Choice or Choose?

Recently, while talking with a friend, I made a comment about “It’s like you have tons of bricks thrown on you (memories, circumstances, hurts, etc) but then when one hugs and prays with you or Gods incredible blessings-those bricks are lifted off one to two at a time.

Then I was faced with a situation which could reallllly stir up some of the past bricks that were thrown on me plus add some more.

However, what God kept revealing to me were the words—choice or choose.

Tonight, even though I want to be so incredibly hurt, angry, and frustrated with “today’s church”, I will choose to understand all are human. I can choose to not like their actions, but choose to pray for them instead. I can choose to continue going where Gods calling and fight the battles only He wants me to fight. And this is not one.

Choose. Choose to not comment on someone’s post. Choose to be joyful, even in the midst of all the craziness going on.

Simply choose to live in joy, peace, love, self-control, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness.

This was written by ellyandgrace team member Tressa Zabel!


  • Chrissy Hermansen

    Brenna, I can so relate with what you shared! I too am experiencing anger that comes from deep hurt!!! I must choose to have JOY and forgive and let this go! But, in my case I must protect myself! I have a choice and I must choose JOY!🙏

  • Linda Lung

    Thank you, Tressa, for your January 18, 2021 message. Very wise, true, and loving. Definitely helpful. May God bless you.

  • Michael W Bradford

    I was kind of like that too in regards to the bad (evil) people in politics. I wanted to be angry and wish terrible things to fall upon them to get them to stop… Then I got to thinking, why do I need to rage when there is little I could do about it anyway, and besides, Romans 12:19 says: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. So that takes a load off of me, a burden that is not mine to bear. Thank God what a relief!

  • Julie Pearson

    Thanks for this. I needed to hear it. I’ll choose joy. ❤️🙏🏻

  • Roxanne Coombs

    This is so true, I’ve been hurt to by others by there hurtful words.i chose not to be around negative, judgemental people.!!! But I have to forgive them, bcu I’m forgiven by God. Thank you for the encouragement. God bless.🙏❤️❤️

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