Well, today started early this morning, and has rolled right along until just now! Finally getting a chance to post!
James is my very favorite book of the Bible… It’s filled to the brim with practical wisdom… and right at the beginning of the first chapter, James gives us another insight into true Joy!
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
I don’t know about you, but the words “Joy” and “trials” do not seem to go together. When I’m going through a rough patch, being joyful is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. However, the things we go through teach us, mold us, and grow us. Each trial makes us stronger and builds our faith… And a stronger faith is something in which we can definitely Take Joy!
Happiness is caused by things that happen around me,
and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on
through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows
in the night as well as in the day; joy flows all through
persecution and opposition.