Read Psalm 103 - reminds us to praise the Lord for all He has done.

Even though the fig trees are all destroyed, and there is neither blossom left nor fruit, and though the olive crops all fail, and the fields lie barren; even if the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be happy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my Strength, and he will give me the speed of a deer and bring me safely over the mountains. Habakkuk 3: 17-19 (TLB)

Carol Elaine Harrison lives in Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2001, her husband was diagnosed with cancer, her uncle died, and her mother's congestive heart failure took a turn for the worse. A few months later her husband began cancer treatments, his father passed away unexpectedly, and Carol's mother died.

Memories of the traumatic events of that year make it easy to overlook the positive things that happened. During those painful times, grief was a natural response. But I had to choose whether to remain bitter, angry, and discouraged or, like the prophet Habakkuk, to say, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord."

We all experience circumstances that leave us reeling, wondering which way to turn and if we will survive. Tough times are often beyond our control, but we can still choose how we react to the events, Psalm 103 reminds us to praise God because God is gracious, forgiving, compassionate, and abounding in love. Even when we do not understand how any good can possibly come from our present circumstances, we can choose whether we will focus on the negative or the blessings God has given us.

We have many folks going thru tough times now, relative to the virus or because of other health problems. Just a few are Rita Collins, Jennifer and Robert Murray, Jaclyn Anderson, Alyssa Scheminger; Eunice Pineo, and Mike Davis. If you have a prayer list, take time today to pray for all those listed and for those who are on your heart.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to choose to praise you every day, no matter our circumstances. Help us to remember to pray for others who are suffering or in need, in Jesus' name, amen

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