Counting it all joy!

Having just been “drilled” with more discouraging news, my thoughts turned to the familiar words of James 1:2-4 ~ “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (esv)

I am surrendering to the directive to “count it all joy” as my life is being tried & tested from all sides these days. In faith, (as weak and imperfect as mine can be) I have relinquished (and continue to relinquish) my attempts to hold on to things or to manipulate the circumstances or the situation to bring the ‘trial’ or the ‘testing’ to an end on my terms or according to my timetable.

I know that my God is trustworthy. He has proven that to me over & over & over again. He can be trusted. He is WORTHY of my trust. He has promised that He will not allow anything unnecessary in my life. He has promised that He is working ALL THINGS TOGETHER for my good. He is working to mold & to shape my life and character into the image of His Son…who just happens to be the Savior of my soul: my Healer, my Redeemer, my Rock, my Refuge, my Strength, my Song and so much more! HE is my all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present help in my time of trouble & need. Amen!

He is, He has been and He ever shall be to me, in me, with me & for me all that is needful and necessary to bear up under the burden and to remain steadfast… to the end.

**What do you know? As I sit here and ‘tap out’ these words with my two thumbs, my face is smiling, my soul is singing and my heart is rejoicing.

“I love You, Lord… and I lift my voice to worship You; O my soul, rejoice! Take joy my King in what You hear; may it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.”

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