More JOY–How could I not include this other Scripture on joy, especially when I almost included it in “Joy Bringers” and it appeared in my one-year Bible reading the day after “Joy Bringers” was published?
(Two versions below)
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NKJV-translation)
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The Message-paraphrase)
and MORE JOY— I recently discovered the song, “Joy of the Lord,” by Rend Collective and when I was on YouTube yesterday (Fri., Nov. 20) checking out their music once again, I thought to myself, “wait a minute, you just did a post on Joy and should share about this band and this song in a ‘P.S. post’.” If you play it and enJOY it :-), then I encourage you to buy it in support of these amazing artists.