Lamentations 3:19-22
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I will remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” 
The prophet was discouraged. He felt judged by God-and not only was his mind currently dwelling on his discomfort, but he knew this wasn’t a fleeting emotion…it was going to keep on occupying his mind. But even in the middle of his discouragement, he recognized that God’s love was a source of hope that he could cling to–and so he made the decision to “call it to mind”. 
I have faced (and will face) seasons of discouragement and struggle. These seasons can draw my mind into an inescapable vortex of depression and gloom. Whether the struggle is from God’s judgement or merely an attack of the enemy, my mind does not always naturally gravitate to hope.
Like the prophet, I have God’s love as a never-failing source of hope to which I can turn. I have to make the decision to bring that source of hope to my mind instead of focusing on the negative thoughts that would otherwise fill my mind of their own accord.
Today, I choose to call God’s great love to mind. I choose to take authority over my mind even when discouragement hits–because God’s love never fails and it never ends.
God, thank You for your unending love! Help me to choose daily to fix my mind on you, instead of swirling in the vortex of my frustrations and problems. Thank you for your hope! 

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