James 1:2-4 (ESV) 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (ESV)

Rejoice always,   pray without ceasing,   give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit.

Thank You, Father, for wanting to lead us into complete freedom in every area of our lives.  Teach us how to steward the love, the grace, the mercy that you have so bountifully bestowed.  Help us to be obedient.  

In love, we honor You.  In love, we joyfully anticipate the unseen realm breaking into the seen realm, Your kingdom coming to earth as it is in heaven.  In love, we thank You for gifts not yet received and prayers not yet answered.  Amen. 

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