When a CHOICE looks a whole lot like pain – Write 31:Day 26

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The Choices that we face each day are boundless. God sets before us the good and bad, the moral and immoral. It is up to us to use wisdom in all of our decisions. {Deuteronomy 30:19-20}

A migraine greeted my weary brain this morning.

It doesn’t happen a lot, but often enough that I shrink back into myself knowing what I will face the remainder of the day. Pain. My hearing is acute in those moments. Every sound amplified as though a clanging cymbal. And I hear puppy whines.

I choose retreat. RETREAT!

But retreat only means temporary relief, and then only if I am able to fall back asleep. Attending to their little puppy needs this morning will be hard at first, but ultimately they will settle, and I can go back to feeling sorry for myself J This I reason with myself, eyes half closed and head slowly emerging from beneath the covers.

Sighing resolutely, my feet find carpet and I begin the long trek down with nothing more than a HOPE that the clanging symbols would resume their quiet countenance. After a flurry of activity I finally fling my body down into a chair like a wrung out rag drained of everything that gives life. Too early to be feeling this way, but I had made my choice.

Every moment of every day comes with choices.

Some are insignificant and don’t require a whole lot of thought, like waking up in the morning.  (Unless of course it is with a migraine 🙂 But others can require wisdom- and often the kind that we are not readily privy to, or don’t consider when making those choices. Each season comes with its own challenges, some physical, but more so emotional/spiritual.

We have to choose what to believe, who to listen to, how to react. And it isn’t always easy –these choices. Sometimes doing what’s right is the hardest thing you will ever do. The thing is, life is full of difficult choices.  One’s that we don’t necessarily want to make because we know that they will be painful.

Are they the right ones? That can only be decided by you and God.

Making these choices alone certainly eases the burden we can feel to do what is right, we simply follow our emotions. But in doing that, there will always be a question mark at the end. Did I make the right decision?

Trusting how we feel about something can be dangerous

– for me anyway.

My red-headedness has gotten me into trouble more than once, and I have learned way too many lessons the hard way. So – being determined to stop having to learn them, I don’t trust my emotions any longer.

I ask for help.

The God of infinite wisdom sees the result of every choice before they have even been made. He knows what will happen from the beginning to the end, and He can clearly see the best pathway to take. Asking to see through His worldwide lens gives us the best perspective. One that sees through the ages.

And you certainly can’t argue with that!

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As a little added bonus: All comments on the write 31 days posts will be entered to win all of the colored cards for this series. These are colored by hand (by me :)and ready to give. Winner will be announced in November. Good luck 🙂

Don’t forget to click on the picture at the top of the page to download the pdf version of the CHOICES picture.  Color it and share, or enjoy for yourself.

God bless your day!

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