James 1:2-3 ESV "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 have to be honest, I didn't find the joy until I was done! Today we read that we are to count it as joy when we meet various kinds of trials, but thats easy to say but hard to do! With each turn of the pipe wrench, more leaks came! It got to the point where I needed to redo the entire plumbing line. What I didn't know was that after it was all redone, it came out better, the water flowed easier and cleaner than I ever thought. In the midst of the project, I never thought about "joy" - you know like when our favorite team scores and we jump up and down like a two year old, but if we can learn that the testing of our faith produces steadfastness... wait, who uses the word steadfastness today - let's try - loyalty or faithfulness, we can look back and see that joy can be found in our trials. Let's find the joy even in the midst of the battle and remain loyal to Him! peace, tom
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