I strive for peace in our home. To me it’s worth a lot. Sometimes it requires overlooking offenses completely. Sometimes it means waiting for a better time and place to discuss an issue. Mostly it involves holding my tongue and letting God defuse me.

When peace is disrupted by trivial trials or huge dilemmas, God says, “to count it ALL joy.” How?? …The end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 has been one trial after another. Not so peaceful. And not just for our family, but so many others. Being in the hospital for my husband’s life-threatening illness only gave us focus- highlighting what’s truly important.

“When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance” James 1:2 (The J.B. Phillips paraphrase)  

I have a hard time considering intruders as friends – unless I remember they push me close to Jesus. I have difficulty seeing joy in the crisis -until God reveals some un-asked-for grace in the midst of suffering. I don’t naturally track my spiritual growth in tough times -but looking back I see stronger faith.

Such a strange concept… joy in the pit. I know God is with me. I understand He sustains me. I can even swallow that there’s a bigger picture, grander plan, greater point than what I see. But joy? All I know is to ask Jesus for it and then wait to see what He will bring. He usually surprises me with something amazing, reassuring He is in control.

Oh for a break right now! If not, there IS peace to be had in Jesus, in the midst, and with joy. I only have to ask and wait. He will answer.

ForGlorySake! – Anna

Not easy, but thankful
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