Growing Through Difficult Times - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series


Bible Verse: James 1:2-4

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

Reflect and Respond:

It’s important to understand that joy does not equal happiness. While happiness is a feeling of excitement and exhilaration, joy is more about contentment. In this case, a contented peace that God is in control and has your past, present, and future safely secured with Him in His kingdom. How does that apply to your situation today?


Father, thank You for being with me during the hard times. I choose to trust You with my life today, and I ask that You fill me with true joy knowing that You who began a good work in me will be faithful to complete it. Amen.

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2 years ago
When as Christ followers have come to this point, Count it all joy, meet trails of various kinds, for i know the testing of of my faith produces steadfastness. And the steadfastness have its full effect, that I may be perfectand complete, lacking in nothing.
2 years ago
Lord you know sometimes it's hard for me to be content, i get anxious, depressed, even irritable at times..Then I go to your word where I findguidance and hope..Please continue to do your will in me..Amen
2 years ago
Going through trials is so much easier when God is with you. You can have the assurance that God has your back. Throughout my life when I was recovering from a surgery; I would say, "God I can't handle this anymore". I felt God step-up and give me strength to keep going. God is an ever-present God!
2 years ago
Thanks for this Laura. That was exactly what I needed to hear today.
2 years ago
Thanks for the encouragement! I really needed a reminder like this.
Do you happen to know what translation is used for the daily scripture?
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