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Chronic Pain Meditations

7 Scriptures for Finding Joy in Trials

October 5, 2020
Finding joy in difficulties

Our church is going through a Bible reading plan together this year and right now we are reading the book of James. A passage in James 1 resonated with me and challenged me to my core about finding joy in trials. It led me to this Bible study on more verses about trials and hardships.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

James 1:2-6

When I read this verse, one question kept coming to my mind:

Why on earth would I consider it joy to go through hardships?!

One of the first things I did was look up exactly what this word ‘joy‘ means. In this verse, joy is the Greek word charan which can be translated joy, gladness, a source of joy. My favorite definition was “a calm delight.”

Again, I wondered, why would I be delightfully calm during hardships?! And…how?

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How Should Christians Prepare for Disaster?

March 4, 2020
How should Christians prepare for Disaster?
For the busy mom: listen to an audio recording of this post!

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the world and with cases now in the U.S., according to the CDC we are on the verge of a pandemic. This has forced me to consider: how should I respond to a potential disaster? How should my family handle this “impending doom?” As Christians, how should we approach trials and hardships?

I’m not pretending to know all of the answers here. I’m simply sharing what I’m trying to implement in my own life as I walk with God in this potential season of a pandemic. 

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