Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – Jam 1:2-4 NIV
“May my kids persevere in testing so that they will become mature, complete and not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4
My mother has always called me “the most persistent child God has ever created”. It meant I drove her crazy by pestering her to death for whatever I wanted. I’m still a bit that way. (prayers and condolences are accepted for my husband)
This is not the kind of persistence James is talking about here. Not a stubborn will to get what you want. Instead the kind of persistence he is talking about is the one that refuses to lose hope in the midst of a trial. The one who will stand in faith regardless of what threatens. The reward? Maturity, Completeness, Perfection. While the trial may be hard, the promises are certainly worth rejoicing over. Stand firm in your faith today!
Q: What fiery trial threatens your family right now? How can we pray for you?
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Kari Day is a woman passionately pursuing Jesus in her everyday life…stumbling and falling along the way. She is the co-founder of Allied Women, a community of women helping women to pursue God’s purpose for them. Kari is driven by a passion to see women change the world for Christ by living fully in the purpose he has created them to live. She blogs about living life intentionally and abiding in Jesus at KariDay.com and Allied-Women.com She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three kids, golden retriever and new kitten she recently rescued from under the house. You can connect with Kari on Facebook.