A week in which it seemed like every time I turned around there was another unexpected expense, more disappointing news, and what appeared to be another setback.
“Really, God?” I said at the end of the week, exasperated. “Can You give me a break?”
I happened to be putting together teaching material that week for an upcoming women’s retreat that was themed “Choose Joy.” Suddenly it became apparent to me that I was not choosing joy in the midst of my circumstances. I was, instead, letting my circumstances control my life and my attitude.
I remembered a verse I’d memorized as a teenager. One that God seemed to be whispering in my ear: