Reflecting On Yesterday…

Yesterday was a rough day! While I am always grateful for each day, yesterday I felt like Lord can I just get a do over. Family confrontation is the worst. I hate when people try to make me accept their opinion, and get mad when it’s rejected.
Sometimes confrontation shows us how people really feel about us, and it can be a definite eye-opener. Sometimes it reveals to us the need for growth. Sometimes it reminds us of our frailties and the importance of allowing God to completely heal our emotions. In these moments I am reminded, that Christ sees and knows me for who I am, and who he created me to be.
Yesterday I was upset with myself most of the day, because I thought I could have handled a situation better. 
The bible tells us in Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior].  
Today I choose not to beat up on myself.
Today, I choose to receive conviction as correction, and not to wallow in self-condemnation which provides no hope of relief.
I will not always get everything right, and I know that God is with me even on those rough days. I hate hard lessons, but I realize it builds character.
There are moments, I let my emotions get the best of me (which is rare) and sometimes I say too much and it gets me in trouble even though there was no ill-intent. I am a work in progress. Even so, I will not allow people to steal my joy or dim my light. Some people want to pull you down to nothing, and the FIGHT in me opposes this tactic. I will NOT apologize for who I am to appease others. I will NOT apologize for my faith. I will NOT apologize for speaking the truth or showing sincere concern to fit others comfort zones.
I choose joy, peace, and gladness even on the rainy days, even on teary-eyed days, even when the sun does not shine as bright, I chose to lean even the more on the everlasting arm of Christ.
What are you choosing today?

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