Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Count it all joy!

James 1:2-4
Count it all joy. my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

We started studying James this week in our Adult Bible Fellowship class at church.

Count it ALL joy!

I've been trying to see what I can count as joy each day this week.

Rain - the kids can't play outside without getting muddy, but we really need the rain to green everything up for spring.  God knows how much rain we need.
Dishes - it seems like the dishes just keep piling up today, but that means we have plenty of food to eat and I enjoy getting a chance to work in the kitchen.
Trying New Recipes - I tried a new bread recipe today, I'm hoping we like it.  It was really easy and I like to try new things.
Broken Stoneware Cookie Sheet - I was just following the recipe's instructions and wondered if my pan would break.  Now I have one less thing to pack and I'll get another one later.  I have others I can use for the time being.
Lost Pencils - Kent is often losing his pencil during school, that means he can't do any more school til he finds his pencil or finally decides to get a different one.  I get to practice patience when this happens, and remember, I probably did the same thing.
All School Books Ordered - I finished ordering next school year's books today, then I will have them on hand whenever are ready to start school again.  We only have the equivalent of 5 weeks left this year.
Kent got in trouble and lost his playing privilege - this meant I expected him help exclusively with Felicity while I made dinner (and he even had fun).
We still don't have a buyer for our home - trust God, we should be able to stay here until it is time to move directly to our new home.

Are you counting it ALL joy?  How can you start thinking joyfully, knowing that God is testing you and you will be better for it in your faith?


  1. That's awesome! My friend and I are memorizing James right now, so I'm loving your post! :-)

  2. Those were great idea. Thanksgiving produces joy every time. I need to practice just what you did more often. That is a great idea....to list the "trials", and then to turn it into something to be thankful for.
    I am going to do just that tomorrow!


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