James 1:2-3 niv

joy

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,

patricia

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Revelation 3:10 niv

approaching-storm

Everyone has trials in this world.
Because you are faithful to follow His commands
you will be spared the last trials of the world.  

Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!

Are you worried about the “end times”?
Why?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

1 Peter 1:6 nlt

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When you are experiencing trials the last thing on your mind is to be glad.
Yet this is what you are told, be glad.
When trials come into life they seem to last forever.
But they are only for a little while.
The joy ahead is wonderful and eternal.

What do you think about when you have trials in your life?
Do you understand trials are for a little while and joy is forever?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

James 1:12 esv

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When the storm is raging it can be a struggle to stand strong.   
When we  persevere we will see a glimpse of sunlight on the horizon.
Sometimes just enough light to help us see the truth of the trial.
And really that is all we need, just a glimpse, of the Son;
waiting with the promised crown.

In your trials will you look beyond where you are standing,  past the storm,
to where the Son waits?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

Job 23:10 niv

fiery

No matter where we go or what road we take;
God knows where we are and what we need.

Sometimes what we need is to be tested;
and He will send the test.

Resist the fear in the test
for He is a righteous and fair Judge.

Stand the fiery test and you will be refined like gold,
pure and beautiful.

Do you understand why tests are allowed into your life?  
When you are tested are you aware of  the Lord’s presence?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia