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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:2-5 (MSG)
Why this verse is important to Kelsey:
This passage has always stuck out to me. First, James was Jesus’ brother. I think that’s really cool by itself. The entire book of James is really great. Next, this passage is radical. Consider it joy when you face trials? Wow. Amazing. What a way to live and view life! It collides with our natural desire for comfort and happiness. We learn that instead, the goal is that we become mature through trials. But it doesn’t leave us without hope: If you lack wisdom, ask God, who gives generously, and it will be given to you! When I am going through hard times (especially through my postpartum depression and the self-refining that comes with motherhood), I cling to these verses.