“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.”