Joy in stress?

Good Grade on Test

How you ever considered that trials and temptations can be a way of making us mature? Or molding us to be complete and lacking nothing?

That’s what the writer of James is telling us in the first chapter of his book. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ says to “consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides” (The Message). When’s the last time you jumped up and down with excitement in the middle of a trial? My normal response would be to recoil and think, Why me?

But that’s not the way we are reminded to act or react. I don’t believe we necessarily have to be excited about the trial itself, but encouraged that as a believer, I can rejoice in the fact that God is on my side. He has me covered; therefore I need not doubt or be afraid.

Maybe, just maybe, this testing of your faith you’re going through is meant to be shared with others. You probably aren’t feeling excited about an uncertain health issue, losing your job due to downsizing, or parenting a troubled teen. Still … there are lessons to be learned. And glory to be given. More than likely, there are individuals in your circle of influence who could benefit from hearing about what you are going through right now. As you and I handle a tough time, with the grace of God and His wisdom, others can be comforted.

Dear God, I admit I’m not overjoyed about this time of my life. In fact, I feel depressed and sometimes alone. Yet, in my heart, I know that You have my best interests in mind. I can go to You anytime day or night with my burdens. Thank you for loving me when I’m least unlovable. Amen.

Is there a message others need to hear about how you (with God) overcame a certain obstacle? Something that seems too big and wide to get through? Will you speak or pen those pearls of wisdom so another can benefit?

“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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”—James 1:2–4.


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About Teresa Lasher

Teresa K. Lasher, Freelance Writer and Speaker Email: Teresa writes inspirational life lessons, adventure stories, and boat or motorcycle travel pieces. Her articles appear in local and national magazines, blogs, and websites. She is currently working on a devotional book encouraging the reader to take the time to spiritually recharge and rejuvenate mind, body and soul. She shares areas of proper self-care and lessons learned after surviving brain surgery. Favorite escape: walking outdoors in nature’s beauty and reading. Status: Teresa married her high-school sweetheart, Steve. They have been blessed with two children and three precious grandchildren (plus one on the way!) Little-known fact: Crowned Pumpkin Queen of the Sycamore, Illinois harvest festival, Teresa rode on the lead float in the parade. Her winning essay took 1st place in an elementary school contest.
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2 Responses to Joy in stress?

  1. I have experienced many trials when God has helped me get through. As I’m getting older I am learning more and more to trust Him during those times and I survive.

  2. Isn’t it amazing that it takes age and the school of rough knocks to learn the valuable lessons in life? I am the same way, Lorraine.

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