Powered by 4 - February 22, 2016

Joyful In Trials

Today's reading: James 1:1-4

After spending some concentrated time over the past several months reading through and considering 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings, we're going to turn to the New Testament for a few weeks, starting with the Book of James. It's a short Book, but does it ever pack a punch with it's many practical lessons.

I pretty sure I'm alone when I say that I don't enjoy experiencing trials. In fact, I try to avoid them at all costs. Yet when I look back over my life, the times when I have grown and matured the most spiritually, are clearly the results of going through trials. So although I tend to grimace whenever I read James 1:3-4, I have to nod my head in agreement with his words. That doesn't mean I’m going to ask God to give me trials, but it does mean that when they come (and they will) that I can say to God with confidence, "I trust You, God, and know that You are growing me through this experience. Please help me be joyful as You walk with me through this trial."

What are some things that help you keep a joyful attitude when things are tough? How have you seen your faith grow as a result of going through trials? Tami

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