Finding Real Joy in the Midst of a Painful Trial

Posted on November 17, 2014 by

I posted this before Silver came home on Saturday

The Peaceful Wife


Greg and our children on a hike in the mountains of NC 

James gives us an extremely counterintuitive command from God:

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

How can we possibly find joy in the midst of pain, suffering, obstacles, challenges, failures, sickness, brokenness, injuries and problems? That doesn’t sound right at all. Shouldn’t he say something like, “Ask God, and He will immediately remove all your trials, pain and suffering so you can be happy again”? We would like that much better! (The Idol of Happiness)

The trial our family has been going through for these past 8 days, with our beautiful little kitten, Silver, going missing, is a very small

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