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. – James 1:2-3 (NIV)
Not gonna lie, there have been times where I read these words and sarcastically chuckled as I told God, "You're really asking me to be joyful in this mess?" Why should I view these trials as a joyful experience? James invites us to look at the hardships of this life from a different vantage point. I used to think that trials were a sign of God's displeasure or disappointment in me. I couldn't have been more WRONG! Instead, these trials are an opportunity for us to experience God in a more intimate way as He teaches us how to persevere through Him.
Do not be discouraged when you are in the midst of trials and hardships, brothers and sisters. Sometimes we will not see the purpose of these trials but I am confident that God will mold and build us through these trials that we may become more and more like Him! That is a promise that He made to us. A promise we cannot see but believe. A promise that will never fail.
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!