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“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (v. 2).

– James 1:2–8

Life is hard enough without adding to the stress as your path stays riddled with the destruction of the emotional equivalent of scorched earth.

We all have those moments in our life when we say to ourselves “why am I doing this” or “I feel trapped”. These feelings come from a heart that has been pushed to the edge and left to find its own way out.

Rejection, loneliness, and abandonment are just a few of the tools that satan uses to convince us that we are not worthy of God’s love and power, or that we have somehow lost our right to depend on it.

Here is the good news for anyone reading this blog today… God knew you in your beginning (before all your mistakes and poor choices). God knows you right now (how you got here and why you’re not moving forward). God knows your future (the plan He has for you and the journey He will take you on to get you out).

The next step for most of us is to find a final resting place for the fear, regret, self loathing, and lack of esteem, trust, and confidence. So now I can almost hear many of you saying…  “OK… Sure that sounds great… but we don’t live in your perfect world. We live in a place where these horrible truths are our everyday life.” For those who think that this kind of Grace, Love, Glorious plan, and future, is not part of God’s reality for your life, let me tell you that all of us have experienced life’s leveling pain. I lost a beloved daughter before her 19th birthday in a car crash. My wife has experienced the crushing blows of abuse from her childhood on into her young adult life. And yet, If you saw us today you would never know that the pain was ever there. Why… We simply got tired of giving the enemy permission to hurt us through our doubt that God could, or would, move on our behalf.

Are you saying that we should be happy with pain? One of the hardest lessons we Christians have to learn is how to be joyful in the midst of pain and suffering. What does the bible verse mean when he says, “Count it all joy”? OK… Hang on to your hat… Here is the inside scoop. The concept here is the idea of reckoning or considering. We are to consider what we are going through as a matter of joy, not because the thing itself is fun or enjoyable, but because tests and trials work patience in us. That patience in us will eventually give us the power to see beyond the pain and to even make us better because of it. For that we can be glad or happy, or find JOY. When we see our circumstances in that light, our suffering will not be an exercise in futility.

The central point of this teaching is that God always has a purpose, and that purpose is always good. We can count all things joy because God is working in all situations, even the most painful, for His very best to be delivered to us in this life.

This is exactly what Jesus did. He was able to endure the cross because of the joy that was set before Him (Heb. 12:2). Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Just like The Lord we have the power to endure the most difficult moments. Remember that if Jesus had not gone to the cross, then Easter would be a very different holiday.

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Hang on Child of God. Life is a process and we are not at the end as long as God gives us another day.

Today, even after all the pain of life, Debra and I laugh more than cry, and find the best in most situations. This only happens because we finally understand the God is truly in control and if it is on our path then God will give us the strength to handle it. Yes, even in the difficult times we have held each other and cried until we started laughing.

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God Bless You All,

The WTIS Family Blog

Debra Herman Pete