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
have full play
and do a thorough work,
so that you may be [people] perfectly
fully developed [with no defects],
lacking in nothing.
James 1: 2-4 (AMP)
You have read these verses
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Trials will come.
Trials will remain.
Trials will go.
Your response is to let it be.
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
let me be God.
Remind yourself as often as it
that I am good and I do good.**
Hear these words of complete and perfect love from Me to you.
Your Heavenly Father
**Psalm 119: 68