have realized that I cannot let myself become consumed by it.  I must rely on Him.  God is constantly teaching me that I am not in control, that I need to ask others for help, and that He works all things - including the hard things - together for my ultimate good.  I am confident that He's got me and my situation in the palm of His hands, and I know that, regardless of what happens next, He is God and He is good!  No setback, despite how difficult it may seem, is going to shake the faith that I have in my Heavenly Father. 

So I choose joy.  I choose to find the peace, comfort, and reassurance that my restless heart seeks by spending time in the presence of my Lord.  Though my circumstances are less than ideal, it does not change the fact that He is Sovereign, and I am resting in that truth.

"When shadows fall on us, we will not fear.  We will remember.  When all seems lost, when we're thrown and we're tossed, we remember the cost.  We rest in Him, in the shadow of the cross."  -Shadows, David Crowder Band