This week we take a look at James, a down to earth book full of practical instruction

Reading: James 1:2-4
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Thought: Pearls are formed through the irritation of a grain of sand. Butterfly wings are given their strength through fighting to escape the chrysalis as they emerge. So it is with faith. Our faith is proved, refined and strengthened through facing the challenges of life. Even suffering and hardship can be an opportunity to grow and to love, as shown supremely on the Cross.

Prayer: Help me Lord to take hold of every circumstance to day and use it to bring you glory.