James 1:2-3

"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."

I love how James says, "when" troubles come your way, not, "if" troubles come your way. Troubles really are inevitable. But, at the same time trials can produce joy instead of discouragement. We can count our trials as joy because we have the promise that our endurance, or our patience, has a chance to grow! 

Jesus, help me to stay positive in the midst of my trials. Show me how to see joy instead of being discouraged. Allow my trials to be an opportunity for my patience to grow, and allow my faith in your promises to be strengthened. Amen