Thank You For the Trials, Lord

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”–James 1:2-4

I LOVE this scripture!  I feel like it is written just for me.  We have been tested this week, first with a scare about our foster daughter, second with a scare about a child we know, and third with a scare about our new house possibly not working out.  I got angry at first, but finally God broke through to me.  I prayed, apologized to Him, and woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to do what He wants us to do.  As I studied this morning, the above scripture came to my heart, along with this prayer/meditation:

Thank you, Lord, for the trials.  For in those trials, I must lean on you.  This brings me closer to you and confirms and deepens my trust in you.  Being tried makes me a better person if I get through it with patience and prayer.  Help me to be patient during the trials I face right now, knowing that you have a plan for us, Lord.

My dad’s voice echoes in my head this morning too:  “Patience is a virtue.”

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