There are days when we wonder how we can rejoice. This is my husband’s birthday and I find it to still be a touchy kind of day. Yet in spite of things like death, loneliness and despair, God tells us to:

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4, Amp)

Am I there yet? Absolutely not and maybe not ever. Still I strive toward the goal.

I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Philippians 3:14, AMP)

Prayer – Lord, let every day, every circumstance, bring us ever so slightly toward what you call us to be. Amen

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