Consider it pure joy, Lindsay, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Does anyone else read this verse and think...seriously? How in the world do I have joy when I'm facing trials Lord? In the last month and a half I would say I have been facing trials. This season has been a season of testing, trusting and listening. I have spent more time rebuking the devil in these last months than I have in a long time. I have learned to anoint and speak over everything the Lord has given me. I am a warrior! But through all this it takes me back to this verse. All I can do is ask the Lord for help with this one. Lord teach me how to have joy in the midst of trials. What gives me hope and peace is that when we have joy (through him only) he develops perseverance in us!
So, next time I am facing trials I will make the choice to put on that worship music and choose joy. I have hope knowing that he will help me because I can't do this on my own, only with his strength.