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. – James 1:2-4
Dear heavenly Father,
I started out my life very surprised by trials in health and relationships. Having passed through a few difficulties I have come through feeling stronger and settled as if no more would come my way. Then it seems that out of nowhere an otherwise strong relationship will go weak or a new health concern erupts from below or a major expensive repair is needed on my car or in my home. It feels like I have to start all over learning how to accept, then face, then cope, then pass through the trial. I can safely say that considering the trial a joy is pretty far from my mind. It doesn’t even seem logical. But I hear your word that guides me to find joy in how you make me persevere. You teach me to trust you during my trials. I trust you but I need more trust. Please help me overcome my doubts. Make me calm and not an anxious saint. I give you my worries one by one and let you work for my good in all situations. And I will wait for you to help me find the joy in the midst of sorrow.
Pastor Don Patterson
Trials will come and go but God will never leave you.