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Monday, May 15, 2017

"Count It Pure Joy"

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Notice the sweet fragrance…why it smells like fresh flowers on a beautiful spring morning!

            We’re all familiar with the saying “April showers bring May flowers”.  But did you know that this proverb has been traced all the way back to about 1557?  Though I’ve always thought it related only to the springtime rains of April bringing the beautiful flowers of May, one interpretation of the proverb expresses another meaning: “Good things come tomorrow from unpleasant circumstances today.”

            That’s another way of saying what James said in Chapter 1, verses 2-4:  Consider it pure JOY, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1: 2-4)

            You may feel as if life has showered you with more than your share of trials.  Discouragement and even depression may be sitting heavy upon your chest right now….siphoning all the JOY right out of your heart. You might find yourself wanting to yell, “I can’t take it anymore!”
            But by trusting in Him each step of our lives…through the good times and through the trials, then Godly character will be developed in us….traits such as perseverance, spiritual maturity, wisdom and JOY.  So instead of complaining and crying “WHY ME???” let’s see our struggles as the showers that will bring the flowers of JOY into our lives.

           Let’s count it all JOY  and remind each other to persevere!




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