I choose to…

by Meredith Angeline Hinton

Sometimes my life gets out of control. Sometimes my outlook gets dim and I have to decide whether or not I am going to choose to believe, or not. I have realized that life is about choices. You either choose to believe in God, or you don’t. You either choose to get out of bed in the morning, or you don’t. For the past month I have been switching my answer to both of those questions. Right now, today, on December 3rd I have chosen to believe and to get out of bed because there is something more, something better, and something worth waking up for. My dear friend Rebekah shared a song with me. It is called “Carry Me” by Audrey Assad:

Pain is a forest we all get lost in
Between the branches hope can be so hard to see
And in the darkness we’ve all got questions
We’re all just trying to make sense out of suffering but

You say I am blessed because of this
So, I choose to believe
As I carry this cross, You’ll carry me
Help me believe it

Fear is a current we all get caught in
And in its motion faith can be so hard to find
And we all falter ’cause we’re all broken
We’re all just trying to turn the shadows into light but

You get glory in the midst of this
And You’re walking with me
And you say I am blessed because of this
So, I choose to believe
As I carry this cross, You’ll carry me

And I know Your promises are faithful
And God, I’ve seen Your goodness in my life
And oh, I’ve found Your mercy is a river
Your love is an ocean wide

You say I am blessed because of this
You get glory in the midst of this
And You’re walking with me

And You say I am blessed because of this
So, I choose to believe
As I carry this cross, as I carry this cross
‘Cause as I carry this cross, You’ll carry me

You’ll carry me, God
You’ll carry me
And Your love is an ocean wide

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