He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Psalm 23:3 (New King James Version)

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I exalt you, Lord, because you pulled me up; you didn’t let my enemies celebrate over me. Lord, my God, I cried out to you for help, and you healed me. Lord, you brought me up from the grave, brought me back to life from among those going down to the pit.

You who are faithful to the Lord, sing praises to him; give thanks to his holy name! His anger lasts for only a second, but his favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!

Psalm 30:1-5

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As someone living with depression, I know that every day begins with a choice; and in my experience, I can only make the right one with God’s help. That choice is to see each day, each morning, filled not with the weeping and pain of the night before but with the joy of a new dawn, a second chance, and the irrefutable truth that shines brightly no matter the weather: God has seen fit to grant me another day of life. Thanks to God’s lovingkindness and mercy, I have another chance to try again and to rejoice in the fact that the Lord can and does pull me and all of us up when we humbly cry out for help.

In this light, we can easily see each day as the Psalmist does: as another beautiful opportunity to “sing praises” and “give thanks” to our God.

Sarah Boatwright

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Gracious God, continue to grant me life in each new day. Give me new eyes to see you and a renewed and restored heart to love you that I may praise and glorify you always. Amen.

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Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.

Proverbs 9:6 (New King James Version)

Sarah Boatwright

Part-time writer, professor, and drummer and full-time wife and mom Sarah H. Boatwright lives and works in Greenwood, South Carolina. Ever astonished every day at just how good God is, she enjoys quiet moments over hot tea with local honey.

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