James 1:2-3 niv


James is telling us that we will have trials in this life.
He also tells us to consider it pure joy when we have troubles.
The trials we face have a purpose;  to bring us to maturity of faith.

It may be hard to understand that the trials testing our faith are gifts.
We may not want the gift when we receive it but in time we will appreciate it.
As trials bring us to our knees in prayer our hearts will be lifted up.
It is joy that will keep us on the path to maturity and perfection.

Do you consider your trials as a proving ground of your faith?
In the midst of trials do you spend more or less time in prayer?
Do you praise God during difficult times?

Blessings this day of grace,


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Romans 5:3-4 nas


There will always be times of trouble and hardship in our lives.
It is part of this life and we will all experience difficulties
of one sort or another from time to time.

As difficult as it may be to understand; troubles have a purpose.   
With each season of tribulation we may be tossed about and battered,
but victory is found in our hope.

When you are in the midst of a storm to what do you cling for assurance?
Who do you turn to for help?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia