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Count It All Joy

By: Dr. April J. Lisbon

Have you ever been in a place and space where everything around you was chaotic? Have you ever found yourself in a place where it was hard to concentrate on relationships or work? How many times have you felt like your life was spiraling out of control to depths unknown?

When your mind is consumed with things that are out of your control, it does feel like you are losing your grip on this journey we call life. In those moments, you may find it hard to find the sweet spots when faced with adversity. Understand that our trials and tribulations are meant to build us up and not tear us down.  In James 1:2-3 NKJV it clearly tells us “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” 

God uses our faith to position us for our higher purpose. Don’t allow the fears and worries of the world to live in your mind rent free. Why? The world has no idea what it’s cost you to be where you are today.  

I want to encourage you today that God hears your heart and sees your tears. He never promised that life would be easy BUT He did state He would always be near. Recondition your mindset to find joy in all you do even when it’s hard---even when you don’t feel like it. Push through the pain. Push through the tears. Whatever you do keep on pushing until the results of your prayers become your reality. Take one day at a time and celebrate every step of your journey. 

Remind yourself daily that you have everything you need to fulfill your purpose.  Count it all joy!

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