When your body is screaming in pain, your house is a mess, the laundry is piled high, and your dog throws up on the carpet, you definitely need joy in hard times! That describes my reality right now, but thankfully, God had mercy on me this morning and helped me with the whole perspective thing. It was just in the nick of time, too, because as I write this, it’s soon going to get even crazier as we start dog-sitting a puppy.
In James 1:2, God plainly tells us that He wants us to be able to rejoice in our stressful times. He says, “when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy” (NLT). But, if you are anything like me, you might be wondering how that is even possible.