James writes, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt.” (James 1:2-8, NIV)
Facing trials and suffering is serious business! Scripture reminds us to consider it pure joy, because our faith will produce perseverance, maturity, and wisdom. I’m not sugar coating circumstances, it’s hard. But on those days when choosing to see the joy amidst the pain seems impossible, dig in and find joy.
Today, I found joy in the this photograph of daisies, my favorite flower. It reminds me that not all seasons will be dreary and “joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
~April Dawn White
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