James 1:2-4, "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

I have a hard time using the words "joy" and "trials" in the same sentence.  They seem so opposite.  Trials don't bring me joy, they bring me anxiety, frustration, and fear.  How can I see joy in something that presents the opportunity for pain.  

Experience has taught me that trials bring the opportunity to know my Lord, to know His goodness, and to know His ability to create peace and security in me.  My joy comes not from the absences of trials, but from the presences of my savior.

I see this in a practical way with the presence of family and friends in the midst of a crisis. You have a sense of joy and peace when surrounded by so much love and support. Even when the circumstances are not what you would desire.  I am extremely thankful to be loved by so many, and to be chosen by One.


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