James 1:2-4 says: 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I lack joy. Perseverance is a very hard lesson to learn. There are always so many "things" going on in life that cause heartache and stress. Children, jobs, trying to live a Christian life and live as a witness. A former pastor of mine was known for repeating this verse often. It has been in my mind and my heart much lately. I don't like asking for patience and perseverance because trials always come with that prayer. Not a big fan of trials. I covet your prayers for peace in my heart and mind.