{day twenty-eight}

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren,

whenever you are enveloped in

or encounter trials

of any sort

or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial

and proving of your faith

bring out endurance

and

steadfastness

and

patience.

But

let

endurance

and

steadfastness

and

patience

have full play

and do a thorough work,

so that you may be [people] perfectly

and

fully developed [with no defects],

lacking in nothing.

James 1: 2-4 (AMP)


Dearest Helen,

You have read these verses

many times.

I suppose that you could recite

them at a moment’s notice.

Oh how well, I know you, my dear child.

I know where you are prone to let your

mind and your actions dwell.

What you can do.

Not who you can be.

Helen,

you have looked at choosing joy in the midst of trials

as part of an ever-increasing

list of what makes you acceptable.

One more thing to muscle your way through in 

your life with me.

That list is written by your hand not mine.

Dear one,

I am not saying that as you face hardship that your

first response is to be filled with joy.

Don’t forget I am intimately acquainted with you 

and your ways.

When hard comes your way, I want to be your

Rock,

Hiding Place,

Comforter,

Deliverer

to name a few.

You would have no need of my resources if you put on a smiling

face in the midst of despair.

Be honest with Me.

That’s what  friends of the heart do with one another.

You have gotten it a bit mixed-up.  

But that’s alright because many others have as well.

So from now on , Helen,

whenever you come upon a trial or

continue to walk in  one that just doesn’t seem to want to 

leave your side,

know that there is something bigger going on.

There is something beyond the biggest life struggles.

I want you to be complete.

I want you to be whole.

Helen,

I want you to be perfect, my way of looking at perfect,

not your way of trying to be perfect. 

I want your faith to be strong.

In fact, I want your faith to show the muscles of

endurance

and

patience

and 

steadfastness.

Trials will come. 

Trials will remain.

Trials will go.

Your response is to let it be.

Let endurance

and 

patience

and 

steadfastness

have their way.

As you let me do the work,

the joy will come.

Joy in the midst of trials comes

from the depths of knowing that there is greater, deeper,

life-changing work happening beyond what

is visible.

Helen,

let me be God.

Remind yourself as often as it

takes,

that I am good and I do good.**

Hear these words of  complete and perfect love from Me to you.

Love,

Your Heavenly Father

**Psalm 119: 68

 

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